What is Obon Break? Is it delaying the release of Shounen Magazines?

Is the Obon Festival delaying shounen magazines?

If you are a fan of popular shounen mangas like My Hero Academia, Chainsaw Man, One Piece and Jujutsu Kaisen, you may have noticed that the series haven’t been updating for the past week or so. Even the spoilers for most of these series have experienced significant delays, leaving many readers in suspense and anticipation.

What is the reason behind these delays, and when can fans expect for things to go back to normal? This article will explain the reason behind the delays, as well as the schedule for the upcoming releases of your favorite shounen titles.

Popular Shounen Mangas on hiatus or delayed due to Obon break 

Is the Obon break delaying shounen magazines?
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You might have been disappointed to see that the whole Weekly Shounen Jump magazine took a hiatus from August 9 to August 16.

The reason for this break was the Obon Festival, a 500-year-old traditional Japanese practice devoted to honoring a family’s ancestors’ spirits. Although it isn’t a recognized public holiday, many businesses will let employees take time off for the celebrations and around this time, while most schools are already out for summer vacation.

  • Obon break is the reason why Weekly Shounen Jump has been on a break, but the festival is almost over, so fans can expect for their favorite shounen titles to resume soon. According to sources, the next issue of the magazine will be released on August 20th, featuring new chapters of all the popular series.

However, some spoilers and leaks may appear online before that date, so be careful if you want to avoid them.

When will JJK, MHA and other mangas return from Obon break?

JJK, MHA< ONe Piece and other shounen release date
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You may be wondering when you can read the new chapters of JJK, MHA and other mangas that are on break due to the Obon Festival. Well, the good news is that you don’t have to wait too long, as most of them will resume their regular schedule soon. Here is a list of the expected release dates and times for some of the most popular mangas that are affected by the Obon break:

  • Jujutsu Kaisen (Chapter 232): August 20th, 2023, at 00:00 JST
  • My Hero Academia (Chapter 397): August 20th, 2023, at 00:00 JST
  • One Piece (Chapter 1090): August 20th, 2023, at 00:00 JST
  • Black Clover (Chapter 367): August 20yh, 2023, at 00:00 JST
  • Chainsaw Man (Chapter 140): August 22nd, 2021, at 00:00 JST
  • Spy x Family (Chapter 87): August 22, 2023, at 00:00 JST

You can convert these times to your local time zone using this online tool. You can also read these chapters for free from the official sources, such as Manga Plus and Viz Media.


The Weekly Shounen Jump magazine experienced a hiatus from August 9 to August 16, due to the Obon Festival, a 500-year-old Japanese tradition honoring ancestors’ spirits. The next issue of the magazine will be released on August 20th, featuring new chapters of popular series like JJK, MHA, and others. Fans can expect to see the return of these popular mangas soon, with most of them returning to their regular schedules.

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