On Saturday April 11 the world premiere of Dragon Ball Z: “Resurrection ‘F'” was shown (in Japanese with English subtitles) at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, California. Prior to the premiere, a Red Carpet event was held outside of the theater, in which fans from all over gathered anticipating the arrival of members of the voice cast. The atmosphere of the crowd was incredible, as cosplayers and fans of all ages participated in giveaways, contests, and group, “Kamehame-ha’s!” FUNimation cast and executives such as Sean Schemmel (English Goku), Chris Sabat (English Vegeta, Piccolo), Kyle Hebert (English Narrator, Adult Gohan), Gen Fukunaga (FUNimation CEO), and many more were all expected to arrive and walk the Red Carpet. In addition, members of the Japanese cast and crew were also scheduled to make an appearance. These members included the legendary Masako Nozawa (Japanese voice of Goku), director Tadayoshi Yamamuro, producer Norihiro Hayashida and Toei Animation CEO Kozo Morishita.
As the cast and crew arrived, members of the media swarmed the Red Carpet with their cameras trying to conduct interviews. As Masako Nozawa made her way down the Red Carpet an additional media crew from Japan swarmed in. The crowd around the Red Carpet cheered on as many of their favorite characters’ voice actors arrived. At around the 12 o’clock hour the crowd grew smaller and everyone (including the voice cast, crew, etc.) began filling the theater in preparation for the movie. This would be the first time most of the English voice cast would be seeing the film, seeing as how they have not yet began dubbing the movie. Kyle Hebert in particular was ecstatic since this would be his first time ever seeing a film in theaters (in its original Japanese) with a group of fans prior to actually dubbing it in English.
At around 12:15 PM the movie began. Viewers of the film clapped when their favorite characters made appearances, and laughed when appropriate. Without giving away any spoilers, the movie really was very good. Lots of action, balanced with a lot of typical Toriyama style humor. Animation was great, CG was fitting, and the musical score wasn’t bad. What really made the film great was the voice acting. If you are a fan of the Japanese voice cast you will really appreciate the voice acting in this one. As always, Masako Nozawa was excellent, and Ryō Horikawa (Japanese voice of Vegeta) was great as well. They both really complimented each others roles. At times the movie did seem a bit rushed (building up to the main fight scenes), and a bit anticlimactic, but it was easy to overlook as the film progressed. Overall the movie was very enjoyable, and we look forward to seeing it dubbed this summer.
At the end of the screening ONE question was allowed to be asked (due to time limitations) to Masako Nozawa and Sean Schemmel. The question that was asked was, “what is it about Goku that makes him such an iconic character?” In Japanese Masako Nozawa replies, “Goku is everybody’s friend!” Schemmel agrees, and he goes on to say that Goku is pure of heart, and although he has flaws, he still is just everyone’s friend.
Following the short one question panel at the end of the film, an after party was held out in front of the theater. We got to meet some more of the cast and crew, notably FUNimation’s CEO Gen Fukunaga. Mr. Fukunaga was an extremely nice guy, and he really valued our feedback. All in all it was a great day. We really enjoyed ourselves. Being invited out to L.A. as members of the media to cover the event was truly an honor. We look forward to doing this again in the future!
Side note: If you have not yet read Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, it is imperative that you do so! We have a full review of the 10+1 (11) chapter manga that you can read right here! Also, be sure to read the bonus chapter titled, Dragon Ball Minus!
Dragon Ball Z: “Fukkatsu no ‘F’” (“Revival of ‘F” – Dragon Ball Z: “Resurrection ‘F'” ) is scheduled for release 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