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While Dragon Ball Super is (only?!) about two months away, we are still swimming in Revival of “F” material to cover as the movie continues its dominance in Japanese theaters and begins to make its way worldwide. Five new interview translations have been added to the site, all revolving around the new movie:
V-Jump May 2015 Issue: “Double Dragon Talk 2!!!”
A follow-up to the duo’s May 2013 V-Jump discussion regarding Battle of Gods, Naho Ooishi and Toyotaro get together once again to discuss Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”. The duo discuss their thoughts on Freeza’s return, their favorite scenes from the new film, and also contribute short comics of their own.
Naho: And also, he was far and away more scarily-strong than I’d imagined. I get the feeling that when people heard “the revival of Freeza”, most of them probably thought, “Seriously? Freeza…?” but I think once they see the movie, their impression will absolutely change. (laughs) It’s nice how he introduces himself a bit self-consciously once he changes into Golden Freeza, too. (laughs)
V-Jump May 2015 Issue: Momoiro Clover Z Interview
In the first of two Momoiro Clover Z interviews we have translated, the group behind the film’s main theme discusses the types of ki-based techniques they wish they could use.
Takagi: For example, you get attacked by an enemy, right? So, when you don’t have any way to escape, you could stick yourself to the wall, like this. And then you’d become part of the wall yourself!
Momoka: …Eh? Takagi-san, are you often fighting in your dreams?!
Takagi: Well, it’s not so much fighting, as it is running away!
Entermix May 2015 Issue: Momoiro Clover Z Interview
In the second of two Momoiro Clover Z interviews we have translated, the group continues to discuss their dream techniques while also discussing their favorite characters.
Momota: Gohan-kun, I guess. It’s wonderful how he has a dream of being a scholar.
Sasaki: As for me…….
Momota: The lecherous Kame-Sen’nin?
Sasaki: What?! No!! I guess I’d be a Vegeta fan; he is a prince, after all.
Tamai: That’s quite the condescending attitude. (laughs) Definitely Tenshinhan for me. He’s tall, and his name is cute and sounds delicious.
Momota: He’s a tricyclops, though. Are you really OK with that?
Tamai: What? Then, no way. (laughs)
Ariyasu: Kuririn for me. This time he’s become a policeman, and more than anything, he seems like an upstanding person, don’t you think?
Sasaki: Plus you’re both short, after all. (laughs)
Takagi: I’ll of course go with Piccolo-san. That’s because the way he wears a turban is wonderful, like Shōnan-no-Kaze.
Entermix May 2015 Issue: Ryūsei Nakao Interview
From the same magazine, an interview with Ryūsei Nakao dives into the speed of the battles in the new film and recording such fights with the rest of the cast.
According to Freeza, he apparently “went with gold so it would be easy to grasp”, but he’s obtained an overwhelming speed and power. The developments in the battle scenes were truly so quick that our voices could barely keep up with the transitions between attacking and defending, and even Masako (Nozawa)-san and I, who have been doing this for many years, were going, “Huh? Was that my attack just now?” The recording was really tough.
V-Jump June 2015 Issue: Ryūsei Nakao Interview
Finally, in an interview from the most recent issue of V-Jump, Nakao discusses how he tuned his vocal performance for the new film.
Obviously Freeza’s essence is the same as before, but he’s also more evolved now. I played Golden Freeza as if he were “evil perfected”. It was lots of fun putting all the emphasis on “evil” in my performance. In the last film, Battle of Gods, the story reached godly proportions, so I tried to ramp the level of evil up to match (laughs).
It is has been two weeks since Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” premiered in Japan, and while we quickly put together a brief synopsis shortly thereafter, it is finally time to unveil our detailed summary!
The summary has been compiled from numerous sources, including the first-hand account of our very own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”), who was present for both a preview screening and the film’s premiere, as well as Akira Toriyama’s original script as re-printed in the Dragon Ball Volume “F” bonus item given to premiere attendees. A fair warning: this summary contains huge spoilers, so if you are trying to avoid those, do not click the link below. You have been warned!
Without further ado, we at Kanzenshuu present to you our detailed summary for Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, which is jam-packed with exclusive details from the film you will not find anywhere else. When you are done reading the summary, pop on over to our ongoing forum thread discussing the movie. If you do feel the need to distribute our summary, please be so kind as to give us a link back.
And now, we hope you enjoy the show!
When Maximum the Hormone released their Tsume Tsume Tsume / “F” CD single in 2008, no-one at the time could have predicted a future where the song would become an official part of Dragon Ball music history… and yet here we are in 2015 with the song having directly inspired Akira Toriyama to create Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”:
This time, Freeza will be revived!
The “F” stands for “Freeza”.
This is because it’s an idea that came to me in a flash after I listened to a song called “F” by Maximum the Hormone, whom I had been introduced to by a friend, back when I was fretting over what to do about the story for the next movie.
“F” is a song that sings about Freeza in a vulgar-yet-cool way.
I remembered how, back then, they told me, “Sorry, but we went ahead and sang about Freeza without asking”.
Aha! So that’s what I could do!
As we approach the movie’s formal, wide release in Japan, we thought it appropriate to dive back into the band’s comments on the song.
Liner notes in their original 2008 CD single begin to paint a much larger picture about the song’s background, with Freeza and the Namek story arc providing a metaphorical backdrop for real-world politics and current events:
Now then, as for just what the “F” in the title “F” stands for,
I bet there are a lot of people who realized it from looking at the lyrics.
However, it’s not that this is simply a song about “that manga”.
It’s an “F” with a much, much deeper meaning.
There is great significance in the fact that I narrowed the target to that comic’s “Planet Namek arc”.
In the comic, numerous conflicts arose over the “wish-granting orbs” on that planet,
and many of its innocent inhabitants, who had been living peacefully, were killed.
The band provided more background information on the song for their 2013 full-length album Yoshū Fukushū, along with — in retrospect — some hilariously-prophetic commentary:
We’ve performed the song in front of Sensei and gotten a Freeza autograph from him, so why don’t we go ahead have them make this song the main theme the next time Dragon Ball‘s made into a movie?!
Finally, an update on the song would not be complete without a translation of its lyrics!
As we did with 2013’s film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, a shorter (but still comprehensive) synopsis has been added to the movie’s main guide page, and a longer (intricately-detailed) synopsis will be added at a later date pending additional viewings and reflection time. Think of today’s addition as something like a “mid-level” synopsis; an even more-condensed version will replace it when the detailed synopsis makes its debut.
Our own Julian had a chance to check out to first public preview screening for the film this week (30 March 2015). Check out a few photos from the day:
With a series like Dragon Ball, comments from author Akira Toriyama hold a lot of weight. The man traditionally hides behind-the-scenes, and though he was trotted out for Q&As more than ever before during the Battle of Gods promotional circuit, he still remained as elusively off-camera as ever before, choosing to provide prepared text answers.
One of the things we at Kanzenshuu love doing is diving into the archives while simultaneously keeping up with newer material. It can be fascinating to compare answers and viewpoints that Toriyama provides over a period of decades. We feel that it provides a deeper understanding of Dragon Ball and of Akira Toriyama himself.
With that being said, we are excited to provide translations of two in-depth and surprisingly-candid Akira Toriyama interviews.
The first new interview translation comes from the January 1997 issue (“Issue 3.01″) of the initial Japanese edition of WIRED magazine, which ran for a little less than four years from 1994 to 1998; it now exists as a special quarterly issue of the Japanese edition of GQ, relaunched in 2011. In addition to translations of articles from its American equivalent, it also had Japan-original material, and for their second-anniversary issue (published 21 November 1996), they had a special two-page interview with the man himself. This is notable principally for two things: being published during the time that Dragon Ball GT was still on the air, and Toriyama’s comments on Goku’s personality, which he repeated nearly verbatim 17 years later in the run-up to Battle of Gods (see below).
There’s how, basically, Son Goku from Dragon Ball doesn’t fight for the sake of others, but because he wants to fight against strong guys. So once Dragon Ball got animated, at any rate, I’ve always been dissatisfied with the “righteous hero”-type portrayal they gave him. I guess I couldn’t quite get them to grasp the elements of “poison” that slip in and out of sight among the shadows.
The second new interview translation we have added to the website is the “Akira Toriyama & Masako Nozawa Special Talk” which exclusively aired as a part of a special exhibit in Japan, “The World of Akira Toriyama”. While the special talk was previewed on Mezamashi TV, the actual video footage in its entirety could only be seen at the exhibit itself. Friend of the site “Peking Duck” visited the exhibit in Nagoya and studiously transcribed the talk in its entirety; with his permission, we have translated said talk.
In the special talk, Masako Nozawa reveals how she was given the role of Gohan with no audition and no warning prior to coming in to record, while Toriyama reiterates his feelings on Goku’s personality and motivations that he discussed in the WIRED interview so many years earlier.
At any rate, I wanted him to have the sense of being that rare guy who seeks only “to become stronger than before”, so much so that it feels like “there’s no one as pure as this person”. And while he does end up saving everyone as a result of that, he himself at least has a very pure sincerity about “wanting to become stronger”. What I wanted to depict the most was the sense that he might not be a good guy at all, although he does do good things as a result.
Please enjoy these new additions!
While the 2015 #13 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump promised a reveal of Freeza’s new evolution in the 2015 #15 issue, Toei decided to release a new Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” trailer a few days ahead of then… which itself spoiled the big reveals that would have come in the magazine.
While the 2015 #15 issue does indeed provide its own reveal of “Golden Freeza”, it comes packed with a bunch of other supplemental tidbits. Confirmed in the recent trailer, the magazine issue also confirms an appearance and contribution in the film by Jaco the Galactic Patrolman from the 2013 prequel/spin-off manga series.
A special booklet by original manga author — and writer for the film itself — Akira Toriyama will be distributed to the first 1.5 million moviegoers. This booklet will contain the complete script of the film, along with conceptual material and commentary on the film itself. As noted in Cinema Today’s coverage, the booklet will touch on the plot of the film in detail, so attendees are advised not to open it until after seeing the film.
However, the real bit of new information comes in the form of a a quick interview from idol group Momoiro Clover Z, who will contribute the theme song “Vow of ‘Z'” to the film. Here, they talk about their experience voicing a group of angels torturing Freeza in Hell. We have dutifully translated this interview, which can now also be found in our “Translations” section.
A follow-up to the interview is promised for the May 2015 issue of V-Jump, which will hit Japanese newsstands 20 March 2015. The group also recently contributed the first of two interviews to the official movie blog, run in-character by “Bulma”.
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.
Norihito Sumitomo came on as a new composer for the Dragon Ball franchise with the 2013 theatrical film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. In addition to being the second new composer for Dragon Ball Kai (scoring the Majin Buu arc, which is currently airing in Japan and certain international markets), Sumitomo will return to his duties for the upcoming new film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”.
A staff member named “Hikari” recently wrote a blog post discussing Sumitomo’s and the team’s work composing for the film:
He began composing the songs after reading the script in December of last year, at a rate of five pieces a day.
With a film, the music requests come in chronological order, so he starts writing from M1.
The turbulent M2 has about 5 variations.
Sumitomo says it’s precisely these kinds of pieces which must be written in order from the start.
If you can write the cool pieces right at the start, then the rest is just a matter of adding on.
Pictured above are many of the musical composition team members surrounding the film’s director, Tadayoshi Yamamuro. Read a full translation of the staff blog post (accompanied by many more photos!) in our “Translations” section.
It is technically the 21st in Japan, and so the April 2015 issue of V-Jump has officially gone on sale. While plot details about the upcoming film, Revival of “F”, have been scarce as-of-late, Shueisha’s latest magazine gets the ball rolling once again.
Debuting this month is the first of three chapters for an introductory manga adaptation of the film by Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission author and illustrator Toyotarō. The adaptation is set to tell the story from the early parts of the upcoming film, and so needless to say, it is essentially guaranteed to contain massive spoilers for those wishing to eventually head in to the film entirely blind.
That being said, we have expanded the “Official Spin-Offs” section of our “Manga Guide” to include a new “Movie Adaptations” page which will catalog Naho Ooishi’s Jump Super Anime Tour Special manga adaptation, as well as this new Revival of “F” adaptation by Toyotarō.
The first chapter has a full listing including relevant notes; be on the lookout for special other-Toriyama-works cameos!
“Toyotarō” is, in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”. The introductory manga will run for three chapters in the April, May, and June 2015 issues of V-Jump in Japan.
2013 was a packed year for Dragon Ball. The new film Battle of Gods saw its Japanese theatrical debut and home release, plenty of international releases (both theatrically and on home video), video game tie-ins, etc. Beerus and Whis were fantastic new additions to the pantheon of Dragon Ball characters. It felt like original manga author Akira Toriyama had truly immersed himself back into the series. Oh, and he also wrote a prequel to Dragon Ball (!!!).
What could possibly top that in 2014? Oh, right: another new movie is on the horizon! Without the final product itself even coming out until 2015, we had 2014 as a transition year filled with news.
These were the top five stories of the year according to total website traffic, rate of traffic growth, social media conversations, etc.
#5: July 19th – More “Future Warrior” Screen Shots for “Dragon Ball XENOVERSE”
In a year filled with announcements of an upcoming new movie, you would think there could be little else that might even have a chance of sneaking in to the top five news stories. Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — the upcoming multiplayer online story-based fighting game extravaganza for consoles and PC — is one of those other projects dropping bombshell after bombshell. While we now know that the “Future Warrior” is your own player-created character (and can be one of five different races), Bandai Namco’s slow drip of information with their own specific design kept fans salivating and coming back for more. The original shots showcasing the red hair and cape got people talking, but the Super Saiyan transformation had fans losing their minds.
#4: July 15th – V-Jump Unveils New “Dragon Ball Z” Movie In Development
There is little that can set fire to Dragon Ball fandom like a new movie announcement. While Battle of Gods was announced and then followed-up by plenty of quotes from original manga author Akira Toriyama, the 2015 movie was being written by the man himself. Sign-off from notoriously-hard-to-please former-editor Kazuhiko Torishima and promises of more action scenes had us all begging for more information. The movie’s announcement in V-Jump (and subsequent leaks thereof) proved the magazine’s relevance and importance to Shueisha, particularly in light of Saikyō Jump‘s odd mid-year release schedule change and Weekly Shōnen Jump‘s then-upcoming shift to digital-and-print releases.
#3: February 17th – “Dragon Ball Kai” Returns With Majin Buu Arc in April 2014
It was perhaps the biggest, most-open, worst-kept secret we’ve had in quite some time: Dragon Ball Kai was coming back for the Majin Buu story arc. When, though? And how? Would it truly not air on Japanese television as Mayumi Tanaka originally noted back in late 2012? Somewhere along the line plans heavily shifted, and with Toriko out the window, Dragon Ball Kai reclaiming its timeslot on Fuji TV seemed to make perfect sense. Of course, the whole story arc has been a confusing mess with two separate versions, a cropped presentation even in Japan, Norihito Sumitomo coming in as (technically) the third composer on the “refreshed” series, four closing themes, etc. While it has slowly begun to make its way out to the international markets, FUNimation has officially kept quiet about their acquisition and production on it, despite that being yet another poorly-kept secret. All signs point to them having anticipated its release by this point. Dragon Ball Kai seems to have a cursed production from beginning to end!
#2: July 18th – Toei Opens Official Website For 2015 Dragon Ball Z Movie
The announcements of the 2013 and 2015 movies received plenty of attention, but when we start getting nitty-gritty details is when all the fans come out of the woodwork. The new movie’s official website teased us with an ominous message: “The worst wish in history. That is the beginning of despair.” We had little else to go on at that point, but it was enough for fans to drive themselves mad with speculation. Who was making this wish? After the light-hearted fare of Battle of Gods, would the new movie truly bring us to these depths of despair?
#1: December 4th – “Revival of ‘F'” 2015 DBZ Movie Trailer Teased on Japanese TV
We had a title, new characters, a significant returning character, and a few other tidbits of information. When Mezamashi TV first showcased animation from the upcoming movie, that was enough for the floodgates to open. It felt real. It felt tangible. There was truly another new movie on the horizon. Freeza is back and has something up his sleeve. Goku and Vegeta are seemingly off with Beerus and Whis. It was just a tease for an eventual proper trailer, but it was enough for fans worldwide to immediately drop what they were doing. Our first actual look at Revival of “F” was, far and away, the biggest story of 2014.
Toriyama’s words were close runner-ups with his “Twel-Buu Mysteries” Q&A from the June 2014 Saikyō Jump nipping at the heels of the Revival of “F” news stories. Various other movie comments, interviews, and Q&As followed suit in traffic numbers.
2014 was a great year for Dragon Ball as we celebrated its 30th anniversary… but 2015 is already knocking down the door promising more excitement, so cheers to 2014 as we leave you behind in search of further adventures!
Dragon Ball Online somehow had both a longer and shorter life than it could have had. Starting with an open beta in 2010, the Korean MMORPG made its way to a few other territories and localizations before winding down last year, never actually making it to either Japanese or English localizations. The game brought fans a new, rich history for the franchise that spanned the entire “Age” calendar that we were already familiar with as well as onward into a new future with involvement from original manga author Akira Toriyama.
Despite the game’s closure, the wealth of new characters, locations, and scenarios will live on via Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, the upcoming fighting game on consoles and PCs from Dimps and Bandai Namco (not to mention in the upcoming major update to the card-based arcade game, Dragon Ball Heroes, which hits Spring 2015).
However, before Dragon Ball Online actually shut down, there were clear plans for additional content patches that would further the battle against Mira and Towa’s “history breaking” along with introducing even more characters. We may never know the true extent of these plans!
That being said, this past July, Bandai Namco presented information about Dragon Ball XENOVERSE to press and fans at Japan Expo in France. Included as part of the presentation was a mysterious figure in silhouette against what we now know as Toki-Toki City and the “Time Storage Vault” with a statement that “…a bunch of new characters” apart from the player’s own “Future Warrior” character will also be showcased:
Bon bah voilà, donc histoire de non pas vous révéler qui est le premier personnage, mais encore de vous faire parler, de vous faire demander qui sont les autres personnages, il nous a ramené juste la silhouette du prochain sur lequel ils vont révéler des informations. C’est un peu des salauds, c’est un peu des… ils sont limite sadiques sur les bords. Mais vous aimez ça et de toute façon, vous allez avoir les informations très rapidement. Ce qu’on peut vous dire, c’est que tout est lié, ces deux personnages, et tout le reste qui a été dit, les deux sont liés à cette image que vous avez peut-être vu passer dernièrement, qui sont un endroit un peu particulier qui s’est arrêté dans le temps et qui va avoir un rôle majeur dans toute la nouvelle histoire qui est abordée dans ce Dragon Ball Z: XENOVERSE.
Okay, there we are: he’s still not going to reveal who the first character is, but just to make you talk and to make you ask questions about the other characters, he brought us only the shadowy figure of the next character on whom you’ll get some info. They’re a bit of bastards, they’re a bit… They’re a bit sadistic. But you like it that way and you’ll have those info very soon anyway. What we CAN tell you, is that everything is connected: those two characters, and everything that’s been said earlier, both of them are connected to this picture that you may have seen around lately, which shows a pretty peculiar place that froze in time and that is going to play a major role in all of the new story in Dragon Ball Z: XENOVERSE.
This past September, Bandai Namco conducted a two-phase “network test” for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE on the PlayStation 3 (a Japanese-only phase followed by an international phase). This “test” was part of the company’s plan to stress-test the multiplayer aspects of the game, server connectivity, gameplay, and more. As enterprising fans are wont to do, the game data was mined to reveal both expected and unexpected information. One particular close look at the game data revealed special attacks for a character seemingly named “Demigra”. A recent leak of purported achievements for the Xbox platforms pin one accomplishment name as “Complete the saga of the Demon God Demigra.”
So who — or what — is “Demigra”…?
The characters of Mira (ミラ) and Towa (トワ) have names that evoke the concept of time, with “Mira” likely coming from mirai (未来) or “future”, while “Towa” (a native Japanese reading applied to the Chinese-derived compounds 永遠 eien or 永久 eikyū) means “eternity”.
“Demigra”, however, is confusing (for the time being, anyway!). Nothing comes to mind either as an anagram or with extended-syllables that suggests time. A food pun with “demi-glace” seems to be the most obvious / closest approximation.
Is the mystery character presented over the summer this “Demigra”…? Do we have new gods to add to the hierarchy of the Dragon World? Will the Makaiōshin finally make their formal appearance? With Dragon Ball XENOVERSE a mere two months away, and more reveals almost certainly on the horizon, we may know the secret of “Demigra” sooner than we think!
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will release for the four consoles 05 February 2015 in Japan, 13 February 2015 in Europe, and 17 February 2015 in the Americas. The PC version seems to be on track for a global release via Steam 17 February 2015.
Thanks to our buddy “Cold Skin” for the French translation!