In less than a week, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will hit theaters in Japan, and while the rest of the world will have to wait for their regions' summer theatrical release, major details have been leaked ahead, answering some of the biggest questions about the highly-anticipated shonen movie, and if you're wondering when exactly the movie takes place in connection with the arcs featured only in Akira Toriyama and Toyotarou's popular manga series so far, we already have the answer.
Toei Animation already confirmed that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is a sequel to 2018's movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which was the last time we saw the story of the Dragon Ball Super anime franchise, but what about the manga's Galactic Patrol Prisoner Arc and Granolah the Survivor Arc? Will the latest movie take place before, after, or between these arcs that haven't received anime adaptations?
Where will Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero fall in the timeline of the manga and anime series?
As Twitter user DBSChronicles on Twitter clarified, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will take place after the events of Granolah the Survivor Arc, the current arc of the ongoing manga series.
If you haven't been keeping up with the manga series, here's a reminder: There are two arcs that follow the Universe Survival Saga that we've never seen in anime form: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Arc or "Moro Arc", and Granolah the Survivor Arc. The former focuses on the conflict against the powerful ram-looking wizard known as Moro, and the latter follows the story of the vengeful lone Cerealian survivor.
It makes sense that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero takes place after the events of Granolah the Survivor Arc since the movie focuses more on Son Gohan and Piccolo while Goku and Vegeta are taking care of matters out of space, so it's likely that they will have larger conflicts following the current battle against Gas of the Heeter Force.
Watch the final trailer for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero below:
The new Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero's official synopsis from Crunchyroll reads:
"The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves "Super Heroes". They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan... What is the New Red Ribbon Army's objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero."
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is set to release in Japanese theaters on June 11, 2022, and it's coming to theaters in North America and other regions this summer, starting in August.