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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Manga Series Review: Hunter X Hunter

Summary: Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other men. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters. Gon discovers that his father was a famous Hunter, and so he embarks on a journey to find his father, meeting reliable friends and going on dangerous missions as well.

Thoughts: This is another 'I watched the anime first' series. As far as content goes, I've only managed to read up to vol. 12 right now but I'm fairly aware of the the content in the series so bear in mind that I might miss a few specific scenes but I will relate the extent of all problematic material. 
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 Alright well, you're all not going to hear me mention many manga series that I didn't like for the sole reason that I don't review things that I dropped (it doesn't seem right or fair) and I tend to drop series tat I don't like (too long to bother with). So, needless to say, this is another favorite of mine. I've watched both of the shows, all the extras, and am now reading the series. I'm a bit of a nerd for this story. But then, the few people I've actually convinced to watch/read this series have fallen head over heels for it so I may be on to something!
 The characters are the real treasure here. The main story follows 12-year old Gon but soon come to include Killua, Kurapika and Leorio; all of them young adventurers with dreams and goals that can only be accomplished by finishing the acclaimed Hunter Exam. And that's the beginning. The story takes off from there and we're swept away into this amazing world filled to the brim with excitement and danger. 

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 Through many trials and some really heartbreaking moments, we watch these kids persevere and survive and the friendship they have is amazing. It is impossible not to cry while moving along in this story.
 The art is good but it really coveys the point of the scene rather than catching your eye. And the writing...well, did I mention you'll cry? It's not poetic or beautiful. It's rough and simple but it just makes you care even more for the cast that enters and for the many that leave.

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Content: In the beginning and occasionally throughout the series there are rude or inappropriate comments along with some poorly dressed women. These are fairly scare and rarely last long. Language sticks mostly to D***, Sh**, B*****d and C*** with profanity used frequently 'Oh my ***'. The violence is the biggest problem. While it starts off with a light, childish atmosphere, the series quickly spirals into a darker twist. Blood, gore, and extreme violence are to be expected. I'm talking everything from man-eating beats to horrifying surgical-like torture. Depending on your tolerance level for violence and all things painfully gross, be careful with this series. There are certain sentient creatures that have human-like bodies and don't wear clothes. There are a few characters who imply that they are gay or bisexual but nothing has been confirmed.
 All in all, this isn't a clean series but it's amazingly good when it comes to characters. If you like the Marvel universe and anything with great plot twists you'll at least like this series!

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