The cast and crew of the 20th Dragon Ball film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly hopped on the flying nimbus and made their way to New York Comic Con to discuss the movie's upcoming release. With the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden as the backdrop, the U.S. voice of Bulma, Monica Rial, moderated the panel. It also featured both Gokus sharing the same stage, Masako Nozawa and Sean Schemmel.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the first movie in the "Super" storyline. It features the return of Broly, who was one of Goku's greatest villains featured in a trilogy of films during the time of Dragon Ball Z. Also returning to the Dragon Ball universe in the movie will be Goku's father, Bardock.
On hand from the Japanese studio were producers Norihiro Hayashida and Akio Iyoku. They were excited for fans to see the film, primarily because of the involvement of Dragon Ball's creator, Akira Toriyama. "In his 20 years of working with him, this is the most involved he has been," Hayashida said through a translator.
Iyoku added, "We wanted to be as close to Toriyama's art style as possible. We looked at examples of everything he has drawn over the years, and our designer was able to create a world based on that. That's why the animation of this film is different from what you may have seen before."
Nozawa was thrilled to share this movie with the American fans, and that the film is jam-packed with action. "The battle scenes are amazing," he said. "I had to think if I had said any dialogue in the booth during some scenes because there was so much fighting." Knowing about all the action garnered cheers from the crowd.
It's excellent that they tried to match Toriyama's art as much as possible. After all, he did write the story for the movie. Nozawa received the greatest of compliments from Toriyama. "He told me that when he hears my voice, the pen moves." It's as if her performance as Goku acts as his muse.
The American cast, led by Sean Schemmel (Goku), joined everyone on stage, along with Christopher Sabat (Vegeta), Jason Douglas (Beerus), Ian Sinclair (Whis), and Vic Mignogna (Broly).
When asked how his approach to voicing Goku has changed over the years, Schemmel mirrored Nozawa's answer from earlier in the panel. "Goku is the one constant in this universe. He doesn't change. How I approach him does. I'm getting old; I can't yell as much as I used to. I also try to match the 'emotional vibrations' that Masako projects, so I am doing right by the fans."
Christopher Sabat was the only person on stage that had seen a full cut of the movie and discussed how beautiful it looked. "It's gorgeous. The first trailer is indicative of how awesome the movie looks."
Fans were then treated to a new trailer in both Japanese and English so that they could hear both Nozawa and Schemmel. The panel closed with the announcement that the world premiere will be at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 13th.
If the excitement fans had during the panel is any indication, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is going to only be the first in a new franchise of Dragon Ball films.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 16, 2019.
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