When it was announced that long-time Dragon Ball distributor for Western audiences, Funimation, would handle the English dub for Dragon Ball Super, many fans did not expect it to go past an online dub series and straight-to-DVD release. However, in what feels like a coming home ceremony, one better than when LeBron decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s been announced that Dragon Ball Super will air on Cartoon Network’s late night television block, Toonami.
Starting on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. Eastern, you can watch the dubbed version of Dragon Ball Super with a new episode premiering each Saturday.
When we return to the story, we find that the Z-fighters have returned to their normal lives following the battle with Majin Buu. Everything seems quite peaceful until the powerful god of destruction and food connoisseur, Lord Beerus, learns of a prophecy that tells of his death by the hands of an even more powerful being. He travels to Earth in search of the Saiyan God and the Z-fighters are forced to do battle with their most powerful foe yet. If you are a big Dragon Ball fan, then you probably just read that little snippet in the voice of Kyle Hebert, the voice of Gohan and the narrator for Dragon Ball Z. If you are a big fan of the series, then you understand how great this next arc will be.
Beerus first made his appearance in the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F movie. For those who did not watch the movie, Beerus makes Freiza look softer than baby thighs. He is a destroyer of worlds and will blow up a planet with little to no remorse. He likes to get what he wants and is an extremely grumpy individual. Even stronger than Beerus is his attendant, Whis, who is actually Beerus’s martial arts instructor. We all know that Goku is one of the most powerful people in the universe even though Gohan had the potential to be much greater than him (don’t @ me). But, he has never faced anybody quite like Beerus in terms of sheer power.
This will definitely be the resurgence of Dragon Ball. Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation, said, “I have no doubt that ‘Dragon Ball Super’ will eclipse the television success of the original Dragon Ball series that first aired here more than 20 years ago when anime was still new to the U.S. Those kids that grew up watching Dragon Ball now have kids of their own.” A good parent or older sibling would have already introduced the next generation to Dragon Ball, but if you have not gotten around to it, now is definitely the best time to do so. It is the perfect opportunity for new fans to jump into the series since it’s the beginning of a fresh arc and Dragon Ball has always been the type of series where you did not need to previously watch it in order to enjoy it. This is a dawn of a new era and a whole new group of kids will now be attempting to go Super Saiyan with their friends.