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HUNTER X HUNTER: The Rap -- Listen to It!

Killua gets deadly respect as Richie Branson and Otaku Tuesdays return.

ANIME VICE: This is the first single you're putting out after the #BringBackRichie track infamously pulled you back into the game. What was the true reason behind your mysterious, self-imposed exile from anime rap?

RICHIE BRANSON: It was a combination of creative burn-out (I used all of my aura on Otaku King IV by composing an overture and fugue, then rapping over all of that) mixed with some crazy opportunities that came my way after doing some work on Russell Simmons and T.I.'s touch platform video game MISSION: G-ROK.

I finally had a chance to come up for air, haha...

AV: We thought that you were maybe imprisoned in the dungeon of a certain freaky family's mansion. Is that how you got into the Zoldyck mindset?

RB: Hah... my absence from my supporters certainly felt that way.

AV: HUNTER X HUNTER is notable for feeling like a completely different show from arc to arc. Which is the best -- the Hunter Exams, York New, Greed Island or the Chimera Ant Saga?

RB: Tie between York New and Chimera Ant.

The Phantom Troupe was off the chain (no Kurapika pun intended) in the York New saga. The Chimera Ant arc was so surreal...they really did a good job of making viewers connect with the plight of the heroes.

And, of course, it's impossible not to be awestruck by the battle between Netero and Mureum. I was actually turned onto HxH by some friends in Florida who showed me part of that fight. Needless to say, I was hooked. I binge watched dozens of episodes in order just to see that fight again.

AV: If Killua were ever forced to battle his best friend, Gon, which Hunter would walk away from the fight?

RB: Killua...unless Gon was trying to kill him, of course.

AV: What can we expect from this round of Otaku Tuesdays? Have you applied Nen training to your rap skills?

RB: I've applied Nen training, perfected my Hamon Breathing, and my South Dipper Holy Fist is stronger than ever.

sickVisionz moderator on Aug. 6, 2014 at 9:03 a.m.

York New tied as being the best arc... this guy knows his HxH.

takashichea moderator on Aug. 6, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.

The rap was pretty awesome. Last line was killer. I see Ritchie loved Jojo's Bizarre Adventure as well.

With so much hype on Hunter x Hunter, it's time for me to dive into this franchise.

got me into Jojo, and he highly recommend this show.

gtg12on Aug. 7, 2014 at 10:18 p.m.

That Kite and Grown Gon Freecs line was really good.

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Killua Zoldyck is a boy who came from an infamous family of assassins. He ran away from home to take the Hunter Exam and along the way, became best friends with Gon Freecs.

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