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Next Dragon Ball Movie Will Explore a 'Completely Different Direction'

In the wake of Dragon Ball Super: Broly becoming the highest earning and most critically acclaimed animated film in the long-running Dragon Ball franchise, the film's producer has confirmed a follow-up is in the works.

In a translated interview, Dragon Ball Super: Broly producer Hayashida Norihiro and Dragon Ball editor-in-chief Akio Iyoku revealed preparations are underway for a new animated installment in the popular anime franchise. Iyoku further notes that the team plans to bring the story "in a completely different direction."

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Earning $124.5 million at the worldwide box office and boasting a critics score of 82% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is Dragon Ball's most successful film installment to date. It is the 20th film overall in the anime franchise, and the first to carry the Super branding.

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While the anime series ended its original Japanese broadcast run last year, newly translated English episodes premiere in North America weekly. Meanwhile, a manga series based on Dragon Ball Super is ongoing, continuing past the events of its anime counterpart.

Newly translated episodes of Dragon Ball Super air on Saturdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.

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