In December of 2019, there was an outbreak that was first identified in Wuhan, China, that was renamed COVID-19. After rapidly spreading across the province, it began to affect other countries as well as people’s daily lives and businesses. Animation studios that Japan outsourced to China were interrupted as well as the upcoming anime that was supposed to debut in a certain season.
10 Doraemon The Movie: Nobita’s New Dinosaur
We are beginning this list with the much-anticipated children’s movie that was slated to open across Japan in early March. Doraemon The Movie: Nobita’s Dinosaur was supposed to open in movie theaters across Japan on March 6, 2020.
However, due to COVID-19 that began to rapidly spread in China and began to expand to Japan in the spring, it was postponed to August 7, 2020. The staff postponed it to stop the spread and to stop children and families from being exposed to the virus while watching the movie.
9 Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION
Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION is an anime based off of a series that began as a collaboration between Vocaloid producers and voice actors before exploding in popularity and becoming a franchise. Each character represents a month of the year, with12 men and women divided into Vocaloid groups.
While the first season went on without a hitch, the announcement of a second season was a delight to fans. However, this was short-lasted as it was delayed to April 2020 because of COVID-19. You can stream Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
8 A3! Season Spring & Summer
A3! Season Spring & Summer is the anime adaption of a smartphone actor training game of the same name. A3! Season Spring & Summer has had a hard time deciding what schedule it wants to release on with multiple delays because of COVID-19. Episode four was delayed to the next Monday while airing as well as the preview screening event.
The production staff had also suspended all of the remaining episodes, leaving fans with no conclusion and stuck in the middle. You can stream this anime on Funimation, albeit there are only three episodes.
7 Precure Miracle Leap: A Wonderful Day With Everyone
PreCure Miracle Leap: A Wonderful Day With Everyone is another children’s movie that was postponed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 between children and families, as it’s theatrical run was delayed. While it was originally slated for March 20, 2020, it received a new release date of May 16, 2020.
PreCure Miracle Leap: A Wonderful Day With Everyone is the 28th feature film from the long-running magical girl franchise made by Toei Animation. As a special treat, the previous 24 movies from the franchise are being streamed on the official YouTube channel now.
6 Infinite Dendrogram
Infinite Dendrogram is the anime adaption of the light novel of the same name, written by Sakon Kaidou and illustrated by Taiki. While this anime adaption premiered on January 9, 2020, the streaming date has long-past for the season.
After Infinite Dendrogram’s seventh episode was delayed due to COVID-19 and production issues, the first episode was shown on February 20. It managed to resume on March 5, 2020, but it will finish in the Spring 2020 anime season late. You can watch Infinite Dendrogram on Funimation in both Japanese and English.
5 Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. Spring Song
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song is the long-anticipated sequel to the Fate/stay night movie trilogy that follows after the other two movies, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly and Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower.
These movies adapted the “Heaven’s Feel” route of the original Fate/stay night visual novel and had a release date of March 28, 2020. Because of precautions surrounding COVID-19, theaters shut down across Japan and had the movie pushed back to the later time of April 25, 2020. You can watch the two previous films on Amazon Prime.
4 Asteroid In Love
Asteroid in Love is a four-panel manga series written and illustrated by Quro that received an anime adaption during the Winter 2020 anime season. After Mira Konohata made a promise to Ao Manaka to discover an asteroid when they were small, they reunite and try to find one with the help of the earth science club.
This slice of life series’ seventh episode was delayed one week, showing a recap episode in its original time slot instead. However, the simuldub was also delayed. You can stream Asteroid in Love on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
3 A Certain Scientific Railgun T
A Certain Scientific Railgun T has had quite the tumultuous time in Japan as well as several delays, to the chagrin of the series’ fans. As COVID-19 began to affect Japan, the seventh episode of the series was delayed and they re-aired the sixth episode instead. After the delay of the seventh episode, the delays did not stop there.
The production staff decided to show a series of specials so that fans could watch something due to the series being animated by a Chinese animation studio. You can stream A Certain Scientific Railgun T on Crunchyroll with subtitles and Funimation in English.
2 The Misfit Of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates And Goes to School With His Descendants
As A Certain Magic Railgun T was continuously interrupted during its broadcast and had the production staff stop for staffers’ safety, the same goes for the upcoming anime. While The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants was planned for an April 2020 premiere, it was pushed back to the Summer 2020 anime season.
The reasons for the delay were told via Twitter, and they stated COVID-19 was impacting the show’s production schedule, causing it to be pushed back. It is unknown who will be streaming this anime.
1 Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World – Season 2
Lastly, we have perhaps the most anticipated anime premiere, Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World’s second season. Fans of this smash-hit anime series have been awaiting a sequel since the original anime finished a few years ago, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hopes were dashed. The debut of the new season was pushed back to July 2020 instead of it’s April 2020 debut. You can stream the first season of Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World as well as the director’s cut on Crunchyroll while you can watch only the first season on Funimation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including anime and their fans. Here's 10 animes that were delayed because of the Coronavirus!