Dragon Ball Super (Japanese:ドラゴンボール超(スーパー) Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Sūpā) is a Japanese manga and anime series. The overall storyline outline was written by Akira Toriyama as creator of the Dragon Ball franchise, and is a sequel to the original Dragon Ball manga and television series Dragon Ball Z. The manga was written by Toriyama and illustrated by Toyotarou and is serialized in the shnen manga magazine V Jump. published by Shueisha since June 2015. An anime series adaptation produced by Toei Animation aired on the Fuji TV channel from 5 July 2015 to 25 March 2018. The anime follows the overall story outline written by Toriyama, while the single episodes are written by different screenwriters.
Dragon Ball Super follows the adventures of Goku and his friends after defeating Majin Buu and bringing peace to Earth once again. Goku encounters creatures much more powerful and protects Earth against the powerful god of destruction. He obtained divine powers and learned his new powers under the guidance of the gods of his universe. Goku travels to other universes to face stronger opponents as well as nearly unstoppable foes. A feature film titled Dragon Ball Super: Broly was released in 2018, while an ONA titled Super Dragon Ball Heroes, based on events that took place before the film and arcade game of the same name, premiered in July 2018.
After Majin Buu was defeated, the earth returned to peace and Son Goku became a turnip farmer and his family and friends lived happily. However, a new threat emerges, namely Beerus the God of Destruction (破壊神ビルス Hakaishin Birusu). He is the most terrible creature in the entire universe. Beerus is eager to fight the legendary warrior he saw in a prophecy known as the Super Saiya God (超 スーパー)サイヤ人ゴッド|Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo}}.
This series recounts two events from the last two Dragon Ball Z films, namely Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, before continuing an original story about exploring alternative universes.
In addition to his role as creator of the series, Akira Toriyama is also credited for the “original story and character design concepts” of this new anime directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. Toei Animation commissioned Atsushi Kido as producer who previously worked on Dragon Ball Z briefly during the Frieza arc, while Fuji TV produced Osamu Nozaki who said he has been a fan of the series since childhood.
Masako Nozawa also returned to play his role as Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten. Many original players also played their roles again. However, Joji Yanami’s roles as Kaio-sama and the narrator are uncertainly taken over by Naoki Tatsuta in episode 12, so that Yanami can take care of him. Koichi Yamadera and Masakazu Morita also return as Beerus and Whis.
The first preview of the series aired on June 14, following episode 157 of Dragon Ball Kai. The next day, the main promotional image for Dragon Ball Super was added to the official website revealing two new characters who were later revealed to be named Shanpa (シャンパ) and Vados (ヴァドス). A thirty second trailer including the characters was uploaded on the official website on June 26.
Dragon Ball Super will receive an English dub which will premiere on the Toonami channel in South Asia and India in 2016.
Composer for Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ has composed scores for Dragon Ball Super. An original soundtrack for the anime will be released on CD by Columbia on February 24, 2016.
The series’ opening theme song is “Chōzetsu Dynamic!” (超絶☆ダイナミック！, “Excellent Dynamic!”) from Kazuya Yoshii from The Yellow Monkey. The lyrics were written by Yukinojo Mori who has written a number of songs for the Dragon Ball series. The ending theme for the first 12 episodes is
“Hello Hello Hello” (ハローハローハロー Harō Harō Harō) from the Japanese rock band Good Morning America, while the second is “Starring Star” (スターリングスター Sutāringu Sutā) of Key Talk from episode 13 to 25. The 3rd ending theme used since episode 26 is “Usubeni” (薄紅, “Light Pink”) from Lacco Tower.
The Dragon Ball Super anime has been adapted into a semi-manga drawn by artist Toyotaro who was previously responsible for the official manga adaptation of Resurrection ‘F’. It began serialization in the August 2015 issue of V Jump which was released on June 20.
The episodes will be released on a Japanese DVD or Blu-ray containing twelve episodes each. The first set was released on December 2, 2015 and the second is planned for March 2, 2016.
First impressions for the series’ debut episode were overwhelmingly positive, with the animation quality being highly commended. Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku praised the series’ title sequences, saying “My middle-school self is so happy right now, you guys.” Jamieson Cox of The Verge also praised the title sequence by saying that “Dragon Ball Super’s intro will have you begging for its North American release”. Cox was also surprised that considering how popular the franchise was, the series didn’t launch internationally at the same time, he called it “an unpredictable move” and he gave Sailor Moon Crystal as an example. Lucas Siegel of Comicbook.com praised the debut episode for its “laid back plotline” and animation style. He said that this debut was “very much put out as a “slice of life” episode”. Siegel also notes that the first episode is more of an introduction to “where they are now” in the series which will ultimately help build expectations for “where they will be”.
Unfortunately, episode 5 received heavy criticism from Japanese and Western audiences, mainly because of its pathetic animation style compared to the previous four episodes. Toei Animation has improved its animations for the release of Blu-ray episodes.