Anime leaders to continue streaming popular anime series,
including latest episode immediately after Japanese television
FUNimation Entertainment and the Japanese consortium of
producer Toei Animation Co., Ltd., publisher Shueisha, Inc. and
broadcaster Fuji Television Network, Inc. have agreed to
continue the U.S. and Canadian online simulcast of the studios’
signature animated series “One Piece”.
Starting Saturday, August 29th at 9:00 p.m. CDT, just one hour
after airing in Japan, FUNimation and the consortium will mark
the return of “One Piece” online simulcasts with the Amazon
Lily Saga story arc beginning with episode 415, via the
official One Piece website 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 Friday, August 21st FUNimation will
stream episodes from the Sabaody Archipelago Saga story arc
starting with episode 391. FUNimation will add three episodes
at 9:00 pm CDT daily leading up to the simulcast of 415.
ABOUT ONE PIECE
“One Piece” is a story of a time when pirates ruled the seas.
With several bands of pirates battling over the great lost
treasure called “One Piece” left by the legendary pirate king,
Gold Roger. One day, Monkey D. Luffy – a young boy who admired
pirates – mistakenly ate the Cursed Fruit turning himself into
a rubber man. Ten years later Luffy set out to sea to become
King of the Pirates on his own quest to discover the treasure.
After Eiichiro Oda’s original manga debuted in Weekly Shonen
Jump in 1997, this monstrous hit has gone on to surpass 50
volumes and has consistently remained a best-seller; the latest
volume, Volume 54, sold 2.6 million copies in its first
printing. In 1999, Toei Animation created a popular animated
version for television which currently airs on Fuji TV
In North America, the original manga appears in the Monthly
Shonen Jump magazine (www.shonenjump.com) by Viz Media, LLC,
which also sells the individual volumes. In addition to this
anime simulcast, plans are underway for the latest chapters of
the Japanese manga, which are ahead of the anime story, to
appear in SHONEN JUMP starting in the fall of 2009.
FUNimation Entertainment will release the next home
entertainment volume of the series, “One Piece: Season Two,
Second Voyage” on DVD on August 25th.