Otaku USA Magazine
One Piece Next Up for Simulcasting

Let’s give a big chum-spewing ahoy for the adaptation of Eichiro Oda’s juggernaut series One Piece! FUNimation entered an agreement with Toei, Shueisha and Fuji Television Network for exclusive rights to American and Canadian online simulcasts of the show. Following in the footsteps of Naruto, One Piece‘s simultaneous run will begin on Saturday, May 30th at 9PM CDT.

This puts the airing just one hour behind its debut in Japan (let’s not nitpick the “simul” in simulcast, okay?). The free, subtitled showing kicks off with episode 403, and… wait, my brain shorted out a bit. That just put how far behind I am on the series in harsh perspective. Oh well, 403 is just the beginning of the weekly showings, and you’ll have to tell me how it is without spoiling anything. Here’s a bonus tidbit from the press release:

“In addition, beginning Thursday, May 14th FUNimation will stream episodes from the Sabaody Archipelago Saga story arc starting with episode 391. FUNimation will also offer both its produced uncut, English-tracked and English-subtitled adaptations of the hugely successful series beginning with the first episode.””

Episodes will be available at One Piece Official.

Source [Shonen Jump]