The Dragon Ball Super anime series may have ended its run back in March 2018, right after the conclusion of the Universal Survival arc in the 131st episode. However, Akira Toriyama's ongoing manga series has continued the anime story with two brand new arcs already released at this point. With Toei Animation recently announcing that a new Dragon Ball Super movie is in the works, fans are wondering if the anime series will return with new episodes.
The popular action shonen is very much alive thanks to the new chapters of the Dragon Ball Super manga, and if you've been keeping up with the series, you know that a brand new season with new episodes is due. If you've been craving for new episodes of Dragon Ball Super, here's everything you need to know.
When will new episodes of Dragon Ball Super be released?
While the Dragon Ball Super manga continued to release new chapters month after month after the anime's 131-episode run, fans are wondering when Toei Animation will produce new episodes for the popular anime series. So far, Toei hasn't announced the return of Dragon Ball Super anime, but many have speculated that it will return in Winter 2021, three years after Dragon Ball Super: Broly premiered in Japan. Hopefully, the studio will make an official announcement by mid of 2021.
In May 2021, Toei Animation announced that a Dragon Ball Super feature film be released in 2022, but the animation company didn't confirm if new episodes of the anime series will be released following the movie.
In July 2021, Toei Animation revealed the official title of the next Dragon Ball Super feature film: Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, and premiered the first teaser featuring Goku. The studio confirmed that the film takes place in the future, just a few years after the events of the Tournament of Power arc of the Dragon Ball Super anime. However, Toei Animation didn't clarify how the events in the film connect to the current arc of the manga series.
Since Toei Animation announced that the new film will be released in 2022, it's likely that Season 2 of the anime series will premiere after that. Could the ending of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero lead to the next season? It's unlikely since the two latest arcs in the manga serires take place before the events of the upcoming film.
In September 2021, Jump Festa officially confirmed that Dragon Ball Super will be featured in its own "Super Stage" at this year's anime annual event. However, there's still no word if a new season of Dragon Ball Super anime series will be announced at the event.
For now, you can watch re-runs of Dragon Ball Super, and if you're wondering where you can stream all the episodes, you can check out our guide on where to watch Dragon Ball Super here.
The new official website of Dragon Ball Super also featured Toei animator Florence Jay Dominguito, who's been working with Toei Animation Philippines since 2011 and has been involved in various Dragon Ball projects. During one point in the interview, the animator was asked about his hopes and expectations for the future of the Dragon Ball franchise, and Florence responded, "As a fan, I'm really looking forward to new movies and merchandise. I'm also excited about the new anime that will continue Dragon Ball Super."
Based on this machine-translated statement, it's easy to jump to the conclusion that Dominguito may have indirectly confirmed Dragon Ball Super Season 2. However, there might be some significant differences in how his statement was translated. However, according to Japanse translator Ken Xyro, here's what the animator said - "I'm also excited to see if there will be a new continuation of Dragon Ball Super TV anime."
Ryō Horikawa, the voice actor for Vegeta in the Japanese version, recently hinted that he'll be returning for new episodes of Dragon Ball Super, but he didn't reveal any specifics. In the tweet, Horikawa teased that he'd just left a meeting with Toei Animation but didn't explain why.
Warning: Minor spoilers for Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga and Granolah the Survivor Saga ahead.
Who would be the new villains in the new Dragon Ball Super episodes?
If you've been keeping up with the Dragon Ball Super manga series, you already know that the arc following the Universal Survival saga is the Galactic Patrol Prisoner saga, which takes the Z-fighters to space and back to Earth, and introduces the villainous goat-looking wizard named Moro, a character designed by the current Dragon Ball Super artist Toyotarou.
A few years before the end of the Dragon Ball Super: Broly Saga, and around the destruction of Kid Buu by Goku, the Grand Supreme Kai's seal on Moro's magic broke, allowing him to beak out of the Galactic Patrol's prison. The new episodes of Dragon Ball Super would most likely follow this saga, which just concluded in the manga in 2020.
There are also a bunch of other prisoners who escaped from the Galactic Patrol's prison, and the new episodes will most likely feature them fighting the Z-fighters in planet Earth.
Of course, after Moro, the new season of Dragon Ball Super will introduce Granolah, but more details on that below.
What's the current saga in the Dragon Ball Super manga now?
After the conclusion of the Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc, the Dragon Ball Super manga continues with a brand new arc called Granolah the Survivor Saga, which introduces Granolah, the sole survivor of the Cerealian race that was annhilated by the Saiyan army. This story is still ongoing in the manga, and new chapters are being released every month.
In August 2021, Dragon Ball Super's current artist/writer Toyatarou talked about the origin of Granolah's character design during an interview. He revealed that he created the character, and Akira Toriyama approved it.
You can read the latest chapters on Viz for free.
Warning: Spoilers for Dragon Ball Super Chapters 76 ahead.
Dragon Ball Super Chapter 76 continues Vegeta and Goku's fight against Granolah in planet Cereal. Granolah relentlessly beats up Vegeta, Goku interferes to help the Saiyan Prince, but Vegeta tells Kakarot that he wants to fight Granolah by himself. You can read more details about the fight in our recap here.
There's also a flashback of Granolah as a kid escaping from a city the Saiyans attacked, and the young Granolah enters the church, where he sees his mother.
When Granolah is about to finish off Vegeta with a giant ki ball, a spaceship piloted by Granolah's A.I., Oatmeel arrives just in time to pause his attack, and Monaito comes out of the ship, and tells Granolah that Bardock, the father of Goku, saved them a long time ago.
Will Goku unleash his Ultra Instinct form again?
Goku unleashes his complete Ultra Instinct form during the Tournament of Power Saga while fighting the powerful Jiren, but at the end of the anime series, it seems that he had lost his ability to go into Ultra Instinct. After all, this powerful form was brought out by extreme stress in his battle against Jiren.
If you've read the Galactic Patrol Prisoner saga, you'd know that Goku's Ultra Instinct form will return, but will he be able to fully master it so he can unleash it at will? You'd have to read the manga to find out.
What about Vegeta? Will he get a new form?
Although the manga doesn't show Vegeta get an Ultra Instinct form, he still gets some serious training with the Yardrat, the same beings who taught Goku Instant Transmission. He also learns a new technique called the Forced Spirit Fission, and uses it in his fight against Moro.
Vegeta also trained with Beerus, and it looks like he's taking the God of Destruction path to become stronger while Goku is taking the angel's path. At the end of Chapter 74, Vegeta unleashes his new God of Destruction form.
My colored version of Vegeta's new God of Destruction form pic.twitter.com/wV7AkzmxHg— Gachristian1 (@Gachristian1GD) July 17, 2021
Where can I watch Dragon Ball Super?
All episodes of Dragon Ball Super are available to stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation, and if Toei Animation releases a new season, these major anime streaming platforms will most likely premiere them.
In September 2021, Cartoon Network removed Dragon Ball Super from air in Buenos Aires and much of Argentina due to the sexual harassment controversy based on how Master Roshi behaved in one of the episodes during the Tournament of Power.
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