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Episode 136 // 28 December 2014
Rush Straight to the Catastrophe!
The Time Limit is One Hour!!

As part of the Dragon Ball Heroes fourth anniversary live stream back in October, a short video was played that teased the future “new series” of updates; this new batch would hit the game after the “Evil Dragons Mission” updates wrapped up in January 2015. Bardock in his mind-controlled, “Time Breaker” outfit (originally from Dragon Ball Online) wrapped up the teaser.

Bandai Namco has unveiled a new, full-length version of the same teaser video which showcases the same Evil Dragons and Bardock material, but also teases updates involving Revival of “F”, the upcoming 2015 theatrical Dragon Ball Z film.

The “God Mission” update series, the fourth since the game’s launch, will begin in Spring 2015 with “GDM1″ (“God Mission 1″).

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Thanks to “Vitas” for the heads-up.



In conjunction with Jump Festa, Bandai Namco have released their third promotional video (both in Japanese and English) for the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE:

The promotional video focuses on the time anomalies throughout Dragon Ball‘s history created by Towa and Mira, along with their influence on the various villains which causes further distruptions. The newly-announced animated feature, which will come with the game itself, is also heavily showcased with Trunks summoning a new warrior to help protect the timeline.

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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.



In conjunction with Jump Festa, the American and European branches of Bandai Namco have confirmed that J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, will receive an international release as a new, updated version in summer 2015: J-Stars Victory Vs+.

Additionally, the game will make the update from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4, with both console versions and the Vita release making their way out of Japan.

YATTA! J-STARS Victory VS + is coming to Western audiences for the PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3 and the PlayStation®Vita. The game will feature Manga/ Anime characters from over tons of different Shonen Jump franchises including ONE PIECE, NARUTO, BLEACH, DRAGON BALL Z and much more.

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The company’s American branch notes on Tumblr that a new “arcade mode” will be coming to the game, with no mention made of what might happen with the original version’s multi-character story mode:

Yes. You can get excited. It’s official. The 2v2 brawler that features an insane roster filled with Shonen Jump’s manga stars, J-Stars Victory VS+, is coming to the Americas and will be hitting PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, AND for the first time ever, PlayStation 4. Also, with the first release outside of Japan, J-Stars will have an additional “Arcade Mode” coming with it’s Western debut. Check out the teaser trailer and stay tuned for more information!

The game, originally released back in March in Japan, features Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza from Dragon Ball, — not to mention Arale from Dr. Slump and her various Dragon Ball cameos! — along with a wealth of other playable and support characters from different series.



This week’s February 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan contains slightly new information regarding Fukkatsu no “F” (“Revival of ‘F'”), the upcoming theatrical Dragon Ball Z movie.

The subject of moderate confusion among fans when the film’s poster was debuted, the character in the green track suit is formally unveiled as Gohan (though the official website’s image filenames had perhaps inadvertently revealed his identity). Gohan is described, accompanied by character design sketches by Akira Toriyama:

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ビルス襲来以後、悟飯の服装はすっかり落ち着いた様子に!! あのダサ… グレートサイヤマンはやめたのかな?

なんとビックリ、ジャージ姿の悟飯。どうやら戦闘着が見当たらず、こんな格好で参戦することになるらしいぞ!!


After Beerus attacked, Gohan’s clothing has become thoroughly subdued!! Did he give up that stupid-looking— …er, Great Saiyaman, we wonder?

Gohan in a tracksuit is quite the surprise. At any rate, apparently he can’t find his fighting clothes, so he ends up joining the battle looking like this!!

The magazine’s commentary, like that in Saikyō Jump earlier this month, also draws attention to the color of Gohan’s tracksuit, speculating that it might be a sign of respect towards Piccolo. A small blurb on the page accompanied by a screen from Battle of Gods simply notes that Gohan has spiky hair in that movie, and even became Great Saiyaman as entertainment. No mention is made of a Super Saiyan transformation.

The February 2015 issue of V-Jump, Shueisha’s ostensibly-video-game-focused magazine in Japan, hit Japanese shelves 20 December 2014 and is available to order at CDJapan, Play-Asia, and Amazon Japan.

The annual Jump Festa event was also held over the past weekend, and Saturday afternoon’s joint One Piece / Dragon Ball panel revealed a few new tidbits about the movie. According to reports from attendees, the movie’s dialogue has not yet been recorded. Nevertheless, the film will apparently show Kuririn as a police officer (!), and Freeza training for the first time in his life in order to become more powerful. Notably absent, however, will be Goku’s Super Saiyan form; he apparently does without it for the entirety of the movie, echoing comments from creator Akira Toriyama made last year and earlier this year. Masako Nozawa (Goku) and Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza) are also said to have exchanged lines in character, although the contents of said exchange (if relevant to the film) have not been reported outside the event.

The story for Revival of “F” 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. 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.

Revival of “F” opens 18 April 2015 nationwide in Japan in 2D and 3D.



Today’s February 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan drops an array of details regarding the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE video game.

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Towa uses her dark magic to make Goku’s past enemies even more brutal. This is the trigger to the altering of history…?!

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Super 17, a villain from the near-final portion of the anime-only Dragon Ball GT TV series, will also make an appearance in Dragon Ball XENOVERSE. Included in his moveset will be his “Lightning Hell Sphere”, which he also used in the TV series.

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Dragon Ball XENOVERSE will feature an original animated sequence at the start of the game, which will depict Trunks’ decision to summon the player character via Shenlong. Towa, Mira, and the Kaiōshin of Time are also seen in the screenshots provided.

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The next issue promises an “all-out super feature” on the game a mere two weeks before its release.

The game’s official website also recently updated with information regarding its timeline and placement in the overall “Age” calendar for Dragon Ball:

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The “world of the future” (Age 850) is the world the player character is summoned to. Toki-Toki City is the story’s starting point; lots of warriors (including the player) live there, and the city is home to the time vault and the Kaiōshin of Time (the Kaiōshin who governs time, and is 75 million years old). Toki-Toki is a mysterious bird, said to create time. Trunks is under orders from the Kaiōshin of Time to travel to various time periods throughout Dragon Ball‘s history. The player travels through time as part of the Time Patrol to fix anomolies. The website also states that Towa and Mira are collecting “kiri” via history-breaking.

The game appears to use Age 850 as the future setting instead of Dragon Ball Online‘s Age 1000; this makes it 100 years after the start of the series (rounding up a bit from Age 749).

The February 2015 issue of V-Jump, Shueisha’s ostensibly-video-game-focused magazine in Japan, hits Japanese shelves today (20 December 2014) and is available to order at CDJapan, Play-Asia, and Amazon Japan.

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.



This week’s February 2015 issue of V-Jump brings the regular print serialization of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission to a close. After 27 monthly chapters in the magazine, the promotional manga from “Toyotarō” moves over to archived, unlockable bonus content within Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ smartphone and PC app. All 28 chapters are digitally available in the current February 2015 issue of V-Jump+, which will remain unlockable via a code in the corresponding V-Jump issue until the end of January. From February onward, this content will be available only to those who unlocked it prior to the deadline.

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In chapter 28 — “Dark Dragon” (ダークドラゴン Dāku Doragon) — Beat continues to train with Sora in the “White Room”, while in the Battlefield, the other Heroes come to realize that with the time-space transporter offline, a knockout in the game should have mortal consequences outside it. Broli didn’t deliver a knockout; he merely put them out of it. Which means… they were deliberately spared?

Genom appears before the others, but before they can try to free him from the Evil Dragons’ control, he reveals that he is not under the control of anyone: in fact, he he is the one in control. He tells them to get ready for a fantastic show: he had intended to leave them alive, but now the circumstances have changed, and he needs to kill them in order to obtain the One-Star Ball. However, Kagyu reveals that Genom is missing one more: the Four-Star Ball! Back when Broli suddenly appeared, Kagyu helped save the Dragon’s life, and as a token of gratitude, it handed over the Dragon Ball. In Kagyu’s hand, the Dragon Ball transforms into a card, which reveals the Four-Star Dragon himself! Both the Dragon that was defeated by Broli, and the Dragon Ball Broli obtained, were fakes. At Kagyu’s signal, they prepare a new Card Action Ability: “Dark Dragon”! A huge energy blast hurtles towards Genom, who was obviously not expecting this turn of events.

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The series is going on hiatus “for a while” and its return will be announced in V-Jump proper. There is no word on whether or not “Toyotarō” is working on anything else in the meantime, or if the comic will wait for the next major update to Dragon Ball Heroes to pick back up again.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission began in the November 2012 issue of V-Jump as a two-page, seemingly-one-off promotional mini-manga for the card-based arcade game. As the months went on, the chapters expanded to more pages and began directly continuing onward from each other into a traditional, serialized story. New cards, techniques, and characters from the arcade game often showed up in the manga months ahead of time to help promote new updates and campaigns.

“Toyotarō” is, in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”.



Despite originating on Japanese TV earlier this year, the special extended edition of the 2013 theatrical Dragon Ball Z film, Battle of Gods, has thus far only been released in select international markets (namely North America via FUNimation).

The Japanese market will finally receive their own version, with the extended edition hitting DVD and Blu-ray 13 March 2015.

Each version comes packed with a special sleeve for the disc as well as an original post card featuring art from the upcoming 2015 Dragon Ball Z theatrical film, Revival of ‘F’.

In all likelihood, the Japanese edition will be the only home release of the extended edition to feature FLOW’s two musical contributions (“Hero: Song of Hope” and “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”) in their original Japanese language; even in the Japanese language track on FUNimation’s and other international distributors’ releases, English versions performed by FLOW themselves are used.

The Japanese DVD (¥3,800 + tax) and Blu-ray (¥4,800 + tax) versions of the extended Battle of Gods are up for pre-order on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.



A new 30-second commercial for Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 — a sequel to the first portable version of the four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — was posted to the game’s official website this week:

The commercial is a sequel to a previous one, where Trunks had already received the game. Now Goten has it too, so the focus is on multiplayer: choosing a team of five cards to do battle, cooperative play against a giant boss, and StreetPass functionality where other players’ characters will show up in one’s own game.

As of last month the game had pushed 165,636 total copies according to the Famitsu sales list, roughly 53,000 fewer copies than its predecessor at the same point in time.

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Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 is available for purchase at CDJapan and Play-Asia. A Japanese system is required to play the (region-locked) game.

Thanks to Anime News Network for the heads-up.



Japan’s TOHO Cinemas have released their own special promotional video to promote Fukkatsu no “F” (“Revival of ‘F'”), the upcoming theatrical Dragon Ball Z movie, which contains a few minor snippets not present in the film’s recent trailer:

Much like the film’s official website, the video contains a special message from Freeza (Ryūsei Nakao), this time promoting TOHO’s “Cinemileage” service. Joining now will earn not just points for every movie watched, but a special clear file folder featuring the movie’s poster art:

フリーザ TOHOシネマズ シネマイレージ®カード。映画を6本観ると、次の1本は、無料になるんですよ〜。
ベジータ なっ 何だと!?
悟空 〈無料フリー〉ザァァァァ

悟空 シネマイレージ®に入会して、『ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」』を観よう!
フリーザ 特製クリアファイルですって!?


Freeza: TOHO Cinemas’ Cinemileage® Card. When you see six movies, the next one is free~.
Vegeta: Wh- what was that?!
Goku: FREE-zaaaaa!!

Goku: Become a Cinemileage® member, and see Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”!
Freeza: A special clear file folder, you say?!

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 and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. 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.

Revival of “F” opens 18 April 2015 nationwide in Japan in 2D and 3D.



Hot on the heels of this morning’s preview on Mezamashi TV, the full-length version of the trailer for Fukkatsu no “F” (“Revival of ‘F'”), the upcoming theatrical Dragon Ball Z movie, has been posted online and added to the film’s official website.

Dialog in the trailer is identical from the material previewed this morning:

TEXT: Creator, Writer, Character Designer – Akira Toriyama
TEXT: The Entire Universe Despairs
TEXT: The Evil Emperor
TEXT: Revived
PICCOLO: He’s come back as a monster in a totally different league from us!
VEGETA: What’s going on?!
GOKU: Freeza!
FREEZA: Allow me to show you… my further evolution!

The trailer wraps up with promotional information about the pre-release tickets, which include one of either a Goku or Freeza “Movie – Akira Toriyama Model Super Progression Strap” featuring the character’s movie version inside their version from the manga.

New credits are presented on the main page of the official website, perhaps most notably including the fact that Norihoto Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties:

Art Director: Shinzō Yuki
Music: Norihito Sumitomo
Color Design: Teppei Hotta
Special Effects: Nao Ōta
CG Director: Kai Makino
Director of Photography: Yōsuke Motoki
Production Supervisor: Kazumi Fujioka

Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza), Kōichi Yamadera (Beerus), Masakazu Morita (Whis), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Masaharu Satō (Kame-sen’nin), Hiromi Tsuru (Bulma), Mayumi Tanaka (Kuririn), Takeshi Kusao (Trunks), Hikaru Midorikawa (Tenshinhan), and Yūko Minaguchi (Videl) are all confirmed to return, and hopefully to all of their respective roles noted here.

The “Story” page of the official website includes new information, as well:

宿命の激突!!
神を超える戦いが始まる――!!!!

破壊神ピルスとの闘い後、 再び平和が訪れた地球にフリーザ軍の生き残りであるソルベとタゴマが、ドラゴンボールを求めて近づいていた。その目的は、軍の再起のためにフリーザを復活させること。宇宙史上最悪のその願いは遂に叶えられ蘇ったフリーザは悟空たちサイヤ人への復讐を目論む… 。そして、地球に新フリーザ軍が押し寄せ悟飯ピッコロ、クリリンらは1000人の兵士と激突。悟空とベジータは、フリーザとの宿命の対決へと挑むが、フリーザは圧倒的なパワーアップを果たしていた!

「お見せしましょう…わたしの更なる進化を!!」

今、限界を遥かに超えた戦士たちの空前絶後の戦いが幕を開けようとしていた――。


A fated clash!!
A battle surpassing gods begins — !!!!

After peace returned to Earth following the battle with God of Destruction Beerus, the surviving remnants of Freeza’s forces, Sorbet and Tagoma, approached, seeking the Dragon Balls. Their objective: to revive Freeza in order to bring his forces back to power. That worst wish in history is granted at last, and the resurrected Freeza plots his vengeance against Goku and the other Saiyans… And so, Freeza’s new army advances on Earth, and Gohan, Piccolo, and Kuririn clash with a thousand soldiers. Goku and Vegeta challenge Freeza to a fated duel, but Freeza had attained an overwhelming power-up!

“Allow me to show you… my further evolution!”

Now, for warriors beyond their limits, the curtain was about to open on a battle like none before or since –.

Rather cutely, that final sentence works in the title/phrase “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go”, words used as the second opening theme to Dragon Ball Kai in Japan.

Finally, the official website also includes a special audio message from Freeza (Ryūsei Nakao):

地球の皆様、この度、私、遂に復活することになりました。楽しみですよ、あの憎きサイヤ人達に復讐するその時が…。2015年4月18日、皆様も楽しみにしておいてくださいね。


People of Earth, this time around I shall finally be revived. I’m looking forward to the time when I will get my revenge on those loathsome Saiyans…. 18 April 2015, everyone please look forward to it as well.

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 and animation supervisor. 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.

Revival of “F” opens 18 April 2015 nationwide in Japan in 2D and 3D.