The Live-Action Dragon Ball We All Deserve

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No. God, no. I’m not referring to THAT movie. I’m referring to a Youtube episode series named Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope. The huge news is that they released the trailer for Episode 2. And while you’re at it, here’s the link to Episode 1.  Don’t worry. I’ll still be here when you get back.

I’ve been watching Hollywood put out anime adaptations my whole life. My first question is usually, “Did they even watch the damn show?” Hollywood is too far up their own butts to ever make a GREAT anime adaptation. Hell, even Japan fell on their faces with the live-action Attack on Titan. That’s why I love fan-made stuff like Light of Hope.

Light of Hope is fan produced by Donnie McMillin, Rita McMillin, and Paris Lay. Dragonball Z: Light of Hope is a fantastic retelling of The History of Trunks saga. You know what sold me on this adaptation? Gohan transforming. I felt it. I believed it. But it’s not just Gohan’s transformation that makes this great. It’s every detail. It’s the ground exploding upon impact. It’s the ki blasts. The Androids’ uniforms are PERFECT. Christ, Android 17 has rolled down, bright green socks. Bulma’s hair is blue. Trunk’s hair is purple. The small stuff matters!

$30 million and they couldn’t afford f*cking hair dye.

My big point is this: Episode 1 was made with whatever money these filmmakers were able to scrounge up, and the result was absolutely fantastic.

Episode 2 is fan-funded from their community, and the trailer gave me goosebumps. You can see how much the extra budget has helped. The effects in the trailer are ridiculous for a fan-funded film. It’s WAY better than that $30 million piece of garbage from 2009, and Light of Hope 2 accomplished it all with 0.2% of Dragon Ball Evolution’s budget. (That’s $66,000, folks.)

I threw away $20 seeing Ghost in the Shell… TWICE. Honestly, I’d rather see this in a theater. These filmmakers are working their tails off to produce an adaptation that not only makes them proud but makes fans proud.

Just goes to show, you don’t need to make the big bucks to make a big impact.

No release date for Episode 2 of Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope has been announced. But believe me, I’ll let you know.

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