A hiatus turned into a series cancellation? Will this really be the end for Hunter x Hunter?
Hunter x Hunter has been around for decades, and it appears that the manga has gone back into seclusion following a brief comeback in the media. The gap comes only a few months after Hunter x Hunter ended its longest hiatus to date. Due to the health of creator Yoshihiro Togashi, the series has taken several long vacations throughout the years. But, the manga is now facing cancellation due to a never-before-seen update by Shonen Jump.
The fears and concerns regarding the cancellation of the series happened when the Weekly Shonen Jump changed the manga’s category. Weekly Shonen Jump appears to have finally updated the manga’s classification in their catalog. Hunter x Hunter is no longer a “serialized work” at the magazine, but rather an “archived serialization.”
This category shift is a first for Hunter x Hunter. Even in its four years of hiatus, the series was not put into the Archived Serialization category. Fans noticed the shift on the Weekly Shonen Jump official Japanese website, and the manga’s new section has netizens concerned. After all, archival serializations contain completed, canceled, or moved pieces.
As previously stated by fans, Shueisha has Hunter x Hunter listed as one of their regular serials as of December 2022. There has been no word about the manga since the last chapter was released at the end of last year. Togashi and his editorial staff have kept silent on social media regarding the matter. With the absence of official information, it’s easy to see why fans are concerned about this Shonen Jump shift.
Because the series has gone through many hiatuses over the years, Shueisha may have deemed it necessary to be archived first as there is no clear guarantee when it will return. Let’s hope that this change is temporary and that we will still see Gon and his adventures in the pages of the manga soon!