With a Japanese release in just two months, fans will be getting more information about which characters Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO will follow. Pic credit: Toei Animations

The release date of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO in Japan has been set for April 22, 2022. And because the movie is coming so soon, there is another set of teaser visuals, hint at five new characters† Their involvement in the plot of the film may be unknown at this point, but it’s enough to get fans’ minds spinning.

Of the new additions to the cast on display, fans were especially excited about Goten and Trunks for teens. Posed alongside Krillin, Android 18 and Bulma nearby, nothing can be confirmed, but their prominent appearance in the promotional poster could play a pivotal role in the film.

Like Dragon Ball Super: Broly, manga creator Akira Toriyama has been closely involved with the production team, writing the original story and script, as well as character designs that will debut in Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO.

At New York Comic Con 2021, Goku voice actress Masako Nozawa, executive producer Akio Iyoku and producer Norihiro Hayashida will take the big stage to showcase recent developments in the film’s production and confirm Toriyama’s involvement.

Toriyama-sensei has been so invested in making this movie, and he has put everything into it. So we try to match his energy to create the best possible production.

Akio Iyoku

Goku’s voice actress, Masako Nozawa explained:

As for the story, Toriyama-sensei always tries to come up with a twist and surprise us with how the story ends.

Masako Nozawa

Which characters appear in Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO?

Judging by the already announced Japanese voice cast, the film will feature:

  • Masako Nozawa as Gohan, Goku and Goteno
  • Toshio Furukawa as Piccolo
  • Yuko Minaguchi as Pano
  • Ryo Horikawa as Vegeta
  • Mayumi Tanaka as Krillin
  • Aya Hisakawa as Bulma
  • Takeshi Kusao as Trunks
  • Miki Ito as Android 18
  • Bin Shimada as Brolly
  • Ken Uo as Korin
  • Aya Hirano as Dende
  • Hiroshi Kamiya as Gamma 1
  • Mamoru Miyano Gamma 2
  • Miyu Irino as Dr. hedo
  • Volcano Ota as Magenta
  • Ryota Takeuchi as Carmine

In addition to series that remain for a long time, such as Goku, Piccolo and Vegeta, the new villains of the film have also been shown. While the antagonists may be fresh faces to longtime Dragon Ball fans, the red RR symbol on their clothing betrays their link to the Red Ribbon Army.

Now speculated under the leadership of a new president Magenta, Red Pharmaceuticals, the company responsible for the creation of Android 18 and Cell, has released its latest creations led by Dr. hedo. Revealed with matching costumes in red and blue, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2 haven’t revealed much about their true motives other than a fervent desire to brandish their signature ray guns. But with the film’s release in just two months, more details will follow.

Concept art of Gamma 1 and Gamma 2 from the upcoming movie Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO
If the promotional trailer gives a taste of what to expect, these two new Android devices are going to pack a punch. Photo credit: Akira Toriyama

New characters are easy to spot, but concept art also revealed interesting changes to classic characters. As guests noted at the 2021 ComicCon panel, Toriyama’s involvement with the film has resulted in minor design changes in the cast to be more in line with their original manga designs. Piccolo now has yellow arms and a red obi, unlike the anime series which were pink and blue respectively.

According to Piccolo voice actor Toshio Furukawa, Piccolo will join his mentee Pan on a big role in the upcoming movie† The ComicCon panel revealed concept art of a few scenes, including Piccolo’s Namekian house on the bank of a waterfall. Can fans see inside? Both Hayashida and Nozawa noted that viewers should see it for themselves. Although, given that a piece of Piccolo’s house is featured in the Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO trailer, it will likely set the stage for a fight between Piccolo and Gamma 2.

Concept art of a scene from the upcoming movie Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO
It may look calm now, but this tranquil lakeside is likely to become a battlefield. Photo credit: Akira Toriyama

Due to Pan’s toddlerhood in the trailer and promotional art, the events of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO are speculated to take place sometime after the events of the Broly movie and before the final arc of Dragon Ball Z in which Pan participates in the 28th. World Martial Arts Tournament.

Along with Pan, a teenage Goten and Trunks further point out this timeline. Whether Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO will explore the duo’s antics as they train to compete in the World Martial Arts Tournament is unclear, but that hasn’t stopped fans from using Twitter to express their excitement.

A conversation on Twitter with excitement for Goten and Trunks in Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO
Is there any potential for a side arc with these two? We’ll have to wait. Pic credit: @Valdezology/Twitter and @Omn1Media/Twitter

What is the release date of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO USA and other countries?

Although April 22 is the set release date for the Japanese version of the film, there is currently no announcement for the worldwide release. As of August 10, 2021, producer Norihiro Hayashida stated that US negotiations are still under way, but he is hoping for a date close to the Japanese release. Since that’s only two months away, we may get another announcement soon.

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