Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Exec Explains Why the Red Ribbon Army Is Getting a Comeback

Next year’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will be having a big comeback for the Red Ribbon Army, the organization that ties to the original Dragon Ball series and has threatened Goku and friends throughout the decades of the Shonen’s franchise. With this upcoming film written by series creator Akira Toriyama and bringing back the cast of the main anime series, Akio Iyoku, an executive on the film and editor-in-chief of V-Jump, shed some light on the next movie that will clearly have an impact on the lives of the Z Fighters and their villains.

In a recent interview as a part of the publication, Nikkei Entertainment, Iyoku had an in-depth discussion about many aspects of Super Hero, which he notes is meant to be a change-of-pace story from the usual universe ending fare that Goku and Vegeta will find themselves up against. Toriyama himself has obviously always been a fan of the Red Ribbon Army, with their last major appearance being in Dragon Ball Z as Dr. Gero unleashed both the Androids and Cell upon the world, and as Iyoku explains, Toriyama was able to design a new motif for the army by creating new bases and vehicles for them, deciding to focus on the “army side” of the Red Ribbon Army.

As Iyoku describes, the Red Ribbon Army is meant to be a more humorous group of villains this time around, making them the perfect foil for Toriyama’s new story, with the scientists of Magenta and Carmine being a key part of the first half of the movie and the collection of antagonists gaining strength and selling pharmaceuticals to hide their ambitions. The Red Ribbon Army’s inclusion also allows for two new androids to hit the scene in Gamma 1 and Gamma 2, who are clearly leaning hard into the “Super Hero” aesthetic via their appearance and mannerisms.

Though the Red Ribbon Army is making a comeback, there has been no hints that this might also see the return of Cell or even Android 16. It’s clear that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is taking a new approach to the Shonen franchise and it will be interesting to see how these changes will resonate amongst fans.

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