Dragon Ball Super may soon be coming to an end, as recent developments and comments from Akira Toriyama suggest. The series is now approaching Dragon Ball Z’s original ending, suggesting that the sequel could be its last. The lack of plans in Akira Toriyama’s past raises doubts about the true ending timeline, but the story is still expected to reach Z’s conclusion soon.
A comment from Dragon ball creator Akira Toriyama suggested that a sequel to Super Dragon Ball could be its final installment and lead into the famous and anticipated ending of Dragon Ball Z. Super is established at the very beginning, taking place before the original ending of Dragon Ball Z, and with said ending is never retconned, which means that Super has always followed a fixed timeline and can never continue forever.
Dragon Ball Super’s longevity has always been a big question and there is evidence both for and against it coming to a conclusion. One side, recent developments in Super Dragon Ballcombined with Akira Toriyama’s comments, suggests that the series may be coming to an end.
On the other hand, the fickle nature of the way Toriyama handles his writing casts a large shadow of doubt on the legitimacy of any kind of plan from him.
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Dragon Ball is now on the verge of returning to its original conclusion
The biggest support behind the idea of Dragon Ball Super ending soon is that the story is now very close to Dragon Ball’s original ending. In 2022, in a message to celebrate the release of the movie Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Akira Toriyama confirmed it Super hero takes place shortly before the original ending Dragon Ball Zwhat can be said is that Goten and Trunks no longer look like children and Pan is only about a year younger than she was when she debuted in Z. Considering that the Dragon Ball Super manga just finished adapting Dragon Ball Super: Super Heroes , that’s possible Super’s sequel could be its last.
As for what the final installment will be about, there have been many hints about its story. Based on the ending of the Superhero series and Granolah the Survivor, the next chapters of Super Dragon Ball The manga will likely spend some time dealing with Carmine and the remnants of the Red Ribbon Army before moving on to the final arc of Goku and Vegeta having to fight Black Frieza. The former would serve as a fitting conclusion for Super Hero, and given Frieza’s importance in the franchise, Goku and Vegeta fighting him one last time would be a fitting end for Super.
The creator of Dragon Ball was never able to carry out the plan
While Dragon Ball Super seems to be coming to an end, Akira Toriyama’s lack of planning has cast some serious doubt on that. For example, during the original Dragon Ball run, Akira Toriyama said that he only thinks about what will happen once a week without a long-term plan. Elements like the Ginyu Force were created from time to time, and the villains in the Android story infamously kept changing because Toriyama’s editors constantly criticized them. Based on all of that, even if Akira Toriyama says that Dragon Ball Super is about to end Dragon Ball Z, that doesn’t mean it will end anytime soon.
It’s true that the lack of planning in Akira Toriyama’s history doesn’t change the current course of the story in its timeline. Super Dragon Ball Dragon Ball Z’s original ending is still about a year away, so even if the manga’s sequel isn’t the final one, the finale will definitely take place within the next few years. However, this does not mean that Dragon Ball Super will truly end when it connects with the Z ending, and the manga could continue beyond that point. There are assumptions that are easy enough to make Dragon ball super‘ is coming to an end, but until an official statement is released, it’s too early to say when that might happen.
Source: Toriyama’s interview translated (Kanzenshuu), Toriyama and editor’s comments on Android Saga (Kanzenshuu).
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