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.