It’s that time again, Hunter x Hunter fans. If you thought things were going too well for the manga, then you were right. It looks like the series is going on yet another hiatus.
According to Weekly Shonen Jump, the Hunter x Hunter manga will be returning to hiatus after its next chapter drops (via Moetron News). The next piece of Yoshihiro Togashi’s shonen title is expected to be released in Jump’s 40th issue of the year.
If you are not familiar with the history of Hunter x Hunter’s hiatuses, then there is a lot to catch up on. Long-running manga titles are known to take breaks to give its creator and artists time to breathe; After all, too much drawing can be bad for anyone’s posture, eyes, and wrists. Hunter x Hunter is considered to be one of Shueisha’s longer titles, but fans have been particular upset with the manga’s frequent hiatuses.
Hunter x Hunter went on its first hiatus back in August 2014 and was kept shelves until April 2016. The manga stayed around for a couple of months before Togashi entered a new hiatus. The second break ended earlier this June, so Hunter x Hunter made it about two months before taking another break.
There is no word on when Hunter x Hunter will return following its third hiatus. Togashi has battled work-related injuries in the past, so the artist may be taking time off to tend to his strained body.
If you are not familiar with Hunter x Hunter, then you can definitely get acquainted. The shonen series is one filled with hijinks and thrilling action since it follows a young boy named Gon Freecs who dreams of becoming a Hunter. Determined to pass the challenging Hunter Examination, Gon and his comrades begin their journey to become revered Hunters and cause a ruckus along the way.
You can read Viz Media’s synopsis of Hunter x Hunter below:
“Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts and even other people. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information and the right to call themselves “Hunters.” Can Gon, a country boy, follow his father and join their ranks?”