Dragon Ball Super has opened the floodgates of fan opinion, with a poll that asks a highly controversial question: what art style has served Dragon Ball Super best – and would best serve the series as it moves forward. The main decision – as embodied in a poll by @DBSCronicles – sits between Naohiro Shintani and Chikashi Kubota, two of the most influential artistic influences of modernity dragonball animated. Shintani has reinvented the art style of dragonball for Dragon Ball Superhis first film, Broly. Kubota created dragonball visuals like no other – including dragonballfirst use of CGI visual effects.
So what style should Dragon Ball Super use in his next anime? Shintani style? Or the Kubota style? According to the poll…
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Unsurprisingly, the Shintani style of dragonball anime has its head on Kubota Style. When Dragon Ball Super: BrolyThe first teaser of is out, the new look of the animation has been talked about dragonball fandom. Shintani really wanted to take dragonball in a new place, especially after there was such a big hiatus after the anime ended and he disappeared from mind. Shintani and director Tatsuya Nagimine wanted to break the mold of dragonball and did – much to the delight of fans. Shintani has – by far – become the new icon of dragonballand the push for his vision to be THE vision for the series is substantial.
Of course, we can’t ignore the fact that Chikashi Kubota ranks so well in the polls. Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes hasn’t even rolled out to cinemas worldwide yet (just Japan and a few other markets), so a lot of fans haven’t had a chance to see a new style of motion animation yet (high definition, not pirated). There was also a lot of backlash to the idea of Kubota and director Tetsuro Kodama using CGI in their animation. And even, Super hero seems to be hitting with fans, big time, and Kubota is becoming particularly enamored with how his animation invokes (but updates) Tadayoshi Yamamuro’s iconic Dragon Ball Z style.
It will be interesting to see how opinions evolve as Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes continues to have its theatrical run – and what opportunities for new anime arise after the movie. We already know that a new Dragon Ball Super the anime is in the works – anyway:
“Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes is a film that was made not only for Japanese audiences but with the whole world in mind. Dragon Ball is a series that Japan is very proud of, so we felt responsible while working on the film. We are indeed releasing it in America this summer as well! What? ‘What happens next’? Well, if you ask, a new entry in the series is already in the works! Super Hero took us five years to make, so it’s only natural that we’re already working on what’s next! Toriyama-sensei himself is always working on new Dragon Ball concepts and ideas, after all. We’re all thinking about what we want to show the world next.”
Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes is now in theaters.