New Dragon Ball Series Turns Goku into a Kid, Again

A throwback I didn't know I needed.
Published On October 13, 2023

A new Dragon Ball series was announced at this year’s NYCC, and its a throwback to one of the world Dragon Ball experiences ever.

Toei announced its newest Dragon Ball animated series at this year’s New York Comic-Con — and it regrettably isn’t the sequel to Dragon Ball Super. Titled “Dragon Ball: Daima,” the show is about a story “never told in Dragon Ball.”

If something can be blamed for the disaster that was “Dragon Ball: GT,” it would be a lack of the involvement of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama — at least in the development of the story. The show took a disconcerting route in power scaling and put together a group of universe-faring Saiyans that made no sense. Sure, the Super Saiyan 4 transformation was pretty bonkers, but it wasn’t as pivotal a turning point as Gohan’s Super Saiyan 2 or even the recent Ultra Instinct.

During a panel at NYCC, executive producer Akio Iyoku noted that Toriyama is “deeply involved beyond his usual capacity” in the anime’s production. The trailer begins with the announcement that “Dragon Ball: Daima” is based on an original story from Toriyama, who doesn’t shy away from drawing some plot points from GT.

Shenron has granted an unknown wish: turning Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, and even Master Roshi into kids. There’s a never-before-seen world and a mysterious onlooker watching the battle between Goku and Majin Buu.

The trailer makes no indications of where the show falls in the current timeline, or whether it is even canon.

The Chibi-style characters are eye-pleasing, and the animation isn’t one to disappoint. It’s the lack of concrete details, however, that has me pushed onto the back foot, even if slightly. Even if Toriyama has meticulously crafted elements for the show, we’re well aware that promotional anime is a big thing for the Dragon Ball franchise. This could mean that Daima could just be a string of 10-minute episodes akin to “Dragon Ball: Heroes.” It may even be no more than a filler series as the studio plans the sequel to “Dragon Ball Super.”

As “Dragon Ball: Daima” grows closer to its Fall 2024 release date, we expect to see some more reveals — such as new characters and the primary villain for this round of Super Saiyan-fest.