The popular Dragon Ball Z franchise continues in Dragon Ball Super, but keeping up with the ongoing new series has been a challenge for those outside of Japan. While new episodes have aired in Japan for more than a year, English-speaking fans (and many others) have been left in the dark, with no official English subtitled or dubbed version of the show existing.
That's at long last changing. Starting on Oct. 22, fans will be able to stream episodes Dragon Ball Super with official English subtitles on Crunchyroll, Anime Lab and Daisuki.net. Furthermore, Crunchyroll, Daisuki.net and Anime Lab will now be simulcasting new episodes of the show as they air in Japan.
According to a press release from Toei Animation, the streaming services will start by offering all the episodes that make up the current "Future Trunks" story arc, in preperation for the soon-to-be-aired episode 63. Starting on Oct. 30, the complete series will begin to roll out, with 10 episodes released each week until every episode is available.
It's big news for Dragon Ball fans. The wait for fans outside of Japan may have been a long and painful one, but it looks like that wait is finally paying off. It might not be an English dub (I, for one, will never get used to the Japanese voice of Goku), but at long last fans have an easy and legal way to watch the continuation of one of the most popular anime franchises of all time.
You can read the entire press release from Toei below:
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.net and Anime Lab, Dragon Ball Super will finally be available.
Kicking off on Saturday Oct. 22 at 6:00 p.m. 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.
Crunchyroll: USA, Canada, Australia/New Zealand for subscription viewing on demand (SVOD) and advertising video on demand (AVOD). Latin America and South Africa can only be viewed on SVOD.
Daisuki.net: USA, Canada, Australia/New Zealand for SVOD & AVOD
Anime Lab: Australia and New Zealand for SVOD & AVOD
Dragon Ball Super's fourth arc features the return of Future Trunks. Hunted by a mysterious being bent on destruction, Future Trunks is brought into a fight spanning time and space. Episode 63 follows Future Trunks' epic battle against Goku Black, and Goku's acquisition of the powerful "Evil Containment Wave" technique.
To prepare for episode 63's debut, viewers will also be able to stream the entire Future Trunks arc (the arc begins at episode 47). Then, starting on Oct. 30, the complete series will roll out, with 10 episodes released a week at a time.
"Patience always pays off, and we're delighted to finally share Dragon Ball Super with our fans around the world. And believe me when I say there's more to come. Stay tuned for additional exciting news before the end of the year!" said Masayuki Endo, President of Toei Animation Inc.