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Published by VegettoEX
27 April 2017, 12:42 PM EDTComment

Listings for the seventh DVD and Blu-ray Japanese home video box set of the Dragon Ball Super television series have begun to appear on retailer sites.

The set — due out 02 August 2017 — will cover episodes 73 to 84, wrapping up the “Future Trunks arc” and beginning the “Universe Survival arc” of the series. The set will also include a creditless version of the respective closing theme used during its batch of episodes. DVD boxes are priced at ¥12,096 while Blu-ray boxes are priced at ¥16,416.

The sixth DVD and Blu-ray box for the series (covering episodes 61-72) was released earlier this month in Japan. The series is currently being released as two-disc box sets in Japan; single-disc rental DVDs are available separately with their own unique cover art.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and a home release set to begin in July.

Published by VegettoEX
27 April 2017, 8:55 AM EDTComment

After receiving a couple tiny cover art teases in the June 2017 issue of V-Jump, Shueisha has updated their listings with the cover art and official description for the upcoming first collected volume of Yoshitaka Nagayama‘s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission (“Ankoku Makai Mission”) manga series, “Time Patrol, Move Out!” (出動!タイムパトロール Shutsudō! Taimu Patorōru).

タイムマシンを使ったトランクスは”時の界王神”と出会い、”タイムパトロール”へ参加! 時空を乱す存在に、暗黒魔界との関係は!? 超人気カードゲームマンガ第1巻! 「極カリスマミッション!!」も特別収録!


Trunks, who used the time machine, encounters the “Kaiōshin of Time” and joins the “Time Patrol”! What connection does the “Dark Demon Realm” have with the being ravaging the time-space continuum?! Volume 1 of the super-popular card game’s comic! Also specially included is “Ultimate Charisma Mission!!”!

The volume will also come packed with a “Vegeks: Xeno” (fusion of Vegeta and future Trunks) card for the Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game.

A sequel/continuation from and initially a replacement for the previous Dragon Ball Heroes Super Charisma Mission! manga series, Dark Demon Realm Mission began in the September 2016 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine telling a new story set in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes world with Time Patrol Trunks, Chronoa, and more. The series’ sixth chapter will be serialized in the July 2016 issue due out in early June, after this first collected volume’s release.

Nagayama’s original Charisma Mission series debuted with a special Rookie Charisma Mission Episode 0 in the December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, then ran in earnest from the July 2014 to July 2016 issues. In it, Engineer Yoshito, Battle Navigator Tsubasa, and Battle Princess Momo illustrate the various features of the game in comedic ways. With the cancellation of Katsuki Hirose‘s Dragon Ball Discross Divine Power God MAX!! spin-off manga series (due to the Discross arcade game’s official discontinuation), Nagayama returned with Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! in the March 2017 issue, which now runs alongside Dark Demon Realm Mission.

Saikyō Jump currently serializes five Dragon Ball spin-off series: Dragon Ball SD, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic, Dragon Ball Fusions the MANGA!!, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, and Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! Beyond Dark Demon Realm Mission, Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD is the only other series receiving a collected print (and digital) release.

The first volume will retail for ¥400 (plus tax), will span 176 pages, and hits Japanese shelves 02 May 2017. The volume is available for pre-order on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
25 April 2017, 2:39 PM EDTComment

Ahead of next week’s release, Viz has uploaded a promotional video in support of the first Dragon Ball Super manga volume’s English translation.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ twenty-third chapter coming earlier this week in the magazine’s June 2017 issue; the chapter was published digitally in English the same day by Viz. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series; the first print volume is set for release 02 May 2017 followed by the second volume 05 December 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and a home release set to begin in July.

Published by VegettoEX
25 April 2017, 11:03 AM EDTComment

Square Enix has announced a promotional campaign with Amazon for North American Final Fantasy XIV players bringing some familiar-looking “Eastern Journey” items to the game. Players will be able to acquire an “Eastern Journey Battle Staff” (lancer/dragoon weapon), a “Flying Cumulus Mount” to ride atop, as well as general “Eastern Journey Attire” to wear. These items were originally exclusive to Chinese players, and are finally making their way out to more international players.

The items obviously draw inspiration from Journey to the West, the 16th century Chinese novel detailing Xuanzang’s pilgrimage to India for sacred scrolls. Along the way, the priest meets and befriends various monsters, including the self-proclaimed Monkey King himself (Sun Wukong, read in Japanese as “Son Goku”). The novel’s “Compliant Golden-Hooped Rod” served as the inspiration for Son Goku’s Nyoi-bō, while the character’s “somersault cloud” technique served as the inspiration for Kinto-un.

We currently maintain a small “Kanzenshuu” free company (guild) on the game’s Midgardsormr server for those interested in playing along. The game now features a free trial up to level 35.

Various other video games have included Journey to the West homages, from Sleeping Dogs‘ Monkey King pack, to multiple MOBAs’ Wukong-esque characters, up through Enslaved: Odyssey to the West‘s total re-imagination of the story in a post-apocalyptic setting.

Check out Episode #0249 of our podcast for a crash-course in Dragon Ball‘s various connections to Journey to the West. For a brief overview of other Journey to the West adaptations in anime and manga, check out the “Journey West!” article in our 30th anniversary magazine.

Published by VegettoEX
25 April 2017, 9:44 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with today’s launch of the third paid downloadable content pack for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, Bandai Namco’s Japanese branch has released a short overview video featuring the pack’s new characters, costumes, missions, etc. along with a recap of previous content packs.

The video features the second Dragon Ball Z opening theme song “We Gotta Power” as background music, with a notation that the song is included as part of a free update to the game. The video concludes with a tease of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegetto (a.k.a. Super Saiyan Blue Vegetto, Vegetto Blue, etc.), asking viewers to stay tuned to Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine for further details.

Note that the latest issue of V-Jump — the June 2017 issue, released last Friday — does not detail anything on this forthcoming pack. The July 2017 issue is set for release 20 May 2017.

The company’s American branch pegs the downloadable content pack for release in June 2017:

The first paid downloadable content pack was released 20 December 2016, with the second pack following 28 February 2017. Downloadable content packs are included in the cost of the game’s season pass, which is available for $29.99 and will cover four total content packs.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The game was also recently announced for the Nintendo Switch.

Published by VegettoEX
21 April 2017, 8:34 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with a promotional live stream offered by the company’s American branch, Bandai Namco has announced a 25 April 2017 release date for the upcoming third paid downloadble content pack for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2. The pack will contain new characters (namely Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black, Zamasu, and Bojack) along with the usual new techniques, costumes, and more.

Get ready for DB Super Pack 3 available on April 25TH
April 21, 2017

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is announcing today the release date for DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 third DLC pack: DB Super Pack 3.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is announcing today the release date for DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 third DLC pack: DB Super Pack 3. This new DLC pack is going to be launched on April 25th and includes new content based on the Dragon Ball Super anime with additional characters, new parallel quests, additional skills, costumes and much more!

Available through Season Pass and purchasable individually, the DB Super Pack 3 features:

3 Additional Characters: Goku Black Rose, Zamasu and Bojack.
3 New Parallel Quests
5 Additional Skills
4 Additional Costumes
5 Super Souls
2 Emotes
Bojack as a Master, leading to new quests to unlock new Skills, Chats, Marks

The first paid downloadable content pack was released 20 December 2016, with the second pack following 28 February 2017. Downloadable content packs are included in the cost of the game’s season pass, which is available for $29.99 and will cover four total content packs.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The game was also recently announced for the Nintendo Switch.

Published by VegettoEX
21 April 2017, 6:19 AM EDTComment

Continuing onward from the previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s twenty-third chapter to their website, continuing the “Future Trunks arc” of the manga. This marks the first instance of Viz simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut, which saw its release today in the June 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ twenty-third chapter coming today in the magazine’s June 2017 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
17 April 2017, 4:23 PM EDT2 Comments

Following their completion of the Dragon Ball Z Kai home video release this June, FUNimation will begin their home video release of the Dragon Ball Super television series in July.

With Majin Buu defeated, Goku has taken a completely new role as a…radish farmer?! With Earth at peace, our heroes have settled into normal lives. But they can’t get too comfortable. Far away, a powerful god awakens to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of a formidable being. When his search for the Saiyan God brings him to Earth, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

According to FUNimation’s online shop listings, the first volume — “Part One” — is set for release 25 July 2017. The bilingual (English/Japanese) two-disc set will span 13 episodes and is slated to contain 25 minutes of bonus material. The set will retail for $39.98 MSRP on DVD and $44.98 MSRP on Blu-ray.

UPDATE: RightStuf’s online listings include tentative cover art for the DVD and Blu-ray releases.

The Dragon Ball Super television series — which sees new episodes each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan — now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has acquired the American distribution license for the series, with their English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network.

Thanks to @Adil_OPP for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
14 April 2017, 9:36 AM EDTComment

Toei Animation’s official YouTube channel added a new promotional video for the Dragon Ball Super television series’ “Universe Survival arc“, this time exclusively focused on “Andoroid [sic] No. 17″.

かつて。。。
悟空を倒すために造られた
最強の人造人間が
奇跡の邂逅を果たす。。。
人造人間17号力の大会参戦!!!!
十余年の時を経て
パワーも
スピードも
すべたが超に!!!!
〜究極を超える力が
今、明かされる〜


The mightiest Artificial Human,
Who once
Was created to defeat Goku
Will have a miraculous encounter…
Artificial Human No. 17 joins the fray in the Tournament of Power!!!!
After a decade-plus,
His power,
His speed,
Everything is now Super!!!!
~His power, surpassing the ultimate, is now revealed~

So far seen only in the latest opening theme and brief cameos, #17 will make his formal appearance in Dragon Ball Super this weekend with the series’ eighty-sixth episode.

In May 2014, as part of an on-going Q&A series in the Dragon Ball manga’s “Full Color” re-release, original author Akira Toriyama revealed #17’s and #18’s real names (Lapis and Lazuli, respectively) along with information regarding #17’s new life in the sixth Cell arc volume:

He works in the wildlife preserve area of a gigantic royal nature park, as an outstanding guard who doesn’t hold back against poachers.

It’s an ideal job for No. 17, who loves to be on his own and isn’t big on cooperating with others; since he’s so good at his job, he takes in a high salary. He’s married to a zoologist; they have one child and two adopted children, and live happily in an isolated house inside the nature park.

He went and met No. 18 and Kuririn one time, but didn’t talk about what he’d been up to, maybe because he considers such a wholesome lifestyle embarrassing.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
10 April 2017, 11:57 AM EDTComment

Shueisha’s official book database has updated with a listing for the first collected print edition of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, due out 02 May 2017. The series’ author/illustrator, Yoshitaka Nagayama, had previously announced the first volume on his Twitter account.

The first volume will retail for ¥400 (plus tax) and will span 176 pages. This page count spans significantly more than the five chapters serialized thus far (currently and roughly in the range of 120 content pages, with chapters two through five running just over 20 pages each).

A sequel/continuation from and initially a replacement for the previous Dragon Ball Heroes Super Charisma Mission! manga series, Dark Demon Realm Mission began in the September 2016 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine telling a new story set in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes world with Time Patrol Trunks, Chronoa, and more. The series’ sixth chapter will be serialized in the July 2016 issue due out in early June, after this first collected volume’s release.

Nagayama’s original Charisma Mission series debuted with a special Rookie Charisma Mission Episode 0 in the December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, then ran in earnest from the July 2014 to July 2016 issues. In it, Engineer Yoshito, Battle Navigator Tsubasa, and Battle Princess Momo illustrate the various features of the game in comedic ways. With the cancellation of Katsuki Hirose‘s Dragon Ball Discross Divine Power God MAX!! spin-off manga series (due to the Discross arcade game’s official discontinuation), Nagayama returned with Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! in the March 2017 issue, which now runs alongside Dark Demon Realm Mission.

Saikyō Jump currently serializes five Dragon Ball spin-off series: Dragon Ball SD, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic, Dragon Ball Fusions the MANGA!!, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, and Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! Beyond this Dark Demon Realm Mission announcement, Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD is the only other series receiving a collected print (and digital) release.

The first Dark Demon Realm Mission collected edition is available for pre-order on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.