Dragon Ball has been around for a very long time. Beginning in 1984 the Dragon Ball Manga spawned a massive franchise. This includes the anime series, as well as numerous movie specials and video games.
The Dragon Ball series begins with a mystical adventure to find the seven Dragon Balls. The franchise has evolved where are one child protagonist, is a full-grown adult battling the strongest Warriors in the Multiverse.
However, has Dragon Ball evolved enough or are there other ways for Dragon Ball to evolve and become even better in the future.?
Well, in this post I’m going to discuss all that and How Can Dragon Ball Super Improve. I have been a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise since I was a kid. The original Dragon Ball was one of the first anime that I saw in the franchise.
It has always remained my favorite among anime and manga. However, since I first saw Dragon Ball I’ve seen a number of other anime I’ve also gone on to love. These are series with interesting plot lines, dynamic, characters with unique abilities in a variety of interesting Concepts.
Some of these series have come out in the years since Dragon Ball Z came to an end, and with them came new Innovations to the anime genre. Although most of them took some kind of influence from Dragon Ball. They have taken some of the concepts that Akira Toriyama created, even further than he ever did in his original manga run.
There have been a number of improvements made since then and as a result anime itself has evolved. So, when Dragon Ball returned with Battle of Gods and then Dragon Ball super.
Can Dragon Ball Super Anime Evolve
I had hoped that the franchise would have taken note of these improvements made another anime and itself had evolved. However, what I ended up watching was a series that was continuing many of the themes Concepts and tropes of Dragon Ball Z.
It felt very much like a series that still existed in the 1990s. However, this came out in 2010 and as a result, it stood out in a way that made it seem outdated. Dragon Ball super should separate itself from its predecessor muchly Dragon Ball Z did with totally new Dynamics.
This demonstrates a clear Evolution showing the other anime around it how it’s really done. Instead, it feels like a continuation of what had already happened. No wonder so many people still call it Dragon Ball Z Super. Nonetheless, despite Dragon Ball Supers anime has ended. The Dragon Ball franchise is still continuing forward with the newest movie Dragon Ball Super Broly. This is out in Japan and the story is also continuing in the manga.
Dragon Ball is arguably more popular than ever into making massive profits, so this means that the story will likely continue for a while to come.
Ways to Improve Dragon Ball Super
No doubt with a new anime and even more content. So with that being said, I’ve come up with a number of ways here that I think Dragon Ball can evolve as well as remaining fresh. Personally, I think this is something that a long-running franchise needs to stay alive so let’s begin with my first method.
So the first way that I think Dragon Ball can evolve in the future is really the most obvious which is why I’m going to get it out of the way.
Dragon Ball Super Story Writing
This has to do with the writing staff and those overseen Dragon Ball creator of Dragon Ball. Toriyama is the founder of Dragon Ball. However, his involvement in the series is far less than what it was in the 1990s.
He mostly just comes up with the characters or motivations and story, while the rest of it is left in the hands of Shueisha, Toyotaro and among others. The dragon room story writing staff and Toyotaro are the ones who fill in the blanks, handle continuity and dictate the general flow of the story.
However, if Dragon Ball super is anything to go by that I don’t think they’re doing a very good job. With the new Dragon Ball Super series, we saw a number of issues that stemmed from writing the continuity.
For example, it is at an all-time low with the Dragon Ball franchise and that even includes GT as a result of characters acting out of character. Powers working differently from episode to episode, numerous contradictions to The lore and fights that make no sense.
Dragon Ball Super Main Problem
While Dragon Ball super was airing, I expressed my issues with a number of these problems. especially with power scaling. This is because oftentimes it felt more like the writers were just taking action figures and smashing them together. It’s like tossing logic and reason out the window in a show. They were so heavily focused around fights.
The thing is, you usually don’t want your audience to constantly question how those fights even make sense. This doesn’t only apply to the anime either because the manga is also full of issues as Toyotaro has demonstrated throughout his run.
He simply isn’t at the level of Toriyama. All we need to do is look at the end of the Future Trunks Arc and then all of the tournament of power to see exactly why that is. Toyotaro pacing is terrible his pages are overcrowded with panels his characters are barely developed and his writing is lacking. He rushed through the entire Tournament of power as a result of pales in comparison to the animated version.
Which already had plenty of its own issues. Toyotaro isn’t the caliber of writer that someone writing dragon balls mean the story needs to be. He should be shifted to something else like a spin-off story with better suited and manga artist taking his place.
The same goes for many of the writers who worked on the super anime. Dragon Ball needs writers who are skilled and telling with coherent long-form stories and continuity. Dragon ball never had perfect continuity, few franchises do, but this is something that is greatly needed in order for it to evolve.
The Dragon Ball Super Production
My next point is the production of the series as well as how the anime itself airs. As we’ve seen with dragon ball in the past, it’s always on the same weekday until it’s done. Dragon Ball super began with episode 1 and it ran every weekend until epsode131. With it, only ever stopping for occasional brakes or brief preemptions.
This led to the production being rushed off and resulting in poor animation, inconsistencies in a product which most would agree could have been better. However, there is a way that this can be resolved which is something other series have used to great effect.
seasonal Dragon Ball Episode
That is, going seasonal. A growing number of different animes have been using this method of producing and daring a season of completed episodes.
A method that was largely reserved for Western animation.
This has allowed other animated to produce a farm or polish inconsistent product as they ensure that it’s completed before releasing it. Well. this is something I think Dragon Ball could benefit from.
This method will also allow super’s manga more time to tell its own story. Perhaps even give audiences a glimpse of what’s to come in the anime. I think it would also be a good idea to build up more manga material and then have the anime adapt it.
That way, it allows the manga to become more relevant and allows the anime staff to improve upon what’s already there. Rather than having to come up with something on their own to fill in the blanks.
The only drawback for some fans would be that they have to wait in between each season for more content. But with the increase in quality, it’s likely to bring more revenue and audience. I don’t think waiting is too big of a problem.
Other Ways To Improve Dragon Ball
Something else that can be improved is the setting that characters typically find themselves in.
If we take a look back at the original Dragon Ball, the story was kind of a globe-trotting adventure for every World Martial Arts Tournament.
There was also an artwork character who traveled the world, as a result, the earth was a pretty fleshed-out setting in early Dragon Ball Z.
This evolves to where characters went into space into an entirely new planet called Namek. Now, although a little more could have been done to explain the Namekian more, it still felt like a fleshed-out location. However, since then the franchise has had less inspired locations. Exploration took a backseat while fight settings became less varied.