What Does Akira Toriyama Think Of Dragonball Evolution?

Topic started by GMan on Feb. 9, 2009. Last post by Kelleth 4 years, 5 months ago.
Post by GMan (282 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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A lot of us are bowing our heads in shame trying to figure out what is happening to the Dragon Ball franchise with the movie will soon hit us in a couple of months.  After seeing the different trailers and images, I, for one, have been wondering what the creator, Akira Toriyama must be thinking.  Often the rights are sold off and the actual creator has very little say in the outcome.  This is clearly the case as things just seem so far off.  Even the name has been changed to one word instead of two separate. 

I found a mention of what Toriyama posted on a trailer for the movie at ComicBookMovie.  Apparently the actual comment has been translated from Japanese and can be found HERE somewhere.
"As the original creator, I had a feeling of “Huh?” upon seeing the screenplay and the character designs, but the director, all the actors, the staff, and the rest are nothing but “ultra” high-caliber people. Maybe the right way for me and all the fans to appreciate it is as a New Dragonball of a different dimension. Perhaps, this might become a great masterpiece of power! Hey, I look forward to it!!"
"Huh?" indeed.  Looking at is as a "different dimension" is a good way to think about it.  I do have to wonder if he's just trying to give public support so it doesn't die at the box office.   As I've stated before, I am curious to see how it turns out.  I've never been an absolute huge Dragon Ball fan but I did enjoy the show and have recently started reading some of the mangas.  I won't be crushed or irrate if the movie simply fails.  I do hope for the best though.

Do you get the impression that Toriyama is just trying to be polite in his comment?
Post by Sonata (35,218 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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Poor Toriyama, I think his soul is tearing apart but hes trying to be optimistic. As soon as we saw the trailer this movie already has one foot in the grave.
Post by LordAndrew (152 posts) See mini bio Level 11
I get the sense that he's not telling us how he really feels. He's probably thinking what we're all thinking, but is to polite to say it. :(
Post by Kiriska (112 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Yeah, I'm with the masses that say that Toriyama is just utilizing that age old Japanese politeness. He's probably crying on the inside.
Post by Devilly (5,329 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Kiriska said:
"Yeah, I'm with the masses that say that Toriyama is just utilizing that age old Japanese politeness. He's probably crying on the inside."
indeed as we all are doing
Post by Agent_Lost (1,124 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Kiriska said:
"Yeah, I'm with the masses that say that Toriyama is just utilizing that age old Japanese politeness. He's probably crying on the inside."
yep, that about right
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
He's bracing for it to be a huge flop.
Post by Devilly (5,329 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Void_Wizard said:
"He's bracing for it to be a huge flop."
Poor guy T_T (keep him away from hights and sharp edges after the movie)
Post by transgojobot (122 posts) See mini bio Level 2
I'm sure Akira Toriyama's "soul-crushing angst" will last about as long until he sees his bank balance again.
Post by Ruby_Alexandrine (78 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Its seems like he's being too polite to express his opinions about the upcoming film.  He can't really do anything about it because the film is done and slated for release soon.   What a shame!
Post by MackGyver (5 posts) See mini bio Level 3
Another example of let the people who created the franchise have a say in what happens next. No one knows how things will turn out in different hands. But from what we all have seen, it's not necessarily for the better. I hope it turns out great though. DRAGON BALL RULES!!!!!!!!!!!
Post by Kiriska (112 posts) See mini bio Level 2
I wonder if he'll end up disliking it as much as GT?
Post by Kyle (14 posts) See mini bio Level 6
I doubt he's really hiding any kind of anger. At this point, I'm sure he's had just about all he can take of his creation. While it's obvious he's not thrilled (and who would be, quite honestly), it wouldn't surprise me at all that he would be rather apathetic. It would be one thing if nobody new about Dragonball and suddenly this movie was ruining his reputation or something, but seriously, we all know. Who cares. He doesn't.  : P
Post by BeyondBirthday (6 posts) See mini bio Level 1
I have to wonder if FOX is paying him money to not say anything pessemistic about this movie...
Post by whathappened (1 posts) See mini bio Level 1
i think that is some crap!!!!! why would they do something like that? they are so selfish. keep being optimistic please!!!!! and continue making great episodes of dragon ball gt please. don't let your fans down just because of some stupid brats.
Post by FLCL1 (3,935 posts) See mini bio Level 7

a month later the movie turned out to be bull shit
Post by nginsmall (9 posts) See mini bio Level 4
Well there's always Dragonball 2...(psst) not really because that's going to suck too.  Well at least there's Kai to kinda-sorta fix some of the mess left behind from Evolution.  But yes hes totally just trying to be a nice guy in that comment, I doubt he was seriously cool with Hollywood messing up one of the best things hes known for.
Post by John_Martone (2,992 posts) See mini bio Level 10
aww, we need to do a follow up piece and see how he felt after the release.
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@John_Martone: He died inside most likely.
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