The Nardio Review
Is It Worth Your Time?
Yes. You need to watch this.
What Should I Watch It On?
So far Crunchyroll.com seems to be the only place that provides Hunter X Hunter. I have no problems with it. In fact I love that Crunchyroll offers streaming service on my iPad, PC and Roku device all for one low price. For some reason it just seems to work best on my Roku. Hunter X Hunter is part of Crunchyroll.com’s Simulcasts offerings. Every week Crunchyroll legally subtitles and offers the show on its websites and web services to paying customers. If you are a fan of anime and want to keep up with the newest shows legally this is the best possible bet.
What Did You Think Without Spoiling It?
Hunter X Hunter is the anime I have been wanted for a very long time. Hunter X Hunter really does have it all from a well written story to plenty of character development and rapid plot progression. If you are looking for your next show to watch Hunter X Hunter covers all the bases. The best part? It’s well over 90 episodes right now and so far the quality hasn’t dipped yet.
Be warned – the show gets very dark and violent as time passes. It’s never forced, but it does get visceral. Characters kill and die but the show never gets too dark. There are plenty of light moments and humor to get you through.
Why it Works?
Great writing. There aren’t any dips in the story, horrible plot holes or obvious choices that are made. Sure it starts off kinda kiddy and light hearted and people become friends pretty fast. Yet each character brings tons to the table. Each one of the starring characters could be the star of their own show. The show follows the Manga by Yoshihiro Togashi. If that name sounds familiar it’s because he also brought us Yu Yu Hakusho. Honestly for me at least, Hunter x Hunter has just been a better show than Yu Yu. Just better everything and after 90 plus episodes it’s still going strong.
Great art, music and voice acting really help keep this strong. The character designs are always unique. As the show progresses the universe gets deeper and deeper. At times it could seem like you are watching a tutorial for some distant fantasy land. There are moments in certain arcs that might slow the pace down, but a couple episodes in things suddenly start happening. The show has no problem killing off characters in sometimes violent ways. In addition the lead characters also kill. It’s new and refreshing. That being said there are some themes in the anime that you’ll find in many other shonen anime like the power of a person’s will. Luckily, Hunter X Hunter plays it off quite well most of the time. The best part, the lead characters don’t always win their battles. Sure, they do the majority of the time, but just the fact that they lose some of the time keeps the show semi-believable.
Having to wait a week for new episodes…. Seriously tough…. Im very, very tempted to pick up the Manga but I won’t. I love the surprises and the tension. I love the fact that anyone can die at any minute. This show is my one mainstay I have to watch and so far I am almost never disappointed.
22 minutes has never felt so short and far away…
You need to watch this!
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- Over 93 episodes
- Ongoing show
- Subtitles only!
- Stream on Crunchyroll.com