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Episode 132 // 30 November 2014
Who Will Defeat the Majin?
The Strongest Man Makes His Move!!

The January 2015 issue of V-Jump hit Japanese shelves this past week, and beyond major reveals about the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film, a wealth of video game tidbits have been unleashed.

Dragon Ball XENOVERE will feature Beerus and Whis as playable characters, where “that famous scene” from the movie will be recreated in the game.

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Toki Toki City is centered on the Time Vault, but also has a number of other facilities. The Time Vault itself is a temple administered by the Kaiōshin of Time, and using a scroll you receive (named “Book of Endings and Beginnings”), you travel to different time periods. Due to the influence of Towa and Mira, history is destroyed and it is implied that the scroll has become torn. As a member of the Time Patrol, it is your duty to go back and repair history. When you succeed in your mission, history is successfully patched up, but the fragments of history that are created in the repair form the “Parallel Quests” that you use to train. There are situations that would be impossible in the original story, such as fighting against Goku alongside Raditz, or fighting against the Ginyu Special Force in a city.

The magazine also notes the different play modes in the online world of Toki Toki City. You can do “Free Battle” as the super warrior of your choice, whether alone or with a friend. The Tenka’ichi Budōkai feature, also recently showcased on Facebook by Bandai Namco, will allow you to face off against opponents from around the world in a real-time tournament. Mr. Satan in particular is shown showboating, while more screen shots display how you can recreate epic battles by yourself or with an opponent. As detailed before, you will also be able to become a sort of student underneath the tutelage of characters like Goku and Vegeta, doing battle against them in order to obtain super techniques. Learn the Kamehameha from Goku himself as they hang out around the city waiting to teach you!

A battle against the Great Ape (“Ōzaru”) Vegeta is also shown off, which will appear both in the main story and parallel quest missions. As a Saiyan’s only weakness is their tail, there’s an action you can take where you aim for the tail, pick them up by it, and throw them!

Bardock and Nappa also appear in silhouette, though it is not clear if this refers to them simply showing up or also appearing as Great Apes…!

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Pre-order information is noted in the magazine and is also available on the game’s official website, detailing four “patrol perks” that come with the first pressing of the game. Included among them are a download code to obtain Jaco as a playable character, a download code to obtain a Kame-sen’nin character customization set, the Dragon Ball Heroes card “Trunks: Xeno”, and a serial code to obtain “Trunks: Xeno” within the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle smartphone game.

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The company recently uploaded a 15-second commercial for the game, which also notes the Jaco first-pressing bonus:

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will release for the four consoles 05 February 2015 in Japan, 13 February 2015 in Europe, and 17 February 2015 in the Americas. The PC version seems to be on track for a global release via Steam 17 February 2015.



Bandai Namco Holdings has posted a ¥21.272 billion (approximately $180.6 million) net income for the first half of fiscal year 2015.

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Dragon Ball came in as the eighth-best-performing franchise for the company with ¥5.3 billion in net sales (down just slightly from ¥5.4 billion the same half last year). The company is projecting ¥13.8 billion yen for the full fiscal year, up a good bit from the ¥11.4 it pulled in last fiscal year. While not stated, this can likely be attributed to the major update coming to Dragon Ball Heroes, the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, and the upcoming new theatrical movie; each of these will provide Bandai Namco will substantial merchandising opportunities.

In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise dropped slightly in net sales from ¥3.5 billion the first half of last year to ¥2.9 billion this half. The company is forecasting ¥5.5 billion for the year, a drop from the ¥6.4 billion it brought in during the entirety of fiscal 2014.



Bandai Namco has announced a live stream to show off additional gameplay from Dragon Ball XENOVERSE and answer questions from fans on their Twitch channel 04 December 2014:

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It’s time to show off some Dragon Ball Xenoverse action.

What do the in-game transformations look like? Can we play 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 battles? What’s the range of character customization? How does my character progress and unlock new abilities?

We will answer all of these questions and more LIVE during our Dragon Ball Xenoverse livestream on Thursday, Dec. 4th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM PST.

It will be hosted on our Twitch channel, Twitch.TV/BandaiNamcoUS, so jump over there right now and follow us so you can be alerted when we go live with other games as well!

If you have more questions about Dragon Ball Xenoverse make sure you bring those to the chat so we can try to get you all the information you want. And of course we’ll have prizes to give away throughout the stream. We have Blu-Rays, games, and all sorts of cool Dragon Ball prizes. We look forward to seeing everyone there! (And if you can’t make it live, yes the archive will be available on Twitch and YouTube to catch up on.)

Thanks to Super Saiyan Prime for the heads-up!

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will release for the four consoles 05 February 2015 in Japan, 13 February 2015 in Europe, and 17 February 2015 in the Americas. The PC version seems to be on track for a global release via Steam 17 February 2015.



25
Nov
2014
VegettoEX5:58 PM ESTPodcast

It’s been a while, but it’s time for us to get back into the swing of things! Our celebratory magazine for Dragon Ball‘s 30th anniversary — DB30YEARS, which you can download for absolutely free right here on our website — is one of the subjects of discussion this week. How did it come to be, who are some of the people involved, and what are some of the articles you can look forward to? In addition to that, the upcoming 2015 movie — Revival of “F” — is obviously another gigantic piece of news, so between the movie and the magazine, we have you covered!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0371! VegettoEX and Hujio return to celebrate nine years of the podcast and thirty years of “Dragon Ball”…! We have a new movie on the horizon bringing us the return of Freeza, so tune in for the latest and most comprehensive news. Stick around for a recap of our “DB30YEARS” anniversary magazine, and then head on over to our website to download it for absolutely free!

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



The official website for Jump Festa ’15 has updated with a schedule overview featuring the cast and panel members for each showcase. The “One Piece x Dragon Ball Panel” is scheduled for Saturday, 20 December 2014, from 4:40 to 5:20 p.m.

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Panelists set to appear include:

  • Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, Dragon Ball / Dr. Kureha, One Piece)
  • Ryusei Nakao (Freeza, Dragon Ball / Caesar Clown, One Piece)
  • Mayumi Tanaka (Kuririn, Dragon Ball / Luffy, One Piece)
  • Kazuya Nakai (Zoro, One Piece)
  • Akemi Okamura (Nami, One Piece)
  • Kappei Yamaguchi (Goku [JP dub voice], Dragon Ball Evolution / Usopp, One Piece)
  • Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji, One Piece)
  • Ikue Otani (Chopper, One Piece)
  • Yuriko Yamaguchi (Robin, One Piece)
  • Kazuki Yao (Franky, One Piece)
  • Chō (Brook, One Piece)

Among the other guests, Nozawa and Tanaka provided quotes in anticipation of the event:

野沢雅子さん(孫悟空役)
オッス オラ悟空!オラと一緒に楽しもうぜ。みんなさそって来てくれよな。よろしくね。待ってるよ!


Masako Nozawa-san (Voice: Son Goku)
Heya! I’m Goku! Let’s have fun together. Invite everybody along, OK? I appreciate it. I’ll be waiting for you!

田中真弓さん(モンキー・D・ルフィ役)
みんなに会えるのが楽しみでたまらねぇ!ゴムゴムのバビューンで飛んで行くぜ!


Mayumi Tanaka-san (Voice: Monkey D. Luffy)
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone so much, I can’t stand it! I’m gonna fly over there with a Gum-Gum Boyooiinng!

While the content of the panel itself has yet to be publicized, the presence of the voices of Goku, Kuririn, and a certain villain whose name starts with “F” all but guarantees that the subject will turn to the upcoming 2015 theatrical movie. We will be sure to update with more information as it becomes available.

Thanks to Peking Duck for the heads-up!



A full year went by between the first and second collected volumes of Dragon Ball SD, the slightly-more-slapticky manga retelling of the series from Naho Ooishi published within each issue of Saikyō Jump. Volume 2 hit physical shelves this past April, followed by a slightly-delayed digital release in July.

A third volume has already been announced for release, and it is coming sooner than one might think, hitting shelves 04 December 2014 for ¥571 + tax.

There is certainly enough content to compile, but only just barely: this third volume should pick up with the 19th monthly chapter, and if it contains nine chapters (a la the first two volumes), that puts us with only six more monthly chapters that would be as-of-yet unpublished. The standard 192 pages are listed on Shueisha’s website. The volume is available for pre-order at CDJapan.

Saikyō Jump seems to have hit a rocky patch recently, jumping to a bi-monthly release with no prior announcement to the September 2014 issue actually being released and spilling the details in a small splash in the back of the magazine. Ooishi had been working on twelve spine images to last the entire year of the magazine, though the bi-monthly release means these will not all be used.



The November 2014 issue of V-Jump — released back in September — announced Raditz and Paikuhan as upcoming playable inclusions in Zenkai Battle Royale, the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game. Last month’s December 2014 issue and this month’s January 2015 issue dive into these characters a bit more.

Raditz has the ability to turn on his scouter, which detects attacks around you with a special icon. His “Two Hand Blaster” is a blast emitted from — appropriately enough — both hands. With additional input, you can use it to his a separate opponent, as well. His “Machinegun Rush” is a combo with a quick flurry of hits. Combined with “Scouter: On” being activated, the finishing move in your combo with cause sparks to fly with a fancy finish! Raditz also has a “Cancel Counter” which allow you to interrupt your opponent’s combo or finishing move with your own counter.

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Paikuhan is incredibly fast. His “Thunder Flash” has him placing both fists together on in front as he quickly unleashes a range attack. With “I won’t let you!” Paikuhan can move quickly, causing a whirlwind, to get directly in front of an opponent, blocking their path. His “Burning Shoot” is a super-speed counter attack, which can also be activated mid-dash.

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Both Raditz and Paikuhan will be available for play in the game next month. Other recent additions to the roster have included Vegetto and Janenba. Zenkai Battle Royale first test-launched in Japanese arcades at the end of 2010 and, while it has continued to receive constant updates since then, has not had a home port announced.



The official Facebook page for Dragon Ball video games has posted a new gallery featuring 42 screen shots from the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE (PS4/PS3/XBO/360).

Rejoice fans! The renowned “Tenkaichi Budokai” (World Tournament) from the DRAGONBALL universe will be a major feature in the upcoming DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE! Fighters from all around the world will keep an eye on the Lobby to take part in epic brawls regularly organised by BANDAI NAMCO Games!

Among the new details garnered by our reporters: the players’ guide will be Trunks, the time-traveler! Thanks to him, all the players’ avatars will meet the Supreme Kai of Time in the “Toki Storage Room”, meet and greet or fight other avatars, customise their characters’ skills and clothes, train with their chosen master and finally, take part in Time Patrol Quests (Story Mode) and Parallel Quests (Co-op Play Mode)!

Speaking about quests… Players will be able to fight gigantic foes such as Great Ape Vegeta (in Time Patrol or Parallel quests)! Moreover, it seems that the story of the movie “Battle of Gods” has been altered…! What are Beerus and Whis doing here???

View the company’s Facebook page for a complete gallery.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will release for the four consoles 05 February 2015 in Japan, 13 February 2015 in Europe (where a “Trunks’ Travel Edition” will also be released), and 17 February 2015 in the Americas. The PC version is set for a global release via Steam 17 February 2015.



Now that next year’s first issue of V-Jump covering the upcoming 2015 Dragon Ball Z movie have been officially released as of earlier today in Japan, Toei Animation’s official website for what we now know as Revival of “F” has been updated and overhauled with a new design and the official movie poster. Currently none of the sections are live, with all of them still listed as “Coming Soon”. Akira Toriyama’s comments originally published in the September issue of V-Jump are still available, although it appears the original teaser trailer has been removed for now, at least until the first official trailer is released.

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A recent article on Cinema Today also mentions that the sash worn by movie-design Freeza, as seen in V-Jump as a special present available with pre-release tickets, reads “congratulations on revival” (祝復活).

The story for the movie 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. No other movie staff have been confirmed at this time. 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.

Stay tuned to Kanzenshuu in the coming days for more of the latest movie news!



Shueisha has joined in the celebration and opened their own official website to commemorate Dragon Ball’s 30th anniversary at db30th.com. The site carries the sub-title of “Dragon Ball SSSS (Super Saiyan Special Site)”, not to be confused with the “Dragon Ball SSSS (Saikyō Super Saiyan Secret) Project” that included the recent animated productions of both Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans and Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock.

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The website includes a special note from original manga author Akira Toriyama:

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こんにちは鳥山明です!
ドラゴンボールの情報がひとまとめになって閲覧しやすくなりました。
ファンの方も、初心者の方にも、きっと楽しんでいただけると思いますのでぜひ見てね!


Hello, it’s Akira Toriyama!
Dragon Ball information has been brought all together in one place, making it easier to browse. I think both fans and novices will be able to enjoy it, so by all means, please check it out!

The website, which officially opened 19 November 2014 (a day ahead of the actual anniversary), contains a rundown of upcoming merchandise (under the guise of “news”) as well as an on-going introduction to, and overview of, the franchise.

Thanks to our buddy TheDevilsCorpse for the heads up!