Anime series or movies getting delayed due to various reasons are not unheard of. These are usually met with a lot of frustration from fans, especially when these are long-awaited. There are some fans who would abandon any interest in the anime, while some will try to wait.
However, with uncontrolled circumstances like the pandemic, anime are bound to experience delays or cancellations. Health should always comes first, and fans should also be able to empathize despite how frustrating it is.
As such, we have compiled the list of anime that have experienced any delay or cancels in 2023 so far.
UniteUp! is a new anime that aired last January 2023. The episode 4 of UniteUp! has been delayed from January 28 to February 11, 2023. It re-aired special programs instead on January 28 and February 4 respectively to compensate for its absence.
NieR: Automata Ver.1.1a
NieR: Automata Ver.1.1a is also a new 2023 anime that aired last January 2023. Unfortunately, its episode 4 was affected by the pandemic, so it was moved to February 19 premiere. It was originally slated to premiere on January 29, 2023.
Techneroid OVERMIND is also a new 2023 anime that unfortunately experienced a delay. Episode 8 was moved from February 22 to March 1, 2023. It re-aired Episode 1 instead in its original premiere date.
Similar to Techneroid OVERMIND, the Episode 8 of Spy Classroom has been delayed for 1 week from its February 23 premiere to March 2, 2023. It has special program, “Gokujou Spy Mission” instead to keep viewers entertained.
Uncle From Another World
Uncle From Another World first premiered last July 2022, and has since experienced many delays in airing their episodes. The first delay happened with their 5th episode, where it was not premiered for two weeks in August. The second delay involves their 8th episode whose original premiere was supposedly last September, but was moved to November.
Their finale, Episode 13, was also moved from December 29, 2022 to March 8, 2023.
BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense
BOFURI First Season aired last January 2020 with 12 episodes. Season 2 was announced in 2021, and it was originally slated to release in 2022. Due to undisclosed reasons, Season 2 was delayed to January 11, 2023. Halfway in airing Season 2, Episode 7 has been postponed for two weeks because of the pandemic affecting the Chinese segment of the show.
Episode 7 is moved from its February 22 to March 8, 2023 instead.
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Ayakashi Triangle is also a new 2023 anime that got affected by delays as well. Episode 5 onwards will be postponed, and they have not released content in the entirety of February. It re-aired the previous 4 episodes instead as compensation.
The series just returned last March 10, 2023 with the release of Episode 5. This was followed by the subsequent episodes.
Megaton Musashi Season 2 has experienced a lot of delays ever since last year. It started with Episode 24, in which it was originally scheduled to air last January 6 but it was moved to February 3, 2023. A special program was also aired to compensate for this.
Recently, Episode 27 was postponed from February 27 to March 10, 2023. It will be followed by the final Episode 28 on March 17, 2023.
Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible
Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible aired last January 10, 2023. Episode 7 onwards was postponed, which led to the anime to be re-aired in April 4, 2023 starting from Episode 1. This will then make them part of the spring anime roster.
The pandemic must have affected the production staff severely as the anime will start over again this April. Let us hope that the staff will continue to stay safe!
Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King
Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King, an upcoming film of the much beloved anime series, Black Clover, will be postponed on a later date. It was set to have a Netflix premiere on March 31, 2023, but it was now moved to June 16, 2023.
This was also confirmed by Netflix themselves in a Tweet.
Masamune-kun’s Revenge R
The 2nd season of comedy anime, Masamune-kun’s Revenge R, was originally scheduled to release this April 2023. But it was announced by the anime’s official Twitter that fans will need to wait a little longer, as its premiere will be on July 2023 instead.
No specific date has been announced as of now on its premiere.
Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence
Another supposed April 2023 anime got delayed, and that is Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence. Its premiere date was moved to July 2023 instead. As of now, no specific dates yet in July were announced.
The Misfit of Demon King Academy
Sadly, fans will have to wait for the release of Episode 7 onwards for The Misfit of Demon King Academy II. It was supposed to air last February 18, 2023. No new date has been announced as of now when the series will continue. Episodes 1-6 are currently being re-broadcasted.
Let us hope the production staff are doing well, and would take their time on managing their health concerns!