Hey, guys, gays, and gworls! I’m back at it like a crack addict, and I’m here to tell y’all about how the anime Hunter x Hunter made me feel.
A few months ago, I had started watching Hunter x Hunter because of a scene that one of my co-workers had shown me. I feel like that’s how people normally find out about a new anime, to be honest. Anyway, let me get back on track. I started the show, and I liked it but not enough to continue. The Hunter’s exam arc was good, but nonetheless, it really didn’t keep my attention. It wasn’t until it got to the end of that arc that I became invested in the story. I guess you could say that the Zoldyck family is what piqued my interest and made me want to press on.
I took a break in between those months to watch other shows.
Fast forward to two weeks ago when I caught the flu. A piece of me was ready to watch something. I was too sick to be productive but healthy enough to watch TV. I picked up Hunter x Hunter where I had left off, and it was a wrap, no burrito! January 7, 2020, at 2:00 a.m. was when I finally finished watching.
This show has shown me many things. One of the things it showed me is that friendship is priceless! Yes, I knew that beforehand, but the show really dug more into the definition of friendship. Real friendship is a bond that cannot be broken, something that will not bend or break, regardless of what comes its way. Friends also come in different ages, shapes, and sizes and can even come in the form of a mentor.
Gon had a goal, and he was determined to accomplish it. His goal was to meet his father, who had left around the same age as he was now to become a hunter. To achieve his goal, Gon was forced to go on a journey and grow stronger. He met some friends during the exams (Leorio, Killua, and Kurapika) who would become lifelong friends. In a sense, they were Gon’s spirit guides. All of them brought new ideas and a new perspective on things that made his journey to his dad much easier. His best friend, Killua, was always there for him. He was there for the good, the bad, and the in-between moments.
Another thing the show reinforced in me was that it’s not about the destination but the journey. I often have this idea about where I want to be in life. Like, I’m always trying to find a way to rush to the end where I’m successful, but I never really think about what I must do to get to that point. Gon started off as just a rugged boy who was in touch with fishing. By the end of the series, Gon had exceeded his own expectations! Not by rushing to gain that power, but just taking the time to learn and experience things as he went. Netero, Wing, Bisky, Kite, and Knuckle were just a few people who challenged Gon to become stronger and taught him how to overcome his enemies.
In my opinion, Greed Island was a major game-changer for Gon. Yes, Wing unlocked Gon’s nen powers, but Bisky made him go above and beyond to really hone his powers. She had Gon and Killua train vigorously day and night to become strong enough to complete the game. Heaven’s Arena, Greed Island, the Yorknew auction, and the rise of Chimera ants were a way for Gon to become the best version of himself he could be.
But it wasn’t all about training. It was also about the people Gon met, the connections he made, and the fun that came with it all. There were times where Gon’s emotional and mental state were tested, but training and the power of friendship were able to help him get through those rough times. Seeing how Gon’s experiences were more rewarding than the actual destination instilled in me the belief that I can slow down and enjoy the journey, one that I want to share with you guys!
Lastly, Hunter x Hunter showed me how much of a d*ckhead Gon’s father, Ging, was. Ging left Gon with his family to pursue his dreams and then had the audacity to have Gon go on an entire journey to find him. Why couldn’t this man visit sometimes? Not a “Hey,” or “Hello,” and no pop-ins. What really had me upset was that when he first saw Gon, he was ready to dip. Plus, his son was on his death bed, and he didn’t see fit to visit because “he’s my son,” and you knew he would pull through? Whew, Ging is something different.
Had it not been for Togashi creating this manga turned anime, I probably would still be out there rushing to the end and not cherishing the people in my life. Thank you for this show, Togashi. I hope he gets better and releases more chapters because I’m going to be reading the rest of the manga to catch up, and I would love new content!
If you haven’t already, then you should get into this show. If you’ve already watched it, then let’s chat a little bit. DM me on Twitter or Instagram. While you’re at it, follow GeekedT’s Instagram and Twitter page for more updates. As usual, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog if you aren’t already and tell a friend about us. Give our podcast a listen too!
Gay and Geeky,