Dragon Ball Super to Debut This July in Japan

It’s been 18 years since Dragon Ball GT ended its original run. Since then, Dragon Ball fans have received a few new movies and specials, the latest of which, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, premiered in Japan earlier this month. With almost two decades since the last TV series, the movie specials that have been released in recent years were an anomaly in the anime world where most series won’t get receive any official follow-ups beyond the occasional one shot or video game. However, considering just how popular Dragon Ball Z is, if there were to ever be a series to break the mold, it would be this.

Earlier this morning, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama announced a new Dragon Ball series is set to debut in Japan this July on Fuji TV (and other channels). Entitled Dragon Ball Super, the TV series is set a few years after the end of the Majin Buu Saga. Fuji TV producer Osamu Nozaki had this to say about the series’ plot:

As I read the plot [of the series] I’ve already received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear…

Masako Nozawa, the Japanese voice actress for Goku, Gohan, and Goten, shared her thoughts on the anime’s title:

We’ve always used the word ‘chō’ (Super) with Dragon Ball in commercials, games and the like, but the fact that the series titled Dragon Ball Super is beginning is the best thing ever.

There’s no word how the series will fit narratively with the latest two movies, the aforementioned Resurrection ‘F’ and Battle of Gods, but I think it’s safe to say the new series will completely ignore Dragon Ball GT‘s existence. Given the still-existent popularity of Dragon Ball, an English dub of Dragon Ball Super is all but guaranteed, though it may be at least a year before the localization process begins.

What do you think, DBZ fans? Are you excited for more Super Saiyan shenanigans?

[via Anime News Network]

Geoff Henao

Geoff Henao is a writer/kinda photographer affiliated with the Chicago collective LOD. His interests include film, punk rock, cute girls, graphic novels, video games, and the Chicago Bulls. He's funny sometimes.

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