During an interview with ComingSoon ahead of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero‘s release, the voice of Piccolo and Vegeta, Chris Sabat, discussed the evolving bond between the Namekian and his longtime pupil.
When asked about Piccolo’s fatherly relationship with Gohan, Sabat dove into his thoughts on the dynamic:
“It’s very, very clear that Piccolo means a lot to Gohan’s entire family,” Sabat said. “And we know Piccolo well enough to know that he wouldn’t be doing the things he does for Gohan and Videl and Pan if he didn’t feel the same way. It’s clear he loves their family. He knows them so well. The sort of things that he gets away with in this film are the things you can’t do to somebody unless you are very, very sure that you have a very close relationship with them.”
Sabat then spoke about Piccolo’s prominence in Super Hero, where he has substantially more screentime than Goku and Vegeta.
“I love that Piccolo is forced to have to carry this movie in a way that he’s never had to before,” Sabat stated. “It’s clear he goes through his entire Rolodex of things to help him before he realizes [that] this is all on him and this is all on Gohan. And I love the moments where Piccolo will turn to the camera, like literally turn to the audience, and go ‘yes! Gohan’s back!’ And I think everyone feels it at that moment too.”
“The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2,” reads the official synopsis. “These two Androids call themselves ‘Super Heroes’. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan… What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero!”