Legend: A Dragon Ball Tale, a fan-made Dragon Ball Z movie, captures everything viewers have grown to love about the anime. The well-known Japanese media brand, which was founded by Akira Toriyama, started as a manga before generating a number of anime series and motion pictures. The plot centers on Goku, a.k.a. Kakarot, who was sent to Earth as a newborn just before his Sayian homeworld, Planet Vegeta, was obliterated. Goku abandons the desire to conquer after suffering a fatal brain injury and instead develops into the greatest fighter in the universe alongside his friends and family.
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Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z continue to be some of the most well-known anime series of all time, in large part because of the generation who watched Toonami in the 1990s. With the release of the Dragon Ball Super anime and the continuing manga, which takes place after Dragon Ball Z’s Buu storyline, the IP has recently had a comeback in popular culture. After the Tournament of Power was over, Super’s animation continued in cinemas with the release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly in 2018 and the forthcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. A new fan video is here to remind viewers of why they fell in love with the franchise while they wait for Super Hero to come to the United States (not to mention the revival of its main series).
Legend: A Dragon Ball Tale was recently uploaded on YouTube by Agent Mystery Meat. Studio Stray Dog Animation produced the fan movie, and Naseer Pasha, an animator best known for his work on the forthcoming Ninja Turtles Netflix original series, directed it. Ten minutes long, four years in the making, Legend received over 5 million views in its first week online. Below is a video message from Legend and Pasha outlining how the initiative was created “out of sheer enthusiasm”:
Dragon Ball legend is both deviated from and incorporated into Legend in a variety of pleasing ways. In a scene reminiscent of their fight at the conclusion of Dragon Ball, Goku (Jordan Woolen, who also portrays Vegeta) and Chi-Chi (Elsie Lovelock) are fighting in the World Martial Arts Tournament after a quick introduction to King Vegeta and his Sayian planet. Then, Jason Alexander Sukhram’s original Broly appears to kill Goku. Before Goku receives a never-before-seen form resembling the Monkey King/Sun Wukong/Son Goku—the main character from the ancient Chinese tale Journey to the West, on which Dragon Ball’s Goku is based—Vegeta, mercifully, shows up and becomes Super Sayian.
The beloved qualities of Dragon Ball Z are ingeniously combined in Legend in less than 11 minutes, from a 9,000 reference and fast action to well-known instrumentals and a reverence for its characters. Additionally, it departs from Super Hero’s contentious animation with a look that pays homage to the past while while seeming contemporary. “To every youngster who believed they could train in 100 times the gravity of the earth, and to every artist who taped Dragon Ball Z and paused it to draw their favorite characters, this is dedicated to you,” says a statement at the beginning of the movie. It seems likely that Toriyama and other content creators will become aware of Legend as more and more websites and content makers continue to distribute it.