After over a year of breath-held waiting, fans can sigh with relief. FUNimation has announced that they have licensed the recent Dragon Ball Z film, Battle of Gods, and will be giving it a limited theatrical release!
According to FUNimation’s website, the Battle of Gods will play in select theaters on August 5, 6, 7, and 9. No word on a DVD/Blu-ray release yet, and no word on whether this will be the original Japanese theater version, or the more recent “director’s cut” that aired on Japanese TV, which featured over 20 minutes of new footage!
Recently, FUNimation has been getting better at managing to bring some of their films to the big screen; recent examples include Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and Ghost in the Shell.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods opened in Japanese theaters on March 30, 2013, and was the first ever Japanese film to open in IMAX theaters. The film was the fastest ever Japanese film to sell over a million tickets. It was also the first Dragon Ball film for over 10 years. A sequel is already rumored to be in the planning stages.
The film, which takes place after the defeat of Kid Buu, but before Uub debuted, features Goku fighting against his strongest opponent yet, an actual god. Even Super Saiyan 3 turns out to be no match!
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was directed by Masahiro Hosoda (Zatch Bell), written by Yusuke Watanabe (Gantz film), and composed by Norihito Sumitomo (2014 Dragon Ball Kai). Akiro Toriyama himself oversaw the film, and provided character designs, plot ideas, and script tweaking.
So…will you be watching this clash of the titans on the big screen, or wait for the inevitable Blu-ray release?