Most anime fans will remember the scarring, terrible mass of hot wet garbage that was the 2009 film Dragon Ball: Evolution. That movie was probably the worst thing to ever happen to the series, and the Saiyaman saga was a thing.
Seriously, that film was such vomit-inducing garbage that it will forever remain a blemish on the series as a whole, as fans desperately try to forget it ever happened.
Recently, the writer of the film Ben Ramsey was approached by a Dragon Ball fan in the midst of creating a novel, Derek Padula. Ramsey apologized for the mess of a film and took full responsibility as the writer.
I knew that it would eventually come down to this one day. Dragonball Evolution marked a very painful creative point in my life. To have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking. I spent so many years trying to deflect the blame, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the written word on page and I take full responsibility for what was such a disappointment to so many fans. I did the best I could, but at the end of the day, I ‘dropped the dragon ball.’
I went into the project chasing after a big payday, not as a fan of the franchise but as a businessman taking on an assignment. I have learned that when you go into a creative endeavor without passion you come out with sub-optimal results, and sometimes flat out garbage. So I’m not blaming anyone for Dragonball but myself. As a fanboy of other series, I know what it’s like to have something you love and anticipate be so disappointing.
To all the Dragon Ball fans out there, I sincerely apologize.
I hope I can make it up to you by creating something really cool and entertaining that you will like and that is also something I am passionate about. That’s the only work I do now.
I'm glad that this writer has the creative integrity to acknowledge his failure with this film and that he takes responsibility. It makes me willing to give him a pass, because as long as he know's it's hot garbage, that's a positive step.
I don't know what his later work has been like, but I hope he truly learned a lesson from Dragon Ball: Evolution.