Funimation made an exciting announcement via their blog today. The company known for its roots in “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z” have acquired the rights to stream and dub the latest installment in the “Dragon Ball” franchise, “Dragon Ball Super.” This is the first new story for the popular fighting franchise from Akira Toriyama in 18 years! The deal includes the right to stream, digital download, and home video distribution for the United States and Canada.
If you’re unfamiliar with Funimation, you should know the company was the first to license the original “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z” anime series. Funimation subsequently licensed the majority of “Dragon Ball Z” movies and most recently promoted several animation (Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of The Gods) and a single live-action (Dragon Ball Z) film for theatrical release. Funimation’s past success can largely be attributed to their early license for the “Dragon Ball” franchise.
FunimationNow, Funimation’s streaming service for dubs and subs of popular and seasonal anime will have “Dragon Ball Super” episodes 1-10 and 47-64. Episodes 11-46 will be available when subtitling is complete. One part of the deal is merchandising, expect everything from figures to school notebooks.