Hunter X Hunter OAV
Beginning where the television series left off, Gon and his companions prepare to square off yet again with the infamous Genei Ryodan. As the confrontation proceeds both Gon and Killua get kidnaped by the Ryodan while Kuroro, the leader of the Spiders, becomes ensnared by Kurapica and Leorio. In the end, a great deal is revealed regarding the ultimate nature of the conflict for all parties involved.
A direct continuation of the plot established in the television series of the same name, the first Hunter X Hunter OAV continues to document the journey of Gon and his friends during their stay in the city of Yorkshin amidst a conflict with the notorious and powerful criminal organization called the Genei Ryodan. Like much of the later episodes in the Hunter X Hunter TV series, these episodes are somewhat dark yet compelling and maintain all of the awe-inspiring qualities that made the television show such an astounding treat.
As was the case with the televised incarnation of this show, the Hunter X Hunter OAV series continues to maintain both superb plotting and characterization. Since the series was developed as a direct continuation of an already established storyline, its superior quality is hardly surprising. However, it is surprising that such a long running series has maintained its freshness for so long a period of time. The plot twists continue to abound and the rich character interactions deepen. In fact, it is the interaction between the primary characters that serve to give this segment of the Hunter X Hunter saga most of its punch. The interplay between Gon and Killua is, as always, especially compelling and proceeds to infuse this series with a hefty dose of youthful vigor.
In tune with its other dazzling qualities, the music and animation are nothing short of exceptional, coming off even better than the televised portions of this show. The animation is more fluid than prior and the renderings are without imperfection. I was especially impressed by how well the coloring accentuated the mood of a variety of scenes, being slightly subdued in more dreary situations while lightly more vibrant in lively contexts. Similarly, the music, though somewhat inhibited, managed to instill turbulent scenes with an appreciable degree of tension.
In conclusion, the first OAV installment of Hunter X Hunter is just as impressive as its broadcast predecessor. The lineage of excellence being established by this series is unprecedented. With any luck, subsequent OAVs will continue to weave their magic upon those blessed enough to view them. Though technically a shonen title, this is a show that, like its TV antecedent, deserves to be watched by anyone who deems themself a fan of anime.
In the case that you are really against even a nearly flawless title simply because you dislike shonen anime, take this rating down a notch or two. Otherwise, strap yourself in for yet another thrilling ride on the HXH train! — Derrick L Tucker
Recommended Audience: Mostly benign, this series can be a bit graphic at times. It should be viewed primarily by those thirteen years of age or older.
Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub
Review Status: Full (8/8)
Hunter X Hunter OAV © 2002 Togashi Yoshihiro / Shueisha / Nippon Animation
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