The Hunters' Tavern (
The Hunters' Tavern is one of the best sources of information content and reliability, allowing users to easily find things that are unimaginable on other sites. The URL and a Hunter License are required to access the website. Someone with sufficient knowledge could hack into the site with only its address, but not without possibly getting into trouble with the Net Police and Hacker Hunters.
Despite being a Hunters-only website, a normal person in possession of a Hunter License can also access it. The simple access to the Hunter Website also serves to confirm whether a Hunter License is authentic or not.
As the owner of the Hunters' Tavern, the Hunter Association publishes content of its own interest or related to its internal functionality, most likely for free.
Interface and Usage
After typing in the website's URL, the first window that appears has a field to enter the Hunter License number. The user is required to swipe their license on a magnetic card reader. A graphic animation starts, showing a tavern with old saloon-looking aspects mixed with the elements of a modern bar. The functional interface of the main page itself consists of graphic elements that serve as links to the site's sections, which are browsable through "point and click" actions. The interactive virtual bartender acts as a link to the list of data available for purchase and personally provides the acquired information to the user.
Yorknew City arc
Milluki recommends the Hunters' Website as Gon and Killua's best bet to find information on Greed Island. He sends them the URL in return for a copy of a save file of the game. Upon receiving it on August 14th, Gon accesses the site from an Internet café, following Killua's instructions. In return for 20 million, they learn from the bartender that the game was created by Nen users as well as how to enter it. They also find out that seven units have been registered for the Southernpiece Auction in Yorknew City, with a minimum bid of 8.9 billion and an acquisition difficulty of "G" (easy).
On September 2nd, Shalnark uses the website to dig up information on the properties owned by the Nostrade Family in Yorknew City as well as the hotels where members of the family are staying. He recommends that Uvogin get a Hunter License too due to the usefulness of the website. On the same night, Kurapika discovers the amount of information available on them from the website and has Neon and her entourage change rooms. During their search for the members of the Phantom Troupe, Leorio mentions that the website was charging 100 million for their information. Killua adds that it probably costs even more for individual details.
On September 3rd, Shalnark accesses the website again to print the list of the Nostrade Family's employees, specifically five of Neon's bodyguards, for the rest of the Troupe to memorize. Amid the turmoil at the Cemetery Building, Kurapika uses the website for information. He finds out that pictures of Baise and Basho have recently been added. He reports his finding to Light and also mentions that a picture of his daughter is available on the site.
On September 4th, Chrollo discloses that he used the website on the previous day to obtain a picture of Neon Nostrade and an updated list of her bodyguards (which included Baise and Basho). He asks Shalnark to check the list again.
Chimera Ant arc
As soon as Gon and Killua sneak into the Republic of East Gorteau, Killua reveals a considerable amount of detailed information regarding the country's whistle-blowing mentality, political system, etc. that he heard from his brother, adding that it was also written on the Hunter Website.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
After Leorio punches Ging at the fourth round for the 13th Hunter Chairman Election in the Hunter Association's auditorium, Pyon excitedly reminds all the Hunters in attendance that a video of the event can be found on the website.
When the result of the previous round is announced, Beans asks the Hunters to visit the Association's website and watch the speeches of the fifth round's candidates to make an informed decision. On his way to where Gon is hospitalized, Killua uses the website to check the election's fourth-round results and to watch the video of Leorio punching Ging.
- In the 1999 anime adaptation (subtitled version), it is also referred to as the "Hunter's website" and "Hunter's exclusive website".
- The inscription (written with the Hunter × Hunter Alphabet) on the website's home page could possibly mean
ハンターの 会 (Hantā no Kai)—translatable as "Hunter Association".
Anime and Manga Differences
- The log-in screen of the website is different in each medium and adaptation. In the manga, it depicts a village with groups of women and a man riding a horse. In the 1999 anime adaptation, it shows two figures walking amidst ancient ruins. In the 2011 anime adaptation, it displays the bar section of the tavern.
- In the 1999 anime adaptation, two of the patrons in the virtual tavern have specific functions: one of them is used to look up specific individuals, while the other takes the user to the message board.
- In the 2011 anime adaptation, when Gon acquires the information on Greed Island, aura comes out from the monitor and creates a realistic holographic projection of the tavern environment all around him and Killua; they stand face-to-face with the bartender as he delivers the information.
Intertextuality and References
- The Western-like design of the site and the "Wanted" posters on the façade of the virtual tavern in particular seem to create a connection between Hunters and bounty hunters (the latter being comparable to Blacklist Hunters).
- In Chapter 79, Kurapika also refers to it as Hunter Website (
プロハンター 専 用 の 情 報 サイト , Puro Hantā Sen'yō no Jōhō Saito—lit. "Pro Hunter-only Information Site"); in Chapter 81, Leorio uses the title Hunter Website ( ハンター 情 報 サイト , Hantā Jōhō Saito—lit. "Hunter Information Site"); and, in Chapter 84, the woman who processes the pawning of Gon's Hunter License calls it Hunter Website (プロハンターサイト, Puro Hantā Saito—lit. "Pro Hunter Site").