Finally! The news us Dragon Ball fans have been patiently awaiting has arrived at last. After 18 long years, Dragon Ball Z is finally getting a brand new anime series titled Dragon Ball Super, which is set to premiere in July on Sundays at 9 a.m. on Fuji TV and other channels. This will be the first Dragon Ball Z series since Dragon Ball GT, which aired from 1996-1997. Dragon Ball Z has since released two additional sequel films to the franchise (Battle of Z and Resurrection ‘F’), but it’s nice to see DBZ return for an actual series.
Dragon Ball Super takes place a couple years after the defeat of Majin Buu. Osamu Nozaki, Fuji TV producer, is clearly excited for the new series and commented, “As I read the plot [of the series] I've already received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear...” Masako Nozawa, the voice of Goku/Gohan/Goten, also made her excitement known, “We've always used the word 'chō' (Super) with Dragon Ball in commercials, games, but the fact that the series is titled Dragon Ball Super is beginning of the best thing ever.” The cast and crews enthusiasm is downright contagious and has made me even more excited for Dragon Ball Super.
Akira Toriyama is listed as not only the original creator, but as the man in charge of the original story and character concepts for Super. Kimitoshi Chioka, from Toei Animation, is the series director whereas Naoko Sagawa (Yomiko Advertising, Inc.) and Atsushi Kido (Toei Animation) join the project as producers along with Osamu Nozaki.
This is Dragon Ball’s second project of the year, the first being the film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ which premiered in Japan earlier this month. Resurrection ‘F’ also premiered in L.A. on April 11th courtesy of Funimation. Funimation has plans on releasing the film in theaters, with an English dub sometime this summer. Check out PopWrapped’s review of the event and film!
I am ridiculously excited for Super because it will not only expand the story, but also give us the opportunity to see more of our favorite DBZ characters (more Vegeta and Trunks? I’m so on board).
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