One Piece leaked early
FUNimation shut down stream
The whole world is sad
I hope you enjoyed my haiku that summarizes FUNimation’s current situation. Basically someone accessed One Piece episode 403 a day before it was released in Japan, with subtitles and everything; and stuck it up on the internet. It was supposed to premier on FUNimation’s video site today (May 30) at 9 CDT, but ever since this went down the video streaming service has been shut off. It is currently unknown when the security breach will be fixed, and if it will be finished by the time the simulcast is supposed to air.
I can’t imagine Toei being too happy about this recent event. Let’s hope this does not hinder the simulcast any more than it already has.
Update:FUNimation has responded to this attack with the following message.
As anime fans know, FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation had planned for the first ever online simulcast of the series ‘One Piece’ tonight at 9:00 pm CDT., just one hour after its premiere on Japan’s Fuji Television. Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours we have determined that the FUNimation servers were compromised, even though we employ strict security standards. An unknown individual accessed and posted episode 403 online and as a direct result of this illegal act, all U.S. and Canadian fans will be deprived of access to this great anime series for the immediate future. We will make every effort to locate and prosecute the perpetrator(s)to the fullest extent of the law and will provide updates regarding this most serious matter