people who label HxH as an average shonen have either only read/watched part of the hunter exam, or there exists a plethora of shonen series i am unaware of!!!!
like?!?!? there are barely any shonen series like hxh!!
do u know how rare it is to have a shonen protagonist who is not the “hero” in around 50% of the story???? and loses as much as gon does??
like breaking hxh down
hunter exam: ends with gon passing
heaven arena: ends with gon losing
phantom troupe: gon becomes more of a support character to kurapika
greed island: gon wins against main antagonist for once
chimera ant: gon and main antagonist never meet, and gon nearly loses his life taking out main antag’s special guard
election arc: gon is just not present
dark continent: gon is barely present
HxH is a great series because the world is huge and gon is only a smart part of it. events rarely revolve around him and that’s beautiful!!!!!