Hacking Toei Animation saw a big monkey wrench in the works of a number of projects coming out of the animation studio, including the likes of One Piece, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, and many others. While it has been confirmed that the company will be bringing back a number of series in the coming weeks, new details have arrived that will give anime fans a better understanding of why Toei halted production and the type of hack that took place.
A recent report by NHK news agency revealed that the Toei Animation hack was a “ransomware” attack, meaning those who put together the hack demanded financial compensation to stop the attack. When Toei announced last month that they had halted their production of anime series due to this hack, Toei also noted that even with some of their top series set to return in the next few weeks, the “production impact” seems apparent stop. Currently, Dragon Ball Super: Superhero has no official release date yet, as the feature-length film is originally slated to land in Japan later this month and in North America this summer.
In an official release, Toei Animation had the following to say as an update for the fans:
“We are still investigating the situation in detail and are working on normalizing it. We deeply apologize to our fans for their concern.”
As it stands, the release of Dragon Ball Super: Superhero to the west is yet to be discussed by Toei as it was originally scheduled to arrive this summer. Another film that has yet to disclose whether or not it has been affected by the hack is One Piece: Red, which was due out this August and will finally bring Red-Haired Shanks back to the series after not seeing Luffy face-to-face since Straw Hat was a kid. In light of the latest events in one piece Manga, the return of Shanks is one of the most anticipated anime moments of 2022.
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