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0830 August 2015
Goku Steps Up!
The Last Chance From Beerus-sama?!"Super" NewsSeries InfoEpisode List

Listings for the first few batches of a Dragon Ball Super home release have begun to appear on Amazon Japan. Toei and Happinet will release the series in DVD and Blu-ray box sets of 12 episodes each, with the first set dropping 02 December 2015 (episodes 1-12) and the second set dropping 02 March 2016 (episodes 13-24). In addition to a special booklet and box with a new illustration, on-disc extras will include a creditless opening and ending.

DVD sets are listed at ¥12,096 with Blu-ray sets at ¥16,416. Both DVD and Blu-ray sets are listed as two discs each.

Voice actor lists and plot summaries for the sets do not reveal anything not already known about the series thus far. Cover art for the sets has not yet been finalized. Amazon Japan will sell their own special editions of each box set, though details are not yet available on what extras they may contain or be packaged with; these special editions are currently listed for the same price as their standard counterparts. Previous Amazon Japan bonus items have included slipcovers and steelbook packaging.

UPDATE: CDJapan has also updated with listings for DVD box 1, Blu-ray box 1, DVD box 2, and Blu-ray box 2.



UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open on Amazon.

Following the seemingly-preemptive listings from Manga UK (with a release date of 26 October 2015), and then reports of F.Y.E. listings and product displays, FUNimation has revealed their Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (Revival of “F”) home release as coming 20 October 2015.

The film will come in three editions: standard DVD (MSRP $29.98), Blu-ray and DVD combo pack (MSRP $34.98), and Collector’s Edition (MSRP $59.98). The Collector’s Edition is set to include 52 minutes worth of bonus material:

The Voices of Dragon Ball Z (in-the-booth “making of” footage)
The Return of Dragon Ball Z (cast interviews & red carpet footage)
Exclusive, premium packaging – including clear o-card and digipack
Set of four (4) holographic Frieza Force propaganda postcards

Special features on the DVD edition will be limited to trailers, while the combo pack and Collector’s Edition will include:

The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: They’re Back!
The Return of Dragon Ball Z
Textless Closing Song
U.S. Trailer
Trailers

The film will include the original Japanese language track (with accompanying English subtitles) alongside the company’s English dub.

Japan will receive their Revival of “F” home release on DVD and Blu-ray 07 October 2015.

The story for Resurrection ‘F’ (Revival of “F”), which opened nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, was crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he wrote it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it would, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, served as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo has returned from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z contributed “Vow of ‘Z'” as the film’s main theme alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” is used during the film. Revival of “F” brings back Freeza and includes two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), features Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more. The film has been announced for distribution in 74 countries.

For additional coverage of the film, check out Episode #0378 of our podcast for a review from the Japanese theatrical preview screening, Episode #0387 of our podcast for a review of the film’s English dub, as well as our full written review of both the film and its English dub.



While the rest of the world has to wait until October, Japan has wrapped up its tenth week with Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden on the Nintendo 3DS.

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After having fallen off the charts for a few weeks, the game has seen a small spike back up. Media Create notes that for the reporting period of 10 August 2015 to 16 August 2015, the game pushed another 3,423 copies. This brings the game up to 123,716 cumulative copies sold. Famitsu reports slightly different numbers, with 4,030 copies sold during the week and 124,982 cumulative copies sold.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden is currently available for order from CDJapan. The Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS are region-locked; a Japanese system is required for the game to play. The game will be available in Europe 16 October 2015, in North and Latin America 20 October 2015, and in Brazil 23 October 2015. A free demo is now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.



The official website of singer Kazuya Yoshii has released details for the upcoming “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” (“Transcendence ☆ Dynamic!”) CD single.

Both regular (COCA-17058; ¥1,200) and limited editions (COZA-1114-1115; ¥2,000) will be available 07 October 2015. The CD single is set to include the original “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!!” (Dragon Ball Super opening theme) as well as an English version of the song, a cover of “I’ll Give You Romance” (original Dragon Ball TV series ending theme), and also instrumental/karaoke versions of both tunes.

  1. 超絶☆ダイナミック!
    (“Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!”; Japanese vocals)
  2. ロマンティックあげるよ
    (“I’ll Give You Romance”; Japanese vocals)
  3. Chozetsu☆Dynamic!
    (English vocals)
  4. 超絶☆ダイナミック! -Instrumental-
    (“Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!”; karaoke version)
  5. ロマンティックあげるよ -Instrumental-
    (“I’ll Give You Romance”; karaoke version)

The limited edition will also come packed with a bonus DVD set to include a music video collection:

  1. Clear
  2. (Everybody is) Like a Starlight
  3. (Everybody is) Like a Starlight (silhouette ver.)
  4. Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!

Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” is currently being used as the opening theme to the new Dragon Ball Super TV series. The regular and limited edition CD singles are available for pre-order via Amazon Japan.

A CD single for the Dragon Ball Super ending theme — “Hello Hello Hello” by Good Morning America — was released last week in Japan.



11
Aug
2015
VegettoEX5:27 PM EDTPodcast

After two premiere events in Los Angeles and what felt like an impromptu premiere event in New York City, FUNimation has finally unleashed the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film, Resurrection ‘F’ (Fukkatsu no “F” or Revival of “F”) upon their North American audience. The film is wrapping up its short theatrical release, so tune in for our take on the New York red carpet event, the film itself, and its English dub!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0387! VegettoEX, Meri, and Hujio discuss FUNimation’s English dub release of the 2015 theatrical film, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'”. Coming from their work on “Dragon Ball Z Kai” and “Battle of Gods”, does the new movie’s dub hold itself to the same level? A brief appearance from Chris Sabat also provides some insight on the voice casting and script!

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J-Stars Victory Vs.+, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, saw strong digital sales success during its first full month in North America by placing in the July 2015 PlayStation Network top sellers list across all three consoles.

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The game ranked as the #14 game on the PlayStation 4 chart, the #3 game on the PlayStation 3 chart, and the #1 game on the PlayStation Vita chart.

Over in Europe, the game only managed to chart on the Vita list in the #5 spot.

The game, originally released back in March 2013 in Japan on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, features Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza from Dragon Ball along with a wealth of other playable and support characters from different series. All playable and support characters from the Japanese release are included in the international version, which saw its release in North America on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Vita 30 June 2015.



The bimonthly September issue of Saikyō Jump, which was recently released 01 August 2015, lays out the remaining August schedule of Dragon Ball Super with what appear to be final episode titles.

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Note that the episode numbers (and the latter-most air date) listed in Saikyō Jump are erroneous and have been corrected below. The 5th episode of Dragon Ball Super, which is incorrectly listed above as episode 6, will air this weekend, with no scheduled breaks the remainder of the month.

  • Episode #5 — 09 August 2015
    界王星の決戦!悟空VS破壊神ビルス
    Kaiō-sei no Kessen! Gokū Tai Hakaishin Birusu
    Showdown on Kaiō’s Planet! Goku vs God of Destruction Beerus
  • Episode #6 — 16 August 2015
    破壊神を怒らせるな!ドキドキ誕生パーティー
    Hakaishin o Okoraseru na! Doki-Doki Tanjō Pātī
    Don’t Anger the God of Destruction! The Heart Pounding Birthday Party
  • Episode #7 — 23 August 2015
    よくもオレのブルマを!ベジータ怒りの突然変異!?
    Yokumo Ore no Buruma o! Bejīta Ikari no Totsuzenhen’i!?
    How Dare You Hit My Bulma! Vegeta’s Furious Mutation?!
  • Episode #8 — 30 August 2015
    悟空見参だ!ビルス様からのラストチャンス!?
    Gokū Kenzan da! Birusu-sama Kara no Rasuto Chansu!?
    Goku Steps Up! The Last Chance From Beerus-sama?!

The same page also includes another glimpse at Champa and his presumed attendant, with a comment questioning who this mysterious person is with Champa:

シャンパのとなりにいるこの人物!!ウイスっぽいけど……よく見ると女の人!?


This person next to Champa!! It looks like Whis, but… if you look closely, it’s a woman?!

While this character still remains officially unnamed, it is at least now clear that it is indeed a “her”. A quick blurb on the page does wonder when this mysterious duo, which “look super-alike” to Beerus and Whis, will appear in Super, but leaves the question open ended with no actual answer.

Dragon Ball Super, which began airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, 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. 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 beginning back in the August 2015 issue.



The Dragon Ball Super preview advertisement from this week’s 36th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump reveals a brief synopsis of episode 5, most of which was previously covered in the next episode preview included with episode 4. The episode is titled “Showdown on Kaiō’s Planet! Goku vs God of Destruction Beerus”, and is scheduled to air this weekend on 09 August 2015.

悟空、破壊神ビルスに挑む!?
界王星にやって来たビルス!悟空はビルスが恐ろしく強いと聞くや、界王が止めるのも聞かずに闘いを申しこむ!!世紀の対決の結果は!?

今週のビルス
超サイヤ人ゴッドを探す!
超サイヤ人ゴッドの手がかりを探すビルス。悟空が知らないとわかるや、ベジータから情報を聞き出すべく地球へ向かお!?


Goku Challenges God of Destruction Beerus!?
Beerus has come to Kaiō’s planet! Hearing that Beerus is fearsomely strong, Goku challenges him to a fight despite Kaiō’s protests!! What will be the outcome for the match of the century!?

Beerus This Week
Searching For Super Saiyan God!
Beerus searches for clues about Super Saiyan God. When he learns Goku knows nothing about it, he heads for Earth to ask Vegeta?!

Dragon Ball Super, which began airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, 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. 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 beginning back in the August 2015 issue.



We often mention how fun it is to keep up with all the latest interviews while simultaneously dipping into the past. With our two latest additions, we are actually diving so far back into the past that Dragon Ball did not yet exist! In fact… why not start at the very beginning?

Akira Toriyama’s earliest known interview comes from the September 1980 issue of Pafu (or perhaps “Puff”) magazine, released at the very end of August 1980. The Q&A-style feature is short and to the point, but is filled with quite a few fun tidbits (and even a typical “versus” discussion!). Read the full interview translation!

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As Toriyama’s Pafu Q&A was mostly filled with humorous answers, we might consider this next entry his first “proper” interview: conducted 07 September 1980 (as noted by Toriyama’s illustration), the interview comes from November 1980 issue of Monthly Starlog in Japan, published 01 October 1980. The interviewer is none other than science-fiction novelist Haruka Takachiho, creator of the Crusher Joe and Dirty Pair franchises, though at this point he was still seen as something of a young up-and-comer, much like Toriyama himself. The interview touches upon Toriyama’s earliest days submitting to Jump, some of his favorite movies (many of which would pop up as influences on Dragon Ball later down the road), along with his production schedule and work-ethic. Read the full interview translation!

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While the plan here at Kanzenshuu is not necessarily to archive every interview with Akira Toriyama, it may end up happening in the long run. His pre-1984 interviews obviously do not directly relate to Dragon Ball, but in a way, his answers provide an early window into his mind. We can clearly see his storytelling methods begin to take shape as his art style evolves. Much like reading Dr. Slump provides a whole new outlook on Dragon Ball, his earliest interviews perfectly complement his later interviews and shine a light on the “how” and “why” behind many of his decisions.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think!



Bandai Namco have announced that a free demo for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden, will hit both the European and American Nintendo 3DS eShop 06 August 2015.

The Japanese version of the demo allowed players to carry over progress to the retail version of the game, along with unlocking “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” Son Goku from Revival of “F” as a playable character.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

The game will be available in Europe 16 October 2015, in North and Latin America 20 October 2015, and in Brazil 23 October 2015. In America, Super Butōden 2 will be an Amazon exclusive pre-order bonus, while six Z-Assist characters will be available for all pre-order customers.