Because DBZ still prints money, a sequel to the surprisingly fun 2013 animated movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is on the way. While Battle of Gods introduced a new threat and put a new spin on Goku and “Super Saiyans”, the follow-up will return to more familiar territory by bringing back a certain raspy-voiced villain.
Yes, Frieza is back. After being revived with the Dragon Balls by two mysterious new characters, Frieza looks to exact revenge on Goku, Vegeta and presumably Trunks. This may be disappointing to those who were pleased with the fresh concepts introduced in Battle of Gods but at the very least, the poster reassures us that Beerus (Bils), the cat-like God of Destruction from the previous film, will be back. His role in the overall conflict is still unknown at this point- given his nature, maybe he antagonizes Frieza and pushes him to fight or perhaps he joins the “Z fighters” and stands amongst Krillin, Tien, Yamcha and Piccolo…fading into obscurity so Goku can save the day again.
Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F will be first released in theaters in Japan, April 18th 2015.
V-Jump has released more details:
The January issue of V-Jump, officially slated for release this Friday (21 November 2014), features a detailed “DB Scoop” on the upcoming Dragon Ball Z movie (originally reported by Anime News Network). The scoop features a new visual for the film, the first seen since the movie was announced this past July. It is more than likely the movie’s official poster, which features our main protagonists, Beerus, Whis, Freeza, and two new unsavory characters.
The movie poster also reveals the film’s official title and release date:
Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”
Opening day, set at last!!! Saturday, 18 April 2015: A super-wide release nationwide in 2D and 3D!!!
Unlike with the previous film, Kami to Kami / Battle of Gods, no supplementary or alternative English title is provided. The movie will premiere nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in both 2D and 3D formats. This release date is a bit earlier than expected by most, but it is perhaps intended to build the movie’s momentum going into the Golden Week holiday break.
At the moment we cannot verify plot details — or Toriyama’s comments — beyond what is currently described elsewhere. However, the general plot details from Anime News Network are as follows:
An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Freeza’s army Sorbet and Tagoma arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Freeza with the Dragon Balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, and the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…!
Two new characters will appear in the movie: Sorbet (ソルベ) and Tagoma (タゴマ), shown below on the left and right, respectively. Following the fine nuances of the name puns in the last film, these name puns seem awfully transparent. As with all of Freeza’s minions, as described by Akira Toriyama in the Super Exciting Guide volumes, the names are “unified as food items that one puts inside [a refrigerator]”. Therefore, Sorbet gets his name directly from the frozen dessert “sorbet”, while Tagoma’s name is derived from the Japanese word tamago (卵), meaning “egg”.
Toriyama’s original designs for the characters are included in the magazine, along with a brief description:
A mysterious pair of planetary warriors, equipped with the latest type of battle armor!! “Tagoma” in particular looks to be wearing a new type of Scouter!!
The tidbit about the new type of Scouter is very reminiscent of what Toriyama revealed in his interview with Naho Ooishi in the July 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump. He stated (bold added for emphasis):
If you’re a soldier in Freeza’s army, you can have one made to order to fit your ear. The different screen colors can be chosen to fit the peculiarities of different aliens’ eyes, or to suit one’s tastes. Also, dual-eye types exist as well.
This comment came just one month prior to the new movie being officially announced, so it is likely that Toriyama slipped this tidbit in solely because of his work on the upcoming movie, possibly having just drawn these character designs. Also of note is the text reading “更なる変” that is cut off in the upper right corner. This is likely the phrase “更なる変身”, which means “further transformation(s)”. Based on the image available, there is no indication whether this is in reference to Freeza or a Saiyan warrior.