Hunter x Hunter hinges on the close-knit friendship of Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck, which has continued to raise questions on whether it is platonic or romantic.
Following its global popularity, for years the world of anime has been criticised for being homophobic as its early popular series were not inclusive in terms of featuring characters that were outwardly part of the LGBTQI+ community.
If they did, the character was villainized within the world of the story. However, as that has seemingly begun to change, fans have revisited some of their beloved anime series with a lens which aims to highlight how the messaging was imbued in some narratives, false or not.
One such series being Hunter x Hunter, and the close friendship between title characters Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck, a matter which remains hotly debated between fans of the show years after it ended.
Understanding romance and intimacy in anime
Anime is wholly understood as a genre which continues to expand and one of the beloved subgenres in the series is the romantic and romantic-comedy canon. However, even in this canon, couples or love stories explored are not physically intimate.
Therefore, the romantic affiliations of most characters arcs are usually suggestive during the dating stages and later affirmed with the appearance of a ring or handholding of characters once their “relationship” is formalised.
While newer anime series have pushed this convention further in some respects, it still mostly utilises this practice as such, leaving room for interpretation by viewers.
Hunter x Hunter: Do Gon and Killua have a platonic or romantic relationship?
Hunter x Hunter was premised on, “Gon Freecss aspires to become a Hunter, an exceptional being capable of greatness. With his friends and his potential, he seeks out his father, who left him when he was younger.”
But for fans who have watched the anime manga series, what keeps them entertained is the “bromance” between Gon and his best friend Killua Zoldykc, who is a former assassin, who devotes his life to being friends with Gon upon meeting him, leading him to turn his back on his old life.
As their friendship develops in the world of story, there are words and actions which result in the questioning on whether the two were just platonic friends or more than that.
A fact which was a result of the rise in questioning whether the genre of anime was also homophobic, or did the genre always have the themes imbued in its series.
In truth, the series concluded with no definitive answers on the matter. Therefore, instead of sharing a definite.
We share arguments from both sides of the spectrum in order for you to watch or rewatch the series with a better informed lens in order to develop your own stance on the matter.
Who is Killua’s girlfriend?
Those that believe that Gon and Killua had romantic feelings for each other use Killua’s character arc in the story as reason.
More specifically, as it is believed that it was Kilua who was the one with the romantic feelings, while Gon only thought of their friendship as platonic. As such, the fact that Killua did not have a girlfriend throughout the series’ run is the first reason.
Secondly, it is KIllua’s suggestive comments throughout Hunter x Hunter, which are used to justify this thinking. One of the biggest examples used is when Killau speaks about Gon going on a date with Palm.
A fact which he has a problem with as he states, “And the truth is, I want to stay by your side… Always…”
Who is Gon’s girlfriend?
On the other side of the spectrum, those that believe that the friendship between Gon and Killua was purely platonic rest their debate on the fact that Gon within the world of the story would later have a girlfriend, Palm Siberia.
Therefore, it is believed that Killua had romantic feelings for Gon, suggested by the fact that he stalked Gon during his date with Palm. Gon was also considered the “boy’s boy” between the two.
Therefore, his easy-go-lucky behaviour and boyish child-like banter only emphasised his ignorance even at the possibility of Killua possibly having romantic feelings and believed their friendship meant anything more.
Will Hunter x Hunter return?
Hunter x Hunter was a televised anime manga series run between 2011 and 2014. At the time of the show’s end, it was believed that the show was on a hiatus.
A fact which was normal considering that the televised anime manga was based on comics which had not been expanded.
Therefore, it was then believed that the hiatus would be short lived. But as the show has surpassed its eighth year since the hiatus started, it does seem that the anime manga series will return.