Toonami acquires new Dragon Ball series in Asia

Dragon Ball Super will launch on Toonami during mid-2016.
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Turner’s kids brand Toonami has acquired the latest instalment of the Dragon Ball franchise from Toei Animation.

Dragon Ball Super is the first all-new Dragon Ball TV series to be produced in around 20 years, and will launch on Toonami during mid-2016.

It will be an exclusive first-run premiere on Toonami in Southeast Asia and India, which will also be the show’s English-language world premiere.

Mark Eyers, chief content officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific, said: “This announcement is huge for fanboys and girls in Asia. Dragon Ball is undoubtedly the original and world’s biggest anime export, and is a cornerstone of our programming on Toonami."

The show reunites iconic characters and follows the aftermath of Goku’s battle with Majin Buu.

Dragon Ball was first introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1984, and has since expanded into a global brand across the world, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold.

“Since the channel launched in 2012, Toonami has been airing episodes of Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Z Kai, and to premiere Dragon Ball Super demonstrates the channel’s continued commitment to securing must-have and must-see content, first on Toonami,” added Eyers.

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