What I want to know is why Toei is holding back, why they aren’t jumping in head first into this giant pool of cash that will be theres if they jumpstart this franchise. Face it, Dragon Ball prints money, both in Japan and the US. Just look at FUNimation, they constantly release collection after collection of the same series and people still buy it!
Akira Toriyama, the man who created Dragon Ball, and he is missing from the picture. Toriyama is finished with Dragon Ball or so he states, but he can never truly run away from it. Recently, he has been working with Bandai Namco Games on the Dragon Ball Online MMORPG. He supervises all aspects from story, to character designs, and art direction. He states that this game will act as a true sequel to the manga.
One would argue that the manga’s storyline is perfect for what it is, with a fantastic beginning, middle, and end. This is definitely true, just look at how badly Dragon Ball GT messed everything up. One of the reasons it sucked was because they messed with already established characters. But it might not have been so bad if they created all new characters for the show, but kept the plot the same; perhaps throw some cameos in there for good measure as well.
All they have to do for this new sequel would be to create an anime from scratch with all new characters, but in the same universe. The old characters can be in the anime, but it won’t be about them this time. Hell, they can even make it take place during DBZ, but just on another planet, or on the other side of the world. That takes a lot of planning though, so I would suggest them making it sometime in the future to help snuff out any story discrepancies.
I not asking for much, only a chance to see my favorite childhood show back again, but with some real HD polish this time. There is still some life left in this franchise, and hopefully the popularity of the online game will help convince Toei to finally sit down and create another masterpiece.