Akira Toriyama will be teaming up with Toei to work on a new Dragon Ball Z movie which will be released on March 30, 2013. To be announced in Weekly Shonen Jump on Saturday, the new film adaptation of Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga will in fact be animated. Akira Toriyama commented that this is the first time that he has been this involved in the production of an anime, collaborating as early on as the screenwriting stages of production. A few other names have been attached to the upcoming project, such as Masahiro Hosoda ( DBZ episode director, Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun) as director, Yūsuke Watanabe (live-action 20th Century Boys films, Gantz, Bloody Monday, Future Diary) as writer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Dragon Ball Movie 4: The Path to Power, Beet the Vandel Buster) as lead animation director.
Following the rumors surrounding the countdown page that was created over the weekend, the announcement also features a new link that leads to an official Toei page. Despite hopes of this being a new live-movie that would allow fans to wipe away the memories of Dragonball: Evolution, this is very good news. Aside from a few specials and the re-release of DBZ in the form of Dragon Ball: Kai, this is the first full-fledged we’ve had in quite some time. And the fact that Toriyama will be so involved in this project should prove to create quite the treat.