On May 9th, 2021, the Dragon Ball official site was launched. And the first article on the site was about a sudden announcement of a new Dragon Ball Super Movie in the making. This excited fans all over the world because Dragon Ball Super had been on hiatus since 2018 and no one knew what the series’ future would hold. For more information on that announcement, click here!
Two months later, another announcement dropped which talked about a special Dragon Ball Panel in the San Diego Comic-Con 2021. To celebrate Dragon Ball and the announcement of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie which is planned to hit the theatres in 2022, a special panel involving some key personalities will appear to talk about the new film. Those personalities are:
- The voice actor of Son Goku, Ms. Masako Nozawa
- Mr. Akio Iyoku – The head of the Dragon Ball team at SHUEISHA who is also the Executive Producer of the series and editor for Akira Toriyama
- Mr. Norihiro Hayashida – Producer of TV animation and movies for the Dragon Ball series including [Dragon Ball Super: BROLY]
Friday, July 23rd, 2021, the much-awaited panel discussion finally took place. Let’s dive into what we know about the upcoming movie so far. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Dragon Ball Super Movie!
Nothing is known about the plot so far. But we do know the title of the film, which is as follows:
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Within minutes of the title drop, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero started trending on Twitter!
While commenting on the title, Akio Iyoku said that this movie is all about the superhero vibes. According to him, Toriyama himself would say this to be the best Dragon Ball movie yet. So please look forward to it!
Norihiro Hayashida gives a clue on the tone of the plot. He says and I quote:
I think this new movie has a different appeal to the outrageously intense ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’. There are a lot more slice-of-life scenes that really put a spotlight on the rich world that Toriyama has created. Of course, that’s not to say the movie doesn’t have its share of intense scenes! It’s a perfect fusion of classic Dragon Ball and new aspects to the series, which is why I feel it might just end up being something truly original and groundbreaking!Norihiro Hayashida on Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Based on the panel discussion, fans speculate the following:
- This may not be a full on full battle movie with power scaling comparisons like the previous one and would focus more on the plot.
- The panelists went over many details about Piccolo, and the film emphasizes the “Super Hero” aspect. Connecting it with Gohan’s Saiyaman avatar and the fact that the panelists put emphasis on Gohan’s teacher, i.e., Piccolo, fans think this could be Piccolo’s and Gohan’s movie.
- Pan’s playing an integral part in the film, says Akio Iyoku. He adds further that Pan is in kindergarten and she’s shown wearing a uniform. She looks older than End of Z (EoZ) Pan so fans reckon that the film may take place around or after the EoZ.
They released a single-minute teaser displaying Goku with the new visual style that’s been hyped about. Take a look:
The teaser doesn’t reveal any plot details at all but showcases a glimpse of the new animation. Commenting on this, Akio Iyoku said “The actual visual expression of Goku’s moves and such incorporate quite a lot of ingenuity using different technologies”. He also confirmed that this scene is not from the actual movie.
Along with the teaser, artworks of some of the characters who’ll appear in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero were displayed. Here’s the first look of Piccolo in the new film:
Norihiro Hayashida pointed out that the color of Piccolo’s upper arm is yellow as opposed to pink in the Anime series. He further added that the obi (sash) was blue in the Anime and now it’s the same color as in the Manga. Also, notice that there’s some scaling on his arms which weren’t there before.
In addition to his character design, the animators have added some brand new details – Piccolo’s house and its surroundings. Take a look:
“This is what’s called an imageboard that Toriyama-sensei gave us. Then we redesigned it for the Anime series” said one of the panelists.
Akio Iyoku said that Toriyama designed this house as well.
From the character front, next up is Gohan’s daughter Pan:
From the look of her uniform, Iyoku pointed out that she’s in kindergarten. A grown-up version of EoZ Pan.
The next character on the list is Goku’s best friend Krillin:
From Dragon Ball Super Anime, we know that Krillin has joined the Police force and earns good money for his family. Iyoku says “He’s protecting peace on Earth as a policeman. So this is him in his uniform”. Norihiro Hayashida pointed out that in the Anime, his eyes were skin-colored but here, they’re white. Someone asked them why he doesn’t have white eyes so they changed them to match the original Manga.
A movie exclusive character artwork was released in the San Diego Comic-Con Panel. The following is drawn by Toriyama even before the production of the movie began.
This is a brand new character we’ve never seen before in the series. Iyoku added that, even though they don’t usually show a new character, he wanted to display it in the panel to give a sense of how much Toriyama-sensei is invested in the film. According to Herms, the translation for the small text underneath the character is as follows: “By rotating this part around you can select which bullet to use”.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will release in the year 2022. No official date has been released so far. But according to the teaser, the release schedule will vary depending on the countries and regions.
Cast & Crew:
No information about the cast and crew has been released. But by witnessing the Comic-Con panel, it’s obvious that the three panelists will be part of the film’s crew. Toei Animation is confirmed to be animating the movie.
In regards to the script, Akira Toriyama is confirmed to be writing the plot. In fact, he’s writing the whole thing dialogue by dialogue.
Akio Iyoku said the following statements in regards to Toriyama-sensei’s involvement in the film:
- Toriyama was deeply involved in “Broly”, but he’s even more invested for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. He goes on to say that, when comparing the previous three films, Toriyama’s influence in the upcoming film is the biggest.
- The famous Mangaka already began writing the script while on the set of “Broly”. He recalls a behind-the-scenes moment when, after finishing the script for the Broly film and the production was W.I.P, he asked whether they should move to the next film, to which Toriyama agreed.
- Toriyama improved on the old characters as well as creating brand new characters; he’s so energetic that others work day and night to catch up to him.
Miscellaneous (NYCC Panel):
On 16th September 2021, the Dragon Ball Official Site gave a special announcement of a discussion panel to be held at New York Comic Con which commences at 10 am local US ECT on October 7th.
The discussion, like the San Diego Panel, will be on the new Dragon Ball Super Movie and what goes around behind the scenes. The Panelists are as follows:
- Akio Iyoku
- Norihiro Hayashida
- Ian Sinclair (Voice Actor of Whis in the Funimation English Dub)
- Monica Rial (Voice Actor of Bulma in the Funimation English Dub)
The time schedule for this particular event are as follows:
12:30 pm on October 7th (Local US ET)
10:00 pm on October 7th (IST)
1:30 am on October 8th (JST)
The article adds further by saying there will be a bunch of new details about the upcoming Dragon Ball film. Fans are expecting a teaser or a trailer drop. So be sure to check it out!
In addition, the site’s official Twitter account posted the following Tweet, asking Dragon Balls around the world to reply the Tweet with questions they would like to ask the Panelists. The last date for asking questions is September 19th (US WCT).
Finally, there will be a Dragon Ball Booth in the venue’s Javitz Center Main Room with displays that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into the world of Dragon Ball! Event-exclusive merchandise will also be available for purchase!!
About Dragon Ball Super:
Written by Akira Toriyama and illustrated by Toyotarou, Dragon Ball Super is a Japanese manga and anime series that follows on from the original Dragon Ball manga. Having a monthly release schedule, it began serialization in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine V-Jump in June 2015. As of July 2021, the series is compiled into 16 volumes.
The events of Dragon Ball Super take place after the defeat of Kid Buu. Goku and his friends continue their journey to become the strongest as they face numerous foes who threaten their very existence. The story revolves around wish-granting orbs that can be used for both good and evil. It’s up to Goku and the gang to maintain peace within our world.
Currently, Granolah the Survivor arc is being serialized in the Manga. For articles and fun theories about the arc and Dragon Ball as a whole, click here!
Also, there’s a special site for a 360-degree virtual tour where fans can view the movies released so far, Toriyama’s comment on the upcoming movie and exciting Dragon Ball Merchandise to explore. So do check it out!
The production team has launched a new website dedicated to the new movie. Click here!
This post will be updated as when new information about the film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero comes out. So stay tuned!