Episode 403 of the anime series One Piece was to be the first-ever simulcast anime episode, streaming on Funimation’s website only an hour after its premier on Japanese television, but Funimation has announced the cancellation of the simulcast in light of the episode being hacked.
Apparently, someone hacked into Funimation’s servers and posted the episode on the internet a week early. As a result, Funimation has cancelled the simulcast for the immediate future. Funimation is currently investigating the incident, with full intention of prosecuting the perpetrator.
Meanwhile, what could have been a move in a new direction of anime distribution has now been compromised, all because someone couldn’t wait a week. Had the simulcast been a success, it could have paved the way for a new accessibility for American anime fans.
J Geeks view: Way to ruin it for everybody, idiot.