Production Guide

Movie Staff Credits

This section provides a compiled listing of all sixteen Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z movies, including the 10th Anniversary movie, as translated from the features themselves. The opening credits listed the main staff responsible for the overall development of the entire series, such as the author, main production staff, main animation staff, and the series director, while the ending credits listed the cast and crew involved in the production of that specific movie. These credits were typically placed over animated or static scenes and set to theme music, creating what are referred to as the opening and ending animations. Many of the movies recycled the opening animation used by their respective TV series, although some did contain unique animations and themes. These unique movie themes are thoroughly detailed in the “Theme Guide“.

The credits are listed in order of appearance and then further organized by movie. Some credit titles contain additional information regarding that specific credit, which can be viewed by clicking on its respective title. Credits for specific movies can be found on their respective pages in the “Movie Guide“.

Opening Staff Credits


Original Author

The original author, or original creator, is the person who came up with the original concept for the story. In every Dragon Ball property, this credit is given to Akira Toriyama, with a sub-credit for the serialization of the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. It is hard to say exactly how much input Toriyama had in the production of the movies, but based on some of his published production drawings and character designs, we do know he at least had some input in the production process.
鳥山 明/ Akira Toriyama

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ: 1 – 13; Anniversary



集英社 (週刊少年ジャンプ)/ Shueisha (Weekly Shōnen Jump)

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ: 1 – 13; Anniversary



The planners are responsible for taking an original idea or concept for a movie and making it into a reality. They often help choose the main staff and bring everything together so that this staff can begin the production process. This position was originally held by a Toei Animation producer, but as the movies entered the “Z” portion of the series Fuji TV producers were included in this aspect of the production process.
七條敬三/ Keizō ShichijōToei Animation

DB: 1 – 3
森下孝三/ Kōzō MorishitaToei Animation

DBZ: 1 – 13; Anniversary
清水賢治/ Kenji ShimizuFuji TV

DBZ: 3 – 13; Anniversary
金田耕司/ Kōji KanedaFuji TV

DBZ: 6 – 13; Anniversary
蛭田成一/ Sei’ichi HirutaToei Animation

DBZ: 11 – 13; Anniversary



The music credit is given to the main series composer. They are responsible for composing and arranging all of the incidental music, or background music, for the movie. Often times, music originally composed specifically for a movies was carried over into the TV series.
菊池俊輔/ Shunsuke Kikuchi

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ 1 – 13
徳永暁人/ Akihito Tokunaga




All theme credits for the movies can be viewed in the “Theme Guide“.
オープニングテーマ/ Opening Theme

エンディングテーマ/ Ending Theme

挿入歌/ Insert Songs



The photographer is responsible for photographing every frame of animation onto a reel of film. Each cel involved in a frame of a sequence is laid on top of each other, with the background art at the bottom of the stack. This composite image is then photographed. The cels are removed, and the process repeats for the next frame until each frame in the sequence has been photographed. The abilities of the photographer are essential for reducing “jitter”, creating certain special effects, and adding pans and zooms into or out of certain scenes.
池上元秋/ Motoaki Ikegami

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ: 1 – 3
坂西 勝/ Masaru Sakanishi

DBZ: 4; Anniversary
高橋 基/ Motoi Takahashi

DBZ: 4
福井政利/ Masatoshi Fukui

DBZ: 5
片山幸男/ Yukio Katayama

DBZ: 6
武井利晴/ Toshiharu Takei

DBZ: 7, 12
相磯嘉雄/ Yoshio Aiso

DBZ: 8
清水政夫/ Masao Shimizu

DBZ: 9, 11, 13
梶原裕美子/ Yumiko Kajiwara

DBZ: 10



The editor is responsible for joining photographed sequences of film together onto a film reel and ultimately creates the finished animation as it will be seen on your TV or in the movie theater. An editor must creatively work with the layers of images, story, and pacing to effectively “redirect” them to create a cohesive whole, all of which is typically supervised by the director. The editor will also add transitions and effects between scenes. Once the movie’s audio track is completed the editor will insert a copy of it to the outside of the film, which includes the movie’s theme songs, background music, sound effects, and voice performances.
福光伸一/ Shin’ichi Fukumitsu

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ 1 – 13; Anniversary



The recording director works for the recording studio (TAVAC) and is in charge of all recording aspects of the movies. They are responsible for keeping track of all of the recordings done for the a specific movie so they may be reused if needed, along with maintaining and operating all of the recording equipment. After all of the audio recording is completed, the recording director will sit down in the recording studio with the audio director and mixes all of the audio and voice tracks together while watching the film. Once everything is mixed to both of their satisfaction, the recording director creates a master tape of the soundtrack and a copy is sent to the editor to be inserted onto the film reel itself.
二宮健治/ Kenji Ninomiya

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ 1 – 13; Anniversary


Major Credits

This listing provides full credits for all of the major staff members responsible for the overall look and feel of each movie. These include: Executive Producer, Production Supervisor, Scenario, Art Design, Art Director, Character Design, Animation Supervisor, Supervising Director, and Director.

Ending Staff Credits


Voice Performances

All voice performances and voice actor (seiyū) credits can be viewed in the “Cast Guide“.


In Cooperation With

This credit is always shown immediately following the “Voice Performances” credit, as Aoni Productions is the main voice talent agency used by Toei Animation. However, it should be noted that not all cast members are associated with this company and are brought in from other companies to voice a specific role.
青二プロ/ Aoni Productions

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ: 1 – 13; Anniversary


Recording Studio

This credit is typically given to TAVAC (Toei Audio Visual Art Center), a studio owned by Toei where the majority of the audio (music, sound effects, voices, etc.) for the movies are recorded.
タバック/ TAVAC

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ: 1 – 12
東映東京撮影所/ Toei’s Tokyo Movie Studios

DBZ: 13; Anniversary


Film Development

This credit is given to Toei Chemistry (now Toei Labo Tech), a company owned by Toei that was responsible for developing all of the film for the series.
東映化学/ Toei Chemistry

DB: 1 – 3; DBZ: 1 – 13; Anniversary



大西弘行/ Hiroyuki Ōnishi

DBZ: 12 – 13
山本健太郎/ Kentarō Yamamoto

DBZ: 12
里 登志幸/ Toshiyuki Sato

DBZ: 12 – 13; Anniversary
星 玲子/ Reiko Hoshi

DBZ: 12 – 13; Anniversary
入瀬和子/ Kazuko Irise

DBZ: 13
岩波幹朗/ Mikio Iwanami

相田光江/ Mitsue Aida



Promotional Support

週刊少年ジャンプ(集英社)/ Weekly Shōnen Jump (Shueisha)

DBZ: 2
フジテレビ/ Fuji TV

DBZ: 2 – 13; Anniversary


Animation Credits

This listing provides full credits for all of the main animation staff and studios for the movies, the majority of which also worked on the TV series.
原画/ Key Animation

動画/ In-Between Animation

背景/ Backgrounds

仕上/ Finishing Touches


Minor Visual Credits

This listing provides full credits for all of the minor visual staff responsible for assisting the main visual staff with the visual/animation aspects of each movie. These include: Storyboard, Animation Supervisor Assistant, Art Assistant, Inspection, Special Effects, Photography, Negative Editing, Assistant Director, Director’s Assistant, Documentation, Art Progression, and Production Progression.


Minor Audio Credits

This listing provides full credits for all of the minor audio staff responsible for assisting the main audio staff with the audio/sound aspects of each movie. These include: Audio Director, Sound Effects, and Recording Assistant.