Dragon Ball Z is the globally renowned and admired anime television series created by the talented Akira Toriyama. Since first airing on April 26, 1989, the show has spawned generations of fans spanning multiple age gaps. The show follows the adventures of our hero Goku as he defends Earth against hordes of evil villains, along with his faithful Z Warriors.
Ever since the show invaded the international TV screens, fans have been crying out for a live action film that would do the series justice. I for one would love to see the epic Freiza saga on screen, and finally it seemed like we had gotten our first taste in Dragon Ball Evolution... but the less said about that the better.
Last year, however, new hope emerged. A teaser trailer dropped online by the Non-Profit organization Robot Underdog, and it was amazing! Their storyline was going to be an adaptation of "The History of Trunks," and with the help of a popular indiegogo campaign the teams aim was to use the pilot episode(s) and all of their relevant materials as a pitch to FOX to be picked up for the rest of the web series or potentially larger projects.
Finally... we have that pilot and it's AMAZING!
In a world where Goku and the other Z Warriors are dead, Gohan and Trunks must fight against the unstoppable Androids #17 and #18 in a bid to save as many human lives as possible.
Robot Underdog has managed to perfectly convey an apocalyptic Dragon Ball Z world on screen, and just look at how staggeringly perfect those special effects are. When Gohan turns super saiyan, it feels as if it's real... all those failed attempts of my youth may not be in vain!
In true Dragon Ball style, we even get a 'Next time on DRAGON BALL Z' closer, giving us an insight into the relationship between mentor Gohan and his young prodigy, Trunks, who seems to be taking after his father, Vegeta.
The casting is spot on and the fight scenes are choreographed to perfection. But that's still not the best part... if you were wondering what the future holds for this webseries, know that it is in the best hands possible. In true MoviePilot style, it is made by FANS for the FANS.
Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope is a non-profit, live-action Dragon Ball Z web series. It’s made by fans, and is not affiliated with or endorsed by the official license holders.
Our goal is to bring the Dragon Ball world to life in a way that's never been done before, while staying true to the characters and story. We want to use this episode as leverage to make more episodes for this web series and other projects. So please help us out by sharing, commenting and liking! The more support we have, the more likely we are to do more Dragon Ball Z. We want to keep making DBZ content, and that’s only possible with your help!
The cast need a massive shout out for their magnificent performances. I mean look how perfectly creepy the two androids look!? Below are their names and places you can keep up to date with their careers.
Tyler Tackett as Android 17
Amy Johnston as Android 18
Anton Bex as Gohan
Jack Wald as Trunks
Ruthann Thompson as Bulma
Directed by Donnie McMillin, produced by Rita McMillin, and written by Derek Padula, this webseries looks to have a bright future! If you'd like to help in supporting this project, be sure to head over to their website and donate.