Photo/Illutration"Dragon Ball" ((c) Bird Studio/ Shueisha)

A new feature film adaptation of the long-running “Dragon Ball” manga and anime series will be released nationwide in December, it has been announced.

Marking the 20th installment of the anime film series, the new movie will be themed on the strongest warrior race in the universe, the Saiyans.

The first “Dragon Ball” film was released in 1986 as part of the “Toei Manga Matsuri” film showcase. At least one film was released every year until 1996.

“Dragon Ball Z: The Battle of Gods” was released in 2013 after a 17-year hiatus, raking in 2.99 billion yen ($27 million) at the Japanese box office. The 19th film, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F,’” hit cinemas in 2015 and grossed 3.74 billion yen.

The latest TV anime series, “Dragon Ball Super,” has been airing since July 2015.

The title of the new film remains unknown, but its tentative title says it is a project celebrating the 20th installment of the “Dragon Ball” theatrical film adaptations.

Reprising his roles from the previous film, original manga creator Akira Toriyama provides story ideas upon which he is writing the screenplay for the latest movie and serves as character designer.

The story will focus on the Saiyans, the extraterrestrial warriors including protagonist Son Goku.

For more information, go to the “Dragon Ball Official Site” at (https://dragonball.news/).

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