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Episode 135 // 21 December 2014
Buu Eats Buu
The New Majin Attacks!!

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.



The fourth — and likely final — Japanese ending theme for the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai has been announced: “GALAXY” by Kyūso Nekokami, who takes their name from an accessory item in Final Fantasy X-2.

The space-themed song will be included on the band’s next album, Happy Ponkotsu Land (“ponkotsu” being slang for striking something with your fist, or a battered/worn-out item). The album will release 14 January 2015 in Japan.

The song itself will be used as the ending theme for the Dragon Ball Kai arc beginning in January, but will debut before that 14 December 2014 on the radio program “MUSIC FREAKS” on FM802, where vocalist/guitarist Seiya Yamasaki is a DJ.

The album will contain seven songs, including “OS” (for which there is already a video), “Scary song” (with a “ghost” motif), and “Yō suru ni akita” (“In short, I’m sick of you/it”, on the theme of divorce).

  1. GALAXY
  2. OS
  3. Scary song
  4. Hinkon Bijinesu (“Poverty Business”)
  5. Yō suru ni akita (“In short, I’m sick of you/it”)
  6. Yusha Rotoshikku (“The Hero, Lotosik”)
  7. Nanmanda

The first pressing limited edition version of the album will come with a DVD which will contain a digest version of their summer tour and backstage footage, with an alternate audio track with member commentary.

The album’s artwork will be provided by Shunjū Aono, whose most well-known work is “Ore wa mada honki dashite ‘nai dake” (“I just haven’t gotten serious yet, that’s all”), which was popular enough to receive a live-action movie in 2013. The illustration for the jacket is of a surreal world.

No CD single is currently announced for the song. The regular edition of the album (VICL-64268) will retail for ¥1,000, while the limited edition version with the bonus DVD (VIZL-761) will retail for ¥2,400. Both versions are currently available for pre-order at CDJapan.

“GALAXY” will be the sixth ending theme for the Japanese broadcast of the “refreshed” series overall, following “Yeah! Break! Care! Break!” by Dragon Soul (1-54), “Kokoro no Hane” by Team Dragon from AKB48 (55-98), “Dear Zarathustra” by Good Morning America (99-111), “Junjō” by Leo Ieri (112-123), and “Oh Yeah!!!!!!!” by Czecho No Republic (124-present).



A trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z 2015 theatrical film, Revival of “F”, was teased early Friday morning on the Japanese television program Mezamashi TV.

In addition to general narration from the hosts, character dialog includes:

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!

It may be worth noting that Freeza’s dialog here is slightly different from the similar quote printed in the recent January 2015 issue of V-Jump, where the word henshin (“transformation”) was used; here, it is shinka (“evolution” or “progression”).

Mezamashi TV also teased the movie earlier this year. The 2013 Dragon Ball Z film, Battle of Gods, was given similar teases on Mezamashi TV with previews and promotional videos.

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.

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



Within just the last couple weeks, Shueisha unexpectedly revealed the quickly-upcoming third collected volume of Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD, the spin-off/re-telling of the Dragon Ball series currently being serialized in Saikyō Jump. While a full year passed between the first and second collected volumes, this third one sees its release “only” eight months later.

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The volume picks up with Chapter 19 of the monthly/bi-monthly reboot of the comic as Goku, Bulma and Kuririn face General Blue, and concludes with Goku’s total rout of the Red Ribbon Army in Chapter 28. It also includes the one-page bonus comic from the December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, the four-page “what-if” story from the Jump Victory Carnival 2014 official booklet, and a pair of four-panel comics original to the book. It also comes with a Dragon Ball Heroes “Gotenks” card as a pack-in bonus.

The 192-page tankobon-sized volume runs ¥571 plus tax and preserves the full-color presentation from its original Saikyō Jump serialization.

Dragon Ball SD began with Saikyō Jump as a quarterly publication with four total issues in 2011 re-telling major aspects of the franchise in an even more childish tone. When the magazine switched to a monthly format in 2012, Dragon Ball SD started over at the very beginning of the series with the same kind of writing and artistic style. The publication recently switched to a bi-monthly release schedule.

Volume 3 of the collected Dragon Ball SD is available to order from CDJapan and Amazon Japan. As with the second collected volume, no digital version appears to be available simultaneously alongside the print release, but may (and likely will) come at a later point in time.



Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to check out DB30YEARS, our special Dragon Ball 30th anniversary magazine. A few major research projects have recently taken place at various Kanzenshuu headquarters around the world, and you can read some highlights from them in the magazine, including some of our dives into the original serialization of the series in Weekly Shōnen Jump. For example, how old do you think Gohan is when he is first introduced…? Four-years-old, right? You might be surprised!

We recently acquired a copy of the 1986 #37 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump. The issue contains Chapter 087 of the series, right as Goku is about to climb Karin Tower during the Red Ribbon Army arc. Accompanying the chapter is a series of brief biographical information for some of the major characters, printed long before things like the Daizenshuu were ever conceived, and even over a year before the Adventure Special — the first true guide book to the series — would hit shelves.

Most notably, it is the only place that has ever printed Bulma’s birth date…! If you choose to reconcile all available information, you can start piecing together precisely when Battle of Gods might take place in AGE 778, and what other contradictions there might be.

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Head on over to the material’s new archive page in our “Translations” section for the full scoop. Be sure to check out the translation notes at the bottom, which cross-reference later material published in books like the Daizenshuu and the Super Exciting Guide volumes.



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.