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Published by VegettoEX
06 December 2017, 8:59 AM ESTComment

A new Amazon listing for Viz’s third volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s print edition is dated for 03 July 2018 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!

With the Universe 6 and 7 Invitational Fighting Tournament over, Goku and his friends return to their normal lives. That is, until Future Trunks suddenly appears to warn everyone of a new threat—Goku Black, a mysterious warrior who looks like Goku but isn’t him! He’s a monster who has wiped out most of Earth and all of the Gods of Destruction and Lords of Lords from all twelve universes. Who is this mysterious man, and will Goku and his friends be able to stop him?!

The third collected edition is expected to cover chapters 16-20 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’ thirtieth chapter coming last month in the magazine’s January 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. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition this spring. The second collected volume was released by Viz this week, while the fourth collected volume was released by Shueisha in Japan last month.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, while the home video release also kicked off this summer.

Thanks to @dothemangodew for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
03 December 2017, 9:28 AM ESTComment

We once again try to get back into the swing of things with what many think is a complicated process, but we have figured it all out: how to best calculate battle powers in the Dragon Ball franchise. Join us, won’t you?

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0430! After a five-year break, the “Dragon Ball GT Review of Awesomeness” returns. Mike, Meri, and Jeff review episodes 16-18, along with the FUNimation English dub-only recap episode, “A Grand Problem.” Can our heroes (and hosts) survive the onslaught of machine mutants?!

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr.

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.

Published by VegettoEX
01 December 2017, 3:53 PM EST1 Comment

Today’s January 2018 issue of Saikyō Jump comes packed with a slew of regular content (the latest Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, Dragon Ball SD, Dragon Ball Fusions the Manga!, etc. chapters), bonus manga previews (the first chapter of The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha), Goku and Mira cards for the arcade edition of Super Dragon Ball Heroes, as well as a bonus “Saiyan Super Strongest Comics” booklet and accompanying Akira Toriyama Q&A session.

The “We Asked Akira Toriyama-sensei! – Saiyan Special Q&A” focuses (appropriately enough) on all-things-Saiyan, from foods and holidays, to training and beyond. Perhaps most notably, original author Akira Toriyama dives into new lore explaining the history of the “Super Saiyan God” transformation:

Was the “legendary Super Saiyan” Freeza feared the Super Saiyan God that appeared in Battle of Gods?

In a certain sense, they are the same person. That is to say, very long ago, before Planet Vegeta was the Saiyans’ planet, there was a man named Yamoshi who had a righteous heart despite being a Saiyan. He and his five comrades started a rebellion, but he was cornered by combatants and became a Super Saiyan for the first time, though his transformation and fearsome fighting style shocked the other Saiyans. Outnumbered, Yamoshi eventually wore himself out and was defeated, but this was only the beginning of his legend. Afterwards, Yamoshi’s spirit wandered in continuous search of six righteous-hearted Saiyans, seeking a new savior: Super Saiyan God.

READ THE FULL Q&A TRANSLATION

The January 2018 issue of Saikyō Jump — a bimonthly children’s magazine published by Shueisha in Japan — is available for ¥530 at CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

This Q&A has been archived in our “Translations” section.

Published by VegettoEX
30 November 2017, 11:02 AM ESTComment

Online retailers have updated their listings for the ninth Dragon Ball Super home video box set in Japan, covering episodes 97-108, continuing onward into the “Tournament of Power” in the Universe Survival arc:

The disc label art features #17 and #18 from the Universe 7 team. As with previous releases, the box set will come packaged with a special booklet. On-disc extras will include a creditless version of the series’ ninth ending theme song, “Far Away”. Toei and Happinet have been releasing the series on DVD and Blu-ray box sets of 12 episodes each, all of which are cataloged in our “Home Video Guide“.

The DVD set is listed at ¥12,096 (+ tax) and the Blu-ray set at ¥16,416 (+ tax), with both scheduled for release 06 January 2018 in Japan. Both DVD and Blu-ray sets are listed as two discs each. Sets are available to pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

The series’ eighth set was released in October, while the next three box sets are already set for release going through July 2018.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, while the home video release also kicked off this summer.

Published by VegettoEX
29 November 2017, 8:39 AM ESTComment

In conjunction with the game’s latest update — providing the free “Hero Colosseum” mode to all players alongside the paid “Extra Pack 1” with new playable characters, special moves, etc. — Bandai Namco has introduced microtransactions into Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2. The in-game “TP Medal” currency, previously and also still available from completing missions and battles over the normal course of gameplay, is now available for direct purchase on various console storefronts.

In the North American release, TP Medals are available in five different batches (with international pricing obviously varying by region):

  • 200 TP Medals for $1.99
  • 500 TP Medals for $3.99
  • 1000 Medals for $6.99
  • 2000 Medals for $12.99
  • 5000 Medals for $29.99

Certain special attacks and costumes are only available in the game via the “TP Medal” currency (separate from the Zeni currency, which can also be used to purchase items, generally of a lower quality/effectiveness).

Bandai Namco has dabbled with other methods of TP Medal distribution before, such as redemption codes with figures as well as a partnership with Daisuki providing redemption codes to viewers of the Dragon Ball Super television series on their streaming service.

Developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Switch. 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 launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The Nintendo Switch port was released in Japan and internationally in September 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
28 November 2017, 9:47 AM ESTComment

Following content teases going back to September, Bandai Namco has released “Extra Pack 1” for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, the fifth paid downloadable content pack for the game. Retailing for $9.99 in America (with varying price points worldwide), this “extra” pack is not covered by the game’s original “season pass” and must be purchased separately (or for $16.99 in a bundle alongside a forthcoming “Extra Pack 2” set for release in 2018).

  • 4 new powerful characters: Dabra, Buu (Gohan absorbed), Tapion and Android 13
  • Zamasu as a new Master
  • 5 New Parallel Quests
  • 4 New Costumes
  • 13 New Skills
  • 8 New Super Souls

(NOTE: Despite the consistent text across Bandai Namco’s social media and game listings, the character’s name is still spelled as “Dabura” in-game.)

A free update accompanies the paid version, which adds a new “Hero Colosseum” mode for all players (clearly taking a bit of inspiration from Dragon Ball Heroes):

UPDATE: The European branch of Bandai Namco clarified on Twitter that the updates will come to the PC/Steam edition of the game next week, with the free update hitting 04 December 2017 and the paid “Extra Pack 1” hitting 05 December 2017. Meanwhile, the American branch of the company specified on Twitter that the Switch release would also be “coming soon”.

Developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Switch. 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 launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The Nintendo Switch port was released in Japan and internationally in September 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
21 November 2017, 12:29 PM ESTComment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s thirtieth chapter to their website, moving further into the “Universe Survival arc” of the series. This continues Viz’s initiative of simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut, which saw its release today in the January 2018 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’ thirtieth chapter coming today in the magazine’s January 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. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition this spring. The second collected volume is due out in English from Viz in December, while the fourth collected volume was released by Shueisha in Japan earlier this month.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, while the home video release also kicked off this summer.

Published by Hujio
19 November 2017, 1:36 AM EST2 Comments

I will be honest: this post took me nearly three days to compile. The raw emotions experienced in this situation are just something we have rarely had to deal with as a community, let alone such remorse as something I have personally had to deal with. As someone intimately familiar with the series for nearly two decades, it breaks my heart to hear of the passing of Hiromi Tsuru. For as long as I have known Dragon Ball, I have known Hiromi Tsuru as the one-and-only voice of Bulma, a staple of the series’ main cast. Hiromi Tsuru has been a pillar to the series for thirty-one years, which for me encompasses nearly my entire life. There is not a moment that I don’t recall her being a part of my Dragon Ball experience, which is truly saying something.

In the past we have lost such legends as Daisuke Gōri (voicing nearly everyone, such as Umigame, Gyūmaō, or King Enma), Takeshi Aono (God), or Kōhei Miyauchi (Kame-Sen’nin), but for some reason this loss hits me harder than anything I can recall. Don’t misunderstand me, I thought the loss of Daisuke Gōri was the worst things could get, until this last Thursday. The loss of Hiromi Tsuru really hits home for me in ways I cannot quite explain. I thought I could deal with this just like any other loss we’ve experienced over the years, but this post is the best way I can deal with it. I’m putting myself out there, which is always a bit scary, but I’m not the only one. Everyone involved with Kanzenshuu feels this loss, as if it were our own family member.

As long as Dragon Ball exists, Hiromi Tsuru will never be forgotten. She will forever be our Hiromi Tsuru, our Bulma, our friend. She will forever live on in our hearts. She will forever walk amongst Dragon Ball fans far and wide, from Japan to North America, as the brilliant scientist of Capsule Corp.

Thank you Hiromi Tsuru, for the love, the joy, and the happiness that you have brought to generations of fans, both young and old. You will forever live on in our hearts and minds as the one-and-only Bulma. The one-and-only voice of Dragon Ball.

Published by VegettoEX
16 November 2017, 9:53 PM ESTComment

Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru, best known as the voice of Bulma in the Dragon Ball franchise (along with Bra, Tights, and even baby Trunks), has passed away at age 57.

At around 7:30 p.m. on November 16th, Hiromi Tsuru was found unconscious in her car on the Shuto Expressway in Chūō, Tokyo; her seatbelt was fastened and the car’s hazard lights were on; there was no sign of an accident. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead; the [Tokyo] Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the cause of death, and say it may have been due to illness.

UPDATE: Tsuru’s agency, Aoni Production, announced that the cause of death was aortic dissection. A private, family-only funeral will be held.

Tsuru appeared in the Dragon Ball series with its very first episode in 1986. In 2004, for her interview in the Dragon Ball: Tenka’ichi Densetsu guide book, Tsuru stated:

Dragon Ball is a really amazing and interesting work. There are a lot of battles, but if you can sense the message that’s there in them, I’ll be happy. Also, please be partial to Bulma!

Published by VegettoEX
15 November 2017, 2:46 PM ESTComment

FUNimation’s online shop reveals a 20 February 2018 release date for their third part of the Dragon Ball Super television series on DVD and Blu-ray.

After a startling meeting with Beerus’ brother Champa goes sideways, the godly brothers decide to settle their differences in the best way possible: by putting their best fighters to the test. It’s a battle of universes as Universe 7—the home of Goku and the Z Fighters—faces Universe 6 in a brand-new Martial Arts Tournament! And the ultimate prize is one worth fighting for—the Super Dragon Balls from Universe 6. Can Goku gather the best fighters for a chance at true glory? And who is the mysterious Monaka that Beerus boasts as his strongest warrior? Get ready for an out-of-this-world competition!

The bilingual (English/Japanese) two-disc set will span episodes 27 to 39 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.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation maintains also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the home video release kicking off this summer.