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This anime is Pretty amazing. Not only is It great, but every season could be it's own anime with different characters. Pretty sweet.

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It's the best in my opinion. It is well-paced, consistent and holds true to the manga, and in my opinion exceeds it in some places. A lot of that comes with the benefit of having a previous series and all those manga chapters to draw from. Not to mention knowing the story in it entirety.


SPOILER SORT OF... Don't read beyond this point if you don't want to vaguely know what can kind of happen...



EDIT by ni: Potential spoiler.
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Hunter x Hunter is a shonen....It's serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, AKA the same japanese magazine that serializes Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach. It's just a Darker Shonen Series. I can see the mistake in thinking it was a seinen, but it's actually not :P


Hunter x Hunter is similar to NGE and Madoka Magica, in being a deconstruction anime for its respective genre, in this case the shonen genre. With the Chimera Ant arc it leans towards more of a seinen atmosphere, this isn't due to the unforeseen demise of Kite that made the dark tone that the Yorknew City arc had feel like the first few episodes of Madoka Magica, then everyone lost their heads.....hehe

H x H is set up like a typical shonen, with Gon having many traits of a cliche' protag; He's determined, impulsive, has a temper, and will force his opinions onto his opponents never giving up until they accept them. At the same time though he can be very cold hearted unlike other protags, seeing things through a strict black and white viewpoint. You would assume Gon's goal would be to rescue Kite then go off an fight the King in an epic, drawn out fight, being that Gon is "light" and the King is clearly evil.
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There are a lot of dark moments and arcs in Hunter X Hunter but in my opinion not more so than other popular titles. Naruto's forest of death arc and Gaara taking out an umbrella to shield him from an opponent's blood comes to mind. That whole arc is sick and twisted in a Battle Royale kind of way, especially with the majority of the dead being children. Then there are "everyone must die" series' like the early Gundams. If anything HxH is more like the last of its breed, the old school shonen. The modern attitudes of the characters is what sets it apart from most for me.
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There are a lot of dark moments and arcs in Hunter X Hunter but in my opinion not more so than other popular titles. Naruto's forest of death arc and Gaara taking out an umbrella to shield him from an opponent's blood comes to mind. That whole arc is sick and twisted in a Battle Royale kind of way, especially with the majority of the dead being children. Then there are "everyone must die" series' like the early Gundams. If anything HxH is more like the last of its breed, the old school shonen. The modern attitudes of the characters is what sets it apart from most for me.


.....Naruto isn't the best example. You never form an attachment to any of the characters that die, it happens with little effect. Sometimes behind the scenes or when it pans away. I will give you the umbrella scene it was very eerie. When a character is offed in Naruto, its done in some flashy, extravagant way that detaches you from it. H x H deaths happen when the mood is tense or emotional, sometimes it occurs abruptly, the way they showed Kite had died was grim, there was no battle to give you some hope, he was just dead. I think its how merciless H x H is with its characters that gives it such a dark feeling, they're not afraid to cut them down when you think they're safe or at their strongest.
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Yeah, you're tying the word in to exactly what I was hoping you would logically be able to steer around.

Clearly, you're making a fuss over the technical whozits and whatzits of animation being a different animal from the art direction. It's not like I'm calling a potato a cake, but if you really insist on such a fervent level that I not use the phrase "animation style" as way to reference the art style of an anime, I won't do it. Argument over.


So in your world, Doraemon is the same as Fist of the North Star since art direction = animation.
Both are animations but wait! The art style is different!

Since you already admitted you're wrong by offering no real reply, lolokbye.

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Comparing deaths is a tricky subject but I agree. Deaths in HxH are treated with more maturity and are less melodramatic. It gives you a natural sense that the world doesn't revolve around the main characters.
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zipzo wrote:

Yeah, you're tying the word in to exactly what I was hoping you would logically be able to steer around.

Clearly, you're making a fuss over the technical whozits and whatzits of animation being a different animal from the art direction. It's not like I'm calling a potato a cake, but if you really insist on such a fervent level that I not use the phrase "animation style" as way to reference the art style of an anime, I won't do it. Argument over.


So in your world, Doraemon is the same as Fist of the North Star since art direction = animation.
Both are animations but wait! The art style is different!

Since you already admitted you're wrong by offering no real reply, lolokbye.



Because you keep trying to insist that I'm wrong over something that's irrelevant and unimportant to the overall point. You're just grabbing things I'm saying and trying to pit it against me because you must find that fun or something.

I'm well aware of the technical difference between the literal definitions of the words. I imparted the context in which I, myself, was using the word, but that wasn't enough for you, so clearly this conversation is going nowhere.
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You don't win because you're a shonen manga protagonist, you're a shonen manga protagonist because you're the one who wins... Not sure that came out right.


Whoaa that's some anime grandpa-level quote right there! Seems legit.
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Because you keep trying to insist that I'm wrong over something that's irrelevant and unimportant to the overall point
. You're just grabbing things I'm saying and trying to pit it against me because you must find that fun or something.

I'm well aware of the technical difference between the literal definitions of the words. I imparted the context in which I, myself, was using the word, but that wasn't enough for you, so clearly this conversation is going nowhere.


So your earlier comment (more specifically this)



zipzo wrote:

I think it goes without saying that it's harder to project more serious tones or themes if you're using, say, crappy animation with low detail.

It makes sense honestly, though an interesting observation nonetheless.


Is supposed to be for Titan?

If so, then I apologize for arguing with you when you, too, think Titan is failing at projecting a serious tone/theme when they're having (crappy) animation problems.

If not, you're the one being stubborn. >Thinks Hunter x Hunter has bad animation >Thinks Titan's animation is better.

And lol @ saying you watched HxH when Greed basically destroyed your credibility by revealing Gon only won once in 86 episodes (unless you count passing the Hunter Exams as winning)
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And lol @ saying you watched HxH when Greed basically destroyed your credibility by revealing Gon only won once in 86 episodes (unless you count passing the Hunter Exams as winning)







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Its almost scary if people think Attack on Titan is better than Hunter x Hunter. Even my friend messaged me today(the person who made me watch One Piece) saying that he has been watching Hunter x Hunter and its already tied with One Piece as his favorite anime. Then i said, "have you watched Attack on Titan?" and he said "yea, but its no where near Hunter x Hunter" LMAO kinda sad its getting so popular now i was my little hidden gem from last year.
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Its almost scary if people think Attack on Titan is better than Hunter x Hunter. Even my friend messaged me today(the person who made me watch One Piece) saying that he has been watching Hunter x Hunter and its already tied with One Piece as his favorite anime. Then i said, "have you watched Attack on Titan?" and he said "yea, but its no where near Hunter x Hunter" LMAO kinda sad its getting so popular now i was my little hidden gem from last year.



One Piece and Hunter x Hunter?
Your friend is awesome.


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This AoT vs HxH seems to be derailing off topic.

The thing I personally didn't like from AoT's direction was the odd pacing after episode 5. Originally, I thought it was more heavily invested in constructing the story and perspective of the characters, rather than trying to progress some plot device with the Titans.

After being decimated, the pacing normally falls into a calmer state, which it did with the short army training story arc. That particular arc is necessary to build up the tension for the next fight, but it didn't have that effect for me. Instead, I've felt no connection to any of the characters during the training, which made their deaths in the following battle meaningless.

I began getting annoyed with little things in AoT. Foreseeing events, character felt stiff and two dimensional, having drawn out speeches to reinforce what is going on, or awkward placement of a flashback story arc late in the story to reinforce Mikasa's character, which shouldn't even need to have their back story told at that point.

For example the tension with titan Eren and the army felt drawn out. I understood it was trying to also build Armin's purpose in the group, but it was doing it in a roundabout way. You can look at the same execution of Glen character's worth to the group in The Walking Dead, which appears to have developed naturally. Without having the need of Glen having an epiphany like Armin did.

I'm trying to be less critical about the flow of the story, and trying to roll with it...
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I kind of saw it coming. The derailing that is. Blood+ was really good but one thing that series taught me was Production IG starts off great but usually falters as time goes on. HxH is the first long series I've seen from Madhouse and they have proved their quality will remain till the series' final credits roll. Or at least I hope that is the case. Like I said before, Naruto was good for 135 episodes the slowly became the trash heap it is today.
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