If you thought Dragon Ball died out after Dragon Ball Z, then you haven't been paying attention. The franchise shot to global stardom thanks to the anime sequel, but Toei Animation did not give up on Goku afterwards. After the controversial debut of Dragon Ball GT, the Saiyan was revived a few years back in Dragon Ball Super. And, thanks to some truly dedicated fans, the world was just reminded of how popular the series still is.
After all, more than 20,000 fans worldwide gathered for live watch parties when Dragon Ball Super aired its latest episode this weekend.
Last night, the series made its return to TV after a brief week-long hiatus. Dragon Ball Super aired its 130th episode, and the penultimate update saw Goku go all-out against Jiren. With his Ultra Instinct form mastered, the hero fought hard against the Pride Trooper in an episode many are calling the show's best yet. So, several countries in Latin America and South America chose to honor the big episode with live watch parties.
As you can see in the slides below, thousands upon thousands of fans gathered to watch Goku and Jiren duke it out. Official — and unofficial — livestream parties were held in places like Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, and more. Dozens of cities took part in the home-grown movement as Juarez, Mexico alone is said to have brought up to 30,000 fans for its event. Videos and photos of the massive get-togethers are going viral on social media. After all, it isn't everyday you seen several thousand people of all ages come together to root for Goku.
Photos #DragonBallSuper Episode 130 public live streams hosted by governments across Latin America:— 🔥Oppai Senpai🔥 (@MrOppaiSenpai) March 18, 2018
Santiago, Veracruz, Machala (Ecuador) & San Miguel (El Salvador). More photos from Mexico at City of Juárez, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí... And dozens more, possibly hundreds more pic.twitter.com/gOFUPMLElZ
PLEASE READ BELOW⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/nmNxSg8ZMK— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation) March 13, 2018
While plenty were surprised by Latin and South America's big parties, lots of anime lovers saw it coming. In the week leading up to Dragon Ball Super's latest episode, areas like Monterrey and Guadalajara said they would be hosting watch parties sponsored by the government. Unfortunately, these bigger events were canceled when Toei Animation sent cease-and-desist letters regarding the unofficial parties. Still, thousands of fans soldiered on with their parties, and social media has shown the events were almost as hyped as Dragon Ball Super's episode itself.
So, if Toei Animation can find a way to approve some official parties for the show's finale, it should. Talk about free publicity, you know?
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BREAKING NEWS: over 10,000 #DragonBallSuper fans gather in Machala, Ecuador to see #DragonBallSuper130 (episode 130) public live-stream hosted by local government! Im so proud of mi gente across Latin America for showing @ToeiAnimation @FUNimation @Crunchyroll the power of fandom pic.twitter.com/XgtktAVVeG— ?Oppai Senpai? (@MrOppaiSenpai) March 18, 2018
Correction. In Spanish, Mil = thousand, not million (translation mistake). If you see “mil”, now you know what it meansZ Updated numbers:— ?Oppai Senpai? (@MrOppaiSenpai) March 18, 2018
City of Juarez: 15,000 people
Morelia, Mexico: 4,000
Other places reporting similar numbers as well @ToeiAnimation @Crunchyroll @FUNimation pic.twitter.com/kaUqxMHWAz
I'm from El Salvador and the mayor of my town decided to air the big DGS fight in our main park for the community to see. I've never felt prouder. from r/animeprevnext