Manga Fans Sure Can Be Demanding

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Just as we’re reminded of the insane hours One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda keeps, we forget about another famed manga creator who has been taking time off.

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Japanese site Netallica pointed out the concern Oda’s schedule has caused among fans, with people saying he should not overdue it and should take it easy. What about Yoshihiro Togashi, the creator of Hunter × Hunter?

Togashi has put Hunter x Hunter on hiatus numerous times over the years. In an article titled “King of Hiatus,” website Comipress went through and showed how frequently he’s missed publication since the late 1990s.

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There could be a variety of reasons for these breaks. Honestly, I don’t think it’s fair to Togashi to attempt to guess those reasons or try to put myself in his position. I’m sure he has his reasons, whether they are for physical or mental health—or simply a desire to have a life.

Apparently, Togashi did have serious back surgery, and the last we’d heard in September 2014 (via ANN), Weekly Shonen Jump was putting Hunter x Hunter on hiatus until further notice.

As Movie News Guide, the manga’s arc isn’t officially finished, so this hiatus has left fans feeling in limbo. That feeling is understandable.

As Netallica notes, Japanese fans keep saying things like Togashi should “get back to work” and “draw manga.” There doesn’t seem to be the same concern that Oda gets. It’s like fans don’t want manga creators to overwork themselves, but then seems miffed or even somewhat upset when a time is taken off.

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DISCUSSION

There is a difference between taking one or two week hiatus with only making 10 chapter per year in a weekly magazine (40 week hiatus per year).

Hiatus X Hiatus fans use to pity him too until it considered went too far with hiatus. To point out,

One piece started at 1997 with 801 chapter published to date.

Naruto Started at 1997 with 700+10 chapter published to date

Hiatus x Hiatus started at 1998 with 350 chapter published to date.

The fact that they are in the same weekly magazine, the chapter gap from Hiatus is far to large. The reason for the hiatus is also far to vague, “maybe he’ sick”.

The saving grace tough, is that Togashi is a damn good mangaka. While the art is sparse sometimes but the story, intrique and characters is just damn good and unique in shonen series.