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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.

Published by VegettoEX
11 August 2016, 9:50 AM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Fusions debuted on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan 04 August 2016, pulling in strong numbers during its first (partial) week on sale.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 01 August 2016 to 07 August 2016, the game pushed 77,509 copies, making it the second-best selling game of the week (conceding the top spot to the latest Etrian Odyssey, also on the Nintendo 3DS).

Fusions‘ first week sales edge out last year’s Extreme Butōden (also on the Nintendo 3DS), which pushed 74,660 copies during its own first 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
09 August 2016, 5:53 PM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS was released last week in Japan, and half the Kanzenshuu staff has been plugging away at it relatively nonstop! Though no international release has been announced, Fusions deserves your attention — tune in this episode for our initial thoughts on the game!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0409! Mike and Jake provide early impressions on “Dragon Ball Fusions” for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS. Particularly in light of “Dragon Ball Heroes” and its own on-going success, what does “Fusions” bring to the table? Should fans think about importing the game with seemingly no international distribution on the horizon?

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

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.

Published by VegettoEX
01 August 2016, 10:11 AM EDTComment

Shueisha’s official Saikyō Jump website has announced that the upcoming September 2016 issue of the magazine will contain a new Dragon Ball Heroes spin-off manga: “Dark Demon Realm Mission” (暗黒魔界ミッション / Ankoku Makai Misshon).

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The Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission spin-off — tying in with on-going Dragon Ball Heroes arcade missions along with the game’s upcoming Super Dragon Ball Heroes update — will be contributed by Charisma Mission author Yoshitaka Nagayama.

The September 2016 issue of Saikyō Jump is due out in Japan 05 August 2016 for ¥530 and is available for pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

While the issue is confirmed to continue with the Dragon Ball SD spin-off/retelling by Naho Ooishi (which will kick off a major time-skip next issue), it remains to be seen which of the various other spin-offs will continue onward in light of Nagayama taking on more work. The most recent (July 2016) issue of the bi-monthly publication contained entries from five on-going Dragon Ball manga publications: Dragon Ball Fusions the MANGA!!, Dragon Ball Discross Divine Power God MAX!!, Dragon Ball Heroes Super Charisma Mission!, Dragon Ball SD, and the Dragon Ball GT anime comic.

UPDATE: Kanzenshuu received the following response from Nagayama on Twitter regarding the upcoming manga and the question of what might happen with the existing Charisma Mission series-

新連載というよりは、連載中の超カリスマミッションの暗黒魔界編だと思っていただけたらと思います(^ ^)
カリスマたちも読者の方々と一緒に暗黒魔界編を見て、研究しているところです(^O^)


Rather than a new series, I’d prefer that you think of it as the “Dark Demon Realm Arc” of the currently-serialized “Super Charisma Mission” (^ ^)
The Charismas are watching the Dark Demon Realm arc of the game together with the readers, and doing research on it (^O^)

Published by VegettoEX
30 July 2016, 9:18 PM EDTComment

Today’s fifty-third episode of the Dragon Ball Super TV series in Japan saw the debut of “Gowasu” and “Zamasu”, a Kaiōshin and apprentice Kaiōshin, respectively, from Universe 10. While Zamasu had previously been teased and announced to be voiced by Shin’ichiro Miki, Gowasu’s actor was revealed during the episode’s credits as Tetsuo Gotō.

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Gotō had previously played a minor “Secretary” role in the series’ fifteenth episode.

Both “gowasu” and “zamasu” are archaic Japanese verbs meaning “to be”, seemingly confirming a name pun scheme.