8 Things You Need to Know Before Watching Dragon Ball Super

By Editorial Staff in Geeks and Gaming On 19th October 2015

#1. Dragon Ball Super is official canon

There have been a dozen movies set in the Dragon Ball Z universe, but almost none of them really "count" because they weren't made with the involvement of Akira Toriyama, creator of the original manga.

That's why Dragon Ball Super is such a big deal -- with Toriyama on board, it feels more like Dragon Ball is really "back."

#2. Dragon Ball Super is set before the end of Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z ends with a flash-forward to a new tournament, and Goku abandoning his family to go train a reincarnated Uub.

In a statement from Toriyama, the series will begin about six months after the original defeat of Kid Buu.

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#3. Dragon Ball GT never happened

DBGT is spoken of with... hushed tones within the fan community.

Despite a few cool moments here and there, on the whole GT is kind of a trainwreck.

Without any more of Toriyama's source material to work from, the tone of the show went all over the place, and the story veered aimlessly from bland to ridiculous, and in some cases, both.

#4. You should probably watch the Battle of the Gods movie...

When it comes to "required reading" for the new Dragon Ball series, you're probably fine with the basics most people are familiar with.

The only real story stuff you need to know is contained within the aforementioned movie, Battle of the Gods.

Here's the gist:

Goku and the Z Fighters are set upon by Beerus. As the Destruction God, Beerus comes to Earth looking for a good fight and some entertainment.

After some weird comedic hijinks and an intense battle with Goku, Beerus decides to not blow up the Earth and everyone in it.

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#5. ...and the Resurrection F movie is also important

This sequel to Battle of the Gods successfully hit the US cinema.

In the movie, some idiot dickmunch used the Dragon Balls to wish Frieza back to life.

That, and there are some new forms in play -- Frieza has a special Gold Mode, and Goku/Vegeta manage to achieve the next step in their evolution.

#6. There are alternate dimensions

Highlighted in red in the bottom right corner, you can see a Dragon Ball emblazoned with what is clearly nine stars.

It's kind of mindblowing, considering that we know there are only seven Dragon Balls.

The implications of a ninth (or tenth, or eleventh) ball are staggering. How many balls are there, exactly?

#7. We might be looking at 100 episodes

AnimeNewsNetwork has picked up on a listing on Toei Europe's official site that indicated Dragon Ball Super would run for 100 episodes.

The page has since been altered, so it's unclear as to whether someone jumped the gun with spoilers or that number was just a placeholder.

But if any series can pad out several dozen episodes with power-up screams, it's Dragon Ball.

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#8. Goku is close to 50-years-old

Due to his Saiyan heritage and incredible physical conditioning, Goku looks and performs like a man in his prime.

Also, Goku died twice in "Dragon Ball Z," so his body didn't age for the nearly eight years he spent without his physical form.

By the end of "Dragon Ball Z" Goku is chronologically 47-years-old. How times flies!