Crunchyroll and Toei Animation today announced it will release Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the newest film in the worldwide anime blockbuster franchise, which will come to theaters globally in Summer 2022.
This is the first truly globally-distributed theatrical release for Crunchyroll, which is handling North America distribution. Internationally, the film will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film will be coming to theaters across the globe in all continents, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and Asia (excluding Japan, which will debut the film June 11). Super Hero will be released in Japanese with subtitles and dubbed.
“For more than 30 years, the Dragon Ball franchise has delighted fans around the globe who have followed the world’s greatest warriors who defend Earth from forces of evil,” said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll. “We’re thrilled to partner with Toei Animation to bring fans the latest chapter of Dragon Ball Super to the legion of super fans eager to continue the adventure and to grow the anime audiences who are discovering it for the first time.”
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!
Dragon Ball‘s original manga creator Akira Toriyama is deeply involved in bringing Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO to the big screen, crafting the original story, screenplay and character design.
The Toei Animation film is directed by Tetsuro Kodama and the Japanese voice actors for include 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) and Ryota Takeuchi (Carmine).
The English voice cast will be announced soon.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the second film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise. Dragon Ball Super: Broly, released in 2018, has grossed over $120 million at the box office globally and is the #5th highest grossing anime movie at the box office in the U.S.
The Dragon Ball phenomena began in 1984 when Toriyama’s manga premiered in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump — becoming a top-ranked title throughout its 10 and a half years of publication. Since then, the manga’s popularity has continued to grow with an astonishing record of 260 million copies sold worldwide and counting. With ever-increasing popularity, it has expanded beyond manga to include TV animation, movies, games and merchandising.
Read more about Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero in the big 35th Anniversary issue of Animation Magazine (June/July ’22, No. 321), available soon!