In spite of Hunter X Hunter author Yoshihiro Togashi’s awful condition, he doesn’t refrain from appearing in written interviews and drawing illustrations to his fans.
On Nov 15, 2023, Togashi described some behind-the-scenes while drawing some of his characters, like Killua Zoldyck, in an interview that was featured in a live-streamed program in Japan.
During the program, a special illustration by the author was presented to Seki Yumiko, an upcoming artist, featuring Killua presenting flowers to Seki, commemorating her graduation from Sakurazaka46, with the words “To Ms. Seki Yumiko: Graduation is just the starting line!”
(New Killua illustration by Togashi)
(Seki Yumiko presenting the Killua illustration in a live-streamed program)
A noteworthy aspect of the interview is that Togashi says his favorite Nen ability in Hunter X Hunter is used by Kacho, the 10th Prince of the Kakin Empire, and it is modeled after 2 Sakurazaka46 songs.
“My favorite one is the one used by Kacho, the Tenth Prince of the Kakin Empire, called “Futari Saison (Kimi ga Inai)” (two references to Keyakizaka46 songs). When I created this ability, TAKAHIRO, the choreographer for Keyakizaka46/Sakurazaka46, was explaining the meaning of the choreography for Keyakizaka46’s “Futari Saison” and the interpretation of Keyakiza songs on TV.
I was so moved by it that I immediately created this ability! When I saw these two songs (Futari Saison and Kimi ga Inai) being performed in sequence in a live performance, I lost my emotional equilibrium. I really like songs that have such power.”
About Hunter X Hunter:
Hunter × Hunter ) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine “Weekly Shōnen Jump” since March 1998, although the manga has frequently gone on extended hiatuses since 2006. Its chapters have been collected in 37 tankōbon volumes as of November 2022.
It was first adapted in anime format in 62 episodes by Nippon Animation, which ran on Fuji Television from October 1999 to March 2001 but stopped until the York New City arc. A reboot by Madhouse aired from October 2011 to September 2014, totaling 148 episodes, with two animated theatrical films released in 2013. This reboot covered everything from the 1st arc to the Zodiac Election arc.
My Anime List describes the overall plot of Hunter X Hunter manga as follows:
“Secret treasure hoards, undiscovered wealth… mystical places, unexplored frontiers… ‘The mysterious unknown.’ There’s magic in such words for those captivated by its spell. They are called ‘Hunters’!”
Gon Freecss wants to become a Hunter so he can find his father, a man who abandoned him to pursue a life of adventure. But it’s not that simple: only one in one hundred thousand can pass the Hunter Exam, and that is just the first obstacle on his journey.
During the Hunter Exam, Gon befriends many other potential Hunters, such as the mysterious Killua; the revenge-driven Kurapika; and Leorio, who aims to become a doctor. There’s a world of adventure and peril awaiting, and those who embrace it with open arms can become the greatest Hunters of them all!