Hunter × Hunter

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Hunter × Hunter
ハンター×ハンター
(Hantā Hantā)
GenreAdventure, fantasy,[1] martial arts[2]
Manga
Written byYoshihiro Togashi
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original runMarch 3, 1998 – present
Volumes36 (List of volumes)
Anime movie
Hunter × Hunter - Jump Super Anime Tour 98
Directed byNoriyuki Abe
Produced byKen Hagino
Tetsuo Daitoku
Written byHiroshi Hashimoto
StudioPierrot
ReleasedJuly 26, 1998
Runtime26 minutes
Anime television series
Directed byKazuhiro Furuhashi
Toshiyuki Kato (assistant)
Produced byShunichi Kosao
Keiichi Matsuda
Daisuke Kawakami
Written byNobuaki Kishima
Music byToshihiko Sahashi
StudioNippon Animation
Licensed by
NetworkFuji TV
English network
Original run October 16, 1999 March 31, 2001
Episodes62 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Hunter × Hunter OVA
Directed bySatoshi Saga (1–8)
Yukihiro Matsushita (9–16)
Takeshi Hirota (17–30)
Written byNobuaki Kishima
Music byToshihiko Sahashi
StudioNippon Animation
Released January 17, 2002 August 18, 2004
Episodes30 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Kōjina
Produced bySeiji Okuda (executive)
Toshio Nakatani
Manabu Tamura (1-123)
Ai Morikawa (124-148)
Tetsuto Motoyasu (1-87)
Hiroyuki Okino (88-100)
Akira Shinohara (1-99)
Kenichi Sakurai (100-148)
Naoki Iwasa (1-58)
Atsushi Kirimoto (59-148)
Tomoko Yoshino (1-75)
Written byAtsushi Maekawa (1-58)
Tsutomu Kamishiro (39-148)
Music byYoshihisa Hirano
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
NetworkNTV (and other NNS stations)
English network
Original run October 2, 2011 September 24, 2014
Episodes148 (List of episodes)
Related media

Hunter × Hunter is a manga (Japanese comic) made by Yoshihiro Togashi. The story is about a young boy named Gon Freecss, who wants to be a hunter and find his father. A "hunter" is a job for people who have fantastic abilities.

The manga was first published on March 3, 1998 in a Japanese magazine called Shonen Jump. However, the maker Yoshihiro Togashi has often taken frequent breaks from writing since 2006. In 1999, a 62-episode anime television series produced from Hunter × Hunter. The series was produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show ran until 2001. A second anime television series by Madhouse aired on Nippon Television. The series was aired from October 2011 to September 2014. There are also many audio albums, video games, musicals, and other media based on Hunter × Hunter. The manga has been translated into English and released in North America by Viz Media since April 2005. Both television series were also licensed by Viz. The first series was aired on the Funimation Channel in 2009 and the second series premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block since April 16, 2016.

Hunter × Hunter became one of Shueisha's best-selling manga series. 66 million copies of this manga were sold in Japan alone as of 2014.

Characters[change | change source]

Gon Freecss[change | change source]

Gon Freecss is the main series protagonist, an athletic, naïve, and friendly boy who becomes Hunter to search for his estranged father Ging. After becoming a licensed Hunter, Gon gains Killua as a traveling companion as learn about Nen from Wing and later train further under Biscuit Krueger. Gon's Nen affinity is Enhancement, developing his "Ja Jan Ken" fighting style after rock-paper-scissors. However, Gon loses his ability to use Nen following his battle with the Chimera Ant Neferpitou.

Killua Zoldyck[change | change source]

Killua Zoldyck is Gon’s best friend and member of the infamous Zoldyck Family of assassins, having been trained since birth and conditioned to possess extreme tolerance for poison, electricity and pain. Although Killua fails during his first Hunter Exam by killing an opponent, due to his elder brother Illumi's influence, he passes his second after eliminating all other applicants in the very first trial. Killua remained by Gon's during the first half of the series until the end of the Chimera Ant arc. Killua's Nen affinity is Transmutation, which allows him to change the properties of his aura into electricity. Killua applies this to his nervous to developed his "Godspeed" Hatsu, which allows him to move at immeasurable speeds.

Kurapika[change | change source]

Kurapika is the sole survivor of the Kurta clan, an enthnic group whose irises that turn scarlet in emotional stress, who were slaughtered by the Phantom Troupe to sell their eyes in the black market. Kurapika participates in the Hunter Exam alongside Gon, Leorio and Killua in order to become a Blacklist Hunter and use his achieve to avenge his people by any means. This included aligning himself with the Nostrade mafia family as a bodyguards. He later joins the Zodiacs as the "Rat" at Leorio's recommendation, accepting the position upon being told that Tserriednich Hui Guo Rou has the last batch of scarlet eyes that he needs to retrieve. This leads to his accompanying Woble Hui Guo Rou to the Dark Continent as her bodyguard. Kurapika's Nen affinity is normally Conjuration, creating five chains: "Dowsing Chain: The Guiding Ring Finger" for dowsing and normal attacks, "Chain Jail: The Restraining Middle Finger" which he can only use on Phantom Troupe members, "Holy Chain: Healing Thumb" heals any injury with the crucifix on the end. "Judgement Chain: Arbiter Little Finger" kills the target should they violent any rule Kurapika imposes, and "Thieving Index Finger: Steal Chain" extract another person' aura and Nen ability. But when Kurapika's eyes turn scarlet, he gains a Specialist affinity that allows him to use the Hatsu "Emperor Time: Absolute Mastery", utilizing 100% of all Nen types but loses a hour of hour from each second he uses it while enhancing his chains' ability like "Stealth Dolphin: Index Finger in Emperor Time".

Leorio Paradinight[change | change source]

Leorio Paradinight is a young adult who befriends Gon, Kurapika and Killua during the Hunter Exam while wanting to become a Hunter to pay his way through medical school and treat the impoverished for free. Leorio is later invited to become a member of the Zodiacs as the "Boar" and joins their expedition to the Dark Continent. Leorio's Nen affinity is Emission.

Hisoka Morow[change | change source]

Hisoka Morow is a serial killer who combines his magic tricks with violence, being aroused by battling those he considers strong. Hisoka took an interest in Gon since first meeting him during the Hunter Exam, letting him and his friends live so that they grow into more worthy opponents while helping them for his own benefit. Hisoka also infiltrated the Phantom Troupe for chance to fight their leader Chrollo Lucilfer, aiding the Phantom Troupe restore Chrollo's Nen ability for his benefit. But after temporary killed fighting Chrollo in Heavens Arena, Hisoka revives himself and goes on a killing rampage against the Phantom Troupe. Hisoka's Nen affinity is Transmution, most often uses his ability "Elastic Love - Bungee Gum" make his aura elastic and sticky like gum.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Official Website for Hunter x Hunter". Viz Media. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  2. "Hunter X Hunter Vol. 1". ComiXology. Retrieved August 10, 2018.