RICK AND MORTY: THE ANIME Is Heading to Adult Swim - Nerdist

RICK AND MORTY: THE ANIME Is Heading to Adult Swim

Ready for even more of Rick and Morty‘s wild world? Well, you’re in luck because we’re about to see the show in a whole new way. Adult Swim has officially ordered a Rick and Morty anime series. Of course, we’ve seen Rick and Morty anime shorts before, but they’ve been, well, short.

This time, Rick and Morty: The Anime will get a full ten episodes, according to Deadline. The publication also reports the series has not only been greenlit but is in production. It will eventually air on Adult Swim and HBO Max. As far as where it stands in canon, Rick and Morty: The Anime will remain separate from the main series. But it will, however, “adapt themes and events from the original title.”

An anime Rick and Morty inside Rick's ship
Adult Swim

Takashi Sano, who directed Tower of God, will also direct this series. Sano led two of the aforementioned Rick and Morty anime shorts already. He directed both “ Rick and Morty vs. Genocider” and “ Summer Meets God (Rick Meets Evil).”

We’ve greatly enjoyed both these previous anime outings. They’ve been touching, confusing, weird, and really excellent additions to the franchise as a whole. Clearly, Adult Swim thought so too.


Sano’s anime shorts accomplished so much with so little space, we can’t imagine what he’ll do with a full ten episodes. We wonder if each episode will stand alone or if there will be a throughline connecting them all together. It’s too early to tell, but at least we know the series is in safe hands. Not just anyone could adapt Rick and Morty‘s world successfully.

still photo of Rick and Morty from upcoming animated series
Adult Swim

No word yet on when we might expect to see the show on our screens. But we’ll be the first to share when we know more. We do however know that the short will be subbed not dubbed.

In the meanwhile, we’ll be rewatching the shorts that already exist and pondering the infinite possibilities this upcoming series offers to us. We have a feeling our minds are about to be blown.

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