The global pandemic that is coronavirus has had a major impact on the video game industry, and that’s spilling over into anime as well. As Japan finally moves to take stricter shutdown measures, it’s becoming more and more difficult for game and anime creators to hit deadlines. The latest show to take a hit is the long-running and immensely popular Pokémon anime.
Coronavirus halts the Pokémon anime
The Pokémon anime is currently in its 23rd season, known as Pokémon Journeys. Episodes had been airing normally up until now, but “A Massive Panic! Sakuragi Park!!” has just been delayed from its planned April 26 launch. It’s not clear when it will air now, as production on future episodes has been halted for the time being. All future episodes will now be pushed back until much later. In the meantime, that empty air space will be filled by re-airings of past episodes.
The latest season of the Pokémon anime is currently only available in Japanese, and it will likely stay like that for quite some time now. The anime dubbing industry is also feeling the impact of coronavirus, so any plans for dubbing will have to be put on hold as well.