Dragon Ball Super is more popular than ever, but fans can’t stop worrying about the anime’s end. The series debuted back in 2015, and some fans have questioned if Toei Animation plans to wrap the series once the ‘Universal Survival’ arc comes to a close. However, if those Dragon Ball Super executives are to be believed, then otakus don’t have anything to fear.
Apparently, Goku is going to be just fine.
Recently, the anime’s former director and current producer attended Salón del Manga in Barcelona. The pair came to the annual convention to talk anime, and Kimitoshi Chioka and Hiroyuki Sakurada hinted there is plenty more Dragon Ball Super to come.
During a private interview with Misión Tokyo, the executives were asked about the future of Dragon Ball Super (via Kazenshuu). They told the fan-site the ‘Universal Survival’ arc was only just beginning, but there is more to look forward to.
While the pair wouldn’t confirm any future movie plans, they did say fans will learn about future developments in Dragon Ball Super “at the end of the year.” They were also asked if the anime’s current arc will be its last. Sakurada and Chioka could not say anything definite, but the executives did say Toriyama has something new in mind for a Dragon Ball story.
For fans, the comments are rather reassuring. The end of any Dragon Ball arc could lead to the anime’s anime, but Toei Animation has a vetted reason to keep the anime going. Earlier today, the company confirmed it had a profitable first quarter thanks to the Dragon Ball franchise. If Toriyama is on-board with a story, then the studio will naturally want to keep Goku and the gang going for as long as possible. So, here's to hoping fans learn more about where the franchise is heading next at Jump Festa this December.
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.