The human toll of Hunter x Hunter’s manga return is important

Guts, Musashi Miyamoto, Nana Osaki and Ren Honjo appear side by side in a manga collage.

Save for berserk, NANA and rover continue their tenure in Hiatus Purgatory.
picture: @Ai Yazawa / Dark Horse Comics / VIZ Media / Kodansha

If you said that to manga fans last year berserk and Hunter X Hunter 2022 wouldn’t take a break, you’d be laughed at from every water cooler conversation you tried to start. But as fate would have it, the alumni forever Hunter X Hunter prepares for his return and berserk will continue without its late creator, Kentaro Miura. While many manga readers are eager for other mangaka to announce the return of their favorite series from the Hiatus Purgatory, it’s important to remember the very human toll that put these stories on hold in the first place.

Even though Hunter X Hunter mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi broke the internet with the creation of his Twitter account and the following Manga sketches for the upcoming return of the series, Togashi still suffers from the same physical ailments that put the series on hold in the first place. A few years ago, Togashi had a serious back surgery which put the manga on hiatus. In a message for his art exhibition commemorating the last 35 years of his work on manga such as HxH and Yu Yu Hakusho, Togashi said he couldn’t draw anymore HxH through traditional sitting at a desk. Instead, Togashi has to lie down with a pillow on his back to continue the series.

“Everyone, I sincerely ask you to take care of your back and hips. Just two weeks before I wrote this message, I couldn’t get into position to wipe my butt and had to shower every time I pooped,” Togashi said in the message. “I need 3-5 times longer for everyday movements. Your hips are important.”

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Historically, manga artists are not given lots of free time in their schedules In between, we crank out 20 pages of new chapters every week. Back in 2015, One piece Creator Eiichiro Oda revealed that his busy schedule is that he wakes up at 5 a.m. and goes to bed around 2 a.m. For those not counting, Oda has been working seven times longer than he sleeps for around 25 years. Togashi’s decision to return to such a lifestyle is both commendable and worrying about how it might affect his health.

Togashi’s return also sparked rumours Ai YazawaCreator of the popular Shoujo series NANAShe would also announce her return. But who could blame the fans for the existence of ? new illustrations and merchandise offered for sale at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Takashimaya department store during their “All Time Best” art exhibition. During an interview with DaVinciKadokawa Media Factory’s manga news magazine, Yazawa apologized to fans and said NANA‘s break continues.

“It was long ago NANA took a break. I’m sorry I still can’t restart serialization,” Yazawa told Da Vinci. “I put as much as possible into the exhibition, so I hope you can enjoy it.”

While Yazawa’s decision upsets fans, don’t ignore why it had to be interrupted in the first place. Corresponding Anime News NetworkYazawa has “not picked up a pen” since returning from a Tokyo hospital after being treated for “an unspecified serious illness” in 2010. NANAAt the end of the day, Yazawa is human and shouldn’t be expected to risk her health to put an end to the girls from Apartment 707.

This isn’t the first time a major series creator has pulled out of one of their manga projects due to health concerns. Although mangaka Takehiko Inoue moved and shocked with his directorial debut for the upcoming slam dunk MovieThe expectation that he would suddenly pick up where he left off in his historical samurai epic has long been pushed aside by his fans. rover.

Similar to Yazawa NANA, rover took a break before ending a major fight that its story was working towards, largely due to that of the creator health problems. roverThe current hiatus of is due to a “unbearable mental stressInoue reports that he had problems during the series. Given the almost inhuman attention to detail Inoue devoted to the carnage and cruelty of Musashi MiyamotoI can’t fault him for having to stay away from those fights rover and work on his other basketball manga series instead, real.

in the An interview from 2010Inoue eloquently summed up what rover‘s break meant for him:

“I see this hiatus as a kind of death for myself as an artist, which sounds like a pretty dramatic way of putting it, I realize, but there’s so much baggage I’ve been carrying around for so long and I know it I’ll be a much better artist if I shed all of that. After returning to this state of innocence, the manga I make will be many times better than what I’m capable of now, I’m sure. If I work on it again ahead of schedule, I’ll go through it all again. I mean, I’d manage to churn out something decent, I suppose, purely out of professional duty – but it probably wouldn’t be anything outstanding. Although, really, the fact that I’m still talking about making something out of it ‘terrific’ is itself a sign that I still carry that baggage around with me. Anyway, I don’t touch rover For now, because I think that’s what I need to be able to eventually produce something that feels right to me.

Suffice it to say, when a mangaka announces an art exhibition, chances are they’re not announcing the return of their beloved series. The only exception is Inoue’s 2008 art exhibition “The last‘ which provided an epilogue to the story and served as a more than acceptable conclusion to the series.

As painful as it may be to experience your favorite manga taking a hiatus, it’s important to remember that the creators behind the works you love are people just like you and should have a choice, their health over that of their work to deliver. The human toll of Hunter x Hunter’s manga return is important

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