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Published by VegettoEX
19 November 2018, 2:12 PM ESTComment

Following similar releases for Fist of the North Star and Yū Yū Hakusho, Shueisha released the Dragon Ball: Jump Best Scene Top 10 mook earlier this month (02 November 2018) for ¥550 + tax. Sized in line with an actual issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, the mook shares chapters representing the top ten scenes as voted on by fans. Join us this episode for a tour through the mook!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0459! Mike and Julian provide a guided tour through the “Dragon Ball: Jump Best Scene Top 10” mook (magazine-styled book) released in Japan this month. Tune in for our thoughts on the scenes selected, the printing particularities of the mook, and more!

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 01:44 – Topic
  • 30:59 – Wrap-up

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Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
15 November 2018, 4:15 PM ESTComment

Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission for the Nintendo Switch has been listed on the Australian government’s Department of Communications and the Arts website with rating information:

Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, is a forthcoming Dragon Ball franchise video game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, currently only announced for release in Japan. The game, a home version of the ongoing Super Dragon Ball Heroes card-based arcade game in Japan, follows three Dragon Ball Heroes games released on the Nintendo 3DS. The most recent entry was Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X in April 2017; the game covered 3,300 cards from the arcade version’s original 8 missions, 10 “Galaxy Missions”, 8 “Evil Dragon Missions”, and 10 “God Missions”, effectively encompassing all content pre-Super Dragon Ball Heroes in its own original story mode in addition to the arcade version’s mission structure.

Outside of a single test run at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year, no Dragon Ball Heroes content has ever received an international/localized release outside of Japan.

Thanks to Gematsu for the heads-up, where they also note:

It should be noted that while the title is rated as “Multi Platform,” that does not necessarily mean the game will be released on other platforms. The Switch-only Namco Arcade PAC, for example, is also rated as “Multi Platform.”

Back in August 2016, Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS was listed on the Brazilian rating board’s website ahead of its formal international localization announcement.

Published by VegettoEX
14 November 2018, 11:13 AM EST1 Comment

Online retailers such as Amazon Japan have begun including Tadayoshi Yamamuro‘s cover art for the upcoming next three “Dragon Ball: The Movies” remastered Blu-ray releases, each set for release 05 December 2018:

Volume 4 will contain Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans (DBZ Movie 7) and Burn Up!! A Red-Hot, Raging, Super-Fierce Fight (DBZ Movie 8); Volume 5 will contain The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy (DBZ Movie 9) and The Dangerous Duo! Super-Warriors Can’t Rest (DBZ Movie 10); Volume 6 will contain Super-Warrior Defeat!! I’m the One Who’ll Win (DBZ Movie 11) and The Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta (DBZ Movie 12).

Three volumes covering the first six Dragon Ball Z films were released earlier this month. January will see another two Blu-ray volumes, rounding out the company’s new remastering of the original 17 theatrical films produced during the series’ original serialization.

While no international release of the films’ new remastering has been announced, Toei’s recent limited theatrical run of previous features in America was clearly based on this new print.

The films last saw a home video release in Japan within 2006’s remastered “Dragon Box: The Movies” DVD box set which was subsequently broken out as individual DVD releases over the course of 2008-2009.

Published by VegettoEX
14 November 2018, 10:09 AM ESTComment

Bandai Namco Holdings has posted a ¥34.188 billion (approximately $300.17 million) net income for the first half of fiscal year 2019.

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Dragon Ball came in as the top-performing overall franchise for the company with ¥58.6 billion in net sales (up from ¥43.1 billion the same half last year). The company is still projecting ¥80 billion yen for the full fiscal year, down from the ¥97.9 billion it pulled in last fiscal year.

In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise jumped in net sales from ¥5.9 billion the first half of last year to ¥9.9 billion this half year (eclipsed by the Gundam and Kamen Rider franchises, which pulled upwards of ¥20 billion each during the same timeframe). The company is holding on its ¥14.5 billion forecast for the year, a slight increase from the ¥14.2 billion it brought in during the entirety of fiscal 2018.

Published by VegettoEX
13 November 2018, 3:06 PM ESTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0458! Mike, Julian, and Stacey crack open the case of being “Reincarnated as Yamcha”, which recently saw its official English translation from Viz. How does Dragon Garow Lee’s talent carry over to an official product? What kind of story winds up being told, particularly in contrast to how its official rights holders may describe it? What are the benefits of going shirtless to your debut editorial meeting? Tune in for all this and more!

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 04:06 – Topic
  • 52:44 – Wrap-up

REFERENCED SITES:

Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2018, 10:18 AM ESTComment

The third and final trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film has been released by Toei Animation, as well as a version officially subtitled in English:

The trailer shows off the previously-revealed Super Saiyan God Vegeta, brief glimpses of Beerus and Whis, etc. The trailer also features Daichi Miura’s main theme for the film, “Blizzard.”

The film’s first full-length theatrical trailer debuted at San Diego Comic Con back in July, while the second trailer debuted in conjunction with New York Comic Con last month.

The story, script, and character designs for the film, formally opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura. The film will receive international distribution following its Japanese debut. A world premiere is set for 14 November 2018 at Nippon Budōkan with special guests set to include Masako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Katsuhisa Hoki, Tatsuya Nagamine, and Daichi Miura.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2018, 9:43 AM ESTComment

A new Amazon listing for Viz’s fifth volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s print edition is dated for 07 May 2019 at a $9.99 MSRP. A digital edition will also be available at various retailers, including Amazon, Comixology, and direct from Viz.

Goku’s adventure from the best-selling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series written by Akira Toriyama himself!

Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball!

The battle for the fate of the parallel world rages on! With Vegeta injured and his fusion with Goku failed, Goku must face off against God Zamas alone. But this enemy is unrelenting and powerful, and seems to be too strong—even for Goku! Will Goku and his friends be able to put a stop to this evil god once and for all?!

The fifth collected edition is expected to cover chapters 25-28 a la its Japanese counterpart.

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’ forty-first chapter coming last month in the magazine’s December 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. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The fourth collected volume is due in English from Viz this coming January, while Shueisha will release the eighth collected volume in Japan next month.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fifth box set last month.

Earlier this week, Viz released their translation of Dragon Garow Lee’s That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! manga.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2018, 9:01 AM ESTComment

Voice actor Tetsuo Gotō, most recently known to Dragon Ball fans as the voice of Universe 10’s Kaiōshin Gowasu in the Dragon Ball Super television series, has passed away at age 68 due to esophageal cancer.

Gotō contributed other minor roles to the Dragon Ball franchise over the years, including a secretary in Dragon Ball Super and Dr. Kochin in video games following the passing of original voice actor Kōji Yada in 2014. Gotō’s extensive voice work catalog included anime, video games, and live-action dubbing roles.

Fellow voice actor Shigeru Chiba (Dragon Ball‘s Pilaf) tweeted:

『ワンピース』や『ドラゴンボール』などでご一緒してた後藤哲夫さんの訃報が届いた。スタジオでは無駄な話は一切なさらず役に真摯に向かっておられた姿が忘れられません。

心よりご冥福をお祈りいたします。


The news has come to me of the passing of Tetsuo Gotō-san, who I worked with on shows such as One Piece and Dragon Ball. I’ll never forget how sincerely he approached his roles, not uttering a single unnecessary word in the studio.

May he Rest In Peace.

We send our condolences to Mr. Gotō’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2018, 8:47 AM ESTComment

The official website for the forthcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film has announced Daichi Miura will contribute the song “Blizzard” as the movie’s main theme song.

The main theme will be performed by Daichi Miura, and the title is set as “Blizzard”!!
Daichi Miura has been praised as “a genius” and “the Japanese Michael Jackson” for his exceptional singing and dancing ability, and has received high marks both in and out of Japan as a creator and dancer. This movie’s theme song, “Blizzard,” which was finished up after Miura made a deep reading of the script, has as its theme “a world of ice,” which appears as the setting where Goku and Vegeta face off against Broli.

The song, written/performed by Miura and composed/arranged by Nao’ymt, will receive a CD single release in Japan 19 December 2018. Various editions of the CD single will be released, including those with Dragon Ball cover artwork, a bonus DVD, and a B3-sized poster; these editions are available to pre-order on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

A comment from Miura accompanied the announcement:

Our generation watched Dragon Ball in animation; by the time we were old enough to understand the world around us, it was already a given that it was loved the world over. Goku’s charm is in how, when he runs up against something gigantic that’s even stronger than him, he gets excited to overcome it. I believe that kind of mindset is really amazing.

In this movie as well, the Saiyans Goku, Vegeta, and Broli each have their own obstacles that they must overcome, and how they go about overcoming them is depicted. In addition to those characters’ sentiments, I’ve also used a “world of ice,” which appears as the setting of the battle this time, as a theme.

In modern society, too, we normally live as though confined within a “block of ice,” surrounded by all kinds of information. When we rise above something, what should we do in order to break through the ice and become who we really are? I felt that that was the universal theme that connects to both the movie’s characters and to modern society, so I wrote the lyrics with that aspect in mind.

To have my own music playing within one of the works I encountered as a child is something that truly makes me happy. I believe it’s come out as a piece of music that, when you see the movie, will make you think “that was good” when you leave the theater, so I’d definitely like you to look forward to that.

… as did a comment from film producer Norihiro Hayashida:

When this movie was set to go into production, we were given the proposition to “create a work with the foreign market in mind from the very start.” Naturally, we had to keep that in mind with respect to the artist for the theme song as well, and the very first person we came up with was Daichi Miura-san. His great singing ability and agile dance moves are truly world-class, and are recognized by many well-known creators both in- and outside Japan. Dragon Ball is also popular all over the world, and thinking that they might be able to create a synergistic effect, we went and made an offer. We met directly with Miura-san and held a planning conference, and he had already thoroughly read through the original comic and the script, and all the questions we got from him were right on point, leaving us impressed by his sincere stance toward the craft. This time, we also asked him to write the lyrics, and thanks to that, it came out very well-matched to the world of the movie, and we are extremely pleased with it. So as not to lose out to Miura-san‘s theme song, we intend to make the movie itself just as solid.

The story, script, and character designs for the film, formally opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura. The film will receive international distribution following its Japanese debut. A world premiere is set for 14 November 2018 at Nippon Budōkan with special guests set to include Masako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Katsuhisa Hoki, Tatsuya Nagamine, and now also Daichi Miura.

Published by VegettoEX
05 November 2018, 2:50 PM ESTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0457! Mike and Jake fire up the podcast cannons to take a look at the biggest examples of writers, producers, and marketers maybe perhaps thinking about possibly making some kind of relatively concrete statement about A True Canon™ for the Dragon Ball series. What are some of the trends in the phrasing we have seen over the years, and what does the most recent example tell us about what to expect in the future?

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:12 – Introduction
  • 02:03 – Topic
  • 33:48 – Wrap-up

Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.