Q & A #3

What is Dragon Ball Super?

Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. The manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Superwas revealed to be illustrated by Toyotarō and premiered first before the first episode. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. No information has been given regarding an international release. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.

When is the next episode of Dragon Ball Super?

Dragon Ball Super airs Sunday mornings in Japan at 9am, which is 8pm EST on Saturdays.

When does Dragon Ball Super Take Place?

In issue #31 of Weekly Shōnen Jumpplot details are revealed for Dragon Ball Super episode 1. In this is was revealed that Dragon Ball Super takes place 6 months after the defeat of Majin Buu. With that said, not only does Dragon Ball Super take place before the events of Battle of Gods, which takes place 4 years after Buu’s defeat, but also before the Jump Super Anime Tour Special, which takes place just 2 years after the defeat of Buu.

In short, Dragon Ball Super, up to this point, takes place within the 10 year time skip from the defeat of Majin Buu, and the last episode(s)/chapter(s) of Dragon Ball Z.

How many episodes will there be?

It is unknown how many total episodes Dragon Ball Super will end up being. We do, however, have a completeDragon Ball Super episode guide that we update weekly with an in-depth summary of each new episode.

Where is Uub?

Uub made his first appearance in manga chapter 518 in Dragon Ball Z at the 28th Tenkaichi Budōkai. This event occurred following the 10 year time skip after Majin Buu’s defeat. Hence the chapter’s title, “And After Ten Years”. With that said, Dragon Ball Super takes place before Uub is introduced.

When will FUNimation be dubbing Dragon Ball Super?

The short answer? We do not know. There is a process that needs to take place before an English dub can be made possible. For one, FUNimation needs to acquire the rights to the new series. We do know thaFUNimation is working on acquiring the license, however, up to this point nothing has been confirmed. One can assume that it will most likely happen eventually, and if/when it does, we can expect to have the current voice cast on board.

Will there be a DVD/Blu-ray release of the series?

The first box set is due out on December 2, 2015, and will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray. It will contain the first 12 episodes of the series. The second box set is scheduled to release on March 2, 2016, and will consist of episodes 13-24. Pre-orders are available for both box sets on DVD and Blu-ray via CDJapan. These box sets will contain Japanese audio, WITHOUT English subititles, as the series has yet to be dubbed.

Is Dragon Ball Super Canon?

Akira Toriyama is heavily involved in writing the story of Dragon Ball Super. He does not write the script or draw the manga, but he writes the overall scenario and develops the basic story he wants to advance in his own way. The anime is more directly connected to his work, while the manga is more of a method of advertising the series. The manga is written by Toyotarō, who previously worked on a fan manga “Dragon Ball AF” under the name Toyble. Toyotarō was chosen by JUMP for his incredible ability to more or less emulate Toriyama’s drawing style perfectly. This has created confusion among fans, who might think Toriyama himself draws the manga. This is not true. And the manga is considered not canon because of its already evident differences from the anime, which Toriyama is directly involved in. Toyotarō has the power to manipulate and adapt Toriyama’s basic story just as the anime staff can do, so this creates discrepancies between the two mediums. In the end, the DBS manga cannot be considered in the same light as the original DB manga was. It is used solely to advertise the anime, and not meant to be considered a part of the official canon of Dragon Ball Super and the series at large due to the nature of the product and its differences with the anime, which Toriyama is actually directly involved in.

In short, the Dragon Ball Super  anime is considered canon, while the manga, which is not exactly the same as or written by Toriyama, is not


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