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Longest anime in history is delayed for the first time in 45 years

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Japan has its own Simpson family. If the series starring Homer is the longest in Western history, that privilege belongs to another anime worldwide. Sazae-san began airing in October 1969, and although the manga ended in 1974, it holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-running anime series of all time with over 8,000 episodes currently. Since 1975 the animated series has not interrupted its programming or even repeated its episodes. Until now. Due to the pandemic crisis caused by the coronavirus, many anime series have delayed their broadcasts and Sazae-san has temporarily suspended its programming for the first time in these 45 years.

The creators of the series have been forced to temporarily suspend production because the situation has become unsustainable

due to coronavirus. Japan had an outbreak a few weeks ago and took extreme containment measures, so companies have either ceased operations or decreased production considerably. Precisely, Eiichiro Oda issued a statement talking about possible further delays in the publication of the One Piece manga and anime, and Sazae-san has done the same. For the first time in 45 years, Japanese viewers will not have a new episode of their favorite series. Instead, the episode of May 27, 2018 will air from Sunday.

Sazae-san's first episode in 1969

The only time Sazae-san stopped broadcasting was in 1975 due to the oil crisis which caused an increase in production costs. Since then it has remained almost perennial in time, although in April released a new opening for the first time in 10 years. The series tells the life of Sazae, a young woman who lives with her husband in the family nucleus, being the favorite anime of the viewers week by week. Above these lines you can see the first episode of the popular series.



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