Two years ago, YouTube channel Robot Underdog released a pilot for its new #DragonBallZ series - Light of Hope - which adapted the iconic Android Saga, where the only hope the universe are Vegeta and Goku's children: Trunks and Gohan.
The video was praised left and right by fans, who were left amazed at seeing their favorite characters finally done justice in live-action, and hungry for a continuation of the story. Now, Robot Underdog has released the first trailer for the third and second episodes in the series. As you might expect from their previous material, it's amazing. Take a look:
The synopsis reads:
"Hope is worth fighting for! In 'Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope', Gohan and Trunks fight against the unstoppable Androids #17 and #18 and try to save as many human lives as possible. The young Trunks must grow up quickly and learn from his mentor, Gohan; but with battles to fight on both the outside and inside, how long can they endure, and where will they find a light of hope?"
It's been a long time since their last #LightofHope release, which was due to the creative team wanting to make things even better. Looking at the trailer, their hard work and time taken has definitely paid off. And that makes me think of something:
'Light Of Hope' Shows Studios How To Make A Live-Action Dragon Ball Movie
#DragonBall is a very hard concept to adapt for live-action. The crazy hairdos, fight sequences and power-up sessions, if not handled correctly, can do two things: Alienate fans of the franchise and confuse unsuspecting audiences. A big example of this was Dragon Ball: Evolution. While I thought it was a fairly decent movie, it barely felt like Dragon Ball.
Robot Underdog, on the other hand, embraced DBZ's craziest and flashiest aspects in an incredibly smart way. The fight sequences are bone-crunchingly top-notch, the acting - which, considering the nature of the #DBZ universe, could understandably go the cheesy route - is compelling and the Super Saiyan transformation is given a realistic (but still awesome) update.
Heck, even Goku's heart virus is given an interesting, more somber spin.
This is the type of project movie studios should look at for inspiration for a Dragon Ball adaptation: To realize how a movie that embraces all of the show's crazier elements and still has the heart the franchise is known for, can work.
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This trailer surprised me in every way. The people working on the project stripped away the concept of the usual fan film and crafted an incredible piece of entertainment that, thanks to its quality in special effects, acting, and story has the potential to grab both longtime fans and newcomers to the DB world.
Don't forget to keep up with the Robot Underdog YouTube channel to catch this amazing series, and share it once it gets released.
What did you think about the new trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Light Of Hope? Let me know in the comments!