What happened to Gege Akutami? 'Jujutsu Kaisen' creator takes a break citing health issues

'The suspension period should be about one month. Even if I say I’m sick, it’s not any serious illness,' Gege Akutami's tweet read


                            What happened to Gege Akutami? 'Jujutsu Kaisen' creator takes a break citing health issues
Gege Akutami published his prequel to 'Jujutsu Kaisen' in 2017 before his fully serialized story went live in 2018 (Instagram @jujutsukaisen)

Fans of one of the most popular Japanese manga series, 'Jujutsu Kaisen' are in for a bit of disappointment as the comic series' next issue will be delayed for some time. Gege Akutami, the writer and illustrator of the comic series is taking a break citing his health. A news report has confirmed that 'Jujutsu Kaisen' is going on an indefinite hiatus as Akutami addresses a few of his health issues. 

Earlier on June 9 sites like WSJ_manga posted the news on Twitter. "Jujutsu Kaisen will be taking an indefinite hiatus after this week's Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #28 due to Gege's health condition," the tweet read.

According to the tweet, the artist says he believes his hiatus will last a month, but it could be longer or shorter depending on how he feels. "According to the mangaka's note, it "should take around a month", but nothing is exactly specified, " the tweet further read. 

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The note penned by Gege Akutami on his hiatus said, "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."

He continued, "However, I’m just not able to recover my schedule compared to other mangaka when they take a single break. If nothing is done about this, the same thing will be repeated over and over again, so I decided to accept the proposal from the editorial department."

Akutami further added, "The suspension period should be about one month. Even if I say I’m sick, it’s not any serious illness. My mental health is completely fine, so do not worry about it. I’m really sorry I’ll have to keep you waiting. Once I come back, I’ll do my best with the serialization." The health issues cited by the author are not clear.



 



 



 



 

Who is Gege Akutami?

Gege Akutami is a Japanese manga artist best known for 'Jujutsu Kaisen'. Gege Akutami is a pen name and the author's real name is unknown yet. Akutami was born in February 1992 in Japan. The artist had published his prequel to 'Jujutsu Kaisen' in 2017 before his fully serialized story went live in 2018.

'It ain't worth dying over manga'

As soon as the news of Gege's hiatus became public, Twitter swarmed with reactions from concerned fans. One user wrote, "I'm glad Gege is taking a long break. He's a really young mangaka and although he doesn't say it his work is showing clear signs of burnout. I hope during his break he doesn't think about jjk at all. He's going to have some really cool ideas on the other side of this, I know it." Another fan commented, "Hope gege knows he can take as much time as he wants to get back to full health, it aint worth dying over manga."

One fan emphasised the importance of health over work and wrote, "Thank God he is taking a break. Readers can wait for upcoming chapters. Health is a very serious and the most important thing." Another tweet read, "Take your time, we'll all be here waiting for you when you feel ready and healthy enough to return."

 



 



 



 



 

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