Graphs, Charts Chronicle Hunter x Hunter Manga's Many Hiatuses
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Yoshihiro Togashi's manga series Hunter X Hunter has been on hiatus since 2014, with the most recent manga volume published in December 2012. Before that, the manga had been on hiatus from March 2012 to June 2014. The long breaks between chapters has led to frustration from readers and bookstores alike.
Data nerds on the internet have broken down Togashi's breaks by presenting Hunter X Hunter's hiatuses into a visual format, including graphs showing Weekly Shonen Jump issues the manga appeared in and was absent in from 1998-2016,
To break it down more, the graph is further color-coded to show the story's arc order. Some of the largest breaks took place during the Chimera Ant arc. The grey blocks are jokingly referred to as the "Great Hiatus Arc."
The overall stats graph show that Togashi's current hiatus is quickly approaching the length of his longest break. The current hiatus has lasted 73 issues while the previous longest was 79 issues. His longest publication streak was 30 issues. Shueisha has released a total of 865 issues of Weekly Shonen Jump since the manga debuted. Hunter X Hunter was published in 351 of those issues and absent from 514 issues.
The data comes from Hunter x Hunter Hiatus List, a site dedicated to tracking the series' publication.
Here's the same info broken down by year in a bar graph, line graph, and percentage of publication rate.
Togashi's current hiatus is due to chronic lower back pain that didn't improve as planned. The Yu Yu Hakusho creator recently contributed an illustration to the Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Super History Book in January and is part of the jury for Shueisha's Fujio Akatsuka Award.
Source: Kodak Kawaguchi at Kai-You