Q & A #2

What’s with the animation?

Animated films and television shows are handled by many people. Toei Animation has a certain amount of staff that constantly work on shows like One Piece, Precure, and now Dragon Ball Super. But sometimes, lots of staff members are prioritized for one work and other works have a harder time finding staff. In this case, a One Piece special was taking up the time of many professional, experienced animators at Toei at the time episode 5 in particular was being worked on. Due to the lack of staff, Toei had to rely on inexperienced and relatively new animators at their studio, and they had to outsource much of the animation to their branch in the Philippines (Toei Phils.), where the animators were stated to not know anything about Dragon Ball or how to animate it. This caused episode 5 and many after to suffer very poor animation quality that was easily noticeable and distracting. Although, animation standards for Dragon Ball were never particularly high. The entire show has suffered instances of poor art and animation (an example being DBZ Episode 156: “On Your Knees, Cell! I am Super Vegeta”), but it was a lot less noticeable in the analogue age of animation than now in the digital age. Because of this easier noticed issue, many fans are confused and upset, so we wanted to explain to the best of our ability the circumstances regarding the problem. Will it be fixed? Probably not. Usually, animation companies go back and fix some animation errors and mistakes for the home release (DVD/BD), improving the overall quality of the show. The first box set for Dragon Ball Super has yet to be released, so it is uncertain if Toei will go back and change some things. However, episode 5 seems too broken for them to fix without completely re-animating it, so it is unlikely they will do anything with it at this point.

Why is Battle of Gods being retold?

Before Dragon Ball Super first aired, we were told during a, “”Dragon Ball SuperComplete Showcase Event” that “”Dragon Ball Super” is a complete continuation of the Majin Buu story arc” and “It’s got a bit of post-battle aftermath” and “continues with the “Battle of Gods” arc where the God of Destruction Beerus appears and the “Revival of ‘F’” arc where Freeza comes back to life, and then, [Toriyama has] written a strange new story where they finally depart from this universe.”

The specific reason for the retelling? We do not know. It can be many reasons. Whether it be low DVD sales in Japan, or simply Toriyama’s vision of how he would have done Battle of Gods differently, we just do not know for certain exactly why.

Who is “Fat Beerus” and “Female Whis”?

“Fat Beerus”, later revealed as “Champa” (pun on champagne) was first shown alongside a “Female Whis” on the official Dragon Ball Super website back in June. It was recently revealed in chapter 5 of the Toyotarō Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation that Champa is Beerus’s twin brother, and is also a God of Destruction for universe 6. In addition, we also learn the name for the female Whis lookalike. Her name is “Vados”, and much like Whis is to Beerus, she too is the attendant to Champa. .

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