I read somewhere that the author says that you don't say, "Hunter by Hunter" or "Hunter vs Hunter" but "Hunter hunter". You say it twice in progression. Is this correct?

Here's the reference from Wikipedia (under the Production section):

He came up with the final name Hunter × Hunter while watching the television variety show Downtown, in which the hosts often repeated what they said to make the audience laugh.

  • I've always heard people call it "hunter ecks hunter", personally. I can't comment on the "official" pronunciation, though.
    – Brian S
    Jul 9, 2014 at 14:14
  • That's the way I've been saying as well. I'll see if I can find the reference from the author. Found it. See post. Jul 9, 2014 at 19:30
  • I don't watch the show, and I don't have access to it here at work, but I've found some people saying that the post-credit previews have it verbally said as "hunter hunter".
    – phantom42
    Jul 9, 2014 at 19:38

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It's Hunter (silent x) Hunter according to the show's creator; Yoshihiro Togashi

For additional proof, the episode titles all include the same stylised x's:

  • Test × of × Tests
  • Rivals × for × Survival
  • Hisoka × is × Sneaky, etc.

Which would make no sense if you said them with the x's

  • 2
    This is a cultural affectation of Japanese and Chinese language structures. Saying a word twice can give a greater emphasis to the word. Jul 10, 2014 at 16:07
  • 1
    @Thaddeus - Moshi Moshi
    – Valorum
    Jul 10, 2014 at 19:09
  • @Valorum Mushi shi Mushi shi May 17, 2020 at 5:55

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