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Dec
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Hujio3:23 PM EDTNews

It was recently announced that Banpresto would be releasing a new line of figures entitled the “Master Stars Piece” collection, which will span across multiple anime series, including Dragon Ball Z, Naruto Shippuden, and One Piece. The figures were recently unveiled at Jump Festa 2011. However, unlike the other anime series in the line, Banpresto is holding a Budōkai-style competition to determine which Dragon Ball Z figure will be produced: the Zōkei (“Model”) Tenkai’chi Budōkai…!

Each figure model is set in a head-to-head match-up and will proceed through the tournament based on your votes! The first round match-ups end on 31 January 2011 at 6:00pm JST. Simply visit the tournament website and place your vote for the model you like the best in each match-up. Much of the site is in English, so voting for international fans is quite simple: select “Tournament Table” from the menu in the upper left corner, select a tournament block, view the product details as needed, and then click the red button under the “VS”. From there, click one of the red buttons that has appeared nearest to the product you would like to vote for and confirm your vote by clicking the top button when prompted. By clicking the scouter in the middle of the screen you can view how many votes each competitor have been placed.

In total there are 10 models facing off in five rounds; No. 20 vs Super Saiyan Vegeta, Super Saiyan 3 Goku vs Piccolo, Super Saiyan Goku vs Full Power Freeza, Super Saiyan 2 Gohan vs No. 16, and Perfect Form Cell vs Son Goku. Not only will the winner get their model produced as part of Banpresto’s new line, but they will win the grand prize of one million yen! Now the question is: who will you vote for?


The second volume of the Bakuman anime is due out 23 February 2011 in Japan, and the Limited Edition version of both the DVD and Blu-ray will come with a bonus CD. How does this related to Dragon Ball, you may ask? Satoshi Hino (voice of Bakuman character Akito Takagi) will be performing two cover songs on this bonus CD, including “Makafushigi Adobenchā!” (“Mystical Adventure!”), the opening theme to the first Dragon Ball TV series.

UPDATE: It looks like the Limited Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases of the first volume will actually contain a bonus CD with a cover of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”, as well. The first volume of the Bakuman TV series is due out 26 January 2010.

The Dragon Ball series and its author are apparently mentioned several times by the two main Bakuman characters, so it certainly seems like an appropriate tie-in. I simply do not think I can justify spending $70 on a single cover song, though…


29
Dec
2010
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VegettoEX8:40 PM EDTPodcast

It has certainly been a crazy year, this here 2010. The prior year may have given us DragonBall Kai, but this year was no slouch in the crazy announcement department. We had our fair share of sad moments over the course of 2010, as well, unfortunately. Tune in for a full recap of all the year’s biggest stories, a check-in on our predictions from last year, and a look at what we think 2011 has in store for us. Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0243! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian recap the crazy year that was 2010. All sorts of surprises on both sides of the ocean, a plethora of releases, far too many sad moments, and a few head-scratchers made up the last year. How did we fare in our predictions from a year ago, and what do we see on the horizon for 2011? We already know about some video games and home releases, but will there be any true surprises in the next year?

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Amidst a huge amount of delays for early 2011, FUNimation has pushed back the fifth Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box two months to a new date of 26 April 2011. Thankfully, they have at least also announced a date for the sixth Dragon Box, which is scheduled for 05 July 2011.


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Dec
2010
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VegettoEX8:38 PM EDTNews

As a minor aside and follow-up to our previous podcast episode examining Dragon Ball SD, while nothing official has been confirmed, there does not seem to be any indication that it will be anything more than the single chapter in this month’s debut issue of Saikyō Jump. The quarterly magazine’s plans for March do not list a second chapter of Dragon Ball SD anywhere just yet, though this could certainly change.


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Dec
2010
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VegettoEX8:36 PM EDTNews

Sadly, another veteran voice actor has also passed away, unfortunately joining greats such as Hirotaka Suzuoki and Daisuke Gōri. Takeshi Watabe passed away this month at age 74. While certainly a big name in the field, his contributions to the Dragon Ball franchise were limited. Perhaps his most well-known role was that of Panbukin in the first Dragon Ball Z TV special, though he did play one-off characters in both the first TV series as well as Dragon Ball GT.


Unshō Ishizuka indeed took over the role of Mr. Satan beginning with this weekend’s episode 86 of Dragon Ball Kai. Other than briefly voicing the character in TAG VS for the PSP earlier this year, there had been no word whether it would be Ishizuka himself or someone else eventually taking the role in the refreshed TV series.

Mr. Satan had previously been played by the great Daisuke Gōri, who passed away this past January.


20
Dec
2010
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VegettoEX8:35 PM EDTPodcast

We thought we would be taking it easy this week on the show due to sickness all around and lack of any significant news, but that all got tossed out the window when the Toriko announcement (see below) came into play. Hujio and I broke everything down in a logical fashion, with the knowledge that more information is probably heading our way very soon. What is on the horizon for DragonBall Kai…? Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0242! VegettoEX and Hujio discuss the future of “DragonBall Kai” based on the recent news of “Toriko” taking its time slot on Fuji TV in April 2011. Is the show going to continue in any way, or is the refresh coming to a close? Lots of talk about DBZ Movie 1, some website projects in the works, and so much more rounds out the episode!

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Jump Festa, an annual anime and manga convention hosted by Shueisha, will be held this weekend in Tokyo, Japan. Amongst the event schedule is a 30-minute “Dragon Ball Kai Special Talks Stage”, which will be hosted by voice actors from the series on Sunday (12/19) at 1:00pm. With the recent news of the new Toriko anime adaptation taking the franchise’s time slot, we may finally find out something about the fate of Kai. Unless the question is listed as completely off limits, I can not imagine that we would not find out at least a little bit about it.

Last year the talks were hosted by Masako Nozawa (Goku) and Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza), as that is where the series was at that point. Unfortunately it has not been announced who will be speaking this year, but I would not be all too surprised if it were Masako Nozawa (Goku) and Norio Wakamoto (Cell). Regardless, we will be sure to try and keep tabs on what happens this year.


As reported by Anime News Network, a copy of next week’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump that was leaked early has confirmed that Fuji TV will be broadcasting a new anime series based on the Toriko manga. The new anime series is slated to premiere in April 2011 and will be taking over the Dragon Ball Kai time slot at 9 AM on Sunday mornings before the One Piece anime series.

There has been no confirmation yet from either Fuji TV or Toei Animation as to what exactly will happen to Kai. There seems to be only three options at this point: the series will be relocated to a different time slot on Fuji TV, the series will be put on a long-term hiatus, or the series will be canceled all together.

While we do not know for sure what will happen, here is what we do know.

As of right now the series is set to run up to at least 98 episodes, as stated on Happinet’s official release website. With episode 86 of Kai airing this weekend, the final Cell arc episode of the series will air sometime near the end of March 2011, aligning perfectly with the April time schedule listed above. If this truly is the end of Kai, the series will have been in syndication for exactly two years. Also, any possible cancellation surely can not stem exclusively from poor TV ratings, as the series has been one of the top 10 rated anime series every week since syndication began in April 2009.

So now we Dragon Ball fans play the waiting game once more. Keep your rumor pants on kids, because this could get pretty interesting… or go absolutely no where. Nevertheless, we will be sure to keep you posted.