Japanese manga writer and illustrator Tite Kubo has stated on his Twitter that the next chapter, 612, of his long running series manga Bleach will not be releasing in the upcoming issue of Shonen Jump magazine, taking a week hiatus due to health concerns.
— 久保 帯人 (@tite_kubo) January 13, 2015
Since last week, Kubo has been Tweeting about not feeling well where he had to visit a hospital recently for a total of 8 days. He also mentions that the script for the upcoming chapter was not even half ready. He left hospital and returned to his manga studio yesterday to continue on the new chapter.
Bleach is a long running action shounen manga written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. The series first began publication in August 2001 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine where it has been featured every week. Since its debut a total of 66 compiled volumes have been released to date. The series has become one of Japan’s and the world’s most popular and well known series. There has been numerous adaptations of the series across various media, including a TV anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot (Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul) that ran from 2004 till 2012, which was directed by Noriyuki Abe (Yu Yu Hakusho, Ghost Stories). Apart from the anime TV series, there has been many Bleach anime films, OVAs, various video games, a few light novels and manga spin-offs, and even a series of musicals that ran from 2005 till 2012.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
15-year-old Kurosaki Ichigo is not your everyday high school student. He has from as far he can remember always had the ability to see ghosts and spirits. A fateful day arrives as Ichigo encounters the shinigami Kuchiki Rukia, who saves him and his family from a Hollow at the cost of injuring herself. During this encounter, with Rukia unable to defeat the hollow she transfers her shinigami powers into Ichigo. In the aftermath, unable to continue with her job, Rukia allows Ichigo to take on the role of a shinigami in her place as they together defeat the Hollows plaguing Ichigo’s town.
The Bleach manga will be taking a week hiatus with no new chapter releasing in the upcoming issue of Shonen Jump. The manga is expected to resume in the following issue of the magazine with chapter 612.
You can visit the manga’s website here: http://www.j-bleach.com/
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