At New York Comedian Con 2023, Toei Animation introduced the following anime installment of the sprawling Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball: Daima, during which Goku and mates are getting… youthful and tinier?
Monica Rial, the English dub voice of the tech-wiz Bulma in Dragon Ball Tremendous, served as moderator for a particular Dragon Ball panel. “I obtained away from [Bulma’s hotheaded Saiyan hubby] Vegeta for the weekend,” she jested. She obtained the followers fired up by teasing a “mysterious unique new video, not introduced wherever else.” Additionally attending was Ian Sinclair, the English voice of Whis (the right-hand man of Beerus the Destroyer), who had by no means seen the footage.
Now, Sinclair and followers obtained their glimpse at a particular teaser for a brand new collection, Dragon Ball: Daima, celebrating 40 years of the franchise. With Toriyama’s writing and designs, Daima is a Dragon Ball story by no means advised elsewhere within the franchise. By some means Goku, Bulma, Piccolo, Yamcha and others have been diminished into cutesy pint-sized youthful kinds. The collection is slated for a fall 2024 launch.
Earlier than a Dragon Ball fan can scratch their heads and utter, “I obtained so many questions,” you’re not getting any solutions for some time. The visiting Dragon Ball govt producer Akio Iyoku (with a translator) remained secretive concerning the transformation. “Sure, it’s very curious. There are some issues I can’t say… Akira Toriyama has been deeply concerned past his ordinary capability within the character design and paintings and extra.”
“We determined [the title] just a few days in the past,” shared Iyoku. So why the title Daima?
A letter kind Toriyama, displayed on display screen on the panel, defined it together with some–nonetheless imprecise–plot growth:
“DAIMA” is a made-up time period… in English could be one thing like “Evil.”
Attributable to a conspiracy, Goku and his mates are turned small. In an effort to sort things, they’ll head off to a brand new world! It’s a grand journey with intense motion in an unknown and mysterious new world. Since Goku has to make up for his petite dimension, he makes use of his Nyoibo (Energy Pole) to battle, one thing not seen in a very long time. I got here up with the story and settings, in addition to loads of the designs. I’m really placing much more into this than ordinary.”
Now again to his pint-sized self of the outdated days, the Saiyan Goku is reuniting along with his Energy Pole, which is among the many parts that will remind the viewer that Dragon Ball is a liberal retelling of Journey to the West epic. The trailer hints that the wish-granting Dragon Balls play a task of their kiddie transformation, nevertheless it doesn’t present the offender who might need uttered the want.
Sinclair inquired about one other thriller: “Is Whis going to be in it?” Iyoku answered, “I’m not going to say no, however possibly, however I’m going to say Bulma’s in it.”
The panel additionally teased Dragon Ball video and card video games, a Sand Land RPG online game (based mostly on one other Toriyama property), the house and digital video launch of Dragon Ball Tremendous: Tremendous Hero (November 11), and the return of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods to film theaters (October 17 and 18) with 20 minutes of bonus supplies.
“Dragon Ball: Daima. Dragon Ball: Daima. Dragon Ball: Daima, please bear in mind this title,” Iyoku reiterated.
The panel closed out with a video message of Goku’s (elegant as all the time) octogenarian Japanese voice actress, Masako Nozawa, posing as if she had been performing a “KamehameHAAAAAAA. That was it for Toei’s Dragon Ball panel, however be sure to take a look at all of Polygon’s protection of all of New York Comedian Con 2023’s information, trailers, and highlights proper right here.