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The Japanese blog “Movie & Drama Memo“, which reports on upcoming home video releases, has been updated with new listings for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. As of right now, the tentatively scheduled release date is set for 13 September 2013, and the film will be available in four versions:
- Blu-ray Special Limited Edition – ¥9,240
- Blu-ray Standard Edition – ¥5,040
- DVD Special Limited Edition – ¥8,190
- DVD Standard Edition – ¥3,990
There is no word just yet as to what may be included on the Limited Edition versions, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as an official announcement is released.
All dates and prices are, of course, subject to change, especially since there has not yet been a formal announcement. This is, however, our first indication of when and how the film will be released outside of cinemas. For those planning to import one of these releases, you’ll have at least a little over three months to save up for your purchase.
The theatrical program available for sale (¥700) along with the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods contains a series of comments from original manga author Akira Toriyama. It appears to be an expanded version of the selection available in previous marketing materials, but now with a fun twist: very direct thoughts on the American live-action movie, Dragon Ball Evolution. If the Battle of Gods theatrical program comments were not enough, a recent interview with Akira Toriyama via Asahi Shimbun Digital removes any question at all.
It might be worth setting the stage. The theatrical program for Dragon Ball Evolution back in 2009 also contained a message from Akira Toriyama, who was at the time looking forward to the film:
As the creator, as far as the scenario and characterization are concerned, I get a feeling of “Whaa?”, but the director, everyone in the cast, and the crew on-set are ultra high-caliber.
Maybe it’s correct for both me and all the fans to appreciate this as a “new Dragon Ball” in a separate dimension.
With the power on-set, perhaps it will even have become a great masterpiece!
I am greatly anticipating it!!
In a more-recent Q&A with Mandō Kobayashi, he describes it as tondemonaku sugoi in Japanese, which does not necessarily have a positive connotation. It could be read as “incredibly amazing”, or “unthinkably terrible”. Toriyama was obviously playing with the ambiguity inherent in the phrasing, but he apparently meant the latter judging by new comments (see below).
Toriyama’s new, full-length comments from the Battle of Gods theatrical program read (bolded emphasis our own):
Apparently, it’s been 17 whole years since the last animated Dragon Ball movie! To be able to have a new work made after so many years and months have passed, I have to thank all the people who have given their support. For all the animation up to now, I’ve basically just left everything up [to the staff], so this is my first try at being involved starting from the story’s creation. At any rate, it was quite a long time ago that I drew Dragon Ball, so I had to start by working to remember it. I pulled out the comics [i.e., the tankōbon] of my own work, which it’s fair to say I never look at; and as I flipped through it, even though I’ve gotten older, as you’d expect of the original creator, I was quickly able to recapture the feeling from back then. The keywords this time, “God of Destruction Beerus” and “Super Saiyan God”, were suggestions from the scriptwriter, but they were good ideas for presenting a crisis for the main characters, who had grown so strong that they’d reached a point where there was nothing higher. I borrowed these ideas, and after first deciding on Beerus’ character design and background, I tried thinking up an original story, imagining it as though [the manga's] serialization had continued. The God of Destruction Beerus, who I drew the design for myself (something I don’t usually do), is a terrifying opponent so overwhelmingly strong that he surpasses the dimension of the previous enemies. But it’s my trademark to not let things get too dark. At the very least, I’m satisfied that it’s been finished up as a very entertaining piece of work.
By the way, the battle scenes in the second half are particularly overwhelming! I was moved because the presentation exceeded my expectations. While I had expected, “It probably won’t be any good,” it was greatly different from a certain country’s live-action movie, which really was no good. Just as you’d expect, Japan’s animation is superb! Everyone on the staff, you really did a great job!!
Well, please enjoy the first Dragon Ball in a long time!
Going even further than that, Toriyama states during his interview with Asahi Shimbun Digital (which we have also translated in its entirety):
Also, at the time of the Hollywood movie, the live-action Dragon Ball, the script had too little of a grasp on the world and its characteristics, and on top of that, it had a conventional content that I couldn’t find interesting, so I cautioned them, and suggested changes; but in spite of that, they seemed to have a strange confidence, and didn’t really listen to me. What came out in the end was a movie I couldn’t really call a Dragon Ball that lived up to my expectations.
That being the case, there were parts where I wanted to show some spine, with a world and story only the creator could draw.
It is uncharacteristic for Toriyama — or even manga authors in a larger, general sense — to dish out such direct, unambiguous, negative opinions about materials adapted from their work. For all the claims about what Toriyama has supposedly said about certain products (particularly Dragon Ball GT, which you can also read for yourself in some of our other translation work), at least this one about Evolution is real!
Beyond just the Evolution snub, be sure to read the full Asahi Shimbun Digital interview for wonderful insight into the tonal shifts over the course of the manga, what separates Dragon Ball from other series in its own author’s mind, and the global appeal of the entire franchise.
Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods held onto its eighth-place spot during its sixth weekend in theaters. The film has reached a cumulative total of 2,346,726 in attendance and ¥2,875,870,650 in gross revenue.
Back in March, publicity producer Masaru Tsuchiya revealed that Toei Animation’s own goal for the movie was to hit ¥3 billion over the film’s six-week theatrical run.
A few theaters appear to be playing the movie up through this coming Friday (10 May 2013), and others — such as Namba Parks Cinema in Osaka — even up through the following Friday (17 May 2013) at the very least. Most Toho Cinemas locations plan on wrapping up their screenings of the film on either this coming Sunday (12 May 2013) or the following Friday (17 May 2013).
Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods fell to eighth place in its fifth weekend in theaters. The film has reached a cumulative total of 2,181,328 in attendance and ¥2,668,081,600 in gross revenue.
Detective Conan maintained its lock on first place for its second weekend with over a million in attendance and ¥1.5 billion in gross revenue.
Despite receiving government funding specifically for such an endeavor and Toei Animation producer Gyarmath Bogdan personally hinting at it, so far there have been no true hints at any kind of international screening for the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
Something we all managed to miss was a 29 March 2013 update from Battle of Gods musical composer Norihito Sumitomo:
At last, it’s the opening of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The content has plenty to enjoy for children of course, but even adults, as well. It is truly a global-scale work, which (is/will be) shown in 40-plus countries around the world. By all means, please get yourselves out to the theater. You definitely won’t regret it. Please [check out] the soundtrack, too!
The way it’s worded is quite vague — Sumitomo does not say sarete (i)ru for a present-progressive or present-perfect explanation (“is being” or “has been”), so a future-intent is the most likely scenario. Additionally, the word for “showing” used is indeed the one used for movies at cinemas, which makes it seem less likely he is talking in general about the franchise as a whole. It could, of course, simply be a very poorly-worded version of the same promotional language we have seen leading up to the film’s release in Japan (“Aired in over 40 countries!”). But since we have still heard no concrete details about these supposed/intended/hopefully international screenings, it all just adds more kindling to set Internet discussions ablaze.
Thanks to Derek Padula for the heads-up!
Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods topped attendance of 2 million in 23 days (the period of time ending yesterday). Its gross earnings have also passed ¥2.4 billion, which keeps the movie’s income on-track to hit Toei’s own internal goal of ¥3 billion over its six-week initial theatrical run.
In spite of these milestones, however, the film also dropped to fourth place behind Detective Conan, Crayon Shin-chan, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, all in their first weekend.
Nevertheless, due to the movie being a big hit, a special postcard present for attendees will also be distributed to moviegoers starting on the 27th, which we at Kanzenshuu can only view as a nice little tactic to get those who have already seen the movie back in the theaters during Golden Week.
Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has broken the ¥2 billion mark in 15 days, and it is also the first movie this year in Japan to take the #1 spot three weeks in a row. On Saturday and Sunday this past week the movie saw attendance of 178,553 people and gross revenues of ¥228,671,950.
Cinema Today recaps the fact that the series made ¥680 million in its first two days with over 500,000 tickets sold, and 1 million tickets in 6 days. It also asserts that its strength has shown no sign of faltering even after the end of the spring vacation period.
Its totals in 16 days stand at attendance of 1,823,141 people and gross revenues of ¥2,201,936,850. Battle of Gods is the fastest movie of 2013 (in Japan) to break ¥2 billion in gross revenue.
The new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods continued to prove successful into its second weekend, with its 9-day total attendance standing at 1,488,518 and gross revenue at ¥1,772,955,800 (passing the halfway mark to Toei’s target of ¥3 billion). The audience demographic holds steady with parents and children, older fans from back during the series’ original run, and young women in their teens to early 20s.
If you have been keeping tabs on the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods — as we have! — then you are probably already aware that, in its first weekend, it was doing pretty well! It probably comes as no surprise that it continued that trend in its first full week.
As of this past Wednesday (its fifth day in theaters), the film had already reached attendance of roughly 990,000, and was seen as certain to reach 1,000,000 on Thursday (its sixth day), thus making it the fastest movie to reach that milestone this year (in Japan). The precise numbers as of Wednesday stood at attendance of 988,790 and gross revenue of ¥1,146,467,600.
The Cinema Today article goes on to state that other family-oriented films for the spring vacation period, Doraemon: Nobita’s Secret Gadget Museum and Wreck-It Ralph (renamed Sugar Rush in Japan), are also doing well. Dragon Ball has many parents taking their children to see the film, but it is also attracting older fans of the series, as well as pairs/groups of women in their teens to early 20s, truly demonstrating its strength across generations.
In addition to totals at the end of the spring vacation period, Toei is looking ahead with great expectations for audience turnout during the Golden Week holiday at the beginning of May.
A recent article from Kōgyō Tsushinsha does not give any hard numbers for attendance or earnings, but shows Dragon Ball Z maintaining its place at the top of the pack for its second weekend.
Believe it or not, we are still catching up on various interviews conducted in support of the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, and we have English translations of another two for you today: one with Masako Nozawa from Animate.tv, and another with Nozawa, the band FLOW, and scriptwriter Yūsuke Watanabe from the April 2013 issue of DVD & Blu-ray Vision magazine.
In her interview with Animate.tv, Nozawa speaks to getting the whole gang back together to record the first new theatrical film in 17 years, adding new aspects to the expected Dragon Ball story, and bringing multiple generations of fans together to enjoy the movie.
The multi-part interview in DVD & Blu-ray Vision magazine speaks to FLOW’s involvement with the theme songs and being such long-time fans, Nozawa’s process for voicing multiple characters, and Watanabe’s own thoughts on the characters and approaching them as a fan, himself. Perhaps most interesting are a few hints given toward Watanabe’s original ideas for the script, such as a wedding between two certain characters instead of what turned into Bulma’s birthday party in the final draft:
I thought I’d do a story where the enemy appears at a party on Earth when Goku’s not there, and there’d be big trouble; in the original plot, I wrote Kuririn and No. 18′s wedding, but in the story that came back from Toriyama-sensei, it had changed to Bulma’s birthday party. I think, with regards to Kuririn and No. 18′s wedding, it’s probably something that he wants all the fans to imagine for themselves.
Archives of both interviews can be found in our “Translations” section.