Jujutsu Kaisen will take a short break and return in May.
According to Shonen Jump News (@/WSJ_manga), Jujutsu Kaisen will go on break after releasing Chapter 221 on April 23. Redbeanime provided additional detail on Jujutsu Kaisen's hiatus. Jujutsu Kaisen will officially take two weeks off because no new chapters will be released during Japan's Golden Week, which runs from April 29 to May 5. The manga will resume serialization in Weekly Shnen Jump Issue #24 on May 14.
Jujutsu Kaisen had previously entered a hiatus in March 2022 due to mangaka Gege Akutami's poor health condition. At the time of the announcement, Akutami had been in the process of recovering. The manga took a one-week break. The year before, JJK announced an indefinite hiatus in June 2021 due to Akutami's health. In a statement, Akutami assured fans their mental health was fine and their health condition was not serious. They admitted they wanted to concentrate on finishing the series, writing, "I have been asked by the editorial department to take a break from the series, but I don't want to slow down the weekly serialization of Jujutsu Kaisen since I'd like to draw the end of the series as soon as possible, and just put a hold on my answer."
The Manga Industry's Stressful Conditions
The demanding conditions of the Japanese manga industry have had a severe influence on many manga writers, with many suffering from crippling health ailments that need them to take regular pauses.Yoshihiro Togashi, the creator of Hunter x Hunter, has had to take several breaks owing to his declining health. Although Togashi attempted to make a comeback in October 2022 when Hunter x Hunter serialization started, the manga went on indefinite pause after two months. My Hero Academia mangaka Kōhei Horikoshi took three breaks since the beginning of 2023 due to his health, with One-Punch Man's artist Yusuke Murata imploring Horikoshi to "please take care of yourself."
Jujutsu Kaisen, which debuted in Weekly Shnen Jump in March 2018, has quickly ascended to become one of the most popular shonen series. The comic follows Yuji Itadori, an ordinary high schooler who swallows a rotten finger talisman in order to save his classmates. What he doesn't realize is that by eating the finger, he has effectively marked himself for death because the finger belongs to Sukuna, the King of Curses, prompting the sorcerers' association to demand his execution. The sorcerers agree to postpone Yuji's death sentence until he has trained his body enough to swallow the remainder of Sukuna's fingers, allowing the sorcerers to permanently rid the world of Sukuna and Yuji.
Chapter 221 of Jujutsu Kaisen releases on April 23, which fans can read on Viz Media and Manga Plus.
Source: Twitter, Redbeanime