New from NHK: Toei Animation Was Affected by a Targeted Ransomware Attack


If you recall last month, Toei Animation revealed that it was the target of a hack, which caused the internal systems that were used in the Animation Process to be halted, according to ongoing investigations.

A recent report from NHK has brought in new details regarding the recent hack that provided new information surrounding the returning TV anime episodes and the continued delay of the newest film in the Dragon Ball Franchise, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.

The statement that was given by the officials to NHK mentions that the hack that affected Toei Animation was a ransomware virus that demanded a pay-off. Toei was able to confirm the existence of the virus and shut down its internal systems to investigate the extent of the virus’ reach.


The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (JPCERT) revealed that these types of cyberattacks had become more common against Japanese companies during the pandemic, jumping from 20,000 reports in 2019 to 35,000 in the first 9 months of 2021. In February 2022, Toyota and its supply chain companies were targeted by a similar hack causing production to halt, with March seeing three other high-profile companies attacked.

Toei also told NHK that news of the episodes for One PieceDigimon Ghost GameDragon Quest The Adventure of Dai, and Delicious Party Pretty Cure were returning after production was able to be completed despite being slowed down. Unfortunately, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero would continue to see delays. All anime production is currently slowed down due to internal systems not being fully operational.

One PieceDigimon Ghost Game, and Delicious Party Pretty Cure will return on April 17th, while Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai will air its first new episode in over a month on April 16th. The series’ will resume streaming on Crunchyroll on the same day at their regular times.

Source: Crunchyroll, NHK

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