As reported by Anime News Network, a copy of next week’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump that was leaked early has confirmed that Fuji TV will be broadcasting a new anime series based on the Toriko manga. The new anime series is slated to premiere in April 2011 and will be taking over the Dragon Ball Kai time slot at 9 AM on Sunday mornings before the One Piece anime series.
There has been no confirmation yet from either Fuji TV or Toei Animation as to what exactly will happen to Kai. There seems to be only three options at this point: the series will be relocated to a different time slot on Fuji TV, the series will be put on a long-term hiatus, or the series will be canceled all together.
While we do not know for sure what will happen, here is what we do know.
As of right now the series is set to run up to at least 98 episodes, as stated on Happinet’s official release website. With episode 86 of Kai airing this weekend, the final Cell arc episode of the series will air sometime near the end of March 2011, aligning perfectly with the April time schedule listed above. If this truly is the end of Kai, the series will have been in syndication for exactly two years. Also, any possible cancellation surely can not stem exclusively from poor TV ratings, as the series has been one of the top 10 rated anime series every week since syndication began in April 2009.
So now we Dragon Ball fans play the waiting game once more. Keep your rumor pants on kids, because this could get pretty interesting… or go absolutely no where. Nevertheless, we will be sure to keep you posted.