New Anime Episodes For Pokémon, One Piece And More Delayed Due To Coronavirus Covid-19

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The novel coronavirus is impacting the production of anime in Japan. With a state of emergency declared, voice actors aren’t going into the studio, which makes recording new episodes difficult, if not impossible.

Because of this, a number of shows will be delaying future new episodes and in their place reruns will be aired. As of today, the next episodes for the following shows will be delayed:

  • In the place of Digimon Adventures’ episode on April 26 will be a GeGeGe no Kitaro repeat.
  • Production of new Pokémon anime episodes is temporarily on hold and reruns will air.
  • From April 26, One Piece will air a repeat in lieu of a new episode.
  • The latest Pretty Cure anime will not broadcast a new episode from April 26.

Obviously this is understandable and, hopefully, this will help remind fans to stay safe as well.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Way better to be safe. People can deal with reruns or older series they haven’t seen.

Side note, I’m legitimately curious about production now. I would’ve thought all episodes in a season were basically recorded together. I had no idea that they did episodes over time.