The official Twitter account for A Certain Scientific Railgun has announced that the 7th episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun T has been delayed due to the coronavirus affecting production.
Originally released on January 10th, A Certain Scientific Railgun T (in actuality the third season of A Certain Scientific Railgun) had initially planned 25 episodes, with a bonus episode in the first, and final home releases.
However, the official website states that the seventh episode (Auribus oculi fideliores sunt, latin for “The eyes are more trustworthy than the ears”) has been delayed from its February 21st broadcast.
“Due to the influence of “COVID-19″, the production was inconvenienced and the broadcast was forced to be postponed,” the official announcement states. “The new broadcast date for # 7 will be announced on the official anime website as soon as it is decided.” The 6th episode will be rebroadcast in its place.
Translation: Google Translate
A Certain Scientific Railgun focuses Mikoto Misaka (one of the few level 5 espers) and her friends as they try to go about their school life, along with fighting off those who attempt to abuse the powers of espers. The current series focuses on the inter-school sports festival.
While Mikoto is focused on her rival Shokuhou Misaki (another level 5 esper), far worse evils and conspiracies abound. The series also takes place at the same time as the Daihasei Festival arc in A Certain Magical Index.
While produced by J.C.Staff, the show uses numerous other studios for 2nd Key Animators, Backgrounds, Finish Assistance, In-Between Assistance, and Key Animation (as detailed on Anime News Network). A such, any one of these studios could be hindered by the outbreak of the virus.
The coronavirus has affected many other businesses in China, including Google, Apple, Facebook, and more. Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering is mapping the virus’ spread [1, 2]. As of this time of writing, there have been over 73,000 confirmed cases world wide, and over 1,800 deaths. Over 12,500 people have had a “total recovery.”
In Japan (not including the Diamond Princess cruise ship), there have been 66 cases, and 1 death, with 12 recovering.
A Certain Scientific Railgun is currently simulcasting on Crunchyroll.