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One Piece's Newest Episode Leaked Before Japan's Debut (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Episode 403 was to be 1st English-subbed simulcast; all OP streaming on hold

An anonymous party discovered a copy of the One Piece anime's episode 403 on a publicly accessible server of the anime distributor Funimation, and then illegally redistributed the episode — at least a full day before the episode premieres in Japan. The downloadable copy contains Funimation's logo and English subtitles. This episode was to have been the first episode simulcasted with English subtitles on Saturday, May 30 at 9:00 p.m. CDT on www.onepieceofficial.com. The episode was not supposed to premiere in Japan until Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. (Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. CDT).

Thank you to Tofusensei and Monica S for the news tips.

Update: Funimation has announced that One Piece videos are currently not available on its website due to technical issues. The company hopes to resolve the issues and bring back the streamed episodes.

This article has a follow-up: Funimation Cancels One Piece Simulcast (Update 2) (2009-05-30 17:43)
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