- Oct 25, 2017
This thread is primarily for the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Super and its worldwide simulcast, if you are watching the show with a dub you will run into spoilers for episodes you have not yet seen. If you want to discuss the English dub as it airs check out the Toonami thread.
There will also be unmarked Dragon Ball Super Broly spoilers. You have been warned.
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Dragon Ball Super is a follow up to Dragon Ball Z, though all of the stories so far have taken place before the final episodes of Z. The primary story arcs of the show are based on outlines written by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama and then expanded and modified in a group effort between Toei and Akira Toriyama.
The series continues the adventures of Goku and his friends as they meet new and returning characters as well as fight new, powerful foes. The Dragon Ball world has been expanded with new realms of power and the revelation that our heroes reside in one of 12 universes, each with their own people, warriors and gods.
Dragon Ball Super began airing on July 5th, 2015 and ended its initial run on March 25th, 2018.
A second season is expected to start some time in 2019 or early 2020.
Dragon Ball Super, in its initial run, completed 5 arcs from Akira Toriyama, 2 of which were adaptations of the films Battle of Gods and Resurrection F.
9 months after the show went off the air the very first Dragon Ball Super movie was released in Japanese theaters. Dragon Ball Super Broly.
- Original Author, Script, & Character Design: Akira Toriyama
- Director: Tatsuya Nagamine
- Animation Supervisor: Naohiro Shintani
- Art Director: Kazuo Ogura
The movie takes place shortly after the Tournament of Power and introduces Toriyama's own canon version of the infamous Dragon Ball Z movie character Broly. Broly has been heavily rewritten and is very much his own character separate from the original. The movie also features characters such as Freeza, Bardock and King Vegeta as well has a small handful of new characters.
The movie hit theaters in Japan on December 14th, 2018, and early 2019 for the rest of the world and was met with high praise from fans and critics alike. The animation is considered by many to be the best in the Dragon Ball Franchise. Dragon Ball Super Broly sits at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide, making it not only the highest grossing Dragon Ball film, but the highest grossing Toei Animation film of all time.
The home release in the US releases April 16th, 2019. Other countries should receive their own home releases not long after.
Depending on your region you should be able to watch episodes officially subbed on Crunchyroll, DBS-Cardgame, AnimeLab and Funimation.
Various dubs around the world are also airing! Funimation's English dub airs Saturday nights on Adult Swim.
Dragon Ball Super also has a manga, but unlike with Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z the anime is not based on the it. The manga is created by an artist who goes by the name Toyotaro and is based on the same outlines as the anime, but does many things differently. Following the Tournament of Power the manga started a new original arc that takes place after the events of Dragon Ball Super Broly, The Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc. In this arc the Goku and Vegeta face off against an ancient goat-like wizard who feeds off of the life force of planets and living beings.
New chapters of the manga can be read totally free, in English on Viz's site.
Q. So when is Super coming back?
A. The return has yet to be officially announced, but the show's existence has been confirmed by people working on it. According to the leaks it will return in July.
Q. Why does the movie look so different?
A. As mentioned in the "Movie" section, the movie has a new animation character designer and this new style was created in conjunction with Akira Toriyama to look closer to his original manga, to be more animation friendly, and to accentuate the action.
Q. Is the movie's look the look for Dragon Ball going forward?
A. While it has not been officially confirmed, it has been leaked that Shintani will return as character designer for the show.
Q. Is the Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc Toriyama's next main story or canon?
A. The answer to this is currently unknown. While we do know Toriyama is involved, from what has been said and from Toriyama not making any statements on the arc as of yet it has been assumed by most that it is a Toyotaro original arc, though no official confirmation has been made yet. Whether it will be considered "canon" or be adapted in the anime is a complete unknown at the current time as well.
Q. If the first two arcs are just retellings of two movies should I watch them or the show?
A. It really comes down to what you want to do, some people even prefer the Super retellings of the arcs. The fastest way to get caught up on the series is to start by watching the films Battle of Gods and Resurrection F and then pick up Super on episode 28, but the best way to get into the show in a shorter amount of time than watching 27 episodes is to watch the first two episodes of Super, the Battle of Gods film, episode 15 and then either Ajay's Resurrection F Super Cut (a fan recut of the the film that includes a lot of Super footage, but I can't link you to it) or watch episodes 16, 17 and 18 followed by the Resurrection F film and pick up Super at episode 28. At the end of the Universe Survival arc there is a fairly large reference to the Battle of Gods arc of Super, however understanding that reference isn't the most important thing to enjoy that scene.
Welcome to the new OT! Now we just have to wait a bit longer for new episodes!