I remember hearing the longest being 2 years--but I wasn't reading HxH at that time so I'm not 100% sure on that. This one seems to be dragging on forever... but having the anime really helps out with that.
Luckily it's at the end of an arc and not in the middle of one. :P
One would hope an ending is coming eventually but seeing the pace it's been on, it remains doubtful. I'm guessing the author will just give up and write a rushed BS ending. One has to wonder if this slow pace keeps up, how many readers will actually know what HunterxHunter is in the next few years. I'm only guessing the amount of HunterxHunter readers will decrease.
I hope it will be completed and i beleive the anime will bring a whole new swarm of readers once it picks back up
It has been awfully long though
I would much rather Togashi take his time to get his thoughts together than ruin the series by rushing out an ending (like what happened to Gantz, Soul Eater etc.)
I don't think it'll ever be completed. Though, maybe the mangaka has written down the plot and everything important so in case anything happens, the family still has a cash cow.
Well, I hope not. That would break my heart, it would be sad that an awesome story ended like that...I don't think he will disappoint his fans..
ppl won't just 'stop caring' when they bring out something with such high Quality for so many years, even if they might hate the work at times.
If Togashi stopped caring he could easily have conformed to usual shonen formulas and let gon and killuah return to heaven Arena, without much thinking, let killuah beat illumi there and gon hisoka, let gon find gin and end it.
He didnt do that, he gave us the chimera ants arc, whether you like it or don't like it, the most complicated arc of them all, with so many new introduced plot Points that you have to reread it to get it in it's entirety.
He could have forgotten all the chimera ants after that if he wanted, just saying 'well okay hunters got it under control, now killuah sorts his Family Business, gon finds ging and ending'.
He didnt, he gave us the election arc which heavily based on the Prior events and introduces a lot of new important characters which are, from a writer's Point of view, hard to handle, like alluka and pariston.
If toashi wanted to end hxh because he stopped caring, he could have done so by now easily, but he always seems to have decided against it and even prolong his work by introducing new plot Points.
He could always have given us an open ending.
Following the election arc, or before, he could have leorio be a doctor and kurapica kill the Spiders and let the semi last chapter we got be the official ending.
And again, no, he didnt.
Whatever is the reason for him taking those Long hiatusses, i doubt that it is 'not caring'.
He might have a more relaxed stance to it, like 'i don't have to reach any Deadlines, i can just think about stuff until i am all good, i can scetch multiple possiblities, or mb not do a Thing about it at all for months'. Sure, who wouldnt, but i am 100% sure that he does want to finish HxH and he wants to give it his best shot.
Elseways, his behaviour would be absolutely irrational.
All of that is likely perfectly true, shionoro, but I highly doubt it takes Togashi months on end to plan out his story ideas. He cares about Hunter x Hunter, that's beyond a doubt, but procrastination almost certainly plays a part in his long breaks between updates.
I'm sort of conflicted on whether we as readers deserve to complain about how Togashi creates his stories. Storytelling, after all, is an extremely intimate and personal process. With that said, it isn't really the lack of new chapters that is the problem, but the uncertainty that Togashi's hiatuses create. It causes us to fear for the future of the series; a fear this thread is a living testament to. It also puts the survival of the so-far exceptional anime adaptation of the series in doubt. The 1999 anime was already screwed over by Togashi's hiatuses. I don't want to see a repeat of that with MadHouse's work. They deserve better.
I feel there wouldn't be nearly as much controversy surrounding Togashi's breaks if the man was more open about what he's doing with his free time and when he's planning on getting back to work. Perhaps he should consider starting a blog. At least then we would know that he hasn't dropped off the face of the earth...