The Hunter Exam
Why Become a Hunter?
Many people want to become hunter's for the numerous
advantages. One of them is the distinguished honor a hunter receives in
public places, they don't have to pay for travel tickets and can get Visas to
other countries easily. Hunters also do not have to pay tuitions at
schools (this is mainly why Leorio want to become a hunter). The hunters are
also given a hunter card that they can use to access an exclusive hunter website
where it contains hidden info on many different organizations and can be
extremely useful at times. You can also exchange your hunter card for a
million dollar at any bank and then get you card back in 10 days when you pay
the money back, no interest is charged. (Gon did this in the later series)
How to Apply?
Anybody can apply for the hunter exam, the real difficulty is
to find the exam location. The actual exam starts the instant you wish to
apply for the exam. Since the Hunter Association has people all over the
world providing leads to eligible people to the hunter exam location. This
location changes from year to year.
The Different Stages
The stages and judges for the hunter exam changes from year
to year as well. This year when Gon, Killua, Kurapica and Leorio applied,
there were 5 stages:
A marathon following the hunter judge, more than 50% of the
contestants failed this exam.
A cooking exam where you are asked to cook exotic foods
that you've never heard of. (Apparently, all of the contestants other than
Hanzo did not know what "Sushi" is.)
Escape from a top security prison, you will have to fight
prisoners and get out of the prison in a week.
Hunter survival - where you go actually hunter for other
hunters, other human beings.
A man vs. man fight. All the contestants but one will
pass. You are failed instantly if you kill your opponent.
The Hunter Judges (Profiles available in Character
Satotsu - first stage judge, he also appears to know Gon's
father - Jin
Menchi - second stage judge (she's very picky about the
contestants), she wanted them to cook sushi, then failed all of them, since
the sushi weren't delicious. Then she offered another exam: boil eagle
Buhara - second stage judge (he is a huge guy who can eat
hundreds of pigs at one meal). He wanted the contestants to cook pigs and ate
all of them, all of the contestants who got a pig and barbequed it passed.
Rippo - third stage judge (he likes to eat cookies and set
the contestants to fight prisoners)
Neteru - the president of the Hunter Association, present
at the final exam. The old guy is a very good fighter, he once promised
Killua and Gon that if they can grab a ball away from their hands, they can
pass the exam right away. (Of course, Gon & Killua failed)
The True Exam
Many believe that if you can pass the final stage, you've
passed the hunter exam and can live a luxury life, but that is not true.
The true exam actually starts after you've obtained your hunter card.
Since many people are after that hunter card, being a hunter is very dangerous,
since you are exposed to thousands of killers and assassins. True hunters
are also Nen users, learning Nen is a big step in becoming a true hunter.
Some people take years to learn Nen, some people (like Killua & Gon) took 2