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Fire Force Anime Halts Friday's Planned Airing, Streaming of 3rd Episode

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Also: Sound! Euphonium collaboration with Keihan delayed, new Free! film trailer screening cancelled

The official website for the Fire Force anime announced on Friday that it has halted the planned airing and streaming of the show's third episode, which was planned to air late at night on Friday (effectively early Saturday morning). The website stated it will reveal more information about the future broadcast of the show at a later date. The show centers on a unit of firefighters who also have the ability to manipulate fire.

Fire Force premiered on July 5. Funimation is streaming the television anime on its FunimationNow streaming service, and is also streaming an English dub. Crunchyroll is also streaming the series.

Additionally, the official Twitter account for Kyoto Animation and Animation DO's Free! franchise also announced on Thursday that the studios have cancelled the planned screenings of the new trailer for the upcoming all-new Free! film in theaters. The trailer was planned to screen starting on Friday alongside the current Free! ~Road to the World~ Yume compilation film, which opened in theaters in Japan on July 5. The all-new film is currently planned to open in summer 2020.

The official Twitter account for the Keihan train line, which goes from Osaka to Kyoto, also announced on Friday that it is delaying its planned collaboration with Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium anime. The collaboration was originally slated to start on Saturday.

On Thursday at around 10:30 a.m. JST, a devastating fire broke out at Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building, killing 33 people and injuring 35 others. 30 fire engines responded to the fire, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire completely within five hours after it started. Kyoto Prefectural Police have already apprehended a 41-year-old man who supposedly used a "gasoline-like liquid" to start the fire, and are investigating the case as arson. The suspect is among those injured.

Sources: Fire Force anime's website, Free! franchise's Twitter account, Keihan's Twitter account via @AnimeVoice, @ultimatemegax

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