Dragon Ball was the very first anime I’ve watched when I was a kid and to this day it remains one of my favorite series. I re-watched Dragon Ball Z several times and I have days when I’m re-watching my favorite episodes just for the heck of it. You can imagine that I’m a big fan of the series, especially Dragon Ball Z.
That being said, I have to say that I’m extremely disappointed with Akira Toriyama or whoever is/was in charge of the last two Dragon Ball Z movies’ transformation designs. I simply can not believe how little effort was put into the design of Super Saiyan God, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan forms and Frieza’s new transformation that we’ll see in the new movie that’s just around the corner (Fukkatsu no F / Resurrection “F”).
Super Saiyan God (Kami to Kami)
When it was first unveiled before the release of the movie Battle of Gods, I was quite shocked. I didn’t expect there to be a form beyond or more powerful than Super Saiyan 4 that was present in Dragon Ball GT.
Despite not being too keen on the fact that this new form was pretty much just a simple recoloring of Goku’s hair and eyes. I didn’t have too much gripe with it since it somewhat made sense due to being a totally new form/technique similar to that of the Kaio-ken.
Frieza’s new transformation (Fukkatsu no F)
This is the transformation for which I was sure that it was just a rumor. However, it turned out to be real. This is pretty much where I started to ask myself if Akira Toriyama has ran out of design ideas or he’s just too lazy to design something new. Frieza’s new transformation looks like a simple recoloring of his the “used-to-be-final” form from white to Gold with some alterations on the body (arms and legs) to somewhat distinguish it from the previous form.
I don’t know why this new form didn’t follow Cooler’s suit, whose form pretty much just changed the armor-like pieces of his body to make him look more menacing and bad-ass. It would also make more sense, considering that they’re siblings.
Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (Fukkatsu no F)
Weird name for the new form; I assume that the promotional material that is available in English has been translated by fans so it’s most likely just a direct translation or an error.
Anyway, I strongly believe that zero thought process went into creating this design. All they’ve done is changed the hair color of the Ascended Super Saiyan (Super Saiyan 2) from gold to blue, removed the symbol on the back of the gi and changed the symbol on the front of the gi to the new scribble thingamajig to indicate that the character has a new teacher and ability.
All of these new forms and transformations are just simple re-coloring with a couple of the elements changed to fool us into thinking that actual thought was put into them. They feel as if they were created by a fan, someone with little to no drawing skills or taken from a fan-fiction drawing of a Super Saiyan 5 transformation.
All in all, I’ll still watch the new movie as it comes out in hopes that the story, animation and the epic fight(s) will make up for the lazy design choices.