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 Kite gave him back to Ging.
While on his way to climb the World's Largest Tree, Gon reminisces about the reason why he became a Hunter and all the trials he had to overcome through out his journey. Gon signs a contract before climbing the tree and receives advice from a man stating that he should climb the tree bare handed and trust no grip or foothold that was left behind by previous climbers just like what the first person before him had done. Gon starts to climb the tree and enjoys the view while climbing. He is amazed by the tree itself as soon as his fingers touch the bark, he feels it's life as it flows throughout the entire tree. As he continues to climb, he helps out another climber who collapsed from exhaustion; moments after, Gon sees the top of the tree.
Gon finally reaches the top of the tree and soon Ging approaches him. While both of them savor the sight atop the tree, Gon suddenly requests Ging if he could ask him a question to which Ging replies that he can but he might not give him an answer. Gon asks him about his goals and desires and about what he had wanted. 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. A person who would never speak of it and have the money to cover all the expenses. Ging continues further as he mentions that the place was really almost impossible to explore since no one was willing to spend the resources and receives nothing in return. However, becoming a Hunter would cover all of the requisites.
At the age of fifteen, Ging set up a special non profit organization and after receiving his Hunter License he spent his two years researching the tomb. He recruited certain personnel who didn't want money and fame and only sought the truth whom were trustworthy enough to not disclosed 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 those people helped him with various task in order to create the non profit organization and gave him donations from what little money they had from their own pocket.
When they had reached their goal and finally able to enter the tomb, they discovered the secrets of the tomb, Ging tells Gon that finding the truth that lies beyond the tomb was not the best part of that experience instead, seeing the faces of his colleagues, shaking each other hands is far more worth it than the secrets of the tomb. The relationships he built with his friends made him realized that the most important part came before he accomplished what he wanted. Upon hearing the stories of his father, Gon reminisce his journey along with his friends Leorio, Killua, and Kurapika. As the two further talk to one another.
As the two continues, Ging reveals that the World Largest Tree below them was just a sapling that stopped growing because it did not receive enough nutrition, Gon, much to his surprise continues to listen to his father as he further explains that a real World Tree would take in magma, embed its roots in the mountains and will 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. There are 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, he is enjoying his journey as 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 what he wants. After their conversation Gon finally returns Ging's Hunter License and the two spends the rest of their time talking about their journey.
As the events folds, Gon sends some sort of a letter to Mito back in Whale Island, Knov and Morel are shown discussing the bet they made particularly the group who was able to enter the NGL, then they decide to buy a liquor. 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 enjoying themselves in the hospital while recovering from their injuries. Killua spent his time enjoying alongside 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 his clan's eyes are seen. Back at the Zoldyck's place, Canary and Amane are mourning to the remains where Gotoh was buried. Shortly after, a living Gotoh appears much to the shock of Amane, only to be revealed that it's actually the 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 gang, 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|