Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hunter x Hunter Vol.1: A review

Author: Yoshihiro Togashi
Info: VIZ Media LLC, copyright 2005, 184 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Who knew becoming a Hunter could be so much fun?!

Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other men. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.

Gon might be a country boy, but he has high aspirations. Despite his Aunt Mito's protests, Gon decides to follow in his father's footsteps and become a legendary Hunter. The Hunter hopefuls begin their journey by storm-tossed ship, where Gon meets Leorio and Kurapika, the only other applicants who aren't devastated by bouts of seasickness.

Having survived the terrors of the high seas, Gon and his companions now have to prove their worth in a variety of tests in order to find the elusive Exam Hall. And once they get there, will they ever leave alive...?

~Goodreads Description~

Man, it feels like FOREVER since I've read a manga.  Thank goodness I really liked Hunter x Hunter!  I will definitely be following up with the remaining volumes.

Gon dreams of being a Hunter, chasing treasures and creatures, just like his father who is, apparently, a hunting legend.  But becoming a Hunter isn't a walk in the park.  Despite his aunt's protests, Gon decides to make the journey to the Exam Hall and test his skills to earn a license and follow in his father's footsteps.

The characters are quirky, I actually understand the plot (which is always helpful!), and there's plenty of action to keep me interested.  Just a fun read that I definitely recommend.

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