Animax Captures The New Hunter X Hunter Anime Series For Asia

Singapore, 12 April 2012– Fans of Hunter X Hunter are set to re-live the popular adventure that they have loved and followed for the last 14 years, as the franchise is back in the spotlight with a brand new remake of the anime TV series. For viewers who are new to this series created by the manga artist who also brought us the classic Yu Yu Hakusho, get set for an epic journey into the amazing Hunter X Hunter world to seek out and unravel the unknown!

Premiering first and exclusively on Animax from April 24, 2012 and airing Mondays to Fridays at 7.30pm, Hunter X Hunter will be enjoyed by audiences in more than 24 million households in 17 territories across Asia. Hunter X Hunter is the October 2011-reboot of the 1999 anime TV series to more faithfully adapt the well-loved manga series of the same title. Having sold over 55 million copies since it started publishing in 1998, the action-packed Hunter X Hunter manga series by Togashi Yoshihiro is still ongoing today.

In the fantastic universe of Hunter X Hunter, Hunters are exceptionally skilled individuals who specialize in seeking out fearsome, exotic creatures, hidden treasures, secret enclaves, unexplored lands, and other incredible individuals. To be a Hunter, one requires a license, and fewer than one in a hundred thousand examination that is a series of brutal tests of will, skills, wits, survival instincts and teamwork.

Hunter X Hunter follows the trials and tribulations of Gon, the 12-year-old son of Ging Freecss who disappeared 12 years ago and is today a legendary Hunter. Despite his aunt's protests, Gon is determined to follow in Ging's footsteps to try to understand why his father chose to become a Hunter over raising him. Gon hopes that he will one day find his father and be recognized as a great Hunter in his own right.

Although he is a country boy, Gon has a sparkle in his eyes and high aspirations. Beyond his young years, Gon is composed and courageous even in the face of tough tests and dangerous adversaries. Naturally talented, he possesses superhuman senses, uncanny learning potential, great social skills pass the grueling qualification and immense determination. Gon's journey starts on his long, arduous trip to the Hunter qualification examination, along which he befriends Killua, Kurapika and Leorio, fellow candidates who share his great desire to become Hunters.

Killua Zoldyck, who wields electricity as a weapon, is trying to leave behind his murderous life as a member of a notorious family of assassins. Kurapika, the last surviving member of the Kurta race whose irises turn scarlet when they are angry, is striving to avenge his people who have been slain for their valuable eyes by thieves named the Phantom Troupe. Leorio Paladinight is an aspiring physician who dreams of providing free medical help to the poor after he lost a friend to an illness that he could not afford to get treatment for. Embarking on an amazing adventure that begins with the Hunter exam, Gon and his friends navigate a deadly jungle, hunt down other candidates, kill a wild boar, run an extraordinarily long underground marathon, and even make sushi!

Produced by Japanese anime studio Madhouse which gave the world hit anime series including Death Note and Nana, the new Hunter X Hunter anime series is directed by Hiroshi Koujina (Kiba, Grenadier). The popularity of the new TV series has also led to the production of the first ever Hunter X Hunter anime movie, based on an original story arc outside of the anime and manga series, for theatrical release. In addition to anime and manga, the well-received Hunter X Hunter has inspired 10 different videogames, ranging from role-playing, strategy, action to adventure games for the WonderSwan, Game Boy, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo DS consoles. Coupled with illustrated guide books on the world of Hunter X Hunter, a trading card game, figurines and related collectibles, Hunter X Hunter is already a diverse franchise that looks set to grow with the debut of the new anime TV series.

Get set to go on the breathtaking journey once more with Gon and his friends as they take on their amazing world to become Hunters in the crisp, new rendition of Hunter X Hunter coming only to Animax Asia this April!

Hunter X Hunter premieres first and exclusively on Animax

24 April 2012, airing Mondays to Fridays at 7.30pm (SG, MY, PH, IN) / 6.30pm (JKT)

23 April 2012, airing Mondays to Fridays at 10pm (HK)

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