Even though the ending is imminent for the incredible TV comeback that was Dragon Ball Super, there are still plans for the anime yet. The franchise’s 20th anime movie has been tentatively titled Dragon Ball Super, and the film’s official website is listing it for a December 14th release in Japanese cinemas.
To make this news even better, all the Dragon Ball traditions that have made the films great for over 30 years are in place for this milestone project. Original creator Akira Toriyama is on scripts and character design, and of course, Masako Nozawa returns to star as Goku. Tatsuya Nagamine and Kazuo Ogura of One Piece Film Z are on the team as director and art director, respectively, and Naohiro Shintani joins on as animation director.
Toriyama’s own comments set the movie shortly after the the Tournament of Power, with the fate of the universe still at stake. “It will give a few previously unwritten details about the Saiyans and Frieza,” he said, “as well as a long-awaited strong opponent to overcome”.
He confirms that the Super anime series is ending “for now”, but that Toyotarō’s manga will continue on. He thinks the manga will have some different developments from the TV series and movie, and so asks readers to look forward to the story still to come.
But how about that “for now”? Could this mean the anime series may yet return? It’s impossible to say at this time, but you’ll hear from us if Toriyama’s cryptic words turn out to have any bearing on future Super plans.