Tower of God hiatus update: Kami no Tou Chapter 486 Webtoon return planned for mid-2021 based on creator SIU’s health problems

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Original art featuring Hime with the Tower of God anime characters. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

The Tower of God hiatus is ending in mid-2021 based on a ToG creator update on the status of the Kami no Tou Webtoon. But when will the Tower of God Chapter 486 release date be announced?

On October 19, 2020, a new post on SIU’s blog announced that he was coming back in mid-November and the exact Tower of God 486 release date would be announced soon. Unfortunately, SIU updated the same blog post several weeks later in November with bad news.

While working on the Webtoon he began experiencing pain in his wrist. Based on a doctor’s recommendation, he’s been taking medicine and reducing his work hours. A test showed that his ligaments were “damaged and inflamed”. Worse, the ligament had “weakened a lot from the previous examination”.

On the positive side, SIU has been exercising regularly and his back and neck have improved. But he was still waiting to see how his wrist would improve. As such, SIU removed the notification that he was planning on returning in November.

On November 22, 2020, he also clarified this announcement. At the time, SIU said that if there was any sign of his wrist getting better after resting then he would talk to the people in charge about scheduling a return date, and then the fans will be notified. But even back then he was warning everyone that he would try not to make a hasty decision.

I was in a hurry when I tried to come back and this happened,” he wrote. “As I said, maybe it will take a few more weeks.”

Unfortunately, that prediction proved to be too optimistic. On December 13, 2020, SIU released another Tower of God hiatus update on his blog.

It turns out he’s been working slowly while on hiatus and he’s already completed 10 chapters. Instead of resting completely, he tried reducing his workload during the hiatus since he was concerned about maintaining his studio (he employs other people as assistants).

SIU says the original plan was to return by November, but while working on the return manuscript pain in his right arm started up so he was examined at a hospital. At the time, the test results were not serious, but then later on the pain intensified and he was admitted to yet another large hospital.

Tested again over the course of several weeks and found other abnormalities,” SIU wrote. “I have been diagnosed with a problem, and if it’s left unattended, it can lead to lifelong pain and discomfort both in work and in everyday life.”

Doctors have told SIU that if he rests for about half a year he can prevent the deformation of his body and return to normal. As such, he made the decision to extend the Tower of God Hiatus by “about 6 months”, which should mean that the Webtoon could return by June 2021 at the earliest.

By March 22, 2021, SIU or any other official sources had not provided any Tower of God hiatus updates. Thus, it must be assumed that he’s sticking closely to the doctor’s recommendations.

NOTE: This news story will be updated once SIU announces the exact date for Tower of God’s return.

Earlier in 2020, SIU described what he has been doing while on break and he spoke about his plans for the length of this hiatus.

The last time the Tower of God Webtoon was updated was on June 29, 2020, on the Naver website. SIU’s health problems were cited as the reason for the hiatus.

“Hi, everyone. This is SIU. I’m going to take a break from publishing Tower of God for the time being due to health reasons. I feel very sorry to all my readers about having to pause in the middle of a series like this.

“I’ll try to get lots of rest and get healthy again so that I can continue the story when I come back. Thank you for your constant support. I’ll see you all again when I’m feeling better.”

At the time, SIU stated he was uncertain how long the Kami no Tou hiatus would last. He recommended that fans subscribe to receive a notification when the Tower of God hiatus has ended.

Essentially, SIU was saying that the Tower of God Webtoon is on indefinite hiatus, but that did not necessarily mean he’d planned a long break to rival that of the Hunter x Hunter hiatus.

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The original Tower of God Webtoon hiatus announcement by SIU. Pic credit: SIU/Naver Webtoon

The Kami no Tou hiatus update from September 2020

In a Naver blog update published on September 21, 2020, SIU described how he is “living a normal life.”  He also relayed that he is still working on manuscripts, stating, “…this workload is a lot less compared to when I was actively” working on the ToG Webtoon. He says he’s worked on a few drafts but the “process of making new chapters has been delayed.”

SIU says that several of his assistants abruptly quit and he spent some time training new assistants. Since SUI is not getting “paid for my uploads while on hiatus” he feels a “pressure that’s becoming more suffocating” because he still needs to pay his assistants in order to maintain the studio.

“I thought that if I started uploading soon, I thought I would be pushing my still aching body and mind to the limits,” SIU wrote.

“I had this sense that I wanted to come back with as many chapters as possible, which makes it harder to rest. Sometimes I think these days whether I live to upload or if I upload to live. ”

Generally, SIU has been exercising multiple times a week, taking long baths, and avoiding social media and the internet to help with his joint pain and “aching back and wrists.” SIU also admits that he quit social media because he was “afraid of the length of hiatus. Authors feel like criminals when they’re on hiatus.”

As for how long the Tower of God hiatus will last, SIU wrote, “I don’t know how much longer it will take, but I’ll rest well, and I will come back when I’m ready and the time is right.”

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The Tower Of God Season 2 anime will be based on Kami no Tou Season 2 of the South Korean manhwa series. Pic credit: S.I.U.

How the Tower of God Season 2 anime is affected by the hiatus

Anime fans are still waiting for the Tower of God Season 2 anime announcement by Crunchyroll. Fortunately, the Tower of God Webtoon hiatus should not have any effect on the production of the anime series.

To put the anime in perspective, Tower Of God Episode 13 ended by adapting Chapter 78, which is the end of the first “season” of the Webtoon series. The Webtoon already reached Tower of God Chapter 485 before the hiatus began, which means it would take multiple consecutive years of anime seasons before coming close to catching up to the Webtoon.

Therefore, the Tower of God Season 2 anime should not be delayed by the Webtoon hiatus.

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