In 2009, the great anime fandom had to deal with a blow more powerful than a Kamehameha wave.
Hollywood has introduced the world to the first live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball.
Dragon Ball Evolution has solidified this industry’s dismal luck with anime and has left fans to write off Hollywood with regard to adaptations. It has been a decade since Dragon Ball Evolution came to fans, but the fandom cannot forgive 20th Century Fox.
Fans are going berserk over reports which suggest that Hollywood is bringing back Dragon Ball.
Bloomberg published a report and confirmed that Funimation was looked at by Sony Pictures and Universal Studios. The report said that the anime company’s multi-million revenue was due to home video sales. Particularly, Dragon Ball had caught the attention of Hollywood because of its Blu-ray and DVD collections.
Funimation said that is not interested in joining Hollywood studios like Sony, but fans have started to wonder if Hollywood may be bringing back Dragon Ball. Funimation has a good relationship with Toei Animation which is the company that oversees the shonen anime. Yes, it is safe to say that 20th Century Fox has lost chances of resurrecting a live-action Dragon Ball franchise. But they can appease Toei Animation.
Fans have responded in a negative way to the idea of a live-action Dragon Ball venture. It has stained future attempts to adapt the anime and the fandom still blames Hollywood for trying to cash in on Akira Toriyama’s story.
The director of Dragonball Evolution said that he had never heard of the franchise until he was asked to direct.
If Hollywood tries to make a live-action Dragon Ball film, it will need to wait for many more years. The controversy continues to enrage many fans, and subsequent anime failures have worsened the issue. Ghost in the Shell flopped at the box office, and this further cemented the trouble with anime.
Hollywood must table all thoughts it about the new Dragon Ball adaptation. The project will flop much harder than Yamcha if it does make it to theatres.
Dragon Ball Super’s “Universal Survival” saga is a part of the simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored.
Dragon Ball Super is set to air on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami will air the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.