13 Apr The Animators of Dragon Ball ‘Share Their Uniqueness on Goku
The finale of Dragon Ball Super to the “Universal Survival Arc” an its Tournament of Power has been a big change for many reasons. However, one of the biggest changes in the series is not the transformation of the plot or the development of the new character: we have witnessed a major upgrade in animation style, especially when Goku tapped into the complete Ultra Instinct power for his final one-on-one bout with Jiren. To honor the evolution of the image of Dragon Ball Super, one fan put together this little ode to the animators that made it happen:
Hardcore dragon ball fans will no doubt realize some of their personal favorites, stretching all the way back to the original Dragon Ball series and the final days of Dragon Ball Z. Studio Seigasha veterans like Masahiro Shimanuki, Kazuya Hisada, and Naoki Tate are now like rockstars to the fandom – as is O.G. Tomekichi Takeuchi. Of course, everyone has his or her favorite, and since all of the work these artists have done is now synonymous with the series, they’re all worthy of this show of respect. Finally, it is us, the fans, who are really lucky, because of their work to bring the Dragon Ball life has stoked the excitement and imagination of the generations of the fans.
With the end of the Super Dragon Ball, some new talented blood has stepped up the scene, of course! Twitter has exploded with praise for the animation in the final two episodes of Dragon Ball Super (episodes 130 & 131) – especially the work of Megumi Ishitani, who oversaw the animation of the finale episode.
Megumi has quickly amassed a fan following that wants to see her style continue to be a heavy influence on Dragon Ball’s future. So while the gallery of artwork above is awesome, we also can’t wait to see what future collages will look like, as the Toei’s team of talented animators grows and diversifies with the production company’s new Dragon Ball franchise division.
Dragon Ball Super is currently broadcasting his English dub on Adult Swim in the Toonami programming block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m. It is also available for play on FunimationNOW and Amazon Video. The Japanese version of this series is complete and available to stream on FunimationNOW, VRV, and Crunchyroll.