When it was revealed that Freeza would be returning to make an appearance on Dragon Ball Super's new movie, fans were wondering who would voice the character in the English dub as his voice actor for the English dub, Christopher Ayres, has been battling an illness.
But they were elated to hear Ayres return during the English dub trailer of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, and confirmed his return on Twitter.
To clarify, as a director I think one of the greatest things you can care about is consistency. As long as I am physically able i will always reprise any role from Funimation I am offered and want to extend my gratitude to @FUNimation for making recording in my condition possible— Christopher Ayres (@Chrisayresva) July 19, 2018
Ayres stated on Twitter, "To clarify, as a director I think one of the greatest things you can care about is consistency. As long as I am physically able i will always reprise any role from Funimation I am offered and want to extend my gratitude to @Funimation for making recording in my condition possible."
Ayres portrayed Freeza in the English dubs of Dragon Ball Z Kai and Super, but was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and required double lung transplant in order to survive. But Funimation and Ayres both went the extra mile for fans and worked together to bring his performance to the new film.
Ayres' Freeza has been one of the best things about the franchise, and to see both him and Funimation this committed to fans is truly remarkable. Fans shouldn't worry now seeing that there's so much care going into the film.
The Dragon Ball Super film, now titled Dragon Ball Super: Broly, it's set to release this December in Japan and January in the United States. The film will focus on the Saiyans, the "origins of Goku's power," and has been confirmed to feature a rebooted take on the famous raging Saiyan Broly. The first trailer for the upcoming film has been released and has received an overwhelming positive response as the first impression of the new Broly battling Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza just built an incredible amount of hype.
If you are interested in the anime series itself, Dragon Ball Super is currently airing 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 Funimation, VRV, and Crunchyroll.
If you want to catch up with the English dub, the first 52 episodes of Dragon Ball Super are now available to stream on FunimationNOW, VRV, and available to purchase on Amazon Video as well. The 52 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 current TV airings of the "Future Trunks" arc.