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Episode 146 // 29 March 2015
Completely Unrivaled!
The Ultimate Warrior, Vegetto

According to its respective information page on Natalie, the upcoming film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” will have a 93 minute run time, making it the longest-ever theatrical cut of a Dragon Ball film.

The 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods originally had an 85 minute theatrical run time before seeing — just under a full year later — an expanded 105 minute special extended version on Fuji TV (which itself received a home release via FUNimation, and later in its home country via Toei themselves). The original 17 theatrical movies released between 1986 and 1996 were screened back-to-back with other films as part of the “Toei Anime Fair” and were thus much shorter, typically 45 minutes to one hour in length.

Thanks to all who passed along the heads-up!



The official website for the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, updated today with a new “Z-Warrior Version” trailer showcasing many of the heroes, their signature attacks, and more:

Son Goku: Looks like you really are nothin’ to sneeze at.

Freeza: Then let us begin!

Narrator: The overlord Freeza is resurrected!

Tenshinhan: Kikōhō…!

Kuririn: Kienzan…!

Piccolo Makankōsappō…!

Son Gohan: Kyaaaaah…!

Narrator: This is the ultimate Dragon Ball battle!

Freeza: Take this…!

Son Goku: Freezaaaaaa….!

Narrator: Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F’!
Attendees will receive a special gift on a first-come, first-served basis.

The trailer features the song “Vow of ‘Z'” by Momoiro Clover Z.

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.



First-press copies of Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, the upcoming Nintendo 3DS fighting game, will have retailer-specific bonus items — “Z-Assist” characters from Dragon Ball GT — as outlined on the game’s official website this week.

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Amazon Japan will provide players with the Two-Star Dragon, which causes poison gas to appear around it.

ÆON will provide players with the Three-Star Dragon, which uses a “freezing beam” that can cause an opponent to freeze for a certain period of time.

Loppi and HMV will supply buyers with the Five-Star Dragon, which sends out bolts of electricity from his body when it raises its arms.

Tsutaya Daikanyama, Joshin, Biccamera, Kojima, and Sofmap will provide players with the Six-Star Dragon, which can cause whirlwinds around it.

GEO Online will provide players with the Seven-Star Dragon, which can attack an opponent farther away by touching the ground and causing a ki blast to come up from a distance.

The Two- and Six-Star Dragons were showcased — along with other Dragon Ball GT characters such as Pan and Super 17 — in the game’s first TV commercial released earlier this week.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden will launch in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game will 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). Arc System Works will develop 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 pre-order from CDJapan. The Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS are region-locked; a Japanese system is required for the game to play.

Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden, the most recent game to receive the “Butōden” branding (and first since the 32-bit generation), was released in February 2011. The game was never localized outside of Japan.



The official website for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, recently updated with an overview of first-pressing bonus materials and pre-order bonus items (stay tuned for more information on the latter!).

One of the first-pressing bonus items will be a downloadable version of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2, a 1993 game originally released on the Nintendo Super Famicom. As a part of this week’s website overview, a tiny note details a rather significant change coming to this downloadable bonus game:

「ドラゴンボールZ 超武闘伝2」のBGMは差し替えを行っております。予めご了承ください。


The [original] background music of “Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2″ has been replaced. Please take note beforehand.

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Fans of the expanded Dragon Ball universe of merchandise may remember that the game’s soundtrack was actually composed by Kenji Yamamoto. The composer’s score to Dragon Ball Kai was completely stripped out and replaced with the original Shunsuke Kikuchi score in 2011 when it was revealed that multiple songs may have been plagiarized. Later pressings of Raging Blast 2 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 also had their music replaced with previous game songs, while Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection had all of its Yamamoto compositions stripped and replaced in their entirety prior to its release.

Super Butōden 2 was included as-is within J Legend Retsuden in 2013, complete with all of its original music. Perhaps most notably, Cell’s theme in the game is an expanded composition of “One of These Days” by Pink Floyd. Screen shots purportedly from the upcoming bonus downloadable version appear to have the same background and menu items as the J Legend Retsuden version.

Big thanks to Cold Skin for the heads-up!



While originally shown off behind an overwhelming array of character sprites and motion graphics in the game’s recent debut commercial, online retailers are starting to update with clean cover art for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden:

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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden will launch in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game will 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). Arc System Works will develop 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 pre-order from CDJapan. The Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS are region-locked; a Japanese system is required for the game to play.

Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden, the most recent game to receive the “Butōden” branding (and first since the 32-bit generation), was released in February 2011. The game was never localized outside of Japan.



With 25 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a visit from Videl, who briefly chats with Bulma about the newest addition to the family:

こんにちは!ブルマよ!
公開まであと25日!
今日はビーデルに来てもらったわよ!

こんにちは!
いいんですか?ブルマさん、私なんかで・・・

いいのいいの!
これまで男ばっかりでむさくるしかったんだから!
そんなことよりビーデル、パンちゃんは元気?

おかげ様で元気です!
もう可愛くって・・・!悟飯君もメロメロなんです。

悟飯君ならいいパパになりそうね

あと、たまにピッコロさんがあやしに来てくれるんですよ。

?!ピッコロが!?
悪いこと教えなきゃいいけど、魔貫光殺砲とか・・・

冗談やめてくださいブルマさん!


ピッコロ「・・・・・・・・・」  


Bulma: Hey, Bulma here!
Just 25 days to go until the premiere!
Today Videl’s come over!

Videl: Hello! Is this a good idea, Bulma? I’m not really anybody important…

Bulma: Don’t worry about it! It’s been pretty much all men so far, so it was turning into a pigsty around here! But never mind that, how’s Pan doing?

Videl: She’s fine, thanks for asking. And so cute…! Gohan absolutely adores her.

Bulma: I’m sure Gohan will make a great father.

Videl: Oh, and sometimes Piccolo stops by to play with her.

Bulma: ……?! Piccolo!? Well, as long as he doesn’t teach her the Makankosappo or anything bad like that…

Videl: Don’t even joke about that, Bulma!

Piccolo: …………………..

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



To commemorate the upcoming premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” in Japan on 18 April 2015, the AnimeJapan 2015 convention hosted a “World’s Best Fan Meeting” event on 21 March 2015 in the assembly hall of the Tokyo International Exhibition Center. The event was host to 1,000 fans who were on-hand to see special guests Masako Nozawa (Goku), Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Masaharu Satō (Kame-Sen’nin), and Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo).

In addition to discussing highlights of the film and the script, lines from the film were performed by the cast for the first time in public. Specifically of note was Ryūsei Nakao and Masako Nozawa’s reproduction of a battle scene between Goku and Golden Freeza. Also on-hand as a “secret guest” was the famous “Ostrich Club” comedy trio, who acted as a pep squad for the film and performed a “Kamehame-ya” (“ya” is one of their catchphrases).

The cast members also discussed their thoughts about the film and their roles in it:

野沢雅子(孫悟空・孫悟飯 役)
台本を初めて読んだときには、ページをめくるごとにワクワクしました。私は長年悟空を演じてきて悟空と一体化しているので、読んでいるとだいたい「次のページはきっとこう来るだろう!」と予想できることが多いのですが、今回は「えっ、こう来るのか!さすが鳥山先生!」と意外な展開ばかり。なので皆さんにも楽しみにしてほしいですね。


Masako Nozawa (Son Goku & Son Gohan)
The first time I read the script, I got more and more excited every time I turned the page. I’ve played Goku for so many years that I’m one with him, so as I read, I’m often able to predict, “on the next page, it’ll probably go like this!” but this time was nothing but unexpected developments that made me go, “Eh, it goes like this?! Just as you’d expect of Toriyama-sensei!”

中尾隆聖(フリーザ 役)
このお話をいただいたときには思わず「やったー!」と叫びました。タイトルの「F」は“フリーザ”の「F」だけでなく、応援して下さる“ファンの皆様”の「F」でもあると思っております。1990年にフリーザ役として初めて出演させていただいてから長い時間が経ちましたが、今回は特にまこ(野沢雅子)さんに嫌われるように、「大っ嫌い!」というお褒めの言葉をいただけるように、頑張りました。


Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza)
When I was told about [the movie] I inadvertently shouted, “All right!” I believe that the “F” in the title doesn’t just stand for “Freeza”, but that it also stands for all you “Fans” who support [the franchise]. A long time has passed since 1990, when I first had the honor of playing Freeza, but this time I worked especially hard to be hated by Mako-san (Masako Nozawa), in order to receive those words of praise, “I hate you so much!”

堀川りょう(ベジータ 役)
ベジータはプライドが高いですから、普段はそんなことを言わないのに今回は珍しく、フリーザに負けて最後に泣きながら「カカロット、俺の仇を取ってくれ」と頼むんです。そんなことは初めてでしたので、感無量でした。今回フリーザが復活して私にとってはリベンジということで、楽しませていただきました。


Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta)
Vegeta has a great deal of pride, so he wouldn’t normally say it, but this is one of those rare occasions where, having lost to Freeza, he at last cries and asks, “Avenge me, Kakarrot”. That sort of thing was a first for me, so it filled me with emotion. This time Freeza is resurrected, and to me, that means “revenge” [i.e., a rematch], so I enjoyed myself.

佐藤正治(亀仙人 役)
いつもは“ぱふぱふ”がメインなんですけれども、今回はそうじゃないんです!いつもとは違う面の亀仙人が出てきますので、皆さんぜひ期待して下さい。


Masaharu Satō (Kame-Sen’nin)
Usually he’s mainly after a “pafu-pafu“, but this time is different! A side of Kame-Sen’nin comes out that’s different from the usual, so everyone, please look forward to it.

古川登志夫(ピッコロ 役)
本作は鳥山先生が一から脚本を書かれたということで、映画の中でも決め台詞や名台詞がたくさん生まれています。タイトルの「F」は、フリーザの「F」、ファンの皆様の「F」、そして最後に古川登志夫の「F」ということで(笑)。ピッコロも活躍していますのでお楽しみに!


Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo)
This movie was written from scratch by Toriyama-sensei, so in the movie, a lot of one-liners and classic lines are born. The “F” in the title stands for “Freeza”, for all you “Fans”, and also for Toshio “Furukawa” (laughs). Piccolo has a role to play too, so look forward to it!

To close out the event, the cast performed a spirited Kamehameha with all the fans on-hand!



Bandai Namco has released their first 15-second commercial for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS video game, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden:

The commercial emphasizes the array of characters, many of whom will likely be “Z-Assist” characters.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden will launch in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game will come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2. Arc System Works will develop the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden, the most recent game to receive the “Butōden” branding (and first since the 32-bit generation), was released in February 2011. The game was never localized outside of Japan.



With 26 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a few words from the voice of newcomer Tagoma, Kazuya Nakai, who probably says more here than he does in the movie:

こんにちは!ブルマよ。
映画公開まであと26日!
今日は劇場版の登場キャラクター、タゴマ役として出演していただいた中井和哉さんからコメントを頂戴したわよ!

今回の劇場版の出演が決まった時はビックリしました。
ジャンプフェスタの時、(2014年の12月20日に行われた)では知らなかったので、ステージの時に冗談で新しく登場するキャラを演じたいですよねって言ってたんですけど…(笑)。
もともとは他の役のオーディションを受けさせていただいたんですけど、決まったのはこのタゴマでこういうこともあるんだなって。

「ドラゴンボール」と僕が出演させてもらっている「ワンピース」は、作品同士なにか、親戚のように思えるところがあって、僕も不思議な縁を感じています。
どこかしら愛嬌があって憎めない悪役っているんですけど、そういう要素のない憎々しい悪役、本当の敵、強い敵の形がフリーザだとおもいます。
スキなく強いですし、強い前に怖いんですよね。本当に怖い人って実は笑ってるんだなって気がします。
タゴマは、フリーザの部下ではあるんですけど、本当のフリーザの強さを知らないという、ある意味、以前のTVシリーズでのフリーザの強さや恐ろしさを知らない今の若い子の代表のような感じですね。
是非、一緒にフリーザの恐怖を体験してもらえたらと思います。


Hey, Bulma here!
Just 26 days until the movie premieres!
Today we’ve got a comment from Kazuya Nakai, who voices one of the movie’s new characters, Tagoma!

I was really surprised when it was decided that I’d get a role in this new movie. Back during Jump Festa (December 20th, 2014) I still didn’t know anything about it, and when I was onstage I joked about how I’d like to play a new character…(laughs)

Originally I auditioned for a different role, but I was still satisfied to end up with Tagoma.

I’m in One Piece, and somehow it and Dragon Ball seem like they’re related in certain ways, and I feel an odd connection there myself.

There are bad guys who have something charming about them, so you don’t really hate them. But then there are bad guys who aren’t like that at all, ones you really hate. I think Freeza is one of those truly formidable enemies.

He may be strong, without any weak points, but more than that he’s scary. I feel like the really scary people are the ones who smile.

Despite being one of Freeza’s underlings, Tagoma really didn’t know just how strong Freeza truly was. So in a certain sense, I feel like he’s a stand-in for today’s kids who didn’t see the old TV series and so don’t know how powerful and scary Freeza is. I think we’ll all get to experience the terror of Freeza together.

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



With 27 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with Bulma’s crash course on Jaco the Galactic Patrolman (available now in fine bookstores everywhere):

こんにちは。ブルマよ。
公開まであと27日!

ところで、突然なんだけど、みんなは私に姉がいることを知ってるわよね?
え?姉さんのタイツを知らないって??
ちょっと、どこのモグリよ!

まあ、いいわ。
とにかく、私には姉さんがいるんだけど、実は姉さんは大昔に訳あって変な宇宙人に会ったことがあるのよね!
その流れで私も知り合いになった、銀河パトロール隊員のジャコっていう、変な名前のヤツがいて、そいつ自称「超エリート」っていってるのよね。
実際は本当に強いかわからないんだけど…。。

あいつ、今頃はどの辺の宇宙にいて何してるのかしらね。
のたれ死んでないといいんだけど!

でも、地球の危機とあっては、きっと孫くんたちと一緒に戦ってくれるはずだから、みんなも応援よろしくね。

あ、ジャコのこと、もっと知りたかったらこれを読んで予習しておくといいんじゃないかしら!
⇒銀河パトロール ジャコ 
http://www.s-manga.net/book/978-4-08-870892-8.html


Hey, Bulma here!
Just 27 days to go until the premiere!

By the way, not to go totally off-topic or anything, but you guys all know I have an older sister, right?

What?! You’ve never heard of my sister Tights!??
Have you been living under a rock or something?!

Well, whatever.

Anyway, I have this sister, and way back when she happened to meet a weird alien! Thanks to her, I ended up meeting this alien too. “Jaco the galactic patrolman” was his name, and he called himself “super elite”. But somehow he didn’t really seem all that strong…

I wonder what corner of the universe he’s in these days, and what kind of hijinks he’s getting up to. Hopefully he’s not dead in a ditch somewhere!

But if ever the Earth is in danger, he’ll definitely come fight alongside Son-kun and the others, so everyone better give him your support.

Oh, if you want to know more about Jaco, you can read up on him here!

⇒ Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
http://www.s-manga.net/book/978-4-08-870892-8.html

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!