※ I BELIEVE IN SHERLOCK HOLMES ※ ([personal profile] alory_shannon) wrote2011-10-02 11:12 pm

Hunter x Hunter 2011 - Episode 1!


SO I just got done watching the first episode, I have to go back and read through the whole series again, LMAO. I really rather liked it, and I don't have much to say that hasn't been said elsewhere. The change in pacing is what I noticed the most, really--this first episode was like the first three episodes of the original anime crammed into one. Which is fine, really, though I did sort of go "buh?" at the total lack of Kaito/Kite. I thought this first episode would be more, like, establishing who Gon is and how he behaves and how he's lived his whole life as a ~Nature Boy~ and have the whole thing with Kaito, then put him on the boat as the episode draws to a close and maybe give us a glimpse of Kurapika and Leorio, then end with OH NOES, THERE'S A STORM APPROACHING! But meh, this works fine, and as I said to both [ profile] atiko and [ profile] kirbywarrior1, I love this series so much that I am really just thrilled to see HxH getting ANY sort of new attention, so I am unlikely to be very critical of much of ANYthing, really.

Looking around a bit, I've seen the OP/ED (particularly the ED) catching a lot of flak, musically-speaking....but y'know, I actually sort of really LOVED the new ED. TBH I guess it hits all my music-kinks just right, I can dig some well-done screaming/Screamo music ALTHOUGH ALSO ALSO ALSO now that I think about it, it also reminds me a LOT of VOCALOID-style music! Which I also love, SO. Here it is, if you'd like to see/hear it!

Three more things of note RE: this ED--

-0:35 Kurapika's Past -- HEARTSTRINGS SNAPPED, HOKAY, and I had to run it back IMMEDIATELY and pause it, because it was one of those alsdkfjalsjdWHATdidIjustseewhatIthoughtIsawNOWAYAUGH ;~; moments.
-0:36-0:44 ......I SERIOUSLY laughed aloud at 0:41. |D I sort of........cannot believe that they included that, LMAO And just--OH that is just such a skeevy creepy scene, FFFFFFFFFFFFFF...
-1:07-1:08 KILLUA YOU HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN INTRO'D IN THIS VERSION AND ALREADY YOU ARE KILLING MEEEEE D': The--the PERFECTLY lip-synced 'wasurenaide' ("Don't forget [me]") and that teeeear... (..or drop of blood? Or both..) KID, YOU MAKE MY HEART HURT AND YOU DESERVE ALL THE COOKIES, YOU HEAR ME, ALL OF THEM

The art is fine, it looks...better than the old one, sort-of? Somewhat cleaner and definitely "newer", but like someone else said, shounen anime art does tend to be ~quality~ and this show is no different. I was really hoping for something more along the lines of FMA/FMA:B, but...well, we'll see. It's CERTAINLY not bad enough to keep me from watching it every week, haha, but as I said, I absolutely adore this series, so. YES, I LIKED IT JUUUUUUUUST FINE.

And~ I took some screenshots, so icons should follow tomorrow! ...Though they will almost ALL be of Kurapika with maybe one or two Killua, hahahaaaaa character bias what is that. Made the icon I'm using for this entry from one of those screens, so if you like what you see there, check back tomorrow to snag yourself something. ;]

[identity profile] 2011-10-03 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
Hopefully it won't get to the point shonen anime sometimes reach where they just kinda... you know... FORGET to double-check certain things before the episodes go out. lol

[identity profile] 2011-10-03 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, here's hoping none of them end up LOOKING KINDA COOL or anything equally terrible.

[identity profile] 2011-10-03 04:51 am (UTC)(link)
Dude, off topic, but I've been watching the show Suburban Shootout, and I was like "Tom Hiddleston, why does that sound so familiar...OMG THOR."

So you should watch it, because his character is adorable.

[identity profile] 2011-10-03 05:05 am (UTC)(link)

..Ahem, I mean, YES, I've been meaning to! Where exactly are you watching it, if you don't mind my asking?

[identity profile] 2011-10-03 05:06 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I got it off netflix, but the whole first season is like $6 on amazon, so I'd buy it. The series itself is awesome.

[identity profile] 2011-10-03 05:19 am (UTC)(link)
...That is very tempting, but I think I'd best borrow it from Netflix first. Grad school has made me super-poor. :[
inthetatras: People planted in the ground like flowers sprouting in spring. (Kurapika)

[personal profile] inthetatras 2011-10-06 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
I myself thought the pacing was just fine. It's been a while since I read the early parts of the manga, but I felt that this new anime, episode one of it at least, fit the manga's pacing better than the first anime adaptation of it. Regardless of which is truly "better," it at least has given me the impression it won't waste time on anime filler that isn't actually needed. It's that last part that's key, as some series often suffer from exactly that. With a series this long, they can probably animate for two straight years, no breaks, and still not catch up to the manga.

I'm looking forward to this show a lot.

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, what I came away from this with most of all was that 'DAMN I need to re-read this manga STAT' feeling. SO much love for this series, I don't even. Much as I love it, I do think the first anime series is a little slow in parts, and the beginning in particular kind-of dragged a I guess if you combined how both of these two series handled the beginning of the show, you'd have the perfect pacing. XD But yes, I also REALLY hope they don't go off into Filler-Land. 8| really no excuse for something like that with this series, not with 300+ chapters of it already out there.

Me too! Here's hoping it stays true to its excellent source-matter. :]

...Ah, this is semi-random, but--any idea why they replaced all the seiyuu? It's a different company making it, isn't it, but I always thought the Japanese were usually extremely good about making sure the same people voiced the same characters in extras or extensions of the original show. Was it contract issues, I wonder, or were they trying to start with a totally clean slate? I really liked Kurapika's seiyuu--Kaida Yuki was excellent, and she hit that boyish light tenor tone perfectly. It's probably too soon to tell about Kurapika's new seiyuu, but my initial thought was...he REALLY sounds like a girl. |D;
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2011-10-08 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
It indeed is a different animation studio; Studio Pierrot (or whatever it was, I know it was something Pierrot) is no longer in business, and this project was picked up with Madhouse. I'm not certain as to the particular reasons about the recasting. It could be a number of things; I believe that one or more of the main cast characters' original seiyuus haven't done any new roles in several years, so his/her/their disinterest in reprising the original role could have been a factor. I have to admit that I preferred Kaida Yuki's voicework for Kurapica, but then again, I am biased because she also voices Fuji Syuusuke ♥. This was the news post for how I found out about the new anime; I stopped reading after a few pages, but it's possible that there might be some info in there. There's definitely a good lot of speculation.

Edit: here. Go to post number 216. From there on there is info from the director.
Edited 2011-10-08 04:42 (UTC)

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 04:01 pm (UTC)(link)
...Less violence? How're they gonna pull THAT one off, I wonder... And, and, in the ED, they have Hisoka's SHINING CROTCH, so how is that "not perverted"? Unless...that's the only time they're going to do anything like that, but it's just such an integral part of who that character is, that he IS such a creepy creeper...I dunno how they can really...change that without the storyline suffering at least somewhat. =\ ..I mean..."A BRAVE MAN"...? What the what.

Also YES I knew Kaida Yuki voiced Fuji as well! She was great there, too, and lol there's nothing wrong with being biased, I say. ^_^
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2011-10-08 08:18 pm (UTC)(link)
This is merely speculation, but I'm assuming for now that by "less violence" the director means less graphic violence depicted on-screen. Minor tweaks. The thing about Hisoka is harder to believe; I am right there with you in the "how are they going to change that without the storyline suffering?" camp. Maybe less overt perving? The anime is being broadcast at 10:55am in Japan, so it could partly be due to the timeslot that things are being tamped down a bit.

[identity profile] 2011-10-07 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
Heyyyy How the fuck are ya!

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
Hey! :D I the fuck am pretty good, how 'bout you?

[identity profile] 2011-10-10 08:35 am (UTC)(link)
I'm pretty fucking legit! Finally cooling off after a hot summer spent in Virginia and months before that in Hawaii. Never thought I'd be glad to say I was cold

[identity profile] 2011-10-10 02:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Glad to hear it. :] And...Virginia? What on earth were you doing there?

[identity profile] 2011-10-10 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Visiting friends/making new ones, touring the east coast. I got to go to Otakon and do a lot of firsts. Like living in a big city, train rides, the metro, TURNSTILES gah.

[identity profile] 2011-10-12 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, that sounds like fun! I am le jealous of your Otakon venture.

Also, YES turnstiles are the Devil in inanimate-object-form. :|

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:05 am (UTC)(link)
& random, but (of course) this ( made me think of you. X'D

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
I snickered.

So then... where my snacks?

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:17 am (UTC)(link)
Victory! \o/

...You should at least come out from under the bed first.
Edited 2011-10-18 06:19 (UTC)

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:22 am (UTC)(link)
I can't. Itachi will eyerape me again

lol what even is this, mini-RP? |D

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:29 am (UTC)(link)
...He's the one you're most worried about?


[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:34 am (UTC)(link)
If Hidan starts stipping again, we'll bump him up to number one threat, but not until then

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:45 am (UTC)(link)
................/sets down a mug of tea juuuust out of reach for someone who's under the bed :]

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:49 am (UTC)(link)
Curses, I was fooled by your cunning intellect

Also that icon reminds me of Azula *horror*

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 06:58 am (UTC)(link)
Well really, who could resist tea?

Lol, no no! I wouldn't pull an Azulafais on you--that's Chloe Valens from the JRPG Tales of Legendia.

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 07:02 am (UTC)(link)


[identity profile] 2011-10-18 07:07 am (UTC)(link)
SHE DOES. 8| Especially in the last few episodes where she reeeeeeally starts to lose it.

...Or maybe the beach episode where she tries to be "normal" is the scariest one of all...

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 07:10 am (UTC)(link)

".... K. Bye now."

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 07:14 am (UTC)(link)
......................Yeeeeeeeeeeah beach episode is scariest, hands-down, isn't it. |D;;;;;;;

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 07:43 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, yes.

[identity profile] 2011-10-18 08:29 am (UTC)(link)
And Jesus wept (