Online anime licensor and platform Crunchyroll has announced that they will be handling the international distribution of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the upcoming film based on Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. The film itself will release in theatres across the US this Summer with English subs and English dub options.
An English subtitled version of the film’s latest version was also revealed:
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is set to release in theatres across Japan on June 11.
Here is the film’s synopsis:
The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes”. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan… What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero!
The character designs for the upcoming film’s main cast have been revealed:
- Hiroshi Kamiya (Koyomi Araragi in Bakemonogatari) as Gamma 1
- Mamoru Miyano (Rintarou Okabe from Steins;Gate) as 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.
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, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which 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 June 11, 2022. The film will also be released in North America this Summer.