Dragon Ball’s last series run came in the form of the widely panned GT sagas. Some fans have cried out for a return to the days of Goku and his allies saving the world time and time again. So far, they’ve seen that dream fulfilled with two new feature films within the Z series – Battle of the Gods and Resurrection of F.
This July in Japan, the dream of seeing a brand new series following the events of Dragon Ball Z will hit the airwaves. Production has already gone underway for Dragon Ball Super (this is the planned Japanese title, while this title is tentative for English release). The original creator of the Dragon Ball series, Akira Toriyama, will oversee the show’s progress as he works alongside producers Fuji Television. Dragon Ball Super will take place after the final battle between Goku and Majin Buu.
Osamu Nozaki, producer for Fuji Television, provided some comments on how excited he is for the show’s return to TV:
Having loved Dragon Ball since childhood, it is very exciting to be a part of this project. Mr. Toriyama has developed a plot that’s not only a dream come true for Dragon Ball’s millions of fans, but one that will foster in a new generation of viewers.
Atsushi Kido, producer for Toei Animation, spoke about his involvement with Dragon Ball Z since becoming a member of Toei Animation:
When I joined Toei Animation, one of my first assignments saw me working on the production of Dragon Ball Z. While there for only a short period of time, being a part of the series left a lasting impression. We look forward to carrying on Dragon Ball’s tremendous legacy, bringing audiences a brand new Dragon Ball with the same sense of heart and commitment that went into past Dragon Ball productions.
Masako Nozawa, Japanese voice actress of Dragon Ball’s Goku, Gohan and Goten, was equally excited about the series’ return:
I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, 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.
On a separate note, Resurrection of F will release in the U.S. as a dubbed English version later this summer.