The Effects of Coronavirus on Anime (Update #2)

I originally wrote this post on March 2, 2020, and made a follow-up post on April 14, 2020. I know it’s only been a week since the last post, but a LOT of announcements have come out during that time.

As of this writing, 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). On April 18, 2020, it was announced that the 13th episode of the series would be delayed due to COVID-19. The episode was scheduled to air on April 24, 2020, but the 12th episode will be aired on that date instead. The staff will later announce when the 13th episode will air.
  • Infinite Dendogram
  • number24 (Episodes 11 and 12 were delayed, and according to FUNimation, they would be streaming these episodes on April 8, 2020 and April 15, 2020, respectively)

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, is scheduled to premiere in October 2020.

These 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)
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2
  • The second season of the Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World- anime

These series have been delayed from Spring 2020, with no new release date announced:

  • The second half of the No Guns Life anime
  • The third season of the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU anime

The following anime began airing in the Spring 2020 season, but will be delaying new episodes in the middle of the season due to COVID-19:

  • The second season of the IDOLiSH7 anime will be delayed starting with the fifth episode. Channels that aired the anime will air a selection of episodes from the first season starting on April 26, 2020. The anime’s website and Twitter account will reveal the new broadcast date and release schedule at a later date.
  • Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater will air through Episode 3, which is as far as the production got before being affected by COVID-19. The site and the show’s official Twitter account will announce new airing and streaming dates for the rest of the episodes when they have been decided.
  • The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED aired its first two episodes. The official website for the series announced that the airings of the anime’s third episode and onward have been delayed until further notice in consideration of the spread of COVID-19. Reruns of tsuritama are airing in this series’ time slot in Japan.
  • Appare-Ranman! will be delayed starting with the fourth episode. The website and the anime’s official Twitter account will announce the new broadcast and streaming premiere dates for the fourth and later episodes after they are decided.
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate will be delayed starting with the third episode. The anime’s website and Twitter account will announce future television broadcast and streaming schedules when they have been decided. For the airings on April 24, May 1, and May 8, 2020, stations will air the first episodes of the fourth season of the series.
  • The official website for the Digimon Adventure: reboot anime has announced that they will delay further episodes due to the spread of COVID-19. The anime was scheduled to air its fourth episode on April 26, 2020. The website will reveal at a later date when new episodes will resume. Reruns of GeGeGe no Kitarō will air during the series’ timeslot on Japanese television.

The following long-running anime series are also being affected by COVID-19:

  • It has been announced that the staff are temporarily suspending part of its production on the current Pokemon anime series due to the COVID-19 situation, and as a result, new episodes are delayed. The staff will announce when the anime will return at a later date. Channels will begin re-airing older episodes.
  • Toei Animation’s official website for the One Piece anime has announced that the anime is delaying the 930th episode and later episodes due to the spread of COVID-19. The episode was scheduled to air on April 26, 2020, but the anime’s broadcast will instead rerun from the 892nd episode (the first episode of the Wano Kuni arc). The staff will reveal later when the 930th episode and later episodes will air.
  • The official website for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime has announced that new episodes of the anime will be delayed from May 3, 2020 onwards due to the state of emergency declared in Japan against the spread of COVID-19. The series was scheduled to air its 155th episode on that day, but will now begin re-running the show from the first episode instead. The 154th episode scheduled for April 26, 2020 will still air.

This list focuses on series that are also being simulcast or streamed outside of Japan. I am also not listing the various anime films that have been delayed in Japan due to the virus… with one exception. I will mention Evangelion 3.0+1.0, since we already knew this was going to be released both inside and outside of Japan. It’s a little frustrating that after all these years of delays, after finally getting a release date for June 2020, to have the film delayed AGAIN due to this. Hopefully this film will be released at some point during our lifetime.

Of course, as the currently airing series stop airing, it trickles down to the cessation of the English dubs being produced by the American licensors. Which, in turn, means less work for the English dub actors during this time. 😦

As more shows are delayed, this will also affect the amount of content for anibloggers, especially for those who write about seasonal anime simulcasts. 😦

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