Yoshihiro Togashi, the mangaka behind Hunter x Hunter, has been dealing with serious health issues. Yesterday he was on a Japanese talk show called Iwakura to Yoshizumi no Bangumi (translated Iwakura and Yoshizumi’s Show) and said he had four different ideas for how to end the series. He shared the fourth ending, which, while he says he abandoned, he still wanted to put out there in the chance he dies before finishing his work. In that case, this ending could be seen as the real ending.
In it, we’re in the future and a girl called Gin is fishing. She shows off the big fish she’s able to catch and tells her mom that she can’t still ask her, Gin, to become a hunter. Then the girl’s mom and dad talk about how Gin doesn’t want to become a hunter, even though her grandpa Gon was such an important one.
It turns out Gin isn’t interested in being a hunter because she doesn’t like how frequent adventures meant that her grandpa would leave her grandma by herself. She wants to stay where she is and stay by someone’s side. A boy comes into the room. Then a bird is seen soaring in the sky with a person viewing it.
Togashi thinks the other three possible endings could have a mixed reactions from fans.
VIZ Media publishes Hunter x Hunter in English and gave this description for the first volume:
Gon might be a country boy, but he has high aspirations. Despite his Aunt Mito’s protests, Gon decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary Hunter. The Hunter hopefuls begin their journey by storm-tossed ship, where Gon meets Leorio and Kurapika, the only other applicants who aren’t devastated by bouts of seasickness.
Having survived the terrors of the high seas, Gon and his companions now have to prove their worth in a variety of tests in order to find the elusive Exam Hall. And once they get there, will they ever leave alive…?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.