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Episode 143 // 01 March 2015
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With 50 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with word from another voice actor, Toshio “Piccolo” Furukawa:

こんにちは!ブルマよ。
映画公開まであと50日!
今日はピッコロ役の古川登志夫さんからコメントを頂戴したわよ!

今回の劇場版最新作に至るまで、シリーズ、劇場版、ゲームなど、多様なコンテンツが今なお創られ続けられているので、ドラゴンボールは「終わらない作品」という印象がありますね。
そんな息の長い作品は限られますし、そうしたアニメ史に燦然と輝く金字塔的な作品に関われるというのは、僕達声優にとってもすごく嬉しいことです。

今回はフリーザという魅力的な悪役を中心に、様々なキャラクター達それぞれに見せ場があり、原作者・鳥山先生のシナリオならではの作品だと思います。
ドラゴンボールにはたくさん魅力的な悪役が登場しますが、フリーザはとりわけ印象深いキャラクターですね。
究極の悪役です。
そのフリーザが復活するというだけで盛り上がること間違い無しですよね。
今回はピッコロも出番が多く、復活の「“F”urukawa(古川)」という感じで、激しい戦闘シーン、頑張らせていただきました(笑)。

今回の見せ場は「激戦」とチラシに書いてある通りズバリ「バトルシーン!」です。
ドラゴンボールはエンドレスの作品、ドラゴンボールファンの皆さんには、これからもずっとずっと愛し続けて頂きたいと思っています。
ともあれこの劇場版最新作を劇場でお楽しみ下さい!


Hey! Bulma here!
Just 50 days left until the movie debuts!
Today we’ve got a comment from the voice of Piccolo, Toshio Furukawa!

Dragon Ball has this image as a never-ending series: they continue to go on making all kinds of TV shows, movies, games, and other content, right up to this latest film. A series this enduring is pretty rare, and we voice artists are incredibly happy to be involved in such a crowning achievement in anime history.

The scenario for this movie is one I think only original author Toriyama-sensei could have come up with: centered on the charismatic villain Freeza, with lots of different characters getting a chance to show their stuff.

Dragon Ball features many charismatic villains, but out of all of them Freeza was most memorable. He’s the ultimate bad guy. So with him coming back to life, things are definitely going to heat up.

This time Piccolo has a big role too, and I gave the intense fight scenes all I had. It’s the Revival of “F”urukawa (laughs).

The highlights this time are definitely the battle scenes, with “battle” written in wild and crazy letters.

Dragon Ball is an endless series, and I hope all Dragon Ball fans will go on loving it for a long, long time to come. In any case, please enjoy seeing this latest film at the theaters!

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



With 51 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with another brief dialogue between Bulma and one of her fellow cast members.  This time it’s Piccolo’s turn to share his thoughts on Freeza’s imminent return:

こんにちは!ブルマよ!
公開まであと51日!
今日は……え、ピッコロまできてくれたのね!さあピッコロ、映画について話してちょうだい!

なぜ俺が!?
悟飯に言われたから来てみたものの、カウントダウンというものらしいな…
全然分からんが…。

なにぶつぶつ言ってんのよ!ほら、今度はフリーザが復活しちゃうらしいじゃない!
あんたもナメック星で闘ったでしょ?

そうだ。確かにあの時の俺たちでは歯が立たなかった……。
だが今は……

それがそうでもないらしいのよ!
どうやらフリーザは更に強くなってるんですって!
それなのに孫君ときたら、闘うのが楽しみだとか言って、ホント戦闘バカなんだから!

あいつはそういうヤツだ。

しかも今回はフリーザが大勢の手下を連れてくるらしいから、あんたもしっかり闘いなさいよね!

むむ・・・そういう事ならば仕方がない……。


Bulma: Hey! Bulma here!
Just 51 days left until the premiere!
For today…Wow, even Piccolo’s stopped by! Alright Piccolo, tell us about the movie!

Piccolo: Why me!? I came over because Gohan asked me to, but apparently this is some sort of countdown…I don’t get this at all…

Bulma: What are you grumbling about?! Look, Freeza’s coming back to life, right?! Didn’t you fight him on Namek?

Piccolo: That’s right. Certainly back then none of us were any match for him, but these days…

Bulma: It doesn’t look like it will be so easy! They say Freeza’s getting even stronger! But when Son-kun heard about it, he just said it’ll be a fun fight. What a battle-mad idiot!

Piccolo: That’s just who he is.

Bulma: To top it all off, it seems Freeza’s bringing over a huge hoard of minions, so you’d better fight hard too!

Piccolo: Mmm…Well in that case, I guess I have to…

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



An official website for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS fighting game, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, has been opened.

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The site, while still bare-bones for the time being, has launched with “About” and “Character” pages detailing many of the same tidbits from the game’s V-Jump debut. Son Goku, Vegeta, Son Gohan, and Trunks are highlighted in slightly more detail.

Additionally, this week’s 2015 #15 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan provides a few more details about the game. Gameplay will have both ground- and airborne battle elements, and both the Sea Turtle and Videl will also appear as Z-Assist characters.

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Arc System Works will develop the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden, the most recent game to receive the “Butōden” branding (and first since the 32-bit generation), was released in February 2011. The game was never localized outside of Japan.



Dragon Ball XENOVERSE remained on the charts for its third week in Japan, holding tight to its mid-range sales figures.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 16 February 2015 to 22 February 2015, the game pushed another 12,211 and 7,239 copies on the PlayStation 3 and 4, respectively, with cumulative console sales of 72,838 and 54,442 copies. Xbox platform sales were, as expected for the Japanese market, not reported.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game was released earlier this month (05 February 2015) in Japan, earlier this week (24 February 2015) in North America, and will drop in Europe and for the PC 27 February 2015.



Dragon Ball Heroes, the long-running card-based arcade game in Japan, has revealed a special live streaming event to commemorate the release of the upcoming “God Mission 1″ (GDM1) update. The stream will take place on Sunday, 01 March, starting at 3:30 p.m. JST.

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Guests at the event will include Masako Nozawa (Son Goku) and Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza). The promotional graphic for the event promises the latest information about the movie, as well as behind-the-scenes stories. Those watching at home will also have the chance to win various items signed by the pair.

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Last October, a fourth-anniversary live stream was held to promote the on-going “Evil Dragon” updates, the upcoming “God Mission” updates, and more.



With 52 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” showcases Bulma inviting Vegeta to contribute his thoughts on getting stronger alongside Goku, not to mention having to do battle with Freeza again:

こんにちは!ブルマよ!
公開まであと52日!
今日は私の旦那、ベジータが来ちゃったわよ!

………。

何よベジータ。そんなところにいないでこっちにきなさいよ。
私がいるからってそんなに緊張しなくていいのよ?

だ・・・だまれ!!

いいから映画のこと話しなさいよ!フリーザが復活しちゃうんだから!

フン、フリーザか。今更あんな奴が復活して何ができるというのだ。
俺の目的はカカロットだけだ、他のヤツの事などどうでもいい。

そうそう、この人相変わらず鍛えてばっかりなの!
最近はビルス様の付き人のウイスさんのところで孫君と修業してるみたいだし、
全くサイヤ人ってどうしてこうなのかしら!
でもフリーザも更に強くなったらしいから、孫君たちと一緒にガツンとやっちゃいなさいよ!

カカロットと一緒に闘うなどご免だな。
どんなに強くなっていようが、あんなヤローはこの俺一人で十分だ!
52日後などと言わずに、今すぐ来やがれ!


Bulma: Hey! Bulma here!
Just 52 days left until the movie’s premiere!
Today my husband Vegeta swung by!

Vegeta: ……………

Bulma: What’s the matter, Vegeta? Don’t stand way over there! I’m here, so what are you so nervous about?

Vegeta: Sh-Shut up!!

Bulma: Look, just talk about the movie! Freeza’s being resurrected, after all!

Vegeta: Hmph, Freeza? What could he possibly do if he were to come back now? My goal is Kakarrot, only Kakarrot! Nobody else matters.

Bulma: Yeah yeah, this guy never changes! He’s always training! I guess lately he’s been training with Son-kun over at Beerus’ attendant Whis’ place… geez, what’s the matter with Saiyans?! But it looks like Freeza’s getting even stronger too, so you and Son-kun better go give him a good thrashing!

Vegeta: I refuse to team up with Kakarrot. No matter how strong Freeza may become, I’m more than enough to handle the likes of him! The heck with 52 days, get over here right now!

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



The North American official PlayStation Blog has announced a celebratory birthday sale for the PlayStation Vita. Of particular note for Dragon Ball fans, last year’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is available for $12.00, or $7.50 with a PlayStation Plus membership.

Battle of Z was released digital-only for the Vita in most international territories, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions received both physical and digital releases. A physical Vita release was produced in Japan.

The Vita game was a part of several promotions over the course of last year, including April’s “Golden Week Sale” and August’s “Anime Sale”.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, developed by Artdink for Bandai Namco, was released worldwide in January 2014 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Vita.



With 53 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has been updated with a new comment from none other than Freeza himself, Ryūsei Nakao! Even Bulma seems a bit shaken when she introduces him:

こんにちは!ブルマよ。
映画公開まであと53日!
きょ、今日は何と……フリーザ役の中尾隆聖さんからコメントを頂戴したわよ!

劇場版でフリーザとして復活できることは、すごく嬉しかったです。
前回は出られなかったので、まさかもう一度こうやって復活できるなんて「やっほー」と思いました(笑)。

ストーリーは先生自らが書いてくださったということで、楽しみにしていたのですが、「フリーザがこんな風に蘇ってくるんだ」というのがすごく楽しかったです。
こんなに長い期間フリーザというキャラクターが生き続けて、皆さんの支持を頂けているのは嬉しいかぎりです。
25年前の作品ですが、これだけ経っても、ありがたいことに毎年色んな形でフリーザをやらせていただいていたので、いまだに終わったという感じはしていなかったんです。
フリーザ=中尾隆聖みたいのように思っていただけるのは、すごくありがたいことだと思います。
なかなかそういう風に言ってもらえる作品やキャラクターに出会えることはないですし、私たちの一番の幸せなので。
悪役っていうと中尾隆聖がやってる!と、そういうものを位置づけてくれた作品なので、とっても大事な作品です。
ファンの方たちが育ててくださったキャラクターだと思いますね。

フリーザファンの皆さん!是非、最後の最後まで見ていってください!
最後まで見ていただければまた………。


Hey! Bulma here!
Just 53 days left until the movie’s premiere!
T-Today we’ve got…why, it’s a comment from the voice of Freeza, Ryūsei Nakao!

Nakao: I was incredibly happy when I heard that I was coming back as Freeza for this movie. I didn’t get the chance to participate last time, so when against all odds it turned out I’d get to come back to life one more time, I went “yippy!” (laughs)

I was already looking forward to the story since I knew sensei was writing it himself, but it was still really fun to see just how Freeza gets resurrected. That the character of Freeza has survived for so long thanks to everyone’s support makes me happy in the extreme.

Even though it’s a series from 25 years ago, after all this time I’m still fortunate enough to play Freeza in some form or another every year, which made me feel that it wasn’t quite over yet. I’m incredibly grateful that people think that “Freeza=Ryūsei Nakao”. There aren’t too many series or characters out there that get people saying things like that about us, so they’re our greatest joy.

It’s a very important series for me, since thanks to it I’ve got my current position where people go “if it’s a bad guy, have Ryūsei Nakao voice him!”

I think he’s a character who’s been nurtured by the fans.

All you Freeza fans, please watch until the very end!

If you watch until the end, then maybe once more…

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



Earlier today the official website for the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, was updated with two new sections: Character and Cast/Staff. While the staff and cast page did not provide any new details beyond what has already been announced, the character page did provide fourteen new character profiles for the film’s hero characters. However, thanks to a little sleuthing by members of our forum, a few additional not-yet-linked-to villain character profiles have been discovered.

FREEZA (Ryūsei Nakao)
Once an evil emperor in space with no limit to his aggression, and the one behind the destruction of the Saiyan’s planet. He is a shape-shifting alien who possesses four forms, powering up each time he transforms.

On Planet Namek, he has a life-and-death battle against Goku & co., but he loses against the Super Saiyan Goku.

After that, he turns his body into a cyborg and comes to Earth, but is killed by the Trunks from the future.

This time, the survivors of Freeza’s forces succeed in bringing him back from Hell, but just what is the extent of his power, which has made a further evolution…?

SORBET (Shirō Saitō)
Rose to the top of Freeza’s army following Freeza’s death. Although his body is small, he is quite cunning. To resurrect Freeza’s army, he plots to revive Freeza with Earth’s Dragon Balls.

TAGOMA (Kazuya Nakai)
Sorbet’s bodyguard. Along with Sorbet, he comes to Earth in search of the Dragon Balls.

In addition to some minor story elements, these character profiles do finally reveal Shirō Saitō (斎藤志郎) and Kazuya Nakai (中井和哉) as the voices for Sorbet and Tagoma, respectively. While Shirō Saitō has never been involved with the Dragon Ball franchise, he does have quite a resume of characters, including Nene from Blue Dragon, Mamezō from Kekkaishi, Colonel Mokkoi from Toriko, and most recently, Dagama in One Piece. Conversely, while Kazuya Nakai did voice two minor throwaway characters early on in Dragon Ball GT, he is without a doubt most widely known as the voice of the sword-wielding Roronoa Zoro in One Piece. Some of his other notable roles include Toshirō Hijikata from Gintama and Mugen from Samurai Champloo.

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.



The official website for the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, updated today with fourteen sets of character profiles for the hero characters.

Story-based confirmations within the profiles include tidbits such as Goku and Vegeta training under Whis, No. 18 being the one responsible for shaving Kuririn’s head as he enters the battle once again, and a reiteration of Gohan being unable to find his dōgi. Yūko Minaguchi will return as Videl (having voiced the character in the 2013 film Battle of Gods, but being unavailable for the on-going Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai). Shōko Nakagawa, a guest voice from Battle of Gods, will also return to voice the Oracle Fish.

SON GOKU (Masako Nozawa)
A Saiyan raised on Earth, who has protected Earth from numerous mighty foes. He likes fighting against strong opponents, and the stronger the opponent, the more excited he gets. After the battle with God of Destruction Beerus, he is now training under Whis in search of even greater strength.

VEGETA (Ryō Horikawa)
This prideful prince of the Saiyans. He was once a cruel warrior of evil, but through his fights with Goku & co., he has come to have a proper heart. He burns with an unyielding desire to best Goku in battle, and now is continuing his training.

SON GOHAN (Masako Nozawa)
Goku’s son, an Earthling/Saiyan hybrid. He has a quiet personality, and his dream has been to become a scholar since he was a small child, but when it comes time to fight, he wields a power even greater than that of pure Saiyans. This time, he can’t find his dōgi, so he joins the fray in his gym clothes.

PICCOLO (Toshio Furukawa)
A Namekian warrior. He was once a Great Demon King, the evil half of Earth’s God. He is also Gohan’s master, who raised him as a warrior. Together with Gohan, he perceives Freeza’s ki right away, and engages Freeza & co. in battle.

KURIRIN (Mayumi Tanaka)
The strongest Earthling warrior, who became a pupil of Kame-Sen’nin’s with Goku, and who has fought together with him in numerous life-or-death battles. Now he patrols the town as a police officer.

TENSHINHAN (Hikaru Midorikawa)
A martial artist formerly of the Crane School, who had aspired to become the world’s best hitman, but had a change of heart after meeting Goku & co. He had continued on a journey of training apart from Goku and the others, but perceiving Freeza’s massively powerful ki, he rushes to the scene.

KAME-SEN’NIN (Masaharu Satō)
A legendary martial artist who was once famous as the Muten Rōshi, and also Goku’s master. Now, he lives a quiet life at Kame House. Having stayed out of the battles for a while, this time he makes his long-awaited return and joins the fight.

BULMA (Hiromi Tsuru)
The very first of Goku’s friends, who he first met in the mountains. She is the scion of Capsule Corporation, and a genius with machines, such as developing the Dragon Radar. She catches wind of Freeza’s revival from a certain character.

VIDEL (Yūko Minaguchi)
The daughter of world champion fighter Mister Satan. She met Gohan in high school, and married him after the fight with Majin Buu. Now she is the mother of a child.

No. 18 (Miki Itō)
An Artificial Human remodeled by the genius scientist Doctor Gero with the goal of killing Goku. After the fight with Cell, she married Kuririn, and lives together with her daughter Marron at Kame House. She shaves the head of Kuririn, who is serious about his first fight in a long time.

BEERUS (Kōichi Yamadera)
The god who governs destruction, keeping the balance of the cosmos. If he should lose his temper, he will destroy the worlds and lives around him. The mightiest being, who not even Goku could beat as a Super Saiyan God. After the fight with Goku, he fell back into a long slumber, but…?

WHIS (Masakazu Morita)
A man of many mysteries, who works in tandem with Beerus. He is also Beerus’ master, the depths of whose power is unknown. After the fight between Goku and Beerus, he trains Goku and Vegeta, who seek even greater strength.

ORACLE FISH (Shōko Nakagawa)
A mysterious fish that gives prophecies. It once prophesized the appearance of a mighty foe to Beerus, which came true through the appearance of Goku as a Super Saiyan God. Has a careless personality, and will forget even its own prophecies.

PILAF, SHUU, MAI (Shigeru Chiba, Tesshō Genda, Eiko Yamada)
Minor villains who plot world domination with the Dragon Balls, but are always stopped by Goku & co. Never learning their lesson, they sought out the Dragon Balls, but they ended up getting used by Freeza’s forces…?

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.