For the first time, the iconic anime series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT are now available on Sony’s Crunchyroll streaming service in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. According to a press release, more than 500 episodes of these series have so far only been available on Funimation.
Dragon Ball’s arrival on the service is part of Funimation’s migration to Crunchyroll, announced in early March. In a previous release, the content coming this spring, which will be released on April 1, is expected to be “the biggest ever” for Crunchyroll. Commenting on the previous announcement, a Crunchyroll spokesperson told GameSpot that the combined teams are “working hard to ensure Crunchyroll fans can continue to enjoy robust anime offerings every season… We can say a lot more with confidence each season.”
The Dragon Ball media franchise began in 1984 in Japan when the original manga created by Akira Toriyama was serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump anthology. It quickly became a popular series with remarkable staying power – 38 years later, Dragon Ball now spawns four television series, 20 feature films, numerous video games, and a wide array of licensed merchandise.
For newcomers, Crunchyroll has included quick summaries of each series:
- Dragon Ball: Goku is a weird, bushy-tailed boy who spends his days hunting and eating – until he meets Bulma, an overbearing beauty with boys on her brains.
- Dragon Ball Z: Goku, the mightiest fighter on the planet, is all that stands between humanity and the villains from the darkest corners of space.
- Dragon Ball GT: The Dragon Balls have been scattered to the ends of the earth, and if Goku can’t collect them in a year, Earth will meet one final catastrophe.
According to the same release, the entire franchise sold a “record 260 million copies worldwide.”