Takehiko Abiru says goodbye to long-running story
Way back on April 21, 2013, Gon used his Greed Island victory to travel to "Nigg" in hopes of meeting his father, Ging, finding Kite instead. That kicked off the Hunter x Hunter anime's long-running Chimera Ant arc with episode 76. As the anime finally gets ready to say its bittersweat goodbye in this week's 135 and next week's 136, Takehiko Abiru, the animator who served as animation director on the story's end credits, has posted a special tribute.
With all my gratitude for that, I drew the frames for this episode. Now, it's time to release episode 135. pic.twitter.com/VaifEuXgke— 阿比留隆彦 (@mountful) June 24, 2014
Twitterを通じて世界中のH×Hファンの熱い想いを知ることが出来た。自分のためでなく誰かのために絵を描く楽しさを知ることも出来た。この作品に出会えた喜びや、この日この瞬間のために描き続けて来れた感謝の気持ちを135話に込めました。 pic.twitter.com/906vQCEJAU— 阿比留隆彦 (@mountful) June 24, 2014
「コノヒ×ト×コノシュンカン」 (THIS DAY×AND×THIS MOMENT) お楽しみに。 Hope you enjoy it. pic.twitter.com/tHr92ySd0v— 阿比留隆彦 (@mountful) June 24, 2014
Some of the earlier pics he posted included