Readers of popular shonen manga World Trigger will have to wait longer than usual for the manga’s next volume. In a Tweet posted Friday, Nov 25, the official account for the manga announced it will once again take a one-month break due to the author Daisuke Ashihara’s poor physical health.
The manga is originally expected to release it’s next volume on December 2 in Jump Square’s January issue. But due to Ashihara’s current health status, it is is now slated to return January 4 in the magazine’s February issue.
This is not the first time that World Trigger goes on a sudden hiatus by reason of its author’s poor health. The work also took breaks in January, May, and July this year. It also went on hiatus in 2016 and returned only in 2018.
Launched in 2013, World Trigger is a shonen manga written and illustrated by Daisuke Ashihara. It was initially serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump until it transferred to Jump Square in December 2018.
The manga inspired an anime adaptation in 2014. Its first season lasted up to 2016 and had a total of 73 episodes. A second season followed in January 2021, and a third in October 2021.
Crunchyroll is streaming all the three seasons of the anime. It describes the series as follows:
One day, a gate to another world opened in Mikado City. Invaders from another dimension, referred to thereafter as Neighbors, overran the area around the gate, leaving the city gripped by fear. However, a mysterious group suddenly appeared and repelled the Neighbors. This Border Defense Agency independently researches Neighbor technology and fights to protect this world. In a short time, they managed to build an enormous base and prepare a defensive system against the Neighbors. it’s been four years since then
Daisuke Ashihara isn’t the only mangaka needing to continuously take a break from his work due to poor health conditions. Stress and burnouts were long deemed to be a shared issue afflicting mangakas in the manga industry as the strict pressure from their editors and fans continue to push them to their limits.
Yoshihiro Togashi, creator of Hunter x Hunter, recently went on a four-year long hiatus due to health issues. Even Jujutsu Kaisen mangaka Gege Akutami and Black Clover‘s Yuki Tabata had took some time off this year due to health reasons. Just this week, seinen manga MF Ghost also announced it will go on an indefinite hiatus due to its author Shuuichi Shigeno’s poor health.