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In Hunter × Hunter (2011, not sure about 1999), there is a character named Dwun (pictured below, red shirt) who appears in the Greed Island arc.

Dwun's room

Today, I was exposed to this image of Yoshihiro Togashi, the Hunter × Hunter mangaka (from this much larger image):

Yoshihiro Togashi playing "Dragon Quest"

I couldn't help but notice some remarkable similarities: The TV and games, the lack of a chair, his hairstyle, and clearly, the gargantuan mess of garbage.

Is this character, Dwun, based on Yoshihiro Togashi himself?

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There is a high likely hood that this is indeed a reference to Yoshihiro Togashi playing dragon quest. But it has never really been confirmed.

It seems the original picture comes from CapsuleComputers with the following quote.

After a long an arduous battle with addiction, Yoshihiro Togashi, the man behind the popular manga series Hunter x Hunter has finally checked out of a Dragon Quest rehabilitation facility and has made clear that he plans to resume his Hunter x Hunter manga after more than a year on hiatus.

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  • That CapsuleComputers article is a parody, as indicated by the text "Capsule Computers acknowledges that this information is entirely false and is intended as an April Fools joke.". It is certainly not the source of that photo.
    – recognizer
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 19:57
  • @recognizer It sure is a parody, however it does not discredit it as a source of the image. But feel free to post a new answer if you do find a non-parody source, as new better answers are always appreciated :)
    – Dimitri mx
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 8:31
  • It's fairly trivial to "discredit" this with any amount of research. For instance, here is a copy of that photo which was posted more than four years before the CapsuleComputers article: ameblo.jp/orenews/entry-10197558083.html ...it's best to remove obviously incorrect information, right? As well as a quote that is stated to be "entirely false"?
    – recognizer
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 8:45

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