A3! Season Autumn & Winter Anime to Premiere in October After COVID-19 Delay
posted on by Egan Loo
The cast for the television anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game announced on Saturday that the A3! Season Autumn & Winter half will premiere in October. It was originally scheduled to run from July to September 2020. The overall A3! show's Blu-ray and DVD release will start with the first volume (pictured right with jacket illustration by original character designer Ryō Fujiwara) in June.
A3! Season Spring & Summer, the show's first half, will restart its airing from the first episode on April 6 on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11, and on Nagasaki Culture Telecasting Corporation on April 22. The series' previously delayed fourth episode will premiere on April 27. During Saturday's announcement, the cast noted how appropriate it was that the Season Spring & Summer half will air in spring, and that the Season Autumn & Winter half will air in autumn.
The show's production committee delayed the remaining episodes of A3! Season Spring & Summer due to issues related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak exacerbating scheduling problems in the production. The fourth episode was originally slated to premiere on February 3 before it was delayed.
The anime premiered on January 13 at 24:00 (effectively, January 14 at midnight) on the Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11 channels, and it had been scheduled to run until March until this delay. The anime debuted with "Season Spring & Summer," the first of the show's two halves. Funimation, which is streaming the anime, describes the story:
Mankai Company is a far cry from its glory days as an all-male theater. With only one member left and debt collectors at the door, it's no wonder Izumi Tachibana finds herself in over her head when she boldly confronts the yakuza's loan sharks, promising to bring her father's theater back into the spotlight. She might be able to recruit enough talent, but can they bloom into the actors she needs?
Keisuke Shinohara (Black Fox) is directing the anime at P.A.WORKS and Studio 3Hz. Mariko Komatsu is adapting the original character designs by Ryō Fujiwara and serving as chief animation director. Naoki Hayashi (Black Fox) is in charge of the series scripts. Infinite is producing.
The first reported cases of COVID-19 were in Wuhan, China in December, and then the disease began to spread in varying rates and intensities across many parts of the globe through incubation in human hosts. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a world health emergency on January 30, and announced on March 11 that it is classifying the outbreak as a pandemic. As of Friday, the WHO reported that there are 234,073 infected individuals worldwide. 9,840 individuals have died from the disease.
As of Friday, the WHO reported that Japan has 950 cases of COVID-19 with 33 deaths. These numbers do not include the number of cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama. That cruise ship had 712 infected passengers with seven deaths.