Yoshihiro Togashi Wants To Finish Hunter x Hunter

The king of hiatus, Yoshihiro Togashi, takes lots of breaks from his manga Hunter x Hunter. But he says he plans to finish it or die in the process.


In a recent Weekly Jump interview, translated by Redditor VeraciousCake, Togashi discussed finishing Hunter x Hunter.

“I need to finish writing Hunter x Hunter,” Togashi said (via VeraciousCake). “It has come to a point where either the story concludes first, or I die before that happens (lol). But I do intend to finish it.”

Togashi explained that the story finished once when Gon met Ging, and some readers probably thought that this was supposed to be how it all came together. He agreed that he wrote it that way but actually did not plan to bring it to a close at that point. He hopes that readers can still that the story still has room to grow.

But since he’s also a manga reader, he knows the feeling of thinking a manga should have already ended as well as being unhappy when it dragged on. According to Togashi, he never wants to forget that feeling as a manga reader.

“But Hunter x Hunter as it is now has a lot in it that makes me want to keep on reading, even from my own perspective as a reader,” he said (via VeraciousCake). “And from my perspective as a writer, there are still many things in it left that I want to write, that I would enjoy writing. And so if anyone would be willing to enjoy this ride with me, that is all I can hope for.”

You can read the full interview right here.

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Hiatus aside, Togashi needs to get the story under control if he wants to finish it. He keeps introducing new characters and new plot threads without resolving any of them, and it’s getting to the point where there is no way to wrap things up reasonably well. It’s a bit like A Song of Ice and Fire in that way.

That’s not to say that the current arc is bad. Quite the opposite. Right now, we’re seeing HxH at its HxH-iest. There’s an incredibly convoluted succession war where everyone has incredibly convoluted superpowers, some of which have superpowers of their own (it makes sense in context). One character is named Salé-Salé Hui Guo Rou. There are several diagrams involved.