News website Toonami Faithful reported that Toonami (Asia) has picked up Dragon Ball Super for its first international release, to begin in the middle of 2016. This marks the first time the new television series will be aired outside of Japan, and the first foreign dub as well. Interestingly, the press release from Hong Kong states that the language of this new dub will be English. Check it out below:
HONG KONG (NOVEMBER 10, 2015) – Toonami, Turner’s kids brand dedicated to delivering the best superhero and action-adventure animation in South and Southeast Asia, has snapped up the latest installment of the Dragon Ball franchise from Toei Animation.
Dragon Ball Super (52×30′) is the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be produced in nearly 20 years, and will make its pan-regional launch on Toonami in mid-2016. It will be an exclusive first-run premiere on Toonami in Southeast Asia and India, which will also be its English-language world premiere.
“This announcement is huge for fanboys and girls in Asia. Dragon Ball is undoubtedly the original and world’s biggest anime export, and is a cornerstone of our programming on Toonami,” said Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific. “Since the channel launched in 2012, Toonami has been airing episodes of Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Z Kai, and to premiere Dragon Ball Super demonstrates the channel’s continued commitment to securing must-have and must-see content, first on Toonami.”
Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super follows the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.
Introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1984, Dragon Ball has evolved into a globally beloved brand. Seen around the world, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold, Dragon Ball is one of the most popular anime franchises of all time.
Toonami (Asia) is available in countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Pakistan, Maldives, and India. As such, this still indicates that the series will not be released in the United States; it is solely being marketed for the Asian Pacific Market, and as a result, FUNimation is likely to have no connection to this, and as a result THIS dub will probably not be done by them. This does not mean that FUNimation won’t be dubbing Dragon Ball Super in the future, but in this case the Asian Pacific Market will most likely be getting a different English dub (yes there are multiple English dubs).
However, it is still unclear who exactly will do the dubbing. It is unlikely that it will be the work of FUNimationbecause Toonami’s branch in Asia does not usually export foreign English dubs, but they make their own instead. Some examples of other English dubs released in this region are the Filipino English dub and the Malaysian English dub.