Anime fans rejoice! The king of anime is set to return to television after 18 years! The Dragon Ball saga ended its lengthy run on TV with the final episode of Dragon Ball GT in 1997. Since then, the wonderful world of Dragon Ball has shown no sign of disappearing! Videogames, movies and other forms of merchandise and media proved to series creator Akira Toriyama that just because the show was over, doesn't mean we'd ever forget it.
Well now, thanks to feedback from fans and the success of the most recent Dragon Ball movie, [Dragon Ball z: Battle of gods](tag:784626), Dragon Ball is returning to television!
Dragon Ball Chou, or Dragon Ball Super in English, is set to premiere this July. Akira Toriyama will be handling the new anime's story, so presumably this new show will in fact be canon. Masako Nozawa, the Japanese voice actress for Goku, expressed her excitement for the show recently in an official statement released by Toei Animation.
I've used the word 'cho' (super) in so many commercials, games, and other media, it is fantastic that the long-awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin," she said. "I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.
Here's hoping! I'm a huge fan of Dragon Ball, and it's awesome that it's returning to television after so many years. But there's something very interesting about this new show; the time in which it's set. According to Kotaku, the series takes place after Goku defeats Majin Buu, and the world has become a peaceful place again. So that means that the show will take place after Dragon Ball Z and before GT.
So this leaves me with one huge question.
Will GT be written out of DB history?!
For those who don't know, GT is about as non-canon as you can get. At least, that's what I think. There have been many debates over the authenticity of GT's existence. Some say it's canon, others say it's not. This is because there were rumors that Akira Toriyama was never consulted about the making of this anime-only sequel to his manga series. That's not entirely true however, as Akira was consulted and allowed Toei to make the show. However, he had no part in the story of the series. He worked on things like the logo, and some characters designs, but that's about it.
Akira was never against the show, but he has expressed views that the show was vastly different from DB and DBZ. All in all though, he seemed to like it. But that didn't stop fans from tearing it apart. Sure it was an enjoyable show, but it just didn't feel very Dragon Ball in nature. Despite this, I'm still a fan of the show, and I'm sure there are many other people out there who enjoyed the shows sci-fi esque plot and odd set of new characters.
But if Dragon Ball Super is being set before GT, and Akira is working on its story (something GT can't brag about), will Toriyama incorporate the GT story, or will he simply discard it. Personally, as much of fan I am of GT, I think he should just ignore it. It keep DBS from becoming some sort of in-between side-story that can't progress much because it's stuck between two existing shows. I'm fine with GT being some alternate universe filler. Goku needs to keep his Super Saiyan 4 transformation though, that was the coolest.
But what do you think? Should GT be acknowledged? Or should DBS move past all that and expand the universe beyond (and without) GT?
Should GT be treated like the 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' of the DB Universe?
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