The official website of Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine has announced that Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc manga will resume in the magazine’s July 2018 issue on June 4, 2018. The manga went on hiatus in December 2017 following Watsuki being charged for possession of child pornography. Watsuki was fined 200,000 yen (about US$1,900) in February 2018. The announcement noted that Watsuki is living a life of reflection and atonement, but that Shueisha and Watsuki decided that continuing the manga to answer the desires of fans was a matter of duty.
Watsuki and his novelist wife/story collaborator Kaoru Kurosaki launched the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc (Rurouni Kenshin, Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Hokkaido-hen) manga in Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine in September 2017. VIZ Media was simultaneously publishing it in English before the manga went on hiatus.