Yoshihiro Togashi, the mastermind behind the labyrinthine rollercoaster, Hunter x Hunter, has graciously given us a backstage pass to the potential grand finale of his brainchild in the unfortunate event of his untimely exit. Battling a series of hiatuses, Togashi recently spilled the tea in a Japanese show interview, revealing not just one, two, or three, but four possible endings for the series.
The 57-year-old mangaka has opened a window into the potential conclusion of his work in the event of his untimely demise. Togashi, who has grappled with persistent health issues leading to frequent hiatuses, disclosed in a recent Japanese show interview that he had conceptualised three distinct endings for the series.
Cognisant of the uncertainties surrounding his health, he opted to unveil a fourth ending – one that did not make the final cut but serves as a preconceived conclusion for fans to consider should he be unable to conclude the narrative himself.
In an interview on TV Asahi's Iwakura and Yoshizumi Show, Togashi dangles the figurative carrot of the discarded ending and its potential significance, all while playing coy about the first three options. His desire is to craft an ending that resonates with him while simultaneously satisfying the diverse expectations of the fanbase.
While details about the first three endings remain shrouded in secrecy, Togashi delved into the intricacies of the fourth option, centering around Jin, the granddaughter of protagonist Gon.
🚨Hunter x Hunter Ending scenarios in case he didn't finish by Togashi translated by me pic.twitter.com/9VRsULmtY6— Pew (رضوان) (@pewpiece) November 20, 2023
But, here's the kicker: Togashi isn't giving us spoilers.
He's basically saying, "Hey, I've got four doors, and I might pick one eventually. Or not", a bit like reading a choose-your-own-adventure book, except the author forgot to write an ending because, well, life.
Encouragingly, Togashi has resumed work on the series, albeit on a loosely regular schedule, signaling a potential step toward the completion of the generational saga that has captivated audiences.
The uncertainty surrounding Togashi's health and the formidable challenges of maintaining a consistent publication schedule for Hunter x Hunter add an element of unpredictability to its future.
I need Togashi to come back dawg. I miss Hunter x Hunter 😭 pic.twitter.com/87xdx6h0wD— ⛩𝙆𝙖𝙞𝙤𝙠𝙖𝙣𝙟𝙞 ⛩ (@kaiokanjii) November 18, 2023
The expansive worldbuilding and intricate storytelling pose inherent challenges to the series' completion, yet Togashi's recent endeavours instill a sense of optimism within the fanbase.
Here's hoping that Togashi's journey to conclude his masterpiece doesn't turn into a tragic tale, leaving us with more questions than answers. Cheers to the hope that the Hunter x Hunter saga gets the ending it deserves – even if we have to wait just a little while longer.