VIZ Media’s English digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump did not publish a new chapter for Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc manga in the June 4, 2018 issue. The series resumed from hiatus in Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine in Japan on June 4, 2018.
The manga went on hiatus in December 2017 following Watsuki being charged for possession of child pornography. Watsuki was later fined 200,000 yen (about US$1,900) in February 2018.
At the time of the manga’s hiatus, Shueisha commented that it is taking this news seriously, and that Watsuki expresses deep regret. When it announced the manga’s return, the magazine 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 manga in Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine in September 2017. VIZ Media was simultaneously publishing it in English before the manga went on hiatus.