The first wish granted by Toei Animation’s new partnership with FUNimation was the announcement of an English dub of Dragon Ball Super, with production beginning, and casting and broadcast details to be announced in the near future. The licence includes streaming, digital download, home video distribution, broadcast opportunities and merchandising, but only covers the US and Canada as part of the agreement, at least for now.
FunimationNow is joining Crunchyroll, Daisuki and Anime Lab in streaming the series on its site. Having added episodes 1-10 and the full Future Trunks arc with English subtitles, the simulcast began on November 5th. The episodes in between (11-46) will be available when subtitling has been completed. While we in the UK can’t view the show on FunimationNow as per the limits of the partnership, Daisuki are streaming it across much of Europe, including Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland.
In more Super news, the newest addition to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball saga has surpassed One Piece in TV ratings, according to the latest data released from Japan. Dragon Ball Super has moved up to 6th place overall, knocking One Piece down to 7th. But Toriyama wants to push it to greater heights still, planning to best the respective 3rd, 4th and 5th rated shows Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan and Detective Conan.
And as for further FUNimation updates, they announced at Detroit’s YoumaCon that they’ve recently licensed Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, Scrapped Princess and The Betrayal Knows My Name anime series for home release. All 26 episodes of Nichijou, plus an episode 0 OVA, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD subbed only on February 7th. Scrapped Princess will follow in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on February 28th, including an English dub. And also on February 28th, The Betrayal Knows My Name will arrive on DVD subbed only. Which of these will come to the UK through Anime Limited, if any, is yet to be confirmed.