When a comic artist is too busy, too tired, away on vacation, or needing time to catch up on his Strip Buffer
, rather than allow an extended Schedule Slip
, he may resort to announce an intentional
break in the series, usually with a pre-set return date. Unfortunately, it is not rare for what is intended to be a short hiatus to become permanent
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Anime and Manga
- Rei Hiroe last put out a volume of Black Lagoon in 2009. Good thing he finally announced he was going to resume writing again in 2012. Except...the announcement was made back in March 2012. He finally got out a chapter in March 2013...only for him to announce the next chapter would be released around June.
- Katsura Hoshino took a hiatus from D.Gray-Man from November 2008 to March 2009 due to an injury, then while fans were enjoying the return, it started a whole new hiatus in April.
- Fruits Basket took an extended break after about 36 chapters because Natsuki Takaya injured her drawing hand. She came back after a few months and finished out the series.
- Kohta Hirano with his series Hellsing: The Dawn. He felt like stopping out of nowhere in 2007 but Young King Comics did not declare the series as finished or cancelled. If it ever comes back to serialization, the fans will probably have forgotten about the series altogether.
- Hunter ◊ Hunter has gone through multiple hiatuses, the longest one lasting about one and a half years, due to Yoshihiro Togashi's health problems.
- It's gotten to the point that not only was the first anime adaptation Cut Short because of it, but now the remake is coming dangerously close to catching up to the manga, which Togashi has put on yet another hiatus.
- Hayao Miyazaki started the manga version of Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind in 1982, regularly stopping the comic - sometimes for over a year at a time - to work on his films (beginning, naturally, with the Nausicaa movie). Because of this, it took Miyazaki over 12 years to complete the manga.
- Technically happened with Trigun, although it was sort of out of Yasuhiro Nightow's control: the original magazine the title was serialized in folded, and when he was hired by Young King Comics a year later they asked him to restart his old series instead of creating a new one.
- Nana went on hiatus in 2009, as the author had some health problems. She has since recovered, but has not yet given word on when or if she will continue the manga.
- Gamerz Heaven appears to be on hiatus, but some speculate that the non sequitur cliffhanger the last chapter finished with could just be a really, really lame ending.
- At the end of March 2013, Gangan Online announced Shindere Shoujo To Kodoku Na Shinigami had been put on indefinite hiatus due to the author having a sudden illness.
- Fairy Tail's anime is currently on one, leaving off episode 175 in the middle of the Grand Magic Games with some major cliffhangers.
- One Piece rarely takes longer hiatuses (among the few examples are one month's hiatus before the Time Skip and a couple of weeks when Oda was admitted to hospital), but it has become rather well-known for taking many more breaks than most of the other big shonen series. Currently, it is usually on break every fourth or fifth week (sometimes even more often). Sometimes it's because Oda is doing research, but other times no reason is given.
- Sangatsu No Lion entered hiatus upon reaching its 97th chapter due to the author needing surgery for an unspecified reason.
- Hibiki no Mahou was on hiatus from 2007 to 2013. There were a few chapters released in between, in 2008 and 2011 respectively, but it did not resume regular publication until early 2013, and has been coming out on a fairly consistent bimonthly schedule since then.
- Nobody Dies got hit with this hard in February of 2012, where after chapter 110, it simply stopped updating for months. When questioned, the author responded that he had written himself into a corner and was trying to work out how to get the story back on track. As of January 2013, he may have found his answer, as he has seemingly once again posted some story updates.
Live Action TV
- All Creatures Great and Small went on one of these from 1982 to 1988, with two Christmas Episodes in between.
- Happened to Doctor Who in the mid-80s; it was rested for 18 months. A similar thing happened in 2009; although five specials were produced after the Series 4 finale, the fifth series didn't air until 2010. This was in part to allow for a smoother transition to the new production team.
- Torchwood did this this between Children of Earth (2009) and Miracle Day (2011), because the producers needed to find an American network to take on the show in conjunction with the BBC.
- The producers of Thank God You're Here took a break for a year before bringing the show back for a fourth season.
- The first season of 3-2-1 Contact aired in 1980, but due to funding constraints, the series went into reruns until 1983.
- 'Allo 'Allo! went on a two year hiatus from 1989 after lead actor Gordon Kaye suffered a horrific head injury, putting the entire future of the series in doubt. He went on to make a full recovery and the show successfully returned for 3 more seasons.
- The best known cases in print comics were the more-than-yearlong breaks taken by Garry Trudeau in 1983 and Gary Larson in 1989, and the shorter breaks taken by Bill Watterson in 1991 and 1994 and Charles Schulz in late 1997. In the business, these are known as "sabbaticals".
- Trudeau has gone on week-long vacations every now and then since the long break, with reruns being published in place. He also took a 3-month break in 2008.
- Tom Pappalardo published the comic strip Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot! from 2007-2008, took a year off, and returned in 2010 with a retooled layout, renaming it The Optimist.
- That Dude in the Suede left That Guy with the Glasses for a two-year hiatus in January 2009 in order to do missionary work. His return was pushed back to May, and when he still failed to return to the site rumors sprang up that he was doubting coming back at all - and even confirmed them. In reality, his delayed return was tied to delays in TGWTG's third anniversary special. On June 30th, at the end of Suburban Knights part five, Suede revealed himself shocking everyone who believed the rumors thus pulling off a long-term prank. On July 8, Suede released a trailer announcing he would be making more video reviews for TGWTG.
- Homestar Runner has been known to have long gaps in between updates, especially when The Brothers Chaps were working on the video game. Notably, the series has been plagued with a dead period from December 22, 2010 to July 18, 2013; a period of two and a half years without a single flash cartoon, and it's debatable whether the hiatus has been officially broken yet, as the months immediately before and after that have been very, very scarce in new content.
- Super Mario Bros. Z was put on an indefinite hiatus due to an unspecified "real-life problem" up until its cancellation in 2012.
- Grojband is currently on a mid-season hiatus in both the US and Canada (For the former it happened after CN ran out of episodes after "Six Strings of Evil" aired) and it's possibly even longer thanks to Uncle Grandpa airing, and if Grojband resurfaces with new episodes, the next episode (In which Peaceville is now un-flooded) could begin with Corey saying "Sorry to keep you waiting, everyone!".