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The Day of Departure (出発の日, Shuppatsu no Hi) is the 1st volume of the Hunter × Hunter manga series. It was released by Shueisha on June 4th, 1998 in Japan and by Viz Media on April 5th, 2005 in English.

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Summary

Gon Freecss has almost reached the age of twelve, the earliest age at which one is allowed to register for the Hunter Exam. Despite the objections of aunt Mito (also his adoptive mother), Gon sets off to follow the footsteps of his father, the legendary Hunter Ging Freecss, in spite of the fact that he left Gon with Mito when Gon was an infant and has never returned.

However, registering for the Hunter Exam does not mean one can take the Hunter Exam. Gon must journey from his native Whale Island to the location on the mainland where the exam is held. On the way, he must contend with fierce storms and agents paid to weed out unpromising examinees by leading them astray. It is during this time that he meets and befriends his fellow examinees and future companions—the cold and determined Kurapika, and the seemingly brash and avaricious Leorio.

The trio reaches the hidden exam site shortly before registration is finalized. Gon quickly makes friends with Killua Zoldyck, the only other examinee as young as he is. The first test soon begins a marathon run of unknown length through an underground tunnel and a deadly swamp to an unknown destination, led by the examiner Satotz. The situation becomes even more dangerous in the swamp when another examinee, the deadly Hisoka, feels the first test is too boring and decides to "help" in the examination process.

Author's Note

Yoshihiro Togashi here. I'm back to doing a weekly serial, and here I am publishing the first volume already. Thanks to all my readers for their support. I am entirely indebted to you. I took this picture at a certain party, by the way, not at a shady membership club. I'll work hard to crank out dozens of volumes. I promise not to complain. I won't run away. I won't lose it. I think. Maybe.

—Yoshihiro Togashi

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