|An Unexpected Task|
|Page length||20 pages|
|Release date|| May 18th, 1998 (Weekly Shonen Jump #1497, No.25)|
September 2nd, 1998 (tankōbon format)
|Volume||2 A Struggle in the Mist (Volume)|
|Corresponding episode|| Episode 9 (1999) |
Episode 6 (2011) P. 3 & 20 only
|Arc||Hunter Exam arc|
Buhara has eaten all the roast pork the candidates made for him. 70 people are qualified for the next round of the second phase. Satotz is seen watching from a distance, and is worrying about how Menchi will run this round.
Menchi demands sushi, but nobody seems to know what kind of dish sushi is. So, Menchi lets the candidates look at their cooking area. Everything is already set up, including kitchenware and the rice which is essential for making sushi. Menchi tries to drop another hint by saying that she will only accept handmade sushi. Everybody is still clueless, except Hanzo, who is secretly overjoyed and smirks, because sushi is a traditional dish in his country.
Kurapika analyzes the materials they're provided with, and says that he has read books about sushi before. According to the book, to make sushi one needs to mix up a vinegary dressing with raw fish. Leorio shouts out the ingredients, which makes everyone run to the ponds and rivers.
The candidates proceed to cook, and Leorio is the first to finish. Menchi takes a look at his dish, and without a second thought throws it away. She claims that Leorio fails and that the shape of the sushi is important. The next candidate to submit his dish is Gon. It is also immediately thrown away. Many other candidates put their sushi before Menchi, but in the end she does not accept even one dish.
Kurapika analyzes the hints again. He thinks because this is handmade sushi, it should be something with the shape of a steak or a potato croquette. Judging by the set-up Machi uses, which includes a pair of chopsticks and a little saucer, he concludes that the size of the sushi can't be bigger than that of an egg. He serves up his dish, which winds up looking just like Leorio's. Menchi throws it away, saying that he's no better. Hanzo finally presents her with his dish. Menchi takes a bite but still fails him. Hanzo gets mad and shouts out the procedure of making sushi: it's just rice, wasabi, and a slice of fish pressed together in a rectangular shape, and that it should all taste the same. Menchi then criticizes him because professional sushi chefs practice for 10 years before becoming true chefs.
Overhearing their conversation, the remaining candidates seize the opportunity and serve her normal-looking sushi, but she gets stuffed soon and tells them that the Hunter Exam is over with no one passed.
Characters in Order of Appearance
|e v||Hunter Exam arc|
|Chapters:||1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38|
|Anime 1999:||List of Episodes (1999 series)|
|Anime 2011:||List of Episodes (2011 series)|