Just in case you missed it, an announcement was released just recently saying that Dragon Ball Super” will officially end on March 25, 2018. The unexpected news left countless fans surprised and confused. The popular Japanese media franchise has been around since the early 1980s and the Super animated series is the latest installment in the franchise, which debuted in July 2015.

Dragon Ball Super already aired 131 episodes, and it has gone through several story arcs with the Universe Survival Saga [VIDEO] being the latest one.

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However, even though there’s official news that the said anime series will end next month, it might still return with a new story arc.

Reasons why 'DBS' can’t end yet

First of all, “Dragon Ball Super” has lots of material to go on for a long time, especially after tackling the Universe Survival Saga arc.

The current arc opened several universes and introduced countless new characters. The creators can simply delve into the unexplored planets and new characters' backstories.

The new characters that were revealed also piqued the interest of fans. Jiren and the Pride Troopers [VIDEO] gained attention for being some of the strongest warriors in the Tournament of Power and they became some of the fans' favorites. The other gods of destruction and angels were also finally introduced, and it was fun seeing their interactions with Beerus and the other main characters.

In fact, an exhibition tournament between the gods was already featured in the official manga adaptation of “Dragon Ball Super,” which revealed their various strengths and weaknesses. The manga also unveiled backstories of some of the new characters, which were not shown in the anime series.

The other reason why the anime series won't ultimately end yet is that it remains popular. The anime series is one of the most successful installments in the franchise. It attracted new fans after introducing a diverse set of characters and worlds in the Tournament of Power. Toei Animation is smart enough not to let go of something that has made the franchise bigger and stronger. The studio knows that it would be a waste to let the hype of “Dragon Ball Super” fizzle out.

Possible hiatus for 'DBS' and Akira Toriyama

Fuji TV stated that there were no definite plans on whether the anime series will continue at a later date or not at all. So, the announcement of ending the series might actually just be a way for Toei Animation and Akira Toriyama to revitalize and work on new story arcs to keep the anime series interesting. If they were planning to go on a hiatus, the perfect time would be after the conclusion of the Universe Survival Saga.