It’s time to return to the Dark Continent…again. Yoshihiro Togashi’s hit Hunter x Hunter is set to return on January 29th, 2018. The return date was revealed in a Shounen Jump preview.
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Togashi previously returned from a 46-week hiatus on June 26th and wrote 10 chapters before putting Hunter x Hunter on hold again. Before leaving, he jokingly told readers, “I receive some donbei from Nissin Foods as a resurrection prize, so I’ll be back once more within the year.”
Hunter x Hunter has a rough history of hiatus. In fact, the manga has only appeared in 372 out of the 952 current issues of Weekly Shounen Jump since its debut. Togashi can be cryptic about the reasons behind his frequent hiatus, but he has cited chronic back pain in the past, which has left him bedridden.
Despite the infrequent publishing cycle, Hunter x Hunter 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.