Toei Animation Hack

Toei Animation Hack Incident Causes Multiple Anime Delays

Toei Animation is changing the airing schedule of several popular anime following an attempted hack from a third party. As a result of the hacking incident, Toei Animation is shutting down parts of its internal systems, leading to the delay. The shutdown will affect the airing dates for the upcoming episodes of Dragon Quest: The Adventures of DaiOne PieceDigimon Ghost Game, and Delicious Party: Pretty Cure. [Thanks, Natalie!]

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On March 6, 2022, an unauthorized third party attempted to hack Toei Animation’s internal systems. The hacking incident resulted in the company’s online store and internal systems temporarily shutting down as a safety measure. However, the system shutdown has also reportedly affected production schedules. Per an earlier press release, Toei Animation stated that it is actively working with a security company to investigate whether the hack affected user and client data.

The delay will mostly affect anime scheduled to air this weekend, on March 12 and 13, 2022. Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai will air its 31st episode in place of the upcoming 73rd episode. Similarly, Delicious Party: Pretty Cure will rerun its fourth episode instead of the upcoming sixth episode. The updated schedules for both Digimon Ghost Game and One Piece will appear at a later date, via each series’s official website.


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