The Hunter x Hunter manga has experienced a number of hiatuses because creator Yoshihiro Togashi is dealing with health issues. Togashi, who is also the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho, has turned to Twitter to give updates both on his health and his manga.
The health updates show that things are not moving smoothly. Earlier this month he tweeted, “My symptoms have not improved and I have had to spend a great deal of time in treatment and recovery.” A little later he wrote, “I’ve done one frame. I can’t put strength into my right hand, and I’m in pain.”
He also recently noted, “You’re probably thinking, ‘Go draw the next chapter already.’ True, I was unable to sit in a chair for two years, which made me unable to draw, but by throwing conventional methods to the wayside, I’ve been able to resume drawing somehow. Everyone, I sincerely ask you to take care of your backs and hips. Just two weeks before writing this message, I couldn’t get into position to wipe my butt and had to take a shower every time I pooped. It takes 3-5 times longer for me to do everyday movements. Your hips are important.”
In his Twitter update from this week, he said that Chapter 399’s background effects were completed, and he’s getting on to Chapter 400. He also mentioned that he’s decided to increase his staff.
This seems like a good idea, because his tweets sound as if he really needs help for his well-being. Some people might be thinking, “Go draw the next chapter already,” but many of his fans understand he’s going through hard times. Getting assistants will hopefully help with both his health and his work.
VIZ Media publishes Hunter x Hunter in English and gave this description for the first volume:
“Gon might be a country boy, but he has high aspirations. Despite his Aunt Mito’s protests, Gon decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary Hunter. The Hunter hopefuls begin their journey by storm-tossed ship, where Gon meets Leorio and Kurapika, the only other applicants who aren’t devastated by bouts of seasickness.
Having survived the terrors of the high seas, Gon and his companions now have to prove their worth in a variety of tests in order to find the elusive Exam Hall. And once they get there, will they ever leave alive…?”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.
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