12 Days of Anime, Day 7: We Gotta Power

Ooooo 7 days oooooooo

Image Cred­it: yinx­isan from Pixiv

Twen­ty Twelve’s been a great year when it came to nos­tal­gia. At least for me, anyway.

There cer­tain­ly seems to be a good amount of revivals and look-backs for me to talk about.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A sword is a weapon to kill...

One cross-shaped scar…

[First Day]

Haruhi shapes the world...literally

Two godly novels…

[Sec­ond Day]

Fanime 2012

Three pals at Fanime…

[Third Day]

Elise Lutus is my loli queen, yup yup

Four Apple Gummis…

[Fourth Day]

Jet, you killjoy!

Five Right Stuf deals…

[Fifth Day]

Madoka will unwrap Ultimate Madoka as a selfcest Christmas present

Six grief seeds…

[Sixth Day]

Freeza is so insignificant now...

Seven Dragon Balls, and a partridge in a pear tree!

Drag­on Ball (espe­cial­ly the Japan­ese ver­sion with Shun­suke Kikuchi’s score) has always been a child­hood favorite of mine. Con­sid­er­ing that, it’s nat­ur­al that I would be pumped for the Drag­on Ball Z: Bat­tle of the Gods movie that’s been recent­ly announced, head­ed by Aki­ra Toriya­ma him­self. It’s pret­ty much the first real new Drag­on Ball mate­r­i­al that’s been seen in near­ly a cou­ple of decades (video games and anniver­sary spe­cial aside). Kind of wished they put Shun­suke Kikuchi in charge of the music, but oh well. It’ll still be a nice treat for long-time fans of the fran­chise, hopefully.

Here’s the trail­er. I absolute­ly love how Cha-La Head-Cha-La is play­ing in the back­ground. Speak­ing of which, that (or any oth­er song by Hironobu Kageya­ma) bet­ter be the open­ing to this movie, or else! 😛 Also, it’s strange how they show Son Gohan (with Unlocked Poten­tial) still being able to turn into the infe­ri­or Super Saiya-jin form in all the pro­mo­tion­al mate­r­i­al — I’m kind of curi­ous to see how that works out. It would def­i­nite­ly top the movie off with some nos­tal­gia-sprin­kles if it’s sim­ply Toriya­ma being the same for­get­ful old coot that he was while writ­ing the man­ga. Ah, the good ol’ days.

Oh yeah, I for­got to men­tion Toei’s quick-buck, Drag­on Ball Kai, which was announced to be con­tin­u­ing onto the Boo saga (except for Japan…huh). While I’m not all too fond of the Boo saga because of what it did to Gohan, I find it an inter­est­ing twist to the… “lore” of Drag­on Ball Kai, in a sense. It’ll also be inter­est­ing to see the Boo saga ani­mat­ed with­out Toei’s ter­ri­ble filler.


(Now to use the Drag­on Balls to wish this bad idea awayMust per­se­vere.)

5 thoughts on “12 Days of Anime, Day 7: We Gotta Power

  1. Ooohh awe­some final­ly new DBZ con­tent! Seemed like for years dbz was kind of dead as far as new con­tent (not includ­ing games). Kai def­i­nite­ly was­n’t any bet­ter in my opin­ion, I watched a few a episodes but I just could­n’t go on lol. Being a fan of the orig­i­nal Eng­lish voice actors I won­der when it will be dubbed in Eng­lish =P

    1. @Shikon: Kai was kind of a fun­ny sto­ry. Upsides to it is that it has no filler and is basi­cal­ly the man­ga ani­mat­ed. But in the end, the Japan­ese ver­sion was infe­ri­or to the orig­i­nal series aside from that filler fact and in the end, was only a quick-buck for Toei. Sev­er­al of the Japan­ese cast were replaced even though they weren’t deceased, because they want­ed to save mon­ey. And then there was that BGM deba­cle, where the music com­pos­er was sued and they opt­ed to use the orig­i­nal Kikuchi score to replace his music… in all of the wrong places.
      The dub on the oth­er hand… is one of the best Drag­on Ball (Z‑portion) dubs we’ve got­ten in years since the first three movies released by Geneon/Pioneer. The Eng­lish actors in Kai do a way bet­ter job than they did in the orig­i­nal dub, and for that, I would rec­om­mend a watch of the dub at the very least. 😛 Man­ga-accu­rate dia­logue and an awe­some per­for­mance from FUNi’s voice actors.

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