Readers of Yoshihiro Togashi’s Hunter Hunter are well familiar with the artist’s frequent breaks from the manga, mainly due to chronic back pain. He last worked on the series nearly a year ago and went on break last June. Now it looks like more is coming at last. “I can now officially announce that H ✕ H is coming back from hiatus!” said the official Shonen Jump Twitter this morning. “And yes, we will simultaneously include in English [Shonen Jump] from No.30!” Shonen Jump is available in English digitally from Viz, and the first new installment of Hunter X Hunter will make its debut in that publication, on both sides of the Pacific, June 26.
Hunter X Hunter (the X is silent) focuses on Gon (pronounced “Goan”), a young boy searching for his missing father. Said father was a legendary Hunter and Gon decides to sign up for the job himself in the process of tracking him down. Through the job certification process he meets fellow Hunters Kurapika, who seeks vengeance on a deadly gang of criminals; Leorio, a medical student who’s always chasing money; and soon-to-be-best-friend Killua, the youngest son of a powerful family of assassins. The story has gone on from there, following each Hunter as he pursues his goal.
Hunter X Hunter has been adapted into an anime twice: first from 1999 to 2001, and then from 2011 to 2014. The second adaption lasted a little longer, having more of the manga to work with. It’s currently running on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on Saturday nights, but if you want more, you can also watch the entire run on Crunchyroll without a paid subscription (there will be ads).