The latest issue of Shonen Jump Giga—a magazine that features spin-off titles, special works by Jump manga authors, and other stories by new creators—includes a meeting of the minds between Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and Hunter x Hunter creator Yoshihiro Togashi. This offered a nice opportunity for Kishimoto to tease announcement plans for his next manga project.
While he still won’t get into specifics, and is even keeping things hush-hush with his editor, he thinks he’ll be announcing something in the coming year. You can read YonkouProductions’ translation of the conversation below.
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.