"Chapters being postponed may be unavoidable," says the manga giant
Weekly Shonen Jump, the publishers of the weekly magazine that features manga series' One Piece, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, THE PROMISED NEVERLAND, Black Clover, and many more, released a statement from the editorial department on May 11 discussing how the coronavirus (COVID-19) may have an effect on chapters being published going forward.
The official statement from the website reads:
Thank you for continuing to read Shonen Jump.
In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, Weekly Shonen Jump is currently asking serialized manga creators to work in a way that minimizes the risk of infection.
Because of this, it will take more time to complete manga chapters, so chapters being postponed may be unavoidable.
Eiichiro Oda, the manga creator behind One Piece, reached out to fans in his own separate statement on May 6 saying that creation of the behemoth of a series has "slowed down to a frustrating extent" and that they have "limited the staff to its minimum."
In other Shonen Jump news, the Jump Victory Carnival 2020 event set for July 19 in Osaka and August 21 in Tokyo (Makuhari area) has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The website notes that information for the event will be released through Weekly Shonen Jump in the coming weeks, but due to the event's cancellation, that information is now irrelevant.
We hope that every manga creator, editor, and staff members are staying safe during this time. It was reported on April 8 that since April 6, the staff members and editors that work from the Shueisha office (Shonen Jump's parent company) having been doing their best to work from home and limit contact between editors and creators.
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.