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Published by VegettoEX
20 January 2018, 9:45 AM ESTComment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s thirty-second chapter to their website, moving further into the “Universe Survival arc” of the series. This continues Viz’s initiative of simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut, which saw its release today in the March 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” 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’ thirty-second chapter coming today in the magazine’s March 2018 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. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The third collected volume is due out in English from Viz in July 2018, while the fifth collected volume is due from Shueisha in Japan this March.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan, currently set to conclude this March. The series receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning early last year on Cartoon Network, while the home video release also kicked off last summer.

Published by VegettoEX
19 January 2018, 8:35 AM ESTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s fifth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is a set of character design sketches for SONCHOH, an Akira Toriyama one-shot published in the 1988 #5 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan (released 18 December 1987).

In addition to the sketches of the title character and his Suzuki Jimny, a sketch of the logo is provided with a rough layout of the title page, along with various name candidates (for what eventually became “Tetsunoshin Kataiwa”) all with “rustic” surnames with an old-fashioned-feeling personal name:

  • Gen Yamada
  • Tomejirō Yamada
  • Tomekichi Izumiyama
  • Tomegorō(?) Satoyama
  • Tomesaburō Yamada

SONCHOH was published alongside Dragon Ball chapter 155, the title page for which features an identical design to that of SONCHOH, with both protagonists atop a Jimny. As explained by Toriyama in the convenience-store exclusive Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theatre: REMIX, Volume 3 (released 21 June 2004), he drew SONCHOH for the sake of being able to draw the Jimny, and that he considered the car itself, rather than the old man, the protagonist.

Published by VegettoEX
18 January 2018, 5:20 PM ESTComment

A new listing on Amazon Japan pegs the fifth collected volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga for release on 02 March 2018.

The fifth volume should pick up with the series’ 25th chapter. Though the listing is currently only for a digital version, this follows Amazon Japan’s recent listing for the digital edition of Dragon Ball SD‘s fifth volume, whose full print and digital release was revealed shortly thereafter by Shueisha.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” 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’ thirty-second chapter due this Saturday in the magazine’s March 2018 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. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition earlier this year. The third collected volume is due out in English from Viz in July 2018, while the fourth collected volume was released by Shueisha in Japan last month.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, while the home video release also kicked off this summer.

Published by VegettoEX
18 January 2018, 4:31 PM EST1 Comment

The Dragon Ball Super television series’ 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning timeslot on Fuji TV in Japan will shift to a previously-announced new GeGeGe no Kitarō anime project beginning 01 April 2018.

The Tokyo marathon will air in Dragon Ball Super‘s place 25 February 2018, followed shortly thereafter by the Nagoya marathon 11 March 2018. Assuming no other missed broadcasts, this pegs Dragon Ball Super as wrapping up its broadcast here with episode 131 on 25 March 2018. This falls in line with episode listings for the upcoming eleventh DVD and Blu-ray box in Japan, which initially listed episodes 121-133 before a later adjustment to episodes 121-131.

The on-going “Universe Survival arc” had previously been stated to end this coming March, though production team members were hesitant to confirm more beyond that; at the time no direct, definitive statement regarding the series’ ending was made.

Dragon Ball Super inherited the 9:00 a.m. timeslot from its predecessor Dragon Ball Kai, whose revived Majin Boo arc ran from April 2014 to June 2015. Prior to this arc, the Toriko anime occupied the timeslot, running from April 2011 to March 2014. Prior to Toriko, the initial batch of Dragon Ball Kai episodes, spanning the Saiyan to Cell arcs of Dragon Ball Z, ran from April 2009 to March 2011. Prior to Dragon Ball Kai, another GeGeGe no Kitarō anime occupied the timeslot.

All the meanwhile, before and after, One Piece has occupied the 9:30 a.m. timeslot. One Piece made the shift from Wednesday evenings — originally Dragon Ball‘s (and Dr. Slump‘s) timeslot — to Sunday mornings in 2001.

Dragon Ball is set to receive a new theatrical film in December 2018. The fate of Dragon Ball Super beyond this timeslot replacement has not been divulged.

UPDATE: The website Daily Sports Online posted an article early Friday morning (Japan time) regarding the timeslot programming change, noting that Dragon Ball‘s future broadcast was still “under discussion”:

The official Dragon Ball Super Twitter account posted, later that say day, acknowledging the upcoming arc conclusion:

いつも応援ありがとうございます!
テレビシリーズ「ドラゴンボール超」宇宙サバイバル編は3月末にいよいよクライマックスを迎えますが、最後まで応援よろしくお願いいたします!
今年は12月に劇場版の公開も!
ドラゴンボールシリーズはまだまだ続きますのでご期待ください!


Thanks for always supporting us! The TV series Dragon Ball Super‘s Universe Survival arc finally reaches its climax at the end of March, so please support us to the end! There’s also a movie this December too! The Dragon Ball series will continue on, so look forward to it!

Seiji Nakazawa from Rocket News 24 asked Fuji TV about Dragon Ball Super‘s fate, receiving an expected quasi-run-around confirming the current arc’s conclusion and nebulous fate for the future of the franchise:

Is Dragon Ball Super ending?
Yes, the series presently on air will end here for now.

Really…? So it’s not just changing to another timeslot?
At present it is ending; beyond that is still undecided.

That means that the “Universe Survival arc” will wrap up?
That’s right. The “Universe Survival arc” will conclude at the end of March.

Will there be a sequel?
Currently it is undecided so there is nothing I can tell you, but when something is decided we will put out a press release.

Published by VegettoEX
18 January 2018, 8:46 AM ESTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s fourth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is a citation of Akira Toriyama’s interview from the January 2014 issue of Men’s Non-No magazine (released 10 December 2013). In it, Toriyama speaks about his early days of design work, breaking in to the manga business, and his then-recent work on Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.

Men’s Non-No is a fashion and lifestyle magazine for the young single male business professional. We previously translated the entirety of this interview.

Published by VegettoEX
17 January 2018, 9:13 AM EST1 Comment

The official Dragon Ball website’s third entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is an illustration from the first of eight special “Dr. Slump Hoyoyo Cards” that came with Weekly Shōnen Jump issues 1980 #40-47. This particular card is from the 1980 #40 issue, which was released 02 September 1980; the website’s writeup lists this as 22 September, which is unfortunately a mistake/typo.

The front of each card had a full-color illustration, and the back had a character profile with a short interview with Toriyama. For this particular card, Toriyama pens an interview between himself and Senbei Norimaki from Dr. Slump.

[ top left ] “Dr. Slump Hoyoyo Card Special No. 1: Senbei Norimaki”

Birthdate: Boxfish (January) 17, 1952 (Age 28)
Address: 1 Flying Squirrel, Penguin Village, Diving Beetle Island

[ right ] “This is the Doctor!!”
“We had him write it out himself”

HEAD: Smart! Genius! Well-mannered!

FACE: Super cute and handsome!!

ARM: Moves at terrific speed!

STOMACH: A tight, flat waist!

[ arrow pointing to crotch ] I have one…

LEGS: Sooo~ long!

HEIGHT: 175cm

WEIGHT: 80kg


INTERVIEW:

TORIYAMA: Good mornafterevening!

DOCTOR: Oh, it’s you.

TORIYAMA: Er, now then, first off, are you single?

DOCTOR: I’ll deck you!!

TORIYAMA: Now, it’s been in question up to now, but what is your profession?

DOCTOR: Huh?!

TORIYAMA: I’m asking what you do for a job.

DOCTOR: Oh. Uh… let’s see… what should I say?

TORIYAMA: Why are you asking me? Well, whatever. Let’s move on to your hobbies.

DOCTOR: [happily and frankly] Looking at dirty magazines!

TORIYAMA: … Oh, uh… I see…

DOCTOR: It’s the same as you!

TORIYAMA: W- w- well then, i- is there anything you’d like to say about the comic?

DOCTOR: You bet there is! Judging by the title “Dr. Slump”, I should be the main character, so why is it always Arale? And on top of that, even though I got my hair cut, you couldn’t be bothered to draw it, so–…

TORIYAMA: B- bye now!!

Published by VegettoEX
17 January 2018, 8:55 AM ESTComment

After a rocky start with this weekend’s open beta for the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ video game, Bandai Namco has scheduled an additional session for all players in the beta.

As promised, we are back with info on an additional open beta test with improvements to the experience. Open Beta Starts Jan 17, 2018 at 9:00pm PST and ends Jan 18, 2018 at 9:00pm PST (24hrs)

The UK branch of the company also chimed in with local timeframe confirmation and details:

Get ready again: the extra slot for the #DBFighterzBETA will take place for 24h starting 18th Jan at 05:00 UK Time for PS4 and XB1.

This Beta’s purpose is to test the online matches, the matchmaking system and the overall server capacity.
We look forward to your participation!

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is under development by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game is advertised as running at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles. Currently-announced playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” has also been revealed as a new character central to the game’s story mode. Dragon Ball FighterZ will be released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.

Published by VegettoEX
16 January 2018, 6:38 AM ESTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s second entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is a Jump character card illustration from 12 January 1981. Weekly Shōnen Jump artists provided color illustrations for this card, which features Arale — of Dr. Slump and later Dragon Ball fame — wearing a US flag kimono.

Happy New Year 1981: dash through this year too!

Published by VegettoEX
15 January 2018, 1:06 PM EST2 Comments

This week on the podcast, we follow up on a previous bonus episode — one all about the song “Battle Point Unlimited” — and explore the song “Solid State Scouter” from the 1990 Bardock television special.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Bonus episode! Tune in as Mike provides a complete history of the Dragon Ball Z Bardock TV song insert song “Solid State Scouter” by Dragon Magic Orchestra. What makes the song so special and memorable, and who actually made it?!

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This bonus episode is exclusive to the website and regular podcast subscribers. Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3.

Published by VegettoEX
15 January 2018, 8:49 AM EST1 Comment

As hinted at by a previously-grayed-out option, the official Dragon Ball website — revamped for the franchise’s 30th anniversary — has launched “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama”. From manga to designs to interviews, each day the site will post a rare Toriyama item, which will only be available on the site for 24 hours.

The website’s first entry is a postcard sent in October 1984 to members of the Akira Toriyama Preservation Society (his official fan club at the time), in which Goku and Bulma were first unveiled to the world a month before the manga began in Weekly Shōnen Jump (the 1984 #51 issue, released in November):

I’ve finally finished the first chapter’s worth of sketches! The title is “Dragon Ball”, and it looks like it’ll be a strange yet fun adventure manga. Look forward to it.

–Akira Toriyama

Kanzenshuu will archive each of the upcoming items, so stay tuned for additional entries and (eventually) a larger compilation in our “Translations” section!