The two earthquakes that have devastated Southern Japan have affected a lot of lives and businesses, with many still out in the streets and nowhere to go. The earthquakes also bring even more bad news to the manga world, as the popular shoujo manga, Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) has been forced to go on indefinite hiatus due to the quakes.
Mizuho Kusanagi, the mangaka behind Yona of the Dawn, actually lives in Kumamoto Prefecture, one of the worst-hit areas of the two earthquakes. Hence, she has to take a break from her busy schedule as a mangaka. Thankfully, the editorial department of Hana to Yume magazine, which serializes Yona of the Dawn, has confirmed that the mangaka is safe and unharmed. More details on the hiatus is expected to be announced on the magazine’s 11th issue. The manga will resume once Kusanagi has put into order her issues from the quakes.
— 花とゆめ編集部 (@HanaYume) April 22, 2016
Previously, the mangaka explained on her twitter page that she won’t be able to meet her deadline for the magazine’s 11th issue due to the second quake, as she did not suffer much damage to the first quake. She then promised to go back as quickly as possible.
— 草凪みずほ (@KusanagiMizuho) April 22, 2016
Most of the time, readers have looked down on mangaka for going on hiatuses, but Kusanagi has gotten much support from some of her fans, who have wished her a speedy recovery, and prayed for her safety. We also wish Kusanagi-sensei a speedy recovery from the quakes.
Source: Sponichi Annex