Fan-Favorite Anime Franchise Dragon Ball Brings New Series Dragon Ball Super to Crunchyroll
San Francisco, CA, October 21, 2016 – Crunchyroll, Inc., the leading global destination and platform for Japanese and anime content, today announced that the long-awaited Dragon Ball Super series will be available to stream for the first time in the United States on its platform beginning October 22.
This month, anime fans will be able to stream current episodes of Dragon Ball Super on the Crunchyroll platform in simulcast as they air in Japan, starting with Episode 63. In the coming weeks, Crunchyroll will also be subsequently rolling out access to more than sixty episodes of the series that have previously aired.
Arguably the biggest and most influential anime franchise of the last several decades, Dragon Ball's latest series continues the story from the wildly popular manga of the same name, and has been highly anticipated by U.S. fans as soon as the series was announced and started airing in Japan last year.
“We're thrilled that this licensing partnership with Toei Animation means that Crunchyroll will provide American fans access to Dragon Ball Super,” said Crunchyroll Co-Founder and General Manager Kun Gao. “Crunchyroll has always strived to be a beacon for anime fans to watch the shows they love through safe and legal means, and now that Dragon Ball Super will become available on our platform, fans no longer have to resort to drastic means to find out how the story continues after decades of waiting for a reboot.”
“Crunchyroll has long been a valued partner and we're excited to present Dragon Ball Super to its vibrant community,” said Masayuki Endo, President of Toei Animation Inc. “The amount of work and imagination that went into creating Dragon Ball Super is unprecedented and we appreciate the awesome contributions of Mr. Toriyama and our team at Toei.”
Crunchyroll is the official destination for the largest and latest lineup of Anime as well as popular drama and Manga. Crunchyroll brings hit shows like Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan, and One Piece to millions of viewers around the world and allows them to purchase related merchandise through its online store. Through its app on game consoles, set-top boxes, mobile devices and more, Crunchyroll delivers content from leading Asian media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages. The service is available for free or through a premium offering that allows users to watch ad-free with access to simulcasts—top series available immediately after Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll's majority investor is Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group. Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA).