Most of us look at Dragon Ball with fond memories. Whether it was watching it through channels like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon or by “other” means (I was watching pirated Dragon Ball through Super8 video tapes way back in the early 90’s), it’s a show that’s stood the test of time. Many an anime have built on and perfected the multiple episode fight, but we were all hooked.
It’s been about 18 years since the last new Dragon Ball show aired (GT aired from 1996-1997). While we in the United States get these episodes far later due to localization and contractual issues, the Japanese have been waiting far too long for a new Dragon Ball TV iteration; many fans have never seen a new episode in their lives.
Note, this is not to be confused with the Dragon Ball: Battle of Gods (which was the latest Dragon Ball film to be released in 17 years) and Dragon Ball: Resurrection F, both of which have been recently released as feature length films and not TV episodes.
But this summer, as reported by Anime News Network, Dragon Ball will release their newest TV iteration called Dragon Ball Super. The story is set after the events of the Majin Buu saga and as per Dragon Ball protocol, a new and more powerful enemy has appeared. This is supposedly set to take place after the recent movies, so maybe we’ll see a Super God Super Saiyan God Super Mode X-Infinity!
Obviously I just made that last thing up, but how many prefix/suffix power levels will we see before creator Akira Toriyama kicks the bucket? There was some speculation back in 2013 that he would retire, but his latest ventures have proven otherwise.
The new show is set to air in Japan this July!