Rating: Explicit Relationships: Hisoka/Illumi Zoldyck Additional Tags: ice skating!au, Rough Sex, Choking, Biting, both hisoka and illumi are involved so ofc it’s kinky af, some violence, Alcohol, the alcohol and sex are not tied, HxHBB17 Summary: Finding his rebellious figure skater of a little brother was annoying task already in Illumi’s opinion, and the weird handyman he met might be more of a liability than of help.
I love how when Illumi was talking about the person Killua loves the most, Hisoka automatically responds with Gon. And Illumi is so offended, like, no, I was talking about me. And Hisoka’s reaction is just like, yeah, you keep thinking that, buddy.
Positives +First of all, holy shit +The protagonists are extremely likable, well-written, and complex. +I’ve never been more invested in a cast of characters +The villains are also likable, well-written, and complex. I can’t believe this show threw the most irredeemable ruthless killer at me and then made me cry over him. +A well paced, slow-burn story that starts deceptively lighthearted and then gets dark and violent and genuinely upsetting +Stellar character development. Everyone gets a turn to be the antihero and I fucking love it. +Actions have actual consequences and the show isn’t afraid to kill off characters +Intense and creative fight scenes +The Phantom Troupe arc was dope as all hell +Kurapika is the accumulation of all of my least favorite tropes but it’s played completely straight and he’s my favorite +The art gradually increases in quality. It starts off kinda mediocre but by the end of the show it’s great +It progresses almost like an RPG. The characters start off level one, with not a whole lot of skills or punch, and by the end they’re level 100 or so. The main characters don’t start off powerful (with maybe a small exception to Killua). +The characters train? They actually train to get better? This is such a little thing but you can actually watch their progress. +That *iconic* shot when Killua goes full-electric mode for the first time +It’s not cheesy! it’s not! It seems like the show that would be really cheesy with a lot of angry screaming but it’s not! +No filler! Everything is plot relevant!
Negatives -It’s been on hiatus for a while because the creator is dealing with back problems and people aren’t all that hopeful about it continuing -I need more Kurapika! The last clip of him at the very end just left me wanting to see more of him. The next arc in the manga is actually focused on Kurapika and Leorio but it won’t be animated for a while… -The Chimera Ant arc probably could have been cut down in length, and a lot of the character designs were goofy. It changed and became better, but still. -The Alluka mini-arc didn’t really do it for me. She didn’t have any character depth, she came out of nowhere, and it didn’t make me feel those sweet sweet emotions the show usually provides -Hisoka pops a boner for a 12 year old -”sorry but you take second place to alluka lol” b i t ch after everything you’d been through together? -Unfinished, for now.
Final Comments: Holy fuck I wasn’t expecting to like this show as much as I did. Easily joined my list of personal favorites. I honestly can’t even say anything but if you love that slow burn frog-in-a-frying-pan type of show then you’ll love it. The pacing is so good, I love everyone, honestly please give it a chance and don’t get turned off if the first few episodes aren’t your style.