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‘Rick and Morty’ Season 8 Delayed, Anime Spin-Off Comes to the Rescue

If you blew through season seven of Adult Swim’s ‘Rick and Morty‘ and are already fiending for season eight, then you’ve got a year-long wait ahead of you. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Rick and Morty season eight won’t be out on small screens until “sometime in 2025,” breaking its recent tradition of annual releases. As per THR, the delay stems from last year’s five-month Hollywood Writers Guild strike, impacting the production and development of the new episodes.

However, to help ease the wait for season eight, Adult Swim has some more Rick and Morty content to offer. The debut season of the spin-off, Rick and Morty: The Anime, is all set to premiere this year, and Adult Swim recently released the first in-show footage from the upcoming anime series.

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‘Rick and Morty’ Season 7 Trailer | Image: Adult Swim

The new clip from Rick and Morty: The Anime adopts a more introspective tone and features Rick (voiced by Yōhei Tadano) contemplating life’s complexities as he sits alongside Morty. “Despite the fact that there are an infinite number of paths available to us, we only get one life to pick from. It’s pretty dumb, huh?” Rick says in the clip. “And the dumbest part of it all is that we’re the ones who chose it for ourselves. At least in my case, anyway.”

Produced by Telecom Animation Film, Rick and Morty: The Anime‘s first season will consist of 10 episodes and comes from director Takashi Sano, who previously directed two acclaimed anime shorts in the universe: “Rick and Morty vs. Genocider” and “Summer Meets God (Rick Meets Evil).” While talking a bit about the upcoming series, director Sano teased that the upcoming season will explore the multiverse-straddling exploits of Rick and the gang, pushing their family bond to the limit and forcing them to confront their vulnerabilities.

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A new look at the upcoming ‘Rick and Morty’ Anime | Image: Adult Swim

“The multiverse-straddling exploits of Rick and the gang pose challenges to the family bond, but they always rise to the occasion,” Sano said in a statement. He further went on to add, “It’s such a life-affirming sight, and Jerry is no exception. I am honoured to have been given an opportunity to tell a new story about this amazing family. I hope you enjoy their adventures!”

As of writing, it’s unclear whether ‘Rick and Morty: The Anime‘ will be considered canon to the main Rick and Morty series or if it will take place in an alternate reality featuring alternate versions of the pair. Adult Swim hasn’t shared any release date for the anime but says it’s coming sometime in 2024.