Last Saturday, Dragon Ball fans were finally treated to a long-awaited premiere. Toonami teamed up with Funimation to debut the first English dub of Dragon Ball Super, the most recent installment of the franchise. The special kicked off before the U.S. premiere of Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters released. Now, the episode’s ratings are in, and the numbers are pretty impressive.
According to TV by the Numbers, Dragon Ball Super pulled in more than 1.06 million viewers for its first showing. The premiere got a score of 0.4 and Dragon Ball Z Kai was quick to keep up the trend. The long-awaited release debuted to more than 1.12 million viewers and pulled in a 0.5 score.
Right now, Dragon Ball Super is starting off in the U.S. from the beginning. The show kicked off with episode one and continue to debut a new episode every Saturday. The show is heading into its first saga known as “God of Destruction Beerus” which is sourced from the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
In February, a brand-new story arc of Dragon Ball Super is set to kick off in Japan with the ‘Universal Survival’ saga. You can check out the brief synopsis for it below:
“At Goku’s request, the Omni-Kings’ “Tournament of Power” martial arts tournament between universes now begins! …But this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. What awaits the victors of this tournament, and the vanquished…?! How will these intense team battles between the elites of each universe turn out…?!”
Shortly after the arc was announced, producer Shunki Hashizume had this to say about the impending saga. “Dragon Ball Super enters its new chapter, the “Universe Survival Arc”. As you can see from the main visual, it’ll be a full-throttle story where Goku and the rest of the Universe 7 warriors form a team to take on a tournament between universes!” he wrote.
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Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami will begin airing the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m ET.