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**Updated ** One Piece to Be Broadcasted Simultaneously Starting from the Episode 403

by Zirgo
May 15, 2009 3:25 AM | 46 Comments
Shonen Jump announced that Funimation together with One Piece producer Toei Animation, Co. Ltd. publisher Shueisha, Inc. and broadcaster Fuji Television Network, Inc. have arranged to have One Piece animation broadcasted with English subtitles on One Piece official website.
The broadcasts will start on May 30th with episode 403, one hour after the episode has been aired in Japan, and will then be continued each week there after. At the same time Funimation will offer the series starting from episode 1.
Kanji Kazahaya, Director of Toei Animation had this to say about this next step:
"With digital technology drastically changing the media environment surrounding broadcasts, we've gained the understanding and cooperation of Shueisha, the publisher of the original manga, and Fuji Television, which broadcasts the show in Japan, the primary target audience. With help from FUNimation, our One Piece partner in North America, we've managed to make a One Piece simulcast a reality. With this simulcast, we'll be able to deliver a version of One Piece with much "fresher" excitement and greatness than ever before to even more viewers in the United States than ever before. It's incredibly exciting."

Source: Shounen Jump


NEWS UPDATED ON 30th of June 2009.
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Today the Shonen Jump website announced that they, for the time being, will be closing down the service for the One Piece Simulcasting.This was cause by an unauthorized individual deliberately accessing the servers and posting the 403rd episode online. So as of this point, no episodes will be sent for an unknown time period.

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403 / 12 = 33.5833333333333333333333333333

Jul 4, 2009 5:21 PM by ukonkivi

Drunk_Samurai said:
That's what happens when you have shitty security on a website. Good job Funimation.

Yep, it's pretty dumb to get butthurt over it.

Jul 4, 2009 4:43 PM by Heigen

That's what happens when you have shitty security on a website. Good job Funimation.

Jun 29, 2009 5:29 PM by Drunk_Samurai

Tatanium said:
sad news :/


Yeah, its definitely a bummer. Figured this would happen too, as I doubt Shueisha and Toei don't want to risk the episode being hacked again. I'm pretty doubtful we'll get this service again. But here's hoping....

Jun 29, 2009 5:24 PM by VK11

sad news :/

Jun 29, 2009 4:55 PM by Tatanium

News post updated.

Jun 29, 2009 4:50 PM by Zirgo

mitamaking said:
Out of curiosity do you all mean Kaizoku-Fansubs, the group that has done only done 3 releases since November? Funimation released that many in a day.


I use them for archiving purposes. If they C & D them then I lose any reason for having downloaded them in the first place and buying DVDR's. I watch any other One Piece fansubbing group. Also Vegapunk is still 10 X slower than KF.

May 17, 2009 11:55 PM by Drunk_Samurai

Out of curiosity do you all mean Kaizoku-Fansubs, the group that has done only done 3 releases since November? Funimation released that many in a day.

May 17, 2009 10:09 PM by mitamaking

I already watched Funanimation subs though One Piece movie 8, aka the Alabasta Arc
It was freaking awful... It simply was unbearable to read -_-
To be more specific, the fruit name translation totally fugly...

Perhaps I am too used to K-F subs, but again, I hate Funimation. It still worth saying, 4Kids, Go the hell

May 17, 2009 9:21 PM by hiyonomay

Bah, lay off my One Piece. It's one off those shows I really look forward every week and if trough this subbers are going to stop subbing this I'll be seriously pissed. I live in Europe by the way for the people who are going to say I should watch it streamed...

May 17, 2009 1:40 PM by Logax

I had my jaw dropped in joy when I heard about this news!! It is so awesome that Funimation is going through great lengths to support the industry as to legally distribute episodes of One Piece online for free. This is probably the big response anime licensing companies are having towards fansubbing and piracy, by showing streaming episodes of all the popular shows online. In fact chances are that Viz may do the same thing for its Bleach website because there is a section that says "more to come, check again soon."

And as for the "whole screw Funi for removing fansubs on Youtube, they don't give a rat's ass about what the fans want,"..... if the people at Funimation didn't care about legally distributing streaming episodes of their licensed shows, recovering Geneon titles, having actors like Greg Ayres host panels at conventions based on the fate of the industry (on their own free will) and releasing shows in DVD box sets, then they wouldn't have anything to DO with anime! There wouldn't be a Funimation and all the actors, and other people would go out to having more well-paid jobs.

More and more anime fans believe that by fansubbing and showing literal translations hours after premiere in Japan and downloading episodes is honoring yourself as an anime fan, which I admire the dedication, but that method isn't helping purchase legal merchandise to give money to the licensors and anime studios.

And the streaming anime episodes is legal if Funimation was the one that licensed it. That method by the way, is to see if fans are going to play the "legal distribution" game that Funimation is asking them to play with as much fairness and handicap as possible so they can encourage fans to potentially buy the DVDs.

As for location issues that I can understand because of Funimation mostly promoting in region 1, but that doesn't mean no companies in Singapore, Australia or whatever can do the same thing. The only catch is that fans being the heart of the anime industry have to play their part and buy the merchandises in order to get Japan's attention financially and say "hey guys, looks like this region is buying more One Piece DVDs and are probably demanding more. Maybe we should supply more."

It's the whole "supply and demand" thing. It's the circle of life of economics and legal distribution.

May 17, 2009 12:37 PM by Hypeathon

Wow, why is there soooo much hate going around? I honestly cannot believe you guys. This is a GOOD thing that Funimation has decided to do. The fact that we are able to access the episode one hour after the original broadcast, with official and accurate subs is a fortune in itself. I just watched the first 5-7 minutes of episode 391 on the Funimation website and I'll admit that while the quality is not as good as it would have been if you downloaded the episode via torrent, it's still very good quality (much better than most of the streaming sites out there).

No clue why people are pissed off. And really? Do you think groups out there will stop subbing just because Funimation started this? Even though Funimation is doing the same thing for Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, groups are still releasing their own versions. There will always be people out there who will fight the system.

Of course, the next step now is for Funi to allow us to download the episode or somehow bring the episode onto cable television. Though if Funi ever did have a download feature, I'm sure they would have some kind of monthly fee for it.

May 16, 2009 7:18 PM by VK11

Kira said:
Jetstorm-G said:
Ugh, streaming freaking sucks. Always hated the quality and prefer having the file. Only a matter of time until Funi comes after the OP fansubbers. They already came after the FMA ones. =P


And yet you can still find high quality FMA: Brotherhood releases online for download, so why are people getting their panties up in a bunch?


I'm going to be pissed if they make KF stop subbing.

May 16, 2009 3:57 AM by Drunk_Samurai

Jetstorm-G said:
Ugh, streaming freaking sucks. Always hated the quality and prefer having the file. Only a matter of time until Funi comes after the OP fansubbers. They already came after the FMA ones. =P


And yet you can still find high quality FMA: Brotherhood releases online for download, so why are people getting their panties up in a bunch?

May 16, 2009 2:40 AM by Kira

Capellabun said:
A few years ago it was "Anime is taking too long to come out" then the companies start licensing their stuff faster and then its "We won't buy it unless we can preview it for free". So the licensing companies start streaming it and then are now starting the simulcast streaming...now it's "We won't watch it unless it's in HD."


Anime still takes far too long to come out, at least here. R1 licenses take at least a year to filter through, if they ever do.

I've rarely blindly bought anime. I typically only buy stuff I've seen, so yeah, I want to preview it before buying. But no, the trailers thrown on DVDs to advertise other series aren't enough, especially with how tragic some are (See Fruits Basket trailer for example... made it seem like a COMPLETELY different kind of show with no indication otherwise).

And I do favour HD, yes. We live in the HD era. I have a HD monitor and TV. Low quality video looks bad stretched several times. Watching something in poor video quality impacts my enjoyment of it making me less likely to want to buy it.

May 16, 2009 1:53 AM by Asako

_Me_ said:
I've never been able to figure out why they sometimes have free Internet episodes, but they consider it illegal when other sites host their episodes.

Good question! What they consider it is kinda not the point -- it is illegal no matter if they care or not -- but they have a problem with it because they can't control what's uploaded on other sites. If a company wants to, say, pull episodes after a certain time or include advertisements, they can do it on their own site and anything they put up themselves on other sites. But if a random fansubber puts something up on youtube, the companies can do none of that.

At least that's the way I understand it.

May 16, 2009 1:45 AM by Anomalous

I've never been able to figure out why they sometimes have free Internet episodes, but they consider it illegal when other sites host their episodes.

May 15, 2009 11:54 PM by _Me_

mitamaking said:
Drunk_Samurai said:
mitamaking said:
Asako said:
mitamaking said:
YOU GET IT FOR FUCKING FREE YOU ASSHOLES STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY BEFORE YOU SEE IT, FUNIMATION IS TAKING A HUGE RISK ALLOWING YOU TO SEE THEIR ANIME FOR FREE, SHOW SOME RESPECT.


Streaming is not an acceptable 'solution' to the fansubbing 'problem'. I won't respect Funi just because they cater to the YT generation.


Have you even seen the quality of their online player? Way above Youtube, and youtube's quality is getting quite good, again, it is free, why should they give you super HD quality for free, why is that a right?

Also by streaming stuff for free they take a risk for people instead of grabbing stuff on DVD just streaming it, the ad revenue is no where near what they get for DVDs unless it is a big show such as FMA Brotherhood or Ouran.


People would rather have a DVD than streaming. Regardless if it's HD or not streaming is still lower quality.


If that was true people wouldn't watch fansubs.


No. People would rather DL fansubs than stream fansubs.

May 15, 2009 11:51 PM by Drunk_Samurai

Woohoo

May 15, 2009 11:27 PM by BlackAssassin

mitamaking said:

Have you even seen the quality of their online player? Way above Youtube, and youtube's quality is getting quite good, again, it is free, why should they give you super HD quality for free, why is that a right?


That's not the issue at hand. I want to be able to watch anime where/how I want. eg. on my TV, and without a net connection. I also archive media until I have it on DVD (if it ever gets released here) -- I'm not going to save stream flv's either, why when I can dl DTV rips that are much better quality?

Also most streaming players don't cleanly fullscreen, they keep a player bar or similar active. I don't know about Funi's itself since I can't view their streams where I live. And even 'good' streams still look terrible when watched fullscreen on a real display (ie. 1920x1080). Media players where I can watch properly downloaded files resize and filter far more cleanly.

Really, Funi should just work with some fansub groups and release DL options in the MKV with ASS subs the fansub community knows and loves. They can put an ad in the eyecatch for all I care, splash FUNIMATION after the OP where sponsor screens usually are etc. Whatever, it's better than streams.

May 15, 2009 11:25 PM by Asako

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