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This fantastical manga (184 pages) was published in April of 2005 by VIZ Media LLC. The book takes you to Japan. David read Hunter x Hunter and loved it; it wouldn't be on our site if he didn't recommend it.
To become a Hunter, one must take the Hunter Exam, a life-threatening, incredibly challenging test. Enter Gon, our plucky protagonist, who happens to be very talented with a fishing pole.
Although Gon is a simple country boy with adorable spiky hair and boundless enthusiasm. He has high aspirations to become a legendary Hunter like his father. And why not? Hunters are respected throughout the land and are licensed to go anywhere they desire. There is a catch, however: Only one out of 100,000 hopeful Hunters ever makes it to the Exam Hall.
Against his aunt’s wishes, Gon sets out to join the other wannabe Hunters to take the Exam. Their quest begins on a storm-tossed ship, then continues through a series of challenges that test their skills and friendship. Eventually, they find the elusive Exam Hall — but that’s just the beginning of more risks and adventure.
The action leaps off the page, but underneath the violence of the Exam, beats the pure heart of friendship, family legacy, teamwork, and loyalty. You’ll feel like part of the gang as you root for Gon and his friends.
Togashi’s artwork is clean and clear, with plenty of energy and telling details and a focus that stays firmly on the characters. This saga started in 1998, and the 35th volume was published in 2019, so you can spend a lot of time enjoying this group of friends and the world they inhabit.
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