The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many industries around the world, and the anime industry is no exception. On March 18th, the official website for NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a, the television anime based on the popular Square Enix and Platinum Games’ action role-playing game, announced that episodes 9 and beyond of the series have been delayed due to the impact of the pandemic on production schedules.
The announcement came as a disappointment to fans who have been eagerly anticipating the next episodes of the series, especially since episode 4 had already been delayed from January 28th to February 18th. The anime’s production committee cited the increase in COVID-19 infections as the reason for the delay.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that the pandemic has affected the anime industry. Over the past two years, many anime productions have faced delays, cancellations, and other issues due to the pandemic. This has been a challenging time for the industry as a whole, but fans have remained patient and understanding as studios work to navigate these unprecedented times.
While it’s certainly disappointing that fans will have to wait longer to see the next episodes of NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a, it’s important to prioritize the health and safety of the people working on the show. The pandemic has brought about many challenges and uncertainties, and it’s important to support those who are working hard to bring us the anime we love while also staying safe.
The anime’s website and Twitter account will announce the broadcast and streaming schedules for episodes 9 and beyond in the near future, so fans will want to keep an eye out for updates. In the meantime, fans can revisit the previous episodes of the series or check out the original NieR:Automata game to tide them over until the next episodes are released.
In conclusion, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the anime industry, and NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a is the latest series to face delays as a result. While it’s disappointing news for fans, it’s important to prioritize the health and safety of those working on the show. We can only hope that things will improve soon and that we’ll be able to enjoy new episodes of the series in the near future.
Source: Anime News Network