“Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” has finally hit theaters. On this occasion, here are five things to know about this feature film in which Son Gohan and Piccolo face formidable enemies.
What is it about ? The Red Ribbon Army had been destroyed by Son Goku, but individuals decided to revive it. They thus created the ultimate cyborgs, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. Self-proclaimed “Super Heroes”, they launch an attack against Piccolo and Son Gohan. What is the purpose of this new organization of the Red Ribbon? Faced with this approaching danger, it’s time for the real heroes to wake up!
Many feature films…
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Since 1986, several animated feature or medium-length films related to the Dragon Ball universe have appeared: The Legend of Shenron (1986), The Devil’s Castle (1987), Mystical Adventure (1988), Chasing Garlic (1989), The Ice Robot (1990), The fratricidal fight (id.), The Namekian Menace (1991), Cooler’s Revenge (id.), One Hundred Thousand Metal Warriors (1992), The Cyborg Offensive (1992), Broly the super warrior (1993), The Space Mercenaries (id.), Dangerous rivals (1994), Super Warrior Attack! (id.), Mergers (1995), The Dragon Attack (id.), The Red Ribbon Army (1996), Battle of Gods (2013), The Resurrection of F (2015) and Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019).
Note that there are other animated titles like Songoku’s Father, Trunks Story or the unrecognized The Saiyan Eradication Plan and Dragon Ball GT: 100 years lateras well as live action films (dragonballThe Legend of the Seven Crystal Balls and the very poorly received Dragonball Evolution). Finally, there are also OAVs, including the one on Vegeta’s brother.
A little history…
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the second feature film from the series Dragon Ball Superitself being located chronologically after dragonball and Dragon Ball Z and before Dragon Ball GT. This new film also follows at Dragon Ball Super: Broly released in 2019, which had been a major commercial success with 115 million dollars in revenue worldwide (for an estimated budget of 8 million).
Hacking and delayed release
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was originally scheduled for release on April 22, 2022 in Japan. The feature film was pushed back due to a hack that took place on March 6 of the same year at Toei Animation. In a press release relayed and translated by Hitek, the production studio gave some details:
“As previously reported, Toei Animation, which produces the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie, which was scheduled for a Japanese release on Friday, April 22, 2022, has suffered unauthorized access to its servers/network by a third party, which makes the release of the film complicated.”
“Therefore, we have no choice but to postpone the release of the film. We apologize to everyone who was looking forward to the release of the film. We will announce the new date soon. Thank you for your understanding.”
1st experience on Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is directed by Tetsuro Kodama. This is his very first experience as the main director of a Dragon Ball feature film. He has previously worked on the series Ganbare! Lulu Lolo – Tiny Twin Bears and Gen’ei ibunroku #FE video game. On the other hand, the scenario is always signed Akira Toriyama, creator of the manga.
A new transformation for Goku’s son!
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Reveals Ultra-Powerful New Son Gohan Transformation: “Son Gohan Beast [Bestial en VF]”, allowing him to return to the forefront (we all remember his exploits during his fight against Cell in Dragn Ball Z). Akira Toriyama confided:
“Gohan had a few transformations in the past, but this time he had to awaken a whole new one! He reached his own unique evolution, based in a way on this awakening that he had already experienced when he was younger.”
“That’s why I called him ‘Son Gohan Beast’. It echoes the fact that he awakened the wild beast in him. For his design, I first tried to draw him with a scary face and pale skin, but I didn’t think it looked too much like Gohan anymore.”
“Instead, I went for something more classic with the slicked back hair. And to my surprise, it looks great. Everyone said, ‘That’s really cool.'”