Bro I shat on hunter hunter for YEARS. I also dickrode Naruto since childhood. Just finished the hxh anime last week. Caught up on the manga. At episode 126+ you have characters, children, doing feats which would absolutely destroy pain arc level characters with ease.
Also, the storytelling is great, significantly greater than Naruto's. Naruto beat the bad guy through friendship and talk no jutsu, and that always bothered me. The story progression is so slow, it forced me to be invested in the characters to the point where I just had to know what happened. In hunter x hunter, the good guy beats the bad guy, sure. But, it's fleshed out way more.
It's like an expression of the inner turmoil of man. In many cases, because Gon is a bastard child, his concept of morality is twisted and selfish, which makes him capable of dangerous and horrible things. The fights are deep, the sacrifices made are VERY real.
I 100% recommend hxh to anyone. It starts out slow, but it's just something you need to experience in full to appreciate.
Although, the mangaka is absolute shit tho. Good artwork but these fucking hiatuses are the reason why we haven't seen anything past the chimera ant arc. Absolute bullshit imo, I respect Kishimoto for sticking to Naruto for like 15-20 years. Togashi can lick my taint for his bullshit.