One of the most interesting (and devastating) aspects of the One Piece leak and subsequent news is that the episode, #403, became available early not just for western viewers, but also for Japanese viewers-- not that an early leak of an anime episode or movie hasn't occurred before, but never quite like this.
A thread appeared on 2ch sometime yesterday talking about the event. Here are some of the Japanese fans' reactions:
- “It's a publicity stunt.”
- “It was an inside job.”
- “Isn't it awesome when you can dig up the URL before it's supposed to go live?”
- “The goal of simulcasts is to stop this, but it's hopeless.”
- “Isn't this becoming a big deal in Japan too?”
- “The industry I want to see lets people receive works. I guess Toei's just making a big deal to make a point. This is the best chance to make illegal uploaders and fansubbers look like bad people.”
- “On the other hand, Kurokami is...what's going on there?”
- “It was people on the inside who leaked it, wasn't it? That is to say, One Piece isn't popular in America.”
- “It's weird that the anime's original story is boring.”
- “By the way, are they not releasing next wee'ks episode?”
- “The culprit says: 'just as planned.'”
- “I'll just say this: One Piece's ways of doing things are interesting.”
- “In America, only ninja, samurai, and tentacles sell well.”
Hmm, interesting viewpoints all, and surprisingly unlike most of the commentary here. Though I'm pretty confident that this isn't a publicity stunt, it's interesting to see readers interpreting Toei's reaction as such, if not the leak itself. There were also several commenters who ignored the leak issue and discussed the anime original story that episode #403 began.
What do you guys think? I'm particularly interested in your response to the one about how the industry should "let people receive (its) works."