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What Will Happen To Dragon Ball Now?

Now that Akira Toriyama is dead, will Dragon Ball Super end?
What Will Happen To Dragon Ball Now?
Dragon Ball Super via Viz Media

What does the future hold for the Dragon Ball series? These are all pressing questions swimming through the minds of long-time manga fans following the untimely passing of Akira Toriyama, the mastermind behind the popular series.

This guide delves into the future of Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Daima in the wake of this monumental loss. We explore the potential continuance under Toyotaro's guidance, the role of Capsule Corporation Tokyo, and the impact of Toriyama's passing on the series.

Will Dragon Ball Super Continue After Akira's Death?

Yes, Dragon Ball Super is likely to continue despite Akira Toriyama's death. Toyotaro, the manga series' artist, seems determined to carry on the legacy—and with Capsule Corporation Tokyo holding the rights, future projects, adaptations, and expansions of the universe are also expected.

These new works will likely pay homage to Toriyama's original vision for the Dragon Ball Super manga series while exploring new directions by new authors. That being said, Chapter 103 is scheduled for release on 21 March; however, future chapters could be delayed for obvious reasons.

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What Will Happen To Dragon Ball Daima?

Dragon Ball Daima will likely be delayed. The next installment of the franchise was announced during the Dragon Ball Special Panel at New York Comic Con 2023 and scheduled for release in Fall 2024 to coincide with the original manga's 40th anniversary.

However, following Akira Toriyama's passing, the project will be postponed due to an undisclosed date. Toriyama was deeply involved in this project, having written the story and designed characters and vehicles.

However, there is no indication whether the Dragon Ball Daima script was completed or if Toriyama had shared his complete vision for the series with someone else. In the absence of concrete information, it's difficult to gauge how long the series will be delayed.

What Happened To Akira Toriyama?

Akira Toriyama passed away due to an acute subdural hematoma, a type of bleeding near the brain. His studio announced this on X (formerly Twitter), which naturally sent ripples across the manga and anime community. He died aged 68 years, leaving behind a world that resonated deeply with fans worldwide.

Specifically, his characters, Goku and Frieza, have become cultural icons. The story of Goku's growth and the epic battles he fought, especially the memorable clash with Frieza, has left a lasting impression.

The narrative of Goku overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds against Frieza, symbolizing hope and resilience, is particularly poignant in light of Toriyama's passing. Rest in Peace, Akira Toriyama. You will be missed.