Toei Animation has announced in a press release today that it will produce a brand new Dragon Ball series for broadcast in Japan, entitled Dragon Ball Super. An English version of the announcement via Toei Animation Europe describes the show as “the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years” and one in continuity with the Dragon Ball Z and its recent theatrical movie sequels. The series is to tell stories that take place after the events of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F , although Toei promises that the show will “…create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.”
As he did for Battle of Gods and Resurrection F, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama has developed the storyline for Dragon Ball Super and is overseeing the project. While few staff have been officially announced veteran Japanese voice actress Masako Nozawa is naturally returning to play her long-held part as Son Goku, and Toei’s Chioka Kimitoshi is directing the show.
Dragon Ball Super is planned for broadcast on Japan’s Fuji TV on Sundays, starting in July 2015. Toei’s announcement included statements from producers Osamu Nozaki and Atsushi Kido, as well as Ms. Nozawa:
Fuji Television’s Osamu Nozaki: “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.”
Toei Animation’s Atsushi Kido: “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: “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 this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”