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A new Dragon Ball TV series has been announced: Dragon Ball Super will debut this July and will run as a weekly series at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV, taking the time slot of the Dragon Ball Kai TV series. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama himself and will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa.

The “Dragon Ball SSSS” website provided quotes from the cast and production staff in conjunction with the announcement, most of which was also reiterated and translated in an English-language press release from Toei Animation:

Toei Animation Begins Production on Dragon Ball Super
Drawn From a Plot By The Brand’s Original Creator, Dragon Ball Super Is The First New Series In
Eighteen Years

TOKYO (April 28, 2015) – Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan in July 2015.

Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.

Introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump (published from SHUEISHA Inc.) in 1984, Dragon Ball has evolved into a globally beloved brand. Seen in more than 70 countries, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold, Dragon Ball remains one of the most popular anime series of all time.

“Having loved Dragon Ball since childhood, it is very exciting to be a part of this project,” said Osamu Nozaki, producer for Fuji Television. “Mr. Toriyama has developed a plot that’s not only a dream come true for Dragon Ball‘s millions of fans, but one that will foster in a new generation of viewers.”

“When I joined Toei Animation, one of my first assignments saw me working on the production of Dragon Ball Z,” said Atsushi Kido, producer for Toei Animation. “While there for only a short period of time, being a part of the series left a lasting impression. We look forward to carrying on Dragon Ball‘s tremendous legacy, bringing audiences a brand new Dragon Ball with the same sense of heart and commitment that went into past Dragon Ball productions.”

“I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin,” said Masako Nozawa, Japanese voice actress of Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten. “I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”

Much like with the arcade and PlayStation 2 fighting game Super Dragon Ball Z, the chō in the new TV series’ title (ドラゴンボール超) is accompanied by a sūpā pronunciation as Dragon Ball Z Super.

The new TV series will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka, whose only work with the franchise thus far was as a story boarder in Battle of Gods, and will be produced by Osamu Nozaki (Fuji TV), Naoko Sagawa (Yomiko Advertising), and Mutsumi Kido (Toei Animation). While Nozaki and Sagawa were both recent producers for Dragon Ball Kai, Kido served a short time as an assistant producer during the production of Dragon Ball Z.

Fans are sure to question whether or not this new series’ timeframe will overlap or lead into Dragon Ball GT. While the new series is said to pick up in a period of peace following the battle with Majin Buu, there is not yet any word on the specific timeframe (for example, a year in the “Age” calendar) that the story may take place. The 2013 and 2015 theatrical films — Battle of Gods and Revival of “F”, respectively — have both taken place in the ten year time skip between the defeat of Majin Buu and the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai. Toei Animation’s various guide books place the events of Dragon Ball GT as beginning in Age 789, five years after the events shown at the end of the original manga.

Shueisha has announced the publication of the Dragon Ball franchise’s first official quiz book, aptly named the Dragon Ball 590 Quiz Book. The title of the book, while signifying that it contains 590 quiz questions, is also Japanese word play on the phrase Go-kū, which is used as shorthand for 59, or 590 in this case.

The 590 quiz questions will be divided up into various categories, including “Character”, “Story”, “Illustrations”, and more, with a Battle Power assigned to each question’s difficulty. After completing the quiz, a fan’s final Battle Power will fall into one of 11 categories, ranking their expertise. The book will also include a special quiz solely covering the new movie, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, in addition to an exclusive quiz poster.

The book is set to be released 01 May 2015 for ¥700 (plus tax) and can be purchased from Amazon Japan and CDJapan. It will be 198 pages and the same size a typical tankōbon volume.

Banpresto recently launched a new a series of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” prize figures. The new series, entitled Dragon Ball Z: Chōzōshū, will be featured in CRANEKING claw vending machines across Japan and will not be available for individual retail.


The new Dragon Ball figure series Chōzōshū not only means Chō (high quality) (figure) shū (collection), it also means integrating the experience and craftsmanship of a model maker involved in the creation of Dragon Ball figures for many years.

Each figure was designed and created by famed sculptor Hiroyuki Nakazawa, who has sculpted over 100 figures for the Dragon Ball franchise in the last 15 years and has been a participant in every Zōkei Tenka’ichi Budōkai (“World’s Best Model Tournament”). The five figures will see short releases over the next few months, and are set to include:

All of the figures are roughly 15 cm (~6 inches) in height, with Piccolo being the tallest at 17 cm (~6.5 inches).

With releases of the first two packs under their belt, the international branches of Bandai Namco have turned their attention to the third upcoming pack of downloadable content for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE.


The “Resurrection ‘F’ Movie Pack” will come with four new playable characters, all making their animated debut in the new film: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, Golden Freeza, and Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. Additionally, the pack with include five parallel quests, two masters to train under, eight new master quests, fourteen new special moves, one new accessory, and seven new “Z-Soul” items to equip.

It is not clear if the “Turtle Hermit Costume Set” is contained within those numbers, but said clothing items will also be included. To wit, the overall numbering of items is slightly different between the Japanese announcement and the international details; international downloads may also include theatrical bonus items film attendees in Japan have received.

While no date is formally set for the pack’s release, it is presumed for an April release. A recent patch for the game provided the data for some of the upcoming downloadable content pack customization pieces.

The Kame-Sen’nin outfit set and Jaco were made available in Japan for pre-order/first-pressing copies of the game, but until now had not yet been made available outside of that limited release.

Downloadable content packs are available at a base price of $9.99/¥950 per pack, with a season pass available netting players interested in acquiring all three packs a $5 savings at $24.99.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

This past weekend saw the nation-wide theatrical premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” on 660 screens across Japan. In honor of its release, the Shinjuku Wald 9 cinema in Tokyo hosted a stage celebration prior to the movie’s premiere showing. The celebration included greetings and thanks to fans from members of the movie’s staff and cast, including Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Director), Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Masaharu Satō (Kame-Sen’nin), and Natsuki Hanae (Jaco).

Following the event, Toei posted an official press release with information about the movie’s premiere, including comments from the actors and production staff members:

Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.)



It makes me truly happy that so many people came here. It was fun, wasn’t it? (audience applauds) Do me a favor and invite 10 of your friends once you get back home! (laughs)

It was really amazing! During the recording, Goku and Freeza’s battle moved so fast that the image was nothing but speed-lines! We had to match our voices up with that, but sometimes the staff would stop us: “What is it?” “Excuse me Nozawa-san, but those speed-lines are Freeza.” (laughs) The battles were just that intense.

Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta)


I can tell just how beloved this series is by how many people are here dressed up as the characters. When I first saw this film in the preview screening, I thought it was incredibly intense. In the TV series Vegeta dies saying “Kakarrot, avenge me!”, but this time around he got his revenge, so he can feel satisfied.

Masaharu Satō (Kame-sen’nin)


Up until now, in the TV series Kame-Sen’nin has always been an easy-going, pervy old man (laughs), but this time he fights for the first time in quite a while. He’s the one who created the Kamehameha, after all. I think everyone all enjoyed it, but be sure and enjoy it a second time.

Natsuki Hanae (Jaco)

本作から初参加なので、今日はドキドキしています。鳥山 明先生の漫画「銀河パトロール ジャコ」の主人公・ジャコを演じさせていただいています。「ドラゴンボール」は小さい頃からずっと観ていたので、そんな作品に参加できるのは夢のようです。

I’m really excited today since I’m making my Dragon Ball debut with this film. I got to play the protagonist of Akira Toriyama-sensei‘s manga “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman”. I’ve watched Dragon Ball since I was little, so being able to take part in this film is a dream come true.

Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Director)


At long last I’ve completed this film and it’s successfully reached opening day.  It was only thanks to the help of everyone on the staff and cast that I was able to finish, so I’ll take this opportunity to thank think all.

Momoiro Clover Z was also in attendance and performed the movie’s theme song, “Vow of ‘Z'”, for the audience. Members of the group were dressed in full Dragon Ball attire, as featured in their music video for “Vow of ‘Z'”, with each cosplaying as a character associated with their specific group colors (each member in the group helps distinguish themselves to fans by the colors of their clothes).

Kanako Momota (red) was dressed as Son Goku, Shiori Tamai (yellow) was Vegeta, Reni Takagi (purple) was Piccolo, Ayaka Sasaki (pink) was a combination of Bulma and Trunks, and Momoka Ariyasu (green) was Chiaotzu. Momota, the group’s current leader, went on to discuss the making of their “Vow of ‘Z'” music videos, which includes both “Z Warrior” and “Freeza” versions, and the choreography that went into their production.

Momoiro Clover Z (Main Theme Song)


The theme for our outfits today is “what if we entered the Dragon Ball world?”  The theme song “Vow of ‘Z'” was made from the point of view of a Dragon Ball disciple, so it has a message to Goku as seen by his disciple, and also some parts that are like lecturing one’s senior pupil.  It turned out really nice.

Before wrapping up the event, it was announced to the crowd that the film would also be released in 74 other countries and regions across the globe. Toei later elaborated in their press release that the film’s international releases will begin on 01 May 2015 in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

As has become customary for these events, it closed with a giant group Kamehameha led by Masako Nozawa and co., along with a nice spray of confetti.

The story for Revival of “F”, which opened nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, was crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he wrote it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it would, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, served as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo has returned from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z contributed “Vow of ‘Z'” as the film’s main theme alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” is used during the film. Revival of “F” brings back Freeza and includes two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), features Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

A press release from Toei regarding the wide Japanese theatrical release for Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” reveals that the film will make its way to 74 countries, beginning with Taiwan and Hong Kong 01 May 2015.

全宇宙待望の映画最新作『ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」』が4月18日(土)公開初日を迎えました!当日は、東京・新宿バルト9で初日舞台挨拶が行われ、孫悟空・孫悟飯役の野沢雅子、ベジータ役の堀川りょう、亀仙人役の佐藤正治、ジャコ役の花江夏樹と監督の山室直儀、そして主題歌「『Z』の誓い」を担当するほかゲスト声優としても参加したももいろクローバーZが登壇しました。





Hotly anticipated throughout the universe, the new film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F’ opened April 18th! On that date, an opening day meet-and-great was held at Shinjuku Wald 9 in Tokyo, featuring Masako Nozawa (voice of Son Goku, Son Gohan), Ryō Horikawa (voice of Vegeta), Masaharu Satō (voice of Kame-Sen’nin), Natsuki Hanae (voice of Jaco), director Tadayoshi Yamamuro, and Momoiro Clover Z (who sing the main theme “Vow of ‘Z” and also voice guest characters).

When asked her impressions on the Los Angeles premiere held a few days ago, Nozawa seems to have sensed the enthusiasm there: “It felt great to drive up in a limousine and walk on a red carpet. Even the staff there said there had never been a gathering like that before, and it makes me glad to think that Goku and friends are spreading their wings throughout the world’.

Also on the 18th, it was announced that the film would be shown in 74 countries and regions throughout the world, starting with Taiwan and Hong Kong on Friday, May 1st! Dragon Ball is globally beloved, in America, France, Italy, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, Egypt, South Korea, and more, and now it’s spreading its wings out from Japan to the world!

On hearing this announcement, Nozawa commented “If it’s come to 74 (regions and countries), why not go to even more! (laughs) I’m happy and excited!’ Horikawa likewise expressed his delight: “It’s undoubtedly a great achievement! Wonderful. It reminds me just how loved this series is throughout the world. I’m bursting with happiness.’

At the mention of his disciples’ worldwide success, voice of Kame-Sen’nin Masaharu said that “It’s incredible that these cute disciples of mine have all spread throughout the world… I’m so happy…” and the auditorium broke out in applause. Meanwhile, Hanae resolved that “Jaco deserves more global recognition, so I’ll do my best to make him as beloved throughout the world as the others!’


The story for Revival of “F”, which opened nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, was crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he wrote it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it would, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, served as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo has returned from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z contributed “Vow of ‘Z'” as the film’s main theme alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” is used during the film. Revival of “F” brings back Freeza and includes two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), features Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

In conjunction with the franchise’s newest film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, and to tie-in with the previous film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Bandai has revealed six “God Edition” figures under their “High Grade Real Figure” line.

The lineup of figures (85mm ~ 105mm in size) includes Whis, Beerus, Super Saiyan God Son Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, and Golden Freeza.

The set of figures retails for ¥7,560. Reservations for the set opened today and will last through 30 June 2015 with an expected shipment date sometime in September 2015. The figures are not currently planned for individual sale.

In addition to Golden Freeza, “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku” — from the new film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” — will also make his way to Zenkai Battle Royale, the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game. A new promotional video for the combatants show them off in action:

A V-Jump feature video also showcases the characters in more depth:

Zenkai Battle Royale first test-launched in Japanese arcades at the end of 2010 and, while it has continued to receive constant updates since then, has not had a home port announced.

Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse and Quebaz for the heads-up!

When Maximum the Hormone released their Tsume Tsume Tsume / “F” CD single in 2008, no-one at the time could have predicted a future where the song would become an official part of Dragon Ball music history… and yet here we are in 2015 with the song having directly inspired Akira Toriyama to create Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”:

This time, Freeza will be revived!
The “F” stands for “Freeza”.
This is because it’s an idea that came to me in a flash after I listened to a song called “F” by Maximum the Hormone, whom I had been introduced to by a friend, back when I was fretting over what to do about the story for the next movie.
“F” is a song that sings about Freeza in a vulgar-yet-cool way.
I remembered how, back then, they told me, “Sorry, but we went ahead and sang about Freeza without asking”.
Aha! So that’s what I could do!

As we approach the movie’s formal, wide release in Japan, we thought it appropriate to dive back into the band’s comments on the song.

Liner notes in their original 2008 CD single begin to paint a much larger picture about the song’s background, with Freeza and the Namek story arc providing a metaphorical backdrop for real-world politics and current events:

Now then, as for just what the “F” in the title “F” stands for,
I bet there are a lot of people who realized it from looking at the lyrics.
However, it’s not that this is simply a song about “that manga”.
It’s an “F” with a much, much deeper meaning.
There is great significance in the fact that I narrowed the target to that comic’s “Planet Namek arc”.
In the comic, numerous conflicts arose over the “wish-granting orbs” on that planet,
and many of its innocent inhabitants, who had been living peacefully, were killed.


The band provided more background information on the song for their 2013 full-length album Yoshū Fukushū, along with — in retrospect — some hilariously-prophetic commentary:

We’ve performed the song in front of Sensei and gotten a Freeza autograph from him, so why don’t we go ahead have them make this song the main theme the next time Dragon Ball‘s made into a movie?!


Be sure to check out the full comments from the 2008 CD single and the 2013 full-length album in our “Translations” section.

Finally, an update on the song would not be complete without a translation of its lyrics!

Bandai Namco’s latest gameplay trailer for J-Stars Victory Vs.+, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, reveals its North American release date: 30 June 2015

The European branch’s version of the trailer reveals a 26 June 2015 release date along with a “J-Stars VS Compendium” pre-order bonus item with “52 characters arts”:

The trailers feature the vocal version of “Fighting Stars” by Hironobu Kageyama, Akira Kushida, and Hiroshi Kitadani.

UPDATE: According to Bandai Namco’s Tumblr page, North American fans can also obtain the pre-order bonus via GameStop.

The game, originally released back in March 2013 in Japan on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, features Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza from Dragon Ball along with a wealth of other playable and support characters from different series. All playable and support characters from the Japanese release are slated for inclusion in the international version, which will see its release on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Vita.

The game is available for pre-order via Amazon ($59.99 on PlayStation 4 and $39.99 on PlayStation 3).