Dragon Ball Super is set to air in Japan in July, so you can guarantee that copies will start crossing the water before the end of summer. This will be the first Dragon Ball anime in 18 years and the fifth in the franchise.
The new series is set after the defeat of Majin Buu by Goku, when the earth is once again peaceful. The actual name of the series is Dragon Ball Chou. Chou has several meanings in Japanese such as “super,” “hyper,” “ultra,” or even “very.” According to the actor who voices Goku, Gohan and Goten, Masako Nozawa, the word “chou” has always been used in Dragon Ball commercials and video games so it’s about time the word made it into the show itself.
The original Dragon Ball was a Japanese manga series by Akira Toriyama that was originally published in Weekly Shōnen Jump. The story followed Goku as he grew up, trained in martial arts, confronted enemies, made friends and explored the world in his search for the seven Dragon Balls, which when gathered together would summon a dragon that would grant a wish.
Toriyami is credited as the creator of the new series. The studio that produced the original series,Toie Animation, is also coming back to work on the new TV series.
Masako Nozawa said, “It is fantastic that the long-awaited ‘Dragon Ball Super’ will finally begin. I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”