The second issue of Jump Giga (previously called Jump NEXT) features a nine-page interview between two mangaka legends, Naruto’s Masashi Kishimoto and Hunter x Hunter/ Yu Yu Hakusho’s Yoshihiro Togashi. During the interview, Kishimoto discussed something which fans have been speculating on since Naruto ended back in 2014 – his next manga!
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Interviewer: For Kishimoto-sensei, do you have any plans for you next work? And Togashi-sensei, do you have any plans for something outside of Hunter x Hunter?
Kishimoto: “I’m currently working on my next work. I want to focus on it entirely, so I’ve already started working on it. I’m currently out collecting material for it, among other things.”
Interviewer: “You two, you said those amazing things so forthright…”
Kishimoto: “I cannot say anything else.”
Togashi: “See, it’s a really hard thing. To not be able to say anything!”
Kishimoto: “And moreover, I’ve kept it a secret from my editor too, so this is the first time I’ve talked about it… I don’t want any information to leak out, so I go off-site and discuss only with my first editor, Yahagi.”
Interviewer: “Will there be an announcement in the coming year?”
Kishimoto: “Ahh, I think so. Somewhere around there.”
Kishimoto: “But I don’t know. (haha). It’s still undecided.
Could this mean that we could expect an announcement for his new manga in the near future? As of now, we still don’t know, but Kishimoto certainly has plans for it. As for Togashi… well, he’s still on hiatus for “health problems,” though he did manage to make it to the interview.
Previously, Kishimoto revealed that he is already planning his next manga in the Jump digital manga, Jump Plus. He said “I’ve already decided what I’m doing for my next work.” and added “While I was still doing Naruto, I thought about various things for material, and for the next one, I’m thinking I’m going to do science-fiction.” He then revealed that he has already designed the characters and admitted that since Naruto was a bigger hit than he had expected, he said that “I’d like to aim for the next hit. I don’t know when I can announce the next manga, but because I plan on challenging myself to surpass Naruto, please wait for it.”