Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge Review by Panagiotis Drakopoulos

If you're a huge fan of the popular manga anime series Hunter x Hunter, then the first feature-length animated film in this successful franchise will disappoint you. Don't get me wrong, the production value of this animated film is incredible, but the story itself really drags this film down. The story takes place shortly before the Greed Island arc, and Kurapika notices a familiar child, who happens to be his close childhood friend from the Kurta Clan, Pyro. Kurapika's moment of happiness soon turns into horror when Pyro steals his eyes  It's up to Gon and the rest of the group to get back Kurapika's eyes and figure out what's going on. The film feels like a three filler episode arc from the television series that got a movie budget. It's an awful story that offers nothing special to the Hunter x Hunter and follows the similar formula we see in other popular shonen series getting animated films, where the movies aren't really officially part of the cannon. Fans of this series should definitely skip it.

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