Did you watch or read Hunter x Hunter's "Greed Island" story arc and wished you could play the game yourself? It's now become a reality.
Thanks to Premium Bandai, a real life card set based on the fictional "Greed Island" card game is now on the way.
Premium Bandai has just announced a replica "Greed Island" card set. There are 100 Restricted Slot cards and 40 Spell cards all featuring the art of series creator Yoshihiro Togashi. To make this even more impressive, the SS class cards such as series famous Breath of Archangel and Blue Planet will have a holographic foil covering.
The set will come with a poster, binder, and a case matching the series' Joystation which "Greed Island" is played on. For interested fans in importing the set, it runs 8,800 yen (about $78 USD) and Premium Bandai will be taking orders through February with shipment beginning in April.
Hunter x Hunter's "Greed Island" arc follows Gon and Killua as they enter the "Greed Island" game created by Gon's father Ging. Thinking he'll be able to meet his father should he collect all 100 necessary "Greed Island" cards and win, Gon and Killua work together to collect, and eventually fight back against the cruel plans of others.
With a mysterious nen bomber assasinating game players and taking their cards, Gon and Killua need to train in order to survive the game. Running into the pro hunter Biscuit, the two eventually agree to be trained by her to increase their power.
For those unfamiliar with Hunter x Hunter, the series was originally created by Yoshihiro Togashi. The story follows a young boy named Gon Freecss, who discovers that his previously thought to be dead father is in fact alive. Not only is he alive, he is a famous Hunter, a professional traveler who specializes in finding rare treasures, exploring unidentified lands, and hunting down dangerous individuals. Gon then decides that in order to meet his father he has to become a licensed Hunter, but in that journey gets wrapped up in way more strangeness than he ever could have anticipated.
The series first ran in Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump in March 1998. Unforunately, the series has gone on a number of hiatuses ever since 2006 which were most likely incurred by bouts of illness Togashi experienced when publishing his last work, Yu Yu Hakusho. The series has run for 360 chapters, and been collected into 47 volumes as of 2017. It's one of Shueisha's most successful selling series with over 66 million copies sold in Japan.
Hunter x Hunter was then adapted into two different anime series. One series ran from 1999 to 2001 from Nippon Animation and lasted for 62 episodes. The second adaptation, produced by Madhouse, ran from 2011 to 2014. The Hunter x Hunter manga has just announced it was returning from its most recent hiatus in January 2018.