Japanese Anime, Hunter X Hunter: Kapupulutan ng Aral, Lessons to learn from

Elaine Isidro
is a Manunulat in the Philippines

Unang dumating and anime dito sa bansa sa taong 1998-1999. Ilan sa mga ito ay nasa primetime pa noon at ang iba ay nasa weekends. Ang anime ay popular sa bansang Japan. Iba ito sa cartoons dahil sa malalaking mata ng characters at iba rin ang strokes ng pagkadrawing sa kanila. Ang anime ay may ibat-ibang genre. May romance, drama, action, “ecchi”, comedy, adventure, fantasy, at kung anu-ano pa. Mayroon ding genre na hango sa kakaibang panlasa ng mga hapon na tinatawag na shounen, shojou, yaoi, at marami pang iba. Sa anime ay nakikita rin ang ibat-ibang kultura ng mga hapon. May ilang anime ang nagpapakita ng turismo ng Japan, fashion at “slice of life”. Higit pa sa kultura ng mga hapon, ang anime ay nagsisilbi ring inspirasyon sa iba, naghahatid ng saya at talaga naming may hated ring leksyon sa araw na araw na pamumuhay.


"Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts, ideas, opinions." This quote by the famous writer Paulo Coelho tells so much about how a person can be a good writer. A person need not to be someone real famous or in high authority to be considered as a writer or for his works to be recognized by a lot of people because each one of us has something to share through the works of our hand in harmony with our mind and heart.

Isang advantage ng anime sa real life na mga shows ay ang napakalawak na posibilidad sa kung anu-ano ang mangyayari sa storya. Walang limitasyon ang imahinasyon ng may katha at kahit na mahihirap na stunts ay kayang gawin ng mga bida. Tulad na lamang ng paglipad, pagkakaroon ng kapangyarihan, nagsasalitang mga hayop, napakakuwelang mga characters, etc. Mayroon ring mga anime movies na pinapalabas sa mga sinehan ng Japan at may nailabas pa sa ibang bansa kaakibat ang Walt Disney.


Base sa tema ng mga anime, isa sa may pinakamagagandang plot line ngayon ay ang Hunter x Hunter 2011. Unang lumabas ang Hunter x Hunter dito sa Pilipinas noong taong 2000-2001. Nabighani agad ang mga bata sa kakaiba nitong storya, mga characters at plot. Sa pagsisimula ng anime na ito hanggang sa pagprogress ng storya ay talaga namang meron kang kapupulutang mga aral. Ilan sa mga ito ay ang pagiging tapat sa pagkakaibigan, pagtutulungan, mga konsepto ukol sa pangangalakal, mathematics at marami pang iba. Hindi mo aakalain na mahahanap mo sa anime ang mga naturang ideya. Sa kabila ng mga advantages. Ngunit may ilang disadvantage din ang hunter x hunter tulad ng brutalidad at kailangan talaga ng patnubay ng nakakatanda kapag may mga batang manonood.


Ang Hunter x Hunter at ang bago nitong release na Hunter x Hunter 2011 ay tungkol sa isang batang si Gon na naniwalang sa buong buhay niya ay wala siyang ama. Nalahad lang sa kanya ang lahat noong siya ay labing-dalawang taong gulang nang matuklasan niyang isa palang hunter ang kanyang ama. Ang mga hunter ay mga taong may bihirang mga trabaho at abilidad. May nagdedevelop ng mga hindi pa na-explore na mga lugar, pagtuklas ng mga bago at wala pa sa librong mga hayop, pagtugis ng mga masasamang tao, at napakarami pang iba. Maliban pa kay Gon, maraming interesanteng tauhan rin ang meron sa Hunter X. Sila ay sina Killua, Kurapika at Leorio. Hindi sila kasing normal ng ibang tao ngunit madali silang nakakasundo ni Gon. Umikot ang storya ng Hunter x sa hunter exam, pagrescue kay Killua, pagsusubasta sa York New City, pag-intoduce sa pinakamalalakas na kontrabida na binansagang “Spider”, ectc. Sa bagong Hunter x Hunter 2011, sina Gon at Killua ay napailalim sa maraming mga pagpapakadalubhasa upang mahasa ang kanilang mga angking galing. At kung minsan nawawalan sila ng pag-asa dahil buhay nila ang nagsisilbing kapalit sa isang labanan. Hindi kailanman nakamit ni Gon ang kanyang mithiin hanggang mawala sa ire ang Hunter x. Ngunit nabuhayan ulit ng loob ang mga Hunter x Hunter fans dahil sa paglabas ng Hunter x Hunter 2011 na nauna ko nang sinabi. Hangong-hango pa rin ito sa naunang Hunter x Hunter, meron nga lang scenes na hindi na kasing-highlighted noong nauna. Ngunit ito ay may mas maganda at mas may malinis nang animation at coloring. Ipinagpatuloy na rin sa bagong Hunter x Hunter na ito ang ibig tapusin ni Gon na hanapin ang kanyang ama. Ngayon ay mas malalakas pa ang mga kontrabida at kailangang gamitin ang utak sa pagkamit ng tagumpay. Hindi man matalo-talo ang mga kontrabida, hindi nawawala ang lakas ng loob ni Gon. Palagi kasing nakaukit sa kanya ang pagiging positibo na talagang maiging pamarisan.

One way or the other, how simple our work may seem, it can touch the lives and the heart of the people who will be reading it. It doesn't need to be perfect. What is far more important is that it came from the writer's heart because through this, the writer can easily connect with his readers.

Moreover, write things that you are knowledgeable of because as the saying goes, you cannot share what you do not have. For the readers to believe you and your ideas or opinions, you must establish your credibility. To better understand this statement, let us put this concept in an example: compared to any other professionals (let us say, an engineer) or individuals, a medical professional can better write something about health-related topics. It may sound simple, but most of us forget to take this important step into consideration. Hence, some writers appear like they do not fully understand what they are saying.

Aside from this, an author should not forget that good writing entails anticipation of the reader's questions. It should serve the reader, not the writer. It isn’t indulgent. “The reader doesn’t turn the page because of a hunger to applaud,” said longtime writing teacher Don Murray. Rather, good writing anticipates what questions readers will have as they read a piece, and (before they ask them) it answers them.


Ergo, to be a good writer, you have to be certain of what you want your readers to know and feel, connect with them by sharing your experiences and the things you are knowledgeable of and anticipate the questions that they may have in mind as they read through the lines of your work.

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Elaine Isidro

Profession: Manunulat
Philippines , Manila , Manila
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