News Archive

August 2008

VegettoEX11:59 PM ESTPodcast

Episode #0144 of the podcast is available for download! As you’ll hear during the show, this is the episode that seemed to do everything it could to prevent itself from being recorded. While we unfortunately were unable to do a standard topic, Meri and I marched onwards with a good recap of all the recent news, all of September’s releases, and a nice little batch of e-mails. Definitely check it out.

Episode #0144! VegettoEX and Meri are plagued with recording problems all weekend, but somehow manage to pull something together! While there is no real topic to speak of, plenty of (good!) news rears its ugly head this week, and we check in with all of September’s releases and a bunch of your e-mails.


VegettoEX10:36 AM ESTNews

Amazon has been providing quite a bit of information recently — yesterday with the “Trilogy info”, and today with the Viz Big info! We now have releases dates going into early/mid next year, so here is a quick breakdown for you (including ones that are already out, since it gets a little confusing):

Dragon Ball:

  • Viz Big Volume 1 (tankōbon 1-3)
    03 June 2008
  • Viz Big Volume 2 (tankōbon 4-6)
    16 September 2008
  • Viz Big Volume 3 (tankōbon 7-9)
    16 December 2008
  • Viz Big Volume 4 (tankōbon 10-12)
    17 March 2009

Dragon Ball Z:

  • Viz Big Volume 1 (tankōbon 17-19)
    03 June 2008
  • Viz Big Volume 2 (tankōbon 20-22)
    19 August 2008
  • Viz Big Volume 3 (tankōbon 23-25)
    18 November 2008
  • Viz Big Volume 4 (tankōbon 26-28)
    17 February 2009
  • Viz Big Volume 5 (tankōbon 29-31)
    19 May 2009

Remember, this does not even include all that “Collector’s Edition” stuffage that starts coming out in October of this year, which appears to be single volumes as opposed to the omnibus-style “three-in-one” packaging…

VegettoEX9:37 PM ESTNews

Amazon has a complete listing for the upcoming “Dragon Ball Z Trilogy” three-pack on the PS2:

The set is will contain:

  • Budokai Tenkaichi
  • Budokai Tenkaichi 2
  • Super Dragon Ball Z

With “Budokai Tenkaichi 3” (“Sparking! METEOR”) being so recent, I am not entirely shocked that they did not throw it in. While we love” Super Dragon Ball Z”, it is a completely random game to toss into this pack when you consider what else it is packaged with. The first “Budokai Tenkaichi” is completely irrelevant if you have the second game (more characters, far more polished game system), so it is almost like you are really just getting only two games.

The three-pack drops 09 September 2008 for a cheap $29.99. Honestly, you are better off picking up “Super Dragon Ball Z” on its own, and then “Budokai Tenkaichi 3” on its own, as well.

VegettoEX11:05 PM ESTNews

Amazon Japan is showcasing the covers for the individual R2 DVD releases of Dragon Ball Z movies 5 and 6 already:

Movies 3 & 4 are due out 12 September 2008, while 5 & 6 are the month after on 10 October 2008.

We have been hearing “rumors” (and boy-oh-boy, do I use that term loosely) about trailers for the upcoming live-action Dragon Ball movie, but it seems like we finally have some actual, concrete, valid information. is reporting that the “Max Payne movie” (a video game adaptation) will be the first to feature the DB trailer. Neat.

VegettoEX8:14 PM ESTPodcast

Episode #0143 of the podcast is available for download! Julian was finally able to join in with us for recording, and we were all very excited to check out and review Viz’s release of the first daizenshuu in English!

Ain’t that trippy to see, with both of them right next to each other? We’ve said it before, but we were pretty sure this day would simply never occur. As you’ll hear in the review, there is very little “negative” we had to say about it. We were both shockingly and gratefully impressed with the near-perfect quality of this release. Definitely check it out.

Episode #0143! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian discuss Viz’s fantastic release of the first daizenshuu in English (“The Complete Illustrations”). It’s a day we thought would never happen, but here we are! Even more video game news come our way, new characters for the upcoming DB short, Julian’s DBZ ABCs, and a whole lot of other good stuff rounds out the episode.


VegettoEX10:44 PM ESTNews

The newest Japanese TV spot for “Dragon Ball DS” is pretty amazing:

Honestly, we teared up a little bit. I do not know that I have ever seen anything that totally sums up what makes the series so amazing, and I refuse to write anything else tonight after leaving you with that.

The names and character designs of the new enemies in the upcoming Dragon Ball Jump Super Anime Tour Special, (“Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!”), have been revealed in the latest issue of “V-Jump”:

Table, Abo, & Kado, opposing enemies!
You can tell that Tarble is a Saiyan from his tail. He’s similar to a certain person in facial features, but…!? Also, Abo and Kado, in pursuit of Tarble, arrive on Earth!!

A big thanks to Tatsunoboshi Horoko for translating this so quick and to Cindy for the scan. If you are curious, Tarble’s name is a pun on “vegetable” (taabaru from bejitabaru, the Japanese approximation that also gave us “Vegeta”), and Abo & Kado are a pun on “Avocado”. It is good to see that Toriyama still has his sense of humor!

Now that their French portion has already stolen their thunder, it makes sense that they would go ahead and let the information come on out:

Final Dragon Ball Z Game for PlayStation 2 System Combines the Greatest Elements from the World-renowned Dragon Ball Z TV Series and Video Games

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — It’s time for one final mighty Kamehameha for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system as Atari announces the upcoming North American launch of NAMCO BANDAI Games’ Dragon Ball Z(R): Infinite World in November. Developed by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World combines all the best elements of previous Dragon Ball Z games, whilst also boasting new features such as “Dragon Missions”, new battle types and drama scenes for fans to delve deeper than ever before into the Dragon Ball Z(R) universe.

The new “Dragon Missions” in Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World include many famous scenes from the Dragon Ball Z series never before seen in a video game. A range of missions from time attack in the “Snake Road Mission” alongside other action and racing-style missions puts players’ strategy and quick-thinking skills to the test beyond simply showing off their deadly fighting skills.

But no Dragon Ball Z game would be complete without its fair share of spectacular battles. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World uses a simplified battle system taken from the recently released next-gen Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit for thrilling hand-to-hand fighting on the ground, or flying leaps and aerial combat in the skies. Defeat your opponent by blasting damaging Ki attacks from the sky or by diving into him and launching an explosive smash attack.

The game features over 40 unique characters, not counting the different forms that each character can transform into which multiplies the playing potential. On top of characters, fighting techniques and battle stages, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World also includes selected drama scenes from the previous games all presented using beautifully refined effects and shading techniques.

Representing the last “Z” title for the PlayStation 2 system, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World combines the many of the best elements from the previous Budokai and Shin-Budokai series, as well as the recently released and much-admired next-gen Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, to deliver the definitive DBZ experience on PlayStation 2 system.

We learned just about all of this yesterday, but it is nice to see formal words coming from Atari in English.

VegettoEX10:55 PM ESTNews

We have confirmation (slightly) on what this “Infinite World” game — which first popped up in retailer listings — will be for the PS2. Strangely, Atari France was the first one (even including Japan!) to drop word of the game. It appears to be another iteration on the “Budokai” series by Dimps, though it is not clear if it will be using “Budokai 3” (PS2) or “Shin Budokai” (PSP) as the main engine. From the screen shots, it would appears that the handheld version is actually being used as the general basis.

We know that the game will contain at least 40 characters, not even including transformations. Keep in mind that “Budokai 3” itself actually only had 38 characters not counting transformations and fusions, so this will probably be even bigger than that. Then again, if the handheld version is being used as the basis, that is even more of a jump up.

Standard fighting is not all we’re going to get with this one, though. It looks like “Dragon Missions” will be the new single-player experience, ranging from things like racing down the Serpentine Road, to catching Bubbles, and beyond!

So far we know the title of the game, that it is being handled by Namco-Bandai, and it will be released exclusively on the PS2 in December. It is safe to say that since Atari (France) was the one to spill the beans on the game, all of the major territories (Japan, USA, Europe, and probably Australia) will be seeing the game, hopefully in time for the holidays in all areas. It is rather interesting that Atari was the one to break the news — it almost never happens that Namco-Bandai does not go with “V-Jump” over in Japan to hype things up first. Perhaps the US will even see its release first, similar to how the original three “Budokai” games went…?

It will be interesting to see if that “Infinite World” title remains the same in all territories, though. I will both laugh and cry if “Final Budokai” ends up being the title somewhere…!