If you keep up with anime, then you have most likely heard about a little issue over at Toei Animation. The company confirmed it was targeted by a hack this month, and several of its internal systems were tampered with. An investigation is still underway over the ordeal, but thanks to a new report, we have learned the hack has forced one anime to take a 3-week hiatus out of nowhere.
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai seems to be the anime at the wrong end of this hack. The show has already aired one re-run in light of the incident, and its team just released a new statement confirming an extended hiatus is in its future.
【放送内容変更のお知らせ】— 「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
According to the update, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai will be airing reruns for the next three weeks in light of the hack. Fans in Japan will be able to watch "The Insignia of Avan" on cable for this week's re-run. And if all goes well, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai will return with new episodes starting April 9h.
This is not the only delay prompted by Toei Animation's hack. It was made clear this week that One Piece and Digimon Ghost Game will also be impacted by the ordeal. Both series will withhold airing new episodes this Sunday as was planned. Depending on the hack's investigation and internal scale, these delays could be extended much like Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is experiencing. And given how deep One Piece is with its Wano saga, well – fans won't be pleased with such an unexpected delay.
What do you make of Dragon Quest's big delay? Did you ever expect the hack to have this kind of impact on Toei Animation's shows? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.