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Dragon Ball franchise to return with new series, Dragon Ball Super

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It's been eighteen years since a new season of the Dragon Ball franchise hit television, but that long hiatus will soon be over: the new series will be called Dragon Ball Super.

Famitsu reports that Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama will be crafting the story, which will take place after the series' hero Goku defeated Majin Buu, in a time of relative peace. Presumably that peace doesn't have long to stick around.

Goku's voice actor, Masako Nozawa, elaborated on the choice of Dragon Ball Chou (roughly translated as "super" in english). As Kotaku puts it:

The reason for the "chou" naming ... is that the word is always used in Dragon Ball commercials, video games, and whatnot. Now it will go in the title of the new animated series that is set to air starting this July in Japan.

The last time Dragon Ball returned to television was for its twentieth anniversary in 2009, when a remastered, re-dubbed and re-edited version of 1989's Dragon Ball Z was released. Prior to that was 1996's Dragon Ball GT, a sequel series not written by Toriyama. So if you know a Dragon Ball fan, the reason they're so excited is that for the first time in a quarter century the creator of the series is writing brand new story for it.