This week’s issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine has revealed new information for the upcoming 2015 Dragon Ball Movie. The film itself will be titled Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu No F (Dragon Ball Z: F is for Resurrection) and that Frieza will be making a return to the series.
The new announcement image itself reveals some familiar characters from the recent Dragon Ball Z film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The God of Destruction Beerus and his attendant Whis appear in the poster and will appear in the film. Additionally it also reveals that the film will be releasing in Japanese theatres on April 18th 2015, debunking the recent listing of April 25. The film itself will also be shown in traditional 2D and in 3D, the first time the franchise will be in 3D.
The magazine also reveals an interview with Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who states that the F in the film’s title stands for Frieza. The title itself was inspired when Toriyama was listened to the song F by Maximum The Hormone, which coincidentally was about Frieza himself.
The magazine also reveals two new characters that will be featured in the film, Sorbet and Tagoma:
The plot’s synopsis was also revealed:
An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Frieza’s army Sorbet and Tagoma (from the Japanese word for ‘egg’) arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Frieza with the dragon balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…!
A flyer has been distributed around Japan recently, and has revealed the director of the upcoming film who will be Tadayoshi Yamamuro. Yamamuro is the Animation Director of various Dragon Ball Z films, including the 2012 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The 2015 film will be his debut directing role.
The upcoming movie will be the 15th overall theatrical film in the Dragon Ball Z franchise. It will be an new original story written by the manga’s creator Akira Toriyama, similar to the 2012 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods film. Toriyama will be more involved with the upcoming film, being credited with the original concept, screenplay and character designs. The story is being treated by Toriyama like if it were a continuation of the original Dragon Ball manga. He has been putting a large amount of effort into the art and story and making sure all the finer details are all perfect, earning the praise of his original editor. Toriyama also teased that there will be more action scenes and that it will be “utterly funny”.
Here is the extended trailer for the film:
Dragon Ball is an acclaimed manga created by Akira Toriyama that was first published in 1984. The first anime adaptation of the manga, Dragon Ball, first aired in 1986 and was produced by Toei Animation. The series ended in 1989, in which the second half of the manga was then adapted with a new name: Dragon Ball Z. The anime and manga series were insanely popular in Japan, with the manga itself selling over 156 million copies to date, being the second highest selling manga of all time. The anime was soon picked up by Funimation Entertainment in 1995 to distribute in North America, where they made their own dub for the anime. Since then, a slew of merchandise, films, manga, games and card games, began releasing worldwide to capitalise on the franchise’s popularity till this day, over 30 years since the manga was first published.
Here is a synopsis of Dragon Ball from MAL:
Bulma is a girl in search of the mystical Dragonballs that when brought together grant any wish. In her search she bumps into the owner of one of these balls, a strange boy named Goku. The two then set off together, Bulma in search of the Dragonballs and Goku on a quest to become stronger.
Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu No F will be out in Japanese theatres on April 18th in 2D and 3D. More information about the film will be released soon.
You can visit the film’s website here: http://www.dragonball2015.com/
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