At this year’s New York Comic Con, Toei Animation announced Dragon Ball Daima, a brand new series in the Dragon Ball universe.
Unlike the last Dragon Ball Super anime, Dragon Ball Daima (the latter word loosely translates to “big” or “large” in Japanese) appears to be a chibi-stylized anime that follows Goku and Vegeta’s adventures in the Dragon Ball world.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, the new series will showcase a number of classic Dragon Ball characters like Goku, Vegeta, and Bulma transformed into child-like figures, similar to the way Goku became a child in Dragon Ball GT.
During a panel about the new show, executive producer Akio Iyoku described Toriyama as being “deeply involved beyond his usual capacity” in its production process and teased that he “has planned entirely new episodes for the storyline.”
“There are some things I can’t say but one thing I can tell you is [in] this production Akira Toriyama has been deeply involved beyond his usual capacity overseeing the original work, story, character design, and more.”
While Toei hasn’t shared many details about Dragon Ball Daima, it did release a new trailer that makes it seem like the show might take a bit of a meta route with a villain aware of Goku’s lengthy history across different Dragon Ball anime and manga. Things also weren’t clear as to why all the characters appear as children, but it would be a safe bet to guess dragon balls were involved somehow. The trailer leaves a lot of room for conjecture and conspiracy.
Plot details or not, the animation featured in the trailer is gorgeous, and Toriyama’s involvement is a sign that Dragon Ball Daima’s story might pack a bit more of a punch than GT’s did when it premieres sometime next fall.
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