The anime is currently being released way faster than the manga according to my sources. In most cases of anime production (correct me if I'm wrong). But there is a mangaka (in this case toriyama-sensei) who creates content for the story called canon and releases that content via manga. Once a manga gets licensed and published by a major studio like Funimation or Bandai it becomes an anime, gets toys, games, t-shirts etc. But how is it that Dragon Ball Super is actually ahead of it's own manga?

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    Probably fillers :)
    – ave
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 16:12
  • See I've considered that but so far the story has been the same save for how to goku vs hit battle ended. Now I don't know if kaioken + SSB is possible or if SSR -> SSB -> SSR is possible, or maybe both are. I dunno. Does this sort of thing happen often? It's the first series I've seen that releases before the manga that it comes from does.
    – Callat
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 18:04
  • could be the Mangaka has had input into the series. i think i remember reading somewhere that it was the case with all the Dragonball Movies
    – Memor-X
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 6:52
  • Was that also the case with the GT series?
    – Callat
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 16:49
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    @KazRodgers well in the anime filler, its not. Hit clearly conveys that Gokus Kaioken was at least at 3-4 (or something between 2 and 5), but then corrects himself to say its greater before goku says 10. Of course in the manga, we know Goku doesn't use KaioKen at all to defeat Hit.
    – Ryan
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 17:17

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The reason is that this time around, the anime series is the original work, while the manga is the adaptation.

This is of course in contrast with the original Dragon Ball series, which were written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama and published in Weekly Shōnen Jump, and only latter adapted into anime.

The precedence of the anime in the case of Dragon Ball Super has been widely reported, even though the first issue of the manga was published first (June 20, July 5 the first episode of the anime). Here are some sample sources (limited to 2 links for new user, I'll edit later)

Also, the manga series is credited to Toyotarō, both story and art (see for example here), with Akira Toriyama credited variously with original concept/story, or as original creator. Wikipedia goes as far as to say "Written by Akira Toriyama / Illustrated by Toyotarō", but that seems to be an overstatement. The cover art of chapters 1 reads: "Manga by Toyotarō. Created by Toriyama Akira".

This means that it is unlikely that the manga has any particular input from Toriyama, other that the one that goes to the storyboard and the animation team.

  • Sorry I took so long to accept the answer. I swore I did it some time ago. :-(
    – Callat
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 14:56

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