Piccolo’s Toshio Furukawa Releases New Namekian Sketches
Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes is set to hit theaters worldwide this summer, seeing Goku and Vegeta off-world and leaving the protection of planet Earth to Gohan and Piccolo. With this latest Z-Fighter receiving a new transformation that seemingly unleashes his full potential, the universe’s most powerful Namekian voice actor is gearing up to return to the anime franchise and has plenty of unique new arts he’s created. for the character he’s brought to life since the 1980s. Needless to say, this film is sure to change Piccolo in a big way.
While Piccolo played big roles in the sequel series of Dragon Ball Supersuch as participating in the Universe 6 Tournament Arc, Tournament of Power, and Moro Arc, it was unable to keep up with Goku and Vegeta when it came to their overall power levels, as the Saiyans reached likes of Ultra Instinct and Ultra Ego.
Even though Furukawa may not be on the same artistic level as dragonball artists Akira Toriyama and Toyotaro, it’s clear the voice actor has a deep fondness for the Namekian he’s helped bring to life for decades:
In a recent interview with the official Dragon Ball websiteToshio Furukawa had this to say about the Namekian-again expression and the new transformation Piccolo will employ against the forces of the resurrected Red Ribbon Army:
“I had to reshoot those parts a couple of times during the recording, actually. The first time we recorded, the visuals were just line art, so I couldn’t really tell he had the look different. Then they added the colors and I got a better idea of how Piccolo was going to change and then we re-recorded to match that. Piccolo didn’t really have any transformations to speak of at all throughout the series, so I was pretty glad he finally got one. Fans were very apt to notice Piccolo’s changes too, weren’t they? When the movie’s second key visual came out , they would say things like, “The lines on Piccolo’s arms are gone!” and “His belt is a different color!” pay close attention.”
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