Polygon has reported that the Hunter x Hunter manga will return after a four-year hiatus, with the official Shōnen Jump Twitter account confirming that the next volume of Hunter x Hunter will be released in Japan on November 4. The last volume was released on October 4, 2018, as creator Yoshihiro Togashi was forced to stop producing the long-running series due to health issues.
In May, Togashi joined Twitter and began posting updates about his work, sparking the series’ initial return. While most of the posts were page numbers hiding what was on the actual page, he tweeted a few more finished drawings and sketches, but nothing definitive that would reveal the plot.
The premise of Hunter x Hunter takes place in a world where professional adventurers called Hunters take on out-of-this-world tasks and jobs ranging from hunting monsters to taking down criminals, even treasure hunting and piracy. The story centers on a boy named Gon Freecs who takes the Hunter exam to find his long-lost father, a former Legendary Hunter. During the series, Gon meets Killua, the heir to an infamous assassin family, Kurapika, the sole survivor of a brutal genocide seeking revenge, and Leorio Paradinight, who wants to be a doctor and treat the poor for free.
The Hunter × Hunter manga began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in March 1998, with Shueisha compiling most of the chapters into individual volumes. As of October 4, 2018, thirty-six volumes have been published.
In April 2005, Viz Media began publishing manga in English in North America, but there is no English release date for the newest volume, but it is expected sometime next summer.
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