Past × And × Future (カコ×ト×ミライ, Kako × To × Mirai) is the 148th and final episode of the Hunter × Hunter 2011 series. It first aired on September 24th, 2014.
Gon climbs to the top of the World Tree where Ging is expecting him, and the two finally have a heart to heart talk. Throughout this conversation, Ging reveals his intentions to explore the world beyond the current boundaries known to mankind and Gon tells him of all his adventures. Meanwhile, his friends keep following their separate ways, each one of them with their own dreams and goals to pursue. During their talk, Gon remembers to give the Double-Star Hunter License that Kite gave him back to Ging, the original owner.
While on his way to climb the World Tree, Gon reminisces about the reason he became a Hunter, and all the trials he had to overcome throughout his journey. Gon, before climbing the tree, is made to sign a document stating he is prepared for whatever might happen on the climb. He is also advised by the man stationed there that he should probably not trust the handholds and footholds left behind by other climbers. Gon begins his climb, enjoying the view as he goes. He is amazed by the tree itself as soon as his fingers touch the bark, he feels its life as it flows throughout the entire tree. As he continues to climb, he assists a man who had collapsed from exhaustion. Not long after this, Gon sees the top of the tree.
Gon finally reaches the top of the tree and soon Ging approaches him. While both of them enjoy the sight atop the tree, Gon suddenly requests to ask Ging a question. He replies that Gon can, but he might not answer. Gon asks him about his goals and desires and about what he had wanted when he started his journey. Ging replies that he wanted something that he couldn't see in front of him at the moment. Ging tells Gon that there was a place he wanted to go, which is why he became a Hunter. A top secret burial ground of a certain royal family that only a member of a trustworthy organization could enter. To enter, a person would have to never speak of it, as well as actually have the funds to get inside. Ging continues his tale, mentioning that the place was really almost impossible to explore since no one was willing to spend the resources just to receive nothing in return. Becoming a Hunter would solve this, since it would cover all of the requirements.
At the age of fifteen, Ging set up a nonprofit organization and after receiving his Hunter License he spent two years researching the tomb. He recruited certain personnel who didn't want money and fame, only sought the truth, and were trustworthy enough to not disclose any secrets. Ging always takes one self off on what he needs he had stopped caring about the ultimate goal that lies beyond. Gon who is clueless, made Ging an effort to explain in detail for him to understand. As his story continues he tells him that the people he recruited were older than him. They were regular office workers, graduate students, etc. After telling them his plans, they helped him with various tasks in order to create the non profit organization and gave him donations of what little money they had.
When they had reached their goal and were finally able to enter the tomb, they discovered all of the unmentioned secrets that they had been trying to find for so long. Ging tells Gon that finding the truth there wasn't the best part of that experience. Instead he took gratification from seeing the faces of his colleagues and shaking hands with them. The relationships he built with his friends made him realize that the most important part came before he had even accomplished what he wanted. After Ging finished his story, Gon reminisced about his journey with Leorio, Killua, and Kurapika, his closest friends.
As the two continue to converse, Ging reveals that the World Tree below them was just a sapling that stopped growing after not receiving enough nutrition. Gon, much to his surprise, is told that a fully grown World Tree would take in magma, embed its roots in the mountains and actually continue to grow after leaving the atmosphere. Ging further elaborates about the outside world where the Chimera Ants were originally from. He states that the world they are familiar with is nothing but a small part of a bigger world. He mentions records about certain people who were able to make it to the outside.
Ging explains the requirements needed to enter the outside world such as authorization, the means, qualifications, and contracts. Ging is not in a rush to do so, however, he is enjoying his journey. He advises Gon to do the same, enjoying the little detours to the fullest, because that's where he will find the things more important than the end goal. After their conversation Gon finally returns Ging's Hunter License and the two spend the rest of their time talking about their journeys.
As the events unfold, Gon sends a letter to Mito back in Whale Island. Knov and Morel are shown discussing the bet they made about which group was able to enter the NGL. Later, they were seen at the former Hunter Association Chairman Netero's office giving a toast to honor him. The group of Knuckle, Shoot, Palm, Ikalgo, and Meleoron were shown in the hospital recovering from their injuries. Killua was shown spending time with Alluka in an airship. Leorio continues to study his medical career. In a building located in a dark alley, Kurapika is seen holding his phone and in front of him a number of the Kurta Clan's scarlet eyes are seen. Back at the Zoldyck Family's home, Canary and Amane are mourning where Gotoh was buried. Shortly after, a living Gotoh appears, much to the shock of Amane, only to be revealed that it's actually a magical beast called Kiriko which Gon and Killua met when they took the Hunter Exam's test. It is implied that the Kiriko will help keep Gotoh's death a secret from Killua and Alluka. Back at the Royal Palace of East Gorteau, the corpses of Meruem and Komugi were shown holding each other's hands. And Gon, alongside Kite and his friends, were shown enjoying a beautiful view of Small-billed Swans.
Characters in Order of Appearance
|v • e||13th Hunter Chairman Election arc|
|Episodes:||137 | 138 | 139 | 140 | 141 | 142 | 143 | 144 | 145 | 146 | 147 | 148|
|Anime:||List of Episodes (2011 series)|
|Manga:||List of Volumes and Chapters|