For a few weeks, fans have eagerly been awaiting an update on the status Dragon Ball Z Abridged, ever since Team Four Star announced it was officially on hiatus. In a video posted on the teams official YouTube channel, KaiserNeko (Scott Frerichs) explained the show’s current status.
The Hiatus Update disclosed that the show was indeed still on hiatus, but Frerichs did say that they have a plan to end the series. Team Four Star will be working on a three-part, hour and a half finale of the Cell Saga for the foreseeable future, and they are already writing and producing it.
While that news will certainly please fans, Frerichs also revealed that those installments won’t be coming anytime soon. Many factors come into play as to just why that will be the case.
The main factor happens to be the current landscape of YouTube, as Team Four Star has been one of the many channels severely affected by the changes to the video-sharing website’s copyright appeal system. Alongside that the team didn’t want to rush the pacing of the series, feeling it was best to give out the episodes in large, digestible parts that would send the saga off right.
Last but not least, Team Four Star has been continuing and creating a ton of new content outside of the Dragon Ball Z Abridged series, which takes up a lot of their time.
“We are launching a new channel, new projects, and new concepts that will help us branch out from Dragon Ball Z Abridged,” KaiserNeko said. “If you are one of the viewers whose only here for Dragon Ball Z Abridged, which I completely understand if you are, don’t expect the finale this year.”
This news might upset some fairweather fans, but the majority of the comments told them to take their time (a pretty big deal for Youtube comments). In reality, Team Four Star has conditioned their fans to be patient, with most of their videos taking months at a time to come out, so the wait is nothing really new for their fans.
Team Four Star also took to the comment section of the video to give some perspective into the finale’s formatting, stating that the finale should be approximately 7.5 episodes in length. The average episode of DBZA is 12 minutes long.
In the meantime, there will still be DBZ content in the form of DBCember and another untitled DBZ Abridged Special, as well as more Abridged content for Hellsing Ultimate and Final Fantasy VII.