It appears that the new “refreshed” version of Dragon Ball Z will actually be getting its very own title, as confirmed in this week’s Weekly Shōnen Jump — Dragon Ball Kai. Toei will be dropping the “Z” and replacing it with “Kai,” based on the kanji 改, meaning “renewed” or “revised”.
There is not a whole lot of additional information, but you will notice that the two screen shots in the image are indeed semi-cropped, similar to FUNimation’s “faux”-remastered box sets. Keeping in mind that Toei’s promotional materials for the “Dragon Box” versions of the movies are all shown in 4:3 despite the products being 16:9, we should not yet jump to any conclusions. At the same time, it will/would be incredibly disheartening to see Toei go such a cheap route. However, we did receive word from our buddy Wasted Wisher way back when that:
it seems that TOEI is going to be re-drawing some scenes from Dragonball for broadcast on high-def tv. The touch-ups will include some re-done background art (most likely to broaden certain scenes for widescreen)
Will it be a combination of cropping and actual extension, as opposed to FUNimation’s sets which did not create actual new footage? I suppose we will have to wait until April 5th…!