Owing to damage to development caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the broadcaster company of the most happening Cartoon has stated that the show will have to turn to reruns from next week. Sazae-san, an anime series airing every Sunday night and shown since 1969, apparently there are no new episodes. So as of this Sunday, Fuji TV is broadcasting the reruns.
Based on a Machiko Hasegawa manga series, Sazae-san is one of the longest-running TV shows, with more than 2,500 episodes. The story is about a titular Japanese woman and her family going through life’s motions. The “Sazae-san” show, broadcast every Sunday since 1969, featuring the regular ups and downs of suburban Japanese housewife Sazae with her extended family, is a household name for many generations of the Japanese family.
For so many episodes, there’s room for the series to portray many traditional traditions and activities taking place in modern Japan, but it’s noteworthy that it doesn’t incorporate technical advancements. According to some figures, it can still draw about 10 percent of the viewing audience for its 30-minute slot at 6.30 p.m. Sundays. Sazae-san feels frozen in time like an ever-present part of Japanese culture, so the interruption to its development would be more shocking for many than for the average series. A Fuji TV spokeswoman had recently stated to Reuters that this is the first time since 1975 when Japan was dealing with the fallout from a global oil shock, the broadcaster has had to resort to reruns.
The show, which was adapted from the traditional old age four-frame comic strips by late author Machiko Hasegawa, was recognized as the longest-running animated series by Guinness World Records in 2013, a title previously attributed to U.S. show “The Simpsons” by the record-keeping organization.
Although the number of reported cases of coronavirus and deaths has been small in Japan due to some foreign comparisons, the Japanese economy — the world’s third-largest — has been badly hit by the pandemic’s global implications and is predicted to have plummeted into recession this year. Of course, Sazae-san is not the only weekly Japanese TV show that is experiencing chaos because of COVID-19. Earlier this month, as part of attempts to stop the spread of the virus, the government prolonged the country’s state of emergency until the end of May, prolonging shutdowns for several businesses. Long-running manga publication Big Comic said on Saturday that its brutal hitman show “Golgo 13” will take the first hiatus in its 52-year existence since social constraints to contain the virus has made it difficult to create the hand-drawn Cartoon.
Takao Saito, 83, who produced the manga, and more than 10 other people are involved in its creation according to the editorial staff at the magazine. The decision to stop the show was taken to protect the safety of those involved because they eventually come into close contact with each other in the process of making new episodes for long hours, the staff said.
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