It looks like Toei Animation has finally been able to solve the major problem after the studio was hacked in early March. But what exactly happened that led to the delay of several projects? A new report reveals that the whole incident is being attributed to a ransomware attack!
According to NHK, officials from the company confirmed that the hack on Toei Animation was a ransomware virus that demanded a pay-off. After an extensive investigation in cooperation with a third-party security company, Toei was able to confirm the existence of the virus and was swift to shut down its internal systems. For now, details on the ransom, the virus itself, or where the virus may have come from, were not revealed. However, Toei could soon issue an official statement regarding the incident.
In early March, Toei Animation announced that an unauthorized third party accessed the company's network, resulting in the shutdown of part of their systems. As investigations were immediately started, several anime projects including One Piece, Digimon Ghost Game, Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai, and Delicious Party Pretty Cure had to delay the broadcast of their latest episodes.
Although the hack had delayed the One Piece anime, the franchise has since announced that the series is ready to resume broadcast. It was previously reported that Episode 1013 will be rebroadcast on April 10, 2022, and will be followed by Episode 1014 on the following Sunday, April 17, 2022. The other animes like Digimon Ghost Game are also set to resume broadcast later this month.
One Piece Episode 1013 will premiere on April 10, 2022. One Piece Episode 1014 is officially titled Marco's Tears! The Bond of the Whitebeard Pirates! ("Maruko no Namida! Shirohige Kaizokudan no Kizuna") and will finally be broadcast on Sunday, April 17, 2022.