Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama has recently shared his thoughts on the latest movie of the shonen franchise he created, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. The film has taken a different approach to the series by shifting the focus of the story away from Goku and Vegeta to Gohan and Piccolo as they defend Earth from the newly-revived Red Ribbon Army, their two new androids, and a bigger threat.
The interview was shared by Twitter outlet DBSHype. Toriyama contributed to the writing of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero's story, and here's what the 67-year-old mangaka said:
"I finally got to see the completed movie. To put it shortly, it's an amazing anime movie! Of course, to have the original creator say that may not be the most convincing argument, but I couldn't help but get excited when I was watching it! I'm an old man and yet I got excited."
The Dragon Ball creator went on to discuss the return of the Red Ribbon Army, while also noting giving Goku and Vegeta a break:
"Considering how they've gone to universe and other such large-scale stages, I thought I'd return to my roots and have the story take place on Earth in a small area. Not only that, but the enemy is the Red Ribbon Army, an enemy that wasn't very impactful back when I originally created the series. Plus Goku and Vegeta aren't even the main characters. I believe I managed to make the story interesting but I was constantly worried that perhaps I'd made it a little too subdued."
Akira also thanked everyone involved with bringing Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero's story to life:
"This is all thanks to Director Kodama, the animation staff, all the staff that supported them, the voice actors, and the editors at Shueisha who worked tirelessly to make this the best movie possible. I feel nothing but gratitude. Personally, I am as pleased as I could ever be."
The anime film, which featured innovative 3D animation and never-before-seen transformations, has been dominating the global box office.
You can read the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero's official synopsis from Crunchyroll:
"The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves "Super Heroes". They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan... What is the New Red Ribbon Army's objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero."
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is now showing in theaters in the U.S. and other regions.