Dragon Ball fans rejoice! Crunchyroll brings the newest movie, Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, to theaters around the world this summer. You’ll be able to catch it in subtitled and dubbed formats in:
- North America
- Latin America
- Australia/New Zealand
- the Middle East
- Asia (excluding Japan)
Exact release dates are still in the works!
The Low-Down About Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO
Akira Toriyama, the famed creator of Dragon Ball, led the creation of this new story, the screenplay, and character design. And Tetsuro Kodama directed the film while Toei Animation tackled the animation production.
We don’t have details about the English cast, but the Japanese cast is:
- Masako Nozawa (Gohan, Goku and Goten)
- Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo)
- Yūko Minaguchi (Pan)
- Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta)
- Mayumi Tanaka (Krillin)
- Aya Hisakawa (Bulma)
- Takeshi Kusao (Trunks)
- Miki Itō (Android 18)
- Bin Shimada (Broly)
- Kōichi Yamadera (Beerus)
- Masakazu Morita (Whis)
- Hiroshi Kamiya (Gamma 1)
- Mamoru Miyano (Gamma 2)
- Miyu Irino (Dr. Hedo)
- Volcano Ota (Magenta)
- Ryota Takeuchi (Carmine)
If you’re not familiar with Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, here’s the premise:
- The Red Ribbon Army, the evil organization that was once destroyed by Goku in the past, has been reformed by a group of people who have created new and mightier Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2, and are seeking revenge. Piccolo notices the disturbing activity, and sneaks into the Red Ribbon base, where he discovers an unimaginable ‘ultimate evil weapon’, while Gohan is lured to join the fight with Pan getting kidnapped.
The CG animation style of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO is clean, but it doesn’t have the same soul as Dragon Ball Super: Broly did. The CG design understandably made fans nervous. This is what the director, Tetsuro Kodama, had to say about the decision:
“We also grew up right in the middle of the Shonen Jump ‘Dragon Ball’ generation and since then, the fandom has just gotten bigger and bigger to become this huge phenomenon. But we have a mission to break new ground and help cultivate new fans. So what type and style of animation would help to achieve that goal? That’s where this project got started.“
I’m stoked to see Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO. And this animation beats the lackluster animation in the Dragon Ball Super anime. Dragon Ball Super felt like a return to Dragon Ball’s roots in the humor and silliness so I loved it, but I loved it in spite of the animation. If you haven’t watched it yet, the animation quality does improve, and the fights toward the end are some of the best fights in all of Dragon Ball.
I’ve been a DBZ fan since I was a little human, but I didn’t get into Dragon Ball Super until after I fell in love with the fantastic fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ. At least a quarter of the 43 characters in the game are straight from Dragon Ball Super. So the more I played the game, the more I wanted to know about characters like Hit, Zamasu, Kefla, and Goku Black. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a phenomenal trip down memory lane and it also happens to be an excellent video game.
Stay tuned to Nerd Night News for exact release dates of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO in the coming weeks!
What are you most excited to see in Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO? How do you feel about the premise? Or the animation? Let us know in the comments below!