By the time HxH started I've already outgrown shounen manga, and this (and Hikaru no Go) is the only series I still make an effort to read because I know Togashi will bring IT no matter what. Back then I rent taped new HxH episodes from the Japanese market from where I live, but I ended up disliking the 1999 anime adaptation so much that I stopped around Heaven's Arena (before it got good at Phantom troupe). Then shortly after I dropped most manga reading all together as life got busy.
It's only until last year I re-pick up the manga from where I left off (where Kite's head got chopped off). Then Togashi is back on hiatus, then the new anime reboot happened, it just couldn't come in a better timing. It's strange that time has changed so much, for ex: I no longer has someone to share the joy of following HxH with (my sister, who's since married and moved away), and my fiancé is completely clueless about the world of manga/anime that I didn't even bother to introduce him to it. Every Saturday/Sunday I'll just wait for him to do his own stuff so I can watch the new 2011 anime episode secretly.
Oh yeah my other favorite manga author is Ito Junji, whom I follow with fierce loyalty since my teenage days (when he was still writing in those girls horror manga magazine). So I caught all those little references Togashi made to Ito Junji.
Yea the censorship in the manga, I wish it was actually edited by Togashi himself. I hate black censor bars.
What I don't get is that there are a lot of other shonen series that don't get that heavily censored. Take Fullmetal Alchemist for example, both it and Hunter x Hunter are Viz properties and both are shonen. One of FMA's volumes feature a scene where the top half of a guy's face is smashed, featured in all its glory and with no censoring at all (pretty sure one of the only things Viz censored in FMA was what looked like a guy crucified). That's a lot more violent than those scenes from HxH's volume 23. Even if you argue that HxH belongs to the Shonen Jump Advanced line and that Fullmetal Alchemist belongs to the Viz Media line and that's why there's a difference when it comes to censorship, that doesn't explain why the Japanese version is also censored.
Hxh and FMA are owned by different companies, and of course they have different limits. But damn! How does Togashi gets away with most of his stuff? He can delay whenever he wants, doesn't need to finalize the chapter for magazine submission, and he can go brutal to the extreme that they need to actually censor it!
Totally agree that Togashi has a privilege when it comes to censorship considering what he's done in the past. HXH volumes in japan most of the time sell like there's no tomorrow, so I think Shueisha's learned their lesson of putting too much pressure on him and just let him do what he does cuss in the end, he brings them a generous amount of $$$
While I wanted to be either Transmutation or Conjuration, I think I might actually be Emission. Emission's pretty cool though so I don't mind xD. Maybe there should be a thread about what Hatsu types we'd like to have and which ones seem to fit us (was thinking about making one a while ago)?
When do you guys think HxH series continues?? There is a movie coming out perhaps Togashi is focusing on that? i mean, we all know that togashi's work capacity is very low writing a manga is probably already too much a stretch for him, so working on a movie simultaneously is practically impossible. In addition, quite hard to think that someone would fall to a slump very quickly after his last few chapter which has great artwork.
I am expecting him to announce that he is done with the series, and instead is joining the Olympics as part of the synchronized swimming team.
i saw this on mangahere...
suppodedly Hunter x hunter 341 will be coming next along with other popular shounen
i dont know if they mean coming next as in their next upcoming manga or what