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Dragon Ball Super

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Genre Shōnen, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Science Fiction, Bangsian Fantasy

Manga Series: Dragon Ball Super

Authored by

Akira Toriyama



Serialized in

V Jump

Original run

June 20, 2015 (V-Jump, August issue) –

No. of volumes


Dragon Ball Super (ドラゴンボール超, Doragon Bōru Sūpā) is a Japanese manga and sequel to the Dragon Ball manga by Toyotaro and overseen by Akira Toriyama. The manga began in June 2015, serialized in the monthly magazine V-Jump. The manga is also being released in English by Viz Media starting from 2017.

A Dragon Ball Super anime is being produced alongside the manga.



The Dragon Ball Super manga picks up the story of Goku and his adventures following the defeat of Buu but prior to the final chapters involving the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. While an adaptation of Toriyama's outline it has many story line differences when compared to the movies and the Dragon Ball Super anime.


Akira Toriyama writes plot outlines which Toyotarō uses as a basis for the stories and Toriyama personally helps put the manga together. Toyotarō creates the dialogue and illustrations, expanding, adding, and changing elements from Toriyama's plan as he deems appropriate. Akira Toriyama believes Toyotarō's freedom to change the story makes the final product better.[1] Akira Toriyama also checks through all of Toyotarō's storyboards for the manga.[2][1] To accomplish this, Toyotarō has his draft sent to Toriyama, who goes over it and then sends back parts that he drew himself with corrections to Toyotarō in order to get the final product perfect.[3] Toyotarō also makes sure that his manga follows Toriyama's continuity.[4]

Akira Toriyama has a very positive view of Toyotarō's manga, noting that Toyotarō is always accurate when drawing the manga, unlike with the anime where he always has to ask for things to be fixed, and is grateful that Toyotarō is drawing the continuation of his story.[2] He also believes that if the animators for the anime use Toyotarō's manga as a reference it will keep them on track,[1] although this is not possible since the anime release has been further through Super's story since both began production.

Unlike the anime, the manga does not include an adaptation of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, likely in part due to it already having been partially adapted into manga form.

Story arcs

  1. Battle of Gods Arc (chapter 1-chapter 4)
  2. Universe 6 Arc (chapter 5-chapter 13)
  3. Future Trunks Arc (chapter 14- )
  4. Universe Survival Arc


Shueisha released the first volume of Dragon Ball Super in Japan on April 14, 2016. It included chapter 1 through 9. The second volume containing chapters 10 through 15 was released on December 2, 2016. The third volume will release on June 2, 2017.

Viz started publishing volumes in English starting in 2017, releasing Volume 1 in May and with plans to release Volume 2 in December.

See also