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Dragon Ball Is Getting Its First New TV Anime in 18 Years

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It’s called Dragon Ball Super. And it’s the first new, original Dragon Ball television anime in nearly two decades.

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The last Dragon Ball TV anime, Dragon Ball GT, aired from 1996 to 1997.

Yahoo News (via tipster Pyke) and Famitsu report that Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama will be handling the new anime’s story. The series will take place after Goku defeats Majin Buu, and the world has become a peaceful place again.

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In Japanese, the title is Dragon Ball Chou (Super), as “chou” (超) means “super,” “hyper,” “ultra,” or even “very.”

The reason for the “chou” naming, Goku’s voice actor Masako Nozawa, explains is that the word is always used in Dragon Ball commercials, video games, and whatnot. Now it will go in the title of the new animated series that is set to air starting this July in Japan.

Top photo: Famitsu

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And now, a timeline of future events.

Today: First new Dragonball series in 18 years. Wow! That’s awesome!

Then: First screenshot from new Dragonball series. Some people say it looks amazing. Some people say it’s terrible. It’s done something different. An old character is back in a new way that some people like and some people don’t. A new character is the focus, some people like that and some people don’t.

Then: First trailer from new Dragonball series. Mixed reaction. Seems too modern for some people and incomprehensible to others. Some people say they love it when they don’t, some people say to have faith because “it’s Dragonball.”

Finally: New Dragonball series premieres. A lot of people watch the first few episodes, then ratings fall off. People say it’s not as good as it used to be. Some enjoy it but it goes mostly forgotten in the larger community. The world spins on.