Anyone who has had at least the curiosity to research the anime Hunter x Hunter , will surely come across a confusing order of episodes, which were further complemented by movies, theater musicals and OVAs (Original video animation – animation format with few episodes , released directly on video, without prior showing on television or in the movies).
To put an end to this doubt, let’s explain here the two possible orders to check the anime (and why there are two orders), including all the different adaptations of the manga’s story and information about which episodes of each version of the anime compose. the arcs of the plot.
Hunter vs Hunter 1999 or Hunter vs Hunter 2011?
The choice of which Hunter vs. Hunter to watch will depend on the viewer. What is important to understand is that the two animes are versions of the same story told in Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga.
However, the 1999 version only had 62 episodes, as it ended up reaching manga at the time. In addition, fans who followed the anime during this period even got a musical and three OVAs to check out, two with 8 episodes and one with 14. Continuing the story, these OVAs can be considered part of the 1999 version of Hunter x Hunter .
The 2011 version , in turn, advanced much further in the story, given the advance of the manga as well. This release includes the acclaimed Chimera Ant bow . Although without OVAs to check out together the 148 episodes, the anime won two films in that period.
The choice of which version and order to follow, therefore, is up to the viewer, who can even opt for a combination of the 1999 anime, a more classic version, with the 2011 one, with more modern graphics.
But let’s take orders!
The first order suggested is watching the 2011 anime. If the future Hunter X Hunter fan decides to start with this version, he or she won’t have to worry about OVAs. However, there are movies! Check it out below:
- Hunter X Hunter (2011) – Episodes 1 to 58
- Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge (Film/2013)
- Hunter X Hunter (2011) – Episodes 59 to 75
- Hunter X Hunter: The Last Mission (Film/2013)
- Hunter X Hunter (2011) – Episodes 76 to 148
Order 2 – Mixing the two versions
The second order in which Hunter vs. Hunter can be seen unites the two versions of the anime. Since the story is the same and the animes are extremely similar, it’s possible to start checking out the classic version, then moving on to the most current one.
The only point not very exact is the time to watch the first movie ( Hunter vs. Hunter: Phantom Rouge ), since the story presented until episode 62 of the 1999 version is the same presented until episode 75 of the 2011 version. of the arcs they address, however, our suggestion is as follows:
- Hunter X Hunter (1999) – Episodes 1 to 62
- Hunter X Hunter: Spider (OVA) – Episodes 1 to 8
- Musical Hunter x Hunter (2000)
- Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge (Movie)
- Hunter X Hunter: Greed Island (OVA) – Episodes 1 to 8
- Hunter X Hunter: Greed Island Final (OVA) – Episodes – 1 to 14
- Hunter X Hunter: The Last Mission (Movie)
- Hunter X Hunter (2011) – Episodes 76 to 148
Hunter x Hunter bows
As with other manga, Hunter vs. Hunter has its plot divided into arcs, story lines that are told during a certain number of episodes.
As there are two anime adaptations of the manga, each of them has the arcs in different episodes. In addition, the two animes have already been completed, while the manga is still being published (although with increasing gaps). Meet the bows!
1. Bow Hunter Exam
Young Gon dreams of becoming a hunter. To do so, he undertakes a series of strange and difficult tests, such as walking through a deadly jungle, hunting other candidates, killing a wild boar, facing an extraordinarily long underground marathon and even making sushi.
It is during this exam period that Gon befriends Kurapika, Killua and Leorio, other candidates for the role of hunter. In these episodes, we also meet the antagonist Hisoka. Also one of the candidates, Hisoka is a complex young man who sees Gon as just one opponent to kill as soon as he gets the chance.
- Manga: Chapters 1 to 38
- Anime 1999: Episodes 1 to 31
- Anime 2011: Episodes 1 to 21
2. Zoldyck Family Arch
Gon, Kurapika and Leorio pass the exams to become hunters. After that, they set out on a new adventure to free Killua from his parents’ mansion on Kukuroo Mountain. The young man ended up being expelled from the exam by his brother.
After the rescue, each of the group members decides to take a different path. Leorio goes to medical school to become a professional doctor. Kurapika sets out to become a bounty hunter. Gon and Killua go to Heavens Arena to gain combat experience by training.
- Manga: Chapters 39 to 43
- Anime 1999: Episodes 32 to 36
- Anime 2011: Episodes 22 to 26
3. Arch Heavens Arena
Gon and Killua arrive at Heavens Arena. The venue is a 251-story building where different fighters compete in cash fight tournaments 24 hours a day.
There, the pair meet the master Wing Kung-Fu. He teaches Gon, Killua and a child named Zushi about the Nen energy, a chi-like energy that can be used to manifest superhuman powers. With the teachings of the master, the three start to fight in the tournament to gain money and experience.
To Gon’s surprise, Hisoka is also in the tournament, which turns out to be the perfect occasion for a new confrontation between the two opponents.
- Manga: Chapters 44 to 63
- Anime 1999: Episodes 37 to 44
- Anime 2011: Episodes 27 to 36
4. Yorknew City Arch
Gon, Killua, Leorio and Kurapika meet again to participate in the biggest auction in the world in the metropolis Yorknew City. In this context, Gon, Killua and Leorio try to earn money in different ways to be able to buy the video game Greed Island, which could help Gon find his father.
Kurapika, on the other hand, works as a bodyguard for Neon Nostrade, a meat collector and the daughter of the head of a Mafia family. He tries to approach his clan’s Scarlet Eyes, which will be auctioned in the same city. Meanwhile, the group of thieves who killed Kurapika’s clan, called the Ghost Troopers, are also gathering in the city.
- Manga: Chapters 64 to 119
- 1999 Anime: Episodes 45 to 62 followed by OVA Hunter X Hunter: Spider , episodes 1 to 8
- Anime 2011: Episodes 37 to 58
5. Greed Island Arch
Gon, Killua and Leorio return to help Kurapika recover after the battle with the Phantom Troupe. Leorio and Kurapika depart again, and Gon and Killua have the opportunity to join a team hired by billionaire Battera.
After joining the team, Gon and Killua train Nen with experienced master Biscuit Krueger, a 57-year-old woman who looks like a 12-year-old girl. When a player nicknamed Bomber starts blowing up other players, Gon, Killua and Biscuit team up to fight it.
The Phantom Troupe also travels to Greed Island looking for a Nen remover to remove the Nen blade Kurapika placed on Chrollo Lucilfer to nullify his powers.
- Manga: Chapters 120 to 185
- 1999 Anime: Hunter X Hunter: Greed Island OVAs , episodes 1 through 8, and Hunter X Hunter: Greed Island Final , episodes 1 through 14 (End of 1999 anime)
- Anime 2011: Episodes 59 to 75
6. Chimera Ant Arch
After leaving Greed Island, Gon and Killua meet Kite. The three are all hired to investigate a strange mystery: an insect leg that has appeared on the beach. Genetic tests reveal that the leg belongs to an abnormally large Chimera Ant Queen. She happens to be on the coast of an island called NGL (Neo-Green Life).
Before Gon, Killua and Kite arrive at the site to stop the ants from proliferating, the chimeras wipe out most of the island’s population and spawn hundreds of offspring for the next generation.
- Manga: Chapters 186 to 318
- Anime 2011 : Episodes 76 to 136
7. Hunter 13th President Election Arch
After a confrontation with the king of the ants of Chimera, Meruem, the president of Hunter, Netero, passed away. The zodiacs gather to make a new election to choose the new president of Hunter. Ging Freecss, one of the Zodiac members, is leading the establishment. Upon returning, Leorio ends up gaining prominence as one of the main candidates in the elections.
Meanwhile, Killua and his minions use Alluka Zoldyck’s Nen ability to try to save Gon, who remains hospitalized. Concerned about the potential dangers that the use of Alluka’s powers poses, Illumi and Hisoka try to stop Killua.
- Manga: Chapters 319 to 339
- Anime 2011: Episodes 137 to 148 (End of 2011 anime)
8. Expedition Arch to the Dark Continent
Sponsored by the Kakin Empire, the son of Isaac Netero, former president of Hunter, launches an expedition to the forbidden Dark Continent. Pressed by V5, the remaining Zodiacs try to stop him. To do so, the group recruits Leorio and Kurapika to help.
Meanwhile, Ging joins Beyond’s group to try to stop the villain Pariston Hill, former president and former vice president of Hunter. Eventually, V5 endorses Beyond and Kakin’s project, hiring the Hunter Association as an escort.
- Manga: Chapters 340 to 348
9. Succession Contest Arch
The 14 princes of the Kakin Empire must kill each other in a terrible battle as the Black Whale leaves for the Dark Continent. Kurapika has been hired by the eighth queen, Oito Hui Guo Rou, as a bodyguard, but becomes involved in the situation while trying to get closer to the last owner of her clan’s eyes, Prince Tserriednich.
- Manga: Chapters 349 to 357