Dragon Ball Super is just three days away from its July 5 release in 'The Land of the Rising Sun', and fans all over the world are overjoyed that they'll be able to go on new adventures with Goku and friends!
While details on the show have been a bit sparse, with only general plot details being revealed (like the fact that it's after the Majin Buu saga from Dragon Ball Z), the people behind the show have decided to promote the heck out of it before its release!
Yesterday, on July 1, a 'Dragon Ball Super Complete Showcase Event' was held in Tokyo, Japan, to promote the upcoming show. Masako Nozawa (the Japanese voice of Goku) was there among others who worked on the show. Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, did not attend, but managed to leave a prerecorded message revealing more about the plot of Dragon Ball Super.
“Dragon Ball Super” is a complete continuation of the Majin Buu story arc. It’s got a bit of post-battle aftermath, continues with the “Battle of Gods” arc where the God of Destruction Beerus appears and the “Revival of ‘F’” arc where Freeza comes back to life, and then, I’ve written a strange new story where they finally depart from this universe. They’re fighting against their neighbors, Universe 6! They’ll yell at me if I give away too many spoilers, so I’ll keep the rest a secret, but they’re chasing after giant Super Dragon Balls; I think things will unfold in a bright and simple way, that will be really fun and exciting!
Since it’s another universe, loads of new characters will turn up. I’ll do my best to draw the tons of character designs necessary, so I’m looking forward to this too.
You know, it suddenly occurs to me that somewhere along the line the Dragon Ball anime has become quite a huge story. Since I’m the guy who drew the thing, it’s a bit weird for me to say this, but when I first started out I never dreamed it would have a universe as a setting (laughs). Don’t worry though, it’s still going to be the same sort of easy-to-understand content as always. Please be sure to watch Dragon Ball Super on TV!
So what does all of this mean?
Well, for one thing, it means that the show will have a lot of time-skips during its run, presumably. The first episode of DBS is said to take place six months after the fight with Majin Buu, meaning that the series will start off approximately 3 years before the events of Battle of Gods, the Dragon Ball Z movie that introduced Beerus (who will also appear in the show).
But according to Toriyama, the show will have a Battle of Gods story arc, which most likely means that the show will skip ahead to after or during the events of that movie. Not only that, but it looks like the show will skip ahead in time yet again, to somewhere after or during the events of the film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'.
In that film, Frieza, an old enemy of Goku and the Z Fighters is revived and stronger than ever. It'll be interesting to see how that storyline plays out, maybe Frieza will return as a villain yet again, despite:
Him having died at the end of the movie. After all, there's always a chance he'll be revived yet again.
Or maybe we'll see another relative of Frieza's show up, seeking vengeance.
Of course, the time-skip aspect is unconfirmed for now. It could just be that the show has several different storylines, each one taking place at a different point in time, and eventually connecting. That may seem a bit convoluted or complicated, but it isn't impossible. Especially since the show will also be experimenting with the concept of alternate realities, according to Akira Toriyama.
The Dragon Ball Multiverse!
The next bit of story info that Toriyama shared is that Goku and his pals would be battling their neighbors, Universe 6.
I LOVE alternate universe stories, so I'm really interested to see where they go with this! Making the DB Universe into a multiverse could potentially open up so many amazing storylines, and introduce us to cool new characters that don't exist in the main universe. Not only that, but it could show us alternate versions of familiar characters, which is always intriguing!
Imagine a world where Goku was the 'Prince of all Saiyans', and Vegeta was sent to Earth as a child. Imagine that Bardock succeeded in rebelling against Frieza, and the Saiyans were never wiped out! Imagine a universe where Goku and his friends are all cats! Why? Because multiverses, that's why!
The point is, introducing alternate universe travel is an awesome thing for Dragon Ball Super to do! Potentially, this could open the door to tons of Dragon Ball series, movies and specials set in different universes. It's the perfect way to experiment with different storylines, making them canon, and yet not tampering with the main story. It's like fan fiction, but written by the actual creator!
Giant...Super Dragon Balls
But Goku and his friends aren't just traversing across space and time for kicks! They are apparently after a giant prize, literally. According to Toriyama, the Z Fighters are after giant Super Dragon Balls. Presumably, these are just like any other Dragon Balls the gang have collected, summoning dragons and granting wishes.
But there must be some reason they're called giant Super Dragon Balls...right? Well, not really, there doesn't have to be. But I'd like an explanation for why they're so large and super! I'm only guessing here, but it might mean that they can grant more wishes than usual? We won't know for sure until it's confirmed.
So, to wrap this all up, here's what we know about the plot of Dragon Ball Super!
I hate to say it, but Akira Toriyama left us with more questions than answers. We know that the show takes place six months after the Majin Buu saga, and yet the two most recent DBZ films, which take place long after that, will somehow factor in to the series. We know that there will be universe skipping involved, but we don't know how or to what extent. And finally, we know that the Dragon Balls are getting a super upgrade, but again, don't know how or to what extent.
I suppose we'll all just have to check the show out when it comes out July 5. Perhaps this is a good thing though. We'll actually be going in almost completely oblivious. No spoilers, no plot details ruined, and we'll all have dozens of questions we will anxiously want answered! So that will keep us interested for sure.
Source: Saiyan Island