A new promotional image for the Dragon Ball Z 2015 movie has been revealed! Shenron, the Eternal Dragon, appears in between Japanese text which translates to “The worst wish in history. That is the beginning of despair.”
The image comes from the official website for the movie, d2015gw.com. Interestingly enough, this website is in addition to the one we reported on earlier, dragonball2015.com. That website had the tagline “The Whole Universe Has Been Waiting. A New Level of Battle Begins”. Both websites are owned by Toei Animation, the company behind the movie.
Based on the two lines that are meant to tease us fans, we can infer the Dragon Ball Z 2015 movie has something to do with a terrible wish that leads to a new level of battle. That’s not really revealing much, but we at Saiyan Island are certainly excited!
There’s not much else revealed on the new d2015gw.com website except for the image of Goku about to perform an Instant Transmission that we’ve now seen a few times already.
For those curious, the 2015 GW stands for Golden Week 2015, which is a week long holiday in Japan that takes place at the end of April and lasts until the beginning of May. It’s actually the timeframe in which the movie will be released in Japan. Of course, there is no word on an English dub or North American release at this time.
Elsewhere, there is an event currently taking place in Japan called the Jump Victory Carnival where Shuiesha (the company who published the Dragon Ball Z manga) promotes things related to their properties. Flyers for the Dragon Ball Z 2015 movie were distributed at the event, revealing the director for the movie – Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who previously served as a Japanese animator and character designer for the Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT series. The flyer, front and back shown below, have similar images to those that have been released on the web. The back of the flyer with Shenron actually has a message from Akira Toriyama (the creator of DBZ). It’s not anything new as it was also on the scan revealing the movie from a few days ago, but you can read the full translation of it below.
You will see Toriyama-sensei mention this is a continuation of Battle of Gods. Being the 19th movie in the series, the Dragon Ball Z 2015 Movie is a sequel to the 18th movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. However, at this time it’s unclear if the movie will be a direct continuation to the movie in terms of story or just a sequel from a numerical release standpoint.
[As with the last movie], I thought up the new story for the next Dragon Ball theatrical movie as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization. Just the fact that I don’t have to draw anything means I can obsess completely over the smallest bits of dialogue. Well, the truth is that I wasn’t planning on going that far, since it’s pretty exhausting at my age, but I got a little carried away.
This time will of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods, but I’ve deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal. With regards to the contents, they told me, “Keep it a secret!” like they’re all high-and-mighty, so I can’t touch on it yet, but it should be super-duper interesting!
The fact that I’d say that, when I’m not big on the flashy action-stuff, means there’s no doubt about it! Even my very first editor Torishima, who rarely ever praises me, said, “This is good!”
Absolutely no doubt about it! Although it won’t be any good if I say that too loudly and people end up disappointed by it, but at the very least, I’m confident that the contents are something that the fans will be able to thoroughly enjoy! Right now, I’m drawing the design illustrations for the new character[s] and such. The movie’s completion is still a ways out in the future, but please look forward to it!!