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Dragon Ball Super News

Dragon Ball Super Exclusive English Dub to Premiere on Toonami Asia

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:

Dragon ball super Toonami Asia

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.


Q & A #3

What is Dragon Ball Super?

Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. The manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Superwas revealed to be illustrated by Toyotarō and premiered first before the first episode. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. No information has been given regarding an international release. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.

When is the next episode of Dragon Ball Super?

Dragon Ball Super airs Sunday mornings in Japan at 9am, which is 8pm EST on Saturdays.

When does Dragon Ball Super Take Place?

In issue #31 of Weekly Shōnen Jumpplot details are revealed for Dragon Ball Super episode 1. In this is was revealed that Dragon Ball Super takes place 6 months after the defeat of Majin Buu. With that said, not only does Dragon Ball Super take place before the events of Battle of Gods, which takes place 4 years after Buu’s defeat, but also before the Jump Super Anime Tour Special, which takes place just 2 years after the defeat of Buu.

In short, Dragon Ball Super, up to this point, takes place within the 10 year time skip from the defeat of Majin Buu, and the last episode(s)/chapter(s) of Dragon Ball Z.

How many episodes will there be?

It is unknown how many total episodes Dragon Ball Super will end up being. We do, however, have a completeDragon Ball Super episode guide that we update weekly with an in-depth summary of each new episode.

Where is Uub?

Uub made his first appearance in manga chapter 518 in Dragon Ball Z at the 28th Tenkaichi Budōkai. This event occurred following the 10 year time skip after Majin Buu’s defeat. Hence the chapter’s title, “And After Ten Years”. With that said, Dragon Ball Super takes place before Uub is introduced.

When will FUNimation be dubbing Dragon Ball Super?

The short answer? We do not know. There is a process that needs to take place before an English dub can be made possible. For one, FUNimation needs to acquire the rights to the new series. We do know thaFUNimation is working on acquiring the license, however, up to this point nothing has been confirmed. One can assume that it will most likely happen eventually, and if/when it does, we can expect to have the current voice cast on board.

Will there be a DVD/Blu-ray release of the series?

The first box set is due out on December 2, 2015, and will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray. It will contain the first 12 episodes of the series. The second box set is scheduled to release on March 2, 2016, and will consist of episodes 13-24. Pre-orders are available for both box sets on DVD and Blu-ray via CDJapan. These box sets will contain Japanese audio, WITHOUT English subititles, as the series has yet to be dubbed.

Is Dragon Ball Super Canon?

Akira Toriyama is heavily involved in writing the story of Dragon Ball Super. He does not write the script or draw the manga, but he writes the overall scenario and develops the basic story he wants to advance in his own way. The anime is more directly connected to his work, while the manga is more of a method of advertising the series. The manga is written by Toyotarō, who previously worked on a fan manga “Dragon Ball AF” under the name Toyble. Toyotarō was chosen by JUMP for his incredible ability to more or less emulate Toriyama’s drawing style perfectly. This has created confusion among fans, who might think Toriyama himself draws the manga. This is not true. And the manga is considered not canon because of its already evident differences from the anime, which Toriyama is directly involved in. Toyotarō has the power to manipulate and adapt Toriyama’s basic story just as the anime staff can do, so this creates discrepancies between the two mediums. In the end, the DBS manga cannot be considered in the same light as the original DB manga was. It is used solely to advertise the anime, and not meant to be considered a part of the official canon of Dragon Ball Super and the series at large due to the nature of the product and its differences with the anime, which Toriyama is actually directly involved in.

In short, the Dragon Ball Super  anime is considered canon, while the manga, which is not exactly the same as or written by Toriyama, is not

Q & A #2

What’s with the animation?

Animated films and television shows are handled by many people. Toei Animation has a certain amount of staff that constantly work on shows like One Piece, Precure, and now Dragon Ball Super. But sometimes, lots of staff members are prioritized for one work and other works have a harder time finding staff. In this case, a One Piece special was taking up the time of many professional, experienced animators at Toei at the time episode 5 in particular was being worked on. Due to the lack of staff, Toei had to rely on inexperienced and relatively new animators at their studio, and they had to outsource much of the animation to their branch in the Philippines (Toei Phils.), where the animators were stated to not know anything about Dragon Ball or how to animate it. This caused episode 5 and many after to suffer very poor animation quality that was easily noticeable and distracting. Although, animation standards for Dragon Ball were never particularly high. The entire show has suffered instances of poor art and animation (an example being DBZ Episode 156: “On Your Knees, Cell! I am Super Vegeta”), but it was a lot less noticeable in the analogue age of animation than now in the digital age. Because of this easier noticed issue, many fans are confused and upset, so we wanted to explain to the best of our ability the circumstances regarding the problem. Will it be fixed? Probably not. Usually, animation companies go back and fix some animation errors and mistakes for the home release (DVD/BD), improving the overall quality of the show. The first box set for Dragon Ball Super has yet to be released, so it is uncertain if Toei will go back and change some things. However, episode 5 seems too broken for them to fix without completely re-animating it, so it is unlikely they will do anything with it at this point.

Why is Battle of Gods being retold?

Before Dragon Ball Super first aired, we were told during a, “”Dragon Ball SuperComplete Showcase Event” that “”Dragon Ball Super” is a complete continuation of the Majin Buu story arc” and “It’s got a bit of post-battle aftermath” and “continues with the “Battle of Gods” arc where the God of Destruction Beerus appears and the “Revival of ‘F’” arc where Freeza comes back to life, and then, [Toriyama has] written a strange new story where they finally depart from this universe.”

The specific reason for the retelling? We do not know. It can be many reasons. Whether it be low DVD sales in Japan, or simply Toriyama’s vision of how he would have done Battle of Gods differently, we just do not know for certain exactly why.

Who is “Fat Beerus” and “Female Whis”?

“Fat Beerus”, later revealed as “Champa” (pun on champagne) was first shown alongside a “Female Whis” on the official Dragon Ball Super website back in June. It was recently revealed in chapter 5 of the Toyotarō Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation that Champa is Beerus’s twin brother, and is also a God of Destruction for universe 6. In addition, we also learn the name for the female Whis lookalike. Her name is “Vados”, and much like Whis is to Beerus, she too is the attendant to Champa. .

Q & A #1

Is “Super Saiyan Blue” the new name for “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan?

The name “Super Saiyan Blue” is suggested in the Toyotarō manga adaptation. What does this mean? This means that we do not know for certain yet if Toriyama plans to adapt this name in the Dragon Ball Super anime. Also, this manga adaptation is written by Tototarō, and NOT Toriyama. Super Saiyan Blue was suggested as an easier spoken alternative to SSGSS (which was never actually stated in Resurrection ‘F’, just guidebooks, etc.)

When will the next manga chapter be released?

Toyotarō’s manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Super can be found in V-Jump, which is released on the 21st of each month in Japan.

Where is Pan?

Pan is scheduled to make her first appearance in episode 017 of Dragon Ball Super. Pan, like Uub, is first seen in the final episodes/chapters of Dragon Ball Z, which is following the 10 year time skip after Majin Buu’s defeat.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

If you haven’t already, it is extremely important that you read Toriyama’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman“. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, as stated by Toriyama, serves as prequel to Dragon Ball. Both print and digital editions can be purchased on Amazon.

Breathing in Space?

Even when leaving the Earth and entering space, the effects of the earth’s gravity and atmosphere are do not leave immediately. The earth’s forces begin to take effect before leaving space and returning to earth, and this includes the presence of oxygen that allows people to breathe. It can be debated that during Goku’s battle with Beerus, and much earlier, Bardock’s confrontation against Freeza, take place in the portion of space that is still affected by the earth’s forces in the last stretches of the planet’s atmosphere. So it is perfectly logical for Freeza to argue that Saiyans can’t breathe in the vaccum of space, because during those scenes, they are not IN the vaccum, they are still in Earth’s atmosphere (remember when Freeza blew up Namek he did so knowing that Saiyans can not breath in space, so even if Goku survived the explosion he would die from the lack of oxygen). This argument is also supported by the fact that as Goku began to fall after Beerus seemingly defeated him (before getting up for the last time before the match ended for good) in Dragon Ball Super, he began to descend at a rapid pace, enveloped with flames as he gained speed. This is Earth’s gravity affecting his body, pulling him in with intense and extremely powerful force towards Earth. This is how it can be proved the two beings were fighting in the atmosphere, regardless of being in space