Hunter x Hunter Vol. #06 (Mania.com)

By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, January 03, 2006



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yoshihiro Togashi
Translated by:Lillian Olsen
Adapted by:Lillian Olsen

What They Say
Gon and Killua have split off from the rest of the group to spend the next six months training at Heaven's Arena. But despite the skills they came in with, the friends are quickly outmatched by another young fighter who can access the mysterious power called "Nen." Nobody will hire a Nen-less Hunter, so Gon and Killua are determined to learn quickly. Do they have what it takes to become Nen masters?

The Review
Gon and Killula have made it to the 50th floor of Heaven's Arena, where they meet a young boy named Zushi, who winds up being Killula's next opponent. Killula manages to beat Zushi, but it isn't as easy as Killula had anticipated, thanks to a strange technique called Ren. According to Zushi's teacher Wing, it's a technique that allows a fighter to focus their will. But he doesn't seem to be entirely honest, and is definitely holding something back.

With relative ease, Gon and Killula both work their way up to the very top of the arena, where the rules change and all bets are off. Waiting for them is Hisoka, who warns them off and prevents them from making it to the registration desk with his own Nen power. They have just twenty four hours to find a way to master Nen and register, or Killula will be barred from ever returning to the arena again. Forced to reevaluate his opinion of the two boys, and deciding that not teaching them would be more dangerous in the long run, Wing steps in to teach them the secrets of Nen. They pick up the basics quickly, but not quick enough for Gon, who jumps into his first battle with Gido, a man who battles with dancing tops.

Gon makes it out of his first fight, but not without some serious injuries that require months to heal. Wing makes him promise to not fight again until he's healed, and decides to continue training both boys. Kurapika, meanwhile, is looking for work with his new Hunter's license, but not having much luck because he lacks Nen abilities as well - apparently, getting the Hunter's license isn't the final test to becoming a true Hunter. Hisoka has his own match to fight back in the arena, and it ends up revealing quite a bit about his abilities and sociopathic personality.

Hunter x Hunter is standard shounen fare, and this volume illustrates that in spades. The tournament, the special abilities, the impossible growth in strength of the main characters - it's all here. Even the art is simplistic at best. Still, there's something about the story that is utterly charming, and despite using common tropes, Togashi manages to avoid the worst of the pitfalls and keeps the story fresh.



Mania Grade: B-
Art Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 7.99
Pages: 202
ISBN: 1-4215-0185-6
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left