The Dragon Ball Super release date is about to hit three major anime streaming services with English subtitles. Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and Anime Lab will all get the follow-up to one of the most popular anime series of all time.
How popular is Dragon Ball? It’s been around since 1984, and its main protagonist Goku, or Kakarot as his fellow Saiyan Vegeta likes to call him, is one of the most iconic characters in anime history. Much like Superman, he’d changed his name when he came to Earth as a baby, hence Vegeta’s insistence toward calling him Kakarot.
Throughout the travels of Son Goku, he meets new friends and converts others through combat, which often destroys entire planets. The first of these friends was Bulma, who by the introduction of Dragon Ball Z had become the average non-combative housewife stereotype. Goku has destroyed and befriended several alien warriors such as Vegeta, Cell, and the nearly indestructible androids-
By the end of Dragon Ball Z, there had been an almost Galactus-like entity whose entire mission was to conquer the universe. His name was Majin Boo, derived from a Japanese derivation of “genie” due to his role as a Djinn-like villain, almost the polar opposite of the titular dragon who grants wishes.
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The storyline has become the focus of TeamFourStar, a YouTube collaboration of voice actors who edit episodes and make them hilarious with their own voice-overs.
Dragon Ball Super takes place after the defeat of Majin Boo, as Goku has settled down and become a radish farmer to support his family. As anyone who knows the show will tell you, peace doesn’t last long for a Saiyan. Beerus, the God of destruction, appears to threaten everyone once more, demanding a fight with the Super Saiyan God.
The series will also explore more of the universe and play host to the re-emergence of Future Trunks, who showed up on Dragon Ball Z to attempt to stop a massive threat and gain the assistance of Goku and Vegeta. There will be an appearance by what may be an alter ego to the main protagonist, Goku Black.
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Goku Black was possibly teased in the live-action movie Dragon Ball Evolution, which had one of the dumbest stories since Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
The following is an excerpt of the official press release revealed by Kotaku.
“Toei Animation Inc. will debut an English subtitle simulcast of Dragon Ball Super on multiple digital platforms. For the first time, fans in North and Latin America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will be able to view Dragon Ball Super simulcast. Since its debut in Japan in July 2015, the hit follow-up to one of the greatest anime series of all time has been eagerly awaited by followers around the world. Through non-exclusive streaming partnerships with Crunchyroll, Daisuki and Anime Lab, Dragon Ball Super will finally be available.
“Kicking off on Saturday October 22 at 6:00pm PST, viewers of Crunchyroll, Daisuki and Anime Lab can log in for a non-exclusive English-subtitled simulcast of episode 63, ‘Don’t Define Saiyan Cells! The Curtain Rises on Vegeta’s Intense Battle!!’ which leads into the thrilling conclusion of the ‘Future Trunks Arc.’ Audiences will get to join Japan live during the broadcast, and then tune in weekly for future new episodes.”
On October 30, 10 episodes a week will start being released, and those unable to catch the live streaming of Dragon Ball Super will be able to see the series on demand.
[Feature Image by Toei Animation]