Today, Anime News Network confirmed that September’s issue of V-Jump will reveal a new DBZ movie! being slated for release in spring 2015 during the Golden Week holiday in Japan (Most likely early May 2015). This would be the second new DBZ movie within the last few years!
Like “Battle of Gods”, this film is also being written by Akira Toriyama, and he is also currently working on character designs for the film. He stated that the plot of the film revolves around a story he planned to include in the manga during its serialization, but was never able to. This means that the past rumours of making Vegeta the star are rather unlikely, but there is still a chance that may be the case, as no information on the plot of the film has been released yet.
UPDATE: New translation suggests that this will be a continuation of Battle of Gods – See translated text below.
It seems Toriyama is working very hard on the film, struggling with the “smallest dialogue lines” and focusing to make the film “utterly funny.” What is also interesting to note is his first editor, Kazuhiko Torishima, who has not always agreed completely with Toriyama’s decisions in the manga, is said to have praised the man for his work on this film! Based on their rough relationship in the past this is a sign this particular film will be amazing, and already on our social media pages and across the internet, people are euphoric for this film, not even knowing anything about it! Toriyama feels confident that the fans will enjoy the film, and we cannot wait to hear more about it. We will update as new information is released.
A special thanks to the Kanzenshuu staff for providing a full translation of what Akira Toriyama actually said regarding the film:
こんどの劇場版ドラゴンボールも、マンガで連載していた時の続きのつもりで新ストーリーを考えました。 絵を描いていないだけで、細かいセリフまで徹底的にこだわっています。 まあ、ホントは年齢的にシンドいのでそこまでやるつもりはなかったんですけど、ちょっとお調子に乗ってしまいました。
今回は、もちろん前回の「神と神」の続きになっていますが、意識してアクションシーンを大幅に増やしています。 内容に関しては、なぜかもったいぶって「まだ秘密に！」なんて言われてしまったので触れる事はできませんが、 メチャメチャおもしろいはずですよ！
かなりマチガイないっす！…あんまりデカいこと言ってガッカリされちゃってもマズいのですが、 少なくともファンの方々には、とってもスカッと楽しめる内容になっていると自信を持っています！ 現在、新キャラクターなどのデザイン画を描いています。映画の完成はまだ先ですがどうかお楽しみに！！
[As with the last movie], I thought up the new story for the next Dragon Ball theatrical movie as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization. Just the fact that I don’t have to draw anything means I can obsess completely over the smallest bits of dialogue. Well, the truth is that I wasn’t planning on going that far, since it’s pretty exhausting at my age, but I got a little carried away.
This time will of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods, but I’ve deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal. With regards to the contents, they told me, “Keep it a secret!” like they’re all high-and-mighty, so I can’t touch on it yet, but it should be super-duper interesting!
The fact that I’d say that, when I’m not big on the flashy action-stuff, means there’s no doubt about it! Even my very first editor Torishima, who rarely ever praises me, said, “This is good!”
Absolutely no doubt about it! …Although it won’t be any good if I say that too loudly and people end up disappointed by it, but at the very least, I’m confident that the contents are something that the fans will be able to thoroughly enjoy! Right now, I’m drawing the design illustrations for the new character[s] and such. The movie’s completion is still a ways out in the future, but please look forward to it!!