Dragon Ball Creator Explains Challenges in Designing Piccolo's Newest Form

Warning! Major spoilers for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero to follow! Dragon Ball Super is now making its way through theaters in Japan with its newest feature film, and the creator behind it all has opened up about the surprising path it took to crafting Piccolo's new form for the movie! While promotional materials had been holding back on revealing some of the biggest moments throughout the film thus far, now that it's one month into its launch overseas, Toei Animation has begun to fully reveal all of the biggest scenes in order to get the last wave of overseas fans to check it out before its theatrical run there ends.

One of these secrets turned out to be a brand new form for Piccolo. While there was a transformation revealed in the promotional materials for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, now that the film is out fans have discovered that there was actually a huge new transformation for the fighter during the climactic finale of the film overall. Series creator Akira Toriyama revealed his thoughts about the new form to the film's official Twitter actually (as noted by @Herms98 on Twitter) and explained that he had some troubles with actually visualizing the transformation. 

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"Since he doesn't have any hair to stick straight up, I tried making him really buff instead," Toriyama explained as he went through the process of creating Orange Piccolo for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. As for why Piccolo ended up orange, Toriyama revealed that it was because it was too tough at first to tell he had transformed, "But I figured on its own this would it kinda hard to tell he had transformed, so I also made him orange, although there are probably still times when it's hard to tell the difference between this and his normal form."

Toriyama then reflected on the transformation itself, but is ultimately happy that this is what brings Piccolo to the level of Goku and the other fighters, "Maybe I should've made it a bit more over the top, but personally I'm just happy that he's finally obtained battle power on par with Goku and co. Doesn't the name 'Orange Piccolo' sound like something he'd come up with? Since Piccolo's not good at naming things."


How do you feel about Piccolo's new form? What kind of transformation would you want to see in Piccolo's future? Will you be checking out Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero when it hits North America later this Summer? 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!