Family Matters (ジン=フリークス, Jin Furīkusu; lit. "Ging Freecss") is the 5th volume of the Hunter × Hunter manga series. It was released by Shueisha on April 30th, 1999 in Japanese and was released by Viz Media on November 8th, 2005 in English.



One day has passed since Gon was knocked out by Hanzo. He is now officially a Hunter. Shockingly, the sole examinee that did not pass the exam was Killua. When Killua's match against Gittarackur occurred, the latter suddenly revealed himself to none other than Killua's older brother Illumi, there to obtain a Hunter License for himself while simultaneously ensuring Killua did not obtain a license or the freedoms that came with one. Using his knowledge of Killua's thought process and threats of violence against Gon, Illumi forces Killua to withdraw from their match, and kill another examinee, causing Killua to fail the exam. Illumi then forces Killua to return to the home he had run away from. Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio all have the same reaction to these events: They must go to Killua's home and find him. Even so, visiting the home of a famous assassin family is easier said than done. Though the location is publicly known, the three must undergo a radical strength training regimen for nearly a month simply to open the gigantic doors to the Zoldyck compound. Once inside, they contend with bodyguards and servants easily as skilled as a licensed Hunter. In the end, they still are not able to enter the main Zoldyck home. Instead, it is Killua who comes out to them, after reaching an understanding with his father and obtaining permission to leave, have friends, and grow on his own.

After a joyous reunion, it is already time for them to part ways. Leorio must depart to study for entrance to a medical university, Kurapika will look for jobs as a Hunter to find information about the Phantom Troupe, and the Scarlet Eyes of his people the Spiders stole. The four make a pact: They will meet again in six months on September 1st, in Yorknew City.


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