Funimation Licenses Dragon Ball Super, Plans English Dub
posted on by Karen Ressler
Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Toei Animation to license Dragon Ball Super in the United States and Canada. The license covers streaming, digital download, home video distribution, broadcast opportunities, and merchandising. Production will begin on an English dub, and Funimation will announce broadcast and casting details at a later date.
The FunimationNow streaming service has added episodes 1-10 and 47-64 with English subtitles, and will simulcast the series beginning with episode 65 on Friday, November 5 at 9:30 p.m. EDT. Episodes 11-46 will be available when subtitling has been completed.
Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab began simulcasting the series in various regions on October 22 by posting the Future Trunks arc (episodes 47-63), and have been adding back episodes at the rate of 10 episodes per week. The episodes streaming on FunimationNow are the same that are currently available on Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab.
Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015 on Fuji TV and other channels. Toonami Asia had announced last November that it would show the "English-language world premiere" of Dragon Ball Super in Southeast Asia and India in mid-2016, but Toonami Asia's official Twitter account reported that it has no new information as of August. Toei Animation announcedlast month that the anime will begin airing in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa between fall and winter.