A comic version of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, published by Shueisha, is released in Japan on Dec 2, 2022 (Note that this comic is different from the Super Hero arc adaptation by Toyotaro in the Dragon Ball Super Manga).
During the occasion, series creator Akira Toriyama commented further on the film and how it has been well received across the globe.
In those comments, Toriyama stated that the reader of the comic might discover new things (apart from what is learned from watching the movie) and asked the reader to thoroughly go through and check out all the nitty-gritty details to get an enriched experience of his latest theatrical installment.
But what’s more interesting is he notes that the story of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero takes place “right before” the final chapter of the original Dragon Ball Manga, which he wrote and illustrated.
The translation for the above comments goes as follows (courtesy of Herms from Kanzenshuu):
The movies up to now have followed major episodes in the 10 years between the original manga’s Majin Buu arc and the final chapter. “Super Hero” is a story right before that final chapter. Thanks to the excellent director (Tetsurô Kodama) and staff, it was well-received as the best yell by all those who saw it! I’m glad I was able to take part in it too!… If I may toot my own horn.
With the anime comics, you can easily enjoy that consistently wonderful quality, and might also discover many new things. Please check out every little nook and cranny!
No doubt, this is a clear hint that the story arcs following Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero might take place after the final chapter where Goku takes Uub away to train after they fight in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament.
Long time fans of the series have been waiting for a long time for Dragon Ball Super to cross that threshold and explore stories of uncharted territories with stakes never seen before!
Keep in mind that Super Hero might not be the LAST arc before the End of Z, since it took place around 1 year before the final chapter. So we could, in theory, have another arc squeezed in between Age 783 and 784. But eventually, the creators will have to go beyond that last finish line and enter the realm of the unknown.
You can purchase the hard and soft copy of the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero anime comic on Shueisha’s official site!