Full Metal Alchemist to restart streaming; No word yet on One Piece

3 06 2009

JG One PieceFollowing the news of the latest episode of One Piece being leaked on the internet prior to its first-ever simulcast launch, and the subsequent news of Funimation stopping streaming of two of three episodes currently being streamed, the company has announced it will being streaming Full Metal Alchemist once again. 

Funimation had stopped streaming on One Piece and Full Metal Alchemist after a hacker broke into Funimation’s servers and leaked episode 403 on the internet a week before it was to come out. Phantom – Requiem for a Phantom remained streaming. The announcement came in light of new security measures designed to keep hackers out.

No announcement has been made regarding continuing streaming of One Piece, though undoubtedly fans are hoping the series will start again.

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Hacker ruins simulcast One Piece for everyone

1 06 2009

JG_One_PieceEpisode 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.