Hunter x Hunter's Creator Keeps Making Secret Pop Idol References

When not on hiatus, Yoshihiro Togashi brings Hunter x Hunter to life. And in that famed manga, it appears he keeps making secret references to idol girl group Keyakizaka46.

Featuring a slew of members, Keyakizaka46 debuted in 2015 and is the sister group of Nogizaka46, which is AKB48's official rival group.

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As Hachima points out, Togashi appears to be a big Keyakizaka46 fan if the continual references are anything to go on.

CD product numbers appear on a seemingly unrelated sign.

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The group’s pose also popped up in Hunter x Hunter.

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Keyakizaka46 has a song called “AM1:27.

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Which do you like better, keyaki written in kanji (欅) or keyaki in hiragana (けやき)?” asks a character in a seemingly non-sequitur question. Keyakizaka46 is written officially both with kanji (欅坂46) and hiragana (けやき坂46).

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The hairstyle Keyakizaka46 member Yurina Hirate sported in the “Silent Majority” video appears to have inspired this.

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See?

But the references do not stop there.

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Now, this might seem like a series of kwinky-dinks, right?

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Well, here is a Togashi talking about buying music in Shibuya, including Keyakizaka46's single “Garasu Wo Ware!”

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Togashi also sent the group flowers for their first performance at the Budokan. Looks like he prefers “keyaki” in hiragana.

For more on Hunter x Hunter, check out its English language site.

This article was originally published on March 22, 2018. It has since been updated.

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