Things are shaking up over at Dragon Ball Super. Over the weekend, the anime made good on its promise to deliver an all-star story arc. The ‘Universal Survival’ saga kicked off on Saturday as Goku pleaded for Zen-Oh to deliver on his proposed martial arts tournament. The most recent episode also introduced fans to a brand-new opening theme. And, now, fans have learned the arc’s debut also welcomed two new directors to the anime.
According to Animate Times, the Japanese news outlet says Dragon Ball Super is now being overseen by two new directors. Tatsuya Nagamine and Ryota Nakamura are now working as the anime’s directors.
With the pair now instated, the two marks the fourth and fifth directors to take over the role. When Dragon Ball Super aired back in July 2015, Kimitoshi Chioka stood as the anime’s first director. Morio Hatano then took over at episode 33 before Kohei Hatano assumed the role. Now, Nagamine and Nakamura will be in charge of the show’s future as its delves into the ‘Universal Survival’ arc.
Luckily, one of the two directors has experience with Dragon Ball Super. Nakamura has directed pervious episodes of the show. However, Nagamine has not had a chance to flex his Super Saiyan muscles so far. The director has instead worked on other popular projects like One Piece Film Z, Digimon, and more. Prior to those works, Nagamine worked on Dragon Ball Kai and was an assistant director for an episode of Dragon Ball GT.
This weekend, Dragon Ball Super's story arc kicked off the ‘Universal Survival’ saga. You can check out the brief synopsis for it below:
“At Goku’s request, the Omni-Kings’ “Tournament of Power” martial arts tournament between universes now begins! …But this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. What awaits the victors of this tournament, and the vanquished…?! How will these intense team battles between the elites of each universe turn out…?!”
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As for the saga's start date, the new arc premiered on February 5, 2017. The “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 will begin airing the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.
Dragon Ball SuperSunday at on Fuji Television Network