Development and production history編集
The scriptwriter Yūsuke Watanabe originally thought of the main villain Bills as a very bad guy who infects people with evil and who was the one who made the Saiyan race ruthless. In accordance to the original concept for this character, his name in Japanese, Birusu (ビルス), is a pun on "virus" (ビールス; German pronunciation). According to an interview with the Battle of Gods character designer, Tadayoshi Yamamuro, Bills originally looked like a lizard, but Toriyama changed his design entirely. Yamamuro's original concept for Super Saiyan God had the form being more muscular, wearing a cloak, and with a hairstyle in-between Super Saiyan 3 and Super Saiyan 4. Toriyama came up with a picture of Super Saiyan God that was completely different than Yamamuro's own initial muscular, cloaked design. They went back and forth like this a bit before settling on the final design. Also, Yūsuke Watanabe wanted the party in the film to be Krillin and Android 18's wedding, but Akira Toriyama changed this to Bulma's birthday.
The film was first announced on July 2012, in the 33rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump. Early in July, the official website for the magazine had already opened a "D" teaser page with a countdown to a "surprise" on Saturday, July 14, release date of the 33rd issue. On July 14, the countdown site and official websites were changed to show Shenron appearing and then disappearing, revealing some minor information of the upcoming film; this includes the premiere date, staff information, and companies involved in the production (Fox International Productions Japan, Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation, Bandai, Bandai Namco Games, and Bird Studio). Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Goten, Trunks, Vegeta, and Shenron appear on the first promotional arts shown and the tagline revealed is The best, begins (最強、始動, Saikyō, Shidō), followed by "The world has eagerly-awaited. It's the most exciting like never before..." (全人類待望。かつてない興奮へー, Zen jinrui taibō. Katsute nai kōfune).
The official website also announced a comment by Akira Toriyama about the movie printed in Weekly Shōnen Jump #33: the Dragon Ball series creator notes that the adaptation will mark the first time he has been so deeply involved in the production of an anime, in this case as early as the screenwriting stages. Toriyama also says that the film will retain the atmosphere of the original while adding small amounts of "modern flavor." Toei Animation released a press statement on July 17, 2012:
On July 21, 2012, a short teaser trailer announcing the film was shown at the Saikyō V-Jump Festa: the camera drives through a rocky area towards Goku, who is standing on a rocky mountain. At the end, a close on Goku's face shows him smiling. Both Toriyama's comment and the teaser trailer were added to the official website in August 2012.
The funding of this movie costs ¥50 million ($636,000 USD) received by Toei from the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho) as part of the non-profit organization UNIJAPAN’s “Co-production Certification Program”. Of the four films awarded funding support, this movie was the only animated film to receive such an honor due to its “enduring international popularity” and its production collaboration with Fox.
During the 30th Prize Fair, which took place in Tokyo on November 7, 2012, Bandai showcased some of their new Dragon Ball figures for winter 2012, as well their World Collectable Figure line produced in conjunction with the 2013 movie. This latter covers characters that make an appearance in the 2013 movie: along with Vegeta and Super Saiyan 3 Goku, the three members of the Pilaf Gang were among the figures revealed. Those who pre-ordered a ticket to the movie also get a set of three Dragon Ball pens, with Set A including the Six-Star (pink), Seven-Star (orange), and One-Star balls (black) and Set B including the Two-Star (purple), Five-Star (green), and Three-Star balls (light blue). Buying pre-sale tickets gets a special QR code for use with Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission (adding a boss battle against the God of Destruction Bills), a Dragon Ball Heroes theatrical limited-edition card, and the Four-Star Ball pen (red) and a Dragon Radar case to store all seven pens given at the theater. With the movie title revealed on November 2012, a special pre-sale Collaboration Ticket with the One Piece Z movie was made to commemorate the release of the two films. The dual-ticket good for both films has a special new illustration by both Eiichirō Oda (author of One Piece) and Akira Toriyama. Limited to 8,989 across Japan, the tickets went on sale on November 23, 2012, for ¥2,600 ($31.51 USD) apiece. Also, pre-sale tickets packed with special limited-edition items were sold in the Lawson and Mini Stop convenience-store chains: one pack included a Son Goku Mascot Ballpoint Pen for ¥2,160 (high school and up), ¥1,660 (age 3 to junior high), or ¥2,860 (parent-child pairs) and the other included a Shenron Room Light for ¥7,000 (high school and up), ¥6,500 (age 3 to junior high), or ¥7,700 (parent and child pair).
The film poster and the two new characters' names and Japanese voice actors were officially revealed on November 29, 2012, on Weekly Shōnen Jump scans. The film poster displays Super Saiyan Goku combating the God of Destruction Bills, with the mysterious Whis floating showered in light in the background. Various returning characters are also featured on the poster (Mr. Satan, Mr. Buu, Videl, the shrunken Pilaf Gang, Super Saiyan Goten, Super Saiyan Gohan, Super Saiyan Vegeta, Super Saiyan Trunks, Bulma, Piccolo, Tien Shinhan, Krillin, Yamcha and Puar). The first real trailer for the film was aired on Fuji TV on December 7, 2012, in the morning news/magazine show Mezamashi TV, as Toei started showing it at movie theaters.
A 30 minute Battle of Gods discussion panel was held at Jump Festa 2013; on the Jump Super Stage, on December 22, 2012. Along with the voice actors Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Toshio Furukawa, the film director Masahiro Hosoda, editor-in-chief Akio Iyoku, and Toei Animation producer Gyarmath Bogdan took part at the discussion which was overseen by former YBS TV announcer Mariko Nakagomi. Masako Nozawa read out a letter from Akira Toriyama saying he tried hard as personal revenge for the live-action film which was bad, and that he and the scriptwriters reworked the story a bunch of times. The character images Toriyama drew for the movie were displayed; he drew Android 18 with purple hair instead of blonde and he had to have this pointed out to him, he also forgot what Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3 were and he was assuming that Super Saiyan 2 was something with long hair while he was making a sketch. As part of a collaboration with the Japanese J-League Division 1 football team Albirex Niigata, a special poster unveiled on the official Battle of Gods website in February 20, 2013, was displayed across Niigata Prefecture in promotion of their match on March 3, 2013, with the defending J-League Division 1 champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The poster is based on the official Battle of Gods poster, with the movie characters replaced by the football team's players: the figure in the background replacing Whis is the team's manager Masaaki Yanagishita, Bills has been replaced by the Sanfrecce Hiroshima goalkeeper Shūsaku Nishikawa, and Goku is replaced by the team's forward Bruno Lopes. In addition, all supporters at the match were emblazoned in orange, Goku made an "appearance" at the stadium, and the Dragon Ball Z theme song was used to rouse even more support. A team spokesman, along with the team's forwards Bruno Lopes and Tatsuya Tanaka, released comments about the collaboration and their adoration for the Dragon Ball series; Bruno Lopes, who is originally from Brazil and a noted big fan of the series, said that the series is still very popular in his homeland, so he is really happy and touched to be involved with it in Japan. "Battle of Gods SD", a special Dragon Ball SD chapter based on the early part of the film, was published in Saikyō Jump on March 4, 2013.
A live greeting by castmembers, followed by a preview screening of the film took place across Japan on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, with a limited number of attendees determined from a Jump lottery. The lottery tickets were included in 22 different Shueisha magazines (including Weekly Shōnen Jump, V-Jump, Jump SQ, and Ultra Jump) and 884 pairs (1768 people) were invited. There were five screenings, all the same day and at 6:30 p.m: Shinjuku Wald 9 cinema in Tokyo (428 people), Umeda Burg 7 theater in Osaka (440 people), 109 Cinemas in Nagoya (256 people), T-Joy Hakata in Fukuoka (322 people), and Sapporo Cinema Frontier in Sapporo (322 people). The special cast greeting at the Tokyo venue was beamed live to the other location before the screening. A second preview screening of the entire film, called "Tenkaichi Preview", took place at the Differ Ariake indoor sporting arena in Tokyo on March 16, 2013: the special event included an on-stage greeting with the special guests Masako Nozawa, the band FLOW, and a few others. The 250 pairs (500 people) invited to this second screening were determined with lottery tickets included in V-Jump, Weekly Jump, and Saikyō Jump, as well as 50 sets (100 tickets) given away to those that spend ¥10,500 (~$110) or more at the 109MEN'S clothing store in Tokyo from February 22, 2013 to March 3, 2013, with the winners randomly chosen (online purchases were also eligible to win tickets by entering the promo code "DBZ" at checkout, although only 10 of the 100 allotted tickets went toward purchases made online). Battle of Gods is also the first-ever Japanese film to be screened at IMAX Digital Theaters, screening at all 16 IMAX Digital Theater locations across Japan.
Battle of Gods later premiered in the Philippines and Hong Kong in August 2013, in South Korea on August 29, 2013, in Ecuador on September 20, 2013, in Argentina, Dominican Republic and Peru on September 26, 2013, in Mexico and Paraguay on September 27, 2013, in Chile, Costa Rica and Nicaragua on October 3, 2013, in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Salvador on October 4, 2013, in Uruguay in October 10, 2013, in Brazil and Venezuela on October 11, 2013 and Bolivia on October 31, 2013. Gohan's hair was recolored black for the Korean poster. For the 17th Japanese Film Festival touring in Australia, Battle of Gods was screened in five major cities in Australia: Brisbane from October 16 to October 20, Perth from October 23 to October 27, Canberra from October 30 to November 3, Sydney from November 14 to November 24, and Melbourne from November 28 to December 8, 2013. In 2014, it was also screened in select cinemas in Australia.
In Japan, the film was released on DVD Standard and DVD Special Limited Editions, as well as Blu-ray Standard and Blu-ray Special Limited Editions, on September 13, 2013. In addition to the film, the disc contain a Trailer Collection and Design Materials Collection. In addition to those extras, the Special Limited Editions come with a Recording Studio Report, an Interview Collection, a recording of the "Day 1 On-Stage Greeting", as well as a Super Saiyan God 3D wall figure, a postcard set of all 18 theatrical features, and a special booklet. The extra DVD included with the limited editions contains Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
|Character Name||Voice Actor (Japanese)||V.A. (Portuguese - Brazil)||V.A. (Spanish - Mexico)|
|Goku||Masako Nozawa||Wendel Bezerra||Mario Castañeda|
|Vegeta||Ryō Horikawa||Alfredo Rollo||René García|
|Gohan||Masako Nozawa||Vagner Fagundes||Luis Alfonso Mendoza|
|Piccolo||Toshio Furukawa||Luiz Antônio Lobue||Carlos Segundo|
|Krillin||Mayumi Tanaka||Fábio Lucindo||Eduardo Garza|
|Yamcha||Tōru Furuya||Marcio Araujo||Ricardo Mendoza|
|Tien Shinhan||Hikaru Midorikawa||Alexandre Marconato||Ismael Larumbe|
|Chiaotzu||Hiroko Emori||Júlia Castro||Particia Acevedo|
|Trunks||Takeshi Kusao||Diogo Marques||Gaby Willer|
|Goten||Masako Nozawa||Fátima Noya|
|Bills||Kōichi Yamadera||Marcelo Pissardini||José Luis Orozco|
|Whis||Masakazu Morita||Felipe Grinnan||Arturo Castañeda|
|Oracle Fish||Shōko Nakagawa||Alondra Hidalgo|
|Emperor Pilaf||Shigeru Chiba||Élcio Sodré||Yamil Atala|
|Mai||Eiko Yamada||Letícia Quinto||Susana Moreno|
|Shu||Tesshō Genda||Fadu Costa||Miguel Ángel Leal|
|Puar||Naoko Watanabe||Rita Almeida||Cristina Camargo|
|Oolong||Naoki Tatsuta||Angélica Santos||Arturo Mercado|
|Master Roshi||Masaharu Satō||Gileno Santoro||Miguel Ángel Sanromán|
|Bulma||Hiromi Tsuru||Tânia Gaidarji||Rocío Garcel|
|Chi-Chi||Naoko Watanabe||Raquel Marinho||Patricia Acevedo|
|Ox-King||Ryūzaburō Ōtomo||Sílvio Navas||Mario Sauret|
|Android 18||Miki Itō||Eleonora Prado||Cristina Camargo|
|Marron||Tomiko Suzuki||Cristina Hernández|
|Mr. Satan||Unshō Ishizuka||Guilherme Lopes||Ricardo Brust|
|Mr. Buu||Kōzō Shioya||Wellington Lima||Mario Sauret|
|Videl||Yūko Minaguchi||Melissa Garcia||Carola Vásquez|
|Dende||Aya Hirano||Gabriel Noya||Javier Olguín|
|Shenron||Kenji Utsumi||Jonas Mello||Abel Rocha|
|Dr. Brief||Jōji Yanami|
|Mrs. Brief||Yoko Kawanami||Cecília Lemes||Ángela Villanueva|
|Policewoman||Kaori Matsumoto||Mayra Arellano|
|Sushi seller||Shinichi Karube||Emmanuel Bernal|
|Old Kai||Ernesto Lezama|
|Kibito Kai||Yūji Mitsuya||Francisco Brêtas||José Gilberto Vilchis|
|King Kai||Jōji Yanami||Walter Breda||Héctor Lee|
|Narrator||Jōji Yanami||José Lavat|
- Original Author: Akira Toriyama
- Scenario: Yūsuke Watanabe
- Director: Masahiro Hosoda
- Music: Norihito Sumitomo
- Character design and animation director: Tadayoshi Yamamuro
- Art Director: Hiroshi Katō
- Color design: Teppei Horita
- Special Effects: Nao Ōta
- CG Director: Naoki Miyahara
- Production Supervisor: Kazumi Fujioka
- Production: Gyarmath Bogdan (Toei Animation)
- Trailer Music:
- Opening Theme (OP): "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" (FLOW version)
- Insertion Song (IN): "HERO - Song of Hope" by FLOW
- The film features the special guest voices Kaori Matsumoto (Olympic gold-medalist judoka) and Shōko Nakagawa (gravure idol/singer/TV-personality). The Fuji TV announcer Shinichi Karube also has a part in the movie.
- The second trailer for the film and scans show Gohan as a Super Saiyan when he attacks Bills, but the actual film shows Gohan in his Ultimate state during those scenes. However, Gohan indeed appears as a Super Saiyan in the film, but only when the Saiyans gather their energy for Goku to turn Super Saiyan God.
- There are discrepancies concerning the ages of some characters, namely Bulma and Mai. Despite being born in Age 733, Bulma claims she is 38, whereas her actual age should be 45. Mai claims to be 41, and while her exact birth year is never mentioned in any known source, this age would have made her only 12 years old during the events of the Pilaf Saga, despite having the appearance of a young woman at the time.
- Despite taking place four years after the end of the Buu Saga, many characters, particularly Trunks, Goten, and Marron do not seem to have aged at all. In fact, Marron seems younger as her height and hair length appear shorter than four years earlier.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 「少年ジャンプ」#33, 2012年7月14日
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z gross, at Box Office Mojo
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Official Movie Guide, 2013
- ↑ Yūsuke Watanabe interview, GetNavi, March 2013
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Tadayoshi Yamamuro interview, okstars.okwave.jp
- ↑ "I thought I would do a story where the enemy appears at a party on Earth when Goku is not there, and there would be big trouble. In the original plot, I wrote Krillin and Android 18's wedding, but in the story that came back from Toriyama-sensei, it had changed to Bulma's birthday party. I think, with regards to Krillin and Android 18's wedding, it is probably something that he wants all the fans to imagine for themselves." - Yūsuke Watanabe, DVD & Blu-ray Vision, issue #4, March 19, 2013
- ↑ "New Dragon Ball Z Film Gets 50 million Yen Support from Japanese Government", crunchyroll.com
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Weekly Shōnen Jump, first February 2013 issue
- ↑ V-Jump, issue #5, 2013
- ↑ Weekly Young Jump, issue #5/6, 2013
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 V-Jump, issue #3, 2013
- ↑ Dragon Ball 2013 official website, IMAX Digital Theater section
- ↑ Movie & Drama Memo, May 2013
- ↑ FLOW official website
- ↑ Dragon Ball 2013 official website, News section
- ↑ "Battle of Gods" Mezamashi TV Promotion