Boruto anime hiatus set to start this April after episode 293 releases
The Boruto anime adaptation will be taking a new broadcast hiatus in April 2023 after the release of episode 293, set to be the Part 1 finale.
If you are an avid fan of the Boruto anime, seeing terms such as ‘hiatus’, ‘delayed’, and even ‘canceled’ trending online can induce some serious stress.
The good news is that the anime adaptation has certainly not been canceled or axed outright; the bad news is that the broadcast will soon be entering a period of hiatus over the coming months.
Whilst this may not have necessarily been a surprise to the global community, here is everything that you need to know about the upcoming Boruto hiatus following the Part 1 finale later this month.
Boruto anime hiatus set to start April 2023
Today, March 9, the Boruto franchise confirmed that episode 293 will mark the Part 1 finale for the anime adaptation.
The series will then take a brief broadcasting break over the Spring, with Part 2 being confirmed to be in production alongside four new episodes of the original Naruto series which will premiere in September 2023.
“The anime BORUTO: Naruto Next Generations began in April of 2017. Six years have passed since then, but episode 293, set to air on March 26th (JST), will mark the last episode of the first part of the series.”
Whilst the global Boruto fanbase will be sad to see the anime leave its traditional weekly release cycle, news of the hiatus does not come as a surprise for the majority of fans following a number of leaks earlier this week.
Rumors originated from a recent magazine leak in Japan, which claimed that the anime series would be starting an indefinite hiatus after the release of episode 293 on March 26 – a broadcast postponement for the anime had been expected for some time because the TV adaptation is quickly catching up to the original manga series.
The hiatus is rumored to be three months long, but inside sources reportedly want the delay to be extended to six months – it is unclear whether this means that Studio Pierrot staff will then be finetuning the Black Clover movie, which was already delayed last month.
“This month’s Animedia Magazine is reporting out a time range of air dates for 3/10 to 04/09. It has delisted Boruto episodes for April – Omitting 04/02 and 04/09 information. Normally, broadcast breaks are given date and placeholders marked = (Broadcast Suspended).” – Organic Dinosaur, via Twitter.
Organic Dinosaur would then clarify that many shows in Japan make a note of ‘Final Episodes’ for a cour, season, or series finale. Since the Boruto anime does not feature this note, it indicates that the series will be returning with weekly episodes after the alleged hiatus.
Three episodes to go before hiatus
Thankfully, there will be three more episodes of the Boruto anime before the series would start this reported hiatus: Episode 291 ‘Control’ (Sunday, March 12), Episode 292 ‘Craving’ (Sunday, March 19), and Episode 293 ‘Farewell’ (Sunday, March 26).
New episodes are released for OTT streaming via Crunchyroll at the following international times:
- Pacific Time – 1 AM
- Eastern Time – 4 AM
- British Time – 9 AM
- European Time – 10 AM
- India Time – 2:30 PM
- Philippine Time – 5 PM
- Australia Eastern Daylight Time – 8 PM
TV Tokyo Japan has provided the following synopsis for episode 291:
“Boruto has finally managed to find his way to Kawaki’s location in order to help him out, as both of them have decided to defeat Code together. Since they have to face-off against Code – who possesses a high level of combat strength – Boruto activates his karma. In response, Code also activates his own Karma.
As the battle intensifies, Kawaki becomes increasingly uneasy about Boruto potentially getting his consciousness hijacked by Momoshiki once again. Meanwhile in Konohagakure Village, it seems like Boruto and Kawaki have vanished without anyone else noticing. In order to search for their whereabouts, the Nanadaime Kohage – Naruto – has decided to take it upon himself and embarks on a manhunt for them.”
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]