So much Dragon Ball Super news! As a huge Dragon Ball fan, I cannot properly express how excited I am about the recent rise in 'Goku and Friends' related information! Seriously, it only comes out like that scene in Bruce Almighty.
Just recently, we got an awesome (but painfully short) TV spot, and just a day after that, we got a look at a new poster, featuring two mysterious new characters. Well today, we finally learn the name of ONE of those mysterious characters...
Everybody, Meet Shanpa!
The larger cat-like warrior next to Battle of Gods antagonist Beerus is Shanpa, and according to the the description of DBS, he's the main villain of the series:
After meeting with the God of Destruction Beerus, awakened from a very long sleep, and after the Resurrection of Frieza, a more mysterious character comes to disturb the peace on Earth in this new Dragon Ball series.
Though the description doesn't say anything about Shanpa directly, it's become increasingly clear that this is the man Goku and his fellow Z-Fighters will have to worry about - what with the menacing grin and the miniature Earth spinning on his finger, as if to say he's got the whole world balancing on his claw!
Beerus' involvement in any evil schemes are still unknown, with his role in the show still as ambiguous as ever. But it's likely that these two know each other, or at least know of each other's presence seeing as how they'll meet at some point in the show, according to the show description (if the character its talking about truly is Shanpa).
Speaking of the new show, many (including myself) were a bit worried that the show was going to turn out to be nothing but a super short mini-series, something like a five-part series depicting Goku's life after the films and the Dragon Ball Z series.
Well, worry no more! Dragon Ball Super has been picked up for 100 episodes! The news comes straight from the company behind the show, Toei Animation, listing that the show will have 100 episodes and is being described as an action-adventure comedy, just like every other Dragon Ball show or movie before it.
There's still a lot we don't know about Dragon Ball Super, including the exact role of Shanpa, Beerus, Whis and a few other DB characters, and the identity of Shanpa's Whis-like companion. It should also be worth noting that Shanpa is the official name for the character in Japanese, but the name might change for international releases. His name seems to be a pun on the word 'Champ' or maybe 'Champagne,' continuing the tradition of food-based names in the Dragon Ball Universe!
That's all the DBS news we have for now. I'll make sure to keep my eyes open for any updates.
Thanks for reading!
Source: Saiyan Island