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Toei Animation Reveals New Dragon Ball Daima Anime

The Dragon Ball franchise continues to expand! During New York Comic Con today, Toei Animation held a Dragon Ball panel to reveal the exciting news. The new anime will be called Dragon Ball Daima and is scheduled to come out sometime during autumn next year. That will be the 40th anniversary of when the first Dragon Ball manga was published. And while we don’t know an exact release date yet, we have been informed that original creator Akira Toriyama is more than a little involved — he’s “deeply involved beyond his usual capacity.”

Toei Animation also shared this trailer. It starts with the manga from 1984, goes through the years, and eventually gets to the new footage. The writing is in English and the brief Japanese dialogue is subtitled.

There is a very brief description of the plot. Apparently characters like Goku, Vegeta and Bulma will all become younger. This has parallels to the plot in Dragon Ball GT, but we’re told the story will be different.

Anime News Network said that the word “Daima” doesn’t technically have a meaning, but if you look at the kanji, it might be read in English as “Evil.”

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Dragon Ball games battle hour taking place on January 27-28, because we’re supposed to get more details then.

VIZ Media publishes the various Dragon Ball manga series in English, and gave this description for the first volume of Dragon Ball:

Before there was Dragon Ball Z, there was Akira Toriyama’s action epic Dragon Ball, starring the younger version of Son Goku and all the other Dragon Ball Z heroes! Meet a naive young monkey-tailed boy named Goku, whose quiet life changes when he meets Bulma, a girl who is on a quest to collect seven “Dragon Balls.” If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma needs Goku’s help (and his super-strength)! With a magic staff for a weapon and a flying cloud for a ride, Goku sets out on the adventure of a lifetime…

Source: ANN


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