Our coverage of this month’s new Dragon Ball books continues! In addition to an overview page in our “Databook Guide” and a complete review on Episode #0333 of our weekly podcast, we are happy to present a complete English translation of the new “Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Latest Edition” from the new Chōgashū (“Super Art Collection”). In addition to that, we are actually dipping into the past a little bit and providing an accompanying piece of history: an English translation of the Shenlong Times included with Daizenshuu 7: Large Encylopedia from 1996.
The new interview dives into Toriyama’s entire stretch of working on the series along with his switch from old-school to digital art, and the interview portion of the old Shenlong Times ties in nicely with a tidbit about the type of computer Toriyama began using. Also featured in this Shenlong Times are hilarious comments from fellow manga author (and friend of Toriyama) Masakazu Katsura. Both interviews also touch upon Toriyama’s involvement with Dragon Ball GT, making for an even nicer complement to each other and reason to share them together like this.
Enjoy, and look forward to more interview translations — old and new alike! — in the future.
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS seems to be mostly back on-track for Namco-Bandai after a short lull a few weeks back. The game pushed a surprising 15,094 copies last week, and returns again for its eleventh week (the period of 06 May 2013 to 12 May 2013) with a bit of a drop to 7,359 copies, putting the total at 184,516 copies according to Media Create.
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS is available for purchase at CDJapan and Play-Asia. As noted in previous updates, however, the Nintendo 3DS is region-locked and will require a Japanese system to play. There is currently no word on an international release of the game.
Many of you seem to love the various reviews we conduct on the podcast — in addition to all of the written ones, of course! — so we have another great listen for you this week covering the new Chōgashū, or “Super Art Collection” released this past week in Japan. Tune in as Julian breaks it all down, cover to cover, and learn about what is clearly one of the best pieces of merchandise in many years!
Episode #0333! VegettoEX and Julian dive in to the new “Chōgashū” (“Super Art Collection”) released this week in Japan. Does this expanded edition of the first Daizenshuu contain enough both reprinted and new material alike to make any artwork-appreciating fan go nuts? Video game and movie ticket sales wrap-up the news, and that’s a show!
- “Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission” Ninth-Week Sales
- “Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission” Tenth-Week Sales
- “Battle of Gods” Fifth Weekend Theatrical Figures
- “Battle of Gods” Sixth Weekend Theatrical Figures
- Namco-Bandai Fiscal 2013 Figures
- Databook Guide: Chōgashū
- Staten Island DBZ Graffiti
- Kanzenshuu 2013 Informal Donation Appeal
Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum.
Last week was busy for new Dragon Ball books: the fourth (and final) Chōzenshū guidebook and the Chōgashū illustration collection were both released 09 May 2013.
Both of these books now have complete overview pages added to our ever-growing “Databook Guide“. Each book also contains new interview material, primarily with original manga author Akira Toriyama — look for translations in the near future!
For audio coverage of the new Chōgashū, check out this week’s forthcoming podcast episode. Various additional translations and tidbits will be made available from these and other guidebooks in the near future, so stay tuned!
Namco-Bandai has posted a ¥32.4 billion (approximately $319 million) profit for the full fiscal 2013 year.
Dragon Ball did not perform well enough to warrant inclusion in the top-performing overall franchises list this year. While it also did not appear at all in 2011, it did pop up last year. The #5 franchise Namco-Bandai lists is Pretty Cure bringing in ¥11.6 billion for the year — a year ago, the company forecast the Dragon Ball franchise bringing in ¥8.5 billion for fiscal 2013, so it is likely somewhere in that vicinity.
No individual Dragon Ball video games are listed in the report, not a surprise considering budget-esque releases last year such as the Budokai HD Collection and Dragon Ball Z for Kinect, neither of which were even released in Japan.
In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise jumped from ¥4.4 billion last fiscal year to ¥4.8 billion this year (which, while not stated, was likely due to tie-ins with Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Heroes), despite having forecast ¥4.0 billion a year ago. Namco-Bandai is forecasting a similar drop to ¥4.0 billion for next year.
As part of another round of interest in the Dragon Ball franchise — primarily tied in with the then-upcoming new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods — a new series of guide books was announced for 2013: the four Chōzenshū. The books were revealed to be refreshed versions of the previously-released Daizenshuu from the 1990s, also packed with additional information and reference material from the various productions created since the prior books’ release. As a complement to the Chōzenshū, one additional book was also announced: the Chōgashū, which would be a new illustration and artwork collection.
The final Chōzenshū (#4, “Super Encyclopedia”) and the Chōgashū (“Super Art Collection”) are available today (09 May 2013) in Japan. Our own Julian / SaiyaJedi already has them in-hand and has begun the documentation process. Stay tuned for our regular overview pages for the books in our “Databook Guide” — we will have complete breakdowns of both books in the coming days.
For those of you that need that quick-hit to your information-bloodstream, here are a few key details:
- The Chōgashū — with the official English translation of “Super Art Collection” within the book — does indeed contain material from the first Daizenshuu (though not necessarily printed at the same size as before), along with a wealth of new content — such as the Kanzenban cover illustrations — and a new interview with original manga author Akira Toriyama (“Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Latest Edition”) alongside the original one from the first Daizenshuu. Some of the new artwork content includes Toriyama’s Hoko×Tate illustration, Tōhoku earthquake/tsunami support image, and “Super Collaboration Ticket” drawing of Goku.
- Chōzenshū 4 does indeed contain the majority of material from the seventh Daizenshuu (such as the timeline), and most of it has been re-set in a new layout instead of being directly re-printed as-is; only 30 pages or so out of 352 are straight-up reproductions of the originals. Also included is an essay by Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) and an interview with Akira Toriyama looking back on the series at different points in time.
Both books are available today (09 May 2013). Chōzenshū 4: Super Encyclopedia runs ¥2,300 and can be purchased online at CDJapan and Amazon Japan. The Chōgashū runs ¥3,800 and can also be purchased online at CDJapan and Amazon Japan.
Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods held onto its eighth-place spot during its sixth weekend in theaters. The film has reached a cumulative total of 2,346,726 in attendance and ¥2,875,870,650 in gross revenue.
Back in March, publicity producer Masaru Tsuchiya revealed that Toei Animation’s own goal for the movie was to hit ¥3 billion over the film’s six-week theatrical run.
A few theaters appear to be playing the movie up through this coming Friday (10 May 2013), and others — such as Namba Parks Cinema in Osaka — even up through the following Friday (17 May 2013) at the very least. Most Toho Cinemas locations plan on wrapping up their screenings of the film on either this coming Sunday (12 May 2013) or the following Friday (17 May 2013).
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS continues to have a baffling up-and-down sales journey. After falling off the Media Create list for two weeks in a row, the game returns back up to the #5 spot for its tenth week (during the time period of 29 April 2013 to 05 May 2013) with another 15,094 copies sold, now putting it at a very solid 177,157 total copies. In fact, this is the game’s third-best week so far!
At this point, it may be worth it to break down the sales all in one spot to see these trends (using Media Create sales figures unless otherwise specified):
- Week 01: 88,386
- Week 02: 21,915
- Week 03: 11,396
- Week 04: 9,097
- Week 05: 9,414
- Week 06: 11,674
- Week 07: 4,964*
- Week 08: 2,308*
- Week 09: 8,834*
- Week 10: 15,094
* Famitsu sales list figures
There has been no word on shipment shortages or manufacturing problems, so it really does make you wonder what on Earth is going on here. Were there shortages that just went unreported? Would digital sales have filled in that void were the game actually available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop? The sixth-week bump makes sense tying in with the theatrical debut of Battle of Gods, and perhaps these tenth-week sales could at least partially be attributed to Golden Week, but we do have to ask: could Namco-Bandai be making an even bigger killing on this game if they really wanted to?
Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods fell to eighth place in its fifth weekend in theaters. The film has reached a cumulative total of 2,181,328 in attendance and ¥2,668,081,600 in gross revenue.
Detective Conan maintained its lock on first place for its second weekend with over a million in attendance and ¥1.5 billion in gross revenue.
It’s not dead yet…!
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission completely fell off the sales charts last week, but the Japanese Nintendo 3DS-only portable-port of the on-going arcade game crawled its way back up onto the Famitsu sales chart for its ninth week (the period of 22 April 2013 to 28 April 2013) with another 8,834 copies sold.
The game is still completely gone from the Media Create sales list, but comparing its and the Famitsu numbers puts the game in the ballpark of 170,000 total copies sold at this point. The jump from approximately 2,300 copies the previous week to almost 9,000 copies this past week is curious, and begs the question of how well the game could be doing were it actually for sale digitally on Nintendo’s eShop.
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS is available for purchase at CDJapan and Play-Asia. As previously noted, however, the Nintendo 3DS is region-locked and will require a Japanese system to play. There is currently no word on an international release of the game.