Rick and Morty: The Anime – Everything we know

Meera Jacka
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The Rick and Morty franchise is expanding with a new anime coming out later this year. Here is everything we know about Rick and Morty: The Anime.

The Rick and Morty franchise recently experienced some blows after co-creator Justin Roiland was charged with domestic assault and subsequently fired from the show. While the charges were ultimately dropped, Adult Swim decidedly cut ties with Roiland and ultimately replaced him on the show.

Fans were nervous to see who would take over the titular roles of Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, but Season 7 has now come and gone without too much backlash.

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But now the franchise is expanding, with an anime offering fans new lore while they wait for the TV series to continue in Season 8. Let’s take a look at all the details that have been revealed about Rick and Morty: The Anime so far.

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HBO first revealed an image showcasing the anime versions of Rick and Morty.

Rick and Morty: The Anime – Is there a release date?

The series was first announced on April 12, and while there has been no official release date confirmed, we know for certain it’s set to premiere in 2024 on Adult Swim and HBO Max.

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Exactly when in 2024, however, is anyone’s guess for now. We will update this space when new information regarding the release date becomes available.

Rick and Morty: The Anime – What do we know of the plot?

The anime series will follow the adventures of the Smith household, though there hasn’t been any news on what exactly the plot will entail. However, it was noted that the anime adaption will serve as a standalone series.

Using similar themes and humor as its parent series, the anime was ordered following five shorts directed by Takashi Sano. The shorts were a hit with fans, and it can be assumed the series will follow suit in terms of what to expect.

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

Rick and Morty: The Anime – Who has been cast?

Takashi Sano (Pyscho-Pass) will be returning as director for the series. The primary cast members of Rick and Morty: The Anime are as follows:

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  • Yōhei Tadano (Naruto: Shippuden) as Rick Sanchez
  • Keisuke Chiba (Gundam Reconguista in G) as Morty Smith
  • Manabu Muraji as Jerry Smith
  • Akiha Matsui as Summer Smith
  • Jun Irie as Beth Smith

Other guest stars include:

  • Manabu Muraji as AI Driver and Hologram Transvestite
  • Yuki Minami as Hologram Girl
  • Hinata Tadokoro as Future Being
  • Daiki Kobayashi as Future Being
  • Hodaka Mieno as Future Being
  • Nanami Yamashita as Future Being
  • Kazuya Saji as Future Being

Rick and Morty: The Anime trailers

Adult Swim shared a first look at the anime on July 22, 2023. This gave fans the first glimpse at the new art style and just how the adaptation feels.

Another teaser then followed at the tail end of 2023, giving fans a full minute-long clip from the show as Summer helps Rick navigate through hundreds of alternate Ricks.

We’re sure to learn plenty more in the weeks and months to come, so be sure to check back soon as further details are revealed.

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Meera Jacka is an Entertainment and Trending News Writer on the Australian Dexerto team. She completed her undergrad at Curtin University with a double major in professional writing and publishing and creative writing, graduating with Honours in creative writing. A horror fan with a guilty pleasure in reality TV, Meera covers all things entertainment and trending news, with the occasional film and gaming content thrown in the mix. Contact Meera at meera.jacka@dexerto.com