A Light of Hope

Derek Padula is the writer and co-creator of Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope, the live-action Dragon Ball Z web-series that went viral and gave hope to over 28 million fans.

Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope - written by Derek Padula

“Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope was awesome! Excellent work, Derek. It’s what Dragonball Evolution should have been. … Give that guy a budget and turn him loose.”
– Ben Ramsey, Writer of Dragonball Evolution

If you are an agent or film maker interested in Light of Hope, or you would like a new Dragon Ball screenplay, please contact Derek today.

Press Coverage

Movie Pilot, Kotaku, Anime News Network, Crunchy Roll, Reddit/r/dbz, and Uproxx.

“Finally, the live-action Dragon Ball Z we deserve!”

Praise for his Books

“A true masterpiece. Highly recommended!”

“Essential reading for Dragon Ball fans.”

“The incredible insights will change the way you view the show forever.”

“For Dragon Ball fans who think they know everything.”

Derek Padula author photograph

Contact Derek Padula

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“Praise Kami-sama (or perhaps Shenron) for giving us Derek Padula.” MangaTherapy.com


Geekdom101, MistareFusion, PopAnimeComics, Real Gamer Newz, The CJK Workshop (podcast), G33king Out, The Midnight Wire, Film Combat Syndicate, Dragon-Ball-Z.net, The New School University, Anime3000 radio (podcast), and TheThunderChild.


  • Published 9 books about Dragon Ball
  • Received an apology from the writer of Dragonball Evolution
  • Wrote and co-created the first successful live-action Dragon Ball Z
  • Interviewed over 30 official Dragon Ball writers, editors, composers, voice actors, and producers
  • Discovered lost Dragon Ball lore
  • Received forewords to books from official Dragon Ball voice actors
  • Edited and published the Dragon Ball Zeroverse manga
  • Served as consultant for the Goku Vs. Superman DEATH BATTLE
  • Over 70,000 followers

About Derek Padula

is the world’s first professional Dragon Ball scholar. He is the author of The Dao of Dragon Ball website, book series, Dragon Soul: 30 Years of Dragon Ball Fandom, and the #1 best-selling Dragon Ball Z “It’s Over 9,000!” When Worldviews Collide.

He has written about the culture and philosophy of Dragon Ball since 2003, and is an expert on Dragon Ball, martial arts, and philosophy. He has a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Chinese language from Western Michigan University. He is a former Shaolin Gong Fu instructor and current Falun Dafa disciple.

Derek has been described by his fans as, “a 21st century J.R.R. Tolkien of DBZ, and a man of honor and integrity.”

He has sold over 11,000 books.

Presentations and Consulting

Derek is available as an expert on Dragon Ball and East Asian pop culture.

He has given seminars at anime conventions across the United States, and is available for presentations across the world.

These include Goku’s Hungry: The Food of Dragon Ball, The Martial Arts of Dragon Ball, The Spirituality of Dragon Ball, The Truth of Dragon Ball, The Dragon World, and Dragon Ball Culture.

If you’d like to invite Derek to your convention, contact him today.

Scholar IDs

ISNI: 0000-0003-7786-4037

ORCID: 0000-0003-4862-3728