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Published by VegettoEX
18 September 2017, 9:06 AM EDTComment

Special thanks to forum user arromdee who pointed us to what is the oldest English-language coverage in our “Press Archive” right now: a review of Harmony Gold’s English dub of the first Dragon Ball movie from the Winter 1991 issue of Markalite magazine (beating out the Summer 1991 Animenominous feature article by just a couple seasons).

In this brief review from the “ShortTakes” column, Mike Kure describes the relatively faithful adaptation from Harmony Gold, also commenting on the series’ and film’s colorful cast of characters and humor:

Harmony Gold deserves credit for putting this little gem together. Though I’m sure it’s no easy thing, it may be easier to translate an action-adventure film because the stress must be on the visuals. But DRAGONBALL, which also concentrates on characterization and humor, must have been a more difficult job. The task becomes even more perplexing when you take in account that it’s Japanese humor that needs to be successfully translated into humor that we Americans can understand and appreciate. Fortunately for us, Harmony Gold manages to pull it off beautifully.

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Harmony Gold dubbed the first and third Dragon Ball films as a sort of backdoor pilot for the television series, which they also briefly began production on. After Harmony Gold dropped the series, FUNimation picked up the license and began syndicating the original Dragon Ball television series in 1995 before moving on to Dragon Ball Z in 1996; check out some of the articles from Protoculture Addicts in the 1990s for an early look at FUNimation’s attempts and strategy.

Published by Hujio
15 September 2017, 10:45 AM EDTComment

Online retailers have updated their listings for the eighth Dragon Ball Super home video box set in Japan, covering episodes 85-96 (the beginning of the “Tournament of Power” in the Universe Survival arc):

Dragon Ball Super Blu-ray Box #8

The disc label art features Caulifla and Kale from Universe 6. The box set will come packaged with a special booklet and feature a new illustration of Son Gohan. On-disc extras will include a creditless version of the series’ eighth ending theme song, “Boogie Back”. 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 03 October 2017 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’ next three box sets are already set for release beginning 06 January 2018.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release currently available at various local and online retailers.

Published by VegettoEX
15 September 2017, 10:05 AM EDTComment

Our latest addition to the translation archives takes us back to 2006 with the final “Dragon Box” release in Japan. “Dragon Box The Movies” covered all seventeen of the franchise’s films up to that point (three for the original television series, thirteen for Dragon Ball Z, and the 10th anniversary film), and like its fellow DVD box sets in the previous years, came with a “Dragonbook” packed with production information, interviews, image galleries, and more.

This “Dragonbook” featured a “Theatrical Story Q&A” with Takao Koyama, scriptwriter for all thirteen of the Dragon Ball Z films and series composer for the vast majority of the franchise’s animated adaptation. Koyama spoke to the actual production process as well as naming schemes and scenario inspirations.

When we made the episodes for the theatrical features, first the scriptwriter, the producer, and Toriyama-sensei‘s supervising editor would get together, and meet about story concepts, such as what to do about the main villain. Then I would put together a plot based on the content of what we’d talked about. I’d send that plot to Toriyama-sensei and get his opinion on it, then start writing out the scenario — that was the typical flow. Once I got to writing, I’d be joined at the hip with the producer.

It would take about three months’ time from the planning stage until the completion of a single movie’s scenario. Dragon Ball Z had two movies shown each year, in spring and summer, so that works out to me having been writing a theatrical movie scenario for over half a given year at the time. (laughs)

Koyama also spoke at length about Broli, a villain that appeared in three of the later theatrical films.

Even including the TV anime, nobody exists in the world who’s stronger than Broli. I mean, even Vegeta, Prince of the Saiyans, was trembling in fear. (laughs) I felt that there’s no way that kind of mightiest being would die in a single outing. After all, there were kids who cried at Broli’s overwhelming strength when they saw Burn Up!! at Shueisha’s preview screening. (laughs) It’s always difficult coming up with an enemy for Goku, because I’d constantly have to escalate their strength. So, he ended up appearing three times.

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Koyama’s thoughts on Broli at the time are interesting to put in comparison with a 2013 blog post in which he reviewed his experience watching Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, a film he had no involvement with, where he contrasts that film’s antagonist Beerus with Broli.

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

Published by VegettoEX
14 September 2017, 11:09 AM EDTComment

Three new translations enter our archives today: one comes courtesy of a recent television special, one is actually a stealth-addition that has been up for a little while in conjunction to some deep “Manga Guide” work, and the other is an old tidbit from the era when Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball technically co-existed!

Last month, Fuji TV aired Showa vs. Heisei!?: Anime, Tokusatsu, Manga Hero & Heroine Top 20, a special program counting down favorite characters based on a multi-generational survey.

Dragon Ball‘s own Son Goku was ultimately named the number one hero. Original author Akira Toriyama provided an original sketch featuring his character side-by-side with his namesake Sun Wukong from Journey to the West, along with a celebratory comment:

Even though I knew that battle manga went over well with readers of shōnen manga, I still stubbornly decided to do a Journey to the West adventure manga. Since it’d be a bit drab to just leave things as-is, I changed the monkey to a human with a tail and started off a modified version of Journey to the West where they search for the seven Dragon Balls.

But sure enough it didn’t get very popular, so I had no choice but to obediently change course to a battle-centric manga. Afterwards I got rid of the tail (it was in the way) and so in the end only the name “Son Goku” remained.

Thank you very much for selecting that Goku as the number one strongest hero!!

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As with Battle of Gods before it and the various films and TV specials in the past, the 2015 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ received an “Anime Comic” later that same year. These “Anime Comic” (occasionally “Film Anime Comic”) releases arrange their respective film into comic book style with dialog bubbles. They occasionally include extra character biographies and supplemental franchise information, and even more rarely comments from original author Akira Toriyama himself.

The Resurrection ‘F’ comic ends with a brief “Message From Akira Toriyama”:

With Battle of Gods last time as well as with this Resurrection ‘F’, I wrote the story but didn’t make it into a manga, so there’s no collected edition. In other words, this anime comic is the only way you can read new Dragon Ball in book form. And it’s in glorious full color! Please enjoy reading it! I’m sure you will make new discoveries that you didn’t pick up on in the big screen.

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In May of 1985, the eighteenth and final collected volume of Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump manga saw its release in Japan. At this point, no collected volumes of Dragon Ball existed yet (the first would hit later that year in September), and the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization was only just wrapping up the first arc of the series.

The final Dr. Slump volume contains two brief promotional, optimistic look-aheads to Dragon Ball, including one closing comment from Akira Toriyama himself.

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With this, Dr. Slump has come to an end. Continuing onwards, please look forward to Dragon Ball.

(Kame-sen’nin)
I reckon it’ll be coming out this year!

Thank you so much to everyone who read all the way to the end!!

I’ve drawn Arale so many times I’ve lost count, but this one is the last.

Now then, let’s meet again in the collected edition (at least I think it’ll be coming out) of Dragon Ball.

–Akira Toriyama

These messages were added for the tankōbon edition, and were not reprinted in the kanzenban and eventual digital editions of the series.

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

Published by VegettoEX
13 September 2017, 9:26 AM EDTComment

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 originally launched last year on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). Bandai Namco brings the game to the Nintendo Switch this month, with its Japanese launch (07 September 2017) coming slightly ahead of its international launch later this month (22 September 2017).

Despite facing some initial physical copy supply constraints, the game pushed 24,045 copies in Japan during the reporting period of 04 September 2017 to 10 September 2017, coming in as the third-best-selling game of the week (behind Destiny 2 on the PlayStation 4 and Splatoon 2 also on the Nintendo Switch).

The game originally sold 66,035 copies on the PlayStation 4 back during its respective first week in November 2016.

The Switch version runs at a maximum of 900p in docked mode (720p in handheld mode), and supports the various Switch-specific methods of input and play with up to six-players in local play (using multiple Nintendo Switch consoles). Pre-order and first-run copies come packed with bonus material, including the story mode from the first Dragon Ball XENOVERSE video game.

Developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is also available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 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.

Published by VegettoEX
08 September 2017, 9:18 PM EDTComment

The official Twitter account for Dragon Ball video games posted an update today noting that supplies of physical copies of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 for the Nintendo Switch in Japan — released yesterday, 07 September 2017 — are in short supply, and that additional copies will make their way out in late September.

只今、全国的にパッケージ版が品薄状態になっております。
9月下旬より順次追加出荷を予定しております。
お待たせして申し訳ございませんが【期間限定特典】付きですので、もう少しお待ちください。


At the present time, there is a limited supply of the packaged version nationwide. A steady increase in shipments is planned from the last third of September. We are terribly sorry for the wait, but limited-time bonus items will be included, so please wait just a little bit longer.

Pre-orders and first-pressing copies of the game come with various bonuses, including the first Dragon Ball XENOVERSE video game’s story mode. Physical copies are set to include this bonus through December, while digital versions of the game — available on Nintendo’s eShop — will come packaged with the bonus through October.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is due out for the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe later this month on 22 September 2017.

The Switch version is set to run at a maximum of 900p in docked mode (720p in handheld mode), and will support the various Switch-specific methods of input and play with up to six-players in local play (using multiple Nintendo Switch consoles).

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 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.

Published by VegettoEX
08 September 2017, 9:12 AM EDTComment

Toei Animation and Japanese band ROTTENGRAFFTY have announced that their song “By a 70cm Square Window” (70cm四方の窓辺; 70cm Shiho no Madobe) will take over as the tenth ending theme song for the Dragon Ball Super television series beginning with the show’s one-hour special 08 October 2017.

Regular (VICL-37319; ¥1,200 + tax) and Limited Edition (VIZL-1234; ¥1,800 + tax) CD singles are set for release 04 October 2017. Both will feature the new ending theme and two b-sides, while the Limited Edition version will also come packed with a bonus DVD with a 2016 performance from the band.

  1. By a 70cm Square Window
  2. SHRED
  3. PORNO ULTRA EXPRESS

Different retailers will include bonus promotional items with pre- and day-one orders, such as keychains, postcards, posters, and more.

Victor Entertainment has uploaded a “digest version” of the song’s music video to YouTube, which is (unsurprisingly) blocked in certain territories.

The CD singles are available for pre-order internationally via Amazon Japan and CDJapan.

CDs for the show’s first nine ending themes — “Hello Hello Hello” by Good Morning America, “Starring Star” by KEYTALK, “Light Pink” by LACCO TOWER, “Forever Dreaming” by Czecho no Republic, “Easy-Going Dance” by Batten Showjo Tai, “Chao Fan MUSIC” by Arukara, “An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil” by THE COLLECTORS, “Boogie Back” by Miyu Inoue, and “Far Away” by Lacco Tower — have been released.

A CD single for the show’s first opening theme — “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” by Kazuya Yoshii — was released 07 October 2015. The series’ second opening theme — “Limit-Break x Survivor” by Kiyoshi Hikawa — does not yet have a CD single announced, though TV-sized and full-length versions are available on certain Japanese digital provider sites.

Published by VegettoEX
28 August 2017, 2:58 PM EDTComment

Listings for the ninth, tenth, and eleventh DVD and Blu-ray Japanese home video box sets of the Dragon Ball Super television series have begun to appear on retailer sites.

  • The ninth set, due out 06 January 2018, will cover episodes 97-108 of the series.
  • The tenth set, due out 03 April 2018, will cover episodes 109-120 of the series.
  • The eleventh set, due out 03 July 2018, will cover episodes 121-133 of the series.

Sets include a creditless version of the respective closing theme used during its batch of episodes. DVD boxes are priced at ¥12,096 while Blu-ray boxes are priced at ¥16,416.

The seventh home video box set released earlier this month covering episodes 73-84, with the eighth set scheduled for release in October covering episodes 85-96.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan; episode 105 aired this past weekend. 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, and the first home video release kicking off last month.

Thanks to CashmanX for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
27 August 2017, 9:31 PM EDT1 Comment

Toei Animation and Fuji TV have released the first promotional video for October 2017’s upcoming One Piece and Dragon Ball Super television specials.

Narrator: Who will win in Goku’s limit-breaking battle with his mightiest rival, Jiren of Universe 11?
Goku: Dragon Ball Super airs at 9:00 a.m. on October 8th.

The Dragon Ball Super portion of the preview does not appear to show any actual upcoming footage in its discussion of Goku’s upcoming battle with Universe 11’s Jiren, but rather animates the first look at Goku’s new “transformation” shown off in last week’s October 2017 issue of V-Jump (following its initial tease in a new visual back in June):

A certain transformation appears in the latest visual…?!

Finally, a visual where Goku faces forward!! His eyes shine silver, and he wears a stern expression!!

Toei Animation and Dragon Ball Super producer Hiroyuki Sakurada provided a special comment to accompany the announcements:

History’s mightiest “Tournament of Power” is being held in Dragon Ball Super to decide the fate of all the universes. Starting in October, it at last reaches a turning point as Goku finally faces off with his strongest opponent, Jiren. From there on out it will truly be a continuous run from Goku and co.’s big battle to the climax. And to kick it off, Dragon Ball Super will be airing a “1-Hour Autumn Special” on October 8th. Unprecedented surprises are in store, so please look forward to it. Plus, with Dragon Ball Super powering up in this super-climax and One Piece heating up in celebration of its 20th anniversary, a collaboration between these two great Sunday anime is finally becoming a reality. It’s a dream visual symbolizing the two great anime, as if Goku and Luffy were on an adventure together!

The One Piece special is set to air in the two shows’ time blocks from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, 01 October 2017. The Dragon Ball Super special will follow suit in the same block on Sunday, 08 October 2017.

In conjunction with this new preview video, the official Dragon Ball Super Twitter account is holding a contest where those who retweet their post with the specials’ collaboration image have a chance at winning a poster signed by Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) and Mayumi Tanaka (Luffy, Kuririn). Five winners will be selected, with a retweet deadline of 17 September 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
25 August 2017, 3:48 PM EDT1 Comment

Following today’s Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament grand finals in conjunction with Gamescom, Bandai Namco debuted a new promotional video showcasing gameplay of “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) Son Goku and Vegeta in the upcoming fighting game.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is set for a February 2018 release worldwide and is under development by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game is advertised as running at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles. Currently-announced playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan, Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo, Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, and #18 (with #17), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.