'Hunter x Hunter' manga returns on October 23
'Hunter x Hunter' manga returns on October 23

The Hunter x Hunter manga is coming back — and its accession much sooner than we once thought. While the Japanese Shonen Jump Twitter originally declared the release date as Nov. 4, it turns out that the beloved manga will be returning in just a couple of weeks, on Oct. 23. Viz Media declared Monday that the new chapters of Hunter x Hunter will be available simultaneously in English and Japanese starting then.

The Hunter x Hunter manga has been on hiatus since 2018 when creator Yoshihiro Togashi took a break due to health-related issues. In May, he created a Twitter account to share updates on his work, heralding the series’ return.

The Hunter x Hunter manga started in 1998 and has been adapted into two anime series. It takes place in a world where licensed professionals called Hunters embark on fantastical adventures, such as subduing dangerous monsters, tracking down criminals, or hunting treasure.

They can harness supernatural power known as Nen to augment their fighting abilities.

In Hunter x Hunter Gon, a young boy with superb fighting skills goes off on a quest to find his father, a legendary hunter who left him when he was just a baby.

Along the way, he befriends Killua, the heir to a notorious and deadly assassin family; Kurapika, the revenge-bent sole survivor of genocide; and Leorio, who wants to be a Hunter so he can pay his medical school tuition.

As fans of the 2011 anime series might know, the manga pretty much wrapped up Gon’s arc and has since pivoted to following Kurapika.

Leorio is also there, but he’s working on the Med Bay and we, unfortunately, don’t see much of him (though the teaser image Viz Media tweeted out hints that maybe we’ll see more of Leorio).

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