Recent developments in the Dragon Ball rights fiasco have hinted that Dragon Ball Executive Producer and Toriyama’s right-hand man Akio Iyoku has indeed gained the rights for future Dragon Ball anime, games and movies from Shueisha.
In August 2023, Iyoku told Bunshun online that he had stepped down as the head of the Dragon Ball room in Shueisha and established his own company called “Capsule Corporation Tokyo”. At that time, Shueisha was reluctant to sign the deal, but the fact that:
- Iyoku was present at New York Comic Con to announce Dragon Ball Daima
- He’s described as Executive Producer of the ‘Dragon Ball’ series, aiming to produce new Dragon Ball anime series. movies and games over the next 10 years
It shows that he has indeed succeeded in making Shueisha sign the deal with him, although full details haven’t been disclosed yet.
According to Iyoku, Capsule Corporation Tokyo is a venture to push Akira Toriyama-approved Dragon Ball content to all regions of the world and make more of it. It’s been heavily discussed amongst the fandom that it was Shuiesha’s fault for delaying the release of Dragon Ball Super Season 2 because they think there isn’t enough manga content to adapt.
However, Iyoku is under the notion that new Dragon Ball animated content need not wait for the manga and thought, “Why not have Toriyama just write new scripts for anime and movies?”
Hence, Dragon Ball Daima was born.
In an interview with Nikkei.com on Jan 5, 2024, Iyoku straight up said that it’s good at all to have a boom that builds up and then burns down, which can be a factor in the content not lasting long. He’s basically referring to the Dragon Ball Super anime, which had its hype peak in 2018 and then died down.
With the manga retelling the Super Hero arc for an entire year, it’s pretty clear that Dragon Ball fans are starving for content, and Iyoku aims to bridge that gap with Capsule Corporation Tokyo.
He would hire talent exclusive to the company that would work on these new projects in order to keep fans engaged, at least for the next 10 years. That means Dragon Ball isn’t going anywhere and the fact that a company was created EXCLUSIVELY for Dragon Ball means new content will keep getting generated with a frequency level possibly close to Pokemon.
Iyoku isn’t just a marketer. He’s decided to take the mantle and take Dragon Ball to places we’ve never seen before.
This is a major step in the beloved franchise, as fans look forward to Dragon Ball Daima and future animated projects!
About Dragon Ball:
Dragon Ball is a manga series by Akira Toriyama. It first began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1984.
The manga was later adapted into a multitude of animated series, movies, and games.
The franchise consists of five different anime series, about 21 animated movies, and around 10 games spanning various platforms, from Famicon to Playstation and Xbox.
Synopsis of the Dragon Ball anime:
Son Goku is a young boy who lives in the woods all alone—that is, until a girl named Bulma runs into him in her search for a set of magical objects called the “Dragon Balls.”
Since the artifacts are said to grant one wish to whoever collects all seven, Bulma hopes to gather them and wish for a perfect boyfriend.
Goku happens to be in possession of a dragon ball, but unfortunately for Bulma, he refuses to part ways with it, so she makes him a deal: he can tag along on her journey if he lets her borrow the dragon ball’s power.
With that, the two set off on the journey of a lifetime.