Saturday was a huge day for Dragon Ball Super fans as Ultra Instinct Goku fought against Jiren. The decisive battle sets up the anime’s finale next week and fans around the world were excited about it!
Streaming sites had clogged servers and online viewing parties were being hosted, but fans throughout Latin America took things to a new level. The various local governments held public screenings of episode 130, with one Ecuadorian city drawing over 10,000 fans to an outdoor streaming party.
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 @ AnimeExpo🔥 (@MrOppaiSenpai) March 18, 2018
Fans and their governments were hyping up the public screenings throughout the week, treating the Goku v Jiren showdown as a boxing match with custom posters.
AYUNTAMIENTO CAPITALINO TRANSMITIRÁ FINAL DE DRAGÓN BALL EN PLAZA DEL CARMEN – El próximo sábado 17 de marzo, el evento dirigido a los fans de las series animadas japonesas y de los cómics… https://t.co/NhMn42toqj pic.twitter.com/meJiojPk65
— Ayuntamiento de SLP (@AytoSLP) March 10, 2018
Fans took to social media to share the excitement of their community coming together to watch the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super. Here are some of the scenes from Saturday:
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
— Marcos Aguilar Vega (@MarcosAguilar) March 18, 2018
Actividad del H. Ayuntamiento de San Luis Potosí
Euforia total con la presencial de Dragon Ball Super
Capitulo 130… pic.twitter.com/xBFTVY5K9M
— AgenciadeNoticiasSLP (@AgenciadeNSLP) March 18, 2018
— Gobierno de Morelos (@GobiernoMorelos) March 18, 2018
— Alcaldía de San Salvador (@alcaldia_ss) March 18, 2018
While the fans looked like they had a great time, Toei Animation wasn’t too happy about the public screenings.
PLEASE READ BELOW⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/nmNxSg8ZMK
— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation) March 13, 2018
Toei Animation Tweeted a statement in English and Spanish days before the episode’s premiere. They told fans that they didn’t authorize the public screenings, which is a violation of copyright laws and licensing. Due to Toei’s words, all of the screenings are deemed illegal.
The Embassy of Japan in Mexico even sent out memos demanding the events be canceled.
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
The Japanese Embassy sent requests for cancelations two days before the screenings swept through Mexico. They warn, “The government of Japan is aware that episode 130 and episode 131 of the Dragon Ball Super series, whose copyright belongs to Japanese company Toei Animation, will be shown in public places and places without the author’s due authorization.”
Some of the communities decided to cancel their public screenings after Toei’s statement – obviously most didn’t.