One of the most awaited anime in the recent past has been ‘Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie’.
It was discussed extensively in several online community forums. However, at the moment, there is a good chance of it not being aired beyond its first episode.
On the show’s official website, the team made an announcement about the fact that the series will be temporarily closed owing to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in its unit. The team is having active discussions about how to take the show ahead. According to an officially released statement, “the production committee will put the health and safety of the staff and cast first”.
In the recent past, there have been many instances when Covid-19 resulted in the production and release-based delays in several Anime series. The team of 86 Eighty-Six, a much popular anime, had to make peace with the production of the show’s last two episodes getting delayed by around two months. The entry ban, which Japan had imposed in 106 countries to control the spread of the virus, has now been lifted. With the rate at which the virus is spreading, there is a good chance that the production of many popular shows will continue to get affected.
While Dogo Kobo has prioritized the health and security of its staff members over the shoot of their show, many anime studios are not willing to walk down that path as yet. Takashi Watanabe, the man who has helped shows like Slayers and How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, had earlier stated on Twitter that the industry has been facing an “implicit gag order” and has been asked to refrain from disclosing information about the rapid spread of the virus and how it is resulting in studios suspending their operations.