2 things about the original anime Hunter X Hunter Ruined (& 2 it Fixed)
When an anime remakes its original series, it’s often not an exact duplicate. From stylistic changes to the storyline, redesigns of the original will either be insufficient or better. Sometimes the base set of the first show spans the second version, improving and changing to make it better than the original.
Other times the original just can’t be outdated, and any improvement seems to drag down the quality of the first version. With two different versions that contain differences, whether big or small, they each bring their own side of the story to their fans. And that’s what the two versions of Hunter x hunter To do.
4 The missing section of the Hunter Exam (2011 Ruined)
One of the most notable differences between the ’99 Hunter x hunter and the 2011 Hunter x hunter are the events of the Hunter exam. In the ’99 version, there is a brief moment between the third and fourth part of the exam where candidates are taken to Zevil Island. There, the competitors are looking for a treasure to pay for their rooms. In these few episodes, the audience learns a lot about the characters. Kurapika and Leorio have a moment to build their friendship when Kurapika talks about the Phantom Troop and Clan Kurta.
This section of the arc is also important for the Hunter exam itself. They find themselves stranded with a storm strong enough to wipe out the entire island heading their way. This part of the exam requires candidates to work together more than ever. Although the Zevil Island portion of the Hunter Review only lasts a few episodes, it seemed to completely change the dynamic between the characters. There was still the tension and the need to succeed, but there was also a new respect between them all. Since this part of the Hunter Exam was dropped in the 2011 release, audiences have been missing out on character development. So when deaths and incidents later arise for these characters, it’s hard to see why audiences should care so much.
3 Gon’s dad is a driving force (2011 corrected)
Comparing the ’99 version and the 2011 version, Ging is actually a pretty consistent character in the 2011 Hunter x hunter. Although he is not physically present, there are plenty of flashbacks and notes to remind audiences that this was why Gon started his journey in the first place. Gon wants to meet his father and try to understand why being a hunter was so important to his father. It’s almost like, at the right time, when the audience starts to get distracted by everything else, they remember why Gon is doing what he is.
This kind of callback helps character development in Gon. Audiences see him pushing hard and improving his skills as he wants to become a great hunter just like his father. And as viewers encounter more and more characters who know Ging, it becomes more and more evident how important he is in Hunter society. Although Ging does make a few flashback appearances during version 99, his presence doesn’t seem to be as noticeable or as strong as a driving force for Gon as it was in the 2011 version.
2 Kite’s bond with Gon started at the very beginning (2011 Ruined)
Kite and Gon meet at the very beginning of the original Hunter x hunter. Right from the start, audiences see the kind of relationship these two have. With Ging off the board, Kite seems to have become a father figure to Gon. And as he teaches Gon how to care for wildlife and the impact it can have, the audience sees how Gon changes and adapts to understand the lessons Kite is giving him. In the 2011 Hunter x hunter, the public does not encounter Kite until the end of the Greed Island arc. Therefore, her relationship with Gon looks very new and fresh.
Although audiences learn that Gon met Kite when he was younger, audiences still struggle to fully grasp the father-son dynamic that is depicted here. While the 2011 version seems to be going through some important moments, that’s because the series had characters and a storyline already established from two sources: the ’99 version and the manga. So, when it comes to the details, other characters have received more attention as they would have bigger roles later in the series. But because of how quickly they rush in, Kite and Gon’s relationship is too rushed to feel like it deserves Gon’s reaction to Kite’s death.
1 Character development has a stronger foundation (2011 fixed)
In the 2011 version, because they had both the original and the manga, little additions were made that impacted the characters. For example, Killua is a boy raised by an assassin in both versions. However, in the ’99 version, the main reason was his upbringing. It has times when audiences really see how being raised in his family has impacted the way he sees others and values ââlife. But the main reason comes down to the way he was brought up.
On the other hand, the 2011 version knows that Killua, while he was raised to be an assassin, also fights the needle that Illumi placed in his head. This needle had an impact on how he viewed his worth, fights, and how he felt about his friendships. With this additional knowledge, the 2011 Hunter x hunter was able to include various scenes and notes that suggest Illumi is a very present fear for Killua, so when audiences find the needle, it’s like the missing piece of a puzzle.
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