‘Dragon Ball Super’: Gotenks And New Villain Confirmed, First Footage Released
Details of the new Dragon Ball series, Dragon Ball Super, continue to trickle down to the public as its July premiere fast approaches. As the Inquisitr has previously reported, the Dragon Ball Z sequel will feature 100-200 episodes, the return of original cast members, and a story/companion manga written by Dragon Ball series creator Akira Toriyama.
More details have come to light today as a teaser trailer featuring Dragon Ball Super‘s opening theme (Chozetsu Dynamic!!” by Kazuya Yoshii) was released to the public, as per a Forbes report. The 15-second trailer features the opening theme as background as Goku speaks over a brief montage of scenes from the series, including a sweater-vested, college-aged Gohan and what looks like a very brief glimpse of Buu.
Although very brief, the trailer looks fantastic. It’s not the only news about Dragon Ball Super, though.
As Yibada reports, a brief section of dialogue from voice actress Masako Nozawa (who voices Goku, Goten, and Gohan) in weekly Shonen Jump magazine has revealed that Gotenks — fusion of Goten and Trunks — will be making an appearance in Dragon Ball Super. As Goten says in the mini-dialogue, “Wow, we will still be able to merge a lot of times with Trunks.”
Gotenks was the first fusion dance character in the Dragon Ball series, making his debut in episode 251 of Dragon Ball Z (the 20th episode of the Majin Buu Saga.) Up until now, no fusion characters had been confirmed for Super although their appearance is not unexpected, as the fusion characters featured very prominently in the final season of Dragon Ball Z.
To round out the day’s news of Dragon Ball Super, the series’ new villain — although not their identity — has been confirmed by the official Dragon Ball Super Twitter account, as per a report from Vine Reporter. Fan speculation is that the new villain will be a god, as hints in the Dragon Ball Z movies, notably Battle of Gods; not to mention that Goku and Vegeta have essentially become gods themselves at this point.
It is still not completely clear if or where Dragon Ball GT falls into the Super timeline, although given the events of the movies and the rumored chronology of Super it seems unlikely that GT — a project which Toriyama was essentially uninvolved in — will be considered canon once Super launches.
Dragon Ball Super is set to begin airing on July 5 on Fuji TV, and will air every Sunday at 9 a.m. JST.
[Image courtesy of the Dragon Ball wiki]