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    Funimation picks up one piece... Again.

    The is taken from the Funimation website.

    Quote Originally Posted by FUNimation
    Anime Leaders to Stream Episodes of Popular Anime Series Immediately Following Japanese Television Debut

    Flower Mound, Texas – May 14, 2009 - FUNimation® Entertainment and the Japanese powerhouse consortium of producer Toei Animation Co., Ltd., publisher Shueisha, Inc. and broadcaster Fuji Television Network, Inc. have entered into an agreement giving the American anime leader exclusive rights to the U.S. and Canadian online simulcast of the studios' signature animated series "One Piece".

    Starting Saturday, May 30th at 9:00 p.m. CDT, just one hour after airing in Japan, FUNimation and the consortium will stream the first, free, professionally-produced, accurately English-subtitled "One Piece" series episode beginning with episode 403 via the official One Piece website http://www.onepieceofficial.com followed soon thereafter by FUNimation partner sites.

    Each new episode of the current season will be rolled out weekly as "One Piece" continues its Japanese television run.

    In addition, beginning Thursday, May 14th FUNimation will stream episodes from the Sabaody Archipelago Saga story arc starting with episode 391. FUNimation will also offer both its produced uncut, English-tracked and English-subtitled adaptations of the hugely successful series beginning with the first episode.

    This decision was made by the production consortium for the North American, English-language One Piece DVDs, which is comprised of Toei Animation Co. Ltd, Shueisha, and Fuji Television Network, Inc., with the goal of maximizing the business potential of package media and merchandising in North America, among other things, in consideration of the growing online viewer market in the United States in recent years.

    "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." Said Kanji Kazahaya, director of Toei Animation Co., Ltd.

    "This simulcast is a turning point for FUNimation, our One Piece partners and the U.S. anime industry," said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. "Thanks to our close partnership with Toei, Shueisha and Fuji Television, together we have effectively closed the longstanding gap between the Japanese broadcast and U.S. distribution of a series. As One Piece continues to be one of the top rated anime still in production, we can assure U.S. fans that new episodes of One Piece will not only make the voyage overseas, but will do it virtually instantaneously."
    So Funimation will be subbing One Piece and air it online 1 hour after it airs in Japan.

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    Sshheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee thsv's Avatar
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    Anyone else thinking "They're making moves to kill fansubbing"?
    Quote Originally Posted by Hand Banana View Post
    If Pow wrote the manga it would be accurate as fuck lol. I stand behind Pow(while humping his leg) on this one.
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    cool I guess, fast aired anime ftw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thsv View Post
    Anyone else thinking "They're making moves to kill fansubbing"?
    It happens a lot lately, doesn't it?

    The only problem I have with actions like that, is that you can't watch the anime from everywhere in the world.
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    ɹǝʎʍɐן Я I Hand Banana's Avatar
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    Funimation is ok. 4kids however...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light-kun View Post
    It happens a lot lately, doesn't it?

    The only problem I have with actions like that, is that you can't watch the anime from everywhere in the world.
    nuff said.... fansubs 4 ever!


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    Quote Originally Posted by thsv View Post
    Anyone else thinking "They're making moves to kill fansubbing"?
    It doesn't matter does it? The purpose of fansubbing is to provide the masses with access to these episodes. By these licensing companies doing the subbing themselves, there's no need for fansubbing and the masses are happy.


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    LOL, U MAD? Arbitrary's Avatar
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    Good thing there's not much censorship to be done at One Piece.

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    Ah geez streaming is so gay. I really hope some groups will still release 720p version. Btw, does anyone know if it'll be available in any other countries than US and Canada?

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    どうしてこうなった! Sangaz's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asce View Post
    It doesn't matter does it? The purpose of fansubbing is to provide the masses with access to these episodes. By these licensing companies doing the subbing themselves, there's no need for fansubbing and the masses are happy.
    Or not.

    I don't wana stream anime on their fukken site, I like to store all my anime on my external so I can watch it whenever :|

    This doesn't however doesn't effect me in the slightest, because the One Piece anime is garbage which I refuse to watch :]

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