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The Best Anime To Watch If You Like Hunter X Hunter

More and more people have come to realize that anime is a legitimate form of entertainment, and those same people have also realized that not all anime are intended for children. That being said, shonen is the most popular type of anime because it is geared towards young adults, but many of those series cover fairly mature subject matter. Hunter X Hunter debuted as a manga in 1998 and has had two anime adaptations so far, with the 2014 version covering more of the story.

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Hunter X Hunter follows a young boy named Gon Freecss, who wishes to become a professional Hunter like his father. Gon makes several friends along the way, including Killua, the series’ secondary protagonist. Hunter X Hunter is surprisingly dark and features great action sequences which usually involve some kind of Nen ability. The series has a pretty sizable fanbase, and there are certainly other anime out there that Hunter X Hunter fans would likely enjoy.

Updated on November 13, 2023, by George Voutiritsas: Not many manga get two anime adaptations that cover canonical source material, and that is one of the reasons why Hunter x Hunter is such a special series. HxH has gathered a healthy fanbase over the years, and ever since creator Yoshihiro Togashi announced that the manga is coming back after a lengthy hiatus, interest in the series has picked up again. Fans are eager to see the continuation of Gon’s story, but they want to see more of Killua and the Phantom Troupe as well. There are actually several anime like Hunter x Hunter, anime that share similar story elements and character arcs, and fans would undoubtedly enjoy them too.

24 Boruto

Gon & Boruto Both Deal With Absent Fathers, And Characters Make Similar Sacrifices

Boruto

Release Date
April 5, 2017

Creator
Masashi Kishimoto

Genres
Animation, Action, Adventure

Boruto is set 15 years after the events of Naruto, and it follows the next generation of ninja. Boruto is Naruto’s son, but he does not see his father very much because he is too busy running the Leaf Village as the 7th Hokage. This puts Boruto in a similar situation as Gon, but at least Naruto tries to spend time with his son.

Like its predecessor, Boruto features a variety of jutsu, and there is plenty of action. There is a secret organization called Kara which serves as Boruto‘s version of the Phantom Troupe, and there are times when characters choose to sacrifice their powers and lives just like Gon did while fighting Neferpitou.

23 Shaman King

Both Are Battle Shonen With Unique Combat

Yoh Asakura of Shaman King

Shaman King

Release Date
July 4, 2001

Genres
Action, Supernatural

Studio
Xebec

Creator
Hiroyuki Takei

In the world of Shaman King, there are beings who are capable of interacting with the dead. Every 500 years, there is a tournament to determine which of these beings can become the next Shaman King. In doing so, they can channel the power of the Great Spirit and reshape the world however they wish.

Yoh is the main character, and his goal is to make a world where no one has to suffer through loneliness. His main obstacle is his twin brother, who is actually the reincarnation of an evil Shaman. He wants to rule a world where ordinary humans do not exist. Like HxH, Shaman King is a fun battle shonen, but instead of fighting with Nen, the Shaman merges with spirits and fights as one.

22 Tokyo Ghoul

The Ghouls & Chimera Ants Are Very Similar

Ken Kaneki Staring at the camera menacingly In Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

Release Date
July 4, 2014

Studio
Pierrot

Creator
Sui Ishida

Genres
Action, Supernatural

The ghouls in Tokyo Ghoul are carnivorous humanoids who feed on human flesh, and in this regard, they are similar to the Chimera Ants that appear in Hunter x Hunter. Every ghoul is capable of using a special predatory organ called a Kagune, and their bodies can withstand a great deal of damage.

Tokyo Ghoul is much more violent than HxH, and its story is more complex, but it is still a fun watch. Ken Kaneki was an ordinary human before gaining ghoul abilities, and in this sense, he is similar to Gon because they both had to learn to live in a world with new powers.

21 Blue Exorcist

The Main Characters Have Father Issues & They Strive To Become Stronger

The Different Exorcism Classes Explained Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist

Release Date
April 17, 2011

Genres
Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

Studio
A-1 Pictures

Creator
Kazue Kato

Blue Exorcist is set in a world with two dimensions. One is home to humans, while the other is a demon dimension ruled by Satan. The demons can enter the human world by possessing someone, and it is up to the Exorcists to get rid of them. The story focuses on Rin and Yukio Okumura, fraternal twins who are both the sons of Satan.

Rin inherited all of their father’s strength, but they were not evil because they were raised by a powerful exorcist. When his real father kills their adopted father, Rin trains to become an exorcist capable of defeating him. Rin and Gon may have very different relationships with their fathers, but they both train to become stronger.

20 Hell’s Paradise

Similar To Hunter X Hunter’s Greed Island Arc

Gabimaru Ascetic Blaze – Hell's Paradise Jigokuraku Episode 1

Hell’s Paradise

Release Date
April 1, 2023

Genres
Action, Adventure

Studio
MAPPA

Creator
Yuji Kaku

Hell’s Paradise debuted in April 2023, and it centers around Gabimaru, an elite teenage ninja assassin. He was taken from his parents when he was a child and was trained by Iwagakure’s village chief. He became known as Gabimaru The Hollow, because of his lack of emotions.

He is captured during a mission and sentenced to death, but he is offered a pardon by the Shogun. He must find the Elixir of Life and return with it, but he must also return with Yamada Asaemon Sagiri, a female monitor. Gabimaru and other convicts travel to an island in search of the elixir. This is reminiscent of HxH’s Greed Island location, and Hell’s Paradise is just as bloody.

19 Bleach

Both Share Unique Character Designs & Power Systems

Ichigo & His Friends In Bleach The Thousand-Year Blood War

Bleach

Release Date
October 5, 2004

Genres
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Studio
Pierrot

Creator
Tite Kubo

There was a time when Bleach was part of the Big Three, which means that it is one of Shounen Jump’s most iconic series. Ichigo Kurosaki is the main character, and the series focuses on the conflict between the Soul Reapers, Hollows, and Quincy. Each race possesses its own spiritual abilities, and many of the characters have unique designs, just like Hunter x Hunter.

Bleach‘s power systems are just as complicated as HxH‘s Nen, which means that some of the battles get very interesting. Like HxH, Bleach has its funny moments, but it does not shy away from violence or mature themes.

18 Jujutsu Kaisen

Cursed Energy & Nen Are Quite Similar

sukuna smiling maniacally In Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen

Release Date
October 3, 2020

Genres
Action, Supernatural

Studio
MAPPA

Creator
Gege Akutami

In Jujutsu Kaisen, Itadori Yuji inadvertently becomes the host of Ryomen Sukuna, the Demon King. Luckily, Yuji is able to control the powerful demon to a degree, and he is taken to Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High, where he hones his skills so that he can exorcise the demon when the time comes.

Jujutsu Kaisen is a great mixture of adventure, and the demons are reminiscent of some of the monsters encountered in Hunter x Hunter. The action in Jujutsu Kaisen is driven by cursed tools, and characters who can use cursed energy and cursed techniques, which is similar to how Nen users manipulate their aura.

17 Made In Abyss

Both Are Stories About Adventure & Searching For A Father

Reg, Riko, and Nanachi in Made In Abyss

Made in Abyss

Release Date
July 7, 2017

Genres
Fantasy, Adventure, Horror

Studio
Kinema Citrus

Creator
Akihito Tsukushi

Made in Abyss looks like a lighthearted anime intended for children, but it covers some dark themes, just like Hunter x Hunter. Like HxH, several characters in Made In Abyss meet terrible fates. Riko is the main character, and he goes on an adventure filled with discovery and training, while also searching for an absentee parent, which is similar to Gon’s relationship with his father.

Riko and Reg are cave raiders who journey into the abyss, where they encounter relics and dangers, and they find themselves in situations that leave them depressed and on the verge of death. Made in Abyss has excellent drama, and it is beautifully animated.

16 Mob Psycho 100

Similar Abilities & Comedic Elements

Shigeo looking unassuming In Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100

Release Date
July 12, 2016

Genres
Action, Comedy, Supernatural

Studio
Bones

Mob Psycho 100 centers around Shigeo Kageyama, who one day wakes up with powerful psychic abilities. Unlike others, Shigeo chooses to suppress his powers because they are too dangerous, and he trains in order to use them properly.

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As one might suspect, Mob Psycho 100, contains a lot of interesting abilities, which is similar to the various Nen abilities seen in Hunter x Hunter. Like HxH, the series can be very funny at times, and although Shigeo’s story is not as detailed as Gon’s, his adventure is still worth watching.

15 The Promised Neverland

Dark Like Hunter X Hunter’s Chimera Ant Arc

Shot from the anime adaptation of The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland

Release Date
January 10, 2019

Genres
Thriller, Horror

Studio
CloverWorks

Creator
Kaiu Shirai

The argument can be made that the Chimera Ant arc is HxH‘s best arc, which is interesting since it is extremely dark. The Promised Neverland is just as dark as this arc, as it follows a group of orphans who learn that their loving “mother” is actually raising them to be eaten by demons.

Emma is the central character, and she tries to lead her friends to safety once she learns the horrible truth. What makes The Promised Neverland so captivating is the fact that none of the orphans possess any sort of supernatural abilities that could potentially help them.

14 Katekyo Hitman Reborn

Both Have Dark & Comedic Tones

Tsuna Activating His Hyper Dying Will Mode In Kateyo Hitman Reborn

As the story progresses, HxH gets more serious. It has no problem delving into dark themes, but it still contains lighthearted and comedic moments. Katekyo Hitman Reborn also combines comedic and serious tones pretty well, which is why HxH fans would enjoy it.

Tsuna is the main protagonist, and he is an awkward young man who wishes to find his path in life. He meets a small hitman who offers to make him the new boss of the Vongolla crime family, and when he agrees, he goes on a challenging journey that sees him get more mature. Along the way, Tsuna fights enemies and battles to overcome his own insecurities.

13 Black Clover

Asta & Yuno Are Similar To Killua & Gon

Asta & Other Black Clover Characters

Black Clover

Release Date
October 3, 2017

Genres
Action, Fantasy

Studio
Pierrot

Creator
Yūki Tabata

Black Clover centers around Asta and Yuno, a pair of orphans who wish to become the Wizard King. Yuno is a prodigy when it comes to magic, and he possesses a great deal of power, whereas Asta was born without magic and focuses on physical strength instead. The two develop a friendly rivalry.

Asta and Yuno may not be Killua and Gon, but their relationship is similar in some ways. Mana is Black Clover‘s power system, and once a mage turns 15, they are able to acquire a grimoire that allows them to cast specific spells. This is somewhat similar to Nen and how many users get introduced to it after completing the Hunter Exam.

12 My Hero Academia

Tons Of Action & Similarities Between Izuku & Gon

My Hero Academia Class 1-A Students & All Might

My Hero Academia

Release Date
April 3, 2016

Genres
Action, Superhero

Studio
Bones

Creator
Kōhei Horikoshi

My Hero Academia is set in a world where 80% of humanity possesses some type of power called a Quirk. Like Nen, Quirks are a unique type of power system, and many of the powers have some type of limitation or special conditions.

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There is a great deal of action in MHA that Hunter x Hunter fans will enjoy, and there are plenty of heartwarming moments as well. MHA focuses on Izuku Midoriya, a young boy who was born without a Quirk, but he gains one after his idol makes him his successor. Izuku’s determination is reminiscent of Gon’s, so HxH fans will surely like him.

11 Demon Slayer

The Demons Are Similar To The Chimera Ants

Demon Slayer Corps Tanjiro Kamado Nezuko Kamado Zenitsu Agatsuma Inosuke Hashibira(Demon Slayer)

Demon Slayer

Release Date
April 6, 2019

Genres
Action, Adventure

Studio
ufotable

Creator
Koyoharu Gotoge

After his father dies, Tanjiro becomes his family’s provider. One day while he is out, the demon king kills his family and transforms his sister Nezuko into a demon. She manages to retain her humanity, and Tanjiro vows to cure her and avenge his family. He does this by joining the Demon Slayer Corps.

Demon Slayer is filled with many interesting characters and contains plenty of action and comedy, but it can get quite emotional as well. These are characteristics that it shares with Hunter x Hunter, and the demons are reminiscent of the Chimera Ants, both in terms of complexity and viciousness.

10 No Game, No Life

Very Similar To The Greed Island Arc

Sora & Shiro Playing A Game In No Game, No Life

No Game, No Life

Release Date
April 9, 2014

Genres
Isekai, Comedy, Fantasy

Studio
Madhouse

Creator
Yuu Kamiya

No Game, No Life debuted back in 2014. Despite only having 12 episodes, it is easily one of the best Isekai anime of all time. The series follows the lives of Sora and Shiro, a pair of step-siblings who are renowned for being undefeated in an online video game.

One day, the siblings are challenged to a game of chess by a god from another reality. When they win, they are sent to a different world that revolves around games. Sora specializes in strategy and cold readings, while his sister specializes in logic and calculations. Those who liked Hunter x Hunter’s Greed Island Arc will likely enjoy this anime too.

9 Seven Deadly Sins

Both Have Large Casts & Tons Of Action

The Seven Deadly Sins Assembled

The Seven Deadly Sins

Release Date
October 5, 2014

Genres
Action, Fantasy

Studio
A-1 Pictures, Studio Deen

Creator
Nakaba Suzuki

Seven Deadly Sins follows a group of seven individuals, all of whom are exceptionally strong. The series starts with the group scattered and wanted for treason, but the truth is eventually revealed, and their names are cleared. They then go on to fight powerful members of the Demon and Goddess Clans.

Like Hunter X Hunter, Seven Deadly Sins is an action-packed anime set in a large world. They both feature large casts with characters who leave lasting impressions. Both series also offer plenty of strategic action scenes.

8 Naruto

Kurapika & Sasuke Have Similar Traits & Backstories

Naruto Using Sage Mode In Naruto Shipudden

Naruto: Shippuden

Release Date
February 15, 2007

Genres
Action, Adventure

Studio
Pierrot

Creator
Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto was one of the most popular anime series for a decade, and it is the kind of series that new anime fans would enjoy. It follows an orphan boy who wishes to become Hokage, the leader of his village. He eventually achieves his dream, while also becoming a hero and one of the strongest ninjas in history.

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Both Naruto and Hunter X Hunger have major characters who belong to clans that were wiped out, and both of these characters have special eyes with unique abilities. Naruto’s story also focuses on friendship, and every battle utilizes some type of ninjutsu, which is somewhat comparable to the Nen battles in Hunter X Hunter.

7 One Piece

Luffy Is Just As Likeable As Gon

The Full Straw Hat Crew In One Piece

One Piece

Release Date
October 20, 1999

Genres
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Studio
Toei Animation

Creator
Eiichiro Oda

Many consider One Piece to be the greatest shonen anime of all time, and it certainly lives up to the hype. It is a massive story that focuses on Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates. Over the course of two decades, fans of the series have met hundreds of unique characters, including several based on real historical figures.

Luffy aspires to become Pirate King, just like Gon wishes to become a great Hunter like his father, and they are both extremely likable protagonists. Hunter X Hunter may have Nen, but One Piece has Devil Fruits, which give a wide variety of powers.

6 Dr. Stone

The Main Characters Achieve Great Things While Exploring The World

Senku Explaining His Science Inspired Plan In Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone

Release Date
July 5, 2019

Genres
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Studio
TMS Entertainment

Creator
Riichiro Inagaki

Senku Ishigami may have an incredibly impractical hairstyle, but he is arguably one of the smartest characters in all anime, and he is the heart and soul of Dr. Stone. He and his friends were ordinary teenagers living in the modern day, but a strange phenomenon has petrified every human on Earth for thousands of years.

Senku eventually breaks out of the stone and uses his scientific mind to try and save the rest of humanity. Dr. Stone may not have as much action as Hunter X Hunter, but both series focus on characters who are trying to achieve great things while venturing through a relatively unknown world.

Both Series Have Very Well-Developed Characters

Edward & Alphonse Elric In The Capital In Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Release Date
April 5, 2009

Genres
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Studio
Bones

Creator
Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster, and it is held in high regard because of its characters and writing. It follows Edward and Alphonse Elric, a pair of brothers who wish to get their bodies back, but their quest ultimately leads to a confrontation with a would-be God and his inhuman subordinates.

Related: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Most Powerful Alchemists, Ranked

Alchemy must abide by the laws of equivalent exchange, so it is quite different from Nen, but the battles in FMA: Brotherhood are still exciting to watch. Both series have well-developed characters, so Hunter X Hunter fans should find it entertaining.



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