The coronavirus pandemic has interfered with the production in the manga and anime industry, with everyone being forced to work from home. Manga and anime creators are now searching for ways to produce quality content while also keeping in mind safety concerns.
From the looks of it, Shueisha has already started the transfer of the work process into digital means.
Earlier this week, the release date of My Hero Academia chapter 278 was changed from 12th to 19th July (U. S. time).
The delay was displayed on the Manga Plus website and led to speculations regarding the cause.
On 10th July, the official Twitter account of My Hero Academia uploaded a notice regarding the delay of the chapter.
The announcement stated that currently, Horikoshi and his staff are going through the process of switching to digital methods for the manga’s production.
Previously they used the analog mode, which is not safe anymore, given the coronavirus threat.
NoticeEnglish Translation, Twitter Translate
A new chapter of My Hero Academia was at first decided to be released in the 32nd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump; however, the creation of the manuscript took more time than expected.
This is due to the new digital method, which needs to be mastered by Horikoshi and his staff.
Chapter 278 of My Hero Academia will be released on the combined 33rd and 34th issue of the Weekly Shonen Jump (19th July). It will be longer than the regular chapters so that fans can look forward to it.
Shueisha has also clarified that there will be more frequent delays for some time because the mangakas are switching to a safer method of production.
About My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is a Japanese superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, with its chapters additionally collected in 24 tankōbon volumes as of August 2019.
It follows a quirkless boy Izuku Midoriya and how he backed the greatest Hero alive. Midoriya, a boy who has been admiring heroes and their ventures since the day he was born, came into this world without a quirk.
On one fateful day, he meets All Might the greatest Hero of all time and discovers that he was quirkless as well. With his diligent attitude and unwavering spirit about being a hero, Midoriya manages to impress All Might. He is chosen to be the heir to the power of One for All.
Source: Weekly Shonen Jump Tweet