The Morality of Gon Freecss (Hunter X Hunter)
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The Morality of Gon Freecss (Hunter X Hunter)

Expectations subversion is an interesting concept in anime. It can lead to jaw-dropping or engaging story developments but without the twist having been preceded by hints establishments or foreshadowing, it can come off as contrived. and without it contributing in some way to character development or storytelling it can be dismissed as cheap shock value […]

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Meruem: The Perfect Leader (Hunter x Hunter)
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Meruem: The Perfect Leader (Hunter x Hunter)

“In the hands of an incompetent, power brings nothing but ruin.” While an utterance of a perspective from a character in a story does not necessarily equate to that story endorsing that message, these words, said in the midst of an embarrassing display from the top of humanity’s totem pole, are arguably this story’s most […]

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The Soul of Hunter x Hunter’s Phantom Troupe
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The Soul of Hunter x Hunter’s Phantom Troupe

“We will accept anything you leave here…but don’t take anything away from us.” The motto of Meteor City is a pitiable and lamentable one, a phrase that speaks of the sacred and unique sort of suffering that comes from being stifled and oppressed and unable to leave one’s marks on the world. A trash heap […]

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Passing the Torch of Kindness in Hunter x Hunter
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Passing the Torch of Kindness in Hunter x Hunter

Hunter Hunter’s Chimera Ant is an arc that stands out in the minds of most of it’s audience for the bold, powerful and creative ways it tackles its structure, themes, major moments and characters. However, given the bigger story beats involving The Royal Guards vs the extermination squad, Pouf’s poetic internalization, Netero’s sacrifice, Meruem’s progression, […]

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