Devidol Anime Staff Apologize for Accidentally Airing Wrong Episode
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Oops. Anime staffers are people, and they too make mistakes from time to time. That reality took an unfortunate turn when someone on the team of the Devidol anime apparently gave broadcasters the wrong episode to air. Instead of episode 3, "Branch Reporter," the episode that debuted at 1:05 a.m. on Friday was episode 4, "Iku ze Gōtō Shōjo" (Go, Robber Girl).
3話切りを考えていた方!— TVアニメ「でびどる!」 (@AnimeDevidol) October 18, 2018
来週が第3話です…gdgdです。#でびどる #devidol #実況 pic.twitter.com/BxLiIKHD0H
Soon after the new episode started to air, the anime's official Twitter account tweeted confirmation that it was episode 4. The tweet apologized and implied that the airing was the result of a staff mistake. The account also confirmed that episode 3 will air next week instead.
The anime's staff seem to be taking the error in stride and even joking about it. The below tweet claims to show the person responsible for the so-called "screw-up" as he reflects on the situation.
スペシャル問題!!— TVアニメ「でびどる!」 (@AnimeDevidol) October 18, 2018
優しくイジってあげて下さいね。(3/3)#でびどる #devidol #問題 #大喜利 #4話 pic.twitter.com/WDkrw39hv8
Masataka P is in charge of series composition, credited with the original work and planning, and is also producing the show. Although the situation is potentially touchy, even he is taking a light stance on the blunder. He noted in a tweet on Friday that the Star Wars film franchise also started with its own "Episode 4." A Twitter user who replied to the tweet remarked that The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya intentionally aired out of order.
In another tweet, the producer said the Tokyo MX channel representative said "Seriously?" after finding out about the slip-up. Masataka P said he will never forget the representative's reaction for the rest of his life. He also said he could not help but laugh at the whole situation.
The anime's story centers around three demons who are living in the human world: Aira, Shima, and Hana. While they work hard and make friends at school, they pursue their dream of being idols. However, because none of them know how to be an idol, they keep trying and straying from their goal. Guided by the kind but sometimes strict lecture of Rocket-sensei, they strive to become idols.
The anime premiered on Tokyo MX on October 4, and is also streaming on the d Anime Store streaming service. Each episode is 15 minutes long.
Sources: Devidol anime's Twitter account, Masataka P's Twitter account via Hachima Kikō, My Game News Flash