Dragon Ball Super is working through the Tournament of Power, but the event is taking its time. Back in April, the anime embarked on a new saga as the ‘Universal Survival’ story got underway. The saga may have plenty of action, but it has been moving rather slowly as of late. And, now, two staffers on Dragon Ball Super have confirmed when the show’s current saga will come to an end.
Recently, Barcelona hosted its annual Salón del Manga and had two Dragon Ball Super staffers attend the convention. Misión Tokyo, a local website, was able to interview Kimitoshi Chioka and Hiroyuki Sakurada about the show. The pair talked about their directing and producing work respectively, and they fessed up to when the ‘Universal Survival’ arc would wrap.
According to the pair, the anime’s current saga will run through March 2018. There is no hard date on when the saga will end, but fans have about four months of episodes left to go. When you account for holiday hiatuses and breaks, Dragon Ball Super will have at least 15-16 episodes to air before all is said and done for the ‘Universal Survival’ arc.
For fans, the expecting end date is a nice one to have, but it is not entirely unexpected. Since the saga entered the Tournament of Power, the episodes have been laid out fairly plainly. Each episode appears to take up one minute in-anime as the tournament is on a strict timeline. The anime’s most recent episode confirmed there were 21 minutes left in the event, so that would equate to 21 episodes max left for the tournament. However, if a few episodes double or triple up on their minutes, then the story could wrap itself up before the end of March 2018 with ease.
Dragon Ball Super's “Universal Survival” saga is part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami airs the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.