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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Anime Film's Trailer Reveals New Characters, Animation Style (Updated)

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Staff reveals new characters Gamma 1, Gamma 2, Red Ribbon Army members

Toei Animation unveiled at its New York Comic Con panel on Thursday a new world premiere trailer for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise. The trailer features footage from completed portions of the film. The video previews new characters, whom the film's staff teased are associated with the Red Ribbon Army. The trailer also previews the new CG animation style. Toei also revealed a new visual, which features two previously announced new characters Gamma 1 (pictured above far left) and Gamma 2 (pictured above far right).

Masako Nozawa and Toshio Furukawa, voice actors for Goku and Piccolo, respectively, revealed that they have finished recording for the Japanese language dub's post-production.

The film's staff shared designs for the following returning characters:

Dende, who has grown a little

Bulma, in her Capsule Corp uniform

Korin, who Toriyama redrew for this film

The staff also teased that Whis will be in the film.

The film is scheduled to premiere in 2022 in Japan. The release schedule may differ depending on each country and region.

The staff teased that the film will utilize different technology to display visual expression.

As the name suggests, the film will have a focus on the "superhero" aspect.

Original creator Akira Toriyama is in charge of the screenplay and character design. He was already starting work on the script while the previous film Dragon Ball Super: Broly was still in production. Toriyama shared a message to fans:

An all new movie since "Dragon Ball Super: Broly" is currently in the making!
Just like the previous movie, I'm heavily leading the story and dialogue production for another amazing film.
I really shouldn't talk too much about the plot yet, but be prepared for some extreme and entertaining bouts, which may feature an unexpected character.
We'll be charting through some unexplored territory in terms of the visual aesthetics to give the audience an amazing ride, so I hope everybody will look forward to the new movie!

Planning for the new film project began in 2018, before the release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The film has a goal of telling "a large-scale story." Aside from story composition and character design, Toriyama is also writing lines of dialogue for the film.

The film will be the 21st anime film in the overall Dragon Ball franchise.

The Dragon Ball Super: Broly film opened in Japan in December 2018. Funimation then began screening the film in theaters in the United States and Canada in January 2019. The film earned more than US$120 million worldwide. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama wrote the script and designed the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) directed the film, Naohiro Shintani served as animation director, and Kazuo Ogura served as art director. Norihito Sumitomo composed the music. Funimation released the film on home video.

The Dragon Ball Super television anime series premiered in July 2015 and aired for 131 episodes until March 2018. Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation released the series on home video.

Toyotarō launched the Dragon Ball Super manga in V Jump magazine in June 2015 as an adaptation of the anime, although the manga diverges from the anime in several ways. Viz Media is publishing the manga online as it debuts in Japan, and also publishes the manga in print.

Update: Added trailer.

Source: New York Comic Con

This article has a follow-up: Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Anime Film's Trailer Streamed (2021-10-08 21:36)
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