The spread of COVID-19 throughout the world has led to the shutdowns of several major entertainment industries, and One Piece fans were beginning to wonder what kind of impact it would have on their favorite shows. Unfortunately, One Piece anime is going to take a break in the next few episodes of the series. The news has been confirmed by the Japanese voice of Monkey D. Luffy, Mayumi Tanaka.
In addition, Toei Animation confirmed that due to the state of emergency in Japan as a result of the COVID-19 disease, One Piece’s weekly broadcast will instead begin re-airing older episodes in Japan beginning with the start of the Wano arc and continuing until the situation changes in order to better protect the health of the cast, staff, and all those involved. You can read more here:
Toei Animation’s Announcement:
“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”
This hiatus will definitely hurt One Piece fans, but it’s for the best as it means that less people are at the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 disease. Hopefully, this outbreak will soon pass so we can continue to see the excitement in the Wano arc.