|The First Phase Begins, Part 1|
|Page length||20 pages|
|Release date|| March 30th, 1998 (Weekly Shonen Jump #1491, No.18)|
June 4th, 1998 (tankōbon format)
|Volume||1 The Day of Departure (Volume)|
|Corresponding episode|| Episode 6 (1999) |
Episode 3 (2011)
|Arc||Hunter Exam arc|
In Zaban City, the Kiriko navigator, disguised as a human, guides Gon, Leorio, and Kurapika to the Hunter Exam hall. They enter a normal-looking restaurant and Kiriko orders, "...a Steak Combo that opens your eyes to the light, for three," which serves as a password to the Hunter Exam. The waitress leads them to a vacant room with a table, chairs and food. As they eat, the room begins to descend slowly, just like an elevator.
They talk about different kinds of Hunters and what kinds of pursuits one might endeavor once they become one. Gon wonders why there are so many people who want to become Hunters. Kurapika says it's the most noble thing, while Leorio claims it to be the most profitable job. The two of them start lecturing Gon about which reasons are best for obtaining a Hunter License. After a while, the elevator stops and the doors open.
The trio is welcomed by the sight of hundreds of candidates for the exam. Kurapika thinks to himself that everyone in the room is an expert in some field. Tonpa greets the three of them, and introduces himself. It's his 35th time to enter the Hunter Exam. He gives info to the three about everyone else there that he knows of, such as Bourbon, Todo, Cherry, the Amori Brothers, Geretta, and Hisoka, of whom the last is seen cutting off a candidate's arms for bumping into him.
Tonpa offers the group canned beverages, which secretly contains a strong laxative in them. Gon spits it out, saying that it's expired. Kurapika and Leorio pour away their drinks as well.
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)|