The Effects of Coronavirus on Anime

So far, coronavirus has affected a delay in episodes for a couple of anime, as well as the delay of one series from Winter 2020 to Spring 2020, and the delay of two series from the Spring 2020 season to the Summer 2020 season.

So far, these anime had an episode delayed due to the effects of coronavirus:

  • A Certain Scientific Railgun T (after the airing of the delayed episode, it’s been announced that two “special programs” will air in early March 2020 instead, but no reason has been given as to why there is a delay of new episodes)
  • Infinite Dendogram

A3! Season Spring & Summer began airing in January 2020, but due to the coronavirus outbreak exacerbating scheduling problems in the production, the series has been put on hold and will begin again in April 2020 from the first episode. The second half of the series, A3! Season Autumn & Winter has been delayed indefinitely.

These two series are being delayed from Spring 2020 to Summer 2020:

  • The Misfit of Demon King Academy
  • Tsukiuta The Animation 2 (while the announcement for this one says the delay is “due to the effects of recent global issues,” it’s rather safe to say that they’re referring to coronavirus)

I hate to go down this rabbit hole, but what else could happen in the immediate future, especially if the coronavirus outbreak keeps going the way it has been? Could we see more of the Spring 2020 series being delayed to Summer 2020, and if so, could this snowball into series intended for the Summer 2020 season being pushed back to make room for the series that are being delayed from the Spring 2020 season? And if this snowball effect happens, could it have effects into the Fall 2020 season if enough shows have to be pushed back? There could be interesting times indeed in the immediate future for the anime industry, and not in a good way. 😦

Coronavirus is weighing heavily on me personally, since I live in the area of the United States where the only two deaths from the outbreak have been reported. There are people panicking here, to the point where a Costco store I went to yesterday had signs out saying they were out of bottled water and wouldn’t have more in until the next day. At the store I work at, we had a run on masks and hand sanitizers, and I saw plenty of people buying tissues. Considering how much I interact with the public, as well as how much money I handle each shift (which can be quite the cesspool of germs), I admit to being a little concerned about the potential of getting this myself. So far, nothing seems to indicate there are any potential cases in my community, but that doesn’t mean that couldn’t change at any time.

I’m hoping for the best, though, for both the anime industry and for the world, when it comes to the coronavirus and the effects that it’s going to have as it continues. The effects it’s already caused in the world have been terrible (deaths, disruptions to daily life, etc.), and I’d like to see this slow down. An end to it would be ideal, but the reality is, it has to slow down first before it can end.

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