In a conference call, Navarre Corporation, parent company of anime distrubtor FUNimation announced they now hold the license for Dragon Ball Kai! Navarre says the anime will arrive to American shores later this year. No specific date or outlet was revealed, however.
We personally would love to see it air on Cartoon Network as the Dragon Ball series has had much success on there, but expect to be released straight to DVD and/or online on FUNimation’s website. As mentioned before, an outlet was not announced.
For those unfamiliar, Dragon Ball Kai follows Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga. Unlike Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Kai follows the manga more closely and is rumored to span 100 episodes, as opposed to DBZ’s 291. In addition it’s presented in high-definition with a re-recorded soundtrack.
Dragon Ball Kai premiered in Japan on April 5, 2009, and has consistently ranked among the top 10 anime in viewer ratings every week since.