The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the entertainment industry, with movies either being delayed or pulled indefinitely, theatrical releases being released on VOD early, and movie theaters closing down. The anime industry is also seeing significant changes, as new episodes of running series, SimulDubs, and movies are delayed.
The latest series to be hit with suspensions are One Piece and Digimon Adventure:, as announced by Toei Animation: “Due to the state of emergency in Japan caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have carefully considered the safety measures for the spread and have decided to suspend the simulcast and Japanese broadcasting of both One Piece and our new series Digimon Adventure:.” The One Piece official Twitter account revealed that old episodes of the series would be re-airing beginning April 26.
新型コロナウイルス感染拡大に最大限の配慮をするべく、当面の間、「ワンピース」の新作の放送を休止することに致しました。— ONE PIECE.com(ワンピース) (@OPcom_info) April 20, 2020
Other suspended and delayed series include the new Pokémon anime (which includes new Pokémon from Sword and Shield), A Certain Scientific Railgun T, Infinite Dendogram, A3! Season Spring & Summer, Healin’ Good PreCure, Asteroid in Love, The Misfit Of Demon King Academy, and the second seasons of Re:Zero and Tsukiuta. The Animation.
The movies Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song, PreCure Miracle Leap: A Wonderful Day With Everyone, Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur, were also delayed, along with the Violet Evergarden movie.
Funimation has also announced that English dubbing of series will be delayed, as workers complete the process from home. And the company released a breakdown of shows that would be impacted:
- Listeners, starting with Episode 2
- All additional planned Spring 2020 SimulDubs
- BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense, starting with Episode 9
- Hatena Illusion, starting with Episode 8
- Infinite Dendrogram, starting with Episode 8
- Nekopara, starting with Episode 9
- Smile Down the Runway, starting with Episode 9
- Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, starting with Episode 9
- Asteroid in Love, starting with Episode 5
- Case File nº221: Kabukicho, starting with Episode 21
- Darwin’s Game, starting with Episode 9
- My Hero Academia, starting with Episode 85
- Black Clover, starting with Episode 124
- ID: INVADED, starting with Episode 13
- Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, starting with Episode 10
- A Certain Scientific Railgun T, starting with Episode 8
- APPARE-RANMAN!, starting with Episode 4
- Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater, starting with Episode 4
- The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED, starting with Episode 3
- No Guns Life Season 2, starting with Episode 1
- Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld Part 2, starting with Episode 1