Episode 171: Hunter x Hunter Matters…But Why Tho?

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Hunter x Hunter

In this episode we break down the beloved shonen manga and anime series: Hunter x Hunter. Whether you pronounce the “x” or you don’t, we talk all about the series’ long history, the hiatuses, and ultimately why the fandom around the series only keeps increasing despite having no new media since 2019 in the United States and even longer in Japan. Plus, we talk all about what separates this shonen from others, including the protagonists, the villains, the themes, and of course the sprinkle of murder from every character – including our hero Gon.  And, we do this all with the help of DataDave, content creator, voice actor, and Twitch Ambassador.

If you’re unfamiliar with Hunter x Hunter, the series is written and illustrated by mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi (who also created Yu Yu Hakusho). It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 1998, although the manga has frequently gone on extended hiatuses since 2006. As of October 2018, 380 chapters have been collected into 36 volumes by Shueisha and localized in English by VIZ Media.

The synopsis of the series is as follows: “The story focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss who discovers that his father, who left him at a young age, is actually a world-renowned Hunter, a licensed professional who specializes in fantastical pursuits such as locating rare or unidentified animal species, treasure hunting, surveying unexplored enclaves, or hunting down lawless individuals. Gon departs on a journey to become a Hunter and eventually find his father. Along the way, Gon meets various other Hunters and encounters the paranormal.”

So, whether you’re one of the new fans that came to the series during the lockdown (like Kate) or someone who has been involved in the series since it came to the US (like Adrian) tune in and learn all about why this iconic series still matters all these years (and hiatuses) later.

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