Robot Underdog Delivers a DBZ Film Worthy of the Dragon Ball Name

A Very Brief Screen History of Dragon Ball

Even if you aren’t a fan of the anime you’ve probably heard of Dragon Ball Z, known to fans as DBZ. DBZ was a continuation of The Dragon Ball series, which was adapted from the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball first aired in 1984 followed by DBZ in 1988. This thirty-year- old series still has a lot of fans.  It had good characters, interesting background, great writing and the artists were fantastic on keeping it all together.

For years, fans have been clamoring for a movie, and in 2009 we were given Dragonball: Evolution. While it was an entertaining show to watch at 3 am, it’s biggest downfall is how they handled the effects and action sequences, they just didn’t do the anime (or the manga) justice. The script was cheesy and all around bad. There are just too many problems to list. In fact the movie is so bad that it is used as a basis by which to judge other game and anime live-action adaptions. In fact, the original script writer, Ben Ramsey, even apologized to fans in 2016.

However, I will give him some additional credit. His original script was better and showed more knowledge of the Anime before the producers edited and rewrote it. Thanks to The Dao of Dragon Ball you can read the original script here.

A Light of Hope for Dragon Ball Fans

Dragon Ball: Light of Hope is almost everything a Dragon Ball fan could ask for in a live-action film adaption of the anime. The only true problem I had was that it was too short.

Created by Robot Underdog, this is fan-made film and  is truly the Light of Hope for true fans and shows the big production companies that a true adaption can be done.

Official Description:

This series is an adaptation of “The History of Trunks” TV Special. In this timeline, Goku & the other Z Warriors are dead. This is the story of Gohan & Trunks in their battle to survive against the Androids. Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope is a non-profit, live-action Dragon Ball Z web series. It’s made by fans, & is not affiliated with or endorsed by the official license holders. Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope Created by Donnie McMillin & Rita McMillin Based on Story and Characters by Akira Toriyama A Robot Underdog Film in association with Z Team Films and Loco-Motion Pictures


The action is spectacular with clean hits and smooth action, the characters are believable, and best of all the effects pay a true tribute to the anime. Choreography, film effects, spectacular scripting, and great acting make this film more than worthy to be considered part of the DragonBall cannon and I can only hope the Toei Animation teams up with Robot Underdog so that they can quickly get funding for a sequel.

The film stars Starring Kenny Leu as Future Gohan, Tyler Tackett as Android 17, Amy Johnston as Android 18, Jack Wald as Trunks, Ruthann Thompson as Bulma, and Katelyn Brooke as Dawn.

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  1. Lol, better than Hollywood with all their money and production cast. I think it’s possible that one day we will get a good anime adaptation from the West.

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