‘Dragon Ball Z’s New Live-Action Short Does The Anime Justice

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The Internet has been buzzing lately as a mysterious fan project from China debuted new screens showing off a live-action version of Dragon Ball Z’s Android saga. This took fans by surprise given how great the costumes, and even Cell himself looked.

But fans hopeing to see the final project now have their chance as this fan-film from China captures the essence of the anime and finally does the series justice in live-action.

This short film only lasts under five minutes, but it captures the anime’s pacing and tone perfectly. Highlighting some of the Android saga’s famous moments as Super Saiyan Vegeta and Android 18’s showdown, Android 17’s fight with Piccolo, and fans of the other sagas will have something to enjoy here as well as the short film even manages to flash to Goku’s first Super Saiyan transformation, his fight with Freeza, and even fights during the Saiyan arc.

The best part? This is all in Teen Gohan’s memory as he’s preparing to take down Cell with his final, one-handed Kamehameha Wave. It’s a great way to capture the overall emotional arc of Dragon Ball Z within five minutes. Just goes to show what is possible when there is care and attention paid to details. A live-action Dragon Ball Z film can be done.

Dragon Ball Super is currently airing its English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m. It is also available to stream on Funimation and Amazon Video. The Japanese language release of the series is complete, and available to stream on Funimation, VRV, and Crunchyroll.

If you want to catch up with the English dub, the first 52 episodes of Dragon Ball Super are now available to stream on FunimationNOW, VRV, and available to purchase on Amazon Video as well. The 52 episodes span the full range of what has aired in the North America and covers the “Battle of Gods” arc, “Revival of F” arc, the “Universe 6” arc, and bringing the series right up to the current TV airings of the “Future Trunks” arc.

The first Dragon Ball Super film is set to release this December in Japan, and it has just released its first trailer. The film will focus on the Saiyans, the “origins of Goku’s power,” and potentially the story of the very first Super Saiyan. Not only does it aim to be the best film in the series, original creator Akira Toriyama will be contributing to the film’s script and character designs. Fans will get their first look at the new film during the Dragon Ball North America Tour, as well.

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