As a part of today’s episode of Dragon Ball Kai, Toei Animation and Fuji TV previewed the upcoming new TV series, Dragon Ball Super.
Included within the 15-second preview was the series’ opening theme song, “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!!” (超絶☆ダイナミック!!), by Kazuya Yoshii (previously of the band The Yellow Monkey). The preview, narrated by Son Goku (Masako Nozawa), included brief appearances by Son Goku, Son Goten, Trunks, Videl, Son Gohan, Mister Satan, Mister Boo, Piccolo, Kaiō, Beerus, Whis, and Vegeta.
ドラゴンボール超 ７月 放送開始！
Heya, I’m Goku. After 18 years, we’re plunging into a new series!
Dragon Ball Super — The broadcast begins this July!
Everyone, be sure to watch our new battle!
In terms of character designs and time placement, it appears the series will begin at some point following the 2008 “Jump Super Anime Tour” special, as Son Goku is shown wearing an outfit identical to his radish farming outfit showcased at the beginning of the special. Although both Beerus and Whis make notable appearances in the preview, there is not enough context to conclude where exactly the series will fall in relation to the two recent films (Battle of Gods and Revival of “F”) overseen by Akira Toriyama. Goten and Trunks also appear as children, while Gohan appears as a bespectacled scholar, similar to their appearances in the “Jump Super Anime Tour” special and Battle of Gods.
Today’s preview was apparently only a “short version”; additional updates are promised for the series’ official website on Monday, which may potentially include a full-length version.
Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Boo, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting in June.