20th Dragon Ball Anime Movie Announced for December 2018

At the recent 2018 Jump Festa event, Japanese animation studio Toei Animation (Digimon, One Piece) announced at a stage event that a new anime movie based on Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball franchise is in production. The new movie itself will be the franchise’s 20th anime film and is slated to release in Japan in December 2018.


Toei reveals that the upcoming movie will focus on the original Saiyans. Whilst the most recent movies, 2013’s Battle of Gods and 2015’s Resurrection F, featured Goku attaining new forms to battle deities, the 2018 film will show us what it means to be a Saiyan and the origin of their strength.

Toriyama will write the original story, screenplay and produce the original character designs for the movie.

In a recent interview, Toriyama revealed some details about the origins of the Saiyans. The first Super Saiyan is a Saiyan known as Yamoshi, who also became the first Super Saiyan God. He was a pure hearted Saiyan who rebelled against the evil Saiyans, and was part of the ritual that transformed him into the first Super Saiyan God.

Toriyama also mentions that the likelihood for a Saiyan to become a Super Saiyan is determined by the amount of S-Cells in their body. The only way to have a large amount of S-Cells is by having a gentle spirit.

The main cast of the current Dragon Ball Super (Dragon Ball Chou) anime includes:

  • Masako Nozawa (Tetsuro Hoshino in Ginga Tetsudou 999) returns to voice Goku



  • Masako Nozawa will also be voicing Gohan



  • Masako Nozawa also voices Goten



  • Ryo Horikawa (Heiji Hattori from Detective Conan) as Vegeta



  • Takeshi Kusao (Dororo from Keroro Gunsou) is voicing Trunks



  • Toshio Furukawa (Ataru Moroboshi in Urusei Yatsura) voices Piccolo



  • Mayumi Tanaka (Luffy Monkey D. in One Piece) is back as Krillin



  • Masaharu Satou (Woll Dolnard in Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikuu) voices the role of Master Roshi



  • Koichi Yamadera (Togusa in Ghost in the Shell) is back to voice Beerus

Dragon-Ball-Super-Character-Design Beerus


  • Masakazu Morita (Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach) voices Whis


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.

Charapedia-Top-20-Anticipated-Anime-of-Summer-2015-Rank-9 Dragon Ball Super

A brand new Dragon Ball movie has been announced and is in production for late 2018. It will be the 20th official movie in the franchise and will focus on the origin of the Saiyans. Further details will be revealed at a later date.

You can visit the film’s website here: http://www.dbmovie-20th.com/

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