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Published by VegettoEX
14 November 2018, 11:13 AM ESTComment

Online retailers such as Amazon Japan have begun including Tadayoshi Yamamuro‘s cover art for the upcoming next three “Dragon Ball: The Movies” remastered Blu-ray releases, each set for release 05 December 2018:

Volume 4 will contain Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans (DBZ Movie 7) and Burn Up!! A Red-Hot, Raging, Super-Fierce Fight (DBZ Movie 8); Volume 5 will contain The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy (DBZ Movie 9) and The Dangerous Duo! Super-Warriors Can’t Rest (DBZ Movie 10); Volume 6 will contain Super-Warrior Defeat!! I’m the One Who’ll Win (DBZ Movie 11) and The Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta (DBZ Movie 12).

Three volumes covering the first six Dragon Ball Z films were released earlier this month. January will see another two Blu-ray volumes, rounding out the company’s new remastering of the original 17 theatrical films produced during the series’ original serialization.

While no international release of the films’ new remastering has been announced, Toei’s recent limited theatrical run of previous features in America was clearly based on this new print.

The films last saw a home video release in Japan within 2006’s remastered “Dragon Box: The Movies” DVD box set which was subsequently broken out as individual DVD releases over the course of 2008-2009.

Published by VegettoEX
14 November 2018, 10:09 AM ESTComment

Bandai Namco Holdings has posted a ¥34.188 billion (approximately $300.17 million) net income for the first half of fiscal year 2019.

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Dragon Ball came in as the top-performing overall franchise for the company with ¥58.6 billion in net sales (up from ¥43.1 billion the same half last year). The company is still projecting ¥80 billion yen for the full fiscal year, down from the ¥97.9 billion it pulled in last fiscal year.

In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise jumped in net sales from ¥5.9 billion the first half of last year to ¥9.9 billion this half year (eclipsed by the Gundam and Kamen Rider franchises, which pulled upwards of ¥20 billion each during the same timeframe). The company is holding on its ¥14.5 billion forecast for the year, a slight increase from the ¥14.2 billion it brought in during the entirety of fiscal 2018.

Published by VegettoEX
13 November 2018, 3:06 PM ESTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0458! Mike, Julian, and Stacey crack open the case of being “Reincarnated as Yamcha”, which recently saw its official English translation from Viz. How does Dragon Garow Lee’s talent carry over to an official product? What kind of story winds up being told, particularly in contrast to how its official rights holders may describe it? What are the benefits of going shirtless to your debut editorial meeting? Tune in for all this and more!

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 04:06 – Topic
  • 52:44 – Wrap-up

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Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2018, 10:18 AM ESTComment

The third and final trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film has been released by Toei Animation, as well as a version officially subtitled in English:

The trailer shows off the previously-revealed Super Saiyan God Vegeta, brief glimpses of Beerus and Whis, etc. The trailer also features Daichi Miura’s main theme for the film, “Blizzard.”

The film’s first full-length theatrical trailer debuted at San Diego Comic Con back in July, while the second trailer debuted in conjunction with New York Comic Con last month.

The story, script, and character designs for the film, formally opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura. The film will receive international distribution following its Japanese debut. A world premiere is set for 14 November 2018 at Nippon Budōkan with special guests set to include Masako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Katsuhisa Hoki, Tatsuya Nagamine, and Daichi Miura.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2018, 9:43 AM ESTComment

A new Amazon listing for Viz’s fifth volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s print edition is dated for 07 May 2019 at a $9.99 MSRP. A digital edition will also be available at various retailers, including Amazon, Comixology, and direct from Viz.

Goku’s adventure from the best-selling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series written by Akira Toriyama himself!

Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball!

The battle for the fate of the parallel world rages on! With Vegeta injured and his fusion with Goku failed, Goku must face off against God Zamas alone. But this enemy is unrelenting and powerful, and seems to be too strong—even for Goku! Will Goku and his friends be able to put a stop to this evil god once and for all?!

The fifth collected edition is expected to cover chapters 25-28 a la its Japanese counterpart.

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’ forty-first chapter coming last month in the magazine’s December 2018 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. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The fourth collected volume is due in English from Viz this coming January, while Shueisha will release the eighth collected volume in Japan next month.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fifth box set last month.

Earlier this week, Viz released their translation of Dragon Garow Lee’s That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! manga.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2018, 9:01 AM ESTComment

Voice actor Tetsuo Gotō, most recently known to Dragon Ball fans as the voice of Universe 10’s Kaiōshin Gowasu in the Dragon Ball Super television series, has passed away at age 68 due to esophageal cancer.

Gotō contributed other minor roles to the Dragon Ball franchise over the years, including a secretary in Dragon Ball Super and Dr. Kochin in video games following the passing of original voice actor Kōji Yada in 2014. Gotō’s extensive voice work catalog included anime, video games, and live-action dubbing roles.

Fellow voice actor Shigeru Chiba (Dragon Ball‘s Pilaf) tweeted:

『ワンピース』や『ドラゴンボール』などでご一緒してた後藤哲夫さんの訃報が届いた。スタジオでは無駄な話は一切なさらず役に真摯に向かっておられた姿が忘れられません。

心よりご冥福をお祈りいたします。


The news has come to me of the passing of Tetsuo Gotō-san, who I worked with on shows such as One Piece and Dragon Ball. I’ll never forget how sincerely he approached his roles, not uttering a single unnecessary word in the studio.

May he Rest In Peace.

We send our condolences to Mr. Gotō’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2018, 8:47 AM ESTComment

The official website for the forthcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film has announced Daichi Miura will contribute the song “Blizzard” as the movie’s main theme song.

The main theme will be performed by Daichi Miura, and the title is set as “Blizzard”!!
Daichi Miura has been praised as “a genius” and “the Japanese Michael Jackson” for his exceptional singing and dancing ability, and has received high marks both in and out of Japan as a creator and dancer. This movie’s theme song, “Blizzard,” which was finished up after Miura made a deep reading of the script, has as its theme “a world of ice,” which appears as the setting where Goku and Vegeta face off against Broli.

The song, written/performed by Miura and composed/arranged by Nao’ymt, will receive a CD single release in Japan 19 December 2018. Various editions of the CD single will be released, including those with Dragon Ball cover artwork, a bonus DVD, and a B3-sized poster; these editions are available to pre-order on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

A comment from Miura accompanied the announcement:

Our generation watched Dragon Ball in animation; by the time we were old enough to understand the world around us, it was already a given that it was loved the world over. Goku’s charm is in how, when he runs up against something gigantic that’s even stronger than him, he gets excited to overcome it. I believe that kind of mindset is really amazing.

In this movie as well, the Saiyans Goku, Vegeta, and Broli each have their own obstacles that they must overcome, and how they go about overcoming them is depicted. In addition to those characters’ sentiments, I’ve also used a “world of ice,” which appears as the setting of the battle this time, as a theme.

In modern society, too, we normally live as though confined within a “block of ice,” surrounded by all kinds of information. When we rise above something, what should we do in order to break through the ice and become who we really are? I felt that that was the universal theme that connects to both the movie’s characters and to modern society, so I wrote the lyrics with that aspect in mind.

To have my own music playing within one of the works I encountered as a child is something that truly makes me happy. I believe it’s come out as a piece of music that, when you see the movie, will make you think “that was good” when you leave the theater, so I’d definitely like you to look forward to that.

… as did a comment from film producer Norihiro Hayashida:

When this movie was set to go into production, we were given the proposition to “create a work with the foreign market in mind from the very start.” Naturally, we had to keep that in mind with respect to the artist for the theme song as well, and the very first person we came up with was Daichi Miura-san. His great singing ability and agile dance moves are truly world-class, and are recognized by many well-known creators both in- and outside Japan. Dragon Ball is also popular all over the world, and thinking that they might be able to create a synergistic effect, we went and made an offer. We met directly with Miura-san and held a planning conference, and he had already thoroughly read through the original comic and the script, and all the questions we got from him were right on point, leaving us impressed by his sincere stance toward the craft. This time, we also asked him to write the lyrics, and thanks to that, it came out very well-matched to the world of the movie, and we are extremely pleased with it. So as not to lose out to Miura-san‘s theme song, we intend to make the movie itself just as solid.

The story, script, and character designs for the film, formally opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura. The film will receive international distribution following its Japanese debut. A world premiere is set for 14 November 2018 at Nippon Budōkan with special guests set to include Masako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Katsuhisa Hoki, Tatsuya Nagamine, and now also Daichi Miura.

Published by VegettoEX
05 November 2018, 2:50 PM ESTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0457! Mike and Jake fire up the podcast cannons to take a look at the biggest examples of writers, producers, and marketers maybe perhaps thinking about possibly making some kind of relatively concrete statement about A True Canon™ for the Dragon Ball series. What are some of the trends in the phrasing we have seen over the years, and what does the most recent example tell us about what to expect in the future?

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:12 – Introduction
  • 02:03 – Topic
  • 33:48 – Wrap-up

Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
31 October 2018, 7:22 PM ESTComment

The 1986 No. 3 issue of TeLePAL magazine, a television-focused publication not unlike TV Guide in the U.S., features a talk between Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama and fellow cartoonist Rumiko Takahashi regarding the then-upcoming animated adaptations of their latest comics: Dragon Ball for Toriyama, and Maison Ikkoku for Takahashi.

The interview, which provides a glimpse into at Toriyama’s mindset at a critical point in time — after the manga has been running, right before the television series debuts, and just as Dragon Ball really began to explode — finds a unique spin by discussing the original works in the context of their animated adaptations, along with the obligatory insight on Toriyama’s general work habits.

–On the TV program NHK Special Feature, Osamu Tezuka-san said that he doesn’t get any ideas until a deadline draws near; how about you?

Takahashi: Well, I do think there is that aspect. But most of the time, it takes two days to create the story and draw the storyboard (the rough draft), and drawing the manuscript takes about one night, I suppose.

Toriyama: For me, about two days go by with me going, “I need to come up with some kind of story,” but really just pretending to work. And also, inking takes me probably about a day.

–With both of you drawing your comics like that week-in, week-out, don’t you ever reach an impasse?

Toriyama: I do. At times like those, in my case, I make up my mind and go to sleep. (laughs)

–That sort of thing happens even for you, Toriyama-san?

Toriyama: What’s that supposed to mean? (laughs) When I get sleepy, something just goes “pop!!” right into my head; I think it’s done quite well for me. Except, a lot of the time, I just go on to fall asleep. Times like those, I feel really strongly that I’ve lost out. (laughs)

Takahashi: Even if you have to force yourself, you’ve got to draw something, after all… I do it, one way or another. (laughs) I’ll change things up with the depiction of a character’s psyche, for instance….

Toriyama: Back before I made my debut, I had about 500 pages worth of material that got rejected, so I’ve used plenty of things from those. I feel like I’ve probably used a few stories from them, as well….

Takahashi: That sounds like it’s come quite in handy. (laughs)

Toriyama: No joke. (laughs) Back when they were rejected, it was really rough. But it made things easier afterward, so I’ll let it slide.

Takahashi: When I’m stumped for story developments in Urusei, I’ll also do things like introduce a new character in order to give things a breath of fresh air.

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The interview is notably conducted by Tsuneo Matsumoto, founder of Toriyama’s official fanclub, and eventual founder of “Caramel Mama,” the company that would go on to help produce a wealth of Dragon Ball information and guide books along with ongoing magazine and web publication and promotion.

This interview has been archived in our “Translations” section. A somewhat-incomplete translation of this interview has previously existed on the Takahashi fansite Rumic World under the mislabel of “Terebaru” (the magazine’s title is stylized in our alphabet as TeLePAL on its cover).

Published by VegettoEX
31 October 2018, 3:51 PM ESTComment

In addition to other ongoing updates, Bandai Namco has announced a second, forthcoming “Anison & BGM Pack” for both (albeit separately) Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ. The pack is slated to include eleven tracks:

  • 超絶☆ダイナミック! (“Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!”)
    first opening theme to the Dragon Ball Super TV series by Kazuya Yoshii
  • 限界突破×サバイバー (“Limit-Break x Survivor”)
    second opening theme to the Dragon Ball Super TV series by Kiyoshi Hikawa
  • よかよかダンス (“Easy-Going Dance”)
    fifth ending theme to the Dragon Ball Super TV series by Batten Showjo Tai
  • Dragon Soul
    first opening theme to the Dragon Ball Kai TV series by Takayoshi Tanimoto (Dragon Soul)
  • HERO 〜希望の歌〜 (“Hero: Song of Hope”)
    insert song from the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods theatrical film by FLOW
  • 運命の日~魂VS魂~ (“Day of Destiny: Spirit vs. Spirit”)
    insert song from the Dragon Ball Z TV series by Hironobu Kageyama
  • 究極の聖戦 (instrumental) (“Ultimate Battle” instrumental version)
    instrumental insert song from the Dragon Ball Super TV series
  • 燃えつき炉ろ!!熱戦・烈戦・超激戦 (“Burn Up!! A Close, Intense, Super-Fierce Battle”)
    BGM selection from the eighth Dragon Ball Z theatrical film by Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • 死を呼ぶセルゲーム (“The Death-Summoning Cell Games”)
    Dragon Ball Z TV series Cell-era background music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • 天下分け目の超決戦!! (“The Fateful Deciding Battle!!”)
    Dragon Ball Z TV series Saiyan-era background music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • DRAGON BALL Z
    BGM selection from the first Dragon Ball Z theatrical film by Shunsuke Kikuchi

As with the first pack, all tracks will be TV-sized or otherwise truncated to a similar length.

The pack will retail for ¥1,389 + tax and is expected this fall.