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Episode 115 // 03 August 2014
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A new Dragon Ball Z movie is on its way! Set to debut in Japanese theaters during “Golden Week” in 2015, the film is already generating massive excitement amongst fans. As with any news, but particularly with it being so early on in the promotional cycle, there is already a good amount of unintentional-misinformation and telephone-game-exaggeration happening. Below is a detailed look at what we know for sure, what might be taken out of context, and what we already know is wrong.

When will the movie be released?
The new movie will hit Japanese theaters during “Golden Week” (generally early May) in 2015. If we assume things will be similar to the Battle of Gods release cycle, a home release will likely come roughly six months after that, with international rollouts happening over the course of 12-18 months.

When was the movie announced?
The first announcements of the movie came in the September 2014 issue of V-Jump and issue #34 of Weekly Shōnen Jump, both released 19 July 2014. Subsequent announcements were seen on various Japanese media outlets and entertainment websites.

What is the title of the movie?
So far no title has been announced and the movie is simply referred to as “Dragon Ball Z”, as was the case with Battle of Gods before its official title was announced. The tagline given for the movie is:

全宇宙待望。神次元バトル、開戦。


The Whole Universe Has Been Waiting. A Godly Dimension of Battle Begins.

The 神 (shin; in this case read as “godly”) is a pun on something “new” and 次元 (jigen; read as “dimension”) can also be interpreted as a synonym for “scale”, giving us an indication that the battle, and possibly even the movie itself, will be on a “new level” (not necessarily that it is taking place in a “new/godly dimension”). It is very similar in character to the original taglines used for Battle of Gods, which was 最強、始動。(“The mightiest make their move.” — or perhaps in light of the plot revealed later on, “The Strongest Stirs.”), followed by 全人類待望。かつてない興奮へー。 (“All Humanity Has Been Waiting. Toward an Unprecedented Excitement–.”).

Who is working on this movie?
In the movie’s initial announcement, original Dragon Ball manga author Akira Toriyama noted that he was working on the scenario, dialog, and character designs. Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as an animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as its director.

Is this a sequel to the 2013 movie, Battle of Gods?
As a part of the movie’s initial reveal, original manga author Akira Toriyama began a thought by stating:

This time will of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods

This seems to indicate that it will continue onward in some fashion, whether that be in tone or chronology, or perhaps both. Toriyama did explicitly note, however, that he had, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.”

What is the plot of the new movie?
The movie’s official website debuted with an image of Shenlong that stated:

史上最悪の願い。それは、絶望の始まり。


The worst wish in history. That is the beginning of despair.

A subsequent update to the website provided a complete version of the movie’s first teaser, which contained the following new bit of text:

生き返らせてほしい者がいます


There’s someone I want you to revive

The text is provided on-screen without narration, so it is unclear who may be making this wish.

Fans have already begun forming several theories about who this might be, and so it in particular may be worth mentioning that Broli was not created by Akira Toriyama, but rather by Takao Koyama, scenario writer for the theatrical films prior to Battle of Gods. While Toriyama added embellishments to Broli after his design, the character and his expansion into additional films is credited exclusively to Koyama (who was not involved with Battle of Gods, and had several interesting things to say about it).

Can someone who has been dead for a long time even be revived?
A common misconception is that there is a hardline rule stating that someone dead for longer than a year cannot be revived. However, this seems to only apply to a large group of people, as described by the God of Earth directly in the series:

Why do you ask? Are you intending to bring back to life all the aliens killed in the past by Vegeta and co.? That should be possible too of course, but it would only be effective for those who died within one year.

Many fans have tossed out the idea of possibly resurrecting Goku’s father, Bardock (a character not originally designed by Toriyama, but re-incorporated back into the manga and then revisited again just recently with the “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman). Interestingly, when asked about any additional stories involving Bardock that might be told, Toriyama recently noted:

But unfortunately, Bardock has been dead for quite some time, so you probably won’t be able to see him in action except in stories of the past. There is the trick of having Shenlong bring him back to life, but by this point, his battle power isn’t high enough, so methinks it’d be a bit difficult.

Furthermore, Toriyama’s version of Bardock in “Dragon Ball Minus” does not appear to be as “evil” as the version from the original TV special, and if this new movie’s wish brings about such despair, in all likelihood we can safely strike Bardock from the list.

As it stands, a wish of that type has not ever actually been tested in-series. Finally, we do not know who it is exactly that someone is looking to revive, or if it is even a character we have actually heard of before.

Is this a new story or an old story?
An early mistranslation by Anime News Network noted that Akira Toriyama was writing a story that he had planned back during the series’ original serialization. However, what Toriyama actually notes is:

[As with the last movie], I thought up the new story for the next Dragon Ball theatrical movie as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization.

As Toriyama describes, this is similar to what he did with Battle of Gods, where it was not literally a story he had thought about writing twenty years ago, but rather a new one that he was writing in the same style and mindset.

Will Vegeta be the main character in this new movie?
To wrap up a “Super Q&A” fronted by Dragon Ball SD’s Naho Ooishi, when asked about possible stories in the future involving Bardock (as noted above) and/or Vegeta, Akira Toriyama explained:

As for Vegeta, in the event that there’s talk of another animated film, then next time, I’d like him to play the main role. (Of course, this is nothing more than intentions, and I haven’t decided anything at all.)

The Q&A was published in the March 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump, meaning that it actually took place sometime in February 2014 or earlier. We do not know how far along pre-production on the 2015 movie may have been at that point, if it had even begun at all. Until there is more information revealed about the upcoming film, there is not much we can take away from Toriyama’s statement, other than knowing that this was what he was thinking at the time.

Where can I view the new movie’s teaser?
The teaser initially debuted in segments on Mezamshi TV before it was added in whole to the movie’s official website.

As with the initial teaser for Battle of Gods, there is no indication that any animation or recorded dialog from the teaser will actually make its way to the final product.

Where can I learn more?
As always, you can stay tuned right here at Kanzenshuu for all the latest news, documentation, and analysis!



Zenkai Battle Royale — the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game — will officially hit update version 2.18 on 31 July 2014

The update will bring character balance tweaks along with the first introduction of two new playable characters: Vegetto and Janenba.

From 31 July 2014 to 17 August 2014, another “Scramble For the Dragon Balls” event will take place during certain play modes. When this is activated, and when you win in Battle Royale mode, you receive one Dragon Ball. When you team wins in a team battle, two people on the team will receive one Dragon Ball each. When you collect all seven Dragon Balls, you will be able to play as Vegetto and Janenba early! Much like other recent additions, the two will presumably be solidified into regular selections at a later point in time.

Other recent character additions to Zenkai Battle Royale have included BardockCoolaUltimate Gohan, and the duo of Spopovitch & Babidi.

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.



The complete teaser for the upcoming 2015 Dragon Ball Z movie, initially shown in segments just the other day on Mezamashi TV, has been added to the movie’s official website at d2015gw.com:

Most notably, after Shenlong provides his usual spiel about granting a single wish, the video contains a new quote in text:

生き返らせてほしい者がいます


There’s someone I want you to revive

Adjusted text from the initial V-Jump reveal is also included:

いま、絶望が始まる


Now, despair begins

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The as-of-yet untitled film will debut in Japan during “Golden Week” next year. Original manga author Akira Toriyama is heavily involved with the script and character designs, while series veteran Tadayoshi Yamamuro will also serve as director.



Japanese clothing company Cospa will be releasing somewhat-humurous shirts of both Yamcha and the legendary “Farmer with Shotgun” later this year.

Yamcha’s shirt, available in either white or orange and in Japanese sizes from small to extra-large, features the character dead on the ground having been blown up by a Saibaiman. The text around the character, written in English, reads: “YAMCHA IS DEAD”.

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An additional shirt features the farmer that Raditz first encounters upon his arrival on Earth. Available in blue and in the same sizes, the shirt features the number “5″ behind the character, while the back of the shirt, also in (broken) English, reads: “POWER LEVEL ONLY 5 WHAT A GARBAGE”.

Both shirts retail for ¥2,900 (¥3,132 including tax) and are available for pre-order now with an expected release in September 2014. The shirts can be ordered via CDJapan.



It is time to once again to dust off a few issues of V-Jump, pull out a few randomly-purchased magazines, and attempt to put another minor dent in our ever-growing translation backlog! This time around we are hitting a few lengthier interviews, intermixed with some short Q&As and commentaries, with original manga author Akira Toriyama as well as a few others associated with the Dragon Ball franchise.

  • V-Jump, May 2013 Issue – “Double Dragon Talk” Interview
    This interview with Naho Ooishi (author of Dragon Ball SD) and Toyotarō (author of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission) was released on 21 March 2013, just shortly before Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods officially debuted on 30 March 2013. The two manga artists gave their review of the film, having just seen an early screening, and each includes a short humorous comic strip about it.
  • V-Jump, June 2014 Issue – Kōzō Shioya & Unshō Ishizuka Interview
    With the “Majin Buu arc” of Dragon Ball Kai just underway in Japan, this issue of V-Jump contains an interview with some of the other stars of the series, Kōzō Shioya (Majin Buu) and Unshō Ishizuka (Mister Satan). The two discuss their respective characters, the change in their performances from Dragon Ball Z, and of course the recording session after-parties.
  • Men’s Non-No (January 2014) – Akira Toriyama Interview
    In late-2013 Men’s Non-No, a fashion and lifestyle magazine for the young single male business professional, interviewed Akira Toriyama just shortly after Jaco the Galactic Patrolman wrapped up its run in Weekly Shōnen Jump. The author discusses his early career, how he stumbled into the manga business, his most popular series (Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball), as well as some of his more recent works.
  • Training the Manga Mind – Akira Toriyama Q&A
    Published by Shueisha on 19 March 2010, Training the Manga Mind was a special book released as a part of the Weekly Shōnen Jump 40th anniversary celebration (the anniversary itself was in 2008). It features interviews with, and articles about, 37 different Jump manga artists and their techniques, conducted/written by Shima Kadokura. Naturally, Toriyama is quite shy about this, and while most other artists have face-to-face interviews where they show Kadokura their studio and tools in person, Toriyama’s is a Q&A conducted by e-mail.

While not from a print publication, Fuji TV’s own website published a brief series of comments with Dragon Ball Kai production staff earlier this year:

  • Fuji TV Information: “Dragon Ball Kai” Producer Comments
    As part of their promotional hype for the revival of Dragon Ball Kai in 2014, Fuji TV’s public relations department released statements from two of the series’ producers, Osamu Nozaki and Norihiro Hayashida. While they contain nothing too eye-opening regarding the production process, you can certainly “feel” the hype level they are striving for. It also marks the first time anyone associated with its production notes that this new production coincides with the 25th anniversary of Dragon Ball Z.

As always, you can now find these listed on our “Translations” page along with many others. Check back soon for our next batch of translations, as we attempt to clear out as much as we can in preparation for the upcoming 2015 Dragon Ball Z movie!



The recently-announced new Dragon Ball Z film, set to debut during “Golden Week” in 2015, was quickly teased earlier today on Mezamashi TV in Japan.

The images note the same information already provided in the film’s original V-Jump reveal, such as its premiere timeframe and quotes from original manga author Akira Toriyama that he has, “…increased the action scenes by a good amount,” and that it, “…should be super-duper interesting!” The visuals, however, are all-new and showcase Son Goku becoming a Super Saiyan, a fiery logo, and Shenlong coming out.

Thanks to @rebo59 for the initial heads-up on Twitter, as well as our buddy kei17 for additional materials.

UPDATE: A capture of the teaser has been uploaded to YouTube and features Hironobu Kageyama’s original version of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” behind the basic narration.

The 2013 Dragon Ball Z film, Battle of Gods, was given similar teases on Mezamashi TV with previews and promotional videos aired both as exclusives and in conjunction with Jump-branded festivals, such as the original CG teaser which debuted almost exactly two years ago (featuring a brief animation not actually used in the final product).



Originally teased in a small splash alongside Vegetto’s announcement last month, the September 2014 issue of V-Jump — released last week in Japan — details Janenba’s inclusion in the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game Zenkai Battle Royale.

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Janenba’s abilities include “Lightning Shower Rain” (a long-distance barrage of piercing energy blasts), “Dimension Magic” (using a portal to warp next to an opponent and deliver a blow without having to actually move anywhere), and “Dimension Sword” (a chain slashing technique using Janenba’s sword with the blood-red blade, which allows you to slice up your enemies).

Zenkai Battle Royale has received a significant batch of additions over the last several months including Bardock, Coola, Ultimate Gohan, Spopovitch & Babidi, and Vegetto.

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.



21
Jul
2014
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Back on Episode #0288 of our podcast, we provided a primer detailing some of the most important Dr. Slump characters (in conjunction with their crossover during the Red Ribbon Army arc of Dragon Ball). With the impending release of Discotek’s Dr. Slump Movies 1-5 DVD set — along with some of our own work on said product! — we only thought it was appropriate to revisit Toriyama’s original famous series. This time around, we took a look back at some of the ideas that Toriyama first used in Dr. Slump and later borrowed, adapted, or sometimes even flat-out copied for Dragon Ball so many years later!

We are also giving away a free copy of the Dr. Slump movie set!
See below for full details.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0366! VegettoEX and Herms discuss several ideas that originated in “Dr. Slump” that Akira Toriyama either revisited or flat-out recycled later in “Dragon Ball”. A mad scientist with a spy robot collecting data on a hero so that he can create killer androids? A tournament to decide the strongest person on Earth? A final villain who happens to be a “majin”? Which series is this?! Buy Discotek’s “Dr. Slump” Movies 1-5 set for more fun!

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CONTEST RULES:

  1. Entry participant must possess a Twitter account (available for free at twitter.com).
  2. Contest open to worldwide participants, with the understanding that the prize is a North American release.
  3. One entry per individual.
  4. Contest is open until Monday, July 28 @ 11:59 p.m. eastern time.
  5. Content of entry must be a Dr. Slump and/or Dragon Ball-related joke that includes a pun.
  6. Entry should begin with @kanzenshuu and end with the hashtag #slumpun
  7. Entry must be a single tweet in length, including the above handle and hashtag inclusions.
  8. One winner will be selected by the Kanzenshuu staff and will receive one Dr. Slump Movies 1-5 (NTSC, Region 1) DVD set.
  9. These rules may be updated/edited at any time and at the sole discretion of the Kanzenshuu staff.

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



Starting this last weekend J-WORLD Tokyo, an indoor amusement park created by Bandai Namco on the third floor of Sunshine City’s World Import Mart Building in Ikebukuro, began hosting their special main summer event “Dragon Ball Festival 2014” in commemoration of the Dragon Ball Kai TV anime broadcast covering the revival of Majin Buu. The event will run every day from 19 July 2014 to 15 September 2014 with one-time admission tickets costing ¥700 for adults and ¥500 for children.

This special event will feature two new mini-games, “Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack Bowling” and “Clash! Ultra Buu-Buu Volleyball”. Participants will receive exclusive Majin Buu-related prizes based on their performance, including badge pins, tumbler cups, drawstring handbags, and stickers. Both games cost ¥300 per play. There is also a free “Rock-Paper-Scissors Tenka’ichi Budōkai” tournament, with each participant receiving some “Super Saiyan Hair”.

The true highlight of the event is a limited-time showing of “Revive Him! Majin Buu Makes His Appearance!”, a 20 minute video featuring live performances from Babidi, Majin Buu, and Mister Satan.

It’s a spectator-type show attraction that has admirably brought to life the grand battle between the Dark Mage Babidi and Dragon Ball‘s heroes through a melding of video and live action.

As a special present, each fan in attendance of the live performance will receive a “Majin Boo Boo Cushion”.

Finally, to fulfill the appetite of hungry Dragon Ball fans in attendance, there will be special food provided in the J-WORLD Kitchen in addition to their normal food selection. These delicacies include “Mister Satan’s Champion Sandwich” (roast beef), “Goten and Trunks’ Fusion Plate” (a combo plate with hamburger, curry, and pasta), and “Majin Buu’s Strawberry Cheese Cupcake”.



During their panel at this weekend’s MCM Comic Con in Manchester, Manga UK announced their license and acquisition of the 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The film is scheduled for a UK release on both DVD and Blu-ray 10 December 2014.

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An Instagram recap of the announcement notes that the company will have more details on this and other announcements (related to various properties), “…in the coming weeks.”

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is currently available on home video in Hong Kong, Mexico, and Taiwain with other countries slowly making their way from theatrical screenings to home releases. English-dubbed North American theatrical screenings will take place next month, though FUNimation has not yet announced their own home video release plans.