Is there any better way to watch your favorite TV show than with 10,000 other fans in a stadium? Based on the reaction to a massive livestream of Dragon Ball Super in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, there likely is not. The city streamed the penultimate episode of Dragon Ball Super publicly on Saturday, March 17, and it wasn’t the only one.
There were several screenings throughout Latin America, including events in Ecuador and El Salvador, all of which attracted massive crowds, based on photos shared via social media. Fans arrived to watch the episode and celebrate the upcoming end of the series before a movie arrives in Japan later in the year.
Embassy of Japan in Mexico sent a note to a Mexican governor regarding the public airing of Dragon Ball Super’s last two eps, asking to suspend it if its illegal because of Toei’s author rights.
Where were you when Dragon Ball became the subject of a diplomatic note? pic.twitter.com/Gmn6QcYQR4
— Kaleb (@KalebPrime) March 19, 2018
But there were apparently formal negotiations for the Ciudad Juárez screening.
— Dragon Ball Z News (@DragonBallZNews) March 15, 2018
Loads of fans gathered.
in mexico a few hours ago thousands of people gathered up to watch the dragon Ball fight lmao pic.twitter.com/VrTvk8ewAr
— Quackity (@QuackityHD) March 18, 2018
The Ciudad Juárez event apparently attracted ten thousand or more people.
Thanks to my friend @MaikyBorrell, now I know that we were actually OVER 10,000 FANS watching #DragonBallSuper in #CiudadJuárez.
OVER TEN THOUSAND!
I couldn’t be making this sh*t up even if I wanted to.#Goku #Vegeta #Jiren #DragonBall #Android17 #Frieza
This was so AWESOME!! pic.twitter.com/DEnCerghFO
— SFr|Shingo (@Yabuki_Shingo) March 18, 2018
Asisten 15 mil fronterizos a ver Dragon Ball Super en la Plaza de la Mexicanidad
– Entre jóvenes y familias completas se dieron cita la tarde de ayer en la Plaza de la Mexicanidad, donde se llevó a cabo la proyección de Dragon Ball Super pic.twitter.com/4LcIF2fkLO
— Ciudad Juárez (@MunicipioJuarez) March 18, 2018
— Marcos Aguilar Vega (@MarcosAguilar) March 18, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: over 10,000 #DragonBallSuper fans gather in Machala, Ecuador to see #DragonBallSuper130 (episode 130) public live-stream hosted by local government! Im so proud of mi gente across Latin America for showing @ToeiAnimation @FUNimation @Crunchyroll the power of fandom pic.twitter.com/XgtktAVVeG
— 🔥Oppai Senpai🔥 (@MrOppaiSenpai) March 18, 2018
However, Toei Animation–the company behind Dragon Ball Super–was not thrilled about unauthorized screenings of their show. “We have become aware of plans to exhibit episode #130 of Dragon Ball Super in stadiums, plazas, and public places throughout Latin America,” the company wrote in a statement on March 12. “Toei Animation has not authorized these public showings and does not support or sponsor any of these events not do we or any of our titles endorse any institution exhibiting the unauthorized episode.”
PLEASE READ BELOW⬇⬇ pic.twitter.com/nmNxSg8ZMK
— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation) March 13, 2018
It’s also been reported that a letter was sent to the Mexican government from the Japanese embassy, asking that all screenings be suspended. However, local news outlet El Diario de Juárez (via Kotaku) reports that Toei and government officials in Ciudad Juárez were able to come to an agreement ahead of the screening event, authorizing at least that one gathering.
There is still one final episode of Dragon Ball Super to go. Then fans will have to wait until December 14, when the new film releases.