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Published by VegettoEX
31 August 2016, 10:59 AM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Fusions continues its solid sales figures four weeks into its release on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 22 August 2016 to 28 August 2016, the game pushed another 10,827 copies, which brings the game’s sales up to 138,479 total copies.

Fusions‘ fourth week sales far exceed last year’s Extreme Butōden (also on the Nintendo 3DS), which pushed 105,445 copies by its own fourth week. Fusions is also currently trending higher than 2014’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, which sold 128,050 copies by its fourth week.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. While no international release has been officially announced, one does seem likely at this point. Check out Episode #0409 of our podcast for our first impressions with the game.

Published by VegettoEX
30 August 2016, 11:13 AM EDT2 Comments

Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS has been listed on the Brazilian Ministry of Justice’s ratings website.

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The listing notes the United States as the country of origin; in addition to the United States, the American branch of Bandai Namco is also responsible for game distribution in Brazil and Latin America.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Check out Episode #0409 of our podcast for our first impressions with the game.

Thanks to Gematsu for the heads-up.

Published by VegettoEX
26 August 2016, 2:11 PM EDTComment

Continuing onward from the previous five chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s sixth chapter to their website.

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The respective page in our “Manga Guide” has been updated with this release information.

While the Dragon Ball Super television series has been licensed for certain international territories, no announcement has been made for North America.

The Dragon Ball Super manga 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’ fifteenth chapter recently printed in the magazine’s October 2016 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. The first collected volume, covering the first nine chapters and one bonus chapter, was released this past April. Viz will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
25 August 2016, 12:46 PM EDTComment

Online retailers have updated their listings for the fourth Dragon Ball Super home video box set in Japan, covering episodes 37-48 (concluding the Champa arc and moving in to the Future Trunks arc):

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The disc label art features “Super Saiyan Blue” Vegeta and the assassin from Universe 6, Hit. In addition to a special booklet and box with a new illustration, on-disc extras will include a creditless ending theme animation.

Toei and Happinet are releasing the series in DVD and Blu-ray box sets of 12 episodes each. The first set saw its release 02 December 2015 (episodes 1-12) with the second set dropping 02 March 2016 (episodes 13-24). This third set was delayed by one month to 02 July 2016 (episodes 25-36). The companies have announced fifth and sixth home video sets for the show scheduled for release through April 2017.

DVD sets are listed at ¥12,096 with Blu-ray sets at ¥16,416 and will see their release 04 October 2016 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.

Published by VegettoEX
24 August 2016, 12:46 PM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Fusions continues its solid sales figures three weeks into its release on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 15 August 2016 to 21 August 2016, the game pushed another 18,343 copies, which brings the game’s sales up to 127,652 total copies.

Fusions‘ third week sales far exceed last year’s Extreme Butōden (also on the Nintendo 3DS), which pushed 98,789 copies by its own third week. Fusions is also currently trending higher than 2014’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, which sold 119,689 copies by its third week.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Check out Episode #0409 of our podcast for our first impressions with the game.

Published by VegettoEX
21 August 2016, 7:22 AM EDT1 Comment

Today’s fifty-fifth episode of the Dragon Ball Super TV series in Japan saw the debut of the “Great Priest” (大神官 Dai-Shinkan), a character Whis and Kaiōshin greet as not having seen in a “long time,” and whom Whis describes as having one of the top five battle powers in all of the universe(s). The Great Priest is voiced by Masaya Takatsuka.

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Takatsuka had previously played a minor “Reporter” role in the series’ first episode.

Published by VegettoEX
19 August 2016, 8:35 AM EDTComment

Shueisha has released the cover artwork for the upcoming ninth volume (“Legend 9”) of the Dragon Ball manga’s new “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen), following up on the eighth volume (“Legend 8”) released earlier this month:

These editions are touted as allowing the reader to “enjoy Dragon Ball the same way as when it was serialized in Jump“, and are the same size as the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization (JIS B5; 18.2 × 25.7 cm). The volumes feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text and logos, and next issue previews at the end of each chapter.

“Legend 9” picks up with Chapter 224, will run 392 pages, and is set for release 26 August 2016 for ¥550 plus tax, with the second and fourth Friday of each subsequent month seeing one new volume apiece. “Legend 9” is available for pre-order via Amazon Japan and CDJapan.

Check out Episode #0410 of our podcast for an in-depth look at and review of this on-going manga release.

Published by VegettoEX
17 August 2016, 10:13 AM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Fusions maintained its spot as the second-highest selling Japanese game of the week for its second week in a row.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 08 August 2016 to 14 August 2016, the game pushed another 31,801 copies, which brings the game’s sales up to 109,310 total copies.

Fusions‘ second week sales far exceed last year’s Extreme Butōden (also on the Nintendo 3DS), which pushed 16,443 copies during its own second week. Fusions is also currently trending higher than 2014’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, which sold 108,857 copies by its second week.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Check out Episode #0409 of our podcast for our first impressions with the game.

Published by VegettoEX
16 August 2016, 10:26 AM EDTComment

While international companies tend to take the brunt of criticism for their endless Dragon Ball manga re-releases, Shueisha themselves have recently picked up this practice in Japan. Following the traditional tankōbon release and the landmark kanzenban re-release, we have also seen a surprisingly-convoluted “Full Color” digital and print release. This has all now been followed by the current “Sōshūhen” (or “Digest Edition”) “just like it was back in Jump” oversized print release. Tune into our show this week for a brief history of these manga re-releases and a massive breakdown on the “Digest Edition” and its features, benefits, digital fakeries, and more!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0410! Mike and Julian provide a brief history of Dragon Ball manga re-releases in Japan before turning their attention to the on-going “Soshuhen” (or “Digest Edition”). What makes this larger-sized, condensed release any different from the previous versions, and what type of fan do they suit best? Tune in for all this and a quick recap of the week’s Dragon Ball news!

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Published by VegettoEX
12 August 2016, 1:24 PM EDTComment

Continuing onward from the previous four chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s fifth chapter to their website.

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With its fifth chapter, the Dragon Ball Super manga skips the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling from the television series and jumps ahead to the “Champa arc” (including the Universe 6 vs. Universe 7 tournament).

The respective page in our “Manga Guide” has been updated with this release information.

While the Dragon Ball Super television series has been licensed for certain international territories, no announcement has been made for North America.

The Dragon Ball Super manga 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’ fourteenth chapter recently printed in the magazine’s September 2016 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. The first collected volume, covering the first nine chapters and one bonus chapter, was released this past April. Viz will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.