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Spring 2020 Anime Postponements Due to COVID-19 Outbreak [Update 1/14]

by ImperfectBlue
Apr 8, 2020 12:07 PM | 164 Comments
[Update] Further coronavirus-related delays can be viewed here.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the production and distribution of some upcoming and currently airing anime are being delayed. Here is a list of anime affected in recent weeks:

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
[Update 1/14] The theatrical release for the final installment in the Evangelion rebuild series has been postponed once more, this time due to regulations limiting theater attendance in Tokyo and other prefectures. The previous January 23, 2021 premiere was announced on October 16 of last year, after a delay on April 17 postponed the intended June 27 release. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time has endured multiple production delays since it was first teased alongside Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.


Cider no You ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru
[Update 11/3] The original theatrical anime Cider no You ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru—directed by Kyohei Ishiguro (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)—was screened on November 3 at the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival, and is slated for a nationwide premiere on June 25, 2021. It was scheduled to premiere this year on May 15, but that premiere was postponed on April 14.


Kingdom 3rd Season
[Update 10/5] The official website for the Kingdom anime series announced that the third season will resume in Spring 2021. The delay was revealed on April 26 and began with the fifth episode—previously scheduled for May 4—being postponed indefinitely.


Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare
[Update 7/21] The official website for the anime adaptation of the Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare shoujo manga announced that the film will now premiere on September 18 in Japan. It was set for a May 29 theatrical release but was postponed on April 14. The live-action film adaptation of the manga scheduled for August 14 is still delayed as of this announcement.


Gal to Kyouryuu
[Update 7/20] The official website for the Gal to Kyouryuu anime adaptation announced that the series will return to broadcasting on October 4 at 12:30 a.m. on Tokyo MX. Episodes one through seven will be rebroadcast before the delayed eight episode airs. It was postponed on May 12, and on May 16 the seventh episode was the last new episode to air on television. The anime's first blu-ray release compiling the first three episodes is now scheduled for October 28.


Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight: Rondo Rondo Rondo
[Update 7/13] The official website for the Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight compilation film announced that it will premiere in theaters on August 7. The original May 29 theatrical release was postponed indefinitely on May 13. The CD release for the film's theme song, originally slated for June 10, is now rescheduled for September 9.


Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori
[Update 7/4] The official website for the Kaiketsu Zorori anime series announced that episode seven for its newest entry, Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori, will air at 7 p.m. (JST) on July 5. The episode was delayed on May 10, and from May 24 the anime was rebroadcast from its first episode.


Given Movie
[Update 7/3] The theatrical release of the sequel film to last year's Given TV anime is now scheduled for August 22. It was originally set to premiere on May 16 but was postponed on April 13. The new date was announced on the film's official website and added to the existing key visual.


Gal-gaku.: Hijiri Girls Square Gakuin
[Update 6/29] The official website for the Gal-gaku.: Hijiri Girls Square Gakuin TV anime—a series based on the girl group Girls²—announced that the show's broadcast will resume on July 6 with episode five on TV Tokyo at 7:05 a.m. (JST). It was delayed on April 27, and from May 4 the first four episodes were rebroadcast.


Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
[Update 6/27] The official Twitter account for the Naruto franchise announced that new episodes for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will resume broadcasting from July 5. The series was delayed following its 154th episode on April 26 (the delay was announced on April 21), and was rebroadcast from its first episode—"Uzumaki Boruto!!"—beginning May 3.


Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven's Feel - III. Spring Song
[Update 6/26] The final film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel trilogy will be released in theaters on August 15. An April 25 premiere was delayed on April 8, following the delay of the originally scheduled March 28 premiere. With the new announcement, the official website for Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven's Feel - III. Spring Song released a new key visual and revealed a CD featuring Aimer's theme songs from the trilogy, which will go on sale on August 19. The CD will also include a new arrangement of the third film's ending theme, "Haru wa Yuku," by Yuki Kajiura.

Kiratto Pri☆chan Season 3
[Update 6/26] The official Twitter account for the Kiratto Pri☆chan anime series announced that the third season's fifth episode (episode 107 in the series) will air on July 5. It was postponed on April 25, one day before the fourth episode aired. From May 3, a selection of episodes from previous seasons began broadcasting in place of new episodes.


Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise 2nd Season
[Update 6/25] The distribution and broadcast of the second season of Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise will resume with its sixth episode on July 9 on the official Gundam Youtube channel, July 11 on BS11, and July 14 on Tokyo MX. The series was delayed on April 27 prior to its fifth episode, which streamed on Youtube on May 7 and broadcast on BS11 and Tokyo MX on May 9 and 26, respectively. In place of new episodes, select episodes from the entire Gundam franchise have streamed on Youtube, and episodes from Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise have aired on television.


Violet Evergarden Movie
[Update 6/25] The Violet Evergarden Movie, a sequel to the Violet Evergarden TV anime, will premiere in theaters on September 18. The first delay pushed its original January 10 premiere to April 24, and on April 6 it was postponed indefinitely. Advance tickets will still be valid for the September release.


Sore Ike! Anpanman: Fuwa Fuwa Fuwaly to Kumo no Kuni
[Update 6/24] The theatrical release of the 32nd Anpanman film is set for Summer 2021, according to the film's official website. It was postponed indefinitely on May 13 and originally scheduled to premiere in Japan on June 26.


Black Clover
[Update 6/22] The official website for the Black Clover anime adaptation announced that the series' broadcast will resume with episode 133 on July 7. It was announced on April 27 that the broadcast of new episodes would be suspended following the release of episode 132 on April 28. A rebroadcast of the series from episode one began on May 5.


Healin' Good♡Precure
[Update 6/21] Toei Animation's website for Healin' Good♡Precure announced that the series will resume broadcasting on June 28 with episode 13. It was postponed following episode 12 on April 20, and from April 26 select episodes were rebroadcast in place of new ones.


One Piece
[Update 6/19] The official website for the One Piece franchise announced that the anime's broadcast will resume with episode 930 on June 28. The episode was delayed on April 20, and from April 26 the series was rebroadcast from episode 892—the beginning of the Wano Country Arc.


Sazae-san
[Update 6/14] The official website for Sazae-san—the world's longest-running animated television series—announced that new episodes will resume on June 21. The series was delayed on May 10, and from May 17, select previously-aired segments were broadcast in place of new episodes.


Chibi Maruko-chan (1995)
[Update 6/14] The official Chibi Maruko-chan website announced that the long-running series will resume broadcasting new episodes on June 21. The series was delayed on April 25. From May 3, select episodes from last Spring were rebroadcast, and rebroadcasts will continue alongside new episodes with the "Sakura Momoko Screenplay Festival," scheduled for ten weeks from June 21.


Major 2nd (TV) 2nd Season
[Update 6/13] The official Twitter account for Major 2nd (TV) announced that the second season's seventh episode will be delayed. The fifth episode was delayed on April 25 and eventually aired on May 30—the first four episodes were rebroadcast from May 2 in the interim. The sixth episode was delayed the following week and aired on June 13.


Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru: Shichikon no Ryuujinmaru
[Update 6/12] The third episode in the Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru: Shichikon no Ryuujinmaru ONA, the newest anime entry in the Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru multimedia franchise, was confirmed for distribution on June 19 at 9 p.m. (JST) by the franchise's official website. It will stream on Bandai Spirits' Youtube channel, where it was previously scheduled to premiere on May 8. A new release date for the fourth episode, which was delayed alongside the third episode on April 24, has yet to be determined.


Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season
[Update 6/11] The broadcast of the second season of the Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu anime adaptation—which was delayed on March 9 from its intended April 2 premiere—has been confirmed for July 8 on AT-X and Tokyo MX. It will also broadcast on additional stations in later time slots. The season will air in two cours, with the second half scheduled for January 2021.


Appare-Ranman!
[Update 6/9] A new broadcast schedule was released on the official website for P.A. Works' original TV anime Appare-Ranman!. The series will resume on July 3, rebroadcasting from episode one on AT-X and Tokyo MX, with broadcasts on BS11, Sun TV, and additional stations to follow. This places the unaired fourth episode—delayed on April 17—on schedule for a July 24 release. Docomo Anime Store will stream the fourth episode that same day, but it won't be available on additional streaming services until July 31.


Detective Conan Movie 24: Hiiro no Dangan
[Update 6/8] The 24th Detective Conan film, Hiiro no Dangan (The Scarlet Bullet), which was scheduled to premiere on April 17 but was postponed on April 3, has now been rescheduled for April 2021. The news was announced through a drawing from Detective Conan author Gosho Aoyama that was posted on the film's official website and Twitter. The previous April 3 announcement included cancellations of a special broadcast scheduled for April 6 and a special event on the night of the premiere. An advance screening of the film was also cancelled on March 18.


Tsukiuta. The Animation 2
[Update 6/5] The second season of the Tsukiuta. multimedia franchise's TV anime, Tsukiuta. The Animation 2, was further delayed until October. Its premiere was first postponed until April, and then again until July on March 2. The official website announced that it will eventually air on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Tokyo MX, with additional broadcasts on KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, TV Aichi, and BS11.


Houkago Teibou Nisshi
[Update 6/2] The official website for the anime adaptation of Houkago Teibou Nisshi announced that the series will resume broadcasting from its first episode on July 7, with the unaired fourth episode scheduled for July 28. The anime was delayed on April 15, but episode three aired on April 21 prior to the temporary hiatus. The launch dates for volumes one, two, and three of the Houkago Teibou Nisshi Blu-ray release were also pushed to September 25, October 28, and November 25, respectively.


Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha: Shijou Saikyou no Maou no Shiso, Tensei shite Shison-tachi no Gakkou e
[Update 6/1] The TV anime adaptation of the Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha: Shijou Saikyou no Maou no Shiso, Tensei shite Shison-tachi no Gakkou e Kayou light novel will begin broadcasting on July 4. It was initially scheduled to air from April and was postponed on February 28. The official website for the anime also released a new key visual and preview with the premiere announcement.


No Guns Life 2nd Season
[Update 6/1] The broadcast of the second season of the No Guns Life anime adaptation will resume in July. It was postponed indefinitely on April 7—three days before its scheduled premiere—and its Blu-ray release was delayed. The first season has aired in its place on TBS since April 10. Specific broadcast details for the second season will be announced on the official No Guns Life website.


Digimon Adventure:
[Update 5/31] The official website for the reboot of Digimon Adventure announced that the series will resume broadcast from its first episode beginning June 7. It was postponed following its third episode on April 20, and from April 26 the sixth TV anime adaptation of Gegege no Kitarou was rebroadcast in its place.


Pokemon (2019)
[Update 5/31] The official Twitter for Pokemon anime announced that new episodes for the current series will resume broadcast on June 7. The series was delayed on April 19 after the broadcast of its 22nd episode.


Bungou to Alchemist: Shinpan no Haguruma
[Update 5/29] Following episode seven's broadcast, the official website for the Bungou to Alchemist: Shinpan no Haguruma TV anime announced that episode eight will be delayed until July 3. The series was first delayed prior to episode four's intended April 24 broadcast, which was rescheduled for May 8 with reruns filling the vacated time slots. Episodes five through seven broadcast in the following weeks. All seven episodes in the series thus far will stream on Nico Nico Douga and Bandai Spirit's Youtube channel on June 26.


Monster Strike the Movie: Lucifer - Zetsubou no Yoake
[Update 5/28] The theatrical release of the third Monster Strike film was rescheduled for November, according to the film's official website. It was revealed in March, and its intended June premiere was first postponed on April 28. A special, edited version of the film will stream on Youtube from 7 p.m. (JST) on June 13 and 14.


Duel Masters King
[Update 5/25] The official website for the Duel Masters anime series announced that its latest entry will resume broadcasting new episodes on May 31. The fifth episode was delayed on April 26, and episodes were rebroadcast beginning May 3—the previously intended broadcast date for episode five.


Hakushon Daimaou 2020
The official Twitter account for Hakushon Daimaou 2020 announced on May 25 that the anime's broadcast will be postponed. Earlier episodes will be rebroadcast from May 30, and new episodes will resume airing beginning June 20. Hakushon Daimaou 2020 is a sequel to Tatsunoko Production's Hakushon Daimaou, which aired for 52 episodes from 1969 to 1970.


Mewkledreamy
[Update 5/24] The official Twitter account for Sanrio's Mewkledreamy TV anime announced that the series' fifth episode will air on May 31. Its intended May 3 broadcast was postponed on April 26, and episodes one through four were rebroadcast from May 3 in place of new episodes.


Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T
[Update 5/23] The official website for the third season of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) announced that the season's broadcast will once again be delayed—this time until July 24. This is its fourth episode delay this season, and postpones the broadcast of episode 16 on May 29. A selection of episodes—viewable on the Toaru Project official website—picked by cast members will broadcast from May 29 and conclude with a fan-selected episode on July 10. Episode 15 will be rebroadcast on July 17 the week before the broadcast of episode 16.


Zoids Wild Zero
On May 21, the official website for Zoids Wild Zero—the newest anime in the Zoids multimedia franchise—announced that the broadcast of the series' 33rd episode will be delayed. From May 29, a selection of episodes from earlier in the series will be rebroadcast until further notice.


Hakumei no Tsubasa
The official Twitter account of the Pokemon franchise announced the delay of episode five for Studio Colorido's Hakumei no Tsubasa ONA series on May 15. The new episode was rescheduled to June 5 at 2:00 p.m. (JST).


Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden: If
[Update 5/12] The official website for Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden: If announced that the show's broadcast will now begin on May 30. The anime was set to air on April 25 after an initial delay that pushed it from April 11, and on April 13 it was delayed to an unspecified date in May. Select episodes from the multimedia franchise's first anime series, Cardfight!! Vanguard, have aired on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo from April 18 in the interim.


Shokugeki no Souma: Gou no Sara
[Update 5/12] The official website for the Shokugeki no Souma anime series announced that episode three and beyond will be delayed until after July 2020. The fourth season will continue to air on Tokyo MX and BS11 to replace the time slot. The fifth season was first delayed on April 18 following the broadcast of the second episode. More information will be announced as it is determined.


Olympia Kyklos
As of May 4, the broadcast of the short TV anime Olympia Kyklos is delayed. The series' fifth episode has been rescheduled to June 22. Until then, the first four episodes will be rebroadcast after episode four airs on May 11.


Yu☆Gi☆Oh!: Sevens
On May 1, TV Tokyo's official website for Yu☆Gi☆Oh!: Sevens announced that the series' production will be suspended indefinitely. It will be rebroadcast from May 9 (TV Tokyo) and May 15 (BS TV East) until further notice.


Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu
[Update 4/30] The release of the original anime film Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu, which was postponed on April 27, has been cancelled. It was scheduled to premiere on June 5. In place of a theatrical release, the film will be exclusively distributed worldwide by Netflix beginning June 18.


Precure Miracle Leap Movie: Minna to no Fushigi na Ichinichi
The official website of the Precure Miracle Leap Movie: Minna to no Fushigi na Ichinichi anime film announced on April 27 that its premiere has been delayed once again in light of the new coronavirus situation. The film was previously delayed from its March 20 premiere to May 16 to help curb the outbreak of COVID-19.


Youkai Watch Jam: Youkai Gakuen Y - N to no Souguu
On April 24, TV Tokyo's official website for the latest Youkai Watch installment announced that the series' broadcast will be delayed "due to circumstances." Starting May 1, the series will be rebroadcast from its first episode in place of episode 18.


Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited
The official website for Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited announced that its broadcast from episode three onwards will be delayed. The news was released via Twitter and as a notice on the anime's official website early in the morning of April 17 in Japan. Blu-ray, DVD, and other merchandise sales will also be postponed. In the interim, Tsuritama will rebroadcast beginning April 23.


IDOLiSH7: Second Beat!
On April 13, the official website for the IDOLIiSH7 anime series announced that the second season's broadcast will be put on hiatus following its fourth episode on April 19. Beginning April 26, episodes from the first season will air in its place until further notice.


Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld 2nd Season
An announcement posted on April 10 confirmed that the broadcast of the second cours of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld was postponed. The television anime was initially planned to broadcast on April 26, but it has since been rescheduled to July. The exact date and channels have yet been announced.


Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo: Oretachi no Game Set
The premiere screenings for the OVA sequel to Fall 2019's Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo—an anime adaptation of the light novel of the same name—were cancelled on April 9. The OVA was scheduled to screen at ten theaters in Japan on May 23. A special event scheduled for May 16 was also cancelled.


Dounika Naru Hibi
The theatrical anime adaptation of Takako Shimura's Dounika Naru Hibi (Happy-Go-Lucky Days) was postponed indefinitely on April 9. The film was set to premiere in Japan on May 8. Further updates on a future release date will be posted on the film's official website.


Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Kan
The broadcast of the third season of the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. anime adaptation was postponed indefinitely on April 7. The new season was scheduled to begin its broadcast on April 10. The second season will rebroadcast in its place on TBS and additional stations.




This post will be updated if and when additional delays are announced.

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Given Movie release date has been updated to August 22nd.

https://twitter.com/given_anime/status/1278886180659003398

Jul 2, 2020 8:04 PM by _MushiRock11_

ImperfectBlue said:
@_MushiRock11_, if they don't make it clear it's due to circumstances stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, I can't post it here due to the title of this article. But for anyone interested who is reading this, it's delayed a single week and the tenth episode will be rebroadcast on June 14. A schedule for the new episode 11 release is available here in their announcement.


Ah right, that's totally cool.

Jun 8, 2020 9:50 AM by _MushiRock11_

@_MushiRock11_, if they don't make it clear it's due to circumstances stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, I can't post it here due to the title of this article. But for anyone interested who is reading this, it's delayed a single week and the tenth episode will be rebroadcast on June 14. A schedule for the new episode 11 release is available here in their announcement.

Jun 8, 2020 9:36 AM by ImperfectBlue

"Shachou, Battle no Jikan Desu!" Episode 11 Delayed due to Production Progress.

https://twitter.com/schbt_anime/status/1270015226440675334

Jun 8, 2020 8:52 AM by _MushiRock11_

i just hate this u.u

Jun 2, 2020 5:37 AM by NatsuDragneel12

May 30, 2020 8:49 PM by Ishkoten

Shokugeku no Souma: Fifth Plate will be returning on July 3rd from the first episode onwards.

https://twitter.com/shokugeki_anime/status/1266400347293020160

May 29, 2020 9:11 AM by _MushiRock11_

No information was provided as to whether or not the broadcast will continue as usual after May 30.

I hope it won't follow Railgun's footsteps but I'm not expecting much.

May 24, 2020 3:00 AM by DarkDooM2

I'm surprised Zoids Wild Zero still aired for so long.

May 22, 2020 8:02 PM by Hoppy

I'd say Railgun T info should be moved/added to the summer post.

May 22, 2020 12:29 PM by TiagoCosta

Episode 16 of ToAru Railgun T delayed due to the COVID-19.

https://twitter.com/toaru_project/status/1263899309138825221

Moreover, Special Episodes will be aired from the 29th of May.

https://twitter.com/toaru_project/status/1263899739054985217

Edit: Didn't realize the date for Episode 16 was given in the first post after all. July 24th (7/24) , it is.

May 22, 2020 11:29 AM by _MushiRock11_

Aaaaaand Railgun T episode 14 aired. What a shock.

May 15, 2020 9:44 AM by NTAD

^Yes, this info is already in both threads = )

May 12, 2020 9:51 AM by ImperfectBlue

Gal to Kyouryuu (Gal and Dinosaur) joins the list.

https://twitter.com/galkyo_info/status/1260132666139000832

May 12, 2020 2:14 AM by _MushiRock11_

Am from United States states and am happy it is one the states that will reopen May 11 for phase 1 in getting the economy running again and I look forward in going up and about again. Meanwhile it brakes my heart that Japan extended the State of Emergency to May 31. Am very angry towards China for ruining our lives and am very worried about the future episodes of Healin'Good PreCure. I fear Toei going to alter the main story premise and it will be a insult to injury.

May 10, 2020 12:49 PM by LaytonPuzzle27

I'll be waiting for war of underworld and the Violet Evergarden movie

May 10, 2020 12:22 AM by Cheeila

Sazae-san is officially delayed because of the covid-19. It's the first time in 45 years.

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-09/sazae-san-anime-delays-new-episodes-for-1st-time-in-45-years-due-to-covid-19/.159400

May 9, 2020 8:11 PM by DatRandomDude

ImperfectBlue said:

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0
The final installment in the Evangelion film series was delayed on April 17. It was scheduled
to premiere in theaters on June 27 after multiple production delays. The official website also released
staff information and a key visual, the latter in which the premiere date is replaced with "Coming Soon."


This is not a surprise at all xd

May 8, 2020 6:36 PM by misha0024

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