Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the production and distribution of some upcoming anime are being delayed. Here is a list of anime affected in recent months:
Sayonara Watashi no Cramer Movie: First Touch
The official website for Sayonara Watashi no Cramer Movie: First Touch
announced on February 5 that the film's April 1 theatrical release has been postponed. The production committee cited "various circumstances" being behind the delay, but concluded its message by wishing that the COVID-19 situation will be quickly resolved. The adaptation of the Sayonara Football
manga that serves as a prequel to Sayonara Watashi no Cramer
and its upcoming television anime adaptation
will now premiere in early summer.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
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
"Uchuu Senkan Yamato" to Iu Jidai: Seireki 2202-nen no Sentaku
The official website for the Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi
compilation film—"Uchuu Senkan Yamato" to Iu Jidai: Seireki 2202-nen no Sentaku
—announced on Friday that the film's theatrical release has been postponed indefinitely. The production committee decided against the planned January 15 premiere due to the recently declared state of emergency in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. Stage greetings and live viewings scheduled for January 14 and 16 were cancelled, and the release of a limited edition Blu-ray for the film that was to be sold at premieres was also postponed.
Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san (Movie)
The official website for the anime film adaptation of the Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san
manga announced on December 25 that the film's premiere will be delayed. It was scheduled for a March 19, 2021 release, but will now premiere on June 4. The notice indicated that the film was delayed in order to release it when more customers will be able to comfortably attend screenings.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash
The Japanese theatrical release for the first film in the Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senkou no Hathaway
anime adaptation has been rescheduled for May 5, 2021. It was postponed indefinitely on June 4, and was originally scheduled for a July 23 release. The May 2021 premiere was revealed via a new key visual (pictured) and promotional video.
Cider no You ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru
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
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.
Monster Strike the Movie: Lucifer - Zetsubou no Yoake
The third Monster Strike
film will premiere in Japan on November 6, according to the film's latest trailer. It was rescheduled for November on May 28 after its intended June premiere was postponed on April 28. A special, edited version of the film streamed on Youtube on June 13 and 14.
Fumetsu no Anata e
The official website for the TV anime adaptation of the manga Fumetsu no Anata e
(To Your Eternity
) revealed on September 7 that the series' broadcast will be rescheduled for April 2021. It was previously set to air in October. When released, Fumetsu no Anata e
will run for 20 episodes on NHK Educational TV.
The official website for the anime adaptation of Ex-Arm
announced that the series has been rescheduled for January 2021. It was slated to premiere in July but was postponed on May 28.
Haikyuu!!: To the Top 2nd Season
The second cours of Haikyuu!!: To the Top
will air on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS beginning October 3 at 2:25 a.m. The broadcast was postponed on May 22—delaying its intended July release—and rescheduled for October on July 13.
Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi
The anime adaptation of Seiko Tanabe's novel Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi
(Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
) is now scheduled to premiere in theaters on December 25
. It was announced
last December and was scheduled to premiere this summer, but was postponed on June 12.
Pokemon Movie 23: Coco
The second trailer for the 23rd Pokémon
—revealed that the film will now open on December 25 in Japan. It was scheduled for a July 10 release but was postponed on May 13. Advance ticket sales resume on Friday, August 7, and each ticket will have a redeemable code for Nintendo Switch Pokémon
games. Players will receive a Zarude or Shiny Celebi Mystery Gift, and multiple advance tickets may be purchased to receive both.
Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan
The official website for the Nanatsu no Taizai
anime series announced that the broadcast of the upcoming season—Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan
(The Seven Deadly Sins: Judgement of Fury
)—has been rescheduled for January 2021. It was slated to air in October but was postponed on May 26.
Assault Lily: Bouquet
Exact broadcast dates and times were revealed for Shaft
's Assault Lily
TV anime during an official livestream on July 30. Assault Lily: Bouquet
will premiere on Amazon Prime Video at 1:13 a.m. on October 1, followed by a televised premiere at 1:28 a.m. on TBS. It will also air on BS-TBS beginning October 3 at 2:00 a.m. The anime was scheduled to premiere in July, but on May 28 its broadcast was delayed to October.
Aria the Crepuscolo
The official website for the upcoming Aria
anime announced on July 22 that the film's theatrical release was moved from Winter 2020 to Spring 2021. The film's main staff and a teaser trailer were also revealed
alongside the new premiere date.
Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare
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
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.
The official website for Skate-Leading☆Stars
announced that the original TV anime will be broadcast on Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS beginning in January 2021. It was set to premiere this month but was postponed on May 25. The physical release of the anime's opening theme, "Chase the core," has also been rescheduled for January 13, 2021.
Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight: Rondo Rondo Rondo
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.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (2020)
The official website for the new Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
TV anime announced that the series will premiere in October 2020. The project was announced
in January and was scheduled to begin airing in July, but was postponed on May 21.
Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2
The official website for Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2
revealed a January 1, 2021 theatrical release for the film. Its initial July 10 release was postponed on June 3. Advance sale tickets will remain valid for the new premiere.
Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
[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.
No Guns Life 2nd Season
The broadcast of the second season of the No Guns Life
anime adaptation will resume on July 10 on TBS, followed by broadcasts on additional stations. The official website for the anime first announced a July broadcast on June 1. No Guns Life 2nd Season
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.
Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 1 - Wandering; Agateram
The official website for Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 1 - Wandering; Agateram
announced on June 19 that the film's August 15 premiere will be delayed indefinitely. The film is the first of two adapting the Fate/Grand Order
Sixth Singularity, The Sacred Round Table Realm Camelot.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park
On June 19, the official website for the Ikebukuro West Gate Park
television anime announced that the July broadcast will be postponed. The series is now scheduled to premiere in October.
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal Movie 1
The official website for Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal
announced on June 18 that the release of the first film in the two-part production was rescheduled for January 8, 2021. It was initially scheduled to premiere this year on September 11. A February 11, 2020 release was also revealed for the second film
Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai
The official Twitter account for the third season of Log Horizon
announced on June 15 that the season's broadcast will be delayed. It was scheduled for an October release and will now air from January 2021.
Tokyo 7th Sisters
On June 12, the production committee for the Tokyo 7th Sisters
anime film adaptation announced that the film's Summer theatrical release will be postponed. Tokyo 7th Sisters
is based on a smartphone game of the same name and was announced
during the game's sixth anniversary celebration.
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season
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.
Ochikobore Fruit Tart
On June 10, the official website for the Ochikobore Fruit Tart
anime adaptation announced the postponement of the anime's TV broadcast. Originally slated for July, it will now air beginning in October.
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
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.
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—which was postponed indefinitely
on April 7—will begin on July 10. A tentative July release was previously announced on May 7. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Kan
will now stream on Amazon Prime Video in addition to airing on TBS and additional stations. It was originally scheduled to begin broadcasting on April 10, and the second season
is currently airing in its place on TBS.
Tsukiuta. The Animation 2
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
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
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.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka III
The July premiere of the third season of Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
was delayed on May 30 and rescheduled to October. Further production and broadcast updates will be announced on the series' official website and Twitter.
Shokugeki no Souma: Gou no Sara
The official website for Shokugeki no Souma: Gou no Sara
announced that the series will resume broadcast on July 4 at 12:30 a.m. (JST), beginning with reruns of the first two episodes. It will air on Tokyo MX and BS11 and stream on Abema TV. Episode three was delayed on April 18, and on May 12 it was announced that broadcast would resume in July or later. The fourth season
has aired in the interim.
Bungou to Alchemist: Shinpan no Haguruma
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.
Tensura Nikki: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
The January 2021 broadcast of Tensura Nikki: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
was postponed on May 28, and it will now air from April 2021. The news was announced alongside the Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season
delays. Tensura Nikki: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
is based on a manga spin-off
of the main series.
Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season
The official website for the Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
anime announced on May 28 that the second season's broadcast was postponed. The first half was pushed from an October start to January 2021, and the second half
from April 2021 to July 2021.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T
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.
The official website for Maesetsu!
—a new, original anime from Lucky☆Star
author Kagami Yoshimizu
—announced on May 22 that the series will be postponed. Its target broadcast shifted from Summer to October.
Senyoku no Sigrdrifa
On May 22, the broadcast of the original anime Senyoku no Sigrdrifa
—a collaboration between creators behind Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
, and Girls & Panzer
—was postponed. The delay will push its previously scheduled July release to October.
Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima
On May 20, the official website for the Hypnosis Mic
TV anime announced that the anime's broadcast will be postponed from its intended July release and rescheduled for October. A Blu-ray/DVD release of the cast's recent fifth live, broadcast on AbemaTV in March, was also revealed and will go on sale on August 19.
The official blog for the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean co-production Sayonara, Tyrano
announced on May 20 that the film will not premiere in Japan early this Summer and is postponed indefinitely. It was previously released in Korea as Tyrano: Yeong-wonhi
on August 14, 2019.
On May 15, the official website for Studio Pierrot
's original TV anime Akudama Drive
announced that the show's July premiere will be rescheduled to October. Its first preview—in which the date change is also noted—was released and uploaded to Youtube, coinciding with the announcement.
's original TV anime Vlad Love
, which was announced
with a Spring release and later delayed to October, was delayed indefinitely on May 8. The series' official Twitter account addressed fans regarding the delay in a series of tweets, including words from Oshii himself.
5-toubun no Hanayome ∬
On May 7, TBS' official website for the anime adaptation of 5-toubun no Hanayome
announced that premiere of the second season was rescheduled from October 2020 to January 2021. The first season
aired in Winter 2019.
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen
The official website of the Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
television anime announced on April 24 that its second season, subtitled Raihousha-hen
, has been postponed to October 2020. The new season was originally scheduled
for a July 2020 premiere.
Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season
On April 23, the official website for the Yakusoku no Neverland
anime adaptation announced that the premiere of the second season will be pushed from October 2020 to January 2021. In a corresponding move, it was also announced that a rebroadcast of the first season
, previously scheduled to begin on July 9, will be rescheduled for October.
Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited
The official website for Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited
followed up on the series' previous delay announcement
with a new broadcast date. It will air from its first (previously broadcasted) episode beginning July 17 on Fuji TV in Japan.
Spring 2020 coronavirus-related delay announcements can be viewed here
This post will be updated if and when additional delays are announced.
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