Spoiler for Caption: A Dragon Ball Tale fan movie
dragonball is an anime franchise that holds a special place in my heart. Although technically it wasn’t my first anime (it was Vampire hunter D) this was the first time I realized that anime wasn’t just random movies shown on late night TV. It’s also the anime that my nephew and I bond with the most. After all these years, we can still speak our own language when we are interested in new dragonball content, and there’s nothing better to check out right now than animator and screenwriter Naseer Pasha with his team at Studio Stray Dog.
Pasha and the studio recently released a fan film titled Caption: A Dragon Ball Tale. This was originally teased in 2018 and showed us a hypothetical scenario where Vegeta showed up at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
Vegeta, now the King of the Saiyans, has come to Earth. The teaser makes it look like he’s here to start one of anime’s biggest rivalries, but the movie reveals a completely different take. Vegeta isn’t on Earth to destroy it, he’s here to confront his greatest threat and prepare “Kakarot” for what lies ahead.
A Saiyan Prince we can all be proud of
As of this writing, the film has over 3 million hits on YouTube – and it’s easy to see why. The animation is jaw-dropping to watch, with each fight more intense than the last. I’m also really into this alternative version dragonball where Goku and Vegeta meet without Frieza’s influence. What if Vegeta really became the king of the Saiyans? What if he were to be raised without his people being subjugated by Frieza? What if he was able to approach Goku non-threateningly? What if he recognized his family early on because, well, that Saiyan family was actually able to raise him? As much as I appreciate Vegeta’s development in the dragonball franchise, the idea of him dating as an ally is an intriguing premise.
Vegeta is therefore on Earth to face Broly, the legendary Super Saiyan. But Vegeta is also a Super Saiyan, having already reached that level of power. While each dragonball fan knows there’s no beating Broly alone, it’s always great to see Vegeta defend himself in battle, especially since he’s fighting for the sake of others and not just his pride.
Goku’s Intense Transformation
Goku’s transformation might be the coldest shit I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/lgo2LJyODA
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One of the main highlights of the movie is that Goku becomes the “Savior of Heaven”, which is one of the coolest Super Saiyan forms I’ve ever seen. Besides being extremely badass, Vegeta is actually PROUD to see Goku achieve this state, smiling when it comes to fruition. I’m sorry, I can’t get over seeing a Vegeta who isn’t angry that Goku achieves something before he does. It’s so good, y’all! Even using “Kakarot” really feels like a badge of honor since Vegeta doesn’t condescendingly spit it out, and with Vegeta not posing as a huge threat, you feel like Goku will have an easier time. to accept their heritage.
The new form isn’t quite enough to beat Broly, which is why Goku and Vegeta SHARE the power, doing a Kamehameha together to take out Broly. This isn’t the end, however, as Vegeta informs Goku that he should hurry up and marry Chi-Chi while he can as they must prepare for war. Imagine, Vegeta actually coaching Goku to use his abilities. What a time to be a dragonball fan.
What’s going on behind the scenes
First let me say you really have to go through Pasha’s Twitter feed to see all the fun behind-the-scenes art he has going where the characters are actors from the movie. This is probably one of the cutest things I’ve seen for dragonball in a moment. Pasha used art to build hype for the premiere and it’s great fun to imagine Vegeta practicing how to say Kakarot — and accept the fact that it’s not just a movie about him anymore.
The film ends on a cliffhanger with Pasha fondly joking that the next one might not take four years. That said, he points out how much work the animation takes and reveals that the team put this together without a budget! They did it because they love dragonball! “My whole team did this out of sheer enthusiasm for Dragon Ball Z and the project itself. With that, he asks everyone to check out the people who put this together, so we have the team info below.
STRAY DOG STUDIO FULL CREW CREDITS:
- Animation, Storyboards, Director: NASEER PASHA.
- Color direction: MICHAEL CHUNG.
- Creative audio direction and sound design: DAVID VITAS.
- Cellulose color: NASEER PASHA, SANDIE GRUNBERG, CHRIS MORIN, MICHAEL CHUNG, MATTHEW BAKERDJIAN, MARK CONMIGO, DALE WATSON.
- Japanese translation and consultation in kanji: KANAKO PASHA.
- Calligraphy, Character Design, Composite: NASEER PASHA.
- BG layout: KANAKO PASHA, NASEER PASHA, INES MARSAL, DALE WATSON, GIUSEPPE ARABIA, MICHAEL CHUNG, TENZIN CARILLON.
- Painting BG: MICHAEL CHUNG, NASEER PACHA.
- Frame verification: CHRIS MORIN, MARK CONMIGO, JOHN CHAN, NASEER PASHA, MICHAEL CHUNG.
- Final QC check: KANAKO PASHA.
- Final mixing and engineering: DAVID VITAS.
- Music Covers: COOPER MADEN (“DBZ Prologue Theme”, “Tournament Drums”), CHARLIE PARRA Del RIEGO (“Limit Break X Survivor”), FRIEDRICH HABETLER (“Super Saiyan 3 Goku Main Theme”, “Vegeta Royal Blue Theme”) .
- STARRING: ELSIE LOVE LOCK, JORDAN WOOLLEN and JASON ALEXANDER SUKHRAM
WHERE TO FIND EVERYONE:
And last but not least, you can check out Naseer Pasha on Patreon, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Really, thank you for posting such a fantastic piece of dragonball contents.
(Featured Image: Naseer Pasha and Studio Stray Dog)
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