Hey, it’s 2022 and never the mid-90s proper? I solely ask as a result of I’m unsure which of us otaku labored some magic–probably making a want to Shenron, or sacrificing a cherished one with a behelit–in order that we’d stay in a time the place hiatus purgatory bunk buddies Hunter x Hunter and Berserk each announce an finish to their interminable exiles. Nevertheless, it appears the magic spell got here at a value, because it’s additionally plunging us into a wierd new world the place, after a staggering 1,051 chapters, One Piece is occurring hiatus for the primary time in, nicely…ceaselessly.
Sure, that’s proper. Following the conclusion of One Piece’s newest and longest story arc, Wano Nation, the One Piece group introduced on Twitter that the sequence is taking a month-long hiatus beginning on June 27 and can return on July 25.
However fear not One Piece devoted, sequence creator Eiichiro Oda gained’t be pulling a George R.R. Martin by throwing deuces to his followers through the manga’s absence from Weekly Shonen Soar. In keeping with Anime Information Community, the hiatus got here because of a number of folks near Oda warning that his summer time was going to be “very powerful” on him and that he ought to take a breather. They’d be proper, contemplating the conclusion of Wano coincides with the discharge of One Piece’s upcoming film One Piece Movie Pink in addition to with Oda’s plans to supervise the filming of the upcoming Netflix live-action sequence in Africa. Although Oda was initially towards the thought of taking a break, he finally caved, with the caveat that he’d make the most of his break to organize for the manga’s twenty fifth anniversary celebration, and to plot out One Piece’s “ultimate saga.”
Whereas the phrase “hiatus” normally drums up a manga reader’s battle, flight, or freeze response, it’s misplaced a few of its fearsome energy as a result of spate of current bulletins about hiatuses for beloved, long-running sequence coming to an finish. Otaku are having a little bit of a second today, coming into their very own bizarre multiverse of insanity as zombie sequence Hunter x Hunter and Berserk each resume publication alongside titles followers regard as the brand new guard of the shonen and seinen genres, with the Chainsaw Man anime debuting and the Vinland Saga anime resuming later this 12 months.
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Regardless of all hope being misplaced that Hunter x Hunter would ever return following its four-year hiatus, sequence creator Yoshihiro Togashi awakened at some point and determined to interrupt the web by making a Twitter account the place he infrequently posts close-up photos of manga panel drafts teasing HxH’s imminent return.
As if that weren’t sufficient, a full-shot holy shit second got here late final evening with the announcement that Berserk can even be resuming publication. The manga’s standing was left up within the air following the tragic passing of its creator, Kentaro Miura, final 12 months. Now, Miura’s shut buddy and fellow mangaka, Kouji Mori, will supervise Berserk because it resumes manufacturing, starting with six chapters of its present story arc, Fantasia Arc, and plans to proceed the sequence in a brand new story arc as soon as that’s full.
To double down on the Twilight Zone otaku instances we’re dwelling in, this information broke in the identical 12 months that Dragon Ball Z, the inspiration behind lots of right this moment’s shonen sequence, shouldn’t be solely nonetheless ongoing by means of the Dragon Ball Tremendous manga, however has the Gohan-centric characteristic movie Dragon Ball Tremendous Hero on its strategy to theaters later this 12 months. And Bleach, the red-headed stepchild of the “Massive Three,’’ could have its ultimate arc animated later this October. Actually, One Piece has been operating for therefore lengthy and not using a break that Bleach could have formally “ended” twice throughout its run, with the upcoming anime arc promising to essentially actually for realsies be the ultimate one this time (doubt).
Whereas followers have clamored on-line in pleasure over the return of these beloved series by sharing tearful memes and funny videos, different followers like YouTube video essayist EyePatchWolf are nonetheless feeling out how they really feel concerning the return of Berserk.
“I hope as a fan base, we will settle for that that is difficult. Some folks will see Berserk as over, some folks as a direct continuation. Each are legitimate,” EyepatchWolf stated in a tweet. “I’d like to see folks keep away from tearing the opposite facet down, simply trigger they don’t see it like we do.”
Whereas I’m tempted to push our collective luck by hoping all of the hubbub within the manga-sphere additionally encourages Vagabond creator Takehiko Inoue to announce an official ending to that sequence, I gained’t maintain my breath because the sequence brought on Inoue psychological pressure. Plus, I feel we acquired a passable ending by means of Vagabond’s 2008 artwork gallery The LAST Manga Exhibition, so I’m gucci.
Anywho, 2022 is shaping as much as be a great 12 months for annoying folks, i.e. otaku like myself, so that you’ll need to forgive us for flooding your timeline with weeb shit. It’s a celebration.