Hunter x Hunter Back On Track?

19th Jan 2012 by

Weekly Shonen Jump manga Hunter x Hunter has recently reached a new record in continuous serialization. As of 2012 issue #8, scheduled to go on sale January 23rd, the manga has been serialized in WSJ for 22 consecutive issues (starting with 2011 issue #35-36, which was put on sale August 8th, 2011).

This is the longest Hunter x Hunter has been published continuously since its original serialization in 1998. While very well received, Hunter x Hunter has yet to reach the level of fame as other series serialized around the same time (such as One Piece, 1997, and Naruto, 1999) because of its constant hiatuses, the longest of which lasted 79 issues, from February 2006 until October 2007. Most of these were reportedly due to the illness of the author, Togashi Yoshihiro (also creator of Yu Yu Hakusho and Level E).

Hunter x Hunter follows the story of Gon Freecss in his journey to become a great Hunter, and to find his father, who left him as an infant to focus on being a Hunter. It had an anime that ran for 62 episodes (October 16, 1999 – March 31, 2001), and 3 follow-up OVAs that picked up where the anime left off and covered the next arc. (The OVAs were 8, 8, and 16 episodes each, and released in 2002, 2003, and 2004 respectively.) A remake of the anime started in the past fall season, on October 2, 2011, and is currently ongoing.

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