The latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has revealed that the upcoming new anime series based on Akira Toriyama ‘s Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Super (Dragon Ball Chou), will be airing on Fuji TV from July 5th. In addition, it was also announced that a new manga based on the new series will also be produced.
Dragon Ball Super will begin its broadcast from July 5 at 9:00am JST on Fuji TV, which will be replacing the timeslot for Dragon Ball Z Kai, which will be wrapping up this season.
In addition, it was revealed that there will be a manga adaptation of the anime will be produced. The manga will be drawn by Toyotarou and will be serialised in the upcoming issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine. Toyotarou was also responsible for the three chapter short manga based on the most recent Dragon Ball film,
Akira Toriyama is being credited with the original story.
Additionally, the first image of Goku in the manga has been previewed:
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 Opening and Ending themes of the upcoming anime were also revealed. The OP will be the song Chouzetsu☆Dynamic performed by Kazuya Yoshii, and the ED is Hello Hello Hello by Morning America.
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 every Sunday at 9:00am JST from July 5, during the Summer 2015 anime season. Further information about the new series will be revealed very soon.
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