Hunter x Hunter 2011 – 06 Review
Episode 06 – A x Suprising x Challenge
It’s that time of the week for a new Hunter x Hunter 2011 episode.
There really isn’t too much to say about this series as the story progresses because having seen the ’99 series means that the plot is not really going to be too refreshing to watch. As like with many other long running series, it takes some time to get into the rhythm of things and I think that with the exams finally starting to heat up, things would become more and more entertaining to watch.
So this episode wraps up the second stage of the hunter exams as well as the end of the first stage of the hunter exams. The episode covers the end of episode 8-10 of the ’99 series and chapters 10-12 of the manga.
The whole situation with the pigs were a tad odd. I was sad that the animators had left out mentioning the excitement Gon had felt when he had battled Hisoka and how he seemed to enjoy and thrive when he is in a dangerous situation.
Another situation that I hadn’t really like was how Gon needed the apples from the tree to provide him with the hint to the fact that the pig’s weak spot were their foreheads. I had wanted Gon to realise it on his own (just like he did in the manga and ’99 series) seeing as to how he is a kid who had grown up in a forest area and amongst animals. I was hoping for a Jungle Book moment. =P
The Missing Sushi
What I had found really interesting with the whole second stage of the exam is that this is the first time this 2011 series actually left out a significant part from the manga storyline and had changed the flow of things. In this aspect, the ’99 series was more true to the manga than this episode.
In the manga, the second stage of the exams were split into two portions – a test give by Buhara (the pig) and a test given by Menchi (Sushi). I had really enjoyed the comedic situations during the Sushi scene in the ’99 series as the character exercised their observational abilities and I am sad that this scene was omitted from the episode. Although this is not a huge issue, it does leave me wondering what the general aim of this series is, since I had thought that it was to create a version that was true to the manga. Like I had said, this scene was nothing major but it is still part of the exams. =/ I guess the producers wanted to mix things up so that it would not be an exact duplicate of the manga (or they simply wanted to fit the whole 2nd exams into one episode).
I think out of the three versions of this scene, the one I had liked the best is still the ’99 series for a few reasons (I will elaborate later), followed by the 2011 series’ version with me liking the manga version the least.
The reason why I had liked the ’99 version more than this one was the fact that in the ’99 version, the scene with Gon saving the guy and then stealing the egg from him showed both Gon’s “good” side but also the fact that he is able to be cunning when he wants to be (survival instincts?). I felt that this edge in his character was an important point. Also, the whole boiling of the egg part was a good addition since the previous 2 test had showed that Menchi is a character who is concerned about how things are cooked and the perfection in which the food is cooked. I mean, you can overcook eggs after all and to casually brush this fact aside was disappointing. =)
Although I did like the way this whole updraft of wind showed Gon’s animalistic senses, it would have been more fun if they had merged both ideas together to form this 2011’s scene =P (I know, I want everything)
Now onto manga, I merely felt that the manga version was rushed and had skipped over the whole alternate test bit, and it had was over as quickly as it had started. In essence, it felt somewhat dismissive to me. Maybe it is because I had seen it in the opposite manner (saw the series before reading the manga), so that is why I feel this way, but that doesn’t change the way that I feel.
The narrator and the whole odd bgm is starting to grow on me… I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing. =P
Episode Rating: 6.5/10
Overall, this was still a decent episode and things are moving on at a relatively quick pace. My issue with this show is that if I had not seen the ’99 series beforehand, I might actually feel bored by the series since my anticipation for what comes next predominantly comes from already knowing what comes next.
On a side note, although we did not get to see much of Hisoka, Kilua did get a decent amount of screen time. So hurray for that! =D
Random fun note: Menchi’s hair is green in this version and pink in the ’99 series 😉