Sad news for Hunter x Hunter fans with word coming through that the anime adaptation of the enduring shonen manga will wrap up its run at episode 148.
The news broke thanks to Megumi Han, the voice of series protagonist Gon Freecss confirming on her official blog that she has finished all of her recording for the series and that she is saddened by the conclusion of the anime. Anime News Network posted a translation of the blog which you can see below:
“Now that I’ve talked about the turning point for this column, there’s something I want to talk about. The other day, at Sanbunzaka Studio, the place of all the beginnings, we conducted the recording for episode 148 of Hunter x Hunter, which will serve as the turning point for the anime for now. I will not say “final episode” myself. I will be stubborn and only call it “episode 148.” I say this, because in terms of episode numbers, in a certain meaning, this will be the final episode, but I feel that it also feels like the start of a new beginning. If you ask me, episode 147 is the final episode, and 148 is sort of an epilogue. The original manga is still continuing, and the adventures haven’t ended yet. An unknown world still awaits. Actually, it’s like what has happened up until now in the story was nothing more than a prologue, and it gets me even more expecting for what’s to come.
Though I say that, when I think that “I’ve been going to the same place every week at the same time for three years, but next week, this won’t happen…,” I get very sad.
…I know I shouldn’t talk too much, but I will condense my feelings right here. To everything up until now, and to everyone, I say, “Thank you.”
This is of course sad news for Hunter x Hunter fans, but not entirely unexpected considering the events of the manga making a nice stopping point for the series before it embarked onto the Dark Continent arc. On top of that, it has become increasingly clear that the anime is catching up to the manga at a very fast pace due to Yoshihiro Togashi’s 2 year long hiatus following the completion of the Election arc.
Stay tuned for more information on the conclusion of the Hunter x Hunter anime series as it surfaces. Leave a comment below with your thoughts.