Crunchyroll and Toei Animation have unveiled details for the theatrical release of the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie. This is the second film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise and will hit theaters across the globe. The epic franchise takes the honor of being the first globally-distributed release for Crunchyroll.

This is impressive on its own, but even more so when you consider they have also relaunched their anime expo, announced a music fest and started vastly expanding their library. There is genuinely no better company to take on this global release. 

More importantly for fans, the story, screenplay and character design were all handled by Dragon Ball‘s original creator Akira Toriyama. Along with the legendary artist’s deep involvement it was revealed the film will be directed by Tetsuro Kodama. So what will the movie be about? 

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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero- Synopsis 

The official synopsis for the movie reads: 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!

Between the synopsis and the trailer, it seems like we will get a fair amount of screen time devoted to Piccolo and Gohan, something Dragon Ball fans haven’t been treated to in a while. Most of the story for the Dragon Ball Super timeline up to this point has focused on the relationships between Goku, Vegeta and Beerus. This is a dynamic that I’m excited to see explored once again. 

The Casting

Speaking of the familiar, the voice-acting cast for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has been announced and we are happy to report our heroes will sound the same for their transition to the silver screen. Sean Schemmel is cast as Goku, Christopher Sabat is voicing both Vegeta and Piccolo, and Eric Vale returns as Trunks.

As for the new characters, Zach Aguilar has been announced as Dr. Hedo, the androids Gamma 1 will be Aleks Le while Gamma 2  will be voiced by Zeno Robinson. We will also hear Charles Martinet as a character named Magenta and Jason Marnocha as Carmine. 

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Our Thoughts

Dragon Ball is a truly epic franchise that is deserving of a global release. I was very drawn to the animation in the trailer, it looks like no corners were cut when it comes to the art. The voice cast is also a huge bonus, with expected voices, as well as some new talent joining the Dragon Ball franchise. Son Goku’s story has never been afraid of high-stakes plots but I’ll admit that I’m nervous to see what kind of odds the team will be up against this time to justify a movie release. The androids from the series were famously difficult to defeat, but our heroes have grown by leaps and bounds. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is expected to hit the United States and Canada with a release on August 19, 2022. 

What did you think of the trailer? Will you be buying tickets to see Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero in theaters? Tell us your thoughts in the comments. 


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