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Episode 147 // 05 April 2015
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The Warriors Are Absorbed!!

The Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” page in our “Movie Guide” has received a significant update: a synopsis of the movie! Beware: perhaps quite obviously, spoilers are in full effect here.

As we did with 2013’s film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, a shorter (but still comprehensive) synopsis has been added to the movie’s main guide page, and a longer (intricately-detailed) synopsis will be added at a later date pending additional viewings and reflection time. Think of today’s addition as something like a “mid-level” synopsis; an even more-condensed version will replace it when the detailed synopsis makes its debut.

Our own Julian had a chance to check out to first public preview screening for the film this week (30 March 2015). Check out a few photos from the day:



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It’s the calm before the storm: this week’s episode was recorded prior to our adventure to the Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” preview screening, so tune in this week for a mish-mash of topics ranging from battle powers to retro reviews! This is definitely an episode longtime fans of the site and podcast will not want to miss.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0377! VegettoEX and Meri discuss a little bit of site content and “XENOVERSE” catch-up before setting up a slew of mini-topics. Julian joins for a spirited debate about power levels (and whether or not Super Saiyan God is stronger than Super Saiyan 4) before heading into a retro-review about “Captain Ginyu: Assault” on VHS. VegettoEX wraps things up with a salute to Irwin for a special line of Dragon Ball figures from 15 years ago.

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This week’s 2015 #18 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan reveals a few details about the upcoming third downloadable content pack for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE:

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The pack will include Golden Freeza (and “others”) as a playable character; two new masters, Jaco and “??”; five additional Parallel Quests; 13 new technqiues; one new costume (Gohan’s tracksuit); two new accessories (including Tagoma’s scouter); and three new Z-Souls.

Bonus items promised for early Japanese Revival of “F” attendees are set to include related, unlockable content in various video games, including Dragon Ball XENOVERSE; it is unclear if any of these items are related to or even the same ones promised for this third pack.

The Kame-Sen’nin outfit set and Jaco were made available in Japan for pre-order/first-pressing copies of the game, but until now had not yet been made available outside of that limited release.

Downloadable content packs are available at a base price of $9.99/¥950 per pack, with a season pass available netting players interested in acquiring all three packs a $5 savings at $24.99.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.



With a series like Dragon Ball, comments from author Akira Toriyama hold a lot of weight. The man traditionally hides behind-the-scenes, and though he was trotted out for Q&As more than ever before during the Battle of Gods promotional circuit, he still remained as elusively off-camera as ever before, choosing to provide prepared text answers.

One of the things we at Kanzenshuu love doing is diving into the archives while simultaneously keeping up with newer material. It can be fascinating to compare answers and viewpoints that Toriyama provides over a period of decades. We feel that it provides a deeper understanding of Dragon Ball and of Akira Toriyama himself.

With that being said, we are excited to provide translations of two in-depth and surprisingly-candid Akira Toriyama interviews.

The first new interview translation comes from the January 1997 issue (“Issue 3.01″) of the initial Japanese edition of WIRED magazine, which ran for a little less than four years from 1994 to 1998; it now exists as a special quarterly issue of the Japanese edition of GQ, relaunched in 2011. In addition to translations of articles from its American equivalent, it also had Japan-original material, and for their second-anniversary issue (published 21 November 1996), they had a special two-page interview with the man himself. This is notable principally for two things: being published during the time that Dragon Ball GT was still on the air, and Toriyama’s comments on Goku’s personality, which he repeated nearly verbatim 17 years later in the run-up to Battle of Gods (see below).

There’s how, basically, Son Goku from Dragon Ball doesn’t fight for the sake of others, but because he wants to fight against strong guys. So once Dragon Ball got animated, at any rate, I’ve always been dissatisfied with the “righteous hero”-type portrayal they gave him. I guess I couldn’t quite get them to grasp the elements of “poison” that slip in and out of sight among the shadows.

Read the full interview in our “Translations” section.

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The second new interview translation we have added to the website is the “Akira Toriyama & Masako Nozawa Special Talk” which exclusively aired as a part of a special exhibit in Japan, “The World of Akira Toriyama”. While the special talk was previewed on Mezamashi TV, the actual video footage in its entirety could only be seen at the exhibit itself. Friend of the site “Peking Duck” visited the exhibit in Nagoya and studiously transcribed the talk in its entirety; with his permission, we have translated said talk.

In the special talk, Masako Nozawa reveals how she was given the role of Gohan with no audition and no warning prior to coming in to record, while Toriyama reiterates his feelings on Goku’s personality and motivations that he discussed in the WIRED interview so many years earlier.

At any rate, I wanted him to have the sense of being that rare guy who seeks only “to become stronger than before”, so much so that it feels like “there’s no one as pure as this person”. And while he does end up saving everyone as a result of that, he himself at least has a very pure sincerity about “wanting to become stronger”. What I wanted to depict the most was the sense that he might not be a good guy at all, although he does do good things as a result.

Read the full interview in our “Translations” section.

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Please enjoy these new additions!



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…!