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Is ‘Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO’ Available to Stream? Will It Land on Crunchyroll, Netflix?

Jeff Kotuby

The latest “Dragon Ball Super” feature-length film, “Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO” was released exclusively in theaters on Friday, Aug. 19 and was distributed domestically by international anime streaming service Crunchyroll. Naturally, this unique partnership would lead one to wonder when this film could make its way to the streamer. Crunchyroll told The Streamable that they have not yet announced their post-theatrical plans. And Unfortunately, based on precedent, it might be a while for fans who want to stream the film after its theatrical run ends.

The last “Dragon Ball Super” film, “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” debuted in theaters in December 2018, when the streaming landscape was admittedly much different than it is now. The film was distributed as a joint effort between Toei Animation and 20th Century Fox, the latter of which handled the film’s release in North America. Once the film ended its theatrical run, it was released for purchase physically and digitally, and also made available on-demand via Starz. Unfortunately, that’s about it for availability — and it gets worse from there.

The two other films in the post-“Dragon Ball Z” era of the series, “Battle of the Gods” and “Resurrection F” are not available on-demand or streaming in any capacity. The only way to watch these films is to rent/buy them.

Luckily, many of the original “DBZ” films are available to stream via the Funimation app, which was acquired by Crunchyroll earlier this year. Funimation content started making its way to Crunchyroll back in March, and while the DBZ films aren’t there quite yet, it should only be a matter of time. However, only seven of the films were available to stream on Funimation — “Dead Zone,” “The World’s Strongest,” “The Tree of Might,” “Lord Slug,” “The Return of Cooler” (but not “Cooler’s Revenge, funnily enough,) “Super Android 13,” and “Wrath of the Dragon. The others are only available on the iTunes Store.

So what does all this mean for “Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO”? It can go one of two ways, of course. Either Crunchyroll adds the films to its streaming platform or it doesn’t. Crunchyroll hasn’t come out with a declarative statement on whether the film will head to streaming at any point, but it would seem strange to not showcase the first-ever Crunchyroll-helmed theatrical release on its own streaming platform.

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is a subscription video streaming service catering to fans of anime with over 30,000 episodes. Viewers can see new episodes of shows one hour after they air in Japan, and read hundreds of chapters across dozens of manga titles. Some of their more popular titles are Dragon Ball Super, Attack on Titan, and Fire Force.

Crunchyroll offers three plans. The “Fan” ($7.99) plan allows streaming on 1 device, but no offline viewing. Their “Mega Fan” ($9.99) plan allows viewing on 4 devices along with offline viewing. And the “Ultimate Fan” ($14.99) plan offers viewing on 6 devices, offline viewing, and an annual swag bag, among other perks.

Crunchyroll was purchased by Sony just over a year ago, but in April 2021 Sony entered into a major, multi-year deal with Netflix beginning in 2022.

It is not clear how Crunchyroll would fit into this agreement since it was acquired after the deal was signed, and is itself a streaming service. However, whether it is on Netflix or Crunchyroll, it does appear that “Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO” has a much better chance of streaming relatively soon that its Dragon Ball predecessors.

About ‘Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO’

Check out the trailer for ‘Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO’

“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 U.S. box office in history.

While “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” was focused around Goku and Vegeta, “SUPER HERO” takes a different approach. The new film revolves around Goku’s son Gohan, his rival-turned-ally Piccolo, and the first major villain group he defeated — the Red Ribbon Army. Now, a group of individuals who carry on its spirit has created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes”. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan, leading to a battle for the ages.

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