Toonami acquires new Dragon Ball series in Asia

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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