New ‘Dragon Ball’ Anime Series Announced After 18-Year Hiatus

Dragon Ball Super Announced Toei Animation

Officially announced today, Toei Animation has begun production on Dragon Ball Super (tentative English title), the first all-new anime series based on the epic franchise since Dragon Ball GT in 1997. Eighteen years later, creator Akira Toriyama still has stories to tell as he’ll be overseeing this new project. Learn more about this exciting development after the break… or maybe over the span of 10 episodes.

Despite a new feature film coming out, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Dragon Ball Super will follow the events after the intense battle with Majin Buu. Typically the series has only loosely kept ties to the films and never intermingled the storylines. It will be interesting to see what latest threat our heroes will encounter, and if Mr. Buu will join them in the fight to save Earth.

Dragon Ball Z introduced me to the world of anime growing up. I remember coming home after school and being caught up in the Z fighters traveling to Namek to find the Dragon Balls. At that time the episodes continually stopped at a certain point and restarted only to go back to where they stopped again. My guess is that Cartoon Network or whichever channel I was watching it on had a limited number of episodes they could air.

For some reason, as much as I enjoy the series, life got the better of me and I stopped watching right around the part where Kid Buu was introduced. Right at the end, I know, but the pacing is so dragged out that I got sick of watching characters yelling at each other to power up with little story progression.

I look forward to what Dragon Ball Super can bring and hope that it can spawn a new generation of youngsters fascinated by the idea that they can create energy blasts out of their hands and they can power up to golden-haired levels.

Directed by Kimitoshi Chioka, Dragon Ball Super is set to debut in Japan in July 2015.

Here’s the official press release courtesy of Toei Animation:

Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan in July 2015.

Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.

Introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump (published from 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.

“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.”


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Source: Toei Animation

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