Around the Chimera Ant arc in Hunter x Hunter, I have seen and understood how Gon would have to train for such a long time frame to have his hair be that long. But, Illumi also has long flowing hair.

Does this mean that Illumi has done something similar? Or maybe has Illumi just had a ton of bloodlust, and his hair went straight up?


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It has been a while but I will try to answer with respect to the discussions held during that period.

First I would like to point a golden rule: Correlation doesn't imply causation. If Adult Gon and Illumi both have long hair it is NOT necessary they have it for the same reason.

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Illumi has long hair because his character design was meant to be that way. He was meant to be introduced as a very creepy, gender-fluid character who could easily dominate the "imperturbable" Killua. The hair design gave author to do a lot of things with Illumi. enter image description here

You've arrived at the reason for Gon's hair being long correctly, I believe. During Gon's transformation into what Killua considers "How he would appear after years, if not decades, of training", we also notice that his hair has grown absurdly long. This implies how much of time he would need to spend training to improve his Nen Ability.

To end with this is an old image with Illumi's character design (Hair). I'm not sure what does the Japanese text says.

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Disclaimer: Please Note, I know this answer is very opinionated without author notes to back it up. It is drawn from discussions during the original manga release which I have not tracked. In this case its the best answer to the question I could think of.

Feel free to suggest ways to improve or any flaws in the train of thought, I might have missed. I also haven't followed HxH in a long time so any new information is very helpful. Cheers!

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    The Japanese text says ショタイルミ (shota Ilumi), 若イルミ (young Ilumi), 過渡期 (transition period), 今イルミ (present Ilumi).
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 19:17

Illumi's hair is naturally long.

For Gon, he wanted stronger nen power to defeat Pitou, so he put a nen restriction to lose his nen and to gain strength to beat her. His nen made his body grow into an adult, and even his hair grew to that many years also. That's why it's so long like it hasn't been cut for so many years.


For Illumi, I think he just let it long.

In Gon's case, I have a theory for that. When Gon was learning about nen with Killua, their teacher (I forgot his name) said that the nen is an energy that not used just for fighting; the body cells use it to reproduce. It's an energy that can also be used by the body to grow. That's why there's some nen channels that allow just an amount for the person to use, so some energy can be stored for the body to use to stay alive.

So when Gon was fighting Neferpitou, he became angry, making him careless about what would happen for him if he could get revenge from her. He said to Killua to not worry because he didn't care anymore about his life if that meant she's gonna die (that scene with black and white). So he made a deal with himself to use all his nen, breaking those channels, and thus all the body parts and cells got a lot of energy, making them grown so fast. That's what happened to his muscles, they got bigger and bigger, his hair got longer than before.

(PS: I don't read the manga.)


So I could be wrong, but I have a bit of a theory as to why Gon's hair had gotten so long in that episode where he transformed. As Gon starts transforming, you'll notice there are a lot of back-and-forth cut shots between Gon, and all of the candles within the hideout.

I think that it could be being used as a metaphor. My thoughts being that the length of Gon's hair represented the amount of time he was being allotted to use the newly borrowed power. His hair flowed around kinda like a flame does off the wick of a candle.

As the fight goes on, you'll notice Gon's hair gets shorter. If I remember correctly, there is a scene in which Gon takes one last look back at Killua before delivering the final death blow to Pitou's corpse. In that scene, you'll see Gon's hair is back down to its normal length.

Just a thought anyways.


A transformed Gon would be around his 30's since decades of training could mean more than one decade, meaning he could have been aged 20+ or 30+ years. But he looked young, so I don't think he was in his 40's, meaning it's simply what Gon would look like in a 20+ time skip without cutting his hair. I assume Gon is 35 years old when he transformed since he was 14-15 by the end of the ark.

Y'all are overthinking it, but the designed could have been given to him because hair symbolizes physical strength and virility; the virtues and properties of a person are said to be concentrated. In some circles, long hair on men is seen as a symbol of power and freedom.

If you ask me, Gon fit all these examples, as when he fought Neferpitou he was concentrated and he was also free as he did not care about his nen or life, only revenging Kite.


This has nothing to do with what we are saying, but if Gon is a god as an adult, what about Killua? What if there will be a new form of godspeed called deity speed or something?

I do think Gon will learn nen again. All that Nanika did is make him a normal human and any human can learn nen, that's what Wing said. So, all these means is Gon will have to restart his nen training. He'll most likely get back to the level he was because of knowledge of the basics. He can have his father reteach him. Let's not forget Gon's 1 in 100,000,000 talent. Wing said Gon would master ten in a week after all.

Lastly, the reason Gon's hair grows long is because by using all his nen and damaging his body, Gon was able to speed up his growth since aura/nen is life. Increasing his aura so fast and by a huge amount granted him fast growth, which means long hair that hasn't been cut in decades since adult Gon is in his 30s.

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    Welcome to Anime & Manga Stack Exchange. I tried to clean up this post, but after reading it once again, looks like there are things unrelated to the question being discussed (e.g. Gon being a god, Gon relearning his nen), leaving only the last paragraph that's really answering the question. Considering that Stack Exchange is a Q&A site and unlike traditional forums, answers should only be used to answer the question, not for replying to other answers or discussing other tangential topics.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Oct 13, 2021 at 4:34

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