Earlier this year, when Toei Animation announced that it was working on a Dragon Ball Super: Superhero., kept things vague. We knew that the film was scheduled for release in 2022, that it would feature an “unexpected character” and that it would chart “uncharted territory in terms of visual aesthetics.” Now we know more: in the Dragon Ball Special Panel, Toei animation announced the full title of the film:
Yes, that’s “super” twice in a row. It is intended. “We really wanted to emphasize that this move is all about superhero vibes,” Shueshia’s Dragonball executive producer Akio Iyoku explained during the panel. The film’s producers also shared images of a new character created for the film wearing an iconic helmet and heroic uniform.
However, the most exciting reveal of the panel was not the new character, but a short teaser video that offered a preview of the film’s new visual aesthetic.
The two aboveused a mix of 2D and 3D animation during key fight scenes, and the short trailer shows the new film’s evolution of that hybrid aesthetic, circling the camera around what appears to be a highly stylized 3D model of Goku getting ready. for battle. Iyoku didn’t offer any details on specific style changes, but told fans that “the visual expression of Goku’s movements and the like incorporates quite a bit of ingenuity using different technologies.”
The film’s producer also chimed in to encourage fans to study the trailer for more clues. “We’re trying new things,” explained Toei Animation’s Norihiro Hayashida. “So we’d like you to watch many times to see what kind of ingenuity we’re doing it with.”
The trailer clip features only a 3D animated shot, but a representative from Toei animation tells CNET that the clip is just a trailer and that the final film should have the same kind of hybrid animation style seen in. Dragon Ball Super: Broly. .
Either way, we’ll know for sure when Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero opens in 2022.