(Featured image source – Eiichiro Oda, Toei Animation)
Anime fans who call Southeast Asia their home, may have some difficulty enjoying theatrical anime film releases according to anime distributor, Odex Limited. This comes after some materials from the new One Piece film, “ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE” were posted online, including in-theater recordings of the movie that were posted to the region’s YouTube.
Odex Limited is a Singapore based company that handles Anime releases in Southeast Asia. Commenting on just what risk the leaks put the future of releases in the region, Odex brought up the efforts they had to make the last time a leak occurred in 2017 with the release of Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. Southeast Asia doesn’t have as strong a market return as other anime release targets of the world, and seemingly now has been home to two major anime series having content leaked online.
In 2007 Odex first began their anti-piracy efforts to combat falling sales in South East Asia, obtaining information about illegal downloaders. Odex settled out of court with the majority of these pirates, their new message though is a heartfelt one, begging fans that enjoy releases to simply not record and post licensed content.
Time will only tell if the problem ceases, but we wish the best for the region’s fans who still want to see anime films see theatrically release.
(Source – Odex Limited Facebook)