At the end of May, Yoshihiro Togashimanga author HUNTER x HUNTERopened his official Twitter account and began posting some storyboard sketches for upcoming chapters of the play, which has been on indefinite hold for three years. He would later reveal that his back pain is still unbearable and that he could only draw in a specific position lying down.
While all of the posts to date have been photographs of fairly rough parts of the storyboards, the most recent one took fans by surprise. It turns out that in said publication, Togashi published an illustration of the character Kurapika, which attracted more than 660 thousand reactions at the time of writing this article, being one of his most popular publications to date.
Based on Togashi’s posting rate, he apparently posts a picture on a daily basis of a storyboard of one of the numbered pages, which reset every time nineteen or twenty are reached. It is speculated that he is preparing ten new chapters for the resumption of the work, but there has been no official statement about it beyond comments made by Togashi that are unclear.
The manga began publication in March 1998 in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jumpless than a year after the start of the publication of one piece. Yoshihiro Togashi has taken numerous long breaks from publishing HUNTER x HUNTER since 2006, some of which were due to illness and chronic back pain, while the reasons for others were never revealed.
HUNTER x HUNTER Synopsis
HUNTER x HUNTER is set in a world where hunters exist to perform all kinds of dangerous tasks, such as capturing criminals and bravely searching for lost treasures in uncharted territories. Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss is determined to become the best hunter he can be in hopes of finding his father, who was a hunter and abandoned his family long ago. However, Gon soon realizes that the path to achieving his goals is far more challenging than he ever imagined.
On the way to becoming an official hunter, Gon befriends the spirited doctor-in-training Leorio, the vengeful Kurapika, and the rebellious ex-assassin Killua. To achieve their own goals and wishes, the four of them together take the Hunter Exam, known for its low success rate and high chance of death. Along their journey, Gon and his friends embark on an adventure that puts them through many hardships and struggles. They’ll meet a host of monsters, creatures, and characters, all while learning what it really means to be a hunter.
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