I think the problem isn't that we lack great females frog. I agree with you, Togashi introduced some pretty nice females throughout the story. What most people probably dislike is that we haven't had a single female that plays an important role for more than one arc. Sure we have some reappearances like Biscuit but most show up and then vanish for a long, long time or haven't even been mentioned once until now. In that sense I don't even need a clear main lead but great females (or at least one) to play a bigger part in the whole story, not just for a limited amount of time.
That leads to the females being rather static too, getting near to none character development. Palm probably is the only real exception where you can speak about a clear change but that's it. So yeah, my complaint (and I guess a lot of others feel the same way) isn't exactly about the lack of great females but the limited time Togashi is giving them and how they seem to play a much more minor role compared to the males and thus stand out way less, in the long run.
That also ties into Togashi's habit of introducing a bunch of characters and then putting them on a bus for arcs on end. It's not just the female characters. But I do wish there was a prominent, near main character status female character, though.
I actually like that Togashi doesn't do that. I mean yeah, sometimes it sucks when that certain character is awesome. But I rather have a mangaka that knows how to split up his cast when he's suppose to ( like HxH and Magi ) instead of having a one piece effect.
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Yes, the problem isn't so much that there is a lack of great female characters, it's that they lack presence when compared to the male characters. There's also a lack of balance in terms of the amount of male and female characters in the series, with the number of male characters being vastly superior compared to female characters.
What I dislike most about this manga is the gay atmosphere of it. Gon walks around in short shorts, Hisoka is gay and a pedophile, Killua refers to his younger brother Alluka as a girl, Illumi Killua's older brother looks like a girl, and Kurapica also looks like a girl.
Togashi killing off characters we haven't seen in a while.Not necessary a low point, I like Togashi for being able to kill off his characters mercilessly; it's just that it is quite annoying when that character start to get some development.
The reason why HXH is my favorite manga is probably because I hate nothing excepted the hiatuses the scribble art.
Hiatuses can help Togashi but they are also a big problem.For me it's the reason why we really feel that there is a Lack of Kurapika/Leorio. Without hiatuses,I don't think we would have missed them like that(it's also the reason why many fans consider that Gon and Killua are the 2 MC IMO).It would have been a little like Impel Down/Marine Ford arc in One Piece or Magi.
Kurapika and Leorio are main characters,Kurapika is almost confirmed to be in the new arc but I am pretty sure Killua will be put on a bus now,I noticed that Kaito has relations with Kakin so Gon should be in.But if Leorio is put on a bus again I will really HATE IT.I hope he'll start to use them like true MC.
About Gon's character.I think that his portrayal of generic shounen MC is just a facade.I am still astonished when I read that Togashi wanted to create an extremely simplified protagonist.Gon acts like a generic MC only in common situations.During actions scenes he is really different,and since his fight with Genthru we didn't really read many of his monologues when he is fighting,which makes him more mysterious and fascinating,at least for me,people are trying to analyze his mind and when I see it I always think "What Gon is thinking? I want to know".
It's the reason why his fights with Genthru and Knuckle are my favorites,when his opponents are trying to read in his mind,we can read his thoughts and I like it.
Hiatuses, mostly. But I'll live.
Togashi's strong point is his characters, so there's not much for me to complain about that. Though I do agree that though the female characters in the manga are well-written, they do not take much of a bigger role for more than one arc. I wish they would have more presence in the manga. Putting that aside though, there's nothing inherently wrong with them.
I kinda don't like how Togashi dumps all the new characters at once, but that could just be me being slow. /shrugs
I don't know if I'm alone in this, but I wish Togashi developed Kite more. Also that he showed off his Hatsu more. (I guess there's still time for character development since Kite's not exactly dead, but still.)
Having said that though, whilst I do agree that Togashi has utilized character distribution, I can't really say he does much with the character integration bit. Though this is probably due to the fact that Hunter x Hunter's success isn't really based on having a stabilized linear plot type. It seems to be more component based and as such perhaps it doesn't even really depend much on hardcore character integration (still would be kinda nice to see though). However I do recognize his efforts with both Kurapika and Leorio, who are both active at their separate corners of the story.
To tell the truth the only major problems I have with Hunter x Hunter are the frequent hiatuses, the aesthetic presentation (drawing, graphics, you name it) and his story transitions (especially hated the one at the end of the chimera ant arc was too rushed and contrived and I believe it did a poor job of setting up for any progression especially the parts with welfin).
so, regarding most of the critique, kurapica as a girl and more leorio would solve basically anything
His actions are always putting others in danger for stupid reasons
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