Dragon Ball Super SUPER HERO: Akira Toriyama’s interview in the film pamphlets
As you know, Dragon Ball Super Super Hero was released today in Japan. And we were able to get our hands on the pamphlets of the film which are sold in cinemas. So we have the entire interview with Akira Toriyama, and we share it with you today translated into French. We thank @Herms98 for his help with the translation.
Dragon Ball Super SUPER HERO: Interview with Akira Toriyama
Q: What are your feelings seeing the images of the current state of completion (from the film: editor’s note)?
AT: I’m writing this after a test screening, with some of the visuals still incomplete, and only the voice actors with no other sound or special effects. Even that way, it’s really impressive, and I got excited wondering what it would look like in the end.
And if not, the subtitle “Super Hero”. I totally forgot that the main title of the film was “Dragon Ball Super”, so we end up with a title that has two “Super”. I guess everyone thought I did that on purpose, because nobody came back to me about it (laughs). So it’s my fault that the “Super” is so repetitive.
Q: For this film, we really see the evolution of the graphics. This visual improvement is something you yourself were hoping for, so how do you feel about it?
AT: Until now, while everyone was working hard on the animation, there were always very unbalanced spaces in the final product, due to the division of labor and the different talents and skills of the animators. This time however, thanks to these revolutionary new processes, this imbalance is gone. There was no need to cut corners even with the people in the background. I’m really impressed.
I don’t know anything about movies, so I don’t really understand how they did it, but it seems like it took them a hell of a time and a really big effort.
Q: What did you first think of when discussions came to what would “follow” the movie “Dragon Ball Super: Broly”?
AT: The previous film, “Broly” focused on combat on a whole new level. If we had just continued like this and the next movie was another fight movie, we would have lost the playful spirit of Dragon Ball. So this time, I thought we should go back to a lighter theme, with moments in the lives of characters, who are then going to be faced with a crisis and then a big battle.
These fight scenes are wonderful, which is traditional in this series, and I always get emotional watching them. Thanks to that, I can write “and now these two characters have a big battle” in the original script, and I can rest easy knowing that this is going to be an amazing battle.
Of course, this time the fights are even more amazing. You won’t be able to look away!
Q: What was your goal in featuring Gohan, Piccolo and the Red Ribbon army?
AT: Gohan is actually stronger than anyone…or so they say, but lately he hasn’t really had a chance to shine. In order to motivate Gohan, it takes his revered teacher Piccolo rather than his father Goku. I thought I’d try to birth a new superhero, putting these two in the spotlight through their intense battles with the Gamma cyborgs.
Q: In this movie we see Piccolo in his everyday life and somewhat surprising parts of his personality. Are there additional elements to his story beyond what is shown in the film?
AT: Piccolo is a rather complex character. Basically, he was the demon Piccolo who split from the God who created the Earth Dragon Balls. But he was beaten by Goku, and the child (or rather his clone of himself) he left behind entered the Tenkaichi Budokai under the name “My Junior” in order to hide his true identity. Then, later against Frieza, he gained power by merging with Nail, and later still recombined with God, which brings us back to now.
It’s such a complicated past that I have trouble remembering it (laughs).
Most Nameks are Sage-type, and Fighting-types like Piccolo are rare;
They’re still a very mysterious race, so it can be a bit of a headache even for me, the original creator.
Gohan and his family offered Piccolo to live with them, but he chose to live in the surrounding mountains instead, as he likes quiet places. Living near a water point is the natural habitat of the Nameks. For some reason, they have teeth even though they only drink water. Piccolo’s smartphone was a forced gift from Videl. His stuffed animal collection started when Pan, Gohan’s daughter, gave him one. He pretended to be happy for not hurting Pan’s feelings, since Videl and Gohan mistakenly think he really likes those stuffed animals.
In fact, Piccolo is my favorite character. He’s always so quiet, in fact it might be the first time he’s been so talkative and active.
Q: How do Gohan and his family view Piccolo?
AT: Gohan has always had a strong bond with Piccolo, ever since he trained with him as a young child. And Videl and Pan also see Piccolo as a family member they can rely on more than any other.
Q: You imagined a lot of characters for this film. When thinking about their designs, did you want to try new things or did you have things you were picky about?
AT: It’s probably more a matter of taste, but somewhere in the story the warrior characters’ physique and their facial expressions got too big, so this time I wanted to go back to things a little finer. in terms of design. I actually drew the enemy base too, and then they suggested even more amazing things for it. I’m really happy with the things they’ve done that are beyond my imagination. This film is filled with images like these.
Q: Piccolo has never taken his shoes off in any series so far. What do his feet look like?
AT: Huh? He never took his shoes off? It’s a surprise for me too. I think it’s the same type of human feet. But her toenails are black like those on her fingers.
Q: The characters you drew were animated using different techniques than before: first their models were created, then the movement added. How did you feel about seeing this process?
AT: Most of the main characters have been double-checked and edited a lot of times. I didn’t see the process beyond that, but it was very moving to see the real movements of the characters.
Q: What do you think of Director Kodama?
AT: I never met him in person, but I got a sense of his picky demeanor and style through my editor.
When I first saw the moving images, I was particularly surprised by the composition, the presentation, the movement and the rain scene.
Q: Can you tell us how Gamma 1 and 2 came about and tell us about your thoughts on their design. Also, what was your impression after their voices were performed by Hiroshi Kamiya and Mamoru Miyano?
AT: The Gamma cyborgs were created by the genius Dr. Hedo, who dreams of the appearance of a clichéd hero. This slightly dated design embodies the hero image I had when I was young. The two seiyū brought them to life with their wonderful voices and the way they moved was even cooler than I had imagined.
Q: For people who have already seen the film, what should they pay attention to the 2th time ?
AT: The anime series since 2013 has been an informal sequel to my original manga. For those who discovered Dragon Ball with it, it can be difficult to understand the different relationship connections between the characters, so they might need to learn about the series first.
But for those who are already familiar with the series, the content should be easy to understand from the first viewing. So the second one, please just entertain yourself with the action and the details!
Dragon Ball Super Super Hero is the latest Dragon Ball movie produced by TOEI Animation. The film is directed by Tetsuro Kodama. Akira Toriyama is once again back to the script, as well as to the design of certain characters. The story of dragonball Super Super Hero takes place between the end of the film dragon ball super broly and the 28th Tenkaichi Budokai which closed the original story. The Red Ribbon army once destroyed by Son Goku will make a comeback. The new Gamma 1 and 2 cyborgs, self-proclaimed ” Super hero », will attack Gohan and Piccolo.
For the first time, the film is entirely in CGI. A first trailer was shown at New York Comic Con 2021, a second at Jump Festa 2022, a third last March and a fourth at the end of May. The film’s official website has opened, bringing together the latest news, the latest videos, as well as comments from Akira Toriyama. The film was released on June 11, 2022 in Japan, and will arrive during 2022 in France as well as in the rest of the world.