Bonus Content Volume 1: English cast interviews, art gallery & collectible postcards. Volume 2: Art gallery & collectible postcards
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About Hunter x Hunter Blu-ray Volumes 1 & 2
Hunters are highly specialized people who are licensed to hunt objects, creatures and even other people. Gon Freecss is the 12-year-old son of a legendary Hunter, Ging Freecss, whose whereabouts have been unknown for most of Gon’s life. Wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps, and thinking it will help him find him, Gon decides to become a licensed Hunter. However, Gon has his work cut out for him as most of those who take the Hunter exam fail. It takes a special breed to compete and survive through all the challenges. During the exam, Gon befriends other aspiring Hunters: Leorio, a future doctor; Killua, a member of an elite family of assassins who is Gon’s age; and Kurapika, the only known living member of the Kurta tribe seeking revenge for the massacre of his family. Together, and sometimes on their own, they confront challenges, tests and the possibility of death at every corner, all while becoming stronger, closer as friends, and never giving up on becoming licenced Hunters.
VIZ Media has put together episodes 1 through 26 of this popular shounen remake in two High Definition Blu-ray sets for the enjoyment of all Hunter x Hunter fans, new and old.
Hunter X Hunter Set 1- Official Extended Trailer
Hunter X Hunter Set 2- Official Extended Trailer
On the Outside
The outer sleeves of both Blu-ray sets are wrapped in a brown map of the Hunter x Hunter world. The front of Volume 1 showcases little Gon with his pack and fishing rod, while the back has Leorio, Killua, Kurapika and Gon as a group and some images from the episodes in the volume. Volume 2 has the twisted Hisoka Morow and his playing cards in the front and recent BFFs Gon and Killua looking like normal kids on the back, along with scenes from the same volume.
The actual Blu-ray boxes are very similar to the sleeves, but with more detail as to other characters in each volume. Volume 1 has the same image of Gon and his stuff, but with Leorio, Kurapika and Killua in the background colored in a rough brush-stroke style. Volume 2 has the same Hisoka image from the sleeve, except Gon, Killua, and Illumi decorate the front of Hisoka’s cards.
On the Inside
Once you get inside, you’ll find two Blu-ray discs. Disc 1 includes episodes 1 through 7 and has Gon on it. Disc 2, which showcases Killua holding his skateboard, includes episodes 8 through 13. Besides the discs, there is an envelope with an X and writing in runes which contains three collectible postcards.
Volume 2 also houses 2 Blu-ray discs. Disc 1, with Hisoka printed on it, contains episodes 14 through 20. Disc 2 has episodes 21 through 26 and has Illumi with his signature blank stare on it. Much like in the first volume, there is a similar envelope containing three more collectible postcards.
English Cast Interview: Volume 1’s disc 2 is home to the Blu-ray exclusive interviews with the English cast of Hunter x Hunter. Erica Mendez (voice of Gon Freecss) and Cristina Vee (Killua Zoldyck) tell us about their connection to their characters and what it’s like to be the voice of the pint-sized heroes.
Art Galleries: Both volumes include an art gallery in the second disc of each. Volume 1 has full-color character design sheets of Gon and his family, as well as Leorio, Killua and other characters they meet along the way. This art gallery also includes linework for some of the beautiful backgrounds and vehicles we see in the show, as well as the colored versions. The gallery on Volume 2 gives us a closer look at Hisoka, the Zoldyck family, their enormous compound on Kukuroo Mountain, and other Hunter examinees our boys come across.
Honey’s Final Verdict
Simple and to the point, VIZ Media’s Hunter x Hunter Blu-ray sets have all the action and adventure in HD and with Japanese and English audio and subtitle options. If what you’re looking for is to own the Hunter x Hunter series without too many bells and whistles, this is the route to go. And while the collectible postcards won’t be the main reason to acquire the sets, they are certainly a nice add-on. The absence of a bunch of collectible items and bonuses helps give these sets their reasonable price (especially the second volume), which makes them a very accessible addition to anyone’s anime collection. But probably won’t be enough for the limited edition collector. If you’ve decided you need one or both of these sets, remember to visit VIZ Media’s website for this and more anime and manga content. You can even stream the most recent episodes of some of your favorite shows, including Hunter x Hunter!
We hope you found this article interesting and useful! Do you own these sets already? Do you wish they came with more extras or bonus content? Let us know how you feel in the comments!
Author: Lizzy Nyanko
An otaku as far as I can remember. I grew up playing video games, watching anime in Spanish in Mexico where I grew up, and then was a member of both anime clubs at UTEP for my entire university life when I moved to Texas. I love going to cons, I used to cosplay (always hoping to get back into it), and I got to live in Japan for 2 years and be an otaku there! It was literally a dream come true! Now back in the US, I love being a writer and editor for Honey’s. It’s a great chance to keep up with all the latest anime each season and up to date with all otaku news. And without our readers, that wouldn’t be possible so, thank you for being a part of our hive!!