Kazé has officially revealed what we have seen hints of for the last month: Dragon Ball Kai (under the international moniker of “Dragon Ball Z Kai”) will finally make its way to Blu-ray in France.
Two box sets have been announced for release 26 November 2014, with the first covering episodes 1-49 (Saiyan through most of the Freeza arc) and the second covering episodes 50-98 (the tail end of the Freeza arc through the entirety of the Cell arc). Each set will retail for 79.95 €. The sets will come with stereo French and Japanese audio with the video presented in a cropped widescreen; the first phase of the series was produced in 4:3 and released in this aspect ratio on Blu-ray in both Japan and North America, though various international releases have seen different versions. The sets should exclusively contain the replacement Shunsuke Kikuchi score.
Thanks to sangofe for his diligence (and patience!) in keeping up with these releases!
While none of Bandai Namco America’s own various online presences actually note the date just yet, GameStop has updated their listings for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE with a 17 February 2015 release date. Additionally, North America will also receive the same “Day One Edition” as Europe packed with bonus downloadable content:
Players who purchase the game at launch will receive the same “Crystal Battle Suit” and “Gold Battle Suit” as seen in Europe’s edition:
Also included in the “Day One Edition” will be access to Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta as a playable character (again, as will also be included in the equivalent European edition):
The company also showcased art for Mr. Satan, Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan 4 Goku, and Vegetto:
Finally, Bandai Namco also provided preliminary covers for the game featuring a new piece of key artwork:
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will release for the four consoles 05 February 2015 in Japan, 13 February 2015 in Europe, and 17 February 2015 in the Americas. The PC version seems to be on track for a global release via Steam 17 February 2015.
UPDATE: Bandai Namco has finally dished out their own details!
You have a date with Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
Dragon Ball fans can mark their calendars. Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be launching in the Americas on February 17, 2015 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC/Steam!
The most avid Dragon Ball fans will want to pick up the “Day 1” Edition that will include an exclusive playable character, Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta and also two special Frieza Soldier’s Battle Suits (Gold and Crystal!)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse will also feature characters from Dragon Ball GT along with a brand new World Tournament Budokai Tekaichi mode! This special mode will be accessible through the hub world Toki Toki City and will allow players to take place in massive brawls and earn special rewards.
The cover art for Czecho No Republic’s “Oh Yeah!!!!!!!” CD single has been released to retailers:
The CD single, due out 12 November 2014, will be available in a regular edition (COCA-16956) for ¥1,000 + tax and a limited edition (COZA-992) with a bonus DVD for ¥1,300 + tax. Both editions will showcase the same cover art.
Four tracks are included:
- 1: Oh Yeah!!!!!!!
- 2: Come On
- 3: Sunday Juggler
- 4: Yeah Oh!!!!!!!
The limited edition’s DVD will feature music videos for several of the band’s previous songs along with live footage.
Both versions are available for pre-order at CDJapan.
“Oh Yeah!!!!!!!” is the third and current closing theme for the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai currently airing in Japan.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE has been making the rounds lately, appearing most recently at London’s MCM Expo this weekend, and Bandai Namco has been dishing out more details about its impending release.
In conjunction with the event, the European branch of the company announced concrete release dates for the various platforms (13 February 2015 for the consoles followed by 17 February 2015 for the PC version via Steam), pre-order bonuses, as well as a special “Trunks’ Travel Edition”:
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE Collector’s Edition and pre-orders announced!
October 23, 2014
The Game Where The Player Is The Hero Antes’ Up The Monotony And Brings To The Table Awesome Content!
BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S today announced that DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE will be getting special editions for its fans biggest pleasure! The fighting game -coming on STEAM®, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox One and Xbox 360- is developed by the famed Japanese studio DIMPS, the team behind DRAGON BALL Z: Budokai games.
Fans pre-ordering the game, for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, will get several unique items for free! Those won’t be sold afterwards:
- An amazing Shenron Black Metalcase
- Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta as a Playable Character
- 2 exclusive Frieza Soldier’s Battle Suites to customize the players’ Avatars: Gold & Crystal versions!
Warriors Pre-Ordering the game digitally (STEAM®, Xbox Marketplace and PlayStation®Network) will get all the above amazing items, minus the Metalcase!
To put on a marvellous spread and celebrate this new DRAGON BALL game in the best possible way, players will be able to get their hands on the “ Trunks’ Travel Edition” (for Consoles only):
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE Full-Game
- TRUNKS MASTER STARS PIECE 25 cms Figurine (Exclusive Colouring)
With a gameplay taking back the licence to its roots, BANDAI NAMCO Games and DIMPS are proud to reveal a brand new mode where fighters will be able to gather and show who is the strongest warrior of the universe: the World Tournament aka the Budokai Tenkaichi! This brand new mode will be accessible through Toki Toki City and will allow players to take part into a massive frenzied brawl and crown a champion for special rewards! Will the players’ Avatars be strong enough to take down long-running Champions such as Hercule and Tien or fans’ favourite returning characters: Vegito, Goku in his Super Saiyan 3 and Super Saiyan 4 forms?!
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE will be available in EMEA and Australasia for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft on 13th of February and on 17th of February for STEAM®.
An updated version of the previously-released three-minute promotional video showcases the Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta character in an additional ending screen:
Europe has been the exclusive home to certain “Collector’s Edition” versions of the games for some time now, with both Raging Blast and Raging Blast 2 and even the most recent Battle of Z, for example, receiving special versions with figures/statues, soundtrack CDs, downloadable content, and more.
Though the XENOVERSE pre-order DLC and characters are specifically noted as not being sold later on, Bandai Namco specifically told Kanzenshuu that there were “no plans” to release Super Saiyan Bardock and Super Vegetto — two on-disc/locked characters previously available as pre-order bonuses — for Battle of Z, and later released them for purchase worldwide.
The listing for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE on Steam lists the same 17 February 2015 release date, hinting at a simultaneous release. The listing also includes the minimum and recommended system requirements:
- OS: Windows Vista or higher with latest Service Pack
- Processor: 2.3 GHz Dual Core or AMD
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia 8800 GT or equivalent
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
- OS: Windows 7 or higher with latest Service Pack
- Processor: 2.6 Quad Core or AMD equivalent
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 550 or equivalent
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Two phases of a “network test” were recently conducted on the PlayStation 3.
Amazon has updated with cover art and a description for Viz’s collected, English-translated edition of Akira Toriyama’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman:
Akira Toriyama, manga legend and creator of Dragon Ball Z, is back with the quirky comedy Jaco the Galactic Patrolman! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decided to move in with him. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat? Includes a special bonus chapter introducing Dragon Ball Z hero Goku’s parents!
The cover art spruces up the standard edition’s cover art from Japan, rather than using the new illustration from the “Super Elite Edition”.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman debuted as the “…shocking revival of Dragon Ball” and told the story of a galactic patrolman’s mission on Earth before winding its way into the main Dragon Ball story. Viz originally printed all of the series’ chapters digitally as a simultaneous release with its Japanese print edition back in 2013.
Their English translation arrives in print 06 January 2015 for $8.99. It will also be released the same day in a collected digital edition. The collected edition will include the original 11 chapters along with “Dragon Ball Minus“, a bonus chapter from its Japanese collected release.
Thanks to medama_oyaji for the heads-up!
For the week of 06 October 2014 to 12 October 2014, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Nintendo 3DS — a sequel to the first portable version of the nearly-four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — remains off the Media Create sales chart list. Famitsu, however, pegs the game as pushing another 3,125 copies during its tenth week on sale.
As of this last week, Famitsu pegs the game at 152,076 total copies sold. By Famitsu‘s own reporting, the first game had sold 184,852 copies by its respective tenth week.
For the week of 29 September 2014 to 05 October 2014, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Nintendo 3DS — a sequel to the first portable version of the nearly-four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — remains off the Media Create sales chart list. Famitsu, however, pegs the game as pushing another 3,185 copies during its ninth week on sale.
As of this last week, Famitsu pegs the game at 148,951 total copies sold. By Famitsu‘s own reporting, the first game had sold 169,866 copies by its respective ninth week.
The 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods finally sees its home release today from FUNimation and comes packed with the original theatrical version along with a special extended edition. Stay tuned here at Kanzenshuu for a more complete review in the near future, but in the meantime, check out these quick facts: it is everything you actually wanted to know about this home release!
What is “Battle of Gods”?
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was the first new theatrical film for the franchise in seventeen years, hitting Japanese theaters 30 March 2013. Though its original concepts were created by Toei Animation, original manga author Akira Toriyama entered the production early on to oversee much of the story and dialog. The script is attributed to Yūsuke Watanabe. A musical score was provided by Norihito Sumitomo. Character designs and animation supervision were handled by Tadayoshi Yamamuro. The film was directed by Masahiro Hosoda. The story is written to take place between the defeat of Majin Buu and the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai and is officially set in Age 778.
What is in the extended edition?
The extended edition includes just over twenty minutes of additional material, ranging from three-second interstitial transitions to entirely new scenes. Virtually nothing is removed or replaced; it is all additive.
Is this release in English or Japanese?
As with pretty much all of FUNimation’s home releases since 2000, this release includes the original Japanese audio track (with accompanying English subtitle translations) along with the company’s own English dub.
Which region is encoded onto the Blu-ray?
The disc is solely encoded for Region A. Manga UK will be releasing their own version of this release in November.
Who provided the translation for the subtitles?
Long-time Dragon Ball fan and FUNimation translator for the franchise Steven J. “Daimao” Simmons provided the translation.
What name spelling is used for the main antagonist in the subtitles?
Simmons went with a spelling of “Beers” in the subtitle track. For more information on the question, read our own overview. The character’s attendant is adapted with the traditional “Whis” spelling.
Are all of the audio tracks provided in 5.1 surround sound?
The English dub for the theatrical version, the original Japanese track for the theatrical version, and the English dub for the extended edition are all produced in 5.1 surround sound. The odd man out is the Japanese track for the extended edition, which is presented in standard stereo sound.
What kinds of special features are included?
Two featurettes are included along with other, shorter videos adding up to roughly half an hour of bonus material:
- “Behind the Scenes: Battle of Voice Actors” (9:55) – An extended scene of Goku fighting Beerus with overlaid boxes of the English voice actors performing the lines.
- “The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: Unveiled” (19:23) – Short introductions to various English voice actors, showcases of them performing their lines, and more.
- Textless Closing Song (3:31) – A creditless version of the movie’s closing theme song.
- U.S. Trailer (1:48) – FUNimation’s English-language trailer for the film using footage from the extended edition.
- Trailers – Promotional videos and trailers for various FUNimation-licensed shows.
Is such-and-such reference kept in the English dub?
For the most part, yes. This includes an off-hand reference to a particular character’s sibling as well as the length of certain types of entertainment. The English dub’s script receives a bit of “punching-up” as seen in the company’s original 2000-onward dubbing, but overall lies somewhere between that and their Dragon Ball Kai treatment.
Are the original Japanese or English versions of FLOW’s songs included?
The English dub tracks and original Japanese language tracks for both versions of the film feature FLOW’s English versions of “Hero: Song of Hope” and “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. This has been the case with most other international releases (even in the Japanese language tracks). An opening screen of text on the release acknowledges and notes this change.
Are the end credits only provided in English?
Yes, the credits are exclusively written in English accompanied by the English version of FLOW’s “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. The Japanese cast is attributed to character names as they appear in the subtitles (Kuririn, Tenshinhan, Kaioshin, etc.). The kanzenban pages are not edited from their original Japanese text.
What types of releases are available?
A two-disc DVD set as well as a three-disc DVD & Blu-ray combo set are available. Each contain both the original theatrical and extended versions of the film.
I want to know more about this movie!
Head on over to the respective page in our “Movie Guide” for anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Battle of Gods! We have interview translations, character designs, links to our podcast reviews, and much more.
Is there a new movie coming in 2015?
Yes! Check out our article to learn everything there is to know so far.
A four-year anniversary stream for Dragon Ball Heroes took place earlier today, and while a focus was indeed put on the “Super Saiyan 4 Broli Explosive Birth Festival” to show off the newly-upgraded villain, the main takeaway from the event was the future of Dragon Ball Heroes itself.
YouTube user “pontaosu” captured a video of the new promotional video for the upcoming JM7 (Ja’aku Ryū Mishon 7 / “Evil Dragon Mission 7″) update, which showcases Super Saiyan 4 Broli against the avatar heroes and series heroes, along with a special appearance from a cloaked Paikuhan at the end.
As promised, the event included a special feature looking ahead to the future of Dragon Ball Heroes. Another pre-produced video recapped the on-going “JM” update series, which will have two more updates: JM7 in November, and JM8 in January 2015, presumably to wrap-up the Dragon Ball GT-oriented aspects of the game.
A “new series” — or rather, a new batch of updates, presumably under a new overarching name (a la “Galaxy Mission” and “Evil Dragon Mission”) — will hit later in 2015. The teaser concludes with a shadowy figure who appears to be none other than Bardock in his Time Breaker / mind-control outfit from Dragon Ball Online. With Time Patrol Trunks already making an appearance in Dragon Ball Heroes, it appears that the card-based arcade game will be going into material from Dragon Ball Online — the now-defunct online multiplayer role-playing game — full force alongside the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE console game, also hitting in early 2015.
Thanks to “pontaosu” on YouTube as well as “TheDevilsCorpse” on our own forum for staying as on top of things as ever!
For the week of 22 September 2014 to 28 September 2014, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Nintendo 3DS — a sequel to the first portable version of the nearly-four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — has fallen off the Media Create sales chart list. Famitsu, however, pegs the game as pushing another 4,094 copies during its eighth week on sale.
The Media Create and Famitsu reports on weekly sales for the game are starting to even out; as of last week, the two were roughly 2,000 total copies apart. As of this last week, Famitsu pegs the game at 145,766 total copies sold. By Famitsu‘s own reporting, the first game had sold 161,032 copies by its respective eighth week.