Hunter x Hunter: Yoshihiro Togashi’s “Shameless Personality” is Why He’ll Never Be a ‘Serious Manga Artist’

Togashi's approach contrasts with typical manga artists, reflecting a carefree attitude.

Hunter x Hunter: Yoshihiro Togashi's "Shameless Personality" is Why He'll Never Be a 'Serious Manga Artist'


  • Hunter x Hunter's frequent hiatuses raise concerns about manga's possible cancellation.
  • Shonen Jump's classification places Hunter x Hunter among archived serializations.
  • Togashi's candid admission highlights his unconventional work style and personality.
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Yoshihiro Togashi is one of the most well-known manga artists of all time. He is known for his work in the hugely popular series in the shonen genre, Hunter x Hunter and Yu Yu Hakusho. Both of his works became classics in the manga as well as anime industry.


Many other popular manga artists, such as Gege Akutamu, the man behind Jujutsu Kaisen, have mentioned Yoshihiro Togashi as an inspiration for their own works. In fact, the creator of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto, even mentioned the amount of ideas and themes presented in Togashi’s works is truly exceptional.

Killua in Hunter x Hunter
Killua in Hunter x Hunter

Togashi is known worldwide for his Hunter x Hunter series, which has been continuously interrupted with multiple hiatuses due to various reasons, including his health condition. Even though Togashi sensei has not been in the public eye a lot, he has maintained a loyal following of fans.


Why Hunter x Hunter‘s Yoshihiro Togashi Will Never Be A Serious Manga Artist

Hunter x Hunter has taken a lot of extended breaks over the years, because of the health issues of Yoshihiro Togashi. This has even provoked fears of the potential cancellation of the manga.

Gon in Hunter x Hunter
Gon in Hunter x Hunter

Previously, Shonen Jump categorized different manga series as either, “serialized works” or “archived serializations”. Currently, Hunter x Hunter falls in the second category, which includes manga series that have ended, been transferred, or canceled.


On one hand, when many manga artists struggle with the mental and physical challenges of continuously producing content on a weekly basis for Shonen Jump, Togashi seems to approach his work in a rather carefree way.

In an interview, Yoshihiro Togashi said,

“That comes from my shameless personality. Serious manga artists feel they can’t last in Shonen Jump, because those who stay with the magazine are judged on a weekly basis, and they don’t think they can create every week. I guess its pretty weird that someone creating at my pace can stay with Shonen Jump for so long (laughs).”

This statement proves that Togashi sensei has a shameless personality. This is also the reason why he will never be considered a serious manga artist in the industry, regardless of his undeniable talent.


Horror Films’ Influence on Yoshihiro Togashi’s Work

Yoshihiro Togashi is a huge fan of horror films. Among his personal favorites are Don’t Look Up, released in 1996, and Dawn of the Dead. In fact, the first major hit manga series of Togashi, Yu Yu Hakusho, was heavily inspired by his love for the horror genre.

Kurapika Hill in Hunter x Hunter
Kurapika Hill in Hunter x Hunter

You can witness many horror film references in different works of Togashi. He even had to censor some scenes in his ongoing manga series, Hunter x Hunter. This was because of its extreme graphic gore elements.

You can watch Hunter x Hunter on Crunchyroll. 


Written by Mudassir Kamran

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Mudassir Kamran works as an Anime Content Writer at FandomWire. He's deeply passionate about anime and enjoys sharing his thoughts and reviews. One Piece holds a special place in his heart, and he often indulges in binge-watching sessions. Mudassir stays updated with the latest in the anime world and strives to provide insightful context to current happenings.