January 11, 2012
The story begins with a young boy named Gon, who aspires to be a hunter just like his father Ging. Ging leaves his son in the care of Mito, Gon's aunt, and has not been seen since. Gon catches the local monster fish, "Lord of the Lake", in order to prove his ability to take the exam. Although Mito is reluctant to let Gon leave his home, she relents after he is determined to understand the reason his father left him and his interest of being a hunter. After bidding goodbye to Mito and the townspeople, Gon boards a ship with participants from other lands which sets sail for the exam venue. After Gon predicts a violent storm approaching, the captain manages to steer the ship through the storm. He is later revealed to be one of the Hunter examiners, and he singles out Gon, Kurapika (last survivor of the Kurta Clan), who wishes to become a hunter in order to hunt down the Phantom Troupe, a band of criminals who massacred his clan, and Leorio, who claims to be a hunter just for money. Kurapika and Leorio have a dispute where they step out to the deck and fight, but are interrupted when Gon goes to save a crew member who has fallen out of the ship. Gon, Kurapika and Leorio help to save the crew, earning the captain's approval, who sends the three to the nearest port closest to the exam site.