I don't see how he can have that much authority.... he wrote yuyu hakusho and is working on HH but would that really be enough for him to take breaks this indiscriminately? As awesome as his manga's are, I don't think he should be quite there yet (its not like he wrote DBZ and inspired a generation right?). I don't think he is sick though...... I guess he just gets to do what he wants for some reason.
I'm in as much disbelief as you, but his manga sell a lot. Maybe his first hiatus was due to sickness, but after noticing how it didn't affect his manga's sales, he decided he could take one whenever he wanted, that or he layed out some sort of deal with WSJ. I doubt the hiatuses are due to his gaming addiction though.
After digging a bit on web, I found some explanation as to Togashi's constant hiatus.
tl;dr Togashi is a lazy manga artist.
A few years ago there's a series of articles titled "the disappeared manga artist" that talks about manga artists that seems to stop drawing (the whole thing is in Japanese and I only found a Chinese translation one some Chinese site),and one of the articles talks about Togashi.
Long story short, Togashi is completely fine. The long hiatus is not cost by illness or anything. It's simply that Togashi doesn't want to devote his life completely to manga, and he wants to enjoy other aspects of life. In another word, Togashi is not a model manga artist.
Basically it started out during the end of Yu Yu hakashou. Because of the constant pressure from the editors of Jump to continue the story, Togashi has actually grew tired of drawing manga during that time. To the point that he feel sick just looking at rough drafts. Secondly the pressure of weekly releases has impacted his health considerably. Add to the fact that Togashi insists on working by himself without assistants to finish the final draft, the result is that Togashi wanted to quit drawing manga at that point.
After Yuyuhakashou ended Togashi went into a one year hiatus from drawing manga. His next work Level E would again be released on Jump, however it'd only be release on a monthly schedule.
There was a quote of Togashi somewhere that he doesn't want to die drawing manga, and insists on drawing only what he wants to draw.
So basically Togashi is not sick, he's just enjoying his life.
The article is title "消えたマンガ家", published on this magazine
by this person
The column series was combined into a book in 1996
While this is before Hunter x Hunter starting serialization, I believe this is still relevant in understanding Togashi now.
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I guess that makes sense.... Perhaps a monthly manga where he'd just have to draw 30 pages a month would fit him better than writting 17 a week lol. Too bad someone with a manga as awesome as HH does not seem as into manga as other mangaka's though. If the info is true then I just lost all hope of ever seeing this manga reaching a proper end though.
Well comiket 78 just ended so hopefully someone saw Togashi and ask him about the hiatus. He's know to attend these kind of stuff.
Edit: I guess we should be thankful that at least he's putting out one volume every year. There are mangaka who does thing even slower.
2 rumors about hunter x hunter, both of them are extremely unlikely.
One is that Togashi got a divorce. This rumor appears several times before and probably made up by some otaku.
Second is that the serialization will start in October. Again very unlikely since Togashi still has 2 volume worth of stuff waiting to be published.
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I'm working roughly 8h a day 221 days a year. I'm not exactly a workaholic ... Togashi is working far less than that. My guess is that Togashi just don't care anymore & only work for his own pleasure from time to time & do not care one bit about fans.Quote:
If Togashi didn't care, then the stuff he put out wouldn't be of such an amazing quality. I think he just no longer feels compelled to work all of the time, so he goes at a pace that he feels more comfortable with.
Given his success, I think he's earned that right.
5 star stories. 12 volumes since 1986
Word of advice don't even start reading those series...
I think Togashi doesn't think drawing manga is his work. Or rather he doesn't want drawing manga to be his job. He probably consider himself retired and only doing manga when he wants to.Quote:
But DBZ, Dr Slump, and numerous other manga would put Toriyama on another level still.
Being married to the Sailor Moon mangaka, I wouldnt mind if he was just too lazy to draw and dictated his panels to her, and its not like he doesnt have editors. But his drawings get so bad at times and then are well done at others, Ive heard he has a hand disease.
I believe that Togashi and his wife made a picture book last year or the year before. Not a manga but just a picture book.
Edit: it was 2005 the children book called Oobo— Nu— Tochiibo— Nu—
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what do you think that's true;
hunter will back in october....
Hard to say but it is within the realm of possibilities. The author would have just enough time to complete another volume this year which would mean he kept his original promise of working harder this year. He would have 3 volumes in a year instead of 2.
Aren't there going to be new series debuting soon? Maybe Hunter x Hunter will be among them?