Most Dragon Ball fans would agree that Hollywood’s live-action adaptation Dragon Ball: Evolution sucks, but thankfully, we live in a time when fan films can sometimes make better films than what major movie studios can produce. Robot Underdog’s Dragon Ball: Light of Hope is the perfect example, and unlike Evolution, this one has won the hearts of fans.
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Based on Akira Toriyama’s epic, Light of Hope is an adaptation of The History of Trunks TV special. Android 17 and Android 18 are destroying the world, and Goku and Vegeta have already died at their hands. While Bulma is trying to invent a time machine at Capsule Corp., Gohan is training Kid Trunks to harness his powers. When Trunks leaves his training session, the Androids attack him but Gohan steps in to rescue him, drawing them into a fight he can’t win.
As a fan film, of course, there are some flaws. Not every dialogue line was delivered perfectly but the performances, for the most part, are good. The special effects and locations are not as solid as the ones you see in Hollywood films but the production is still impressive.
Dragon Ball: Light of Hope proves that a legit live-action Dragon Ball film is possible. Hopefully, big studios could learn from this and start respecting the source material before they even think of making another live-action adaptation for famous titles like Naruto or One Piece.