I had the toughest time with this one. Every time I chose an arc I would immediately change my mind. It got so bad I almost chose the Chimera ant arc again, since I at least can find reasons to dislike it – it has my saddest scene pick for one.

  1. How did you find HxH?
  2. Favorite main character
  3. Favorite supporting character
  4. Favorite Chimera ant
  5. Least favorite character
  6. Favorite Zoldyck Member
  7. Favorite Villain
  8. Favorite Nen type
  9. Favorite Nen ability
  10. Favorite episode
  11. Favorite scene
  12. Favorite opening animation
  13. Do you ship anyone
  14. Saddest scene
  15. Favorite non-nen ability
  16. Favorite ark
  17. Least favorite ark
  18. Favorite type of Hunter
  19. Favorite character outfit
  20. Funniest scene
  21. Who would you cosplay as
  22. Friendliest character
  23. Least friendly character
  24. Best main character family member
  25. Favorite character backstory
  26. Worse main character family member
  27. Manga or Anime
  28. Most relatable character
  29. What got you hooked on the show
  30. Why do you love HxH
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I can see you’re trying…

Least Favorite ark

In the end I went with the Hunter Exam arc but I flipped a coin.

I guess you could argue that the characters are at their least developed, hence least interesting at this point. The animation is also the worse the series has to offer, and although the first few episodes are pleasant enough, and paced in such a way that you can easily watch half a dozen without realizing it, they aren’t that memorable. In many ways, things don’t really start to get interesting until the get to the exam proper. 

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Ok here we go

At this point, HxH is still a relatively family friendly affair. I’m not sure if this was a conscious decision (the more gruesome scenes, such as Hisoka’s initial entrance, were obviously sanitized for TV) that they later reviewed and decided to change. After all, the series as a whole gets rather violent and some scenes would certainly be very disturbing for small children. Or if this was simply a general anime standard everyone was just automatically adhering to.

Wait, was Killua just gruesomely murdering an innocent bystander for stress relief in this arc? Nevermind on the family friendly part… 

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anyone remember why he’s shirtless? – does he have pants?

OK let’s start again, the Hunter exam arc did a great job introducing us to the characters but lacked the excitement or narrative focus of later arcs. Admittedly, it did such a great job establishing secondary protagonists, that we think of Leorio and Kurapika as main characters even though their presence is pared down considerably in later arcs. Did you guys know Leorio’s last name is Paradiknight? It sounds so grand! 

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you know, they could have done more with this guy.

Wait what was I saying? The Hunter exam arc is a great arc? Yeah that was it. The Hunter exam arc was a fantastic way to kick off this remarkable series and a pillar of its enduring success with viewers the world over.

Suggested drink:  New Beginnings 

  • Every time people are surprised/impressed by Gon’s enthusiasm – have a drink
  • Every time Gon is more powerful than he seems – have a drink
  • Every time Leorio gets mad – have a drink
  • Every time Killua is actually evil – have a drink
  • Every time Kurapika is the voice of reason – raise your glass
  • Every time Gon mediates – sigh and have a drink
  • Every time someone gets a badge  – have a drink
  • Every time we see Hisoka – take a deep breath

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5 thoughts

  1. I liked this arc… The passe was cool (in my opinion) and I liked the hunter exam idea xp the least favorite arc has to be the ant arc… I mean… The passe of it was almost zero (in my opinion again Xp)

    1. Chimera arc is very divisive but I stand by my choice. I really liked how it was a classic hero’s journey but the hero was the antagonist.

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