There are arguably two types of people in this world…
Those who grew up with Dragon Ball and those who didn’t. This may seem like a colossal oversimplification, but those in the camp who did grow up with it will surely understand.
The Japanese media franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984 has earned immense success over the decades and even those unfamiliar with anime and manga, on the whole, will know what it is.
Whether you consumed it in print, on the screen or both, it was probably a huge part of your childhood and is often reminisced as a gateway into other titles. For that, it also holds a special place in the hearts of many.
Of course, its audiences grew with the franchise and a recent offering that stands out is Dragon Ball Super. It began as a manga, serving as a sequel to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball and fans were thrilled to check out an anime adaptation back in 2015.
It aired for over 100 episodes up until March 2018.
Although it remains a beloved title, it has received some backlash in 2021. So, let’s ask where Dragon Ball Super has been cancelled and why.
Where is Dragon Ball Super cancelled?
Dragon Ball Super has been cancelled in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, as well as in other parts of the South American country.
By “cancelled”, what we really mean is that it’s been pulled, as the show concluded airing a few years ago. However, it will no longer be repeated after being pulled by Cartoon Network and Warner Media.
As for why this is exactly, allow us to explain.
Recently, Buenos Aires’ Department of Communication released a statement that went live after the airing of an episode leading up to the Tournament of Power.
Why was the anime pulled?
The statement reveals that the Department of Public Defense received a complaint from the Ministry of Women, Gender Politics, and Sexual Diversity. This complaint materialised after constituents reacted to an episode of Dragon Ball Super in which Roshi called upon the aid of Puar to morph into an attractive young lady.
His motives were clear: he wished to overcome his weakness, which he believed to be perversion. The teacher’s training concludes and Roshi is confident he won’t sexualise women in battle.
Comic Book notes that executives are accusing the character of sexual abuse and promoting such behaviour.
It’s uncertain whether the series will resume airing on the networks following further review. At the moment, however, it’s gone.
Holding out for a Super Hero
If you’ve already worked through all of Dragon Ball Super – and it’s likely that you have – then you’ll probably be acquainted with the sequel film.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly was unveiled back in December 2018 and fans have been eager to witness a follow-up ever since. Fortunately, it’s in the works; this was pretty inevitable following Broly’s financial success.
The forthcoming sequel already has the title of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero and is currently being developed.
While there is no specific release date as of yet, it’s confirmed that it will arrive in 2022.