Wednesday, June 03, 2009

One Bad Apple Spoils the Anime

Well, it started out as a good idea . . . .

Previous attempts to show the anime ONE PIECE, a hit in Japan, on American airwaves having failed for various reasons (censorship, differences between Japanese and American standards for violence in all-ages shows, etc.), Funimation reached a deal with animation studio Toei to simulcast subtitled episodes of the show online, immediately after each episode aired in Japan. The broadcasts were to start this past Saturday.

Unfortunately, someone (presumably unauthorized) accessed Saturday's episode from Funimation's servers; and leaked the episode onto the Internet -- before the episode aired in Japan.

Result: the Japanese rights holders are apparently unhappy. "[A]s a direct result of this illegal act," Funimation writes in a statement on its Website, "all U.S. and Canadian fans will be deprived of access to this great anime series for the immediate future."

I know the show is about pirates. But that's no reason to pirate the series.

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