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Published by VegettoEX
11 December 2018, 10:18 AM ESTComment

The Dragon Ball Official Site has revealed Tadayoshi Yamamuro‘s cover art for the upcoming (and final) two “Dragon Ball: The Movies” remastered Blu-ray releases, each set for release 09 January 2019:

Volume 7 will contain Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Won’t Do it, Who Will? (DBZ Movie 13) and The Path to Ultimate Strength (10th anniversary film), while Volume 8 will contain Dragon Ball – The Legend of Shenlong (DB Movie 1), The Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle (DB Movie 2), and A Mystical Great Adventure (DB Movie 3).

Three volumes covering the first six Dragon Ball Z films were released in November, while volumes covering the next six Dragon Ball Z films were released last week. The upcoming two Blu-ray volumes round 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
07 December 2018, 2:58 PM ESTComment

The latest additions to our “Translations” archive come from a two-page spread in last month’s January 2019 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine as part of the promotional lead-up to the Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film.

First up, the magazine conducts a brief interview with film director Tatsuya Nagamine chatting up the end of the Dragon Ball Super television series, and looking ahead to the film’s depiction of the Saiyans:

I think this movie starts after they’ve lost their original pride as a warrior race. During the flashback scene, Bardock is really the only pure warrior race Saiyan. The others have all been tamed by Freeza’s army. Despite being from a warrior race, even King Vegeta doesn’t challenge Freeza to a fight or anything like that. Instead he just bows and scraps before Freeza and uses underhanded tactics against his own subordinates. Rather than a warrior race’s pride per se, I think Bardock maintains something of their pure nature. Broli, Goku, and Vegeta left Planet Vegeta as children, so they’ve gone on living with that pure Saiyan aspect intact. Vegeta lived on Planet Vegeta from his earliest memories, so he has princely pride that interferes a bit, but I consider Goku and Broli to be truly pure Saiyans and have depicted them as such. In the original manga Goku may call himself a “Saiyan raised on Earth”, but I think that by meeting and battling the truly pure Saiyan Broli, he feels a renewed sense of Saiyan pride. For me, a pure Saiyan is a beautiful thing, or perhaps I should say it’s invigorating. I think Broli is truly beautiful. That’s why I think this movie might tell the story of the Saiyans’ rebirth.

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The two-page spread wraps up with a new illustration and comment from Dragon Ball Super manga author Toyotarō:

I think Broli is appealing because he looks cool, is overwhelmingly strong, and is saddled with a tragic fate. This time around that tragic element of Broli has been deepened and made more dramatic, resulting in a totally different Broli than before. Of course the extremely intense battle scenes and beautiful animation are highlights, too! I hope everyone sees this grand story of the Saiyans’ roots on the big screen!

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These items have been archived in our “Translations” section.

Published by VegettoEX
07 December 2018, 9:39 AM ESTComment

The eighth collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga — originally and currently serialized on a monthly basis in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine — officially hit Japanese shelves this week on 04 December 2018 for ¥440 + tax. Spanning 200 pages, the volume covers chapters 37-40. The volume takes its title of “‘Sign’ of Son Goku’s Awakening” (孫悟空覚醒の”兆”; Son Gokū Kakusei no “Kizashi”) directly from chapter 39 itself.

In his introductory comment, Toyotarō imagines one day possibly having a Dragon Ball theme park of our own:

I really love a certain “magic kingdom”. I often watch that “magic kingdom”‘s movies, too. I just can’t resist that feeling of happiness.

It’d be nice if there’s a Dragon Ball Land, too, one day…

The inside title page showcases Son Goku and Vegeta, while the table of contents features Gods of Destruction Ramoosh, Vermoud, and Geen.

To fill out the necessary page count, Toyotarō supplies new drawings between chapters, with this volume exclusively featuring team lineups (specifically the Universes 2, 3, 4, and 10 teams). The Jump Victory Carnival 2018 bonus chapter is included following chapter 40. “Corrections Done by Toriyama-sensei Himself” make a reappearance, with a single showcase of Jiren character design adjustments:

A two-page interview between Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama is also included.

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The volume wraps-up with a two-page preview of the “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc that began with the most recent chapter.

The print edition of the seventh volume is available for purchase via CDJapan and Amazon Japan. A digital release was made available the same day as the print release.

The first collected edition saw its release in April 2016 covering the series’ first nine chapters, one spin-off chapter, and a special interview between Toyotarō and original author Akira Toriyama. The second collected edition saw its release in November 2016 covering the next six chapters, one more spin-off chapter, and a special interview with Toyotarō. The third collected edition saw its release in June 2017 covering the next five chapters. The fourth collected edition saw its release in November 2017 covering the next four chapters and a follow-up special interview been Toyotarō and Toriyama. The fifth collected edition saw its release this past March covering another four chapters and one additional spin-off chapter. The sixth collected edition saw its release this past June covering another four chapters. The seventh collected edition saw its release this past September covering another four chapters.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015, initially just ahead of the television series, and running both ahead and behind the series at various points. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ forty-second chapter coming last month in the magazine’s January 2019 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 for further promotion. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story, now entering its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc. 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.

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.

Published by VegettoEX
07 December 2018, 8:29 AM ESTComment

Arc System Works’ and Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ was awarded “Best Fighting Game” during yesterday’s Game Awards event, snagging the spot over fellow nominees BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (also developed by Arc System Works), Soulcalibur 6 (also published by Bandai Namco), and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.

In related awards, Dragon Ball FighterZ EVO 2018 champion Dominique “SonicFox” McLean took home “Best Esports Player”, though his “side switch” against Goichi “GO1” Kishida came up short in the “Best Esports Moment” category, losing to “C9 Comeback Win In Triple OT vs FAZE”.

Published by VegettoEX
05 December 2018, 3:30 PM ESTComment

Toei Animation and Avex Trax recently revealed the cover art and full track listing for the forthcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film’s original soundtrack:

  1. Birth of Freeza’s Army
  2. Ruled by Freeza
  3. Broli’s Potential
  4. Paragus’ Rage
  5. Dragon Ball Super: Broly Theme
  6. Broli on the Frontier
  7. Freeza’s Scheme, Premonition of Death
  8. Bardock Falls
  9. CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
  10. Vegeta’s Irritation
  11. The Adventure Begins
  12. Bulma’s Wish: Another Five Years
  13. Freeza’s Wish: Another Five Centimeters
  14. The Wild Child, Broli
  15. An Unexpected Bounty
  16. Broli’s Sorrowful Situation
  17. Memories of Bah
  18. Freeza and Broli
  19. Broli Begins to Battle
  20. Awakened Power
  21. Kakarrot vs. Broli
  22. Broli Evolves
  23. Prelude to a Comeback
  24. Broli’s Rage and Sorrow
  25. Will They Fuse?!
  26. The Birth of Gogeta!
  27. The World in Danger
  28. Broli vs. Gogeta ~ Theme Song
  29. Omen of Battle
  30. Full-Force Kamehameha
  31. Freeza’s Ambition
  32. Friendship with Broli
  33. I’m Kakarrot
  34. Blizzard (Movie Edit)

The soundtrack — due out 12 December 2018 for ¥2,700 — is currently available for pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Separate from the soundtrack, the film’s main theme song — “Blizzard” by Daichi Miura — is currently available on digital purchase and streaming platforms, with a formal CD single release planned for next month. We recently added the song’s lyrics to our archive.

The story, script, and character designs for the film, formally opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film is directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and features 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 was held 14 November 2018 at Nippon Budōkan with special guests including Masako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Katsuhisa Hoki, Tatsuya Nagamine, and Daichi Miura.

Published by VegettoEX
04 December 2018, 12:44 PM EST3 Comments

The latest translation to our archives comes from the 1995 #28 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump and its “Anime J Wing” column, pieces of which are often passed around untranslated and/or doctored alongside various agendas or by unsuspecting, eager-to-learn fans:

This particular issue came just three issues after the end of the manga’s serialization, and just ahead of episode 268 of the Dragon Ball Z series featuring Vegetto’s respective television debut; Dragon Ball Z movie 12, featuring Gogeta, had premiered just a few months earlier. For some reason or another, one particular segment from the column always seems to catch the attention of fans:

Dream Match!! Gogeta vs Vegetto!! Who is the Strongest in the Universe?!
Unifying the spirits of the two strongest rivals and merging them together, Fusion has better balance and is able to draw their power out to the max!! Therefore, if it is a short match of thirty minutes or less, then Gogeta should win, while if it is a long battle, then Vegetto should win!!

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We have taken the time to address and translate the article in its entirety, which is now archived in our “Translations” section and can be read in full.

Published by VegettoEX
04 December 2018, 9:24 AM ESTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0461! Mike and Julian discuss the Dragon Ball franchise’s long and storied history with spoilers, from its original serialization up through today. What are the similarities regardless of time, and how has modern technology in particular made certain issues worse than ever before? Are there any solutions, or does the franchise need an adjustment to its entire DNA for this to change?

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  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 03:45 – Topic
  • 47:41 – 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
30 November 2018, 3:27 PM ESTComment

Following a formal unveil yesterday by the company for his inclusion in the forthcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film, Bandai Namco has revealed the “SSGSS” (Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) version of Gogeta as a forthcoming paid downloadable content character for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2:

なんと、ブロリー に続き今冬配信のエクストラパック第4弾にSSGSSゴジータも参戦決定!!!
悟空とベジータがフュージョンした、“青い髪”の最強の姿だ!!!


And would you believe it, continuing on from Broli, in Extra Pack 4 releasing this winter, SSGSS Gogeta is set to join the battle!!! The blue-haired, mightiest form, Goku and Vegeta fused!!!

Gogeta will appear alongside the “Super Saiyan Full Power” version of Broli in the game’s “Extra Pack 4” set for release this winter. Prior to their official announcements, the new versions of Broli and Gogeta were widely speculated as content for the new pack courtesy of fan datamining into recent game updates. The previous incarnations of Broli and Gogeta are already available as unlockable/playable characters in the base game.

The fusion character Gogeta originally debuted in 1995’s twelfth Dragon Ball Z film, The Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta, just a couple months after Vegetto’s appearance during the manga’s original serialization (where he was seemingly also slated to be named “Gogeta”). The character later reappeared for a single episode in the Dragon Ball GT television series in Super Saiyan 4 form.

Following the four paid content packs covered by the game’s original season pass, Bandai Namco released two additional paid content packs for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2. Earlier this year, Bandai Namco promised additional free and paid content updates coming to Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2; “Extra Pack 3” was released back in August.

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
30 November 2018, 2:44 PM ESTComment

Bandai Namco has released the “Anime Music Pack 2” paid downloadable content (originally announced last month) for both Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 across various platforms:

  • 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 are TV-sized or otherwise truncated to a similar length. The pack retails for $14.99/¥1,389 + tax and is available separately for each game on the player’s respective platform digital store:

Published by VegettoEX
30 November 2018, 12:49 PM ESTComment

Following the release of printed television guide listings, Toei’s official Dragon Ball Super website has confirmed a television special to air 02 December 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Fuji TV entitled “Right Before the Dragon Ball Super Movie Debuts! Looking Back on the TV Show’s Climax”. The special will reflect on the Dragon Ball Super television series (specifically noting episodes 130 and 131), and as well as look ahead to the forthcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film.

The special will air in place of GeGeGe no Kitaro and One Piece, itself part of the original Dragon Ball Super (and Dragon Ball Kai before it) Sunday timeslot.

In summer 1992, the Dragon Ball Z series received a similar television special looking back on all previous films and looking ahead to the then-forthcoming seventh Dragon Ball Z theatrical film, Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans.