Following the release of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F (Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’/Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu No F), the official website of Toei Animation have announced a brand new original anime series based on Akira Toriyama ‘s Dragon Ball that will be airing this July, titled Dragon Ball Super (Dragon Ball Chou).
Dragon Ball Super will be the first new original anime series based on Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga in over 18 years, with the last series being Dragon Ball GT. Masako Nozawa, the voice actress of Goku, Gohan, and Goten, has commented that
We’ve always used the word “chou” (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.
The anime will be set years after the end of the Dragon Ball Z anime where the notorious Majin Buu has been defeated and peace has returned to Earth. Toriyama will be the developing the original story and concept for Dragon Ball Super, having a larger involvement in the new series than GT. In addition, the first staff members were also revealed:
- Director: Kimitoshi Chioka (Hakaba Kitarou, Kamisama Kazoku)
- Producers: Naoko Sagawa (Toei Animation) and Atsushi Kido (Toei Animation)
- Animation Studio: Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece)
The anime itself will air this July on Sundays at 9:00am JST on Fuji TV. One of the network’s producers, Osamu Nozaki, states:
As I read the plot I’ve already received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear…
Dragon Ball is an acclaimed manga created by Akira Toriyama that was first published in 1984. The first anime adaptation of the manga, Dragon Ball, first aired in 1986 and was produced by Toei Animation. The series ended in 1989, in which the second half of the manga was then adapted with a new name: Dragon Ball Z. The anime and manga series were insanely popular in Japan, with the manga itself selling over 156 million copies to date, being the second highest selling manga of all time. The anime was soon picked up by Funimation Entertainment in 1995 to distribute in North America, where they made their own dub for the anime. Since then, a slew of merchandise, films, manga, games and card games, began releasing worldwide to capitalise on the franchise’s popularity till this day, over 30 years since the manga was first published.
Here is the synopsis of the original series from MAL:
Bulma is a girl in search of the mystical Dragonballs that when brought together grant any wish. In her search she bumps into the owner of one of these balls, a strange boy named Goku. The two then set off together, Bulma in search of the Dragonballs and Goku on a quest to become stronger.
Dragon Ball Super (Dragon Ball Chou) will be airing on Fuji TV this July during the Summer 2015 anime season. Further information about the new series will be revealed very soon.
Source Article – Toei Animation
Source Article – Anime News Network
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