The focal point of this poster is Goku and Lord Beerus trading fist in the upper middle section of the poster. This represents the sheer power that each one of these characters has and right away justifies the title “Battle of Gods”. Gazing at other areas of this poster you have the other Z fighters and smaller characters charging in or running away as if there is a huge danger facing them. Both of these examples suggest that the film will have a strong villain and plenty of action. Aside from the action scenes there are also signs of mystery and comedy in this poster. Behind Goku and Beerus there is a mysterious character floating in the background that will leave the viewer asking questions. Toriyama has also added his sense of humor into this poster if you look carefully you see Majin Buu and Mr. Satan acting silly as usual. Comedy is a huge part of Toriyama’s style and it is very prevalent throughout this movie and in the poster. This poster represents every aspect of Akira Toriyama’s style and the Dragon Ball Z world therefore making it an excellent representation of the movie while capturing the attention of the fans.
This poster announced some of the biggest Dragon Ball Z news since the live action Dragon Ball movie “Dragon Ball Evolution.” Which released back in 2009 and was quickly shunned by the Dragon Ball Z community. Dragon Ball Z was originally broadcasted back in 1989 and the art style was completely different back then compared to now and this is clearly represented in the poster. This poster represents Dragon Ball Z stepping into the digital age of TV animation this is a huge step for the series because before everything was made using hand drawn slides. Now it can all be bade using 3D modeling and it gives it a modern feel that fans have never gotten in a Dragon Ball Z movie.
Why does any of this matter? Well Dragon Ball Z is very old it’s been around since the 1980’s and unlike most Japanese anime it has managed to survive the test of time. It has inspired countless new animes that we see today, it has touched millions all around the world, and it has managed to continue on growing 20 years later. This film released internationally across the entire world it even got a theatrical release in American theaters. That is the first time anyone got to view Dragon Ball Z on the big screen and it’s probably not going to be the last.
With new advancements in technology the production process of anime has gotten a lot faster and a lot easier. Before the digital age Akira Toriyama hand drew all of the manga art (Japanese comic books) and wrote all of the story for Dragon Ball. For the animation process all of his art was recreated by other people using color and adding multiple frames to create video this was a very tedious process. As Toriyama grew older and continued the series he grew tired and lost interest in doing all of the work for the series so eventually he ended the manga thus ending the Dragon Ball series. However, with these new advancements in technology Toriyama has sprung back into action because now he can oversee the production of the movies, write the script, and do character designs leaving the rest of the work up to everyone else.
This poster marks the return of Dragon Ball Z a series that has survived the test of time for more than 20 years and it doesn’t appear to be making its way out anytime soon. Back in July a new Dragon Ball Z movie has already been announced! There is no title yet but this is really amazing in just 2 years a series that hasn’t been creating new content in almost 20 years is making its way into the new generation of media.