The Effects of Coronavirus on Anime (Update #18)

A new premiere date has been announced for the third season of the Log Horizon anime. A return date has been announced for Gal & Dino on FUNimation Entertainment’s streaming service. A premiere date and simulcast information has been announced for both the Ikebukuro West Gate Park anime and the Dropout Idol Fruit Tart anime. FUNimation has announced a start date for its streaming of the Maesetsu! anime. A premiere date has also been announced for the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. A premiere date has been announced for the Warlords of Sigrdrifa anime. A premiere date has also been announced for the Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima anime.

I also went through and removed series that have now finished their new run in Summer 2020 after being delayed from the Spring 2020 season, which is helping to make this list a little shorter. 🙂

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. In September 2020, it was announced that A3! Season Autumn & Winter will premiere on Japanese television on October 12, 2020.

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

  • The production committee for the Kingdom anime has announced that it is delaying the broadcast of episode 5 and later episodes of the third season. The committee explained that production had been going forward with enough time allotted, but the government’s state of emergency declaration against COVID-19 greatly impacted the production schedule. Episode 4 of the third season will still air as scheduled on April 26, 2020, but Episode 5 will not air as scheduled on May 3, 2020. The anime’s official website and Twitter account will announce the start date of new episodes when the committee has decided it.
  • The staff of Extra Olympia Kyklos has announced that the broadcast and streaming of the fifth and later episodes will be delayed due to the effects of the spread of COVID-19. The announcement stated that photography and editing work are delayed due to the effects of COVID-19. The series is scheduled to return with the fifth episode on June 22, 2020. The series will debut as planned through the fourth episode, which will debut on May 11, 2020. The anime’s first four episodes will re-air until the series resumes.
  • The official Twitter account for the Gal & Dino (Gal to Kyōryū) anime has announced that the series is delaying future episodes due to COVID-19 making part of the series’ production process difficult. While episode 7 will air on May 16, 2020 as scheduled, the series will rerun the first five episodes, starting on May 23, 2020. The series’ official website, Twitter account, and Instagram account will announce when the anime will resume new episodes as soon as it is decided. In July 2020, the official website announced that the series will restart is broadcast in Japan from the first episode on October 3, 2020. FUNimation Entertainment has announced that the series will return to its streaming service on November 21, 2020.

The following anime has been pushed back from Spring 2020 to Fall 2020 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. On August 20, 2020, it was announced that the second season will resume on October 4, 2020.

The following anime have been pushed back from Summer 2020 to Fall 2020 due to COVID-19:

  • The official website for the second season of The irregular at magic high school television anime has announced that the anime is delayed from July 2020 to October 2020 due to the effects of COVID-19. It has been announced that the second season will premiere on October 3, 2020.
  • Too Kyo Games and Studio Pierrot’s official website for their original television anime series Akudama Drive has announced that the anime is delayed from July 2020 to October 2020 due to the effects of COVID-19.
  • The production committee for the Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima anime has announced that the anime’s broadcast and streaming premiere has been delayed from July 2020 to October 2020. The committee explained that it is prioritizing the health and safety of the staff and cast, in light of COVID-19 and the resulting government declaration of the state of emergency. The committee will announce more details, such as the new premiere date, on the anime’s official website as soon as they are decided. The anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 2, 2020.
  • The official Twitter account and website for Aniplex’s original anime Warlords of Sigrdrifa (Senyoku no Sigrdrifa) has announced that its broadcast and streaming has been delayed from July 2020 to October 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19. The anime’s production committee said that the website will announce more details such as the precise premiere date when they have been decided. The anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 3, 2020.
  • The official website for Kadokawa’s original television anime Maesetsu! has announced that the series is delayed to October 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the anime’s digital distribution and television broadcast are delayed. The anime was previously scheduled to premiere in Summer 2020. In September 2020, it was announced that the anime will premiere on Japanese television on October 4, 2020. FUNimation has announced that it will begin streaming the anime on October 11, 2020.
  • The official website for the Assault Lily mixed-media franchise has announced that Assault Lily Bouquet, the franchise’s television anime, has delayed its premiere date to October 2020 to prioritize the safety of its cast and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The anime was originally scheduled to premiere in July 2020. It has been announced that the anime will premiere on Japanese television on October 2, 2020, as well as begin streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on October 1, 2020.
  • The official website for Fujino Ōmori and Suzuhito Yasuda’s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series has announced that the third anime season has been delayed from July 2020 to “October or later.” The website cited the effects of COVID-19, and the website and the anime’s official Twitter account will announce the new television and streaming premiere dates as soon as they are decided. In September 2020, it was announced that the third season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime will premiere on Japanese television on October 2, 2020.
  • Tsukiuta The Animation 2: The official website for the Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION anime franchise has announced that the Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION 2 sequel is delayed again from July 2020 to October 2020. The staff cited the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the delay. The anime was originally scheduled to premiere in 2019, before being delayed to April 2020, and then again to July 2020 before this latest delay. In September 2020, it was announced that the second season of the franchise will premiere on Japanese television on October 7, 2020.
  • The official website for the Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (Ochikobore Fruit Tart) anime has announced that it has been delayed from July 2020 to October 2020, due to the effects of the spread of COVID-19. The production committee will announce more details such as the precise premiere date on the anime’s website and Twitter account, as soon as they are decided. It has been announced that the anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan on October 12, 2020. FUNimation Entertainment has also announced that the company will be simulcasting the series in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland.
  • The official website for the Ikebukuro West Gate Park anime has announced that the series’ premiere has been delayed to October 2020 due to the effects of COVID-19 on the production. The anime was previously scheduled to premiere in July 2020. The series is scheduled to premiere in Japan on October 6, 2020, and FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will be simulcasting the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
  • The official website for the new Higurashi: When They Cry anime project has announced that the anime has been delayed from its scheduled July 2020 premiere due to the effects of COVID-19 on the production schedule. The staff will announce the new premiere date on the anime’s official website and Twitter account as soon as a decision is made. On July 7, 2020, it was announced that the series will premiere in October 2020.
  • The official website for Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season of the Haikyu!! anime, has announced that the anime’s production committee has delayed the premiere of the anime’s second half. The committee cited the consideration given to the safety measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. The site will announce a new premiere date for the anime at a later time. The second half, consisting of episodes 14 to 25, was originally planned to premiere in July 2020. On July 13, 2020, it was announced that the second half of the series will premiere in October 2020.

The following anime have been pushed back from Summer 2020 to Winter 2021 due to COVID-19:

  • The official website for J.C. Staff’s original television anime Skate-Leading Stars has announced that the anime’s production committee has delayed the anime’s premiere, due to the effects of COVID-19 and the resulting government declarations on the anime’s production. The site will announce a new premiere date when it is decided. The anime was originally scheduled for a July 2020 premiere. On July 17, 2020, it was announced that Skate-Leading Stars has a new premiere date in January 2021.
  • The official website for the EX-ARM anime has announced that the anime has been delayed to “fall 2020 or later.” The English translation on the website merely stated that it is “scheduled to start broadcasting in autumn 2020.” The production committee cited the effects of COVID-19 and vowed to produce a quality work while keeping the safety of the staff and cast in mind. EX-ARM was scheduled to premiere in July 2020 before the delay. In August 2020, it was announced that EX-ARM will premiere in January 2021.

The following anime have been pushed back from Fall 2020 to Winter 2021 due to COVID-19:

  • The official Twitter account for The Promised Neverland manga announced that the premiere date of the second season of the television anime adaptation of the manga has been pushed back from October 2020 to January 2021 due to the effect of COVID-19 on the production. The planned rerun of the first season has similarly been postponed from July 2020 to October 2020.
  • The official website and Twitter account for The Quintessential Quintuplets anime has announced that the second season has been delayed until January 2021 due to the effects of COVID-19. The season, titled The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬, was originally scheduled to premiere in October 2020.
  • NHK has announced that Log Horizon: Entaku Hōkai (Log Horizon: Fall of the Round Table), the third season of the Log Horizon anime, is delayed from October 2020 to January 2021 due to COVID-19. In September 2020, it was announced that the third season of the series is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on Janaury 13, 2021.
  • The production committee for Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan (The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger’s Judgment), the Seven Deadly Sins franchise’s new television anime series, has announced that it is delaying the series from its previously scheduled October 2020 premiere date due to the spread of COVID-19. The anime’s official website and Twitter account will announce a new premiere date when it is decided. It has since been announced that the series will premiere in January 2021.

The following anime has been pushed back from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 due to COVID-19:

  • NHK has announced that the To Your Eternity anime has been delayed from October 2020 to April 2021 due to the anime’s production schedule being heavily affected by COVID-19.

The following anime has been pushed back from Fall 2020 to an undetermined date:

  • The official Twitter account for Ichigo Animation and Mamoru Oshii’s new anime series Vladlove has announced that the series is delayed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement stated that the producers want to protect the anime’s staff, and they will announce the new release schedule after it is decided. Vladlove was previously scheduled to premiere in Fall 2020 and run for 12 episodes.

The following anime has been pushed back from 2020 to January 2021:

  • The official website and Twitter account for the So I’m a Spider, So What? (Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?) anime has announced that it has been pushed back to January 2021 due to COVID-19 greatly affecting the anime’s production schedule.

The following anime has been pushed back from 2020 to 2021:

  • The official website for the Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan (Uramichi Oniisan) anime has announced that the anime has been delayed from its scheduled 2020 premiere. The website cited “production issues” as the reason, and stated that the anime is now scheduled for 2021. The website will announce more details as soon as they are decided.

Two anime related to That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime have also been pushed back:

  • The official website for the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime has announced that the upcoming second season of the anime has been delayed. The production committee explained that the production had allotted enough time, but the state of emergency in Japan due to COVID-19 greatly affected their production schedules. The first cour (quarter of a year) of the second season has been delayed from October 2020 to January 2021, while the second cour is delayed from April 2021 to July 2021. In addition, the television anime of Shiba’s spin-off manga The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has been delayed from January 2021 to April 2021. It was announced in September 2020 that the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as Slime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on January 5, 2021.

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.

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