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The September issue of V-Jump officially hits Japanese store shelves this Saturday (19 July 2014) and, as originally reported by Anime News Network, will contain a “scoop” unveiling a new Dragon Ball Z movie. The movie is currently still in development, with original author Akira Toriyama once again providing the original concept, writing the script, and drawing character designs. Toriyama provides a comment discussing his involvement — and the fact that it will indeed be a brand new story to the series — but teases the events of the story are still a secret. The movie is slated to open during Japan’s “Golden Week”, most likely sometime in early May 2015.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the franchise’s most recent film and the first produced in 17 years, premiered on 30 March 2013 and was first announced 14 July 2012 in the 33rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, in which Toriyama also relayed his comments. As soon as we are able to obtain a copy of the magazine ourselves, we will be sure to provide a translation of Toriyama’s new comment.
UPDATE: Thanks to our buddy kei17 transcribing the Japanese text for us, we are able to now provide a complete English translation of Toriyama’s comments:
こんどの劇場版ドラゴンボールも、マンガで連載していた時の続きのつもりで新ストーリーを考えました。 絵を描いていないだけで、細かいセリフまで徹底的にこだわっています。 まあ、ホントは年齢的にシンドいのでそこまでやるつもりはなかったんですけど、ちょっとお調子に乗ってしまいました。
今回は、もちろん前回の「神と神」の続きになっていますが、意識してアクションシーンを大幅に増やしています。 内容に関しては、なぜかもったいぶって「まだ秘密に！」なんて言われてしまったので触れる事はできませんが、 メチャメチャおもしろいはずですよ！
かなりマチガイないっす！…あんまりデカいこと言ってガッカリされちゃってもマズいのですが、 少なくともファンの方々には、とってもスカッと楽しめる内容になっていると自信を持っています！ 現在、新キャラクターなどのデザイン画を描いています。映画の完成はまだ先ですがどうかお楽しみに！！
[As with the last movie], I thought up the new story for the next Dragon Ball theatrical movie as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization. Just the fact that I don’t have to draw anything means I can obsess completely over the smallest bits of dialogue. Well, the truth is that I wasn’t planning on going that far, since it’s pretty exhausting at my age, but I got a little carried away.
This time will of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods, but I’ve deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal. With regards to the contents, they told me, “Keep it a secret!” like they’re all high-and-mighty, so I can’t touch on it yet, but it should be super-duper interesting!
The fact that I’d say that, when I’m not big on the flashy action-stuff, means there’s no doubt about it! Even my very first editor Torishima, who rarely ever praises me, said, “This is good!”
Absolutely no doubt about it! …Although it won’t be any good if I say that too loudly and people end up disappointed by it, but at the very least, I’m confident that the contents are something that the fans will be able to thoroughly enjoy! Right now, I’m drawing the design illustrations for the new character[s] and such. The movie’s completion is still a ways out in the future, but please look forward to it!!