Shunsuke Kikuchi, composer for the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z TV series (as well as their contemporary movies and TV specials in the 1980s-1990s) has been awarded the 2015 “International Award” from the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers (JASRAC).
The “International Award” is given to the domestic work with the most income generated by payments from foreign licensees. This year, the score to the Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball TV series took the #1 and #10 spots, respectively. The scores to Dragon Ball Z generated payments from eleven foreign countries including Italy and the United States. Eight other anime soundtracks made the rankings.
Kikuchi received the second-place “International Award” for the same work back in 2011.
Thanks to kei17 for the heads-up.
In conjunction with the launch of the official Dragon Ball Super website yesterday, the series’ theme songs were unveiled at the “Triad Rocks –Columbia vs Triad-” event held in Tokyo. The series’ opening theme, “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!!”, will be peformed by Kazuya Yoshii (lead vocalist of The Yellow Monkey), while rock band Good Morning America returns from their work on Dragon Ball Kai to provide Super’s ending theme, “Hello Hello Hello”. Good Morning America and Kazuya Yoshii, who were both participating at the event, were on-hand to celebrate the announcement with Son Goku and Fuji TV producer Osamu Nozaki.
Following the event, comments from the artists and staff were released:
I wanted to create a tune that kids would hum as they went home from school, and as they hummed it, it would feel like power was welling up inside them.
I also wanted to convey my image of Goku: kind, powerful, and sexy too.
The intro up to the first verse have the image of flying together as a family. Yukinojō Mori is someone I really admire and respect as a songwriter, so getting to make this song with him was absolutely super! I feel like I grew stronger and stronger while making it.
The recording was handled by LA’s trusted musicians and staff! Fantastic!! Look forward to it!
グッドモーニングアメリカ Vo./Gt. 金廣真悟
Good Morning America (Vocals/Guitar: Shingo Kanehiro)
Dragon Ball. I was involved with Kai last time, which was a digitally remastered version of an anime I’d seen once back when I was a kid.
Back then, the ending theme was sung by Hironobu Kageyama. Since it’s something I’m so familiar with, on the one hand I’m very happy that we’re getting to do it ourselves, but on the other hand it doesn’t feel quite right; it doesn’t seem real yet.
Still, this time it’s a completely new story. An unknown adventure that’s not even in the manga. I’m really looking forward to it and totally excited.
In order to go down in Dragon Ball history, I’ve brought my ace-in-the-hole “super” new song, so look forward to it.
フジテレビ プロデューサー 野﨑理
Fuji TV Producer Osamu Nozaki
When deciding on the theme song for Dragon Ball Super, the first new Dragon Ball TV anime series in 18 years, I thought that the main theme should be a breath of fresh air for the Dragon Ball world, something that would be popular with both children and adults, so I entrusted the opening theme to Kazuya Yoshii-san.
This is Yoshii-san’s first time singing the main theme of an anime solo, and also his first time collaborating with songwriter Yukinojō Mori-san, so I’m sure the two of them will take on these new challenges together. Good Morning America all sang the initial ending theme for when Dragon Ball Kai started up last year. They also performed with Masako Nozawa-san at an event, so overall they’ve been heavily involved with starting up new programs. I hope they’ll help us kick off Dragon Ball Super as well.
Please look forward not only to Dragon Ball Super, the first new series in 18 years, but also to the new theme song too!
Dragon Ball Super is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. While an exact start date has not yet been officially unveiled, it is likely that Super will begin its broadcast run starting 05 July 2015, taking over the Dragon Ball Kai time slot on Fuji TV. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting in August.
“YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!” (“Welcome to the Theater!”), a new initiative by T-Joy, has launched in Japan as a part of a tourism plan to bring subtitled versions of popular Japanese films to foreign audiences visiting the country.
Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” (“Resurrection ‘F'”) will be the project’s first film and will be presented with English subtitles.
Adult, student, and senior-priced tickets are available. Participating theaters and screening dates include:
- Shinjuku Wald 9 (Tokyo), May 30 & 31
- T-Joy Kyoto (Kyoto), June 6 & 7
- T-Joy Hakata (Fukuoka), June 6 & 7
Let’s go & see the hottest Japanese Films in the hottest theater in Japan!
Special show with English subtitles 「YOKOSO！EIGAKAN！」 Show #1 is “DRAGON BALL Z: Resurrection ‘F'”！
T-Joy Co., Ltd. (Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO Yusuke Okada) announced the launch of “YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!” where we screen Japanese films with English subtitles at T-Joy operated theaters (including joint-managed theaters) listed below. For our first show, we proudly present “DRAGON BALL Z: Resurrection ‘F'” (distributed by TOEI COMPANY, LTD. ). At “YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!”, T-Joy will provide Japanese films in one of the newest movie theaters. Please look forward for our following line up of “YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!”
■What is “YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!”?
We offer one of the hottest Japanese films with English subtitles where our audiences can enjoy as a part of their trip to Japan and use as a short stop to relax.
“YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!” will become one of the places where foreign audiences can enjoy the Japanese film culture. Show #1: Check out the popular JAPANESE ANIMATION! The first show for “YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!” is an animation film based on a world famous comic “DRAGON BALL”. Full-length animation “DRAGON BALL Z: Resurrection ‘F'” will come with complete English subtitle,
To add more delight, the one-and-only “DRAGON BALL Z Original Popcorn” will be available in the theaters for our audiences to enjoy as a memorial and as a souvenir.
■Information: Theater and Date
【TOKYO】Shinjuku Wald 9 (※1) May 30th (Sat), 31st (Sun)
【KYOTO】T-Joy Kyoto June 6th (Sat), 7th (Sun)
【FUKUOKA】T-Joy Hakata June 6th (Sat), 7th (Sun)
※1 … joint-managed theater with TOHO CINEMAS LTD
■Ticket Price (tax included)
Student (University & *High School)：1,500 JPY (*Shinjuku Wald 9 1,000 JPY)
Student (Junior High School & under)：1,000 JPY
Senior (60 years old & above)：1,100 JPY
In addition to the previously-revealed involvement (story and characters) from original manga author Akira Toriyama, as well as returning voice actress Masako Nozawa, the website reconfirms Kimitoshi Chioka as the director. The website also announces Kazuya Yoshii (lead vocalist of The Yellow Monkey) as providing the opening theme, while Good Morning America returns from their work on Dragon Ball Kai to provide Super’s ending theme.
The website reconfirms a July 2015 start for the weekly TV series, which will air Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV.
While an exact start date has not yet been officially unveiled, it is likely that Dragon Ball Super will begin its broadcast run starting 05 July 2015, taking over the Dragon Ball Kai time slot on Fuji TV. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting in August.
Good Morning America contributed the song “Dear Zarathustra” as the first closing theme to the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for its Japanese broadcast (and third closing theme overall).
UPDATE: Toei Animation’s official Dragon Ball Kai website has updated with its own Dragon Ball Super announcement, which again includes all of the information listed above, but surprisingly does reveal the actual new theme song titles. The opening theme by Kazuya Yoshii will be titled, “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!!” (超絶☆ダイナミック！！), where chōzetsu can mean “transcendence” or “excellence”. The new ending theme from Good Morning America will be “Hello Hello Hello” (ハローハローハロー). Singles for both themes will be released by Nippon Columbia in August 2015.
Anime News Network reports that the upcoming Dragon Ball Super TV series will receive a manga adaptation by Toyotarō, which will begin serialization in the August 2015 issue of V-Jump.
Along with the announcement, which appears in this month’s upcoming July 2015 issue of V-Jump (officially hitting shelves 21 May 2015), a brief message was included from V-Jump’s “elite” editorial staff member Victory Uchida:
A Completely New “Dragon Ball”, Full of Mystery!!
The latest TV animation was suddenly announced!! That was a Victory-surprise, even for me!! What on Earth will the story be? It’s such a mystery… There’s no doubt it will exceed everyone’s expectations!!!
While an exact start date has not yet been officially unveiled, it is likely that Dragon Ball Super will begin its broadcast run starting 05 July 2015, taking over the Dragon Ball Kai time slot on Fuji TV. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.”
Toyotarō, in all likelihood a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”, is most recently responsible for a three-chapter introductory manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, which ran in the April, May, and June 2015 issues of V-Jump in Japan. Prior to this, Toyotarō penned the monthly Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission promotional manga from the September 2012 to February 2015 issues of V-Jump.
At the moment it is unclear whether the Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation will be a true adaptation of its TV series counterpart, or will merely serve as a promotional tool to provide previews of upcoming episodes and story lines. It is worth noting that since the manga adaptation will be featured in V-Jump, it will most likely be released on a monthly basis, which greatly contrasts the weekly TV series schedule. In addition to that, the first chapter of the Dragon Ball Super manga is scheduled to be published two weeks prior to the TV series’ premiere.
While the first line of WCF figures covered the Z Warriors, featuring Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, this second line picks up with their counterparts, the Freeza Army. The second line includes Freeza in his first, fourth, and “Golden” forms, accompanied by Tagoma, Sorbet, and Shisami. This wave of figures will be featured in CRANEKING claw vending machines across Japan starting 04 June 2015 and will not be available for individual retail.
All three lines of the Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” WCF figures were originally previewed by Banpresto in February at the 2015 Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) industry event. While not yet confirmed, it is likely that the third line of figures will be available this July.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE continued onward from its strong March sales in North America by also placing in the April 2015 PlayStation Network top sellers list.
The game ranked as the #15 and #11 games on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 charts, respectively, for digital sales via Sony’s PlayStation Network. Downloadable content packs for the game also ranked highly in April, with the Season Pass and DBGT Pack #2 closing out the PlayStation 4’s top ten add-ons, and DBGT Pack #2 also closing out the PlayStation 3’s same list.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game is available both digitally and in retail disc form for both Sony consoles.
May 9th has always been a special day in the Dragon World, most significantly as the in-universe date in which the world was taken over by the Demon King Piccolo in chapter 153. The date is also an out-of-universe pun on “Goku”, where the date’s numbers, “five” and “nine”, can be pronounced as go and kū, respectively.
In the past, fans and even official rights-holders have unofficially used the date for their own celebrations. This year, however, the “Japan Anniversary Association” has officially declared May 9th to be “Goku Day” (悟空の日) in Japan.
Established by Toei Incorporated, distributors of the film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, which premiered April 18th. The purpose is to let even more people know about the fun of the anime series Dragon Ball Z (based on the Dragon Ball comic by Akira Toriyama), and the charm of its protagonist “Son Goku”. The date comes from a pun on 5 and 9: Go (5) Ku (9).
Following a showing of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” at the Shinjuku Wald 9 theater in Tokyo, Masako Nozawa was brought up on stage and presented with an official certification from the anniversary association, along with a bouquet of 59 carnations.
MC: What were your thoughts when you heard that “Goku Day” was officially recognized?
I was incredibly happy! Before I saw this registration card, I just thought the staff at Toei had gone “it’s 5/9, so let’s make it Goku Day”. So seeing this registration card and that it’s actually something official was a real shock! When I told the staff that, they went “Obviously we couldn’t have just gone and decided it on our own!” (laughs)
MC: What led to you getting cast as Son Goku?
I was chosen in auditions. They auditioned a lot of other people too of course, but apparently when creator Akira Toriyama-sensei heard my voice, even without seeing my name he instantly picked me. It’s amazing that I’ve been voicing him for 19 [sic] years now.
MC: I heard you talked with Toriyama-sensei during the last film, Battle of Gods. What’s he like?
He’s really friendly and easy to talk to. I had heard before from people at Shueisha about how Sensei immediately picked me during auditions, and when I asked the man himself about it, he told me yeah, that’s how it went. That made me really happy; I treasure it even now.
Talking with Sensei was a lot of fun. All sorts of things pop up when you have a conversation with him. I’d like to cut open his head and check out his brain (laughs). I bet his brain’s totally different than yours or mine. It’s amazing that he could think up the world of Dragon Ball!
MC: What did you think about voicing three characters (Goku, Gohan, and Goten)?
It’s a new record! They’re all lead parts or semi-lead parts, so in the real world it’d be impossible.
When I read the script for the first episode with Gohan, at the spot where it said “Son Goku: Masako Nozawa” I thought that the “Masako Nozawa” was a bit misaligned, and that nobody’s name was written under “Gohan”. So I asked the staff about it, and the conversation went like this: “There’s a name written there!” “No there isn’t!” “See, right there!” “Huh, you mean me?” “Yes!” “Then you should have centered it better! It’s too close to Goku!” (laughs)
The producer (Kozo Morishita, currently chairmen of the board for Toei Animation) told me that Toriyama-sensei picked me for the role of Gohan as well. I’m really glad about that. And apparently it was the same with Goten. I wondered whether it was alright having me play so many roles, but I wouldn’t have gotten there without everyone’s support. I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to perform three different roles.
MC: The new TV series Dragon Ball Super starts in July! What’s your outlook for the future?
I don’t know what the story will be like, but with a name like “Super”, I bet it’ll be super fun, with super amazing battles. After all, 超 is normally read as “Chou”, but here it’s “Super” (laughs)! I’m holding out hope for the next movie too, maybe even before Toriyama-sensei is (laughs). Don’t just leave it at Goku, Gohan, and Goten; from here on out, please raise a bigger and bigger “Dragon Ball family”.
In conjunction with the celebratory day, the official Dragon Ball 30th anniversary website also unveiled a new logo. Not only will it be the website’s new logo, but it will be used on all upcoming memorial goods, including a new commemorative 30th anniversary book which will be previewed from time to time on the anniversary website. As of this post, no official release date has been set.
What will you do to celebrate Goku Day (not to mention Piccolo Day)? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up on the forums!
Namco-Bandai has posted a ¥37.588 billion (approximately $314 million) profit for the full fiscal 2015 year.
Dragon Ball came in as the company’s sixth-best-performing franchise for the year, pulling in ¥19.4 billion, a jump over last year’s ¥11.4 billion. The company is projecting ¥20.0 billion for fiscal year 2016.
In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise actually dropped slightly from ¥6.4 billion last fiscal year to ¥5.8 billion this year. The company is forecasting a jump back up to ¥7.5 billion for next year.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE is listed as the company’s best-selling game released during the fiscal year. At just over two million copies, the February 2015 release (available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC) holds more than double the sales of the game directly below it, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution.
While Dragon Ball Super is (only?!) about two months away, we are still swimming in Revival of “F” material to cover as the movie continues its dominance in Japanese theaters and begins to make its way worldwide. Five new interview translations have been added to the site, all revolving around the new movie:
V-Jump May 2015 Issue: “Double Dragon Talk 2!!!”
A follow-up to the duo’s May 2013 V-Jump discussion regarding Battle of Gods, Naho Ooishi and Toyotaro get together once again to discuss Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”. The duo discuss their thoughts on Freeza’s return, their favorite scenes from the new film, and also contribute short comics of their own.
Naho: And also, he was far and away more scarily-strong than I’d imagined. I get the feeling that when people heard “the revival of Freeza”, most of them probably thought, “Seriously? Freeza…?” but I think once they see the movie, their impression will absolutely change. (laughs) It’s nice how he introduces himself a bit self-consciously once he changes into Golden Freeza, too. (laughs)
V-Jump May 2015 Issue: Momoiro Clover Z Interview
In the first of two Momoiro Clover Z interviews we have translated, the group behind the film’s main theme discusses the types of ki-based techniques they wish they could use.
Takagi: For example, you get attacked by an enemy, right? So, when you don’t have any way to escape, you could stick yourself to the wall, like this. And then you’d become part of the wall yourself!
Momoka: …Eh? Takagi-san, are you often fighting in your dreams?!
Takagi: Well, it’s not so much fighting, as it is running away!
Entermix May 2015 Issue: Momoiro Clover Z Interview
In the second of two Momoiro Clover Z interviews we have translated, the group continues to discuss their dream techniques while also discussing their favorite characters.
Momota: Gohan-kun, I guess. It’s wonderful how he has a dream of being a scholar.
Sasaki: As for me…….
Momota: The lecherous Kame-Sen’nin?
Sasaki: What?! No!! I guess I’d be a Vegeta fan; he is a prince, after all.
Tamai: That’s quite the condescending attitude. (laughs) Definitely Tenshinhan for me. He’s tall, and his name is cute and sounds delicious.
Momota: He’s a tricyclops, though. Are you really OK with that?
Tamai: What? Then, no way. (laughs)
Ariyasu: Kuririn for me. This time he’s become a policeman, and more than anything, he seems like an upstanding person, don’t you think?
Sasaki: Plus you’re both short, after all. (laughs)
Takagi: I’ll of course go with Piccolo-san. That’s because the way he wears a turban is wonderful, like Shōnan-no-Kaze.
Entermix May 2015 Issue: Ryūsei Nakao Interview
From the same magazine, an interview with Ryūsei Nakao dives into the speed of the battles in the new film and recording such fights with the rest of the cast.
According to Freeza, he apparently “went with gold so it would be easy to grasp”, but he’s obtained an overwhelming speed and power. The developments in the battle scenes were truly so quick that our voices could barely keep up with the transitions between attacking and defending, and even Masako (Nozawa)-san and I, who have been doing this for many years, were going, “Huh? Was that my attack just now?” The recording was really tough.
V-Jump June 2015 Issue: Ryūsei Nakao Interview
Finally, in an interview from the most recent issue of V-Jump, Nakao discusses how he tuned his vocal performance for the new film.
Obviously Freeza’s essence is the same as before, but he’s also more evolved now. I played Golden Freeza as if he were “evil perfected”. It was lots of fun putting all the emphasis on “evil” in my performance. In the last film, Battle of Gods, the story reached godly proportions, so I tried to ramp the level of evil up to match (laughs).