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25
Feb
2008
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VegettoEX6:22 PM EDTPodcast

Episode #0117 of the podcast is available for download! Sorry that we’re a date late in posting it; I’m not actually sure whose fault it is :P. This week we checked out an amazing project that’s just recently been completed:

That’s right, one of the official DragonBall “side stories”, In The Name Of Piccolo-Daimaô, has been obtained, scanned, and fully translated! The above link will take you to the website of desirecampbell, one of our forum regulars, who helped in the project. Read along and listen in for our thoughts. Definitely check it out.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0117! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian discuss “IN THE NAME OF PICCOLO-DAIMAO”, a special side-story manga chapter collaborated upon by Koyama Takao and Maeda Minoru. Where did this come from, how can you read it, and are there any more of these? DBZ ABCs, some e-mails, Mike’s broken pop-filter, and other great things round out the episode.

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Super Ghost Kamikaze wrote in and let us know that GameSpot put up a video from GDC (Game Developers Conference for those of you non-hardcore gamers), where Donny Clay from Atari is showing off the upcoming “Burst Limit” game. I definitely appreciate the acknowledgement of Dimps and Spike to a pretty spectacular degree, rather than the typical “we” dialogue (which, admittedly, is still in there a bit) completely ignoring that the games are actually developed in Japan. “Kamehameha” is pronounced correctly this time around, too!

Lots of gameplay footage of Goku vs Piccolo is shown off, along with confirmation that:

  • Both the English (FUNimation) and original Japanese cast are selectable (no word on the music)
  • There will be subtitles if you wish on the Japanese language track (accurate translations / non-dubtitles, we hope?)
  • The game covers the Saiyan arc to the end of Cell
  • There will be the so-called “in-game transformations”
  • Story elements are via in-game engine cut-scenes
  • Simultaneous release on the PS3 & Xbox 360 in July (kinda figured this one)
  • No plans for downloadable content
  • There will be achievements (also obvious)
  • No destructible environments

The video is just under 12 minutes long, and it is worth watching to see the game in-motion in a nice format like this.


21
Feb
2008
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Hujio2:18 PM EDTNews

Toei has unveiled the next two Dragon Ball GT individual disc covers… and they sparkle! As with all the other releases so far, Discs #03 and #04 contain six episodes each, covering episodes 013 thru 024, and are slated to be released 05 March 2008.

You can still order any of the previously released discs or any of these discs from Amazon Japan.

Also, Toei has finally figured out that I do not want screen savers for every DVD volume — they have done the right thing and are just releasing wallpapers this time! I guess the third time is the charm…


Futabatei Shimei let us know that Columbia has updated their site with the complete track listing for the upcoming 13-disc “Chōzenshū” collection. Lots of stuff on there, including pretty much everything from the Hit Song Collection series, the 2006 1/2 Special Remix CD, tons of live songs, and even Hironobu Kageyama’s three English songs! We will have a translation soon, and we will also go over it on the next podcast episode.


A new “Majin” race (that is a bit redundant, huh?) has been showcased for “Dragon Ball Online”:

Looking pretty neat!


Dragon Ball remains one of Bandai’s most-profitable franchises (with “Gundam” and “Power Rangers” right above it). Bandai is forecasting DB bringing them in ¥17.8 billion (around $167 million) for the 2008 fiscal year.


Word on the street from FUNimation’s panel at Katsucon this weekend is that their recent release of both the Bardock & Trunks DBZ TV Specials as a single “double feature” package release is coming to Blu-ray. All you PS3 owners that had not yet thought about picking it up, maybe hold off if you’re still interested (keep in mind that it is the same cropped, faux-“remastered” style as their season box sets and the prior DVD release of this package).


17
Feb
2008
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VegettoEX1:05 AM EDTPodcast

Episode #0116 of the podcast is available for download! We took it easy this week and gave some responses about doing stupid things with the characters and their names in response to a great e-mail. Oh, and don’t mind us completely forgetting that FUNimation’s faux-“remastered” DBZ season four and the Bardock/Trunks double-feature come out this week. Then again, no-one wrote in to remind us to mention it in the releases :P. Good times this show. Definitely check it out.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0116! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian discuss some of the stupid things they’ve done with the DB characters and their names back in ye olden days in response to an e-mail. Tons of news (game reviews, upcoming release concerns, video games, music, etc.), Julian’s DBZ ABCs, and a slew of your e-mails round out the episode.

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15
Feb
2008
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VegettoEX12:38 PM EDTNews

Bandai has put out a press release talking about their 2008 plans and showcase from the 2008 American International Toy Fair. Here is the part you are all interested in:

DRAGON BALL Z® – Bandai America celebrates its triumphant return in 2008 as master toy licensee for Dragon Ball Z, considered one of the most successful anime properties from Japan for over the last 11 years. Fans of Goku, Gohan and all the Dragon Ball characters will have access to exclusive products in the Spring, including 4” collectible figures and highly detailed 2.5” figures direct from Japan. In the Fall, kids can build their ultimate Dragon Ball Z collection with exciting new toys designed for the U.S. market, like the 2.5” Flash Changer Figures that transforms characters into their energized forms, and 8” Power Boost Figures, with muscles that expand and break through the character’s energy force. The unique 6.5” Energy Battle Set offers figures that respond to one to another through IR technology, allowing kids to battle their characters and perform their final attack moves to defeat their opponent. Kids can also mimic Goku’s final attack with the brand’s first role-play set, the Kamehameha Wrist Bands.

Looks like toywiz.com has an image of one of the new figures, too:


14
Feb
2008
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VegettoEX6:58 PM EDTNews

Popping up on YouTube and various other areas is an actual promotional video / trailer for the upcoming MMORPG “Dragon Ball Online”. It showcases a little bit of when it is taking place via the opening page flips, some of the characters you can create, and even what appears to be some type of ability to travel throughout time and interact with actual events from the Dragon Ball storyline. In addition to that, some actual gameplay footage has leaked online as well: