Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie Confirmed For US Release
Update: Funimation has announced that it will be bringing Dragon Ball Super: Broly to US and Canadian theaters in January 2019. The specific theatrical dates will be revealed at a later time. Funimation has also acquired the video-on-demand and broadcast rights to the film. The original story follows.
Toei Animation has revealed more details about the previously announced 20th Dragon Ball anime movie. Called Dragon Ball Super: Broly, it is coming to Japanese theaters on December 14. Toei's English-language Twitter account tweeted the news, though the official website is mostly in Japanese and does not contain information about a Western release.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly focuses on Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan featured in several other Dragon Ball movies. As was previously announced, the new film will explore the Saiyan race and is written by series creator Akira Toriyama. In a comment on the Dragon Ball Super: Broly website, Toriyama gives more information about the new movie.
"Naturally you’ll get to see fierce combat, but also, the paths of destiny that lead to an encounter between Goku, Vegeta, and Broly," Toriyama writes. "It also involves the Frieza Force and the history of the Saiyans, which end up having a major connection to everything. The story content turns out to be very large-scale and dramatic."
Though there are currently no details about a Western theatrical release for Dragon Ball Super: Broly, it's likely that Funimation will license the movie in the US. The last two Dragon Ball movies, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, released in Japan in 2013 and 2015, respectively; Battle of the Gods came to US theaters in 2014, while Resurrection F released in the US a few months after it debuted in Japan.
Dragon Ball Super is the newest Dragon Ball anime series. It began in 2015 and recently ended; the early episodes cover the events of Battle of the Gods and Resurrection F. If you're looking to stream the series ahead of the new movie, see our feature on how to watch Dragon Ball.