Earlier this month, Dragon Ball fans celebrated as news of the upcoming sequel of the phenomenal anime Dragon Ball Z spread like wildfire. A previous report by the Inquisitr brought into light some of the details of the sequel, which will be known as Dragon Ball Super.
Earlier this week, more details broke out and anime news source Anime News Network reported that Dragon Ball Super will not only come as an animated series on Japanese television, but will also launch back-to-back with a manga adaptation.
Two months to the release of Dragon Ball Super in Fuji TV, Japanese magazine V Jump announces that they will be publishing the manga adaptation in their extra-large August issue. Alongside Akira Toriyama, the original creator of the Dragon Ball universe, manga artist Toyotarō will be the mangaka of the new Dragon Ball Super manga to launch alongside the Dragon Ball Super anime.
While the details of the storyline are yet to be revealed by parties involved, the announcement claims that Dragon Ball Super will, "no doubt, exceed everyone's expectations."
Dragon Ball fans the world over are very excited to get their hands on both the anime and the manga, since it has been technically 18 years after Dragon Ball Z came to an end. But the news of the manga adaptation did not come as a surprise to a number of Dragon Ball enthusiasts—although it did bring much joy, no doubt—taking into account the history of the relationship between the anime and manga versions of both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Design Trend notes that the animated episodes of both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were only released after the print version was published by the series' original manga publisher, The Weekly Shonen Jump.
Not only hardcore Dragon Ball fans are excited for both the anime and the manga. Fuji TV producer Osamu Nozaki proclaims excitement over the release.
"As I read the plot [of the series] I've already received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear."
"I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor."
The most recent addition to the Dragon Ball canon before the scheduled release of Dragon Ball Super is the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection movie which, Anime News Network reported, earned over $8.1 million in the first two days it hit Japanese theatres. The U.S. and worldwide release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection is expected this coming summer.