Crunchyroll and Toei Animation have officially confirmed a number of global theatrical release dates – including those for North America – for the newest film in Akira Toriyama’s blockbuster franchise, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.
As announced on June 14th, the Z Fighters’ latest outing will begin hitting international screens on August 18th, starting with Australia, New Zealand, and various South American countries (Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Central America, Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay).
This initial round of premieres will be followed by the film’s release in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Zambia, Vietnam the next day.
One week later, the film will start the rest of its trek across South East Asia, opening in India and Indonesia on August 26th, Malaysia and Brunei on August 30th, and the Philippines on August 31st.
At the turn of the month, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero lands in Singapore on September 1st, Taiwan on September 8th, South Korea on September 15th, and finally Thailand, Hong Kong, and Macao on September 29th.
In addition to these dates, Toei has promised that “additional global release dates for Dragon Ball Super Super Hero’s theatrical release will be announced soon.”
Further, in regards to its Western release, Dragon Ball Super Super Hero will offer both dub and sub screenings, as well as IMAX screenings in select U.S. based theaters.
Alongside this news, Crunchyroll also unveiled the film’s English language voice cast, which in addition to the return of the series’ core cast – including Kyle Hebert as Gohan, Sean Schemmel as Goku, Chris Sabat as Piccolo, Robert McCollum as Goten, Monica Rial as Bulma, Sonny Strait as Krillin, Eric Vale as Trunks, Kara Edwards as Videl, and Jeannie Tirado as Pan – the film will also feature a number of newcomers.
These fresh faces will include Zach Aguilar (Tanjiro Kamada, Demon Slayer) as Dr. Hedo:
Aleks Le (Zenitsu Agatsuma, Demon Slayer) as Gamma 1:
Zeno Robinson (Hawks, My Hero Academia) as Gamma 2:
Charles Martinet (Mario, Super Mario series) as Magenta:
And Jason Marnocha (Coach Nanbu, Megalo Box series) as Carmine:
As per a synopsis provided by Crunchyroll, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero centers on very same Red Ribbon Army that was “once destroyed by [the child-aged] Son Goku”.
Now, years after their defeat, “Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2.”
“These two Androids call themselves ‘Super Heroes’,” the synopsis continues. “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!”
Directed by Tetsuro Kodama and featuring an original story, screen play, and character design by Toriyama himself, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero marks the twenty-first overall film in the franchise and the second in the ‘Super’ series.
Premiering in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 1984, Dragon Ball quickly grew into a top-ranked title throughout its initial 10-and-a-half-year publication run. Since then, the manga’s popularity has only continued to grow, with the series having sold over 260 million copies and (counting) of its various volumes worldwide.
For fans in North America, the U.K., and Ireland, tickets for Gohan’s generational showdown with the Red Ribbon army go on sale beginning July 22nd.
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