A Struggle in the Mist (霧の中の攻防, Kiri no Naka no Kōbō) is the 2nd volume of the Hunter × Hunter series. It was released by Shueisha on September 2nd, 1998 in Japan and by Viz Media on May 4th, 2005 in English.



Bored by the first phase, Hisoka has decided he will, "help out" in the selection process by using razor-sharp playing cards to kill examinees he deems unworthy. Many nearby join up to attack him, but Hisoka's superior skills leave them all dead in seconds. Fortunately, he decides Leorio, Kurapika, and Gon all pass his test, and they arrive relatively unharmed at the site of the second exam.

The next examiners, Gourmet Hunters Menchi and Buhara, reveal themselves shortly. The subject of the second exam: Cooking! The first part of the exam is to hunt and roast the elephant-sized warthog of the surrounding woods to satisfy Buhara's massive appetite. The more demanding Menchi however, challenges the examinees to create a dish almost no one there has heard of: Sushi. However, when one examinee blabs the details of its creation, Menchi instead demands the examinees satisfy her taste buds. Unsurprisingly, everyone fails, and the Hunter Committee President Netero is called in to resolve the situation. A replacement test is given, requiring examinees to dive off a cliff to retrieve and boil the egg of a Spider Eagle. Gon, Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua all pass easily, and the remaining examinees are transported via Netero's airship to the next exam site.

Forty examinees remain at the start of the third exam: Trick Tower managed by the Blacklist Hunter Lippo. They have 72 hours to reach the bottom alive or be disqualified. Gon, Leorio, Kurapika, and Killua stumble upon, "The Path of Majority Rules" method of descent, but are joined by with a fifth examinee, the "Rookie Crusher" Tonpa, who joins the Hunter Exam every year solely to sabotage the efforts of others.


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