Popular Japanese manga publication, The Weekly Shōnen Jump, has confirmed recent reports that a new Dragon Ball anime movie is currently in the works! Shōnen Jumpelaborated on details of the first Dragon Ball production since 2009’s DBZ reboot,Dragon Ball Z Kai, stating that the series creator, Akira Toriyama will be “heavily involved” in the project which is slated for Japanese theatres on March 30th, 2013. Plot details are scarce at the moment but multiple hints coming out of Japan indicate that the movie will take place sometime before the events of Dragon Ball GT and focus mainly on the characters of Chibi-Goten and Chibi-Trunks.
Toriyama also recently made comments in the Japanese press declaring that the film will “retain the atmosphere of the original series while adding small amounts of ‘modern flavor’”. It is unknown whether the film will feature a new original story or be more strictly derived from events in the acclaimed manga series. However, one thing can be certain: with the series creator being so deeply hands-on in the conception of the film, long-time fans should expect a level of excellence that is indicative of Toriyama’s now timelessly celebrated body of work. Director Masahiro Hosoda of Dragon Ball Z and Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu fame is slated to be at the helm of the film along with former Gantz scribe, Yūsuke Watanabe, also attached to the project as the screenplay writer.
The official website for Shōnen Jump has launched a teaser countdown page leading to a “surprise announcement” on Saturday, July 14th.