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.
As Hachima points out, Togashi appears to be a big Keyakizaka46 fan if the continual references are anything to go on.
— 社畜のよーだ (@katou443) March 21, 2018
CD product numbers appear on a seemingly unrelated sign.
— ギエピー (@peletake_giepi) March 12, 2018
The group’s pose also popped up in Hunter x Hunter.
— そっちか (@CTorgersone) February 20, 2018
Keyakizaka46 has a song called “AM1:27.”
— ☆ひとろ★じゅんさん (@hitoron828) March 6, 2018
“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).
— わあちゃん (@K9999_KUSANAGI) March 21, 2018
The hairstyle Keyakizaka46 member Yurina Hirate sported in the “Silent Majority” video appears to have inspired this.
But the references do not stop there.
— ハンク◢͟￨⁴⁶ ????????????かない (@aoi_sugai_19907) October 2, 2018
— ぺー◢|避雷針で干され (@9WhDcESqD4LdwzR) October 6, 2018
Now, this might seem like a series of kwinky-dinks, right?
Well, here is a Togashi talking about buying music in Shibuya, including Keyakizaka46’s single “Garasu Wo Ware!”
— yoko k (@otomodachipunch) February 2, 2018
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.