The trailer for “Dragon Ball Daima” has dropped, prompting questions about the nature of this anime and its official status as a follow-up to Akira Toriyama’s original series.
Given the success of last year’s box office hit, “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero,” the announcement of a new adventure featuring familiar characters like Goku, Krillin, Bulma, and the rest of the crew doesn’t come as a complete surprise. This comes after the well-received series, “Dragon Ball Super,” concluded its run about five years ago.
Is “Dragon Ball Daima” an official continuation of “Dragon Ball Super”?
While certain specifics about the series are still veiled in secrecy, a couple of key details have emerged. Notably, Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball, is deeply involved, overseeing the original concept, story, and character designs, as reported by Kotaku. Despite this involvement, all the characters in the series sport a smaller, more compact appearance, reminiscent of the non-canon “Dragon Ball GT.”
However, it becomes evident from the trailer that the transformation of fully grown characters like Goku into smaller versions is an integral part of the plot. This suggests that the story doesn’t necessarily unfold during their childhood. Instead, it is set after the defeat of Majin Buu in “Dragon Ball Z,” but before the emergence of “Dragon Ball Super’s” characters like Lord Beerus and Whis, as previously indicated.
Moreover, the series will feature a throwback to the early days of “Dragon Ball” and the initial episodes of “Dragon Ball Z”: the return of Goku’s trusted staff, the Power Pole, which has the ability to extend in length. Additionally, viewers can anticipate encountering miniature versions of beloved characters like Android 18, Krillin, Bulma, and Vegeta.
While an exact release date for “Dragon Ball Daima” has not been disclosed, it is anticipated to premiere in the fall of 2024.