While there has been no official announcement, more evidence has come to light to support the theory of an international Dragon Ball Z 2013 movie release!
In order to promote and support the Japanese movie industry’s international endeavors, the non-profit organization UNIJAPAN launched an initiative called the “Co-production Certification Program” last year. This program, in which Japanese production houses team up with international partners, is supported by the Japanese government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and affiliated agencies.
This year, four projects were chosen to receive funding under the initiative. One of those projects, the only animated film chosen, was the Dragon Ball Z 2013 Movie! From the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Toei Animation, the Japanese animation house for Dragon Ball Z, received 50 million yen! That’s well over $600,000 USD! The United States has been chosen as the partner country for the Dragon Ball Z 2013 Movie project, which makes sense since movie studio FOX is playing a role in the movie’s production.
Last month, Toei Animation launched an English website for the Dragon Ball Z 2013 Movie.
The Dragon Ball Z 2013 movie will be the 18th movie in the Dragon Ball anime series. It will take place between Dragon Ball manga chapters 517 and 518, in the 10 year timeskip after Goku defeats Buu, before before the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. Akira Toriyama along with Toei Animation, Fox International Productions Japan, Shueisha, Fuji TV, Bandai, and Namco Bandai Games are all involved. The latest Dragon Ball Z movie is set to release in Japanese theaters March 30, 2013. There is no word on a North American or European release date at this time.