When it comes to anime, it seems like the name of the game is over-saturation. The medium has becoming an increasingly popular one over the years, and studios have been all too happy to crank out series after series. Today, there are thousands of shows out there to suit every fan, but it can be difficult to suss through slogs of irrelevant shows.
For Hunter x Hunter fans, the plight can be a particularly difficult one. The acclaimed shonen series is an outlier of its genre as it tips its hat more towards grand journeys than back-breaking battles. Hunter x Hunter is more preoccupied with following hero Gon Freecss as he works to become a professional hunter in order to reunite with his estranged father. With child protagonists and a string of eccentric side characters, finding an anime to fit Hunter x Hunter fans is difficult. But no - it’s not impossible.
Here at ComicBook.com, we’ve done the work for you and come up with a list of five anime series Hunter x Hunter fans are bound to love.
Yuu Yuu Hakusho
First, there’s Yuu Yuu Hakusho. The two series may not be similar thematically, but the pair are closely linked in style and aesthetic. After all, the creator of Hunter x Hunter was the man behind Yuu Yuu Hakusho; There is bound to be crossover.
Yuu Yuu Hakusho dips into the supernatural as the anime tells the story of a teenager named Yusuke Urameshi. The rough kid once saved the life of a young boy, sacrificing his life to do so. However, without a place in either heaven or hell to rest, Yusuke is tasked with becoming an detective for the underworld.
Fullmetal Alchemist / FMA: Brotherhood
Another anime series to consider if you’re a Hunter x Hunter lover is Fullmetal Alchemist. The acclaimed series is one that also does away with over-the-top battles for consistent character development. But, of course, there are a few nail-biting action sequences to keep you on edge.
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Fullmetal Alchemist tells the story of two brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric. The duo are trained in the art of alchemy, but they take the practice too far as children. After crippling themselves, the pair traverse the country and become state alchemist whilst they search for a magical object known as the Philosopher’s Stone. But, along the way, the pair become embroiled in a government conspiracy that threatens the world.
The Seven Deadly Sins
As the newer anime on the list, anime fanatics may not be as familiar with The Seven Deadly Sins - but Hunter x Hunter fans need to get on the hype train ASAP. If you favor the latter series’ humor and grand world-building, then you will fall for the Netflix anime with ease.
The Seven Deadly Sins tells the historical tale of a group of knights who once looked over the land of Britannia. After being unfairly disbanded, the knights go their separate ways and are presumed dead. But, when a rogue group of Holy Knights overtake the kingdom, Britannia’s princess goes in search of the fabled group. And, with the help of the Seven Deadly Sins, war is waged over the coveted country.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
If you are into Hunter x Hunter because of its unexpectedly badass heroes, then you will want to tune into Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Saddled with two young protagonists, both anime series follow its leads as they grow in strength and use their extensive travels to make them into top-tier heroes.
Reborn! finds its hero in Tsunayoshi Sawada, a young boy who has his world turned upside down when he learns he’s to become the tenth mafia boss of the Vongola Family. The fearsome clan sends a infantile hitman named Reborn to train up Sawada, and the hero gradually learns to use his strength for good. And, while he’s at it, he also tackles a few dozen daddy issues to boot.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
For anime fans looking to binge, you will find a comfy friend in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Like Hunter x Hunter, the anime is filled with mystical storylines and action-packed fights. And, most importantly, the leads of Magi are as every bit as entertaining as Gon tends to be.
Dressed with magic, Magi followed two heroes named Aladdin and Ali Baba as they travel ever nook and cranny of their mysterious world. The former is a magician imbued with magic while the Ali is a merchant seeking dungeon treasure. The two band together with other comrades as they infiltrate mystical labyrinths overseen by guardians known as Djinns. However, the duo encounter their world’s cruel, corrupt nature, and it leaves them questioning whether their paths really work towards a greater good.