2020 Anpanman Film's Opening Delayed Indefinitely Due to COVID-19
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for Eiga Soreike! Anpanman Fuwafuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni (Soreike! Anpanman the Movie: Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country), this year's Anpanman anime film, announced on Wednesday that the film's opening has been delayed indefinitely for the safety of theatergoers amid the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film was originally slated to open in Japan on June 26.
The Soreike! Anpanman television anime series already halted voice recording sessions indefinitely in early April.
Soreike! Anpanman Kirameke! Ice no Kuni no Vanilla-hime (Let's go! Anpanman: Sparkle! Princess Vanilla of the Land of Ice Cream), the 31st anime film in the franchise, opened on June 28, 2019. The film celebrated what would have been the 100th birthday of Anpanman creator Takashi Yanase. The anime sold 104,826 tickets and earned 125,512,500 yen (about US$1.15 million) during Saturday and Sunday to rank #4 in its first weekend.
The Soreike! Anpanman television anime series began in 1988, and new Anpanman films have opened each summer since 1989. The 2014 film Soreike! Anpanman: Ringo Bōya to Minna no Negai (Let's Go! Anpanman: The Apple Boy and Everyone's Wishes) was the first film since Anpanman creator Takashi Yanase's passing.