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Dragon Ball Movie Is Now Busting Out The Box Office

Nov 28, 2007
Fans of the hit anime Dragon Ball will soon get their long held wish courtesy of 20th Century Fox and if it goes off without a hitch, it will be in theaters around the beginning of summer 2008. What are we talking about?

A live action, English movie based off of the hit manga and anime series that has swept Japan and the United States since the 1980's when it was first developed by Akira Toriyama. The series has spawned two additional TV shows since its debut, including Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, and numerous card and video games.

Up and coming actor Justin Chatwin, who appeared in War of the World, will end up getting to play Son Goku and the villain of the series will be played by James Marsters, who appears as Spike from the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The movie will follow the story of the alien Goku who, like so many superpowered beings these days, it seems, gets sent to the Earth to take it over. Like Superman, he changes his mind once he discovers what his species intent for him was and decides that he will not only live on the planet as a normal person, but also protect it from other aliens who seek to take it over.

When the series debuted in Japan as a manga, it was mainly seen as a comedy/fantasy series, since the first 134 chapters of the series were filled with all kinds of humor, even if some of it would be considered a little crude for American child audiences, such as humor involving women's panties.

When it was released into the United States, some name changes were in order, since the name of one character was Mr.Satan and since it was seen as a children's series, it was changed to Hercules. Alcohol, sexual innuendoes, and drugs were also edited out of the series.

All in all, we are not sure what to expect from a live action Dragon Ball movie in the United States. It is known that children and adults alike will flock to see the movie, but the content of the film, other than a very likely PG-13 rating, is currently unknown.

It is not likely to be as censored as the Dragon Ball manga was when it was released in the United States, but in order to keep its roots intact, there is likely to be a fair amount of objectionable content that some parents may not want their smaller children to see.
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