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Akira Toriyama To Oversee New ‘Dragon Ball’ Series
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In 2013, Toei Animation produced Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the first new Dragon Ball movie since 1996. In March of this year, a second film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F was released, bringing back fan-favorite villain, Frieza to the mix. And now — following the success of their revived film franchise — Toei Animation has announced Dragon Ball Super, the first new Dragon Ball series in 18 years.

The new show — which will take place during the aftermath of Goku and company’s battle with Majin Buu — will be overseen by original Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama, and produced by Fuji Television.

You can check out the full press release below:

TOKYO (April 28, 2015) – Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan in July 2015.

Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.

Introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump (published from SHUEISHA Inc.) in 1984, Dragon Ball has evolved into a globally beloved brand. Seen in more than 70 countries, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold, Dragon Ball remains one of the most popular anime series of all time.

“Having loved Dragon Ball since childhood, it is very exciting to be a part of this project,” said Osamu Nozaki, producer for Fuji Television. “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.”

“When I joined Toei Animation, one of my first assignments saw me working on the production of Dragon Ball Z,” said Atsushi Kido, producer for Toei Animation. “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.”

“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,” said Masako Nozawa, Japanese voice actress of Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten. “I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”

Having watched every Dragon Ball series and movie, I’m fairly excited about Super. Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z are the two series’ that introduced me to anime when I was in elementary school. Both are exciting and entertaining in their own right; however, Dragon Ball GT — the show that Toriyama had absolutely no part in developing — was, in my opinion, awful. While I have yet to see Resurrection F, 2013’s Battle of Gods, was overseen by Toriyama and reminded me a lot of old Dragon Ball Z, so I’m certainly hopeful. What are your thoughts?

[Source: Toei Animation]

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