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'Hunter X Hunter' manga series breaks its own hiatus record, the longest hiatus since its serialization

Written by:

Jei Beltrano

August 8, 2020 at 6:40 PM PHT (GMT +8:00)

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Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter X Hunter officially breaks its own hiatus record after NOT being in the latest issue of this year's Weekly Shounen JUMP Magazine. It is now also considered that the manga series is in its longest hiatus since serialization.

'Hunter X Hunter' manga series breaks its own hiatus record, the longest hiatus since its serialization

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After its new chapter was confirmed not to be included in the upcoming 38th Issue of this year's Weekly Shounen JUMP Magazine, the series has reached a total of 81 issues on hiatus since the 1st Issue of 2019's WSJ, breaking the previous record from the 35th Issue of 2014's WSJ to the 19th Issue of 2016's WSJ, a record of 80 issues of hiatus.

It is not officially announced, but one actual reason for the hiatus is that Togashi suffers from severe, chronic back pain for several years now. He is unlikely to write continuously and is working alone resulting to the long-term hiatus of the series.

The series was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on March 1998. As of October 2018, 380 chapters have been collected into 36 volumes by Shueisha.

The story focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss who discovers that his father, who left him at a young age, is actually a world renowned Hunter, a licensed professional who specializes in fantastical pursuits such as locating rare or unidentified animal species, treasure hunting, surveying unexplored enclaves, or hunting down lawless individuals. Despite being abandoned by his father, Gon departs on a journey to become a Hunter and eventually find his father. Along the way, Gon meets various other Hunters and encounters the paranormal. The original inspiration for the manga came from Togashi's own collecting hobby.

In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001.

The manga series is known for its great plot but is infamous for its hiatuses. Hiatus refers to a pause or gap in a sequence of a series.

Despite the situation, the manga was highly praised for its plot and characters. Here's some excerpts from the Wiki: Chris Sims of ComicsAlliance called Hunter × Hunter one of the funniest, ridiculous, and ludicrously violent comics he ever read. Charles Solomon, a writer for The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, praised the moral seriousness of Gon, a quality that gives the protagonist "an appeal his relentlessly upbeat counterparts lack". Publishers Weekly gave a positive review to the first volume of the manga, stating that Togashi "shows a deft touch" with its standard story, calling his artwork "clear and graceful", and mentioning that his characters are "endearing and complex". While Rika Takahashi of EX.org and Claude J. Pelletier of Protoculture Addicts found the art style in Hunter × Hunter to be much simpler than Togashi's two previous serializations, Level E and Yu Yu Hakusho, both reviewers appreciated the intricate narrative and characters.

It is still unknown when the next update of the manga will be published but it is good to know that the manga has a lot more to offer and is not expected to end at any point yet in the future. We are wishing for the fast recovery of the author for this awesome journey to come forward.

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'Hunter X Hunter' manga series breaks its own hiatus record, the longest hiatus since its serialization