K&K Productions to release “Saiyan Saga” Web Series

In recent months British film company K&K Productions were waiting to meet with TOEI Japan about releasing live action Dragon Ball content.

In today’s update co-director Harry Kirby revealed that while TOEI Japan isn’t interested in collaborating with them they will be going ahead with the web series.

Additionally the company plan to deliver the best quality possible.

Some of their plans include use of the latest in filming and photographic technology in order to shoot in 4K, partnering with Cosplay Corp and a large visual effects company to deliver high quality costumes and blockbuster-style special effects.

Kirby also stated a sample video will be released soon to showcase what can be expected from the finished product. Subscribe to them on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for further updates.

Current Update

Saiyan Saga Trailer

Geekdom101 Releases New “Dragon Ball Lost In Translation” Series

In the last four months Geekdom101 has emerged as the most promising new Dragon Ball Youtuber. His videos cover news and misconceptions in the Dragon Ball series and fandom.

The new series – Dragon Ball Lost In Translation goes to the very source the problems that have arisen with the English dubs, and sheds some light on how it happened, for those fans who were unaware this new series will serve as a good educational tool.

Be sure to check out Geekdom’s channel.

Dragon Ball – New Book by Derek Padula

The next instalment of the Derek Padula’s Dragon Ball fandom books has just been released. In Dragon Soul : 30 Years of Fandom, fans can look forward to stories from 27 Dragon Ball professionals, including Sean Schemmel (Goku) and Chris Sabat (Vegeta) where they talk about how Dragon Ball changed their lives and why it’s such an important series internationally.

Additional professionals include the following:

Voice Actors
Chris Ayres (Freeza)
Chris Rager (Mister Satan)
Mike McFarland (Master Roshi)
Chuck Huber (Android 17)
Kyle Herbert (Son Gohan)
Jason Douglas (Beerus)
Chris Cason (Tien Shinhan)

Canadian Voice Actors
Peter Kelamis (Goku)
Brian Drummond (Vegeta)

Latin American Voice Actors
Mario Castaneda (Goku)
Rene Garcia (Vegeta)
Eduardo Garza (Krillin)

Other Voice Actors
Caspar Phillipson (Goku – Danish version)
Wendel Bezerra (Goku – Brazillian version)
Jose Antonio Gavira (Goku – Spanish version)
Eric Legrand (Vegeta – French version)
Julia Olivia (Chi-Chi – Spanish version)
Peter Secher Schmidt (Freeza – Danish version)

Funimation Employees
Justin Rojas
Adam Sheehan
Rick Villa

Other Professionals
Bruce Faulconer (Ocean Dub composer)
David Hernando (manga editor)
Olivier Richard (French journalist)

In addition, the book contains stories from 81 fans in 25 countries, such as the following:
Lawrence Simpson (MasakoX) from Team Four Star
RobotUnderdog (creators of Dragon Ball Z : Light of Hope)
Twitter star Goku
Malik (Dragon Ball New Age)
Salagir from Dragon Ball Multiverse
Marcus Brimage (MMA fighter)
Youtube celebrities : Nelson Junior (Casa do Kame), SSJGoshin4
Chris Stuckmann (Film critic)
Famous cosplayers : “living Ichigo”, Atara Collis, and Jah’lon Escudero
Patrick Galbraith, Nestor Rubio, and Vicente Ramirez (authors)

The book is written by Derek Padula, author of The Dao of Dragon Ball, writer and co-creator of Dragon Ball Z : Light of Hope.

An ebook is available from Amazon, Apple, iBooks, B & N Nook, Kobo, and Padula’s site.

A print copy will be available within months.

Congrats to Dragon Ball Nation gaining over 9,000 subscribers

This post is going to be a little different from the usual update, but I think since an individual from the YouTube community is beginning to give a lot to the Dragon Ball fandom and community I think he deserves a shout out.

The YouTuber who goes under the name of Dragon Ball Nation or “Josh” to his fellow video posters Blackenfist, Qaaman’s Land, amongst others has just reached over 9,000 subscribers. It was his video that broke the news to me that Dragon Ball Super would be released.

This is a big deal for many Dragon Ball fans for the purpose of honouring Vegeta’s famous dialogue change in the Ocean and Funimation English dubs by Brian Drummond and Christopher Sabat respectively. The original dub scene where Vegeta is voiced by Drummond can be viewed in the video above.

Dragon Ball Nation has and continues to make many great discussion videos, and I wish him all the best for his future work.

Derek Padula talks current plans for “Dragon Ball Z : Light of Hope”

Derek Padula has spoken to Paris Lay head writer, editor and host of Robotunderdog’s The Internet Show about the script he has written for the upcoming episodes of fan favourite web series Dragon Ball Z : Light of Hope.

Derek Padula is a freelance website developer, who previously authored The Dao of Dragon Ball blog, and has written a book entitled Dragon Ball Z “It’s Over 9,000!” When Worldviews Collide.

Padula has been pleased with the fan support previously shown for the live action web series, stating “Episode 1 was a huge success, and I’m really grateful to all the fans for supporting us. One of the big reasons why it was successful was that we stayed true to the Dragon Ball source material”.

Speaking about current plans, he continued “And now with episodes 2 and 3 we have a much bigger budget, larger ambitions, and the bar for quality keeps rising higher, so, we need to keep things exciting and more interesting”.

Fans can expect the next two episodes of Dragon Ball Z : Light of Hope very soon. Derek Padula’s interview can be found at Robotunderdog’s Youtube channel.

Upcoming Live Action Dragon Ball Projects

James Wong’s 2009 Dragon Ball Evolution film still leaves a bad taste in people’s mouths. For many this was proof that a live action Dragon Ball adaption is not, nor ever will be a good idea. However, as stated in my previous blog interest in the Dragon Ball community is going strong, unsurprisingly then is the fact there are fans familiar with the source material who are working on live action projects. Two I would like to draw to the readers attention here are a series by British film company K&K Productions and RobotUnderdogs’ Light of Hope (an adaption of The History of Trunks). The former have had support from Toei Europe, been offered distribution deals for their series, and are currently waiting to hear from Toei Japan on these matters. The latter are currently collecting donations to continue the series, and their Youtube account provides details of how to do so. With the promising appeal of each project I am confident that there will be very successful live action Dragonball content released in the coming months and years.