DUBAI: Dragon Ball Super: Superhero, the latest movie of the Dragon Ball franchise that released in Japan last June premiered in Dubai’s Nakheel Mall at Vox Cinemas.
One of the audience members who saw the movie said: “I have really enjoyed the movie’s story especially focusing on Gohan and Piccolo as the main characters of the movie against the new threat of Red Rippon Army, I enjoyed the new animation style in the movie that leads to new possibilities for the franchise.”
Another audience member was unhappy with the movie’s CG animation and lack of storytelling: “The movie was really bad as the CGI animation quality was similar to PS2 era and I can’t compare it with Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie, which was a showcase of amazing animation quality for the fighting scenes as well the wonderful and appealing storytelling and characters development where this movie failed miserably in those categories.”
“Many moments of this movie were ruined by fast telling events where the original series was building up the hype in very interesting way. The only good thing about the movie is that Gohan and Piccolo were the main characters unlike Goku and Vegeta in most of the previous Dragon Ball movies.”
The movie is the twenty-first Dragon Ball feature film overall, the fourth produced with the series creator Akira Toriyama’s direct involvement, the second to carry the Dragon Ball Super branding, and the first to be produced mainly using 3D animation.
The story of the movie is when the new leader of the Red Ribbon Army ‘Magenta’ tricks Dr. Gero’s grandson ‘Dr. Hedo’ into believing that Capsule Corp is actually an evil secret society working with aliens to prepare for an eventual invasion, he builds two superhero androids to defeat the “alien menace.” But with Goku and Vegeta off-world, Buu asleep, and Gohan unmotivated and out of practice, it falls to Piccolo to stand up and save the world.
The movie, with full commitment and deep involvement from Dragon Ball’s original creator Akira Toriyama, has the legendary manga creator behind the film’s original story, screenplay and character design.
Additionally, the film will be directed by Tetsuro Kodama and the Japanese voice actors for the film include Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, Son Gohan, and Son Goten), Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), Aya Hisakawa (Bulma), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Mayumi Tanaka (Krillin), Takeshi Kusao (Trunks), Yūko Minaguchi (Videl), Yūko Minaguchi (Pan), Miyu Irino (Dr. Hedo), Hiroshi Kamiya (Gamma 1), Mamoru Miyano (Gamma 2), Volcano Ota (Magenta), and Ryota Takeuchi (Carmine).
The Dragon Ball phenomena began in 1984 when Japan’s well-known manga from Akira Toriyama premiered in Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump” – becoming a top ranked title throughout its 10 and a half years of publication. Since then, the manga’s popularity has continued to grow with an astonishing record of 260 million copies sold worldwide and counting. And with Dragon Ball’s ever-increasing popularity, it has expanded beyond manga to include TV animation, movies, games and merchandising. Now 38 years after the launch of the original manga, Dragon Ball continues to evolve and will reach new heights starting with this new large-scale movie.
The movie is available now in original Japanese language with English and Arabic subtitles across theatres in the region.