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Anime / Dragon Ball Super

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A whole new universe of adventures for Goku and friends...and then some!

Goku: We'll never stop getting stronger!
Vegeta: Of course we won't! Only a fool would put limits on the strength of the Saiyan race!

Dragon Ball Super is another continuation of the Dragon Ball manga, taking place after the Majin Buu Saga but before the manga's Distant Finale. Unlike the original two series, the anime version of Super is not based on a preexisting manga; while technically not Anime First, the manga and anime versions of the series run side-by-side, occasionally passing each other, with the anime usually ahead. Both versions have their plot framework and character designs handled by Akira Toriyama. The manga version began serialization on June 21, 2015, while the anime started airing on July 5, 2015 in Japan.

Super begins with a retelling of the events of Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, comprising the first twenty-seven episodes, before moving to a new story where Goku and the others must search for the Super Dragon Balls to participate in a tournament between universes to determine who acquires the Earth of Goku's world, leading to the start of new battles against much stronger opponents then they ever faced before.


There are two separate English dubs, similar to how Dragon Ball Z had dubs by both FUNimation and The Ocean Group. FUNimation's dub is airing on [adult swim] in the United States (during the regular schedule on weekdays, and on Toonami on Saturday nights), just as their dubs of previous series have. Meanwhile, Bang Zoom! Entertainment has dubbed Super for Asian markets; it is currently airing on the Toonami channel in Asia, although this dub appears to be silently cancelled as the dub stopped at the Universe 6 arc and has yet to air another episode, though it has managed to dub around 50 or so episodes. Official subs are available for simulcast on Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab.

As of July 2019, the series also began broadcasting in the United Kingdom on the cartoon channel POP at 7PM on weekdays. The UK airing uses an edited pre-watershed version of the Funimation dub with swearing removed and is the edited version of the dub confirmed by Chris Sabat to have been made for other markets.


A movie for the series was soon announced at Jump Festa 2018. Production of the TV series ceased after the current arc due to the movie's production, and the movie was released on December 14, 2018. Another DBS movie began development soon after the first's release. The manga continued going on uninterrupted, entering the next story arc on November 2018. In the meantime, a sixth anime adaptation of GeGeGe no Kitarō fills in for the series time-slot. Dragon Ball Heroes: Prison Planet is set some time after this series' Universe Survival Saga.

Information on the manga serialization (also going off Toriyama's designs and plot framework, but with closer supervision on his part) can be found here.

Not to be confused with Super Dragon Ball Z, a video game made by Bandai Namco Entertainment and published by Atari in the US, or Dragon Ball Super Z, an old, old series of fanfics about Future Trunks' timeline post-series.

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Basil's Power Up

Basil from Dragon Ball Super bulks up after taking a power enhancing drug.

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