Dragon Ball has had many outlandish battles and events over the years, but now the hunt for the Dragon Balls has been brought to the real world as part of a Japanese game show.
The show, run for money Tosochu , takes the hunt to the streets of Yokohama Chinatown in a special collaboration with Dragon Ball Super.
♪もう～いくつ寝ると～「逃走中」♪ 少しだけですが予告動画をUPします。 pic.twitter.com/WWMIWNUvjw— 【公式】『逃走中』 (@tosochu_fujitv) December 30, 2017
In the special, Goku helped ten Japanese celebrities defeat Freeza by helping them outrun a bunch of men in black suits known as "Hunters." The celebrities had 100 minutes to beat a series of challenges in order to win 1.2 million yen in prize money.
Challenges contestants faced in the special included taking a photo with a Vegeta, the Omni-King, and Beerus cosplayers who are hiding in a crowd, posing in Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon pose when he and Goku defeated Raditz, finding a rare Dragon Ball Heroes card, and bringing a Senzu bean to Goku who's been injured by Freeza while hunters watch them run from above in helicopters.
With all of these challenges, contestants had the option to also collect the Dragon Balls in order to "erase" some of the hunters chasing them and bringing back one of the eliminated contestants. Unfortunately, none of the contestants made it to the finish line at the end of the episode so Freeza won the day overall.
Though no one ultimately won, this game sounds incredibly fun to play and definitely sounds like a fantastic experience any fan of the series would love to take part in should an event like this come West in any shape or form.
Dragon Ball Super's “Universal Survival” arc is part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. DragonBall Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturday evenings at 7:15 p.m. CST. Adult Swim airs the English dub during its Toonami block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m, and is now available to stream on FunimationNOW and Amazon Video.
There is also currently a new Dragon Ball film in the works for 2018. The film will focus on the Saiyans, the "origins of Goku's power," and potentially the story of the very first Super Saiyan God. Not only does it aim to be the best film in the series, original creator Akira Toriyama will be contributing to the film's script and new character designs.