Polygon has reported that the Hunter x Hunter manga will return after a four-year hiatus, with an official Shonen Jump Twitter account confirming that the next Hunter x Hunter volume will be released in Japan on November 4th. The final volume was released on October 4, 2018, as creator Yoshihiro Togashi was forced to end production on the long-running series due to health issues.
Back in May, Togashi joined Twitter and began posting updates about his work, teasing the initial return of the series. While most of the posts were page numbers that hid what was on the actual page, he tweeted a few more finished drawings and sketches, but nothing definite that gave away the plot.
The premise of Hunter x Hunter takes place in a world where professional adventurers called Hunters take on off-world quests and jobs that range from hunting monsters to destroying criminals, even treasure hunting and pirates. The story revolves around a young man named Gon Freecs who takes the hunter exam in order to find his long lost father, a former legendary Hunter. During the series, Gon meets Killua, the heir to an infamous family of assassins, Kurapiko, the sole survivor of a brutal genocide on a quest for revenge, and Leorio Paradinight, who wants to be a doctor and treat the poor for free.
The Hunter × Hunter manga began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump back in March 1998 when Shueisha compiled 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 the manga in English in North America, but there is no English release date for the latest volume, but it is expected sometime next summer.
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