Toei Animation has just dealt with a major crisis this year but now it looks like the company needs to face another problem. Toei is currently considering taking legal actions against people who have illegally uploaded footage from Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero in the past month.
The official Toei Animation website issued a statement revealing it has identified about 3,000 cases of illegally recorded footage uploads of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. This is a crazy number considering that it has only been 10 days after the film's opening when the discovery was made. Toei added that the number of cases is around 10 times that of Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
"This act may result in imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of up to 10 million yen, or both, as an infringement of the Film Anti-Spying Act and the Copyright Act," the statement reads. It then adds that Toei has every intention to act on the crime.
"We intend to deal with such acts with a strict stance without resigning legal measures, and we have already consulted with our advisory law firm and investigated the damage caused by this voyeurism. In cooperation with the institution, we are proceeding with the response with a view to making both criminal and civil cases. In addition, we are constantly taking measures such as monitoring in theaters and applying for deletion of illegally uploaded videos, and we will continue to strengthen our vigilance," the statement reads.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is directed by Tetsuro Kodama and written by manga creator Akira Toriyama. It is the twenty first Dragon Ball anime film overall and the second to carry the Dragon Ball Super branding. The movie's release was delayed due to the Toei Animation hacking in March but has since premiered in theaters on June 11, 2022.