One Piece streaming on hold

Filed under: News — S. @ 11:42 am

FUNimation‘s plans of streaming new One Piece episodes for Toei has been put on hold for the near future. FUNi released a statement Saturday concerning their thoughts of the subject.

As anime fans know, FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation had planned for the first ever online simulcast of the series ‘One Piece’ tonight at 9:00 pm CDT., just one hour after its premiere on Japan’s Fuji Television. Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours we have determined that the FUNimation servers were compromised, even though we employ strict security standards. An unknown individual accessed and posted episode 403 online and as a direct result of this illegal act, all U.S. and Canadian fans will be deprived of access to this great anime series for the immediate future. We will make every effort to locate and prosecute the perpetrator(s)to the fullest extent of the law and will provide updates regarding this most serious matter.

Now, while this may seem like some 1337 hacker cracked into the FUNi video server, the real truth is a little simpler. A streaming video server stores the real video files elsewhere on the online server. In theory, you can only access the streaming video link and not find out where the real video file is stored. Of course, if you can figure out how to work a torrent file then figuring out where a video is stored is just as simple. Cartoon Network learned this the hard way. As G.I. Joe: Resolute premiered on TV and on their website, an employee would load the next episode or two to be ready to go in a few days. Well, if you use a fairly generic file structure like ASFIX_GIJOE_EPISODE01.FLV for the original file, someone is going to put two and two together to find the other ten videos that may be stored in the same directory. FUNi ran into the same problem by uploading files hours — sometimes days — in advance of when the video would go online. Eventually someone starts posting links to the real video files on different forums and someone else may even upload the video to other streaming servers.

The aftermath of the situation had quite a few videos pulled from the server last night. Phantom would run the front ad and then give an error for the actual show episode, for example. As of right now, One Piece and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood appear to be the only two shows with its episodes complete pulled off the server still.

Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom Ep. 9 online

Filed under: News — S. @ 1:01 pm

FUNimation has posted the ninth full episode (subtitled) of their new series Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom TV in the video section. At the time of this posting, the server has doing just fine, but as the day progresses expect some need to pause and buffer due to traffic. If an ad begins at the start of the episode, you can click the ‘X” in the top right corner you will skip the ad and get straight to the episode. The best suggestion is to start the episode, pause it, and find something else to do for awhile as the player loads the episode completely. Phantom TV airs in Japan at 2:15am on Friday’s, which just happens to be 45 minutes before it gets posted by FUNimation.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Ep. 8 online

Filed under: News — S. @ 10:01 am

FUNimation has posted the eighth full episode (subtitled) of their new series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in the video section. At the time of this posting, the server is doing just fine, but as the day progresses expect some need to pause and buffer due to traffic. If an ad begins at the start of the episode, you can click the ‘X” in the top right corner you will skip the ad and get straight to the episode. The best suggestion is to start the episode, pause it, and find something else to do for awhile as the player loads the episode completely.

Gravion: Divine Steel DVD

Filed under: Site News/Updates — S. @ 8:01 am

By combining five special Gran Diva vehicles, the six Gran Knights can form the super robot God Gravion and defeat any Zeravire that attacks planet Earth. However, each pilot has a different reason for being here. Eiji Shigure has come to the castle of Klein Sandman in search of his older sister Ayaka who sent him a letter asking for help. While searching the castle, Eiji gets dragged into piloting the Gran Diva G-Attacker and joining the team until his sister is located. Created and directed by Masami Obari (Angel Blade, Virus Buster Serge) and animated by GONZO (Vandread, Kiddy Grade, Gate Keepers) comes Gravion: Divine Steel from ADV Films. (more…)

Viz ends Shojo Beat magazine

Filed under: News — S. @ 12:03 am

Viz has announced they will be closing down the print version of their Shojo Beat magazine with the final issue appearing on newsstands in June. With the cost of paper rising and the economy still squeezing personal budgets, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see Shojo Beat closing in the increasingly shrinking world of print media.

The final issue of Shojo Beat magazine will be the July 2009 issue which is on newsstands June 16th.

We are very proud of the past issues of Shojo Beat magazine and the efforts of the entire team. The magazine developed quite a fan base but unfortunately in today’s difficult economic climate we felt the need to place our resources elsewhere at this time.

Of course all of our great shojo manga titles previously serialized in Shojo Beat magazine will still be published and available as graphic novels under the Shojo Beat imprint from VIZ Media.

Each Shojo Beat Subscriber will be receiving a free copy of the August issue of SHONEN JUMP magazine with the pertinent information on what their subscription/refund options will be.

Evangelion 1.0 Cast Announced

Filed under: Cast Lists,News — S. @ 1:38 pm

FUNimation officially announced the Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone cast Saturday at Anime Boston. The FUNi production crew will be taking your questions about the movie from now until midnight on Monday so get one in soon if you have one. Evangelion 1.0 will be released in the U.S. in the Fall of 2009. Evangelion 2.0 will debut in theaters in Japan at the end of June.

Director: Mike McFarland
Writer: John Burgmeier

Cast:
Misato: Allison Keith-Shipp
Shinji: Spike Spencer
Ritsuko: Colleen Clinkenbeard
Ibuki: Caitlin Glass
Gendo: John Swasey
Rei: Brina Palencia
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Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom Ep. 8 online

Filed under: News — S. @ 1:04 pm

FUNimation has posted the eighth full episode (subtitled) of their new series Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom TV in the video section. At the time of this posting, the server has doing just fine, but as the day progresses expect some need to pause and buffer due to traffic. If an ad begins at the start of the episode, you can click the ‘X” in the top right corner you will skip the ad and get straight to the episode. The best suggestion is to start the episode, pause it, and find something else to do for awhile as the player loads the episode completely. Phantom TV airs in Japan at 2:15am on Friday’s, which just happens to be 45 minutes before it gets posted by FUNimation.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Ep. 7 online

Filed under: News — S. @ 12:03 pm

FUNimation has posted the seventh full episode (subtitled) of their new series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in the video section. At the time of this posting, the server is doing just fine, but as the day progresses expect some need to pause and buffer due to traffic. If an ad begins at the start of the episode, you can click the ‘X” in the top right corner you will skip the ad and get straight to the episode. The best suggestion is to start the episode, pause it, and find something else to do for awhile as the player loads the episode completely.

Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom Ep. 7 online

Filed under: News — S. @ 1:01 pm

FUNimation has posted the seventh full episode (subtitled) of their new series Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom TV in the video section. At the time of this posting, the server has doing just fine, but as the day progresses expect some need to pause and buffer due to traffic. If an ad begins at the start of the episode, you can click the ‘X” in the top right corner you will skip the ad and get straight to the episode. The best suggestion is to start the episode, pause it, and find something else to do for awhile as the player loads the episode completely. Phantom TV airs in Japan at 2:15am on Friday’s, which just happens to be 45 minutes before it gets posted by FUNimation.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Ep. 6 online

Filed under: News — S. @ 10:37 am

FUNimation has posted the sixth full episode (subtitled) of their new series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in the video section. At the time of this posting, the server is doing just fine, but as the day progresses expect some need to pause and buffer due to traffic. If an ad begins at the start of the episode, you can click the ‘X” in the top right corner you will skip the ad and get straight to the episode. The best suggestion is to start the episode, pause it, and find something else to do for awhile as the player loads the episode completely.