Hunter x Hunter has managed to grow into a huge sensation in the anime world. The incredible world-building and grasping characters make for excellent selling points. The plot is solid and very well structured, with exciting build-ups and very satisfying payoffs. The Chimera Ant Arc is widely considered one of the best arcs in anime history. However, with the mangaka’s problems, Togashi’s health, the story has come to a standstill. He has tried his best to continue with the story but is currently unable to do so and is on a long hiatus. So in this list, we’ll be taking a look at the top 10 best anime like Hunter x Hunter.
If you’ve just completed the 148th episode of HxH, I have one good and one bad news for you. The good news is that the story continues for a few more chapters in the manga, and the bad news is that the manga is on hiatus due to Togashi sensei’s health. While you’re waiting for more on Hunter x Hunter, you can check out other animes just like it.
10. One Piece
- Episodes: Unknown (ongoing series)
- Studios: Toei Animation
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
- Aired: Oct 20, 1999, to present
One of the most famous animes of the decade, One Piece, is similar to HxH because of its adventure theme. In this anime, we follow the journey of Luffy as he sets out to complete his dream of becoming the best pirate. He forms a crew and heads out to many different locations, making various friends and foes along the way. The anime has many epic fight scenes, which many Hunter x Hunter fans also enjoyed.
- Episodes: 26
- Studios: ufotable
- Genres: Action, Demons, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural
- Aired: Apr 6, 2019, to Sep 28, 2019
This anime gained immense popularity a few years ago and is still gaining many fans. The show has a story that can rival the likes of HxH and a cast that is just as interesting. Many fans of HxH tend to see similarities in the plot of the two shows, something that attracts many people into watching the show. In this series, we follow Tanjiro, who lives in a world where Demons exist. He fights and kills many demons regularly, but his own little sister becomes a demon one unfortunate day. We follow their journey as he tries to rescue his sister, meeting various people along the way, many of who join him with their own goals in mind.
- Episodes: 64
- Studios: Bones
- Genres: Action, Military, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
- Aired: Apr 5, 2009, to Jul 4, 2010
Hunter x Hunter has a great story supported with strong character development. The characters have flaws, and they’re fleshed out very well. They work on their weaknesses and develop themselves to become better people constantly. This is something that is strongly observed in FmA: B as well. Moreover, this is also coupled with a plot that touches many deep themes and is a fascinating watch if you are interested in philosophy. The series follows Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers, who try to resurrect their dead mother using forbidden alchemy. They pay a heavy price for this and lose their bodies. Now, they’re in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, a fabled stone that can perhaps help them lead better lives. However, on the hunt for the stone, they will face many trials and tribulations, learning a lot about the truth of the world they live in.
- Episodes: 25
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
- Aired: Oct 7, 2012, to Mar 31, 2013
Magi has an adventure element very similar to that of our gang’s various adventures in HxH. There’s an underlying theme of quests in this show. While there aren’t any tournaments, the protagonist faces many magical creatures and powerful beasts worldwide. Aladdin is a kind and helpful magician who ends up in a dungeon in his town after a series of unfortunate events. This leads to him having adventures after adventures in different parts of the world, where he meets many people along the way.
6. Hikaru no Go
- Episodes: 75
- Studios: Studio Pierrot
- Genres: Comedy, Game, Shounen, Supernatural
- Aired: Oct 10, 2001, to Mar 26, 2003
This unexpectedly strategic show has a simple core premise- A board game called Go. Hikaru discovers a “Go” board while going through his grandfather’s attic. Upon touching it, he releases an ancient Go instructor’s spirit, Sai Fujiwara no. Initially, he is uninterested in the game and only reluctantly agrees to play, but upon meeting the Go prodigy Akira Touya, he begins to develop a great interest in the game.
Hikaru grows to improve his abilities. Sai’s goal is to master a divine Go technique that no player has ever been able to learn, through Hikaru. It bears a resemblance with HxH because the main character is consistently underestimated because of how he looks. Moreover, the game scenes in the series are highly strategic and feel like that of an adrenaline-inducing HxH battle.
- Episodes: 24
- Studios: White Fox
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
- Aired: Jul 7, 2014, to Dec 15, 2014
This show first introduces us to a broken political system. A country in ruins because of the greedy rule of Prime Minister Honest, making use of a child emperor’s inexperience to his own profit. Our protagonist begins a journey from his impoverished village in search of help. However, he ends up finding a home in the ideals of the Night Raid, a group of assassins rising against the Prime Minister.
Akame ga Kill has a dark theme similar to the later episodes of HxH; moreover, it has well animated and intense battle scenes and a well laid-out plot. The scenes in this series are beautiful enough to compete against the best of even HxH.
- Episodes: 112
- Studios: Studio Pierrot
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Martial Arts, Shounen
- Aired: Oct 10, 1992, to Jan 7, 1995
The author of HxH himself created this series. It holds many traits similar to those of HxH, the pacing, the tournaments, the power levels, the strategic battles, and that unexplainable factor we found ourselves falling in love with in HxH. This show’s story follows our main protagonist Yusuke, a delinquent who tries to save a young boy’s life and kills himself in the process. Upon death, he doesn’t seem to fit in either Hell or Heaven and thus has to be transported to give a few tests under the guidance of the Death God, Botan. He now works as a spirit detective, instructed with removing all the evil and dangerous spiritual presences on the Earth. Many of the characters in this show share similarities with HxH characters- Gon and Yusuke, Kurama and Kurapika, Killua and Hiei, Leorio and Kuwabara are alike.
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Bones
- Genres: Action, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural
- Aired: Jul 11, 2016, to Sep 27, 2016
By the creator of One Punch Man, this manga shows us the story of Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, a student who has tapped into his massive inner reserve of psychic abilities. This anime bears similarity with HxH in its bizarre world and the characters that thrive in it. The power scaling in both the shows is also similar to some extent and drives us to watch more. We follow Kageyama’s journey, as he uses his powers to ward off evil spirits and help the innocent ones safely pass into the afterlife, while also wanting to gain the admiration of his school crush, Tsubomi. With exciting fight scenes and a compelling story, Mob Psycho 100 deserves your attention if you like Hunter x Hunter.
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: CloverWorks
- Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Thriller, Shounen
- Aired: Jan 10, 2019, to Mar 29, 2019
One thing that many viewers found compelling in HxH was the intense world-building. While we intitally glance at a world that is joyful and wondrous, we’re soon thrust into the darker side of the Shonen. Something similar can be seen in The Promised Neverland. This series is set in the Grace Field House, where many orphans live together as a single family, tended to by their caretaker, “Isabella,” lovingly called mama by the children. They can do as they please in the house; however, they must take a test daily, and the children are warned from going far away from the house. The oldest children soon begin to unravel something mysterious surrounding the house’s nature, learning of the horror that awaits them and the sinister nature of their beloved mama. The Promised Neverland shares battles of meticulous strategizing, something that was very compelling to watch in HxH as well.
- Episodes: 13
- Studios: Kinema Citrus
- Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
- Aired: Jul 7, 2017, to Sep 29, 2017
The Abyss is a gaping chasm that digs deep into the Earth, and the people that are brave enough to enter it are called Divers. Rika is a novice Diver who aspires to become like her mother, the legendary Diver, Lyza the Annihilator. However, her mother has gone missing, and Riko doesn’t know where. One day, she meets a robot with the appearance of a young boy. He has no memories until their encounter, and she names him Reg. The two believe that the technology to build him can only be from the Abyss and head off on a journey inside the gaping pit.
The two go on an adventure but are unaware of the kind of world that awaits them in the Abyss. This anime shares similarities with HxH since both the anime start as light-hearted and beautiful ones but later dive into deep and dark themes. If you want to treat yourself to a captivating adventure, beautiful sceneries, a capturing story, and a beautiful sound track, this anime is a must-watch.
Now, these anime share many themes similar to Hunter x Hunter, but the authentic experience is something that you, unfortunately, can’t find again. Each show is excellent in its own right and excels in different aspects. If you liked the sense of adventure and wonder in HxH, Black Clover, Gate Jietai, and The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime are anime that you will also like.
If what grabbed you into the HxH world was the dark, thriller, and psychological aspect of the show, you should check out From the New World, Land of the Lustrous, Claymore, Liars Game, Monsters, and Berserk.
Now that we’ve seen some anime to help you quench your Hunter x Hunter thirst, let’s also reminisce the show, looking at the top 10 best episodes of the splendid series.
10. Revenge X And X Recovery (Episode 116)
This episode boasts an outstanding rating of 9.2 on IMDb. We watch as Gon and Killua confront Neferpitou; they find it healing a gravely injured Komugi. Gon is extremely enraged when Pitou asks for more time to heal Komugi. The episode slowly built an element of exciting suspense and made me wobble to the edge of my seat. The payoff for this episode is also great, as it comes up in the next episode, which is also on this list.
9. Assault x And x Impact (Episode 52)
The Phantom Troupe decides to avenge Uvogin’s death and infiltrate the auction to cause destruction and honor him. The Ten Don’s are sent to deal with Chrollo, who kills them all one after the other. Soon, the legendary Zoldyck family’s assassins, Zeno and Silva, appear in the scene. This battle is considered to be one of the best in the series. The episode has a rating of 9.2.
8. Past x And x Future (Episode 148)
This episode is the last in the first season. It shows the interaction we have been waiting for, for a long time. Since the beginning of the show, we have been excitedly marking time for Gon to meet Ging, and this episode has him finally meeting his father, fulfilling a deep desire of his heart. This episode also has a 9.2 rating.
7. Light x And x Darkness (Episode 85)
The last scene of this episode was very scarring and something that most fans didn’t see coming. Gon, Killua, and Kite continue exploring the forest until they encounter an extremely powerful Nen aura. Soon, Pitou appears in front of them after a mighty leap, cutting off Kite’s arm. Grasping the sheer amount of difference in powers, Killua hits Gon to stop him from doing anything rash, carries him, and flees the scene, while Pitou fights Kite. A battle that did not go well.
6. Monster x And x Monster (Episode 112)
Youpi sits on the stairs leading to the King, blocking the entrance off from Gon and the others. We watch in this episode as Netero finally enters the battle scene. Zeno aids his entrance by using his Dragon skills. The ensuing damage sets up the scenery for most of the arc and ends up injuring Komugi. Surprisingly, Meruem actually cares for her and asks Pitou to heal her before heading off to battle Netero. The IMDb rating for this episode is 9.3.
5. Condition x And x Condition (Episode 47)
This episode gave us a close and extensive look at Kurapika’s powers. Watching the fight between Kurapika and Uvogin build-up was exciting, and the battle did not disappoint. Kurapika’s revenge-seeking is the drive for his nen, and we see just how powerful he is. Chrollo learns of Uvogin’s death and speaks to the other members of the Phantom Troupe, as they all decide to fight back in honor of Uvogin. This episode got a rating of 9.4.
4. Charge x And x Invade (Episode 111)
This is the episode preceding Monster X And X Monster. We watch Pitou feel an intense aura and quickly come out of the palace to see what it was. Zeno and Netero can be seen on the dragon, which soon shatters into many pieces that rain down on the palace and its surrounding ground. Pouf and Pitou are worried about the King’s safety and rush to protect him.
3. This Person x And x This Moment (Episode 135)
We hated Meruem throughout the Chimera Ant Arc, watching him brutally kill many people. However, by the end of this episode, you end up feeling a twinge of sadness in your heart for him. Palm guides Meruem to Komugi’s location, and the two play their final game of Gungi, knowing that the poison from Netero would slowly kill them. However, they both wish to share their last moments with each other.
2. Anger x And x Light (Episode 131)
The imagery in this episode is frighteningly intense and etched into the heart of every HxH fan. Upon learning that Kite cannot be recovered, Gon finally realizes what has happened. He understands that Kite is dead; this leads to him forming a condition with his nen, which gives him an immense Nen reserve. He is unable to handle it, and the Nen ends up forcing his body to age. Gon is ready to put everything on the line to avenge Kite’s death. This episode has a rating of 9.8 on IMDb.
1. Zero x And x Rose (Episode 126)
There is so much that goes on in this episode. It manages to make a viewer feel many emotions throughout its run time. We watch as the long-awaited battle between Netero and Meruem is finally happening. Netero shows just what the extent of human resolve is and how powerful a human can be. Meruem experiences fear for the very first time in his life, and begins to develop immense respect for Netero. Watching Netero pierce two fingers into his heart, ending his own life to defeat Meruem, is shocking and tear-jerking. The battle in this episode is considered one of the best in anime history. It has a rating of 9.9 on IMDb.
Anime is an excellent medium of storytelling. Hunter X Hunter manages to successfully use its storytelling and visual components to create an exciting and beautiful world, while also creating a darkness that captures our attention every time we hear the name. It will always be considered one of the best anime to have existed.