Hunter x Hunter is an anime and manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. The story centers on a young boy named Gon, who discovers that his father (Ging Freecss), whom he was told was dead, is actually alive.

Short Synopsis

Gon learns that his father, Ging, is a legendary hunter, an individual who has proven himself, an elite member of humanity and who specializes in searching for rare creatures, secret treasures and other people.

Although Ging left his son in the care of his relatives in order to pursue his own dreams, Gon is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps, pass Hunter’s rigorous examination, and ultimately, find his father to become a hunter in his own right.

Manga and Anime

Hunter x Hunter began its manga serialization on March 3, 1998 in Shueisha magazine. As of August 2011, its 310 chapters have been published in 29 tankĊbon (chapter collections) in Japan.

However, the manga has frequently been released on hiatus since 2006. Hunter x Hunter was translated into English and released in North America by Viz Media as of April 2005.

In 1999, the manga series was adapted into 62 episodes for television in an anime series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The anime premiered in Japan on Fuji TV and Animax.

Hunter x Hunter has been a hugely financially successful manga in Japan, having sold over 55 million copies there.

The popularity and viewership recognition of the anime series has proven to be much more modest. Critics of both the manga and its TV adaptation have praised it for having a complex plot, endearing characters, excellent art and animation. However, respondents disagreed with the quality of the music, anime and sound.

Curiosities & Facts

  • The manga differs a bit from both versions of the anime, showing hidden scenes and data as in the case of the Gyro chimera ant scene.
  • After the Zoldyck saga, Killua wears sweaters and long pants to hide his wounds from Gon.
  • Officially Gon is the only one who has managed to defeat a Chimera Ant by himself, since Netero had to kill himself with a bomb to eliminate Meruem.
  • All the heads of the Zoldyck family have white hair, so Killua is destined to lead it just as his father and grandfather were.
  • The five Silva sons have a special sequence in their names:

Illumi=Milluki=Killua=Alluka=Kalluto, the final word of one name being the initial of the other.

  • Kurapika’s scarlet eyes and his quest for revenge were inspiration for the creation of Sasuke Uchiha.
  • Killua is four centimeters taller than Gon, this fact is more noticeable in the old version of the anime but in the 2011 version it is hardly noticeable.
  • “Nanika” literally means “something”.
  • Netero died in his 110th year.
  • Gon Freecss’ grandfather left him a book with everything related to the dark continent.
  • Gon’s seiyuus, Killua and Kurapika are women.
  • Gon has a hard time solving mathematical problems, like everyone else.
  • Japan’s Miss Universe 2013 called Leorio as her type. Who said he wasn’t a heartthrob?
  • Interestingly in the old version of the anime; Hisoka has a French accent, plus her own name is also from that origin.
  • Killua remains the champion in terms of popularity as a favorite character, he is the number one.
  • Many people got into watching the anime; believing that Killua was the main character because of the pictures that showed the anime and manga. I don’t know whether to think it was an innocent mistake or the most cunning of traps.
  • In the 2011 version of the anime in episode 51, you can see between the pages of Chrollo Lucifer’s book the image of Suzaku, a character from Yuyu Hakusho.
  • The iconic Gon vs Hisoka fight has different references depending on the version you see:
  • In the manga the commentator is Togashi himself wearing long hair during that time.
  • In the 1999 version it’s Togashi, but with his iconic dog mask.
  • And in the 2011 version, it is the level E protagonist, Baka Ouji.
  • Although Killua is now a worthy electricity user, he was previously thought to be fire.
  • Meruem is inspired by the villains of the Dragon ball Z series, which are Cell and Freezer.
  • In an interview with Togashi, he was asked how the outcome of Kurapika vs. Genei Ryodan would be, his conclusion was “EVERYONE WILL DIE”.
  • When you are a hunter, you can never give up the title, you will live and die being a hunter.
  • The creator of One punch man really enjoys reading Hunter x Hunter manga.
  • The cover of volume 28 is inspired by the artwork “The Coronation”.
  • Togashi was once asked which movie genre he enjoyed the most, he replied that he enjoys any genre where many characters die. Is this a sign that Phantom Rouge will disappear?

Hopefully Togashi will continue with this exciting story very soon, but in the meantime I hope you liked these facts and if you have anything to share you can do so in the comments.