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I've spent most of the past week watching about twenty episodes of Hunter × Hunter as I've now reached the "narration" portion of HxH's Chimera Ant Arc. I have some mixed feelings about it, to be honest. Having these long, drawn out bits of narration really kill the flow and pacing of the heroes storming the King's palace, but it also really provides some much needed insight into the actions of certain characters. But sometimes, how the narrator describes a characters actions and what the character is actually doing seem entirely incongruous with one another. I can't help but be reminded of Final Fantasy XIII, where characters would act one way during a cutscene, but have these extremely different internal reactions when reading the compendium after the fact.
The narration also breaks just about every rule of good storytelling, where the narrator tells us how characters feel instead of showing us how they feel. Why is the authorial intent so import that we need to be told how characters are reacting to the rapidly deteriorating situation rather than the audience inferring this from actual dialogue? Being told about how upset Shoot is when Youpi ignores him or how frustrated Gon feels when he can't attack Pitou is much less impactful when we are told how the characters are feeling and then shown how they're reacting.
Also, it's super repetitive and took something like fifteen episodes to cover five minutes of action. That's... DBZ levels of padding and filler. And then there are events that happen that aren't narrated and are over within a few seconds! Because the pacing is all over the place, I can't tell if something like Zeno vs Cheetu is intentionally meant to be a few seconds or if it's accidentally a few seconds.
I also watched a little bit more of Kill la Kill and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai which are both great.
EDIT: oh hey also all of Cowboy Bebop is available on Amazon for $9.99.
Its also available dubbed on amazon for 9 dollars right now and you own it digitally forever. [link]
If you’re a native English speaker, I recommend the English dub, which is one of the best ever done. Can stream for free with commercials on Yahoo, or Amazon Video is having a sale, and the whole dubbed digital series is $9.99.
I’ve heard the sub is good too though.
Also on Amazon if thats more your style. Same $5
I bought the full series on Amazon Prime Video— I can stream it anywhere and I'll never have to worry about who owns the rights and what service pays the most for it. https://www.amazon.com/Session-1-Asteroid-Blues/dp/B00R2KKBLY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cowboy+bebop&qid=1573228339&sr=8-1