‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ Delayed After Toei Animation Hack

After a Toei Animation hack, the anime movie Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has been delayed from its original April 22, 2022 release date. Unfortunately, fans in Japan, North America, the UK, and beyond have to wait even longer to see Goku, Gohan, and Piccolo in action in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly sequel. Here’s everything you need to know about the hack and the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero new release date.

TL;DR:

  • Why Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has been delayed.
  • Toei Animation addressed the new release date for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.
  • The release date change might only affect the Japanese release.
After a Toei Animation hack (seen here) 'Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero' was delayed
The Toei Animation logo | John Keeble/Getty Images

Why is ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ delayed?

On March 6, 2022, an unauthorized third party tried hacking Toei Animation’s internal systems. As a result, the company’s online store and internal systems temporarily shut down as a safety measure. And the Toei Animation hack caused the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero delay despite being seemingly unaffected at first.

In a press release, Toei confirmed investigations into the hack to determine if any personal information had leaked.

The incident would allegedly only affect upcoming episodes of Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Delicious Party: Pretty Cure, Digimon Ghost Game, and One Piece.

However, Toei issued a new statement regarding the Super Saiyan fighters themselves. They confirmed they would have to push Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero back to a later date due to the hack.

What is the new release date after the ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ delay?

Once fans understood the internal issues, they wanted to know the new release date of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. Toei Animation issued a new statement regarding the Dragon Ball film.

“As previously announced, Toei Animation, the production company behind Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, has experienced unauthorized access to its network by a third party. This has made it difficult to produce the film. As a result, we have no choice but to postpone the release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. We apologize to those looking forward to the release of the film.”

The first part of the statement addresses the Toei Animation hack and its effect on the anime movie. Toei has hyped up Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero through trailers, merch, and posters. The hack must have proved larger than the fan believed.

In regards to the new release date for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Toei Animation had this to say:

“However, we will announce a new release date in the near future. Thank you for your understanding.”

The Toei Animation hack might push back the release date for Japan only

Unfortunately, while the company has yet to announce a new release date for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, some believe it could only affect the Japanese release.

As of now, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has been delayed and will presumably premiere in Japan sometime in 2022. 

While Toei previously scheduled it to release in summer 2022 in North America, there is no word on if the date will be affected at all.

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