The Dragon Ball Super anime is returning to the big screens this April with its next feature film, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which will see Gohan, Piccolo, and other Z fighters in Earth take on the villainous Red Ribbon Army and their powerful new androids while Goku and Vegeta are away from Earth. With the plot being written by the creator of shonen franchise, Akira Toriyama, one of the movie's producers has explained the origin of the "Super Hero" title of the upcoming movie.
Akio Iyoku, one of the producers of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, took part in Toei Animation's presentation this week, and it was there the executive explained to fans how they decided to add "Super Hero" in the title of the next Dragon Ball Super film.
"It's been almost 40 years since the start of the series but never before has there been a work with so much heart. We are using a different approach to express the visuals this time. This time, the story is centered around the master-disciple duo of Gohan and PIccolo. Up until now, everyone has been getting stronger and stronger. So, Earth is the stage this time. 'How will the people on Earth stand up to this threat?' is how we came up with this story. The title was decided after we had finished the story. There was a lot of discussion about having 'Super' in the title, but we wanted to convey the idea that everyone is a hero, which is why we decided on this title. It may be a bit cliche, but that's what we came up with."
Toei Animation already revealed that the story of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will shift away the shonen's focus from Goku and Vegeta, and instead will feature more scenes that give Gohan, Piccolo, and the rest of Z fighters the chance to shine as they fight the Red Ribbon Army's latest threats: androids known as Gamma 1 and Gamma 2.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is set to release in theaters in Japan on April 22, 2022. A North American release date hasn't been confirmed yet. For more details about the highly-anticipated anime film, check out everything you need to know about Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero here.