The first volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga will soon be available in print form in Australia. While publisher Viz Media has made individual chapters available to read for free online for some time now, physical copies of the first manga volume officially go on sale on May 2nd 2017.
At the time of writing, 87 episodes of the Dragon Ball Super anime have already aired in Japan and on Crunchyroll, and two animated films set during the ‘Super’ timeline (‘Battle of the Gods’ and ‘Resurrection F’) have been released in Australia.
So what is Dragon Ball Super and how does it fit into the Dragon Ball timeline? The series is a sequel to Dragon Ball Z, taking place not long after the beloved manga and animated series comes to an end.
‘But what about Dragon Ball GT?’ I hear some of you cry. Dragon Ball Super takes place in a universe where the events of Dragon Ball GT never occurred. If you want you can basically forget that GT ever existed. It helps that Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, has been writing the story for Super, unlike with Dragon Ball GT.
The manga follows the same story as the animated content, with volume one kicking off with the events of the ‘Battle of the Gods’ film, with Beerus, the God of Destruction, coming to Earth in search of the ‘Super Saiyan God’.
The manga, as with the animated series and films, is being written by Akira Toriyama. The artist for the manga goes by the name of Toyotarou, has been handpicked by Toriyama himself as his ‘successor’, and has already proven that he works well with Toriyama.