New “Dragon Ball Super” Manga Story Arc Unveiled: “Granolla the Survivor” Arc
Published by 15 December 2020, 8:49 AM EST

Following up both on previous direct teases as well as this month’s manga storyboard drafts, Shueisha has officially unveiled the Dragon Ball Super manga’s forthcoming story arc: the “Granolla the Survivor arc”, set to begin next week in the series’ 67th chapter as published in the February 2021 issue of the company’s monthly V-Jump magazine:

Dragon Ball Super – A New Chapter
The “Granolla the Survivor” Arc
The battle is over…
But, in the shadows…

Yunba: Did you check to make sure he was destroyed?
Yunba: You didn’t … make sure, did you?

A new evil makes its move.

(New character): Oatmil, that’s the ship, right?
(Response): That’s right. Stay sharp, Granolla.

New chapter – The “Granolla the Survivor” arc kicks off!
Continued in the February issue of V-Jump. The “Granolla the Surivor” arc begins!

Within this trailer, two new character names are revealed in dialog:

  • Oatmil: The character’s name of オートミル (Ōtomiru) is likely adapted from the katakana spelling of オートミール (Ōtomīru) from the English word “oatmeal” by shortening the elongated ミー to from the “meal” portion.
  • Granolla: The character’s name of グラノラ (Guranora) is likely adapted from the katakana spelling of グラノーラ (Guranōra) from the English word “granola” by shortening the elongated ノー to from the “nola” portion. This shortened spelling is also sometimes used in brand names and other food items in Japan.

These name spellings of “Oatmil” and “Granolla” are our current Kanzenshuu style guide spellings, and are spelled in a way as to reflect their source word changes while also providing a natural pronunciation guide. These spellings may change as new information is revealed, and may differ in the official English localization.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015, initially just ahead of the television series, and running both ahead and behind the series at various points. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ sixty-seventh chapter coming 21 December 2020 in the magazine’s February 2021 issue, simultaneously wrapping up the previous “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc” and kicking off this new “Granolla the Survivor arc”.

Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc, “speeding up the excitement of the TV anime even more”. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward, now entering its second manga-original story arc. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition back in 2017. The eleventh collected volume was released earlier this month.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub having wrapped its broadcast on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its tenth and final box set back in January.

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