Dragon Ball Super: Toshio Furukawa Shares New Sketches of Piccolo

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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is heading to theaters this summer, and anime fans will finally get to see Gohan and Piccolo protect planet Earth from the Red Ribbon Army, the infamous criminal organization first introduced in the original Dragon Ball series. Now, the voice actor for Piccolo is set to return to the anime franchise and has shared some fun sketches that he illustrated for the most powerful Namekian in the universe.

Piccolo voice actor Toshio Furukawa may not be on the same artistic level as series creator Akira Toriyama or Dragon Ball Super artist Toyotarou, but it's clear that he has a passion for the character that he has helped bring to life for decades.

The official website for Dragon Ball showcased Furukawa's sketches of the Namekian who will return to the big screens this summer, and you can check them out below:

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Here's what Furukawa said in a recent interview released in the official Dragon Ball website:

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"I had to retake those parts a few times during recording, actually. The first time we recorded, the visuals were all just line drawings, so I couldn't really tell that he looked any different. Afterward, they added in the colors and I got a better feel for how Piccolo would change, and then we retook the recordings to match that. Piccolo hasn't really had any transformations per say throughout the series, so I was quite happy that he finally got one. Fans were very apt to notice Piccolo's changes too, weren't they? When the second key visual for the movie was released, they were saying things like, "The lines on Piccolo's arms are gone!" and "His belt's a different color!" They really do pay close attention."

Piccolo is getting a new transformation in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, and if you've seen the trailers, you'd know that the Namekian warrior will fight Gamma 1 and Gamma 2, the new androids that Dr. Hedo created for the Red Ribbon Army.

One of the teasers also revealed that Piccolo will go in an undercover mission in the headquarters of the Red Ribbon Army, and it looks like he will discover the mysterious villain teased in the latest trailer.

Related: Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Confirms Another Release Date in Asia

You can read Crunchyroll's new official synopsis for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero here:

"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 was originally set to release in Japanese theaters in April 2022, but a new release date was already confirmed: June 11, 2022.

You can read more details about Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero here.