Dragon Ball Is Getting Its First New TV Anime In 18 Years

Dragon Ball Is Getting Its First New TV Anime In 18 Years

It’s called Dragon Ball Super. And it’s the first new, original Dragon Ball television anime in nearly two decades.

The last Dragon BallTV anime, Dragon Ball GT, aired from 1996 to 1997.

Yahoo News (via tipster Pyke) and Famitsu report that Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama will be handling the new anime’s story. The series will take place after Goku defeats Majin Buu, and the world has become a peaceful place again.

In Japanese, the title is Dragon Ball Chou (Super), as “chou” (超) means “super”, “hyper”, “ultra”, or even “very”.

The reason for the “chou” naming, Goku’s voice actor Masako Nozawa, explains is that the word is always used in Dragon Ball commercials, video games, and whatnot. Now it will go in the title of the new animated series that is set to air starting this July in Japan.

Picture: Famitsu


  • Hopefully it won’t be padded with all sort of tripe to fill out the season, and flows much better like Kai.

      • Yes. Kai is based off the manga and even has a few extra scenes littered throughout. It is roughly 100 episodes shorter because it has little to no filler except what was in the manga.

      • Hell no. I heavily prefer the original over Kai. Some people consider that “tripe” to be good backfiller. Kai IMO ruined Gohans SSJ2 ascension (let alone ruined his voice in general) and ruined all of Faulconer’s music that made the series shine.

        Kai has it’s pros though, it’s more HD than the original, from memory. Depends on your preference I guess.

        I’m not looking forward to Super as I was not impressed with the direction of BotG and RoF. Super Saiyan God… Super Saiyan? It would have been better if Akira went the path of Super Saiyan 4 – y’know, stuck to his own source material in terms of making SSJ4 an alternate form and not, ssj4…. *sigh*.
        Source: http://the-devils-corpse.deviantart.com/art/DBR-Saiyan-Transformations-329350941

        Personally, I think he’s lost his marbles.

        • I don’t know if you can really use a fan rewriting on how Saiyan forms work for a fan project called Dragon Ball Redux as evidence of Akira not sticking to his own source material (although, granted, Toriyama isn’t the best at doing that anyway). Besides, it was Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru who designed the SSJ4 form, and despite Toriyama lending a hand to production for some of GT and some initial designs for some of the characters, he had very little to do with the series as a whole. You can pretty much blame Toei for forgetting their own source material there.

          Kai definitely has it’s problems though, and SSGSS is just plain dumb. The Dragon Ball Redux naming convention for this is definitely a better idea.

          • Yeah that’s true. I recall reading somehwere that AT himself hinted at SSJ4 being an alternate form along the lines of Hitoozaru, where I strongly believe that piece of work got it’s inspiration from. AT has forgotten that he made SSJ2 and 3 as well… That’s rather embarrassing. Unfortunate, but oh well.

      • Kai was… disjointed and messy. There was all these newly drawn scenes to fill in the gaps where they’d chopped and rearranged things – which wouldn’t be such a problem if those scenes weren’t so terribly drawn. You’d cut from one scene which you knew and loved, to a new scene that looked like a ten year old had drawn it with a stick. In mud. Then, back to normal. Really, really, jarring.

  • How many episodes will they float in the air staring menacingly at each other before something happens?

  • I am very excited actually. I can see some negativity in the comments, though I do hope this will feel like the oldish DB/DBZ , the one that I loved back in the ’90s. Toriyama has to finish his work with Goku and put a closure.

    • I think part of people’s concerns is that you’ve now made your main characters so ridiculously powerful that you need to come up with even more ridiculously powered enemies with idiotic gimmicks (Buu, for example) to give them a challenge. Original Dragon Ball never really had this issue, and characters that weren’t Goku were still partially viable in early Z, but by the time you reached Cell Saga, if you weren’t a Saiyan (or Piccolo; Akira Toriyama’s favourite character), you were cannon fodder. Toriyama had to resort to even more Super Saiyan transformations, and later fusions, in order to continue a story he originally planned to end with the Frieza saga. And if your series has moved past being about the adventures to being purely about either being the strongest fighter ever or beating the strongest fighter ever, you haven’t really left yourself anywhere to go when your characters are as powerful as literal gods.

      I want to believe that a new series will be good, but I also want to believe that the series will have every Saiyan on Earth go off to train with Beerus and Whis (just to get them out of the picture for a good while), and focus on the characters that have still room to grow and develop (Yamcha, Krillin, Tien, Chiaotzu, 18, etc.). And I don’t think either of these things will happen, sadly.

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