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It’s been a long four years for Hunter x Hunter fans. And an even longer wait for the anime-only fans. The manga, which has been running since 1998, went on hiatus in 2018. It’s been crickets for a long time. The newest anime had its sixth season in 2014 and has also been silent ever since then.
The Hunter x Hunter community certainly hasn’t been quiet, though. The show’s introduction to Netflix, along with consistent word of mouth, has seen the fanbase grow significantly. Even 8 whole years after the last season of the anime, there’s still plenty of discussion and fan service going on throughout social media. And now, finally, it seems as though Hunter x Hunter is back.
The Return of Hunter x Hunter
The anime’s hiatus is a direct result of the manga’s hiatus. The current Dark Continent arc doesn’t have enough content out for the anime to produce another full season. So we’ve just been waiting for any word from Yoshihiro Togashi for some time now. Togashi has been out of the spotlight for a while. He hasn’t put out anything since the brief Akuten Wars manga in 2017.
We know from his own words that his most popular works can cause him a great amount of stress. Before Hunter x Hunter he was also the author of the wildly popular YuYu Hakusho back in the early 90s. He says the stress of writing that book gave him more than a few health issues including insomnia and chest pains.
So the likely explanation for the absence is stress, and hopefully, Togashi has been prioritizing his health over these last few years. More than anything, the fans are glad to see he’s back with a new announcement of 4 new manga chapters directly from his Twitter account.
The photo shows a manga template page with some rough sketches you can see in the corner. What he writes is in Japanese (obviously) but it translates into “Four more chapters for the time being”.
Season 7 And 4 New Chapters
Will these four new chapters be enough to warrant Hunter x Hunter Season 7? The fans seem hopeful that the answer is yes. Already the internet is buzzing about the potential for Season 7 to arrive as shortly as 2023. How realistic is that timeline? Likely, not very realistic at all. Assuming the four chapters hit Shonen Jump magazine within the next 6-8 months, it seems like 2024 would be a more realistic release window. That’s assuming there’s enough content there at all for the animation studio to greenlight Season 7’s production. Here’s hoping.
New chapters of the Hunter x Hunter manga are coming soon. Season 7 hopefully won’t be far behind.