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Rick & Morty Halloween Short Release Date Revealed

A tentative release date has been projected for an upcoming Rick and Morty Halloween short, which is set to air this October on Adult Swim. The mind-bending sci-fi animated comedy from Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland concluded its fifth season earlier this month with a two-part finale that aired after a month-long mid-season break. After expanding its absurd multiverse to unsustainably crazy dimensions, Rick and Morty season 5 downsized the world of the show in a way that future seasons will have to adjust to.

Throughout five seasons of Rick and Morty, Adult Swim has released a variety of side programming to meet fan demand for related content. The show has come out with webisodes, animatics, and recently, a series of well-received anime short films that aired on Toonami. Third-party sources uncovered this week that another short film appears to be on the way: “The Great Yokai Battle of Akihabara” is a horror short that will serve as a Halloween special. Adult Swim has remained tight-lipped about the special, but lineups from Toonami and Adult Swim Canada have given fans clues about the upcoming episode. A synopsis for the episode reads: “Rick plans to build the ultimate AI toaster; Things take a strange turn when he and Morty are forced to travel to Akihabara for spare parts.”

CN News/Schedules revealed on Twitter today that Adult Swim will air the short on Sunday, October 10th at 11 p.m. and again on Saturday, October 16th, at 4:15 a.m. The account that shared the release date is not affiliated with Adult Swim or Rick and Morty; rather, the people running the account comb the network’s schedules for information. Here are the details on when fans can watch “The Great Yokai Battle of Akihabara”:

Adult Swim hasn’t officially announced when it will broadcast the short; however, Adult Swim Canada has added the short to its schedule at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.  According to CN News/Schedules, the networks typically simulcast episode premieres, which suggests that Adult Swim will most likely air the short at the same time. The channel has also left the 11 p.m. time slot open on its schedule, another clue that all but confirms the official release. The short’s length is unknown but will probably be between 10 and 15 minutes if previous Rick and Morty shorts are any indication.

While it may seem like “The Great Yokai Battle of Akihabara” was supposed to be a surprise, it’s entirely possible that Adult Swim intended for the Halloween special to be revealed exactly as it’s happening. Rick and Morty fans are notorious for their brainy analyses of the sci-fi show and their eagle-eyed surveillance of any new information on release dates. There’s no doubt that the fan community collectively possesses the investigative capacity to learn of the short’s existence and its release date. Regardless of how the special is announced, it appears fans can look forward to seeing the Rick and Morty short soon.