|Dragon Ball Z (2013 movie)|
|Directed by||Masahiro Hosoda|
|Written by|| Yūsuke Watanabe (screenplay)|
Akira Toriyama (original series author)
|Chara design||Tadayoshi Yamamuro|
|Release date(s)||March 30, 2013 (Japan)|
The film is set during the 10-year time period between the defeat of Kid Buu and the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, like Wrath of the Dragon and Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Goten, Trunks, Vegeta, and Shenron appear on the promotional arts for the movie.
The film will be directed by Masahiro Hosoda and written by Yūsuke Watanabe, with Tadayoshi Yamamuro acting as the lead animation director. It will be the first Dragon Ball movie in 17 years to have a theatrical release, the last being the tenth anniversary movie Dragon Ball: The Path to Power in 1996, which followed the first three Dragon Ball films and the thirteen Dragon Ball Z films.
This movie was first anounced in July 2012, in the 33rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump. Early in July, the official website for the magazine had already opened a "D" teaser page with a countdown to a "surprise" on Saturday, July 14, release date of the 33rd issue. On July 14, the countdown site and official websites were changed to show Shenron, disappear, and reveal some minor information of the upcoming film, including the premiere date, staff information and companies involved in the production (Fox International Productions Japan, Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation, Bandai, Bandai Namco Games, and Bird Studio). The tagline for the movie is The best, begins (最強、始動, Saikyō, Shidō), followed by "The world has eagerly-awaited. It's the most exciting like never before..." (全人類待望。かつてない興奮へー, Zen jinrui taibō. Katsute nai kōfune).
The official website also announced a comment by Akira Toriyama about the movie printed in Weekly Shōnen Jump #33: the Dragon Ball series creator notes that the adaptation will mark the first time he has been so deeply involved in the production of an anime, in this case as early as the screenwriting stages. Toriyama also says that the film will retain the atmosphere of the original while adding small amounts of "modern flavor." In July 21, 2012, a short teaser trailer announcing the film was shown at the Saikyō V-Jump Festa: the camera drives through a rocky area towards Goku, who is standing on a rocky mountain. At the end, a close on Goku's face shows him smiling. Both the comment and the teaser trailer were added to the official website in August 2012.
- Shōnen Jump countdown page
- Dragon Ball 2013 official website
- Toei Animation's Dragon Ball 2013 official page