Published on August 13th, 2022
Yoshihiro Togashi, the author of HUNTER x HUNTER and Yuu Yuu Hakushou, has been suffering from chronic and severe health problems for over a decade. In his previous messages, he advised his followers to take care of their backs “I am unable to sit in a chair, everyone, please keep an eye on your back.”
Fans widely believed that Togashi’s health improved as he returned to drawing the Hunter x Hunter manga series. However, the author has recently updated on the subject once more. He wrote on Twitter:
My symptoms have not improved and I have had to spend a lot of time in treatment and recovery
In a follow-up Tweet, Togashi said:
I’ve managed to draw 1 panel. I’m having trouble in putting strength into my right hand.
This is a worrying sign for fans who are anxiously waiting for the Hunter x Hunter series to return. Togashi previously revealed that despite the back pain, he found a way to draw manga by laying straight down on his back. In his letter to fans, Togashi described the severe pain he was going through, revealing that he had to shower every time after using the bathroom as he could not wipe his a*s.
Hunter x Hunter mangaka is currently working on chapter 399. Although it is unknown when HUNTER x HUNTER will return to the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, the series has been on hiatus since November 2018. According to the Hunter x Hunter editor, Togashi plans to complete ten manga chapters before it is considered returning to publication.
Togashi announced on May 24th that he would return to draw the manga via his Twitter account.
The manga first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in March 1998, less than a year after One Piece. Yoshihiro Togashi has taken several long breaks from publishing HUNTER x HUNTER since 2006, some of which were due to illness or chronic back pain.
Viz describes the Hunter x Hunter manga series as follows:
Gon is a young boy who dreams of following in his father’s footsteps to become a Hunter. But first he must pass the notoriously difficult and dangerous Hunter Qualification Exam. Throughout his journey, Gon overcomes many obstacles, while making new friends along the way!
Source: Official Twitter