It took me an incredibly long time (over 2 months) of continuous watching, but I can now say that I have finished the anime Hunter X Hunter. Hunter X Hunter has surpassed Attack on Titan as my favorite anime, and I would consider it one of the greatest TV shows of all time (not just anime).
At first, I didn’t know whether it would be worth it to put in the time to watch Hunter X Hunter (in total there are 148 episodes, 20 minutes each). After finishing it though, I am super glad that I decided to watch it.
There are 6 seasons of Hunter X Hunter, and I would say 5 of them are incredible (I personally didn’t enjoy season 5, although some people apparently consider it the best season in the show). Hunter X Hunter has super detailed storylines and an expansive universe, but it is written in a way that is easy to understand.
Hunter X Hunter focuses on two main characters, Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck, who are two opposite personalities that become best friends. Gon is a cheerful, happy kid from the start, while Killua has grown up his whole life to become an assassin (it is the family business). Before meeting Gon, Killua has never had a friend in his life. Throughout the show though, Killua learns to become more thoughtful and multidimensional, while Gon becomes a bit more serious and focused (each taking after the other). In my opinion, the growth between the two of them as both individuals and as friends is the greatest character development I have seen in any show before. While I consider Gon my favorite character, it is impossible to like Gon without liking Killua (and vice-versa).
In addition to Gon and Killua though, there are amazing supporting characters who add a lot of dimensions and value to the show. The supporting characters are what make each season different, and also help to build Gon and Killua into the characters they end up becoming. All in all, I cannot say enough about Hunter X Hunter, and I would 100% recommend watching it (all 6 seasons now available on Netflix)!
Hunter X Hunter Recommendation Rating: 5
This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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