Dragon Ball has been bigger than ever this year with not only the finale of Dragon Ball Super, but a huge film coming out in a little under a month. This huge year has been reflected in the bank too.
Much like how Toei revealed how profitable the Dragon Ball franchise has been for them in 2018, Bandai's profits show-off how Dragon Ball is sitting on the top of their major brands.
Bandai's FY2019 Half Year results. As with Toei Dragon Ball continues to be on top by a good margin and continues its year over year growth. Despite being up year over year they are keeping their lower Full Year forecast, which they will undoubtedly beat. pic.twitter.com/9wFbXn4PwA— Ethan Law (@ArchedThunder) November 8, 2018
As spotted by @ArchedThunder on Twitter, Bandai released their profit results for the last quarter and the Dragon Ball franchise had 58.6 billion yen (about $519 million USD) for the first half of the year with a predicted 80 billion yen for the rest of the fiscal year.
This tops other franchises like One Piece, Naruto, and Super Sentai. The second closest is the mega-hit Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, with 36 billion yen (about $319 million USD). This is great news for the merchandiser, and it's reflective of just how big the Dragon Ball franchise has gotten since it officially returned with a new anime series in Dragon Ball Super.
With Dragon Ball Super: Broly on the way, and the merchandise likely to release for it, and the potential for the franchise to continue in some other form in 2019, Dragon Ball is only going to get bigger as the months go on.
Dragon Ball Super currently airs its English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m. It is also available to stream on Funimation and Amazon Video. The Japanese language release of the series is complete, and available to stream on FunimationNOW, VRV, and Crunchyroll. The manga has chapters that can currently be read for free thanks to Viz Media.
You can catch up with the English dub pretty easily too, as the first 65 episodes of Dragon Ball Super are now available to stream on FunimationNOW, VRV, and available to purchase on Amazon Video as well. The 65 episodes span the full range of what has aired in the North America and covers the "Battle of Gods" arc, "Revival of F" arc, the "Universe 6" arc, and bringing the series right up to the climax of the "Future Trunks" arc. The series is also currently airing reruns weeknights on Adult Swim.