Key points for Dragon Ball Daima announcement:
- The unexpected announcement of Dragon Ball Daima brings a reminiscent theme of turning the main cast into children, similar to DB GT. I discuss the potential challenges and surprises this direction might bring.
- I provide essential details about Dragon Ball Daima, including its debut in the Fall Season of 2024, and emphasize Toriyama’s direct involvement in the series’ original work, story, and character design. This sets it apart from the studio-controlled GT.
- I have a mix of excitement and skepticism about DB Daima. While appreciating Toriyama’s involvement, there’s concern about the choice of theme in comparison to Dragon Ball Super’s later success. I close with an acknowledgment of the need to wait and see how the series unfolds.
I was not expecting to see this announcement today… I knew we’d get a new DB project sooner or later, that is not what I mean. The unexpected part is the theme and vibe Dragon Ball Daima is going for. DB GT already tried this kind of thing once, and it went well with the fans then.
Now, yes, the 2nd half of GT improved massively, and we also had quite a few cool things in GT. But the backlash GT got back in the day is undeniable. Some kids going on an adventure? That is not Dragon Ball, that is not the series is known and loved for.
But well, I should not be negative before the series even drops. And let’s go over all the news first. So welcome back to another news article, and let’s talk about DB Daima today.
What do we know about Dragon Ball Daima?
The New York Comic Con panel for DB unveiled a new DB Project titled Daima yesterday (12th October). The anime is set to debut a year from now, in the Fall Season of 2024. As you can see from the images, the main cast has been turned into the children again, Trunks and Goten are literally back to being babies now. Goku has his Nyoibo (pole) back, something we have not seen in a long time.
Here’s a comment from Toriyama himself:
‘Daima’ is a made-up term… in English, it would be something like ‘Evil.’ Due to a conspiracy, Goku and his friends are turned small. In order to fix things, they’ll head off to a new world! It’s a grand adventure with intense action in an unknown and mysterious new world. Since Goku has to make up for his petite size, he uses his Nyoibo (Power Pole) to fight, something not seen in a long time.
Yes, Toriyama is credited with the series’ original work, story, and character design. It is not all “studio-controlled” like GT was. Toei Animation also dropped a teaser trailer, you can check that out here.
Oh man, I am so split on this anime. On one side, I love the fact that Toriyama himself is in control of the anime, at least that is what it looks like. But on the other side, I am not so sure that this is a worthy follow-up to Dragon Ball Super, especially considering how awesome the later parts of Super were. Many people wanted something more focused on side characters from Super, like the Broly movie.
It’d be cool if we could get something similar to that for say, Jiren for example. Either way, the response to Daima will be interesting, to say the least. As skeptical as I am of Daima right now, I will give it a try come next year.
That is all for now!
So yeah, let me know what you guys think in the comments. The responses to Daima reducing characters back to small forms like GT are gonna be wild for sure. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!