Hunter x Hunter author Yoshihiro Togashi talked about the ending of the manga in the Japanese variety show “The Iwakura and Yoshizumi Program” on Nov 22, 2023, and surprisingly, he even revealed it, kind of!
Togashi then explains he had prepared three endings for the manga, “a”, “b”, and “c’. He imagines that “a” would get 80% audience approval. Keep in mind that he doesn’t think “a” will get rave reviews, just that it would be a “safe” ending that wouldn’t attract criticism.
The “b” ending is supposedly going to have the same levels of satisfaction and dissatisfaction as well.
When it comes to ending “c” he believes that the satisfaction rate will be only 10%. But “c” is Togashi’s personal favorite, so he keeps it as an option. Even so, his goal is to think up a new, different ending so good that he won’t use a, b, or c.
However, Togashi reveals Potential Ending “d”. The author explains that if he dies before finishing HxH, then the readers can consider “d” as the ending. But if not, then implicitly the unrevealed A, B, C will be the ending, or something else Togashi thinks up later.
Togashi’s Least Favorite Hunter x Hunter Ending:
Regarding ending “d”, Togashi explains that in this ending, at the edge of a pond, a young girl is holding a fishing rod, completely motionless. All of a sudden, the rod bends sharply, and the girl yells out. Her name is Gin.
“It’s him, it’s him, it’s hiimmmm!!”
Carrying the Master of the Pond on her shoulders, Gin proudly says to a woman in front of her:
“See, Mom? I caught ’im!! Just like I said I would!!”
Gin gets closer to her and continues in a hushed tone:
“Now don’t ever tell me to become a Hunter again…!”
The woman nods reluctantly. Gin walks away with the Master still on her shoulders.
Mother: “I thought catching the Master would finally wake her up to hunting… right?”
She wants her husband, sitting next to her, to agree.
Father: “Taking over the shop and never leaving the island… that’s what Gin wants now. Let’s respect that.”
She still isn’t satisfied.
Mother: “Well, she might change her mind along the way. Jeez, why are you and Gin both so… it’s because of Great-Grandma Mito’s and Grandma Noko’s blood, right…”
It seems she doesn’t know that Mito and Noko aren’t blood relatives. Her husband smiles quietly. Refusing to give up, she continues.
Mother: “But Grandpa Gon was a famous Hunter…! I’m sure she’ll leave the island someday.”
Gin: “No way that’s happeninnnggg!!”
She yells out from the depths of the forest, from where she couldn’t even be seen and she couldn’t possibly hear her parents’ conversation.
Her father happily mutters:
“She can see right through us.”
The scene changes to a shop that has been around since Mito’s time. The Master is neatly filleted, and every part of it is prepared. Gin’s monologue while she’s working:
“Mom just doesn’t get it… When Grandpa eagerly recounts the memories of his days as a Hunter, Great-Grandma discreetly excuses herself from the table. All of Grandma Noko’s nods are based on hearsay from others, subtly hinting at the quiet sadness she feels for having not been able to stay by his side.”
With the knife in her hand, she slams it against the cutting board.
“I absolutely won’t do that!! I will not wait months or years for someone to come back, with my heart in knots!! Or make someone else wait!! I’ll…”
The sound of the door opening. A calm, carefree voice fills the room. A pudgy little boy holding plants walks inside.
Boy: “I got some wild plants~♪ Wow, you really caught the Master! Alright, let’s share it with everybody on the island!”
Gin (to herself): “I’ll always stay… with someone I want to be with forever…”
Boy: “I can see everybody’s happy faces♪ Come on, let’s get started~♪”
Gin (to herself): “I’ll always stay with them!!”
Gin (to the boy): “Yeaahh!!”
The two cook the meal with huge smiles on their faces. A bird flies away from the island and soars through the sky. Underneath it is a town somewhere with people from every walk of life. Someone’s son, someone’s daughter, someone’s grandchild… all living in various places and exchanging smiles with each other. They could be this character’s child or that character’s grandchild.
The bird flies away into the sky.
Someone watches it as it leaves, with their back turned toward us. And this is where Hunter X Hunter ends.
Keep in mind that Togashi’s current preferred ending is some other, different scenario which he hasn’t revealed and which he assumes 90% of readers will hate. And he’s also trying to think up something even better. The ending above is simply what we’re supposed to go with if he dies first.
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!