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15 Unanswered Questions We Have About ‘Hunter x Hunter’

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Vote up the questions you desperately want answers to.

Hunter x Hunter is one of the most beloved shonen anime and manga in the genre's history. It's a complex story set in a fascinating world, and it's full of unforgettable characters. It's also unfinished. Due to health issues, creator Yoshihiro Togashi has been releasing chapters at a slow and unpredictable pace. While we would never want any artist to risk their health to create more material, there are also a lot of questions we hope will eventually be answered in the series. 

For this list, we'll be talking about some of those unanswered questions. One major one is about the identity of Gon's mother. Gon himself might not want to know, but the fans do. Also, what's going on with Hisoka's backstory? How did Alluka Zoldyck get involved with Nanika? 

A few of these questions will be focused on characters and concepts who don't appear in the anime, so if you're not up to date with the manga, be aware that this list contains spoilers for the manga.

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    What Is Going On With Nanika?

    What Is Going On With Nanika?
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    Alluka Zoldyck is the only daughter of the Zoldyck family. Because she's possessed by an otherworldly spirit called Nanika who can grant wishes with devastating consequences, her family keeps her locked up and many of them don't acknowledge her as a true member of the family. 

    So, who is Nanika, and why is she possessing Alluka? Nanika originated from the Dark Continent. Some people believe tha Nanika is actually an Ai, a gaseous being that is one of the Five Great Calamities that was brought back from a voyage there. There's a lot of evidence to suggest this, such as the fact that people destroyed by Nanika's wish-granting power tend to perish in the same way that Ai's victims do, and the fact that they have similar hollow eyes. But this isn't confirmed, just implied.

    We want to know who Nanika is, and we also want to know how she came to possess Alluka in the first place. How did she get involved with a Dark Continent creature as a young child? 

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    What Is Hisoka's Backstory?

    What Is Hisoka's Backstory?
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    Hisoka Morow is one of the more mysterious characters in the series. He's a sadistic, amoral person whose sole purpose in life seems to be finding strong opponents and destroying them.

    What was his childhood like? Has he always been the person he is, or is there some sort of explanation based on his experiences? Almost nothing is known about his childhood, aside from the fact that he modeled his Nen techniques after gum and stickers that he enjoyed as kid. In the non-canon 1999 version of the anime, the gum was special because he was living in poverty and it was the only treat he could afford, but no such detail is ever provided in the manga or the 2011 anime.

    There's also a one-shot by Sui Ishida of Tokyo Ghoul fame that speculates on Hisoka's past, but since this isn't by Togashi, and he has yet to confirm whether or not it's considered canon, there's no 100% true answer to questions about Hisoka's early life. 

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    Where Does The 'Sonata of Darkness' Come From?

    Where Does The 'Sonata of Darkness' Come From?
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    The "Sonata of Darkness" is a piece of music that was supposedly written by the devil. Anyone who hears it will be cursed. Melody and a friend listened to it, and while Melody survived, her friend did not. Melody's appearance changed dramatically - she lost her hair, became bucktoothed and short, and her skin changed to appear horrifying to others. While she did gain supernatural hearing, she doesn't consider it a worthwhile trade-off. 

    What kind of music could possibly cause this? Was it really created by the devil, and if so, what does that mean about the existence of about religious concepts like Satan, God, and so forth? If not, could it have come from the Dark Continent? We just don't know. 

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    What's The Deal With Meteor City?

    What's The Deal With Meteor City?
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    We want to know just about everything about Meteor City. It's a mysterious place where everything from illegal substances to human beings are abandoned. No one there has a legal identity, and many people are involved in some sort of criminal activity. 

    Most members of the Phantom Troupe hail from Meteor City. Were they born there, or were they left there as babies? How did their families come to be there? Do they have families? Feitan Portor speaks an unidentified language that differs from everyone else in Meteor City, but he's from there too - where does that language come from? 

    What about Kikyo Zoldyck, who is from the city herself? Two Zoldyck servants, Gotoh and Canary, are also from there. There are so many backstories that we need more details on.

    Also, the citizens of Meteor City are said to be so devoted to one another that they'd willingly lay down their lives to protect each other. How deep does that go? It's apparently the result of indoctrination - so what does that look like? Is there a cult in Meteor City? There are so many mysteries! 

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    What Are Kite's Other Crazy Slot Abilities?

    What Are Kite's Other Crazy Slot Abilities?
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    Kite has a Nen ability called Crazy Slots that involves a clown who plays a slot machine that gives him a randomly selected weapon. We've only seen him use a few of them: a scythe, a carbine, and a mace. It's implied that one of the numbers is what allowed him to be reincarnated as a Chimera Ant in the first place, but not much detail is given about it - and no detail whatsoever is given about the other five weapons.

    So the question is, what are they? And can Kite still use this technique in his Chimera Ant form? 

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    Who Is Gon's Mother?

    Who Is Gon's Mother?
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    Gon said that he doesn't care who his mother is because he already has a mother figure in his aunt Mito, but that doesn't stop fans from wanting to know who she is. What was her opinion on leaving Gon at Whale Island? We know that she and Ging separated - but are they still in contact? Does she have any desire to get back in contact with her son? Is she also a Hunter?

    We have no information at all about her, and considering how important finding Ging was to the story, this feels like a major omission.