The official website of the Dragon Ball Super (Dragon Ball Chou) anime has revealed a brand new image featuring a shirtless Goku in his new form. Goku’s new transformation is set to appear in the series’ current arc, the Universe Survival Arc, on October 8th.
Here is the anime’s latest visual, which also previews the new form from the back:
Toei Animation (One Piece, Dragon Ball) have announced that there will be a crossover promotion between Dragon Ball Super and the TV anime adpatation of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga. Each series will be reaching their climax battles this October, with One Piece having its special episode on October 1st, between Luffy and Sanji, and Dragon Ball Super having its special on October 8th, with the fight between Goku and Jiren.
Both episodes of the respective series will be 1 hour long.
Here is the preview video for the two specials, which also features Goku’s new form towards the end:
The anime’s current arc began on February 5th and features a tournament between universes to keep themselves alive, where the losing teams will have their universes erased. Toei Animation have released a promotional video introducing the 10 fighters representing Universe 7.
The main cast of the 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
- Masakazu Morita (Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach) voices Whis
The anime is 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.
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 is currently airing every Sunday at 9:00am JST on Fuji TV. An one hour special episode will air on October 8th.
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