After the broadcast of Dragon Ball has been finished on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Indonesian private broadcaster Global TV stated via its Facebook page that the sequel series, Dragon Ball Z will soon be broadcasted in early 2016, should nothing disrupt the plan.
Further, Global TV also denied that the Dragon Ball anime was banned by the broadcasting regulator Komisi Penyiaran Indonesia (Indonesian Broadcasting Commission) or KPI. Instead, the TV station explained that the Programming Team is still waiting for the completion of purchasing process of new episodes from Dragon Ball Z, so the station is suspending the program for the time being.
“Global TV always prioritizes quality in each and every programs, especially for children’s program. The amount of rumors about this program shows that Dragon Ball has became one of the most favourite children’s program in Global TV. After the purchasing process of new episodes for Dragon Ball Z has been finished, Global TV will air the series in early 2016,” stated Maritha Nuvie, Global TV Planning and Scheduling Manager.
It is noted, though, that KPI previously did has a discussion forum with Global TV. However, the forum is a mere counseling that is usually done by KPI to keep the quality of each broadcasters in check. It was not a recommendation to terminate a certain program like the widely spread rumors claim.
Adapted from a comic book series with the same title by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball is inspired by Chinese classic literature called Journey to the West, or more commonly known by Indonesians as the story of Kera Sakti (Mighty Ape). The comic itself has been published in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo, while the anime series was broadcasted by private broadcaster Indosiar between 1996 to 2015. Recently, Global TV take over in airing this classic anime series since August 2015.
Some voice actors and actresses who dubbed this anime from left to right: Wiwiek Supadmi, Nurul Ulfah, Wan Leony Mutiarza, Mariam Merry Pahlusi, Mohammad Romli, Adith Siddik Permana, dan Elias Gibel Siswanto
Dragon Ball was aired in Global TV with Indonesian dubbing, involving a number of domestic voice acting talents, including: Wiwiek Supadmi, Nurul Ulfah, Wan Leony Mutiarza, Mariam Merry Pahlusi, Mohammad Romli, Adith Siddik Permana, dan Elias Gibel Siswanto.
The Indonesian Anime Times