Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero streaming the opening scenes of the movie with Cell, the Red Ribbon Army

Dragon Ball Super Super Hero official promo image
Dragon Ball Super Super Hero official promo image. Pic credit: Toei Animation

The Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero USA release date is due to hit North America on August 19, 2022. Gohan and Piccolo are facing off against the new androids called Gamma 1 and Gamma 2, produced by Dr. Hedo and the Red Ribbon Army.

With the global release date quickly approaching, the film’s opening has made its way online, employing the gorgeous new animation utilized for bringing the Shonen series to life to tell the story of the Red Ribbon Army from its Dragon Ball beginnings.

The Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero trailer teases the story

Toei Animation, the studio producing all Dragon Ball’s anime entries in Japan, first published the film’s opening scenes on YouTube. According to the trailer, the movie starts with a beautifully re-animated recount of young Goku’s confrontations with the Red Ribbon Army. It also features clashes with the criminal group’s original leaders, Commander Red and Staff Officer Black.

In an alternate reality, Dr. Gero, the scientific mastermind behind the army’s armaments, would eventually build Androids 17 and 18 and the genetically-engineered Cell. Toei’s full original clip was exclusively available in Japan.

Check out the trailer below:

The Red Ribbon Army had poor beginnings. The criminal organization relied on a few low-powered androids, assassins, and exotic technology to carry out their plot to take over the world.

Goku prevented them as a child, but they were still able to return in some ways thanks to the manipulations of Dr. Gero, the mad scientist behind not only the creation of Androids 16, 17, and 18 but also the sinister biological nightmare known as Cell.

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Cell hasn’t been officially confirmed to return to the film; you can see him in this flashback sequence. He is reimagined in the Shonen franchise’s current graphic style.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie release date

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero debuted in Japan on June 11, 2022. The film has performed reasonably well, earning 1 billion yen (approximately $7 million) in its first two weeks in theaters.

Still, it falls short of the box-office performance of several recent Dragon Ball films. This includes 2018’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which remains the highest-grossing film in the franchise’s history.

The film fell to second place in its second weekend, when its position at the top of the Japanese sales charts was replaced by Tom Cruise’s global smash Top Gun Maverick, which had a resurgence of success in its fourth week in theaters.

While Goku is the focus of the trailer, the majority of the film focuses on Gohan and Piccolo. The master and protege combination is forced to battle alongside each other. The newly revived Red Ribbon Army abducts the Saiyan’s daughter, Pan, and releases two new android warriors, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. The film takes place after the events of Broly and contains new designs for Pan, Goten, Trunks, Android 18, and many more recurring characters from the series.

Multiple significant spoilers regarding Super Hero’s plot and critical twists began trending on Twitter shortly after its Japanese premiere. Fans that do not want to see more of the film until it’s released globally in August are advised to avoid social media. Crunchyroll will distribute the film in North America on August 19, 2022.

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Crunchyroll also streams all of the previous Dragon Ball anime series on its subscription service. VIZ Media publishes Akira Toriyama’s original Dragon Ball manga and the ongoing Dragon Ball Super series in English.

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