Sure, it's been 18 years since the last Dragon Ball series aired on Japanese television, but anime fans in the country got a new series over the weekend, with the first episode of Dragon Ball Super.

Of course, in those 18 years, there were specials and movies, but Dragon Ball Super is the first Dragon Ball-based TV series since Dragon Ball GT's last episode in 1997.

There has been no official word when Dragon Ball Super will air in the U.S. (although as with most anime, episodes will likely turn up on the Internet long before that), but we do have this video showing the new series' opening credits.

Dragon Ball Super picks up after the defeat of Majin Boo and shows an Earth that has become peaceful again. However, it's likely that Super plans on introducing a new enemy to Earth and Son Goku, and friends will have to save the day, as they always do.

So far, the new series has received some good reviews with Attack of the Fan Boy calling the animation "stunning."

The video shows a lot of our favorite characters, leading seemingly ordinary lives. There's no word if that's the premise of the series or if a new big baddie will make an appearance, but Dragon Ball without the Super Saiyan fighting isn't really Dragon Ball, is it?

A recent Dragon Ball event held in Japan released some information about the story.

"Dragon Ball Super is a complete continuation of the Majin Buu story arc," said Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama in a pre-recorded message. "It's got a bit of post-battle aftermath, continues with the 'Battle of Gods' arc where the God of Destruction Beerus appears and the 'Revival of F' arc where Freeza comes back to life, and then, I've written a strange new story where they finally depart from this universe. They're fighting against their neighbors, Universe 6!"

Episodes of Dragon Ball Super air in Japan on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV.

In case you're not familiar with the world of Dragon Ball, you can get a primer on Dragon Ball Z's long list of characters here.


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