Announcement of new one Dragon Ball Daima anime has attracted fans Dragon ball franchise by storm. While the predominant feeling within the community is one of excitement for this new installment, there are also concerns stemming from comparisons to the other two Dragon Ball sequels/spinoffs, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super. The controversy surrounding GT is well known, and despite Super’s much better reception (and considerable multimedia success), there are still fans who criticize the official sequel. However, Dragon Ball Daima is ready to avoid most of the criticism surrounding GT and Super.
Dragon Ball Daima was announced at New York Comic-Con as the next installment in the hugely popular franchise. The animated film produced by Toei Animation will see Goku and the rest of the main cast turned into children by a mysterious villain. This premise is of course familiar to fans, who will remember Goku turning back into a child as the starting point of Dragon Ball GT.
However, Dragon Ball Daima will have the direct involvement of Akira Toriyama, who will not only design some of the characters (as he did with GT) but also create the story and setting. This should have been a reassurance to fans, but there is another much more important factor that will ensure Daima will be better than the flawed GT and even better than the currently ongoing Dragon Ball Super .
Dragon Ball Daima doesn’t need to end the franchise
The main difference with the other two series is quite simple: Dragon Ball Daima does not need to end the series. Dragon Ball GT, set after Dragon Ball Z, has the difficult task of ending a franchise after a franchise has already ended. This creates a strange and uncomfortable situation. Dragon Ball fans of course want more after the series ends, so their expectations for GT are extremely high. As the end of the film approaches, this gets even worse as not only does it have to surpass the ending of Toriyama’s own Dragon Ball Z but it also has to close down one of the most popular franchises in history. Fans know how it happened, and Dragon Ball GT’s ending remains one of the most controversial and criticized in history.
Dragon Ball Super was much better received than GT, being the official sequel to Z with direct participation from Toriyama, however, it also had the lingering problem of how it would end. . In theory, Super takes place during the 10-year period between Majin Buu’s defeat and the final chapter of Dragon Ball Z, but as the series progresses, it seems increasingly difficult to reconcile it with Z’s ending. So the question remains whether Super will do the same. Retcon Z ending 10 years in the future – which would anger “purist” fans – or keeping canon – which could create plot and inconsistency problems . Luckily, that won’t be the case with Dragon Ball Daima, which appears (based on the little information available) to be a spin-off in Super or before it.
Fans will judge Dragon Ball Daima for what it is
This means that Dragon Ball Daima will most likely be a self-contained story that fans will appreciate (or not) for what it is. Freed from the need to give a satisfying conclusion to one of the most popular franchises in history and with the “main” plot given by Dragon Ball Super, all Daima needs to do is tell a good story fits the series as a whole, and considering Toriyama’s direct involvement, this is certainly warranted. Fans will judge Dragon Ball Daima when it launches in 2024, but it’s clear that the series has escaped many of the burdens that have plagued both Dragon Ball GT And Super Dragon Ball.