Yoshihiro Togashi, the author of Hunter x Hunter, has reportedly revealed the ending of the manga to the guests of TV Asahi’s popular variety show Iwakura and Yoshizumi on Nov 20, 2023 (Nov 21st in Japan).
Togashi’s response was read out from a letter by Shintaro Morimoto, a Japanese singer, who was one of the guests and the coordinator of the show. The letter was a response to the questions sent by Yumiko Seki.
The host Iwakura, and Kis-My-Ft2 band’s Toshiya Miyata (reveres Togashi as a God), who were present on the show, said they were deeply moved by the author’s response and the ending.
One of the questions which was sent to Togashi, asked how much of the story he had planned before he started writing the manga.
The author gave a detailed reply to all the questions asked in his letter and also revealed three planned endings to the HxH manga – A, B and C, all of which will have different levels of satisfaction from the fans.
According to Togashi, the ending A will be deemed satisfactory by 50% of the readers, while 20% will find it unsatisfactory. The ending B too will have a similar share of likes and dislikes from the readers side.
Ending C on the other hand, which Togashi claimed was the ending he personally preferred, will have a satisfaction rate of only 10%, whereas 90% of the readers are bound to be left dissatisfied with it. He, however, claimed that he would earnestly try to think of an ending to the point where he probably would not choose any of the above three scenarios and instead create what he finds the most enjoyable. This was the author’s ideal and goal.
Along with the above three scenarios, Togashi also revealed a fourth ending – D, which he claimed fell out in contention with the above three scenarios. While he did not reveal any details of the first three endings, Togashi ended up revealing the details of this fourth Hunter x Hunter manga ending, in case “fate” took him before the manga’s completion.
Togashi apologized in advance, in case something like that came to pass.
According to this ending, Gon apparently ends up with Noko, the only other child in Whale Island other than him. They have started a family, and this ending focuses on Jin, who is possibly Gon’s granddaughter. She has chosen to live her life with her family, rather than becoming a hunter like Gon.
Check out the details of the fourth Hunter x Hunter manga ending:
Next to the lake, a girl named Jin, holding a fishing rod, stands motionless. Suddenly, the rod shakes violently, and Jin, startled, exclaims, “I got him I got the lake lord!.” She skillfully lifts the lake lord onto her shoulders and stands before a woman, saying, “As I promised, I caught the lake Lord mom” Jin approaches the woman and passionately declares, “You must not tell me again. You must become a hunter.”
The woman, with no tricks left, nods her head. Jin, still carrying the lake lord on her shoulder, walks away. The mother comments to her husband that Jin’s dream is to never leave the island and inherit their place. The father agrees, laughing, and the mother expresses her dissatisfaction, saying, “Perhaps her desires will change later, but I want to know, you and Jin, why are you like this? Surely it’s because of the blood of grandma Mito and grandma Noko.”
The woman seems unaware that grandma Mito and grandma Noko are not related by blood, and the father smiles knowingly. The woman, expressing her unwillingness as a mother, adds, “But grandpa Gon was a famous hunter… and this girl will one day leave the island.”
Jin insists, “I will never leave!,” although she is no longer visible in the heart of the forest, she hears her parents’ conversation and responds defiantly. The father, amused, says, “You have a sharp eye.”
The scene changes to the shop continuing its work from Mito’s days.
The lake lord has been cleanly cut, and its internal parts sorted. Jin thinks to herself while working, “Mom never understands. When grandpa speaks joyfully about his memories of being a hunter, grandma Noko quietly moves away from her seat. Every time grandpa Gon affirms, her belief is heard from someone. She strikes the cutting board forcefully with a knife (I’m tired of this!!) to wait for someone’s return after months and years of sadness crushes my heart… I make someone wait for me!”
Then the door opens, and a warm voice echoes. A chubby little child enters, holding a plant. The child exclaims, “I caught the lake lord for real! Well, let’s honor the whole island with it!”
Jin replies, “I always… always wanted to be with the person I want to be with. together, always!”
The child agrees, “Yes!”
Both of them, with broad smiles on their faces, cook the food. A bird flies away from the island, over a town and its people. The son of one of them, the daughter of another, and the grandchild of another live in different places, exchanging smiles. They might be the children of that character and the grandchildren of that character. The bird flies away into the distance. In the background, a figure watches the scene.
Hunter × Hunter is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump since March 1998, although the manga has frequently gone on extended hiatuses since 2006.
Its chapters have been collected in 37 tankobon volumes as of November 2022. Hunter x Hunter manga had returned from its long hiatus of nearly four years on Oct 24, 2022.
Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, which ran on Fuji Television from October 1999 to March 2001.
Three separate original video animations (OVAs) totaling 30 episodes were subsequently produced by Nippon Animation and released in Japan from 2002 to 2004.
A second anime television series by Madhouse aired on Nippon Television from October 2011 to September 2014, totaling 148 episodes, with two animated theatrical films released in 2013.
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