After 18 years Dragon Ball fans will be getting the sequel series to Dragon Ball Z they deserve as Toei Animation announced a new anime series titled Dragon Ball Super will debut this July on Fuji TV.
The Dragon Ball franchise is one of the biggest anime franchises that has aired internationally and has remained relevant in Japanese entertainment. The franchise garnered revived attention with the release of Dragon Ball Kai which was a condensed retelling of Dragon Ball Z with updated animation and scene edited to be more accurate to the Japanese manga.
Earlier this year, Toei Animation released a second, new Dragon Ball animated feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F. It premiered in the US on April 11 in Los Angeles. Toei has announced plans for a wider, dubbed release of the film later this Summer. The previous film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of God was the first Dragon Ball movie in 17 years to have a theatrical release. Both films were supervised by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama and are part of official franchise canon.
The last Dragon Ball television series, Dragon Ball GT, which aired from 1996-97, received mixed to negative fan reviews, and Toriyama had minor involvement, has since ignored and no longer part of the official ongoing Dragon Ball storyline.
Dragon Ball Super is great news for fans because it is the “creator approved” sequel series to one of the most recognized anime series in the world. Dragon Ball Super will take place after the Majin Buu saga whether it takes place before or after Dragon Ball Z: Battle of God and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F is unknown.
“Having loved Dragon Ball since childhood, it is very exciting to be a part of this project,” said Osamu Nozaki, producer for Fuji Television. “Mr. Toriyama has developed a plot that’s not only a dream come true for Dragon Ball’s millions of fans, but one that will foster in a new generation of viewers.”
“When I joined Toei Animation, one of my first assignments saw me working on the production of Dragon Ball Z,” said Atsushi Kido, producer for Toei Animation. “While there for only a short period of time, being a part of the series left a lasting impression. We look forward to carrying on Dragon Ball’s tremendous legacy, bringing audiences a brand new Dragon Ball with the same sense of heart and commitment that went into past Dragon Ball productions.”
“I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin,” said Masako Nozawa, Japanese voice actress of Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten. “I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”
Introduced as a manga in “Weekly Shonen Jump” (published by SHUEISHA Inc.) in 1984,Dragon Ball has evolved into a globally beloved brand. Seen in more than 70 countries, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold, Dragon Ball remains one of the most popular anime series of all time.