During a live stream to promote the upcoming mobile video game Dragon Ball Legends, Bandai Namco—along with Akio Iyoku (Dragon Ball Unit Director at Shueisha) and Norihiro Hayashida (Toei Animation Dragon Ball Super movie producer)—shared the first teaser trailer for this year’s forthcoming Dragon Ball Super theatrical film.
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Prior to the trailer’s debut, it was noted during the stream that Goku’s new design had been in the works dating back to last February.
In addition to this tidbit, various points of information were stated in different ways — if even at all — between the comments in Japanese and the translations provided on-the-spot by the live interpreter. For example, Norihiro Hayashida stated in Japanese:
Continuing on from the previous movies, Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, this current movie will be released not only in Japan but overseas as well; we are coordinating that right now. In Japan it debuts at the end of the year, on December 14th, but we are currently coordinating things so that after its Japanese premiere it will be able to debut in America and various countries overseas as soon as possible, so look forward to it.
The interpreter version of the statement differed from this:
So the plan is the movie will be released on December 14th in Japan, but as Resurrection ‘F’ was an outstanding success worldwide, these guys want to make sure that everybody can watch the movie at the same time, even if you’re in Asia, even if you’re in North America, Europe, does not matter. They’re aiming to release it hopefully on a global scale at the same time.
It is likely that both the production and interpreter sides were working from some type of prepared script, with minor deviations then given in the live event. Therefore, while we cannot claim with 100% certainty that the new film will screen internationally — nevermind as a simultaneous release — the stated intent and overarching goals are clear.
The as-of-yet untitled Dragon Ball Super film is set for release in Japan 14 December 2018. The film will feature an original story, script, and character designs by Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura.