|The Day of Departure|
|Rōmaji||Shuppatsu no Hi|
|Arc||Hunter Exam Arc|
|Corresponding 2011 episode(s)||Episode #1|
|Corresponding 1999 episode(s)||Episode #1|
Day of Departure (出発の日, Shuppatsu no Hi) is the first chapter of the Hunter x Hunter manga series.
The story starts on Whale Island where a boy named Gon successfully catches the giant fish Master of the Swamp. As promised, his aunt Mito signs his Hunter exam application card even though she does not want to. It is revealed that Mito has always lied to Gon that his parents died in an accident but Gon already learned the truth 3 years before from the Hunter Kite, who saved him from being killed by a foxbear mother, that his father, Ging Freecss, is alive and a legendary Hunter.
In a last attempt to discourage Gon from becoming a Hunter and finding his father, Mito then tells Gon that Ging abandoned him to her when he was a baby, but to no avail. Right before Gon departs from the island on a ship, she cries, says sorry to him and reveals that she herself was the one who took him from Ging in court. Gon promises her that he will become a super Hunter and return, which is sneered at by other applicants on the ship.