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One Piece Illegally Posted, Official Simulcast Now Pulled

By Chris Beveridge     May 30, 2009


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One Piece was set to begin its simulcast via the FUNimation services tonight at 9PM but a snag has been hit due to someone posting it early from outside of FUNimation. FUNimation has spoken directly about the matter:

“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.”

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Ochan 5/30/2009 4:05:29 PM

I've been following this thing most of the day and I have to say that being a One Piece this is very disappointing news. Still, I think this may be a more than appropriate time to possibly pull anime fandom together and have a formal discussion on the matter, maybe even encourage some of the Mania staff to write up a type of editorial on the matter.

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