Japanese animation studio Toei Animation (Digimon, One Piece) have announced that a new TV anime adaptation of Shigeru Mizuki’s GeGeGe no Kitarou manga is set to premiere on April 1st on Fuji TV at 9:00am JST. This is the time slot for the currently airing Dragon Ball Super, signifying that the series will end the week prior on March 25th.
GeGeGe no Kitarou will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the new anime will be the franchise’s new big project. The manga itself ran from 1960 till 1969 for a total of 9 compiled volumes.
Dragon Ball Super is set to end on Sunday March 25th with episode 131. The anime is currently in the climax of the Universal Survival Saga arc
Toei Animation has recently revealed a 20th film for the franchise, which 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. The movie is set to release in Japan this December.
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
- 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.
The Dragon Ball Super anime is set to end on March 25th in which the following week, April 1st, will have the new GeGeGe no Kitarou TV anime replacing its slot. Further details will be revealed at a later date.
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