Dragon Ball is a much loved anime and manga with thousands of followers around the world. And now on the cusp of the first Dragon Ball animated movie in over a decade, the creator or mangaka of the series, Akira Toriyama, has come forward to say what he thought of the Hollywood adaptation.
To say he was less than impressed is doing it justice when what he had to say during a press interview about the upcoming movie was, “With the Hollywood live action version, the script didn’t contain much evidence of the distinctive Dragon Ball world, and wasn’t even that interesting, and despite me warning them and suggesting changes they were so sure of themselves that they ignored me.
What they came out with in the end was a movie I can’t really call on par with the usual Dragon Ball.”
Interestingly enough, prior to the release of the movie, he believed in “the super talent of the production staff and actors” and went one further to add, “thanks to their power this may become a major masterpiece!” Since then though, he’s been pretty reserved about it.
If you haven’t seen it as yet, here’s the Japanese trailer to entice you.