Dragon Ball fans have been riding the nostalgia wave ever since the announcement of the upcoming anime, Dragon Ball Daima. But what sets this installment apart from its predecessors, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super? Well, there’s a huge advantage that could make all the difference.
A Familiar Premise with a Twist
At the New York Comic-Con, Toei Animation dropped a bombshell by unveiling Dragon Ball Daima. This new anime promises a thrilling adventure as it features Goku and the gang transforming into children, thanks to a mysterious villain. Now, this concept might ring a bell for die-hard fans – after all, it mirrors the starting point of Dragon Ball GT.
The Toriyama Touch
But here’s where the excitement kicks in. Dragon Ball Daima boasts the direct involvement of the legendary Akira Toriyama himself. While Toriyama lent a hand in character design for GT, he’s taking things a step further with Daima, crafting the story and the setting. For Dragon Ball enthusiasts, this is a reassurance that the franchise is in capable hands. However, there’s more to this advantage than meets the eye.
Breaking the Endless Cycle
Two weeks ago today, Dragon Ball DAIMA was officially announced to the world. pic.twitter.com/nt4ZwpvCvY
— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation) October 26, 2023
One of the glaring distinctions between Dragon Ball Daima and its predecessors is remarkably simple: Daima doesn’t need to conclude the entire franchise. Dragon Ball GT faced the unenviable task of wrapping up the saga after Dragon Ball Z had already reached its conclusion. Fans hungered for more after Z, and GT had monumental expectations to meet. Sadly, when the show eventually ended, it left a bitter taste in many fans’ mouths, and its controversial ending still haunts the series.
Dragon Ball Super, on the other hand, earned a better reception than GT, benefiting from Toriyama’s direct involvement and being positioned as an official sequel to Z. Nevertheless, it grappled with its own issue – how to reconcile its story with the ten-year gap between Majin Buu’s defeat and the final chapter of Dragon Ball Z. As the series progressed, this discrepancy became increasingly apparent. Fans were left wondering whether Super would retcon Z’s ending or attempt to maintain continuity, which could result in plot inconsistencies.
Thankfully, Dragon Ball Daima won’t have to grapple with these problems. Based on the limited information available, it appears to be a spin-off set during the events of Super or even before its commencement. This means that Daima is likely to be a self-contained story that fans can enjoy for what it is – a refreshing addition to the Dragon Ball universe. Free from the pressure of concluding one of the most beloved franchises in history, Daima can focus on delivering a captivating storyline that aligns seamlessly with the overarching narrative, courtesy of Toriyama’s guidance.
As we eagerly anticipate the release of Dragon Ball Daima in 2024, one thing is clear – this new installment carries a significant advantage over its predecessors, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super. With its self-contained narrative and Toriyama’s creative genius at the helm, Daima is poised to offer fans a Dragon Ball experience that is unburdened by the constraints that hindered its forerunners. So, let’s gear up for a journey that promises to breathe new life into the Dragon Ball universe!