It was only a matter of time, but a preview of next week’s Weekly Shonen Jump reveals that Hunter x Hunter will go back on hiatus starting in issue 41.
Yoshihiro Togashi returned from a 46-week hiatus on June 26th. Togashi jokingly wrote in his author’s note, “I receive some donbei [noodles] from Nissin Foods as a resurrection prize, so I’ll be back once more within the year.”
While long-time fans bemoan Togashi’s frequent Hunter x Hunter hiatuses and joke that he’s addicted to Dragon Quest, he does have a history of chronic back pain. Togashi has written in the past that the pain can leave him bedridden at times. However, he doesn’t state the reason for his hiatus this time around.
Despite the infrequent manga updates, Hunter x Hunter is a top-selling series and has sold over 66 million copies in Japan. The series centers around Gon Freecss, a 12-year-old boy who is determined to become the greatest Hunter in hopes of finding his father. On his journey, Gon befriends the doctor-in-training Leorio, the vengeful Kurapika, and the rebellious ex-assassin Killua. They work together to become Hunters and to help each other achieve their dreams.
Hunter x Hunter has had two major anime adaptations. Nippon Animation produced a 62-episode TV series and a 30-episode OVA series that ran from 1999 to 2004. Madhouse has produced a 148-episode TV series and two movies between 2011 to 2014.