One Piece Editor Accidentally Clicked On Pirated Manga Site, Says Publisher

One Piece Editor Accidentally Clicked On Pirated Manga Site, Says Publisher
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To mark the One Piece reaching 1,000 chapters, there was YouTube live-stream earlier this week with the staff at the Weekly Jump offices. The editor of One Piece showed his smartphone screen. On it, viewers could see his browsing history. Oh dear.

Most of it was rather pedestrian — Yahoo! Japan, One Piece sites, etc. — but one entry was for a hentai pirated manga site. The issue isn’t the hentai part (I mean, really, whatever, who cares), but rather that the pirated bit. This wasn’t a site filled with sexy scallywags and swashbucklers. Rather, as mainstream Japanese news site J-Cast points out, it hosts illegally uploaded comics.

What makes this so awkward is that in Japan One Piece’s Luffy appears in an anti-piracy manga campaign along with other famous manga characters telling people to “Stop kaizokuban” or “Stop bootlegs.”

In light of One Piece publisher Shueisha’s anti-piracy stance, J-Cast reached out to the company and asked why the editor’s browser history included this particular illicit entry. The publisher checked with the editor and explained that he “accidentally” clicked on the link while surfing the internet. “He did not search for this site and download any illegal things,” added Shueisha.

Moreover, the publisher severely warned the editor for using his own private device during the live stream and apologised to readers for causing any trouble. 

The live stream has since been removed from YouTube. 


  • If only Shueisha took child sexual abuse by their own employees as seriously as they do piracy, but no no, let’s have Oda do collabs with every convicted pedo he’s friends with in the company (what is there, at least two or three at this point that we know of?). This company is an embarrassment to the entire country of Japan. When they take child safety seriously, maybe then I’ll have a shit to spare for piracy damaging their sales.

  • Entirely fair enough. Anyone on the internet will have a hard time avoiding a ton of unlicensed content, and good luck working out the legal status before you click through. Did it myself googling reviews for an upcoming movie and ended up on more than one scamy torrent sites.

    • “Earlier today”, that should have said. lol Doesn’t sound so prevalent if it could have been any time in the last couple of decades.

  • At uni several lecturers had uTorrent or LimeWire on the taskbar or still running in the icon area while doing their presentations! Such a bad look!

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