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Hey guys, gals, and associates of the mystical third gender. I'm looking for a shounen series that isn't complete shit (opinion, of course. no, just kidding, it's fact. get mad, shounen kids) and I've narrowed my decisions down to Gintama and Hunter x Hunter.

Both are enticing; one is primarily comedy with its own dash of seriousness and drama along with it (a combination that I admire for some strange reason), and the other is apparently heralded as the one shounen series that does everything right with apparently a really good story.

I figure I have enough time on my hands to at least get my feet wet with one of them, and I'm asking what you guys would recommend I watch first.
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I watched Gintama episodically and primarily for the comedy.

I watched Hunter x Hunter for the overarching story, the suspense, and the action.

It really depends on what you want. If you want a Naruto or Bleach, then Hunter x Hunter.

If you want Family Guy, then Gintama.


That said Gintama does have some dramatic moments and what not, but personally I just can't get into the drama of Gintama because Gintama really doesn't have an overarching story and most dramatic plot episodes have very little progress.
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well they are completely different shows, so it depends on what you're in the mood for. They are both excellent. Gintama is largely gag and HxH is largely plot/character development.


xxJing wrote:

That said Gintama does have some dramatic moments and what not, but personally I just can't get into the drama of Gintama because Gintama really doesn't have an overarching story and most dramatic plot episodes have very little progress.


ahh but you are not a manga reader

for me the dramatics arcs in Gintama have a lot more "omph" than those in HxH because Gintama is primarily comedy. HxH is chock full of dramatic moments. But they are done well. And it too has plenty of humor.

eeh.... you just should just watch both
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Buritzukranku wrote:

Hey guys, gals, and associates of the mystical third gender. I'm looking for a shounen series that isn't complete shit (opinion, of course. no, just kidding, it's fact. get mad, shounen kids) and I've narrowed my decisions down to Gintama and Hunter x Hunter.

Both are enticing; one is primarily comedy with its own dash of seriousness and drama along with it (a combination that I admire for some strange reason), and the other is apparently heralded as the one shounen series that does everything right with apparently a really good story.

I figure I have enough time on my hands to at least get my feet wet with one of them, and I'm asking what you guys would recommend I watch first.


Two approaches I might take:
First
Watch HxH first -- fewer episodes, so you can get through it faster and then start in on Gintama.

(This is actually what I did a while ago, I caught up with HxH, then watched the rest as it was simulcast. Now I'm working my way through Gintama--am on episode 125.

Second
Marathon Gintama in an attempt to finish before the new season starts. (You can watch 10-12 episodes a day, right?)

I had been kind of aiming to get caught up on Gintama before it started up again, but my current average of 2 episodes a day won't get me there, even if I devote a bit of weekend time, so I doubt I'll catch up before it starts.
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I choose hunter x hunter . I really love that series. And I actually still watch that again once more .
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Problem with hunter x hunter is that the manga is currently on hiatus, which means the it will take awhile for a new season to get animated. It’s a good anime nether or less but the ending of the last arc will make you wanting more.

Gintama anime is a rare thing. It’s one that waits for the manga to make more content before adapted it into a new season. The new gintama season premier this wednesday is proof of that.

I recommend watching gintama on/off as most are the arcs are short except for certain arcs and focusing mostly on Hunter x Hunter.
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I haven't seen Gintama but I do really want to watch it. Hunter x Hunter is my favourite anime of all time, though.
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Posted 4/5/15
Watch Hunter X Hunter all Gintama is a awful and crappy parody comedy not worth watching.
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xLuffy- wrote:

all Gintama is a awful and crappy parody comedy not worth watching.


If you only watch a few episodes, it may seem like that. However, there are quite a few arcs that are emotional, touching, and action-packed, all still wrapped in comedy, of course.
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eyeofpain wrote:


xLuffy- wrote:

all Gintama is a awful and crappy parody comedy not worth watching.


If you only watch a few episodes, it may seem like that. However, there are quite a few arcs that are emotional, touching, and action-packed, all still wrapped in comedy, of course.


ok how long would it take to get to the better parts I can only stand so much awful comedy.
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xLuffy- wrote:


eyeofpain wrote:


xLuffy- wrote:

all Gintama is a awful and crappy parody comedy not worth watching.


If you only watch a few episodes, it may seem like that. However, there are quite a few arcs that are emotional, touching, and action-packed, all still wrapped in comedy, of course.


ok how long would it take to get to the better parts I can only stand so much awful comedy.


The first really good arc is Benizakura, which starts at episode 58. The good thing about GinTama is that if you come across an episode that's not entertaining, you can generally skip it without losing out on too much development.
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eyeofpain wrote:


xLuffy- wrote:


eyeofpain wrote:


xLuffy- wrote:

all Gintama is a awful and crappy parody comedy not worth watching.


If you only watch a few episodes, it may seem like that. However, there are quite a few arcs that are emotional, touching, and action-packed, all still wrapped in comedy, of course.


ok how long would it take to get to the better parts I can only stand so much awful comedy.


The first really good arc is Benizakura, which starts at episode 58. The good thing about GinTama is that if you come across an episode that's not entertaining, you can generally skip it without losing out on too much development.


ok I might give it another chance later then.
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I would say both, each one has the same problem though, you have to invest a certain amount of time before you can get into it. Gintama you can watch the first Movie, which is a remake of the first major story arc.

With Gintama you have to enjoy the comedy to a certain degree, even if you really like the main story arcs, they only make up 1/3 of the series.
Hunter X Hunter. has a sort of evolution, it starts out pretty standard, and then slowly raises the stakes, but you may be putt off er for the 1st 3 arcs.
Posted 4/9/15
I've only seen Gintama so far so I have to go with Gintama
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Posted 4/28/15
Both HxH & Gintama are phenomenal series

HxH is definitely more serious of a series on the whole, with the typical shounen feel. Thickheaded main character who overcomes odds, friendship, victory.. all the good stuff.

The series has some really interesting characters which definitely makes it unique, if you watch it, you'll know what I mean when you meet that character. The character progression of many of these characters is top notch as well.

A personal negative though is the pacing on the current final arc, it is really long winded, though it still is quite enjoyable through and through.

Gintama, is just, wow.. it is different. Basically as a forewarning.. don't judge the series on the beginning episodes, they were a job and a half to get through, but things just skyrocket uphill afterwards.

The basic premise is a group of Odd Jobs people. The majority of the series is very heavily comedic, taking references from many different pop culture aspects of Japan.. so it you have watched a lot of anime, know a lot about Japanese pop culture, it will be even more hilarious.

At the same time there are some definite 'feels' episodes and short arcs, as well as fast-paced, action packed arcs which begin to develop somewhat of an overarching story and progression amongst within this highly episodic anime.
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