World’s longest-running cartoon show Sazae-san announced that the show will switch to reruns from next week as the production of new episodes of the show has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak led to lockdown in the country.
Sazae-san is an anime series based on a manga series by Machiko Hasegawa that airs every Sunday night since 1969 in Japan and is noted as one of the longest-running TV shows in history with more than 2,500 episodes — each episode consists of three separate stories. The plot of the show revolves around the titular Japanese woman and her family going through the motions of life.
Fuji TV the official broadcaster of the show announced that it will broadcast two-year-old reruns of the shows from next week. A Fuji TV spokesperson told Reuters that this is the first time the broadcaster has had to resort to reruns since 1975 when Japan was dealing with the fallout from a global oil shock.
Many other daily or weekly Japanese TV shows are experiencing disruption due to COVID-19 and have moved to reruns of the shows.