Hey there J1 Fans, DevilDriver1313 here with a bit of a bummer for manga readers and anime fans. Due to this world health crisis, several publishing companies of manga, anime English dubs and card games have announced over the weekend that they will be delaying the Spring releases of several of their products.
Kodansha USA revealed on Friday they will be delaying many of its manga releases for Spring and Summer 2020 until later this year. However, previously scheduled Kodansha USA and Vertical imprints comics will still be released digitally on their dates. Kodansha USA publishes the English manga versions for popular series such as Cells at Work!, Fire Force, Attack on Titan, Seven Deadly Sins and Vinland Saga.
Seven Seas Entertainment tweeted on Friday that there may be delays for orders due to Diamond Comic Distributers’ halt on April shipments.
Also, we’re doing a big license event later this month (April), to announce some of our Fall 2020 books and beyond. We hope that will include good news for a lot of you! As ever, we’ll do the event on social media, so you can tune in, in real time, from the safety of your home.— Seven Seas (@gomanga) April 3, 2020
The company has also said that nearly all of its May paperback releases will be delayed. On the flipside, nearly all of its digital releases will releases as scheduled.
Organizers at Crunchyroll have said they will hold the date for Crunchyroll Expo 2020 which is scheduled to take place September 4-6. They have said it is too early to tell how COVID-19 will affect other events throughout the country in September. The organizers have been in constant communication with the city of San Jose, California. The date stands as of now.
Important Update from Crunchyroll Expo 2020: pic.twitter.com/G9kvpr51V8— Crunchyroll Expo (@crunchyrollexpo) April 3, 2020
Yu-Gi-Oh fans will have to wait to get their hands on the latest series in the popular trading card game. Konami has stated that due to the impact of COVID-19 is having on the manufacturers, the company will be delaying the release of Yu-Gi-Oh! Eternal Code booster pack. The premiere event for the booster pack has also been put on hold.
Funimation has posted on Twitter that the English dub of Magia Record will be delayed starting with episode 9. Last month, they have ceased seasonal publication of anime temporarily.
Heads up, everyone!— Funimation (@FUNimation) April 3, 2020
Starting with episode 9, the dub for Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story will be delayed until further notice.
Thanks for your understanding. 💜 @AniplexUSA pic.twitter.com/RxEBCxNrDX