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Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge
Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge

Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge

Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge” is a 2013 Japanese animated film based on the popular manga series. Follow Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio as they confront a dangerous adversary tied to the notorious Phantom Troupe

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Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge
Original Title劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER 緋色の幻影
Ending theme"REASON" by Yuzu (ゆず)
Duration97 mins
Release DateJanuary 12, 2013
End DateJanuary 12, 2013

Kurapika became a Hunter to take vengeance on the Class-A crime group Phantom Troupe who massacred his clan for their unique eyes. The eyes of the Kurta clan turn scarlet in times of anger or emotional agitation and are considered the most beautiful treasures in the world. Kurapika continues to pursue the Phantom Troupe but an unknown party has stolen his "scarlet eyes". With the help of Gon, Killua and Leorio, Kurapika' s life was saved. However, the Phantom Troupe shows up before them and blocks their way. The true identity of the one with the No.4 spider tattoo is about to be unveiled.

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Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge

A Mixed Bag of Expectations

“Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge” is a feature film set in the beloved “Hunter x Hunter” universe. While it isn’t canon, it offers fans a fresh perspective on familiar characters and introduces intriguing elements that might never be addressed in the main storyline.


The story revolves around our young hero, Gon Freecss, who embarks on a quest to find his missing father—a renowned Hunter. Along the way, he encounters friends, adversaries, and mysterious puppeteers.

  1. Characterization:
    • The film takes a bold approach by altering the personalities of our beloved protagonists—Kurapika, Killua, Gon, and Leorio. Unfortunately, these changes strip away the depth and development we’ve come to expect from the anime series. They feel like mere puppets, devoid of their former complexity.
    • The character dynamics suffer, leaving us with a lackluster emotional connection.
  2. Plot and Writing:
    • The plot relies heavily on coincidences, teleportation, and weak explanations. Characters seem to pop up wherever needed, and the events unfold without much coherence.
    • The antagonist’s defeat through the power of friendship feels clichéd, and the fights lack strategic depth. It’s as if the writers threw logic out the window.
  3. Voice Acting and Animation:
    • On the positive side, the voice acting, especially from Kurapika’s VA, stands out. The emotional nuances are well-captured.
    • The animation quality maintains the standard set by the series, ensuring a visually engaging experience.
  4. Overall Impression:
    • “Phantom Rouge” is a mixed bag. It won’t leave you appalled, but it won’t blow your mind either.
    • If you’re a die-hard “Hunter x Hunter” fan, you might appreciate it as a diversion. However, manage your expectations—it’s not on par with the series’ usual brilliance.

In summary, “Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge” offers glimpses into an alternate dimension of our favorite characters but falls short of the anime’s excellence. If you’re curious, give it a watch; otherwise, stick to the main storyline.