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Bad news for One Piece fans! {for Anime}

+ posted by njt in Anime News on May 31, 2009 04:24

On May 14th, FUNimation talked about announcing a simulcast for One Piece to air on the 30th. But right before their glorious debut a hacker compromised their server! Thus causing the simulcast to fail, and could probably hinder a lot of series getting the same treatment because of it.

Here's a quote of the official news post.

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.

What do you members think of this event? Think it'll hinder the future of anime distribution?

I for one am pretty ticked off. I was hoping that with this new simulcast more people would get a chance to experience the awesome anime, One Piece. But they've just lost their chance... for now at least. We'll keep you posted if new news of this event arises.

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#1. by GGpX ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
#2. by puremadniss ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
wow crazy stuff
#3. by godofthesunn (Ghosted)
Posted on May 31, 2009
Was that on the 14th or a few days ago. Because 403 was up today by Funimation.
#4. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on May 31, 2009

The announcement was on the 14th announcing the future airing of it on the 30th ^^;. I edited the news post to make it more obvious. But I believe if the ep was up today, it was the hackers doing, no?
#5. by Cloudbits ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
Damn, I hope they will continue this.
#6. by promfret ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
not like i can watch it on that site anyway... :P
#7. by Amit ()
Posted on May 31, 2009

So that's why you asked me for the permalinks~~
#8. by Ryukai ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
You should change the title to "Bad news for North American One Piece fans!". I had a real wobbly moment when I read the title but am now relieved :D
#9. by kewl0210 ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
Most fans won't care because they watch fansubs anyway. Official subs always translate everything to make it anglicized more than it needs to be. Though it would be a nice way to get a kind of speedsub so it's fine for that. They say they'll renew it eventually, though, so I hope that works out.
#10. by Lingwe ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
Most of these new 'legal streaming anime' sites are all US only based. Amazingly there are a lot of people outside the US who would also like to watch the series. So making them restricted to the US only and then 'pulling it' doesn't affect any of those people who would still have to access the episode through alternative channels anyway. Which coincedentally the US and Canadian fans could do themselves making their statement of how they have been deprived of One Piece for the immediate future to be hilariously naive.
#11. by gumin/zx ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
#12. by joshua019 ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
I thought it has to do with the manga, but it doesnt.... then I dont care!!!
#13. by Maxy Barnard ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
well, just shows what happens when ya dick about with attempts to provide stuff legally
#14. by Cooper ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
Don't scare us like that, please.
For a moment I was afraid that something happened to Oda sensei. But if it's about anime and Fucknimation, I don't give a damn.
#15. by Yuuko-san ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
who cares?
its anime
#16. by monkey D luffy ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
fansubs will live another day!
#17. by scarletcrimson ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
i agree with other people, when i first saw the heading of this post i was like wat, one piece bad...noooo....but this affirms my hypothesis yesterday when one piece was out super early, hmmm i mean the speed of the subs is nice, but i asked this question on another forum, wat would legal subs of one piece do to fansubs....well i guess thanks to those hackers out there (love u guys) we wont have to find out for a while....horray for fansubbed anime and fan-scantalated manga WOOT....

p.s. dont ever scare me like that about one piece again!!!

also wheres that picture from, manga cover art, ive never seen i love it
#18. by Tsuchikage ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
i was half worried something'd happened to oda>_>, screw funimation
#19. by rakkynon ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
hm...so if you're not American or Canadian, you're safe? :D
#20. by naruto+4s ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
You people are really stupid don't you think!!! I bet Fuji tv is pissed toei is pissed and funi is screwed. Bet after this Funi might go after every one piece fansub out there including those idiot horrible sub. I don't like funi either but funi hasn't really done anything against the one piece fansubbers and left them alone for some reason, but nooo, this is how fansubs react when after so many years toei starts putting subs up for the fans. If you like fansubs then watch fansubs but this is just wrong on so many levels, do you know how many one piece fans funi has served and this is how we repay them, this really sickens me, I hope funi and toei are still on good terms even though I watch fansubs myself. This matter isn't funny in the least. And some of you call yourself one piece fans when you can't even show some respect to the people who spend money and time providing it. For those of you who think this leak is funny then you have no right calling yourself a fan. Funi have done load of shitty thing that's pissed of alot of people but they've also done alot of good like yu yu hakusho dub...
#21. by emer ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
#22. by Belisar ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
absolutely right naruto+4s. the usa/canada fans get nearly simultanously prosubed one piece episodes directly on their tv (a dream comes true) and now they start to fuck around: we don't need, we don't care. there are only fansubs 'cause there isn't enough prosubs, morons. -.- be glad that you get this kind of service.
#23. by Searss ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
I haven't watched OP anime in like 2 years so.........no problems for me. If i decided to watch it again, il just wait for a torrent to show up, or irc it. ^^
#24. by HumanoidInterface ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
I don't watch one piece or anything, but as far as I'm concerned this is a rather humorous. Leave it to the fansubbers, FUNimation.
#25. by naruto+4s ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
funi never stopped one piece fansubbers to start with. if you don't like it then download fansub then. think about it, op one hour after it airs. At least funi will learn from this mistake and come back stronger. You hate funi when they stop fansubber but you also hate them when they sub. how bias.

EDIT: Can't you just be FUCKING happy someone even subs one piece. NO one in the fansub community is ever satisfied with what they get. "I want HD" "I want Blue ray". Damn scanlation is so much better. People are just happy when a series gets translated.
#26. by wade69 ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
Meh its just funi who cares.
#27. by come come paradise ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
Umm... Am I the only one thinking this is seriously wrong ? I don't know what the situation exactly is in the US, but we scanlators in France have been, and always are, reminded that one of the main reasons for our existence is the goodwill of official publishing firms. Really, they just have to make a phonecall to our internet hosts for them to get scared and suppress our websites. Or they can contact us directly to tell us they don't agree with what we publish, and threaten to sue us if we don't stop scanlating [they already have, the only reason why there are no French scanlations of Fairy Tail (which is such a popular manga) is because MFT was "scared" off scanlating it by Pika, the firm which holds the copyright]. And though I know American scanlating teams live much less by the threat of publishing firms [to the point most websites don't care about giving out already published contents... not that I have anything against onemanga or mangashare, they are really good sites ^^], they can't have much less power over there. That is to say, that kind of lone hacking gestures are endangering the whole fansubbing world [in this case, but it could be scanlation], which includes thousand of leechers and tens of fansubbing teams who love what they are doing and would hate to give it up because of an isolated hacker. The balance between fansubbing and official subbing is both fragile and the only reason why we exist, think before forcing it one way.

Not to mention it's morally wrong; when you like something, respect it. I sincerely think Oda's work is a masterpiece and it deserves to be shown all around the world, how selfish and rude it is to prevent its spreading to a wider English-speaking audience who probably will not hear of mangas otherwise. That's the kind of reason that make us manga-fans look like isolated and marginal, if only more people actually knew how good it is... And I'm not even mentioning the respect to Funi, who do the same job as us, but have the legitimacy to, and bear us even though they don't have to.
#28. by AnymX ()
Posted on May 31, 2009
It's all Funimation fault. Koda (gg Fansubs) pretty much explained on her blog what had happend there. I guess you can't expect much from Funi hu...
#29. by darklazer57 ()
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
It's kinda ironic that pirates took out pirates.
#30. by BlackHair ()
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
Im sorry for the North-American market but as a European Im glad as hell.
#31. by merru ()
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
indeed nice~
well..i don't even live there ..so i don't really cares about it
#32. by Yukishirow ()
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
Something like this ruins it for everyone. Regardless, it was a irresponsible move by the person/persons involved. OP is top-notch and for those who are casual fans/web users, it was a good way to get into the series. Now it seems that there may be a long wait for a simulcast like this, while FUNimation decides where to go from here-.-;;
#33. by unok-kun ()
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
Don't care anyway~~ Everything for the US, nothing for the rest of the world~~
#34. by OunknownO ()
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
uuu, you know I care...anime I watch just the filler arcs and for that there is warez and the episodes in hd resolution XD

PS. One piece manga owns anime
#35. by Hyperworm ()
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
AnymX failed to put a link or go into much detail, so his post will probably go a bit ignored. >_>
Here's the link so you don't miss it.
#36. by aagcnet ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2009
... sad thing is if they even start doing the multicast ... funimation doesnt have the rights for that series in my country so i cant see it :(. Hope you guys get the chance.
#37. by Ex-Shadow ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2009
Man, now that's really crazy, huh?
#38. by mugiwara84 ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2009
I'm relieved it wasn't anything manga related.

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."

Anyone want to take bets if they're going to find him?
#39. by darthbiscuit80 ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2009
Whoever this hacker is, I hope he's f**king proud of himself. He tries to out fanboy everybody with an early release and ends up costing literally thousands of fans their One Piece fix! Well, lets hope Funimation gives us another chance. (You know what, F**k that. Some stupid hacker will just make us all look bad again. Let's just support the DVDs so Funimation will keep 'em coming and let the hackers enjoy their blurry, laggy torrents!
#40. by darthbiscuit80 ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2009
Not as hard as you think. Most criminal, hackers included, are not that smart. If they were they wouldn't have to steal. He prolly left a tracable IP or even an open download or something stupid like that.
#41. by Lingwe ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2009

As illustrated in the link provided by Hyperworm, their 'strict security measures' were practically non-existent. The person didn't 'hack' the website. They simply downloaded a file from the website. Anyone could have done it if they knew the easily guessed file name location.
#42. by dHEKU ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2009
#43. by wade69 ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2009
He didn't really ruin anything, theres still fansubs out there and have been out there for years.
#44. by come come paradise ()
Posted on Jun 3, 2009
[this hasn't anything to do with the subject but someone was asking where that picture in the article was from, I'm pretty sure it's the color page from chapter 310 =)]

I've read more articles on the subject and, well... Have to admit it's obvious Funi's security standards are severely lacking. They have a lot of responsibility in this business, I'd even say they're over-reacting seeing just how faultive they are themselves. But still, doesn't change the fact having hacked that episode is stupid crap and the kind of thing that kills fansub.
#45. by cloneofsnake ()
Posted on Jun 5, 2009
I'm a big OP fan and I think this sucks ~ I love my manga and fansubs, but I also want the mangaka / author and publisher to make money... so that they can continue to produce all the manga that I love!!! Those of you who said Nice or Screw FUNI etc, WHY?! Even though you and I may not need to watch FUNI, that doesn't mean you should want them fail!! I want them to succeed!!! FUNI means cash to TOEI and to the mangaka... I want them to get paid!!
#46. by EdgeOfDark ()
Posted on Jun 10, 2009
Yeap, that's what's wrong with the world, there are stupid, ignorant, self-centered people in it. They're always ready to ruin things for the rest of us...
#47. by jazz189 ()
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
To who ever hacked into FUNi website, great growing jack@$$ you ruined it for everyone. Although part of the blame lies with in FUNimation's security itself, as they should have made sure that they're website was secure before they did this.

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