Public Dragon Ball Super Screenings Draw Thousands in Latin America
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Saturday marked a major event for Dragon Ball Super fans worldwide as Ultra Instinct Goku squared off against Jiren. The decisive battle is taking center stage in the last few episodes before the show takes a break as a new GeGeGe no Kitarōanime will take its timeslot starting on April 1.
Funimation organized a watch along party on its official YouTube channel, meanwhile excited viewers mashed their refresh button as Crunchyroll went down for the count, seemingly from increased traffic. In Machala, Ecuador, the battle was treated like a major sports event as over 10,000 fans gathered for an outdoor, public livestream hosted by the government.
BREAKING NEWS: over 10,000 #DragonBallSuper fans gather in Machala, Ecuador to see #DragonBallSuper130 (episode 130) public live-stream hosted by local government! Im so proud of mi gente across Latin America for showing @ToeiAnimation @FUNimation @Crunchyroll the power of fandom pic.twitter.com/XgtktAVVeG— 🔥Oppai Senpai🔥 (@MrOppaiSenpai) March 18, 2018
Similar screenings were held in the Ecudorian cities of Santiago and Veracruz, San Miguel in El Salvador, and Juárez, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí in Mexico, and more cities in Latin America.
While the screenings were open to the public and organized by local governments, they may not have been authorized through Toei Animation. The company issued a statement prior to the Saturday premiere.
To the viewers of Dragon Ball.
We have become aware of plans to exhibit episode #130 of our series Dragon Ball Super in stadiums, plazas, and public spaces across Latin America.
Toei Animation has not authorized these public showings and does not support or sponsor any of these events nor do we or any of our titles endorse any institution exhibiting the unauthorized episode.
In an effort to support copyright laws, to protect the work of thousands of persons and many labor sectors, we request that you please enjoy our titles at the official platforms and broadcasters and not support illegal screenings that incite piracy.
Local governments, like San Luis Potosí, Mexico, began advertising the screenings earlier this month.
AYUNTAMIENTO CAPITALINO TRANSMITIRÁ FINAL DE DRAGÓN BALL EN PLAZA DEL CARMEN - El próximo sábado 17 de marzo, el evento dirigido a los fans de las series animadas japonesas y de los cómics... https://t.co/NhMn42toqj pic.twitter.com/meJiojPk65— Ayuntamiento de SLP (@AytoSLP) March 10, 2018
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua mayor Armando Cabada stated that the screenings would go ahead because they were non-profit, but other screenings were cancelled after organizers could not get permission from Toei Animation.
UPDATE: Crunchyroll's Portuguese-language account wrote on Monday that the streaming service and Toei want to work with organizations looking to public screen the companies' content and to contact Crunchyroll via Direct Message (DM) on Twitter.
🔥 A Crunchyroll e a Toei Animation querem ajudar a oficializar a sua transmissão! 🔥— Crunchyroll_PT ⭐ Anime é aqui! (@Crunchyroll_PT) March 19, 2018
Entre em contato conosco via DM para que possamos conversar sobre. Vale para bares, restaurantes, exibições em praça pública e o que mais a criatividade mandar (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و pic.twitter.com/yAAVraHpaA
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