- Oct 26, 2017
The Dark Continent reveal was so hype
They use "Nen" which is a made up term exclusive to the HxH world.I have a random question... Does the HxH anime ever use the word "energy"?
Me and my friend somehow got on the subject on the usage of the word "power" and "energy" for these kind of shows. He said energy sounds weird and is never used, it's always "power", and "energy" only used for DBZ. I'm like wat, I'm pretty sure I hear both used pretty much in any of these shows, they are interchangable in many instances. And becuase of this dumb argument I'm looking out for it now. I've noticed yu yu hakusho uses energy. What about HxH?
Ok there's a power drop. Now I need an energy drop to support my side smh. Though in this case I don't think energy would be as interchangable. Now "use your full energy" would sound weird.
oh i c
Damn, this one put me on a rollercoaster... It got me thinking...
Here's three-in-one.Damn, this one put me on a rollercoaster... It got me thinking...
Like is he talking about "nen" energy? Or is he just talking about like, "normal" energy like how we call it irl? Uvo is mentioning here that he still has the energy to strike back after the punch, but it's not like his punch absorbs nen. Getting phsyically hurt doesn't mean your nen is getting drained, does it? Idk.
If I knew he was referring directly to "nen energy" then this would be exactly what I want.
Ok I'm gonna put this one in my evidence pile anyway, and I know this sounds frustratingly picky, but something about this being a technical breakdown of the relationship between "aura" and "nen", and not being as broad of a usage of the term, makes me feel this case can be argued against somehow.
Some energy from Heavens Arena.Ok I'm gonna put this one in my evidence pile anyway, and I know this sounds frustratingly picky, but something about this being a technical breakdown of the relationship between "aura" and "nen", and not being as broad of a usage of the term, makes me feel this case can be argued against somehow.
I looked up the actual technical difference between power and energy, and energy is basically dormant/capacity, and power is the rate of producing or consuming energy.
So technically Uvo should be saying power here? Or wait.... Idk... This is deep. (Not that the convo was about all of that, just about how it's used these stories)
Oh duh... I forgot about all this. Thanks, this is going in the pile! Dunno if power would be interchangable here, but this is good anyway since this is directly referring to the "magic" as energy (which was my main point).
I don't know if I just missed this back then, but more from that interview, mostly on stuff pre-HxH:Full interview with Togashi, conducted in November 2017 (let me know if you spot any typos).
I feel like today’s Shonen Jump is where I belong more than ever.
Yoshihiro Togashi creates his manga strategically, always thinking about how he is perceived as a manga artist. With his massively successful manga Yu Yu Hakusho, he decided from the very beginning that it would transition from a good story to a battle manga, turning the series into a major driving force in the popularity of 1990s Shonen Jump. With his next series called Level E, Togashi offered a story-centered sci-fi manga to show a different side of himself to readers, obliterating the image once associated with him through Yu Yu Hakusho.
Then Hunter x Hunter was born in 1998, which is still in serialization today.
“This isn’t a very charming way to put it, but since I was creating manga for Shonen Jump, I mainly focused on making my next one a ‘hit.’ Since the latter half of Yu Yu Hakusho, I started paying really close attention to reader polls. Instead of just focusing on my own ranking, I would look at them all, zeroing in on which artist and story were number one. Analyzing those polls made me realize that, in order to get votes, I’d have to do a sports manga or a battle manga, which have clear winners and losers. So I decided a battle manga would be good for my next one.”
When asked why he didn’t choose sports, he laughed and said he thought it would be “a pain in the butt.”
“For a sports manga, the setting has to be modern. That can be a real hassle (laughs). You have to be careful not to make the characters wear outdated clothes, and other things like that start to add up. But for a battle manga that doesn’t take place in modern times, you can just say, ‘Hey, these clothes are fashionable in this world!’ (laughs).”
Togashi started Hunter x Hunter in this way, a die-hard battle manga combined with a deep story, that clearly reflected his own personality. The main character Gon is unique, because he may look cute at a glance, but he won’t waver in a fight, and even leaves readers with a sense of fear.
“At first I wanted to make Gon into a ‘good boy’ sort of character, who would rank in high as someone you’d want as your own son. But, I guess from the setting phase of the first volume to be serialized, I knew he was different. As soon as he declares he’ll abandon the one who raised him to work as a Hunter, we realize he’s not such a good boy after all. I thought, ‘Man, this guy is really edgy.’ (laughs) But since he has the blood of his father, a man who abandoned his child and became a Hunter himself, I thought it was fitting for him to declare this. I thought he was a very natural character.”
He says making the hero into an “edgy character” fit well with the direction of the story.
“If he was a level-headed character instead of an edgy one, I’d have to deal with the aspect of hesitation when it comes to fighting battles. I suppose going in that direction could be fun in its own way, but I didn’t want that trait to take the forefront in this manga. After all, I couldn’t abandon the readers who want to read a good battle manga. I’m glad I decided to make a character like Gon into the protagonist, since I didn’t have to deal with that hesitation aspect. But at the same time, I couldn’t leave out the calm, level-headed character either, so that’s the personality I gave to Leorio. When I draw characters, they tend to be tall with slightly high cheek bones. Kuwabara from Yu Yu Hakusho is like that too.”
I have my own standards to meet in order to keep drawing for Shonen Jump.
Twenty years have passed since Hunter x Hunter was first serialized. A lot of manga artists run into mental and physical hurdles trying to continue writing for Shonen Jump, but Togashi seems to be quite carefree.
“That comes from my shameless personality. Serious manga artists feel they can’t last in Shonen Jump, because those who stay with the magazine are judged on a weekly basis, and they don’t think they can create every week. I guess it’s pretty weird that someone creating at my pace can stay with Shonen Jump for so long (laughs).”
In spite of that comment, Togashi has a clear set of standards he puts himself under to continue working for Shonen Jump.
“My series is so long (Dark Continent Expedition arc), but I can’t bring myself to quit part way through. I know it probably sounds self-contradictory, but by setting that dilemma aside, I set a personal standard based on the number of comics published. If the actual number falls below my standard, I feel like the readers are telling me there’s no point in keeping it going. But if the number exceeds that standard, it shows me that the readers think it’s just as interesting as I do, so I want to keep it running.”
Now that Togashi has seen the inner workings of Shonen Jump for so long, how does he feel about it?
“This could be a trend of the times, but I feel like the readership is changing. And that ‘macho’ feel the magazine has had for so long is rapidly decreasing. So I feel like this modern Shonen Jump is unmistakably where I belong. And I think it’s easier to put interesting shojo manga (girls’ manga) elements into the stories now compared to the old days.”
He also pays close attention to manga created by young artists. In particular, Dr. Stone, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and WORLD TRIGGER.
“I intentionally stay away from battle manga as a reader. And if I happen to see some material that eerily similar to Hunter x Hunter, I’ll pretend I never saw it (laughs). Today’s manga artists are really well-groomed. When it comes to fashion and nice clothes... Since the early days, I didn’t care much about anything other than creating manga. If I could get by without eating, bathing, or sleeping, then I wouldn’t do those things. That was easy when I was younger, and I always wanted to keep human contact to a minimum. But with that attitude, I couldn’t meet with people who cared about outer appearances (laughs). So when I meet with the young artists today, I try to keep myself groomed to an acceptable level, just the bare minimum to get by.”
I want to finish Hunter x Hunter the right way.
“They let me do whatever I want.”
His currently serialized work is tough, but can also be fun.
“The series I’m doing now might look like a huge hassle from other perspectives, but I have a great time doing it. When I was younger, I could hardly get the green light for things I wanted to do, but now at long last, they let me do whatever I want.”
Sometimes there are things he wants to “get payback for” that he wasn’t able to create when he was younger.
“Romantic comedies (laughs). But I’m not young enough to do those kinds of things anymore, so sometimes I think it’s better to have someone else illustrate my stories. I wrote a story last year called AKUTEN WARS (illustrated by Hachi Mizuno). I figure if letting someone else do the illustrations makes it a better product, I don’t have any qualms with it. With Level E, I actually wanted to use more realistic drawings. But I felt there were two types of readers―the ones who wouldn’t mind if someone else illustrated my stories, and the ones who want to read a manga that I’ve written and illustrated. I’m still not sure how to balance that issue to please the most people. For some genres I feel like it’s fine to leave to the illustrations to someone else.”
Perhaps many manga will soon be released by Togashi, with artists able to best illustrate his unique brand of worlds.
“I also need to think about wrapping up Hunter x Hunter once and for all. There have been a lot of times when it stops showing up on the pages of Shonen Jump, and I’m sure people are wondering what I’m doing. But just as a comedian doesn’t show up on TV for a while sometimes, he’s still working somewhere else, and I’m working every day. Sometimes I’m not sure which will expire first, the series or me (laughs). I feel like I want to end it the right way. But in a way, you can say it has ended once, at the moment Gon met Ging. I think some readers thought it ended with that scene, and I write it that way on purpose. Generally I want people to think that there’s still some room to continue on. When reading Shonen Jump, sometimes I’ve thought, ‘This series should end right at this point.’ And I’ve gotten mad when they decide to keep it going. As a reader I don’t want to lose that kind of feeling. But right now with Hunter x Hunter, I feel like I still want to see it continue on from a reader’s perspective. As as the artist, I still enjoy doing the story and illustrations. So I ask for those who choose to keep following me on this journey for their continued support.”
It's a decent little series. However unlikely, I'm hoping it gets an official release someday.
I've never read the manga, but it has a solid anime adaptation by David Production. I definitely recommend it.
It was released digitally and in print here in brazil, and i work at the publisher sooooo
So you finished Chapter Black?I wish I was compiling all the comparisons from YYH to HxH I came across, because I had more. But here are some
The whole chapter black thing and the human atrocities, and the themes about humans maybe being lowkey worse than demons reminds me of all that studd in the Chimera Ant arc about what Humans are capable of, and how they're just as bad as the ants and all that jazz.
Togashi REALLY likes that Knuckle hairstyle. Also the Sensui guy kinda looks similar to the dark skinned tall dude that dies in the Yorknew arc.
Kishi probably got his shadow possesion jutsu from that shadow guy in YYH.
Lastly, togashi is a gamer