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Detective Conan Manga Goes on Hiatus for Creator's Medical Treatment

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Gosho Aoyama plans to "recharge" with extended break

The third and fourth combined 2018 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the Detective Conan manga is going on an extended hiatus beginning in the next issue so that creator Gosho Aoyama can receive medical treatment and "recharge." The issue is publishing a handwritten message from Aoyama for the announcement.

Aoyama jokingly said in the message that he may have overdone things with his work on recent manga and anime projects. He also joked that he may use the hiatus to begin playing the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp mobile game.

The magazine's editorial department apologized to readers and said the magazine will announce the details of the manga's return when it is decided. The series' 94th compiled book volume (seen right) will ship on December 18 as planned.

The manga returned from its previous hiatus on November 29, and the magazine's first 2018 issue published the second chapter in the manga's new arc. The magazine's 45th issue had revealed in October that the manga would take a break so Aoyama could conduct research.

The manga series centers on Conan Edogawa, the alias of detective Shinichi Kudo, whose body shrunk after being poisoned at the beginning of the story. Together with detective Kogoro Mori and his daughter Ran, Conan helps the police solve difficult mysteries.

Detective Conan has been running since 1994 and in August it became the first Weekly Shonen Sunday series to publish its 1,000th chapter. The manga has spawned an ongoing anime series, and a yearly anime film series. The 21st film in the series, Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), opened on April 15, and earned the highest opening weekend record for the franchise. The franchise's 22nd anime film, Meitantei Conan: Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner), will open in Japan on April 13. Aoyama's various manga series have a combined 200 million copies in print worldwide.

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