An Encounter in the Storm (嵐の出会い, Arashi no Deai) is the 2nd chapter of the Hunter × Hunter manga, written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi.


As the ship sails towards the Hunter Exam, a storm is raging on. Because of this, the rocking of the ship causes most of the candidates on board to become extremely seasick. The captain begins to think that all people on board are weak, but then he notices Gon aiding the other people. Only three people do not seem to be feeling sick like the rest—Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio. The Captain then becomes interested in them. Then he asks Gon if he is seasick. The boy ignores his question, and instead, he answers that there will be another storm, even worse than the last. The captain has the feeling that he knows Gon's father.

The captain announces that there will be a bigger storm in two hours and those who are afraid can use the rescue boats. Everyone leaves, except for the three. They all introduce themselves one by one. The captain asks about their reasons to take the Hunter exam. Gon replies that he wants to know what his father's work is like. Leorio refuses to answer the question, as well as Kurapika. Their reluctance causes the captain to order the two of them off of his ship immediately. He explains that the Hunter exam has already begun, and the Hunter Association hire people like him to decrease the number of applicants every year. If they still refuse to answer, then they surely won't be able to take the exam.

Kurapika gives in, telling the captain he is the sole survivor of the Kurta Clan. His reason to become a Hunter is to capture the Phantom Troupe who killed his relatives. The captain asks Leorio once again, and he replies he only wants money. Kurapika interrupts him for the third time, making Leorio angry. He counter-attacks by saying bad things about the Kurta Clan. Kurapika gets mad, and they both decide to finish the fight outside.

The storm is still raging outside. One of the sailors informs the captain that the ship will overturn and the mast will break soon. Meanwhile, Kurapika and Leorio start their fight. But suddenly, one of the sailors (Katzo) is thrown off-board because of the strong waves. Gon, Kurapika and Leorio rush to help him. The other two fail to catch him, but Gon succeeds. After the struggle, Kurapika and Leorio scold Gon about his recklessness. Kurapika apologizes to Leorio, who does the same in return. The captain decides to take the three to the nearest exam center.

Characters in Order of Appearance


ve 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
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