One Piece: WANO KUNI TV Anime Episodes Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Straw Hats are on a break for an undetermined amount of time

One Piece


The official Toei Animation Twitter account announced on April 20 that future episodes of One Piece: WANO KUNI will go on delay due to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This will one of the first times the TV anime series has gone on an indefinite hiatus in its 20-year broadcast.


Mayumi Tanaka, the voice actor for Luffy, recently said in a blog post that “I’m on break from my regular anime voice recordings,” hinting at a future hiatus.


Toei Animation wrote:


"Due to the state of emergency in Japan caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have carefully considered the safety measures for the spread and have decided to suspend the simulcast and Japanese broadcasting of both “One Piece” & our new series, “Digimon Adventure:” for the time being. Updates on the return of both series will be provided as soon as we know. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Please stay safe and healthy."


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, alongside the special coronavirus taskforce, declared a State of Emergency in Japan for the entire country on April 16, which will stay in effect until May 7 at the earliest. 


You can watch all the previous episodes of One Piece (all 929 episodes worth!) right here on Crunchyroll while we wait for the ship to sail on the high seas once again.


Source: Toei Animation on Twitter


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.

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