“Dragonball Revolution” trailer hits the net and looks absolutely moronic.

I admit that I’ve never been a fan of the Dragonball Z anime series. I thought it was stupid and overblown and mind numbingly dull. The fact that it’s been hugely popular with anime fans both in Japan and here in the States for years just shows that my fellow Otaku can have some seriously questionable taste in shows. But then the same could be said of me. Still, I think it sucks so when I heard that an American studio was going to pump out a live action movie based on the series I was less than enthused about it.

Now, having seen the following trailer, I think that lack of enthusiasm is justified. This was so bad I just had to share it with you to ease my pain:

I actually feel kind of bad for fans of the anime series as I’m sure even they are going to be disappointed by this production. Bad enough it’s Dragonball, but it was produced by Americans who probably did it for the easy money it’s likely to generate which means it’ll suck hard like a black hole trapping anything that might have been decent about the original anime into a swirling vortex of suckitude never to escape.

Found over at /Flim where they also think it looks stupid.

28 thoughts on ““Dragonball Revolution” trailer hits the net and looks absolutely moronic.

  1. I used to like anime when I was younger, but can’t stand it now… usually it is the dialogue, character reactions, or some bit of childish art that they throw in that kills it for me—basically, the same thing that kills the idea of playing an Asian MMO.  Over-sized weapons and paragraphs of pre-combat dialogue ftl.  Ack.

    I just can’t believe James Marsters is in this movie.  It’s sad to watch Spike fall so far.  And while not a huge Emmy Rossum fan, I think she can do better than this trash.

    How are movies like this made? Who in their right mind green lights something like this? Double ack.  Seems like a good time to polish up the screenplay I wrote a couple years ago and send it in.  Obviously, it has a chance.

    - Matt

  2. You know, I’ve never been into computer games, Dragonball, or any of that stuff. But as I watched the trailer, so much of it reminded me of Kung Fu Panda.

    Just sayin’ is all.

  3. As a fan of old, crap, Hong Kong martial arts films (dig up a gem called “Dragon Chronicles: Meidens [sic] of Heavenly Mountains”) I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to this.

    It helps to know what you are getting into. This is an American version of a Japanese anime that has more story arcs than there are Stephen King books.

    Any adaptation will suck by conventional movie standards. This is not going to measure up to 300 or Beverly Hills Cop.

    This is going to be a chinese martial arts film done with American actors. From the look of the trailer, it should measure up to some of the later Blind Masseur Ichi films or the Samurai adaptation of Macbeth.

  4. But its not real DBZ unless they spend the entire movie shouting at each other while “powering up” their Ultimate Pwnage Super Boom Move!(tm), which won’t occur until the third film… unless interrupted by the death of Most Cherished Person X… then it won’t happen until the fifth movie.

  5. But its not real DBZ unless they spend the entire movie shouting at each other while “powering up” their Ultimate Pwnage Super Boom Move!(tm), which won’t occur until the third film… unless interrupted by the death of Most Cherished Person X… then it won’t happen until the fifth movie.

    That’s no joke.  I saw one episode of Dragonball Z where two characters were “fighting” by engaging in some sort of 22 minute long power release.  All the while, the hero was going about “I can’t do it” and “he’s too strong” and yadda yadda.

    I still have seen only one episode…

  6. There’s a couple of animes that I really really like (e.g. Haibane Renmai, Simoun, Nodame Cantabile, Shion no Ou), but Dragonball isn’t something I’d even try to watch. The trailer above is pretty painful, isn’t it?

  7. I think I’m going to see it just for the fact that I grew up watching the series, though I have to agree the trailer for it looks awful.

  8. I’m going to see it for the trainwreck quality it is sure to possess. I’ve been looking forward to this masterpiece of ill-conceived nonsense for about a year now.

  9. How are movies like this made? Who in their right mind green lights something like this? Double ack.  Seems like a good time to polish up the screenplay I wrote a couple years ago and send it in.  Obviously, it has a chance.

    Are you kidding?  It just has to be popular.  Movie producers are drawn to already established material.  It doesn’t matter how much it sucks if people slap their money down anyway.  Hollywood’s been this way as long as I’ve been alive, and shows no sign of changing.  Why do you think original movies have to begin as indies?  The big boys won’t touch anything that hasn’t already been proven unless the author is footing the bill.

  10. wow- so much DB hate – that trailer gave me tingles all over.
    Are peoples expectations just a little too high these days perhaps? – next peeps will be saying the new “Star Trek” flik looks crappy ( I am totally champing at the bit to see that one) wink

  11. I already hate the anime so I think it’s safe to say my expectations where pretty low actually.

    And they still managed to make it worse than I thought. grin

  12. DragonBall is really good.
    Especially the effects in this movie are soooo goood!!!!
    Gonna watch it.

  13. It’s ridiculous, i grew up with the series, found it to be quite a good show until the GT arch, when i finally got tired of it, yet to this day i can take down a DBZ quiz without failing.(an example of how captivated i was in the series)

    And its not that the actors that bother me, its that they took what made the anime good, to some people, the storyline of the saiyans, the Kamehameha , freaking goku, and replaced it all with this overused cliche of random american guy somehow getting powers out of nowhere, and it’s not even a good representation of the powers of the anime. The fight with the monk seemed alot more like Bleach, and whoever saw Kamehameha and got some force push thing needs to be slapped.

    I am not going to watch this movie, instead im going to watch it online, and not pay for it, so i can see it fail, without paying a dime. Damn the hollywood industry.

  14. Guys u gotta understand one thing… They have to make the story understandable for people tht have never even heard of dragonballz.. Just like they did with the 2nd fantastic 4 movie.  In the real marvel universe do u seriously think that only 4 of their heroes will show up to fight galactus.  No because the people that don’t know marvel wouldn’t comprehend it.. So don’t go blaming the producers and directors.. Blame people for not watching anime =p

  15. lol Yea Pat u are right about the kamehameha tho. =/ and one more thing.  Put on the shoes of som1 that knows nothing about DBZ.  Now lets say u went to go see the DBZ movie and it was super accurate to the anime would u really understand WTF is going on??  its like a Trekkie going to a Battle Star Galatica or a Star Wars convention or better yet a baseball fan going to a soccer game =/

  16. I’m sorry, but I have to take issue with the whole “make the story understandable” apology.

    I realize that it’s always cool to draw more people into a story and I understand dramatic license, but if you can’t make the story understandable in a 1.5 to 2.5 hour movie without changing the fundamentals, then either you chose the wrong story or you’re cramming it into 2.5 hours when you should be turning it into a trilogy.  They are using the DBZ story BECAUSE there are already fans out there who will watch it.  They don’t need to be led through the story by the hand.

    For the record, I don’t watch DBZ.  I don’t much care for it, but if the makers of the movie are trying to draw the DBZ crowd, then they should be faithful to the story.  If they’re NOT trying to draw those people, then what the hell are they doing using the DBZ story in the first place?

    The bottom line is: If it’s a good story, then bring the anime into live action without changing anything.  Everything will fall into place and everyone will be happy.  The producers will make a lot of money and they will get fewer death threats from fanatics who don’t know that killing a movie is not an act of terrorism.

    I understand the necessity (particularly with books) to change things to make the production work, but I’d appreciate fewer movies that have nothing but the name in common with their source material.  If you make an unfamiliar movie with a familiar title, then you’re not drawing an audience with the merits of the production.  You’re just tricking them into sitting through the opening credits and hoping they don’t feel bad enough about being lied to to walk out.  Not only that, but because of copyright laws, you’re making it very hard for someone to come along and fix your mistake.

    - End of Rant -

    I know it’s just entertainment, but that’s very uncool.

  17. That’s just the thing, this isn’t Dragonball Z, it’s the original Dragon Ball that they’re adapting here. There are no sayians coming to destroy the earth, just an evil green guy named Piccolo.

    They’ve already ruined it by making Goku a young adult rather than the 6 or 7 year old kid he was in the beginning.

  18. wow- so much DB hate – that trailer gave me tingles all over.
    Are peoples expectations just a little too high these days perhaps? – next peeps will be saying the new “Star Trek” flik looks crappy ( I am totally champing at the bit to see that one)

    Of course it’s going to suck… It’s an odd numbered Trek.  Sheesh! smile

    Don’t get me wrong… I’ll watch it.  Since when has being a crappy movie been a reason not to watch it?

  19. THANK YOU AMON FOR FINALLY POINTING THAT OUT TO ALL THESE POSERS. WHAT DO YOU CALL YOURSELVES PEOPLE? “OTAKU?” LAMES. THIS WAS PROBABLY THE COOLEST MOVIE IVE SEEN SO FAR. HAVENT YOU GUYS EVER WONDERS WHAT GOKU WOULD REALLY LOOK LIKE. IM NOT SAYING THE MAIN CHARACTER LOOKED ANYTHING LIKED WHAT GOKU LOOKS LIKE, BUT HOW MANY WHITE-LOOKING-ASAIN MEN ARE OUT THERE. STOP SIPPIN ON THE HATERADE LES!

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