COVID-19 haunts the anime community!
COVID-19, the recent phenomenon which might end up being a pandemic, is now engulfed the anime industry as well. Funimation has always been consistent in releasing the dub episodes, and it seems like it won’t be happening this time. Recently, Funimation also closed its offices and asked the employees to work from home to prevent them from COVID-19.
With it being the final decision, Funimation stated that the health and safety of the employees are more crucial than releasing the dub episodes in time. It also assured the viewers that it will still strive to release the dubs as soon as possible even in the time of crisis. The tweet by Funimation is only one of the significant delays by COVID-19.
Funimation states that “The safety of our Funimation family is our top priority, so we’re adjusting our dub schedule to allow everyone to work from home. There will be delays in the coming weeks, but subs are still on schedule.”
There is a full list of delayed dub releases mentioned below:
- March 18, 2020
- BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense, starting with Episode 9
- March 19, 2020
- 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
- March 20, 2020
- Asteroid in Love, starting with Episode 5
- Case File nº221: Kabukicho, beginning with Episode 21
- Darwin’s Game, starting with Episode 9
- March 21, 2020
- My Hero Academia, starting with Episode 84
- March 22, 2020
- Black Clover, starting with Episode 124
- ID: INVADED, starting with Episode 13
- March 24, 2020
- Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, starting with Episode 10
- April 3, 2020
- A Certain Scientific Railgun T, starting with Episode
When will we get good news?
It is unclear exactly how long these delays will last since we don’t know how long COVID-19 will continue like this. And there seems to be a delay will be even higher for anime like My Hero Academia and Black Clover. It is highly possible that the next week’s dub release of My Hero Academia probably will be pushed back by a week.
To be more positive, those who prefer subbed releases won’t face any problems. So those who don’t prefer English dub releases can watch their favorite anime without any issues. As I already mentioned above, Funimation is not the only one which been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, Amazon has delayed some Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-orders, and other supplies as well. Many other television programs are postponing because of COVID-19.
We have to wait for a few more days until we get any updates on anime dub releases. Until then, stay for more updates.
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