Crunchyroll and Toei Animation are teaming up to launch the new Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO film globally this summer. Available both in subtitled and dubbed, the film will be released in just about every region excluding Japan. SUPER HERO was penned and character designed by series creator Akira Toriyama himself, with director Tetsuro Kodama (Dragon Ball Super: Broly) directing.
Fan fare over the success of manga author Akira Toriyama’s classic property, Dragon Ball Z is unyielding, and has inspired plenty of artists over the years to pursue their own vision in the universe in a way that would entertain fans. On this end, leave it to the likes of Normandy-based film school graduate and independent filmmaker Yohan Faure, and art director Vianney Griffon, who began showing for their efforts in a test teaser they accompanied with a push on Indiegogo last year to get things started, and unfortnately those efforts came short.
So what’s the big deal? Well, the big deal happens to be that somehow they’ve managed to get the engine running. And, not only is the upcoming short fan film in post production, but according to my source – the project’s featured stunt performer, stunt double and fight choreographer Anthony Pho, the shortfilm is also poised for a 3D presentation for its climactic final fight scene. And this is an indie project we’re talking, which is pretty rare. But with the awesome nature of the Dragon Ball universe, if you were a filmmaker and wanted to present a product that would succeed in turning heads with a small 3D ornamentation as a plus, then if the new official teaser below is any indication, you’re coming pretty damn close.
“The world is not like it is supposed to be, something happened in the course of time…”
With these words Trunks wakes up in the middle of a ruined city. He then remembers the loss of his friends, his preparation to fight Cell, even though he knows he might not be strong enough, he will still try to make a difference.
“The Fall of Men” is born from our desire to tell the DRAGON BALL Z story in a more realistic and dramatic way. Set in a different future than the canon, this untold story focuses on the son of VEGETA who tries to save the Earth against the infamous CELL.
Dragon Ball Z: The Fall Of Men has a Facebook that could use your attention between now and its release sometime next year. So, feel free to watch the trailer below and head over to the Facebook page and follow where this goes.
UPDATE – 7/12/14 – 7:00am EST: A previous version of this article stated the entire shortfilm was getting a 3D conversion. That detail has since been corrected.
Anyway, the guys at Toei have a new film coming out. Below is the trailer for Dragonball Z: Battle Of The Gods, the 18th film in the Dragonball series and will take place in the “lost decade” after the battle with Majin Boo. The film is slated for a March 30th Japan release.