Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes has a lot to prove to fans this year. The big movie marks the anime’s return after Dragon Ball Super: Broly, a film universally hailed by fans of the franchise. This new project goes in a very different direction with its focus on Earth and its unique animation style. As you can imagine, the CG design is making fans new and old nervous, but the film’s director wants netizens to reassure themselves about the big change.

The comments were made recently when dragonball hosted an online panel about their new film. This is where Tetsuro Kodama appeared for a brief Q&A session, and the director said the film’s CG animation came from a place of curiosity among his staff.

“We also grew up right in the middle of the Shounen jumpdragonball generation and since then the fandom has grown bigger and bigger to become this huge phenomenon. But we’re on a mission to innovate and help cultivate new fans. So what type and style of animation would help achieve this goal? That’s where this project started,” he shared.

“As for this new style, what stands out the most are the shadows. We’ve taken an approach to make them look blurry or have a more gradual blend that feels softer in the whole thing. That’s one of the big differences,” Kodama concluded. “I also want to point out that the characters in this movie move a lot.”

Obviously, the director and his team put a lot of thought into CG animation, and fans are coming to the shift. Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes will be the first anime project to use such a design, and its latest clips have impressed netizens with its smooth action. Now, the only question that remains is whether the film can maintain its aesthetic and meet the high expectations of fans.

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