Aya and the Witch, Studio Ghibli’s first CG feature, has unfortunately had its theatrical release delayed.
In an announcement on the movie’s official website, it was revealed that the staff have decided to postpone the film’s planned theatrical screenings in Japan due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The film was originally planned to open in Japan on April 29, but the staff will announce the new opening date as soon as it is decided.
To provide some background on why this is the case, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government had asked the national government on Wednesday evening to declare a state of emergency, to counter the increase in COVID-19 cases and to significantly reduce the number of people out during the upcoming “Golden Week” holidays. The national government is announcing a state of emergency that will last from this Sunday, April 25 to May 11 (tentatively) in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures. The daily case tally in Tokyo reached 861 on Thursday, its highest tally since January 29 during the second state of emergency. Osaka prefecture recorded more than 1,100 new cases on Thursday, and has exceeded 1,000 new cases for three consecutive days.
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