“Revival of ‘F'” Theatrical Bonus Items Revealed
Published by 07 March 2015, 1:02 PM EST

While also revealed earlier today in a post on the official movie blog, movie news site Cinema Today has also reported on the bonus items that will be distributed to the first 1.5 million theatergoers attending the upcoming film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” in Japan.

While supplies last, each ticketholder will receive a “Dragon Ball Ultimate Card Set” containing a Dragon Ball Heroes card of either “movie-version Vegeta” or “movie-version Son Goku”, as well as a collection of codes unlocking movie-related content in the games Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (3DS), Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle (iOS/Android), Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale (arcade), Dragon Ball XENOVERSE (PS3/PS4/360/XBO/PC), and the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden (3DS).


More importantly and intriguingly, however, is a special book labeled as “Jump Comics Godliest Edition” (JC最“神”刊; janpu komikkusu sai-“shin”-kan) — a pun on “the latest volume” (最新刊; saishinkan) — and entitled Dragon Ball Volume “F” (ドラゴンボール 巻『F』; doragon bōru kan “efu”) — a pun on how the original tankōbon volumes of the series were labeled. While it should be noted that it is not advertised to contain any actual comics, this booklet is set to compile the complete script of the film, along with conceptual material and commentary on the film itself. As this booklet will touch on the plot of the film in detail, the packaging advises attendees not to open it until after seeing the film.

While a first for the Dragon Ball franchise, this promotion takes after the last two major theatrical releases for Weekly Shōnen Jump stable-mate One Piece, whose movies Strong World (2009) and One Piece Film: Z (2012) each had a special comic by original author Ei’ichirō Oda (“Volume 0” and “Volume 1,000”, respectively) distributed to initial attendees. These bonus manga were initially to be limited to a respective 1.5 million and 2 million copies, but due to the films’ massive popularity, they both also underwent substantial extra printings which were given out to moviegoers later in the theatrical run.

These items are distributed upon entrance to the theater auditorium, so simply purchasing a ticket is not enough: one must be physically present at the time of the showing. As with the aforementioned One Piece movie exclusives, these books are likely to be in high demand, serving to drive up attendance and encourage repeat viewings.

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 Boo 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.

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