Dragon Ball Returns To Television With All New Series
Has it really almost been 20 years? Times flies doesn’t it? Well, classic animated TV show Dragon Ball is making a triumphant return to television. The new series titled Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan on Fuji TV this coming July.
“We’ve always used the word ‘chō’ (Super) with Dragon Ball in commercials, games and the like, but the fact that the series titled Dragon Ball Super is beginning is the best thing ever,” said Masako Nozawa, the voice of Gohan, Goku, and Goten.
Dragon Ball debuted as a manga written and drawn publication by Akira Toriyama back in 1984. The story focuses on Goku, first as a boy and eventually as a man, as he searches for the mystical, wish-granting Dragon Balls. Along the way, he makes a host of friends, enemies, and even those dreaded “frenemies” who join him in the anime adaptations Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Another animated series, Dragon Ball GT, also sprung up as well as a host of movies, video games and action figures, not to mention the different versions of the cartoon that appear around the world.
The new series is said to pick back up “a few years after the defeat of Majin Buu”. So this series looks like its set between Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, which saw Goku turned back into a child and in search of the Black Star Dragon Balls. The latter series, which ran from 1996 to 1997, started up five years after the end of DBZ, so it would seem that Super lands in the middle.
The artwork seen above is from Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, one of the aforementioned feature films that debuted in Japan earlier this month and in LA on April 11. Funimation is currently working on an English dub that will be release to some theaters later this summer. For more information on those releases as well as when Funimation’s home video version will hit stores, keep an eye on the official site.
“As I read the plot [of the series] I’ve already received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand,” said Fuji TV producer Osamu Nozaki. “An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear…”