First reported by Anime News Network, on Wednesday, Toei Animation revealed some important news for English-speaking Dragon Ball fans.
An English-subtitled simulcast of Dragon Ball Super will begin streaming on a few different platforms on October 22, starting with episode 63 of the series. It will continue on with one episode a week, and the entire Future Trunks arc thus far will also be immediately available for streaming. Starting on October 30, 10 earlier episodes a week will be added on each platform.
The platforms that will offer the series are:
Crunchyroll – United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Subscription members in Latin American countries can also access the series using this platform.
Daisuki – United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
AnimeLab – Australia and New Zealand.
This is an extremely important development, as this is the first time the series will be available legally for the United States and other territories. Legal streaming has been a topic widely debated for Dragon Ball Super, so it is good to see Toei Animation expanding the legal accessibility of the show for more audiences around the world.
There is still no news on an English dub from FUNimation, and although a different English dub has been announced to air on Toonami Asia, there is no update on the status of this project. Dragon Ball Super is also set to air in Europe, Africa and the Middle East between fall and winter of this year. Toei is finally beginning to bring and expand the series into worldwide territories after more than a year of the series airing only in Japan.
Whether or not the Crunchyroll deal with FUNimation will affect the status of a United States Dragon Ball Super English dub is also yet to be seen. However, in a recent Facebook update FUNimation stated that they’re in discussions with their partners in Japan, and once they get more information, they will let everyone know.
Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. The first episode of Dragon Ball Super takes place exactly 6 months following the defeat of Majin Boo. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.