The image depicts a cartoon, wide-eyed, smiling boy with black, spiky hair and ฮันเตอร์ × ฮันเตอร์ 107 sitting atop a large frog. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since March 3, 1998, although the manga has frequently gone on extended hiatuses since 2006.
Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan’s Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Hunter has been a huge critical and financial success and has become one of Shueisha’s best-selling manga series, having sold 66 million copies in Japan alone as of 2014. To obtain a license one must pass the rigorous annual Hunter Examination run by the Hunter Association, which has a success rate of less than one in a hundred-thousand. An example of this is Kurapika who, in order to have an unbreakable chain that will hold members of the Phantom Troupe no matter what, offered his life should he use it on anyone other than its members.
The story follows a young boy named Gon Freecss, who was told all his life that both his parents were dead. During the occasion, Two from the band of thieves are killed by Kurapika and he is forced to give up the chance of hunting down the rest. In order to rescue Gon and Killua, who were captured by them, but not without succeeding in sealing the powers of their leader Chrollo Lucilfer. A few days later, Gon and Killua achieve their objective and begin playing Greed Island, an extremely rare and expensive video game with Nen-like properties following some clues about Ging’s whereabouts. However, Gon decides to have Killua accompany him to meet his father using the artifacts, but they send them to meet Kite instead.
The duo then decide to help with Kite’s research, and upon discovering a giant insect limb the group discovers that it came from a man-sized Chimera Ant queen. Despite losing to Meruem in combat, Netero ends up killing him with a bomb implanted in his body that poisons him to death soon after. In the occasion, Gon has a showdown with Neferpitou, the Ant who killed Kite and despite having exacted his revenge is hospitalized and in critical condition. After the Chimera Ant incident is resolved, the Hunter Association’s top echelons the Zodiacs, from which Ging is a member, begin the process of choosing Netero’s replacement as Chairman, while Killua returns home to ask for his younger sister Alluka to save Gon’s life. The forbidden, vast area outside of the known world that is sponsored by the Kingdom of Kakin. Fearing that the expedition may bring disaster to the world, just like it occurred in previous attempts, the world’s five greatest powers accept that Kakin join their ranks in exchange for full authority over its findings.
To accompany Beyond and prevent him from doing something unexpected, the Zodiacs decide to watch over him and invite Kurapika and Leorio to join them. Author Yoshihiro Togashi explained that one of his hobbies was collecting objects of all sorts, so he was inspired to create a manga involving collecting titled “Hunter”. Hunter manga began its ongoing serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on March 3, 1998. Shueisha has compiled most of the chapters into 36 tankōbon volumes as of October 2018. In April 2005, Viz Media began publishing the manga in English in North America.
Viz marketed the series as part of its “Shonen Jump Advanced” line for readers in their older teens and young adults. Hunter anime adaptation was produced by the company Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, who had previously directed the Rurouni Kenshin television series. Hunter anime for distribution in the Region 1 market, with English voice-work handled by The Ocean Group at Blue Water Studios in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Hunter anime covered most of its source material by 2001, Nippon Animation made the decision to end the adaptation rather than continue it with filler. Due to fans’ unsatisfied reactions to the conclusion of the television series, three subsequent OVAs were produced by Nippon Animation.
Hunter anime adaptation was announced in July 2011. Instead of continuing the story from the OVA series, it restarts the story from the beginning of the manga in an attempt to adapt it more accurately. Hunter was shown as part of the 1998 “Jump Super Anime Tour” alongside similar adaptations of Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! Hunter: Phantom Rouge, featuring an original story, was announced in March 2012.