The official website for Dragon Ball Super, along with the February 2017 edition of V-Jump, has revealed a new key visual and synopsis for the new story arc of the series, the “Universe Survival Arc”.
The visual depicts both the Zen-Ou brought together by Goku from the different timelines, as well as the Great Priest in between them, now known to be the father of Whis and Vados. Below them, familiar faces Goku, Vegeta, Boo, Kuririn, 18, Muten Roushi, Tenshinhan and Piccolo appear, but two other warriors join them: 17 and Gohan, finally returning to martial arts after being re-trained by Piccolo. Together, these ten warriors will join to form Universe 7’s team for the Zen-Ou’s martial arts tournament, which will finally begin as requested by Goku earlier in the series.
The original draft and character designs for the arc were done by series creator Akira Toriyama. More information and a promotional video will be available for viewing at Jump Festa 2017 during the Super Dragon Ball Heroes panel.
The guys over at Kanzenshuu have translated the website’s synopsis:
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…?!
Dragon Ball Super producer Hashizume Shunki of Fuji TV also had a few words to say:
Dragon Ball Super enters its new chapter, the “Universe Survival Arc”. As you can see from the main visual, it’ll be a full-throttle story where Goku and the rest of the Universe 7 warriors form a team to take on a tournament between universes! Artificial Human No. 17 and Majin Boo are there too, so personally I can’t contain my excitement at the thought of what kind of fights we’ll see! Look forward to this new chapter that’ll be sure to feature super-intense battles with nonstop appearances by the elites of each universe!
The Universe Survival Arc of Dragon Ball Super is set to begin airing on Fuji TV at 9:00 AM JST, with English-subtitled simulcasts via Crunchyroll, Daisuki and FunimationNow, on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. Funimation has also announced that they have acquired the rights to, and will be dubbing Dragon Ball Super sometime in the near future. The first episode of Dragon Ball Super takes place exactly 6 months following the defeat of Majin Boo. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”. Dragon Ball Super will premiere in North America on Toonami’s Adult Swim on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m.