I certainly enjoyed the second episode just fine. This is an agreeably high-energy series, bright and loud and cheerful – though I know it gets darker as it goes along. I find Gon’s sunny optimism quite likeable, and it’s nice to hear Fujiwara Keiji cutting up in a light-hearted role. The premise is pretty straightforward and easy to grasp, and not uninteresting. I don’t have anything to compare it to as I haven’t read the manga or seen the original series, bur so far I have nothing to complain about.
At the same time, I’m somewhat hard-pressed to find too much to say about it. I dislike writing blog posts that amount to summaries of what happened – I figure you’ve already seen the episode if you’re reading them, or at least are trying to make up your mind whether you should bother. So it fundamentally comes down to two things – analysis and opinion. With a series like Mawaru Penguin Drum, analysis can carry you through the entire post. But Hunter x Hunter (and most series like it) are pretty straightforward, without a lot of subtext, and opinion can only take you so far. My opinion in this case? I like it. It’s pretty fun, and looks nice.
So while I plan to continue watching, I confess I’m a bit torn about whether to blog this show. I don’t want to just fill space, but I also know things supposedly get darker and more complex as we get deeper into the series – and the second main character hasn’t even appeared yet. So if there’s a consensus of genuine interest among the readers, maybe I’ll keep up with it – otherwise, I’ll probably switch to lurker mode. Let me know what you think.