Frieza to return in new Dragon Ball Z Movie
After the success of the latest ‘Dragon Ball Z‘ movie last year with ‘Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods‘, franchise creator Akira Toriyama returns with a brand new story set in the Universe, and he’s reviving arguably the most iconic villain of the series; the evil tyrant Frieza.
The above poster was unveiled by the Japanese magazine Shueisha’s V Jump, including the title of the upcoming sequel; ‘Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F’. “Fukkatsu” translates to “Resurrection” in English and Toriyama confirmed that the “F” stands for “Frieza”. In an interview with Toriyama for the magazine, he states that the title was inspired by the song “F” by the band Maximum The Hormone. In fact, one of the band members told Toriyama that the song was written with Frieza in mind.
The magazine also revealed the plot synopsis;
“An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Frieza’s army, Sorbet and Tagoma, arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Frieza with the dragon balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…!”
The designs of Sorbet and Tagoma by Toriyama were also published in the magazine.
‘Dragon Ball Z‘ animation director, Tadayoshi Yamamuro (who has been involved with the franchise since 1986) will direct the movie and will be release on April 18th 2015 in Japan in both 2D and 3D. No English dub release date has been announced, but due to the success off ‘Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods‘, it’s safe to assume that Western audiences will be able to see the English-Language version of the film in late 2015.
What’s interesting here, is that while Frieza is one of the franchises most iconic bad-guys, in the grand scheme of things, he’s not very powerful. Back when he was first introduced in 1989 in the Manga and 1990 in the Anime, he was the ruler of the Universe due to his strength but he was ultimately defeated at the hands of the Super Saiyan Goku (or Trunks, whichever way you want to look at it). Immediately afterwards, the Super Saiyan form was superseded by the Android threat, then Cell, then Majin Buu and now Lord Beerus (who was the antagonist of the last movie and will return in this new instalment) dwarfs all of them in terms of power.
In fact, Frieza has frequently returned in prior spin-off movies and made a brief appearance in ‘Dragon Ball GT‘ but was frequently the butt of jokes due to how overpowered the protagonists had become after his death. So he’ll need an outrageous power boost if he’s going to return because even the children of the main characters could easily defeat him in Super Saiyan form.
And while ‘Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods‘ was a solid movie, it’d be nice to see the franchise move away from being so Goku-centric. However, Vegeta’s prominent role on the official poster might suggest that he will play a more active role, which would be refreshing because his role in almost all the ‘Dragon Ball Z‘ movies was to show up (literally, out of nowhere), look bad-ass then immediately get beaten up by the villain of the movie.
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Posted: 18th Nov 14