This March, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda took a week off due to a "sudden illness". Today, it was announced that Oda has been admitted to the hospital. Moreover, the One Piece manga will be on hiatus for two issues.
According to an official Shonen Jump release, Oda has a peritonsillar abscess, which is an infection of the tonsils. WebMD says it's "relatively common in adults". It can be serious if left untreated.
Since Oda is in the hospital, One Piece will not appear in Shonen Jump's May 27 or June 3 issues. The magazine apologised to those One Piece fans looking forward to the upcoming manga.
It's expected that Oda will have recovered in time to release the newest One Piece in the June 10 issue of Shonen Jump. That's good news.
In a previous interview, Oda once described his usual workday: "I get up at 5am, and I work until 2am. It's normal for me to sleep from 2am to 5am." He added, "I have no days off. If I had them, I'd want to go on vacation with my family. I just want to go outside, it doesn't matter where. See, I don't get out much."
One Piece is important and all, but Oda needs to slow down a bit. We wish him a speedy recovery.
WJ26号（5/27発売）WJ27号（6/3発売）のONE PIECE休載について [Shonen Jump]