Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball is a series loved by millions around the world, so English-speaking fans were excited by the announcement in November of 2015 that Toonami Asia would be broadcasting the English language world premiere of Dragon Ball Super in Southeast Asia and India in mid-2016. Even if the first English dub of the show didn't include the original North American voice cast, English-speaking fans around the world would finally be able to enjoy the show in their language.
That, however, never came to pass. First came July and then August, and there is still no word of when the English dub of Dragon Ball Super will air. In July, Toonami Asia told inquiring fans it was seeking an update on the English dub ASAP, and now, it has a new update on the matter: still nothing.
To call the news disappointing is an understatement. Dragon Ball Super first aired in the summer of 2015 in Japan, and is the first new Dragon Ball series on TV since the premiere of Dragon Ball GT in 1996. English-speaking fans make up a significant portion of the Dragon Ball fanbase, but thus far have largely been left out of Dragon Ball Super due to the lack of an English dub or an official legal way to watch an English-subtitled version of the show. That sucks.
However, all hope is not lost. Localization continues in other countries, like France, for example. The show will air there in French later this year. The Dragon Ball Super manga is set to receive an English translation sometime in 2017, so perhaps that's a promising sign that the show will arrive North America soon. Dragon Ball Super characters and content will also appear in the North American release of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, which releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Oct. 25.
None of that is an official English dub of the show, of course, but it does go to highlight that work is being done on adapting Dragon Ball Super in other ways. Here's hoping English-speaking fans won't have to wait much longer for news. After all, it sounds like Dragon Ball Super is starting to get really good.