Dragon Ball Creator Details How Gohan's Family Really Feels About Piccolo

Dragon Ball Super is getting ready to hit with its next major feature film across theaters in Japan next month, and the series creator behind the series is hyping up what's to come by explaining more of how Gohan and his family actually see Piccolo. The major draw of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero outside of it being the first new anime project in a few years, and the first new fully CG animated release, is the fact that Gohan and Piccolo will be taking the center stage as the main defenders against the Earth's threats this time around.

With Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero showing off more of their dynamic following the events of the anime series, the film is promising to show us more of how the two of them are living their respective lives since the Tournament of Power. It's been teased that Piccolo has taken up training Pan in the years since, and series creator Akira Toriyama went a little deeper into that and explained to Dragon Ball's official website that not only does Gohan see Piccolo as a respected father figure, but Pan and Videl view him as a member of their family proper. 

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(Photo: Toei Animation)

"Gohan has always had a strong bond with Piccolo, ever since training with him as a young child," Toriyama began. "And Videl and Pan likewise think of Piccolo as a family member they can rely on more than any other." The wording here is interesting as there was already a hint he was viewed as a close member of Gohan's family, but it seems that their trust and care for Piccolo goes even further beyond if he's seen as someone they can rely on to that major extent. It goes to further demonstrate Gohan's connection with him that it even continues to his family raising years. 

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It's a far cry from the Piccolo Jr. we first meet in the Dragon Ball franchise, and an even further distance from the Piccolo we had seen over Dragon Ball Z's entire run. Now it's time for the duo to test their united strength as Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero hits theaters in Japan on June 11 and theaters around the world later this Summer. But what do you think? What are you hoping to see from Gohan and Piccolo in the new movie? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!