Take new Dragon Ball movie reports with a grain of salt

Fans all over the net have been ecstatic over news of a new Dragon Ball movie to possibly complete a trilogy comprising of said film and Battle of Gods and Resurrection F.

However, as of now the news has not been reported by reliable sources.

If anyone wants to hear about an upcoming movie (if its coming) please check Kanzenshuu (best Dragon Ball online resource). There are many sites out there who will spread false information, take each of them with a grain of salt until something concrete from TOEI Animation has been published.

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Tickets for UK Screenings of ‘Resurrection F’ Now Available! [Belfast Announced]

Tickets for Resurrection F at select cinemas in the UK are now available from Empire Cinemas and Dragonballzuk and in Belfast from Odyssey Cinemas.

Marketing Director Andrew Hewson added “We are extremely pleased and proud to be bringing Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ to UK cinemas. This has been hugely successful in the U.S. and broke all sorts of records in the process. We’re hoping to replicate that level of enthusiasm and passion from UK audiences. Fans have been hungry for this type of cinema experience for years and it’s finally here! They asked and so we delivered.”

For fans who wish to see the Battle of Gods sequel at their nearest theatre please keep up with MangaUK via their Facebook page as all additional dates will be announced there. Currently the film will be playing at 32 select theatres across the UK and Ireland.

And for those who have asked about Irish dates rest assured I am in the process of contacting a number of theatres (including Cineworld and The Screen), and MangaUK to know when and if any will be announced, and if they are I will be sure to provide details at the earliest convenience.

Dragon Ball Z : Resurrection F is the 20th film instalment in the franchise. Featuring the return of iconic villain Frieza, this movie has an original story written by Akira Toriyama with Tadayoshi Yamamuro taking directorial duties. Most of the Funimation voice cast starred in the movie including fan favourites such as Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat. The movie received a world dubbed premier at Regal LA Live Stadium, before its general release on August 4th-12th.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 04 – “Aim for the Dragon Balls! Pilaf Gang’s Great Strategy”

Following on from the previous episode, this episode is foremost a continuation of the setup for Bulma’s birthday party and the awkwardness over the absence of Goku and Vegeta. Moreover, Pilaf and gang are devising a plan to snatch the Dragon Balls, which are the ultimate prize for a promised bingo tournament. With that said there are a number of points I would like to make in reviewing this episode.

Firstly, compared to the previous three episodes where the pacing was fine based on everything that happened this episode gives the impression that Super is really taking its time to set up certain plot elements. For example, some of the comedy elements are being dragged out more so than what is necessary. In the episode’s source (Battle of Gods) pilaf and gang were introduced briefly before their chance to get the Dragon Balls, whereas in this episode they are shown out at sea where another obstacle phase them before they can even reach that location. Now how far this will continue in the coming episodes remains to be seen, but such elements should only be given in moderation. Comedy is fine in Dragon Ball, as the series started off as a gag manga, but it is important to divide it fairly between all characters who are important at any given time, so depending on how well each character has their say in the coming episodes will determine how well the pacing compliments that.

Additionally this was the first episode to show any sort of shift in the art style, such was the case with the thick black lines drawn around some characters, reminiscent of several 90s American cartoons. Of course this isn’t a massive issue by and large, but for Dragon Ball it is unusual and inconsistent with the animation style that has been established since 1986. Otherwise, as with the previous episodes it’s looking good, it’s very colourful, crisp and clean as a modern animated show should be.

Norihito Sumitomo’s music is also working well with the show thus far. The quiet moments may alienate some of the older Bruce Faulconer fans when the English dub is released, but for a lot of the hardcore fans accustomed to Shunsuke Kikuche it will be easier to sell. In particular the harmonious tones used during the cruise ship scenes were suited for the moment, especially when food is offered to characters and their presence is welcomed. These musical choices also provide a good contrast against the more ominous tones used towards the end of the episode during a conversation between Kaiosama and Goku where the latter is informed of the danger he may be about to face.

Overall, it’s a fine episode but if you’ve seen Battle of Gods you wouldn’t be missing out on a whole lot rather than a more padded form of the same narrative.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 03 – “Where does the dream go!? Look for Super Saiyan God!”

The humour in this episode is mostly a product of Goku’s usual antics, getting overly excited about the prospect of a new challenger, King Kai’s love hate relationship with his debatable decisions, Roshi’s perverted habits. Conversely the serious elements give balance to this otherwise slice-of-life episode. For example the fear over Beerus’ rampage upon the universe, and his incredible power. There are promises for more of Goten and Trunk’s mini adventures, Majin Buu’s eating habits and Vegeta’s training (which is away from Bulma’s party).

Sumitomo’s music is also taking be used effectively to fit situations within the episode. During moments of the episode where Old Kai’s fear was great the score becomes more intense to illustrate the sense of dread. Additionally the instrumentation was more soothing during the welcoming to Bulma’s birthday party to highlight the sense of peace assumed by the attendants.

In terms of pacing it wasn’t too bad, although some would argue the lack of action in an action-based series or the length of time required to reach it is an issue but I believe the humour and banter between characters was sufficient. Whether this keeps up, and whether or not story elements are dragged out unnecessarily remains to be seen.

To sum up this episode should serve as an introduction to the setting for Goku’s battle with Beerus, and what all the other characters are doing at that time. It gives us a general idea of the similarities and differences that can be expected between this first saga and similar events in Battle of Gods.

Chris Sabat and Sean Schemmel at the ‘Resurrection F’ World Dub Premiere

At the world dub premiere for the latest Dragon Ball Z film Resurrection F held at Regal LA Live Stadium last Thursday (July 2nd), Robotunderdog spoke to Chris Sabat and Sean Schemmel.

In the interview, both Sabat and Schemmel gave their thoughts on a number of interesting topics related to the film, the dub voice acting industry, and indeed, Dragon Ball Super.

Interestingly, Sabat when asked what he would like to see in the new series, which hasn’t yet happened in any installment of the Dragon Ball anime said:

I would like to see where this whole Super Saiyan God thing ends up, because we don’t know a whole lot about what this is. They have an interesting hint in the feature, if you recall, where Beerus leans down to Whis… I mean Whis leans down to Beerus and makes a comment about something that Beerus might have done that is instrumental in the whole storyline regarding Planet Vegeta, and that is very telling, it will be interesting to see what Beerus’ involvement in this whole universe has been throughout this time because it’s very possible that they could say he was there all along calling the shots and doing a bunch of weird interesting things

He also claimed to have seen a hint of what could happen from the Japanese to English translations for Ressurection F:

This movie also strongly hints, and it was very difficult reading the translation to know what exactly they meant, because I studied this translation to find out what he, what they were trying to say, but they might have been hinting at a possible fusion in the future but we don’t know that

Schemmel, who was first asked how it felt to have a second major theatrical release, specifically for an anime such as Dragon Ball Z added:

I can say that it helps legitimize that the stigma that somehow a dub or dub acting is not theatre-worthy, or not good acting, which you know, anime gets that bad rep sometimes. And so the fact that we had such a huge success with Battle of Gods, and you know, my experience of watching the Japanese version makes me think this will do twice as well because it’s not just a sequel, which everyone would go see for the hell of it, it’s a sequel that is actually as good or better than Battle of Gods

Moreover, he was asked about how he felt about fans, who often disassociate the quality of voice acting with the dubbing process:

Well what I meant within the context of anime and dubbed anime, that actors who worked on those shows typically don’t get as much recognition or belief that they are as good as people who record shows in America as, you know original shows that are not dubbed from other countries. And I think that Dragon Ball Z, Battle of Gods, and Resurrection F affect that it has a huge turnout proves that that is a load of shit [LAUGHS]

Finally, while asked what it’s like to play a hero as iconic as Goku, Schemmel stated:

Goku is an important iconic hero but he doesn’t have a wide spectrum of emotions, so you know, happy, angry or hungry is pretty much what you got. And a lot of actors will tell you this but playing heroes aren’t as fun as playing villains with the exception of a couple, and so comedy or villains are usually more fun than the hero. But Goku has, I get the gratification from not the acting aspect of it but how the character affects all the fans

See Robotunderdog’s video for the interview segments, and subscribe to their channel for more news on their upcoming Dragon Ball fan products.

“Dragon Ball Super” Complete Showcase Reveals Series Plot!

V-Jump recently hosted a “Dragon Ball Super Complete Showcase Event” on 01 July 2015 at 1:00PM in Tokyo.

The event, which promotes the upcoming Dragon Ball Super series was streamed live on Yahoo’s GYAO! website featured guest appearances from Masako Nosawa (Son Goku), rock band Good Morning America and their bass player Tanashin (Golden Freeza cosplayer) and Mando Kobayahi host Kendo Kobayashi (Yajirobe cosplayer). Kazuya Fuji, who is providing the Dragon Ball Super opening theme “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” made a brief appearance onscreen via a prerecorded message.

After brief introductions by producer Atsushi Kido, a message from Akira Toriyama was displayed onscreen. The latter portion of this message was previously published in V-Jump and added to the series’ official website. The former portion of his comments are more intriguing, as they reveal the overall plot for the series (You may stop reading if you wish to avoid spoilers).

Toriyama was quoted as saying:

“Dragon Ball Super” is a complete continuation of the Majin Buu story arc. It’s got a bit of post-battle aftermath, continues with the “Battle of Gods” arc where the God of Destruction Beerus appears and the “Revival of ‘F’” arc where Freeza comes back to life, and then, I’ve written a strange new story where they finally depart from this universe. They’re fighting against their neighbors, Universe 6! They’ll yell at me if I give away too many spoilers, so I’ll keep the rest a secret, but they’re chasing after giant Super Dragon Balls; I think things will unfold in a bright and simple way, that will be really fun and exciting!

Since it’s another universe, loads of new characters will turn up. I’ll do my best to draw the tons of character designs necessary, so I’m looking forward to this too.

You know, it suddenly occurs to me that somewhere along the line the Dragon Ball anime has become quite a huge story. Since I’m the guy who drew the thing, it’s a bit weird for me to say this, but when I first started out I never dreamed it would have a universe as a setting (laughs). Don’t worry though, it’s still going to be the same sort of easy-to-understand content as always. Please be sure to watch Dragon Ball Super on TV!

Dragon Ball Super, which is the first all-new TV series for the franchise since the ending of Dragon Ball GT in 1997 begins syndication on 05 July 2015. The anime, which has an original story written by series creator Akira Toriyama will star Masako Nozawa and Kimitoshi Chioka has been confirmed to direct. The series will “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation by Toyataro will be released each month in V-Jump starting with the August 2015 issue.

Can “Dragon Ball Super” be the best Dragon Ball anime/manga series yet?

Being the first new Dragon Ball series in 18 years Dragon Ball Super has to deliver, there is a lot of pressure on Akira Toriyama to write a good story. It goes without saying that Dragon Ball GT was itself a huge disappointment to the fans, but since Dragon Ball Super will be written by Toriyama it cannot be forgiven as easily.

I have been hearing from many fans about how Super remain exciting without experiencing fatigue. It must remain relevant, because its 2015 storytelling methods have evolved, and Dragon Ball has to follow this pattern. It is important for the franchise to introduce new and exciting plot twists, to have something unexpected. Many fans might be content with the established routine – a villain appears, kills people, the heroes train, heroes fight villain, heroes defeat villain, the dead are revived with the Dragon Balls, but the reality is, and its happened with other franchises, it will lead to franchise fatigue.

In particular, Youtubers have made some interesting contributions to this question. Blackenfist has said Dragon Ball Super needs a good story, and Chris Sanders has said the adventure aspect of the original Dragon Ball series must be brought back. As stated previously a good story can use aspects of established Dragon Ball narrative, but unless new methods of storytelling are developed it will feel dated.

For example the introduction of Beerus and Whis since Battle of Gods has meant Goku is not the strongest fighter in the known universe, and, as we know there are other Gods out there in the 12 universes. A good idea for developing the story without it feeling generic is to not let Goku surpass Beerus and Whis. Previously whenever Goku became the strongest warrior he knew someone stronger came along, when he defeated King Piccolo Mr. Pop was introduced, when he defeated Piccolo Jr Raditz was introduced, and the cycle continued. If Beerus and Whis remain stronger than Goku there will always be a reason for train harder, it won’t feel like Goku is safe simply because he knows how to use the Genki Dama (Spirit Bomb). Additionally because Beerus is a God of Destruction his presence will mean there is always tension, he can destroy planets if its his duty, this means that the series will not just be about a group of super warriors defending justice in the universe, there is always different sides, the distinction between good, evil and indifferent is not always easily defined. If there are always other factors to consider the action sequences, and the series in general will become more intriguing.

Another idea is that the battles can develop. Rather than simply being about huge power boosts, new Super Saiyan transformations, and giant energy blasts the battles could be won by one character outsmarting another, there will be a little more necessity for the viewer to think as they watch, or read (if they turn to the manga).

As Chris Sanders pointed out some adventure would help the series become more exciting and less predictable. However, fans know from Dragon Ball GT that the wrong type of adventure (Goku travelling with Pan and Trunks throughout space) can be disastrous. Since the notion of 12 universes has now been established in Dragon Ball, it is possible this will be explored in Dragon Ball Super, but until more story details emerge fans can only hope that it will be done right.

Of course the original Dragon Ball had as much comedy as adventure, so ideally for Dragon Ball Super to bring back that old school feel (such was implied in Battle of Gods) it should have both comedy and adventure, but in moderation, the problems GT faced was going overusing one or both. Geekdom101 suggested in one of his Youtube videos Toriyama could do something like Harry Potter and introduce a train that would take characters to other universes. This would be a good idea, but of course there are many more the series can take, now that a new Dragon Ball series written by Toriyama is upon us fans can only hope there is a better chance of seeing wacky humour that adults can appreciate as much as kids.

Keep watching this space for thoughts about Dragon Ball Super as new details emerge. There will be a Review section soon for all the latest episode and manga chapters of the series, which will include spoiler free sections and spoiler sections to suit everyone, but until then July 5th is just around the corner!