The official website of the upcoming film based on Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, has revealed that the film will release in theatres across Japan on April 22nd. In addition, an updated visual has been released that includes Android 18, Bulma, Krillen, and Goten and Trunks doing the fusion dance.
Advanced tickets for the film will go on sale in Japan from March 4th. The tickets will come bundled with one of two clear files (the image below depicts front and back) and will go on sale for ¥1,500 (~ US$ 13.00) including tax.
The website has also announced that the film will be out in North America in Summer 2022.
The character designs for the upcoming film’s main cast have been revealed:
- Gamma 1 and Gamma 2
According to a press release by Toei Animation, the movie will be the second film in the Dragon Ball Super series. The film is expected to take place after the events of the first Dragon Ball Super movie, 2018’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Akira Toriyama gave a short message with the film’s announcement, revealing that production began just before the first film’s release. Toriyama will return to produce the draft of the film’s story and principal character designs. The film will be the 21st overall film in the franchise.
Here is the film’s latest trailer:
The Dragon Ball Super anime ran for a total of 131 episodes, from mid-2015 until March 2018. The series was followed up by a sequel film. The Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie was released in theatres across Japan in 2018 with a worldwide release in early 2019. The film went on to gross over US $124.5 Million worldwide.
Dragon Ball is an acclaimed manga created by Akira Toriyama that was first published in 1984. The first anime adaptation of the manga, Dragon Ball, first aired in 1986 and was produced by Toei Animation. The series ended in 1989, in which the second half of the manga was then adapted with a new name: Dragon Ball Z. The anime and manga series was insanely popular in Japan, with the manga itself selling over 156 million copies to date, being the second-highest selling manga of all time. The anime was soon picked up by Funimation Entertainment in 1995 to distribute in North America, where they made their own dub for the anime. Since then, a slew of merchandise, films, manga, games, and card games, began releasing worldwide to capitalise on the franchise’s popularity till this day, over 30 years since the manga was first published.
Here is the synopsis of the original series from MAL:
Bulma is a girl in search of the mystical Dragonballs that when brought together grant any wish. In her search she bumps into the owner of one of these balls, a strange boy named Goku. The two then set off together, Bulma in search of the Dragonballs and Goku on a quest to become stronger.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will release in theatres across Japan on April 22, 2022. The film will also be released in North America this Summer.