Crunchyroll Announces September 2022 Home Video Releases

Crunchyroll has announced their releases for September 2022.

  • RE-MAIN – The Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 9/6/22
    Special Features: Web Previews, Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • Back Arrow – Part 2 (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 9/13/22
    Special Features: Web Previews, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Dragon Ball Super – Series Complete Edition (Blu-ray) – Limited Edition – 3275 minutes – $199.98 – 9/20/22
    Special Features: An Interview with Sean Schemmel; Coffee Break with Mai and Trunks; Dragon Ball Super at Anime Expo 2018 Interviews with Sonny Strait, Matthew Mercer, and Kyle Hebert; Rawly Pickens & Chuck Huber Answer Twitter, Dragon Ball Super: Two Humans and an Android; Twitter Q&A
  • Shadows House – The Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 9/20/22
    Special Features: Theater Bonus Extras, Ink Paintings, Web Previews, Character Promo Videos, Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train Arc (Blu-ray) – 175 minutes – $29.98 – 9/27/22
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom – Part 1 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 9/27/22
    Special Features: Voice Actor Q&A, Special Live Stream Video: New, Bluray Exclusive, Special Program, Promo Videos, Commercials, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom – Part 1 (Blu-ray/DVD) – Limited Edition – 325 minutes – $84.98 – 9/27/22
    Extras: a functional quill pen, 11″x17″ Landia Kingdom map, four art cards, and a 32-page art book
    Special Features: Voice Actor Q&A, Special Live Stream Video: New, Bluray Exclusive, Special Program, Promo Videos, Commercials, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut – The Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 9/27/22
    Special Features: Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut Reflecting on Everything Up To Episode 6, Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless opening Song, Textless Closing Songs

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll Announces Worldwide Screening Dates and the English Voice Cast for the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Anime Film

Crunchyroll and Toei Animation have announced that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, will begin screening outside Japan on August 18, 2022, with the film opening in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland on August 19, 2022. The opening dates for various countries are:

  • August 18, 2022 – Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Central America, Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay
  • August 19, 2022 – the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Zambia, Vietnam
  • August 26, 2022 – India, Indonesia
  • August 30, 2022 – Malaysia, Brunei
  • August 31, 2022 – the Philippines
  • September 1, 2022 – Singapore
  • September 8, 2022 – Taiwan
  • September 15, 2022 – South Korea
  • September 29, 2022 – Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao

The English dub cast includes:

  • Kyle Hebert is Son Gohan
  • Sean Schemmel is Son Goku
  • Robert McCollum is Son Goten
  • Christopher R. Sabat is Piccolo, Vegeta
  • Monica Rial is Bulma
  • Sonny Strait is Krillin
  • Eric Vale is Trunks
  • Kara Edwards is Videl
  • Jeannie Tirado is Pan
  • Zach Aguilar is Dr. Hedo
  • Aleks Le is Gamma 1
  • Zeno Robinson is Gamma 2
  • Charles Martinet is Magenta
  • Jason Marnocha is Carmine

The summer screenings will include both the original Japanese audio with subtitles and with an English dub. The companies will distribute the film in “all continents.”

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is described as:

The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes.” They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan. What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Dragon Ball Super Volume Four

Dragon Ball Super Volume Four continues the Future Trunks arc.

Dragon Ball Super Volume Four
Written by: Akira Toriyama
Art by: Toyotarou
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 1, 2019

With all of the changes that were made to the story in the manga in Volume Three, it wasn’t surprising that the changes continue in Volume Four. In this version, Bulma never goes to the future in the time machine. Goku still learns the Mafuba from Master Roshi, but unlike the anime version, he brings something along he thinks is the seal for the pot… but actually isn’t. Also, it’s Goku who attempts to perform the Mafuba in the future instead of Trunks, who was forced to figure out how to do it in the anime and try to seal away Zamas. It should also be pointed out that Yajirobe and the various people Trunks and Mai were with in the anime are nowhere to be seen in the manga telling of the story.

To be honest, it didn’t make a lot of sense for Bulma to accompany the others to the future. I also appreciated the fact that it was Goku who performed the Mafuba. When the pot broke in the anime and Trunks was forced to fix it and to figure out the Mafuba on his own, I thought it kind of bogged down the story. By removing those aspects, it helped the story to feel like it was naturally progressing in the manga.

I forgot to mention that at the beginning of Volume Three, Future Trunks is shown in a flashback during his timeline that he trained with Kaio-shin and Kibito… which is something that wasn’t part of the anime’s version of the Future Trunks arc. This fact becomes important near the end of Volume Four because it allows him to do something that no one else in that timeline can do.

Overall, after reading Dragon Ball Super Volume Four, I felt that this was an interesting way to tell a similar story to what is seen in the anime, and it gives readers who are familiar with the anime another way to see this story and these characters. From an interview that’s published at the back of the volume, it comes across that the changes to the story were Toyotarou’s ideas. I have to give credit to Toyotarou for taking these chances with the story, and I think that most of the changes helped to make the story a little stronger. Hopefully this will still be the case in Volume Five, since the Future Trunks arc doesn’t conclude at the end of Volume Four.

Outside of the story changes, Volume Four includes the action and humor that fans of Dragon Ball Super have come to expect from this series. The fight scenes are well paced, and they feel natural.

When it comes to the art, I also have to give Toyotarou credit for capturing the look and feel of the characters from the Dragon Ball franchise. I realized I hadn’t really mentioned this in the reviews for the previous three volumes of the series, so I wanted to make sure I said that here.

Readers who have read and enjoyed the previous three volumes of the Dragon Ball Super manga likely won’t have any real complaints when it comes to Volume Four.

Manga Review: Dragon Ball Super Volume Three

Dragon Ball Super Volume Three focuses exclusively on the Future Trunks arc.

Dragon Ball Super Volume Three
Written by: Akira Toriyama
Art by: Toyotarou
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 3, 2018

In a note at the end of Volume Two, Toyotarou made a comment that there would be some changes to the Future Trunks story arc in this volume. It becomes clear early on in Volume Three that the telling of this story in the manga shares a lot of the same basic plot points and revelations as the anime, but the way these plot points and revelations are made differ quite a bit between the two tellings of the same story.

One of the biggest changes is that Kaio-shin and Kibito are heavily involved in what happens in the 10th Universe in the normal timeline. We see the two of them training with Zamas, and they are the ones who go with Beers and Whis after Kaio-shin learns the truth about Zamas and Goku Black. In the anime, Goku was involved in the story with the 10th Universe. Because of this change, Goku doesn’t fight with Zamas, and Zamas learns about Goku and his fighting style through videos uploaded to GodTube (which is apparently the gods’ version of YouTube).

A scene that appears in the manga telling but not in the anime is some of the characters playing a video game that’s supposed to the Dragon Ball universe’s version of Mario Kart (which becomes evident when one of the characters throws a turtle shell). Admittedly, while this was an amusing and fun scene, it wasn’t absolutely necessary for telling the story. Later, Beers is upset about losing the game, so he orders (and chugs down) a whole barrel of beer. Again, something that wasn’t seen in the anime. Although, I have to say that it’s amusing seeing Beers guzzling down a whole barrel of beer, and it works as a lead-in to Whis getting the call that Goku is being summoned by Zeno.

Speaking of when Goku goes to see Zeno, I don’t remember Zeno asking Goku to give him a nickname in the anime. Here, Goku suggests Zen-chan, and Zeno gladly accepts this suggestion. When Beers learns about the nickname Goku gave to Zeno, he still freaks out. However, with this freak out, he already knows that Goku has given him this nickname. In the anime, Beers doesn’t know anything about the nickname until Goku uses it to address Zeno. While the freak outs of Goku using the “Zen-chan” nickname are amusing in the anime, I think it makes more sense that this is something that was agreed upon by Zeno before Goku uses it in public for the first time.

In a lot of ways, I have to admit that I actually kind of prefer how this portion of the Future Trunks arc is portrayed in the manga. Goku accompanying Beers and Whis on the trips to the 10th Universe in the anime kind of feels forced, and to me, it makes more sense for Kaio-shin and Kibito to be the ones going there. Yes, we lose the angle of Zamas fighting Goku and experiencing his power first-hand, but I think he can also get a decent sense of Goku’s ability through the GodTube videos. While GodTube is mentioned in the anime, it isn’t quite as important as it is in the manga. It’s going to be interesting to see how the changes made to the story in Volume Three will continue to affect the story in Volume Four, since the Future Trunks arc will be continuing in it.

When it comes to the Future Trunks arc, already having familiarity with the story from the anime has been both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, I already have a pretty good idea of what to expect in the story. But on the other hand, the changes that have been made in the manga telling are really standing out like a shore thumb. As I said earlier, though, I think that overall, the changes to the story make the manga telling a little stronger. Hopefully, this will continue to be the case as the Future Trunk arc continues in the Dragon Ball Super manga.

Readers who enjoyed Dragon Ball Super Volume Two will likely continue to enjoy the story as it continues. First time readers for this volume who are already familiar with the Future Trunks arc from the anime will need to realize that there are some significant changes between the two tellings and to not expect the story to be as similar to the anime as the previous arc of the manga had been.

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Manga Review: Dragon Ball Super Volume Two

Dragon Ball Super Volume Two continues the battle between the 6th and the 7th Universes.

Dragon Ball Super Volume Two
Written by: Akira Toriyama
Art by: Toyotarou
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 5, 2017

Volume Two opens by continuing the fight between Goku and Frost. Just as Goku seems to have the upper hand, Frost suddenly cases Goku to go flying out of the ring. Of course, this surprises everyone. Piccolo goes up against Frost next, and Piccolo ends up meeting the same fate. Jaco, though, picks up on the truth and objects to the result, saying that Frost is cheating. When the referee determines that Jaco is right, Frost is disqualified. However, Vegeta wants to fight him, and insists that Frost be reinstated and that Piccolo withdraws. Piccolo has no choice but to agree.

My guess is that since Frost looks so much like Freeza, that Vegeta wants the chance to fight and defeat him. While this may not be Freeza, I think Frost is a close enough replacement in Vegeta’s mind. I did appreciate how quickly Vegeta ended up defeating Frost.

When it comes to Frost, I liked how he was initially depicted as being a hero and the complete opposite of Freeza. Because of this depiction, characters like Goku were more willing to put down their guard around him. In the anime version of this story, which I saw before reading this volume, I picked up that something was a little off about Frost and that I didn’t totally trust him. Unfortunately, this was a case where seeing the anime first ruined the surprise for me when I encountered it in the manga.

Vegeta’s next opponent is Otta Magetta, a robot man from the 6th Universe. This fight actually ends rather quickly in the manga, with Vegeta coming out on top due to what he says rather than from the actual fight. This particular battle was definitely portrayed as taking longer in the anime version. While the anime version wasn’t stretched out for terribly long, I actually appreciated how quickly this fight went by in the manga.

Next, Vegeta is up against Cabbe, a Saiyan from the 6th Universe. Of the fights Vegeta has in Dragon Ball Super Volume Two, this was by far my favorite. Vegeta finds a way to turn the fight into a lesson for the young Saiyan from another universe without making it appear so at first. When the reader realizes what Vegeta is up to, it makes a whole lot of sense. The characters in the story also give some amusing commentary on the proceedings. But even with the lesson, Vegeta still wins the match against Cabbe.

Vegeta’s next opponent is the assassin, Hit. Unfortunately, even in his Super Saiyan Blue form, Hit is easily able to defeat his opponent. And thanks to a successful argument a little earlier, Goku is allowed to compete again because Beers proved that Frost had cheated when he knocked Goku out of the ring.

The fight between Goku and Hit becomes quite intense, and it turns out Goku is giving Hit more of a challenge than he had anticipated. But in the end, Goku jumps out of the ring to give himself a ring out, because he wants to see how strong Monaka is. Unknown to both Goku and Vegeta, Monaka is really a wimp who Beerus claimed was really strong in order to motivate the two Saiyans to train. Well, let’s just say that when Monaka enters the ring, we’re given a very amusing conclusion to the battle between the two universes.

But as the battle ends, a new character makes an appearance: Zeno, the lord of everything. Zeno may look small and cute, but he has the ability to destroy anything he wants if he’s provoked. Goku, not realizing just how powerful Zeno is, starts casually interacting with him, much to the chagrin of the deities present. But Zeno takes this well, and says he’s interested in having a martial arts tournament with all of the universes participating.

The final two chapters of Volume Two begin the next arc, which sees Future Trunks returning 17 years into the past to the timeline where Goku, Vegeta, and the others survived. It turns out there’s a new threat facing his timeline.

When we see the main cast in the past, they’re gathered at Capsule Corp. Trunks, along with the young Mai, Shu, and Pilaf, is being taught by a new teacher hired by Capsule Corp. to teach the kids. In this telling of the story, the teacher is depicted as being not as smart as she is in the anime. Because of something she does, she ends up teaching the kids about time travel and its consequences because she looked at the wrong book. This time travel explanation doesn’t appear at all in the anime telling of the story. Then again, that’s probably a good thing, because it would have bogged down the story in the anime medium.

But it’s after this lesson that Future Trunks arrives in the time machine. Unfortunately, Beers and Whis are both there, and they learn about the time traveling Trunks had done previously… and they are unhappy to learn about it, since manipulating time is a serious crime.

After Future Trunks tells them what happened and that he doesn’t have fuel to go back to his time, Bulma realizes that she’s currently developing what becomes the fuel for the machine. She begins working on getting more made so Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta can go to the future timeline to take on the new threat there.

For me, it’s interesting to now be reading this section of the manga after watching the Dragon Ball Super anime first. I definitely picked up on how this telling has shortened down the fights for the tournament that took up most of this volume. I also noticed storytelling differences between the manga and the anime for the portion of the Future Trunks arc that’s included here. While the example of the teacher that I provided earlier in this review is the most blatant change, I did pick up on another change between the two tellings. But even with the changes between the two mediums, I still enjoyed the story while reading the manga.

Obviously, this manga will be best enjoyed by readers who are already familiar with the Dragon Ball franchise. If you’re a Dragon Ball fan who hasn’t delved into this portion of the franchise yet, I think the manga version of Dragon Ball Super is worth reading to get a taste for this era of the franchise. If you’ve watched the anime version of Dragon Ball Super but haven’t read the manga telling, I would recommend reading it. While an anime viewer will already be familiar with the story at this point, the manga provides another good way of telling the story.

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Crunchyroll Announces the Global Theatrical Release for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero in Summer 2022

Crunchyroll and Toei Animation have announced that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the newest film in the worldwide anime blockbuster franchise, will come to theaters globally in Summer 2022.

This is the first truly globally-distributed theatrical release for Crunchyroll and is distributed in North America by Crunchyroll. Internationally, the film will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film will be coming to theaters across the globe in all continents, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia (excluding Japan, which will debut the film June 11, 2022). The film will be released in Japanese with subtitles and dubbed.

“For more than 30 years, the Dragon Ball franchise has delighted fans around the globe who have followed the world’s greatest warriors who defend Earth from forces of evil,” said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll. “We’re thrilled to partner with Toei Animation to bring fans the latest chapter of Dragon Ball Super to the legion of super fans eager to continue the adventure and to grow the anime audiences who are discovering it for the first time.”

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the second film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise. Dragon Ball Super: Broly was released in 2018 to fans around the globe. The film has grossed over $120 million at the box office globally and is the fifth highest grossing anime movie at the box office in the United States.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Official Synopsis:
The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes.” They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan… What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero.

The film, with full commitment and deep involvement from Dragon Ball‘s original creator Akira Toriyama, has the legendary manga creator behind the film’s original story, screenplay and character design.

Additionally, the film will be directed by Tetsuro Kodama and the Japanese voice actors for the film include Masako Nozawa (Gohan, Goku and Goten), Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), Yūko Minaguchi (Pan), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Mayumi Tanaka (Krillin), Aya Hisakawa (Bulma), Takeshi Kusao (Trunks), Miki Itō (Android 18), Bin Shimada (Broly), Kōichi Yamadera (Beerus), Masakazu Morita (Whis), Hiroshi Kamiya (Gamma 1), Mamoru Miyano (Gamma 2), Miyu Irino (Dr. Hedo), Volcano Ōta (Magenta), and Ryota Takeuchi (Carmine). The English voice cast will be announced soon.

The Dragon Ball phenomena began in 1984 when Japan’s well-known manga from Akira Toriyama premiered in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump – becoming a top ranked title throughout its 10 and a half years of publication. Since then, the manga’s popularity has continued to grow with an astonishing record of 260 million copies sold worldwide and counting. And with Dragon Ball‘s ever-increasing popularity, it has expanded beyond manga to include television animation, movies, games and merchandising. Now 38 years after the launch of the original manga, Dragon Ball continues to evolve and will reach new heights starting with this new large-scale movie.

The Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Anime Film Is Now Scheduled to Open in Japan on June 11, 2022

Toei Animation has announced that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, has been rescheduled for June 11, 2022. It had been delayed due to the Toei Animation hack in March 2022. Toei added that the entire staff is putting all their effort into meeting the new release date.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was scheduled to open in Japan on April 22, 2022. The film was also scheduled to open in North America in Summer 2022.

Toei Animation announced on March 11, 2022 that on March 6, 2022, an unauthorized third party accessed the company’s network, which resulted in a shutdown of part of the company’s systems. Toei Animation is investigating the matter, and added the hack will affect the broadcast schedules for the One Piece, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Delicious Party Precure, and Digimon Ghost Game anime.

Source: ANN

The Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Anime Film Is Delayed Due to the Toei Animation Hack

Toei has announced that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, has been delayed due to the Toei Animation hack. Toei apologized to fans who were looking forward to the film’s opening.

The film was scheduled to open in Japan on April 22, 2022. The film was scheduled to open in North America in Summer 2022.

Toei Animation announced on March 11, 2022 that on March 6, 2022, an unauthorized third party accessed the company’s network, which resulted in a shutdown of part of the company’s systems. Toei Animation is investigating the matter, and added the hack will affect the broadcast schedules for the One Piece, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Delicious Party Precure, and Digimon Ghost Game anime.

Source: ANN

The Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Anime Film Is Coming to North America in Summer 2022

A Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Super Stage panel was held during this weekend’s Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2022 event, and guests talking about the new film included director Tetsuro Kodama, Toei Animation producer Norihiro Hayashida, and executive producer Akio Iyoku of Shueisha. Along with host Sascha, the group revealed more details about the upcoming feature, including plans to release it in North America in Summer 2022.

As the name suggests, the film will have a focus on the “superhero” aspect.

Original creator Akira Toriyama is in charge of the screenplay and character design. Planning for the new film project began in 2018, before the release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The film has a goal of telling “a large-scale story.” Aside from story composition and character design, Toriyama is also writing lines of dialogue for the film.

Source: Crunchyroll

Top 20 Selling Manga for January 2022

Manga occupied all 20 positions on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for January 2022:

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Stories of Water and Flame
  2. Chainsaw Man Volume 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0 by Gege Akutami
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 by Gege Akutami
  5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  6. Chainsaw Man Volume 2 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 2 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  8. Dragon Ball Super Volume 15 by Toyotarou and Akira Toriyama
  9. Chainsaw Man Volume 4 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  10. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 3 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  11. Chainsaw Man Volume 3 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  12. Spy x Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo
  13. Chainsaw Man Volume 5 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  14. My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions Volume 2 by Yoko Akiyama
  15. Attack on Titan Volume 34 by Hajime Isayama
  16. Chainsaw Man Volume 8 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  17. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi
  18. Chainsaw Man Volume 6 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  19. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 13 by Gege Akutami
  20. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 12 by Aidairo

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