May 03

“Dragon Ball Super” Start Date of July 5, 2015

A listing was posted on the for the fifth and final Blu-ray box set of the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai. Releasing on September 2, 2015, the box set will contain Dragon Ball Kai episodes 147-159. Currently airing in Japan, the Majin Buu arc will be a total of 61 episodes, which will bring the series to an end on June 28, 2015.

Dragon Ball Super Announcement

With the recent announcement of the new Dragon Ball series titled Dragon Ball Super coming to Japan in July, assuming there are no breaks in the broadcast, Dragon Ball Super should begin syndication on July 5, 2015. Thanks to Kanzenshuu for the good find!

Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Dragon Ball Super will begin in syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015. No information has been given regarding an international release. Although there is no definitive answer as to where exactly Dragon Ball Super will “fit into the Dragon Ball timeline”, we do know that Dragon Ball Super will, “follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace”, and will be, “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”. 

May 02

Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F’ – iMAX 3D TV Spot Trailer

“Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F'” will be the first iMAX 3D film released in Japan, and a new trailer has been aired by the iMAX 3D TV Spot YouTube Channel CINEMASUNSHINEch to capitalize onto this.

Great footage and scenes from “Revival of ‘F'” that focus Goku and Freeza’s new forms, as well as a couple of fight scenes too.

 

Dragon Ball Z: “Fukkatsu no ‘F’” (Revival of ‘F’ – Dragon Ball Z: “Resurrection ‘F’” ) released in Japanese theaters on April 18, 2015. It has also been stated by 20th Century Fox that the movie is coming to theaters in Mexico, sometime in April. Unlike the previous film which had an alternative English title (Kami to Kami/Battle of Gods) this film currently does not have a supplementary English title listed on the movie poster. “Resurrection ‘F’” will be centered around the revival of Freeza. Toriyama stated that he, “deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal”, and he is writing it, “as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization.” “Resurrection ‘F’” will be receiving its respective English dub this summer, though no specific date has been announced. A subtitled world premiere of the film came to Los Angeles, California on April 11, 2015. “Revival of ‘F’” will be screening in 74 countries worldwide, beginning with Hong Kong and Taiwan on May 1, 2015.

Apr 30

“Resurrection ‘F'” World Premiere Fan Interviews

The world premiere of Dragon Ball Z: “Resurrection ‘F'” debuted in Los Angeles, California on April 11 as part of a one day red carpet event, and movie screening. To go along with our coverage of the event, we conducted a few “fan interviews” to get their opinions, and to see what they expect (or hope) to see in the film. Check out our video coverage and fan interviews below!

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Dragon Ball Z: “Fukkatsu no ‘F’” (Revival of ‘F’ – Dragon Ball Z: “Resurrection ‘F'” ) released in Japanese theaters on April 18, 2015. It has also been stated by 20th Century Fox that the movie is coming to theaters in Mexico, sometime in April. Unlike the previous film which had an alternative English title (Kami to Kami/Battle of Gods) this film currently does not have a supplementary English title listed on the movie poster. “Resurrection ‘F'” will be centered around the revival of Freeza. Toriyama stated that he, “deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal”, and he is writing it, “as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization.” “Resurrection ‘F’” will be receiving its respective English dub this summer, though no specific date has been announced. A subtitled world premiere of the film came to Los Angeles, California on April 11, 2015. “Revival of ‘F’” will be screening in 74 countries worldwide, beginning with Hong Kong and Taiwan on May 1, 2015.

Apr 28

New Dragon Ball Series Titled “Dragon Ball Super” Announced for July 2015

A new Dragon Ball TV series has been announced titled Dragon Ball Super, which will debut this coming July. The series will run on Sunday’s at 9:00 a.m in Japan on Fuji TV. Akira Toriyama, like the original series, will be developing the characters and plot to this new series.

The new series itself will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka, who directed Battle of Gods, and will be produced by Osamu Nozaki (Fuji TV), Naoko Sagawa (Yomiko Advertising), as well as Mutsumi Kido (Toei Animation). A completely translated version of the press release can be read below:

Toei Animation Begins Production on Dragon Ball Super

Drawn From a Plot By The Brand’s Original Creator, Dragon Ball Super Is The First New Series In

Eighteen Years

TOKYO (April 28, 2015) – Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan in July 2015. 

Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.

Introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump (published from SHUEISHA Inc.) in 1984, Dragon Ball has evolved into a globally beloved brand. Seen in more than 70 countries, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold, Dragon Ball remains one of the most popular anime series of all time.

“Having loved Dragon Ball since childhood, it is very exciting to be a part of this project,” said Osamu Nozaki, producer for Fuji Television. “Mr. Toriyama has developed a plot that’s not only a dream come true for Dragon Ball‘s millions of fans, but one that will foster in a new generation of viewers.”

“When I joined Toei Animation, one of my first assignments saw me working on the production of Dragon Ball Z,” said Atsushi Kido, producer for Toei Animation. “While there for only a short period of time, being a part of the series left a lasting impression. We look forward to carrying on Dragon Ball‘s tremendous legacy, bringing audiences a brand new Dragon Ball with the same sense of heart and commitment that went into past Dragon Ballproductions.”

“I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin,” said Masako Nozawa, Japanese voice actress of Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten. “I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”

As the article indicates: Dragon Ball Super will take place after the events of Son Goku and Majin Buu’s final battle when the world is finally at peace. Or at least that’s what we all thought.

Since the plot is written directly by Akira Toriyama, the events that unfold in Dragon Ball Super will most likely have a full canonical effect on the series. What is surely unknown is if this arc will tie in with the Battle of Gods and Resurrection “F”, or if it will have a connection to Dragon Ball GT. Many things are yet to be confirmed.

Moreover, we yet have to see how the newly introduced Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form will be incorporated into this arc. Needless to say, every fan around the world is ecstatic about this awaited historical date.

Apr 24

Help Fund “Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope” Episodes 2 & 3!!

With only 14 days remaining, and over $15,000 dollars needed to make Light of Hope Episodes 2 & 3.. it’s time to raise our hands and lend all of our energy..RobotUnderdog has promised fans a worthwhile live-action adaption of Dragon Ball Z, they did not disappoint… at all. The success of their non-profit fan made web-series called “Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope – Pilot” which was based off of the “History of Trunks” DBZ story line, gained an enormously positive reception from DBZ fans, youtubers, internet users, and critics alike!

The impression left on the fan base created a fantasy that maybe one day the legacy of the Dragon Ball manga can be properly translated and adapted onto the big screen as well as it did into an anime. More importantly, RobotUnderdog accurately portrayed live-action DBZ the way fans wanted it. This could be the Dragon Ball franchise’s big break to finally make some credible live action history in the world. RobotUnderdog asks the fans to help fund Light of Hope Episodes 2 & 3 through their Indiegogo campaign!

They can’t do it without a lot of help, and Dragon Ball Insider has been working on this ambitious project with them since the very beginning! So please, listen to what they have to say!

Right now we have enough to make Episode #2 – BUT to make Episode #3 we need to hit $50,000.

We promised you that we would create the best live-action Dragon Ball Z in history, and we delivered. But we need your help to make more episodes. And we know with more resources we can do EVEN BETTER! We will continue to stay true to the characters and the story, but we are taking the quality and the action to the next level!

Again, without your contributions, we won’t be able to continue making more episodes. So if you’d like to see more Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope, please contribute. Every little bit helps! 

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With a claim like that, “best live-action Dragon Ball Z in history”, any DBZ fan knows this was once and always will be dream. Now it can be a reality with Light of Hope.

They went even further to completely explain what they need the funding for. Talk about profession and passion, RobotUnderdog really knows what they are doing here.

  • We are asking for $50,000 so we are able to create the episodes at the level of quality that Dragon Ball Z deserves.
  • 100% of the donations will go towards production of episodes 2 & 3.
  • Donations will go towards: Audio Gear, Camera Gear like Cameras, Lenses, Rigs (dollies, sliders), Better Locations (including City Locations), Green Screen Studio Rentals (fight scenes), Expendables Like Hair & Makeup supplies, Set Design & Props (Time Machine), Post Production Plugins & Software (Better VFX), Lighting Gear, More Days of Production so we can ensure we get good takes, and Overall we can finish episodes faster since we can shoot all at once & not have to “fix everything in post”.

We need a bigger budget (per episode) than we had on the Pilot because:

  •  We don’t want to shoot on mix-matched cameras (part of the Pilot was shot on RED & other parts on Canon 60d)
  • We can have a dedicated audio person & quality audio gear
  • We can rent quality lenses (all of the Pilot was shot on kit lenses)
  • We can pull permits/insurance to secure city locations
  • We can rent a Green Screen studio & not have to rotoscope the fight scenes (this is what took us so long for the Pilot)
  • We can rent actual lights & not use whatever is on sale at Home Depot
  • We can have more time on set & not have to move on after 1 take
  • We can deliver episodes faster

If you decide to help donate to Light of Hope, the RobotUnderdog team is giving away donating “perks” that is based on different quantities with packages attached to each specific amount. The perks start out with stuff like “Lending Some Ki ($1)” which will put your name in the credits and also on their “Wall of Contributors” on their website. You can see an exclusive never before seen part of the Pilot with the “Deleted Scene ($5)” perk. They really have creative names and cool benefits for each perk package, like the “Ki Blast ($10)” perk that grants you a pre-screening of Episodes 2 & 3 before the whole wide web sees it!

Amplify your ki blast with the “Kamehameha ($20)” perk that will grant you a bronze rank in voting. That means your opinion is worth double while providing an in-depth feedback for Episodes 2 & 3! If you are a critic or super-fan who wants to pre-screen Light of Hope for whatever website or group you belong to, might as well invest in the “Masenko ($50)” package that puts you in the silver voting category and is worth 5 votes also including all of the perks mentioned above!

With all of these creative options the dragon soul is truly present here, which is ironically a perk too!! The “Dragon Soul ($65)” perk grants everything mentioned so far and a digital copy of the upcoming  “Dragon Soul” book, a Dragon Ball 30th anniversary fandom tribute that will contain various personal stories of how Dragon Ball changed and helped lives around the world! It will be put together by Derek Padula, who is actually the writer of Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope, and has worked hard on creating a faithful foundation needed to adapt live action DBZ for RobotUnderdog. Surely wisdom will efficiently be gained here. RobotUnderdog will also be packaging redeemable fandango movie tickets for Dragon Ball Z: “Resurrection ‘F'” in the “Resurrection F Movie Ticket ($75)” perk. You can even watch it with the RobotUnderdog team if you’re in LA, California! Be sure to read the FAQ for important details and concerns regarding this perk.

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The is a “4 Star Dragon Ball ($100)” perk, that will provide people with a collectible life size Dragon Ball acrylic over mail. It gets even better and crazier the higher you go, with the “FUSION! ($300)” perk that provides people with limited custom digital artwork that is determined solely by you, and will made by their talented storyboard artist Taylor Sterling!

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If you are willing to show immense support because you have Saiyan blood and pride, seek out the Super Saiyan perks which combine all of the other packages determined by the level of Super Saiyan you choose. Perks are selling out, so this is your chance to grab the “Super Saiyan 2 ($250)” perk for gold voting category and all of the other perks before it. “Super Saiyan 3 ($500)” grants everything and includes your name/face on a “missing poster” in one of the episodes! Ever wanted all of the Dragon Balls in a life sized set? Then the “Shenron – All 7 Dragon Balls! ($750)” perk is for you… containing everything of course and all 7 Dragon Balls. The highest and strongest perk, “Super Saiyan God ($1000)” includes everything ever mentioned with your name shown as a Associate Producer. You will be known around the world as the life behind historic Live Action DBZ. You must check out the perks to see whats sold out on their indiegogo page and to get the details on all of the great content available. Why not have some fun while helping out as well? This is the perfect opportunity to do so.

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RobotUnderdog claims that their Pilot Episode was what they could do with the bare minimum, and wants us to trust and help them reach their maximum potential for extremely well made high quality results. This funding will not only give them the essentials they have been professionally trained to handle and operate, but completely produce and ensure the intricate quality Dragon Ball and Light of Hope deserves.

For a more personal approach,  Donnie McMillin (director of Light of Hope) and Tyler Tackett (actor for Android 17) explain the reasoning behind a funding campaign for both Light of Hope episodes instead of just Episode 2.

With only 14 days left, and 15,000 dollars to go, with hands down awesome leveling perks for donating, It is important that we fans must spread the word and share the admirable effort RobotUnderdog is providing for Dragon Ball Z. They truly respect the series and wish to honorably adapt it the way fans could only dream of.

Click here to LEND YOUR ENERGY, KI, GENKI, MONEY, and lets help craft a true Dragon Ball masterpiece!

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Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope is planned to be a three-part, live action, mini web series, that is currently being put together by a team called RobotUnderdog. The pilot episode of Light of Hope was released on February 23, 2015. Us at Dragon Ball Insider have been partnered with, and been working on this project from day one. It will be based on and corresponding with the events of the “alternate timeline”, which became popular through the TV special Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks. For the record, this is a live action web adaptation. This project is NOT intended to be identical to the aforementioned TV special. It is, however, based on the future timeline of events where Trunks, Gohan and Bulma struggle to stay alive (despite all of the casualties) from the murderous Androids, 17 and 18.

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