Toei Animation has announced the delay of anime broadcasts and the upcoming ‘Dragon Ball Super’ film following an attempt to hack their internal systems. The delay has caused some problems for the animation studio which assures fans that after a brief intermission with some re-runs, new episodes will be released.
The schedules for ‘Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai,’ ‘Delicious Party Precure,’ ‘Digimon Ghost Game’ and ‘One Piece’ were all affected by the hack, Anime News Network reported. The creators of ‘One Piece’ confirmed the delay on social media with a post on social media.
“[Notice of change in broadcast content] On 3/19 (Sat), we will change the broadcast content and broadcast the 5th episode “The Insignia of Aban”. The best selection will be broadcast on 3/26 (Sat) and 4/2 (Sat). After 4/9 (Sat), we will inform you as soon as it is decided. I’m sorry to have kept you waiting. Thank you,” they said in a tweet.
— 「ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険」アニメ公式 (@DQ_DAI_anime) March 17, 2022
It was not just their television schedule affected. The upcoming release of their film ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ was also pushed from its planned Japanese premier of April 22 to an unknown date. Anime News Network noted that there is no new date scheduled. Toei Animation apologized to the fans for the delay.
As Siliconera reported, Toei Animation explained the March 6th hack in a press release. Roughly translated, it says,
“We confirmed that our network was compromised by a third party on March 6, this year, and decided to shut down our internal system.
We are currently investigating the details, but we are also conducting an investigation by an external specialized institution to confirm whether information about customers and business partners and personal information are included.
In addition to reporting to related organizations, we have already taken measures such as stopping part of the internal system and restricting access from the outside.
We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused to everyone involved.”
‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ will be the first film in the franchise that is animated in CGI.