Hunter x Hunter Creator Addresses Health Concerns in New Manga Update

Earlier this year, Hunter x Hunter blew up headlines the world over when reports confirmed its hiatus was ending. After taking a much-needed break, creator Yoshihiro Togashi is back to work on his iconic manga, and everyone is eager to see its comeback launch. And thanks to a new letter, the artist has shared with fans why exactly his injuries forced him to take such an extended hiatus.

The update hit social media in honor of Hunter x Hunter debuting a new puzzle challenge in Japan. Togashi published a letter to fans in his first statement since resuming work on Hunter x Hunter. And while fans are thrilled to have the creator back, they are rightfully worried over his injuries.

"I have been unable to sit in a chair to draw for about two years, but I have managed to resume writing by giving up the traditional way of doing things. Everyone, please take care of your hips," he wrote before sharing a rather bleak story.

"Until two weeks ago, before I wrote this [letter], I was unable to wipe [myself] and had to take a shower every time I [used the toilet]. Every movement takes 3 to 5 times longer than a learned person. The back is important."

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Clearly, Togashi's previous nods to his back pain did not spell out the entire situation. If anything, the fandom has been underestimating the pain the artist has gone through. Despite all his trials, Togashi is determined to carry on work with Hunter x Hunter with help from his circle. And if his back twinges the slightest, you can bet fans will plead with the artist to take a rest.

Did you expect Togashi to give this sort of update to fans? Are you excited to see how Hunter x Hunter does with its comeback? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.