In Japan, the pandemic is at its worst stage yet. As daily cases hover above 20,000, major animation releases are being delayed and famous voice actors are falling ill. And now, according to at least one filmmaker, studios are seeing outbreaks, but refusing to share details of the cases.
On Twitter, director Takashi Watanabe (How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom) wrote that he’d heard of a studio locking down in response to a Covid cluster. He condemned the studio’s refusal to discuss the closure openly. His tweet reads in full as follows:
There’s a tacit gag order, but I’ve heard that at least one company has shut down following a cluster outbreak. I’m sure there are other cases like it, but information isn’t circulating. I don’t know when I myself could come into close contact with a positive case. We’re in dangerous waters. Why is the animation industry still continuing? Though I understand this isn’t a matter for production assistants or production-desk workers to decide.
In a follow-up tweet, he added: