Yoshihiro Togashi, the writer of the popular manga series Hunter x Hunter, has confirmed that the long hiatus is about to end.
On Twitter, Togashi declared that all but one double-page spread of the eagerly anticipated next volume of Hunter x Hunter have been completed. He wrote, “The book work is complete except for one double-page spread.”
Hunter x Hunter has been serialised in Japanese publisher Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump since 1998. It is written and illustrated by Togashi, who is better recognised as the author of YuYu Hakusho. Viz Media publishes the manga in Shonen Jump, which is the english equivalent of Shueisha’s magazine. However, since 2006, the manga has a history of taking extended breaks and the present hiatus is the longest one so far.
Hunter x Hunter’s first collected volume was released by Shueisha in June 1998, and Viz released the English-language edition of the collection in April 2005. Most recently, chapters 371-380 of Hunter x Hunter volume 36 were published in English and Japanese, in August 2019 and October 2018, respectively. Weekly Shōnen Jump published chapters 381-390 in serial form from September to November of 2018; however, they have not yet been collected. Since then, no new Hunter x Hunter chapters have been published, but Togashi has made sure to keep readers informed by starting a Twitter account earlier this year.
Viz Media is now offering Hunter x Hunter volumes one through 36.