Dragon Ball Kai is coming back! The Japanese voice actors are currently recording dialogue for the Majin Buu saga.
Anime News Network and Kanzenshuu are reporting that Mayumi Tanaka, the voice actor for Krillin, revealed on her blog that the cast of Dragon Ball Kai is back together in the studio. The remaining episodes of Kai that were never finished will now finally be complete.
Why is Dragon Ball Kai being recorded again after it was cancelled by Toei in March, 2011? We don’t yet know for sure, but with the announcement of the new Dragon Ball Z movie in March, 2013 that tells an untold story after the fight with Majin Buu, it makes sense to complete the Kai series and tell the Buu story to the current generation of fans.
Oddly, the episodes are being recorded in Japanese but will not air in Japan. They’re only being made for the overseas audience. Kai was more successful overseas than it was in Japan, especially in Europe and Latin America. And now the kids watching on Nicktoons and The CW’s Vortexx (Toonzai) on Saturday mornings will have a complete series.
FUNimation has not commented on the news or whether they will continue their English dub, but it seems logical since Dragon Ball was the franchise that made their entire company successful. And I’d be surprised if they didn’t have something to do with this business decision. They’re probably dancing in their offices and throwing money in the air as you read this.
This is great news for Dragon Ball fans, because we now have new Dragon Ball Kai episodes [aff] to look forward to.
And the fandom continues to live on!