Ryūsei Nakao, the Japanese voice for Freeza in the movie Dragon Ball Z: “Revival of ‘F'” shares some interesting information regarding the mentality, role, and implications Freeza gives in “Revival of ‘F'”. Initially being interviewed by the Flying Postman Press for their April 2015 issue, Kazenshuu translated the interview on their behalf, and in return creates anticipation for the upcoming feature film. Check out the full interview below.
Flying Postman Press April 2015 issue (20 March 2015)
“F” not only stands for “Freeza”, it stands for “fans” too
Ryūsei Nakao, who has served as the voice of Freeza from the TV anime series all the way up to the present, testifies! What is Freeza’s shocking strength in this new movie—?
What were your initial thoughts when you heard that Freeza was being brought back for this movie?I just thought, “Alright! This is great!” I feel like the “F” not only stands for “Freeza”, it stands for “fans” too. It’s because of all the people who have supported him for so long that Freeza’s come back. People tell me all the time how “that thing Freeza said was a classic line”, but back when I was performing it I never thought “oh, this is a classic line” or anything like that. It’s the people who love the character that have made those lines into classics. I think I’m truly fortunate to have been able to encounter a character like this.What do you think is Freeza’s appeal?Probably his biggest appeal is his evolutionary process, the way he gets stronger each time he transforms. I’m quite fond of his first form, and this time around it makes its first appearance in a long while. Freeza’s final form is great, too. He feels a bit like a kuge1. His expressions and the way he talks as if he’s better than everyone else are just like the kuge. (laughs)How about his mentality?Akira Toriyama-sensei is very skilled when it comes to crafting characters with certain kinds of handicaps. It’s interesting to see how they try and deal with their handicaps. Freeza’s definitely a man who’s grown strong as he’s tried to compensate for his handicaps, in particular his complex towards his father. I think it’s probably one of the things that contributes to his appeal.What was important when performing the role of Freeza this time around?The most important thing was not to ruin his image. Making sure with each line that people won’t think “has he changed?” So that when they hear his hateful and repulsive voice, they’ll go “That’s it! That’s the voice!” The recording sessions were a blast. I managed to record a “new Freeza” while having fun with the actress who plays Goku, Mako-san (Masako Nozawa). Every time we meet up when I’m recording something new as Freeza, Mako-san always says “I truly despise you!” (laughs) This time around it was great to get to hear those emotion-soaked words again. I’m playing the bad guy, so the more I’m hated, the happier I am. I think this time everyone will totally hate my guts. (laughs)It seems Freeza is getting a further evolution in this film.That’s right, he goes even higher than his final form. It’s a transformation that’s pretty simple visually. Basically, he turns gold. (laughs) And his battle power goes through the roof, so I think you’ll get to see some fantastic battles. Above all, they’re really fast. In fact, they’re so fast that sometimes when we were dubbing in our voices we couldn’t keep up, so when Goku and Freeza were attacking or defending, we’d get the order switched around. “That’s backwards! I’m the one attacking now, and Mako-san’s the one getting beat up!”, that sort of thing. (laughs) Anyway, there’s some extremely fast and sharp battles.By the way, how high do you suppose Freeza’s battle power has gotten now?He’s a nice guy, so maybe 100 quintillion?Such unimaginable strength!Something like that anyway; he’s really something special. (laughs) (In this new movie) as far as Freeza’s concerned, you could say he “loses the battle, but wins the war”. Stay in your seats when the ending credits start to roll, and keep watching until the very end.
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 preview screening of the film will be coming to Los Angeles, California on April 11, 2015, however, all seats have already been sold.