Hunter x Hunter Volume 2 Blu-ray Review
“Hunter x Hunter” improves slightly with volume 2.
In “Hunter x Hunter” volume 2 (which contains episodes 14-26), the exam to become a hunter continues for Gon, Leorio, Tonpa, Ponzu, Kurapika, Killua, the meddlesome Hisoka among others. In this particular set of episodes, the wannabe hunters have to capture a target’s tags, endure a cave trap and enter a one on one final exam phase where the winners lose out and the losers advance. On top of all of that, Gon and co. take a trip to Kukuroo Mountain to see Killua. While there, you guessed it, they must pass a test to see him. Note: Episode 26 is just a recap of episodes 14-25.
After being largely bored by volume 1 and put off by the irritating lead character (Gon), I was hoping “Hunter x Hunter” would at least improve in the second volume set. The good news is that it does. The bad news is that it doesn’t improve enough.
The problems that plagued the first 13 episodes are still here. I still don’t care about Gon at all, the Hunter exams continue to drag on (this time in a “Hunger Games” esque fashion), and there’s still tons of fighting and training sequences. Thankfully, there are some interesting moments that attempt to make up for the anime series’ shortcomings. Personally, I appreciated the fact that we actually got to see a major character arc here. I won’t go into too many details to avoid spoilers, but Killua gets the spotlight in several episodes. We learn about his family (the Zoldycks), see some flashbacks, and, more importantly, learn about Killua himself. This all felt very refreshing as it seemed like the show was going in a different direction at this point. From these few episodes, it’s clear that “Hunter x Hunter” is certainly at its best when it focuses more on character and less on tedious aspects that feel like they are liftted from another anime series (I’m looking at you exam and training scenes).
Presentation: 16×9 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer is both crisp and colorful. Fans will be pleased.
Audio Tracks: English and Japanese Stereo. How do they sound? The English dub is decent but the voice acting is hit-and-miss. The original language Japanese track is superior and is certainly the one to choose.
* Shonen Jump Weekly coupon.
* 3 art cards/postcards.
* Art gallery.
* Clean opening and ending credits and English ending credits.
* Trailers for “Bleach,” “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan,” “Death Note,” “Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Road To Ninja,” and “Hunter X Hunter.”
Overall Thoughts: While I don’t know if I can recommend “Hunter x Hunter,” the second volume undoubtedly showed more promise than the first.
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