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22 May 2018, 2:10 PM EDTComment

Online retailers have begun updating their listings for the eleventh Dragon Ball Super home video box set in Japan, covering episodes 121-131, completing the “Tournament of Power” in the Universe Survival arc, and wrapping up existing the television series:

The disc label art features Son Goku in his “Ultra Instinct” state. As with previous releases, the box set will come packaged with a special booklet. On-disc extras will include a creditless version of the series’ eleventh ending theme song, “LAGRIMA”. Toei and Happinet have been releasing the series on DVD and Blu-ray box sets of roughly 12 episodes each, all of which are cataloged in our “Home Video Guide“.

The DVD set is listed at ¥12,096 (+ tax) and the Blu-ray set at ¥16,416 (+ tax), with both scheduled for release 03 July 2018 in Japan. Both DVD and Blu-ray sets are listed as two discs each. Sets are available to pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fourth box set next month.

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22 May 2018, 10:15 AM EDTComment

Following a seemingly-accidental leak out of Taiwan last month, a short promotional video for SSGSS Vegetto, one of the next paid downloadable characters coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ, has been released showcasing some of his special moves:

The video concludes with a glimpse at the in-game alternate colors, player lobby character, and Z-Stamp that will accompany him for those that pay for access to the character.

Vegetto — a Potara earring fusion of Vegeta and Son Goku (“Kakarrot”) — debuted in the Boo arc of the original series. The fusion reappears in a “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (or simply “Super Saiyan Blue”) form during the Future Trunks arc of Dragon Ball Super.

The character will be made available (alongside Merged Zamasu) 31 May 2018 individually for ¥500/$5, or as part of the game’s game’s optional $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covering eight total characters. The first two additional characters, Bardock and Broli, were released last month. Though extensive datamining has taken place among fans, the remaining fighters beyond these four have yet to be officially announced.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode. Broli and Bardock were the first two paid downloadable characters made available.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.

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22 May 2018, 8:27 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s eighty-sixth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the cover from the inaugural July 1993 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, released 25 years ago this month:

The cover features the cast of Toriyama’s Dr. Slump series cosplaying characters from the video game Dragon Quest II, which was receiving a remake alongside the first Dragon Quest on the Nintendo Super Famicom that December as Dragon Quest I & II.

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21 May 2018, 9:22 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s eighty-fifth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is a series of character designs from the first Nintendo Famicom game, Shenron no Nazo (“The Mystery of Shenlong”), as originally shared in Bird Land Press 22 in December 1986:

The characters seen here, all in the employ of the game’s antagonists, the “MB Army”, are “Kurilien” (an alien that resembles Kuririn), an “Asura Robot”, and the MB Army General.

The game eventually received a North American release, with substantial modifications, as Dragon Power for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Goku was changed to a generic martial-arts protagonist, Nora’s (née Bulma’s) panties were changed to “sandwiches”, and nearly all overt references to Dragon Ball proper were papered over.

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21 May 2018, 7:26 PM EDT1 Comment

In conjunction with today’s July 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan, Bandai Namco has announced a forthcoming Super Dragon Ball Heroes animation project. The project is described as a “promotion(al) anime” focused on the Prison Planet arc from the arcade game’s current/ongoing “Universe Mission” series of updates (not to be confused with the Dragon Ball Super series’ “Universe Survival arc”).

An official mini-site has also opened at www.carddass.com/dbh/sdbh/prison_planet/.

In addition to providing a brief overview of the arcade game itself, the new website details the new Prison Planet story:

Super Saiyan 4 Goku vs SSGSS Goku?! A super battle unfolds on the unknown “Prison Planet”!

Trunks returns from the future to train with Goku and Vegeta. However, he abruptly vanishes. The mystery man “Fu” suddenly appears, telling them that Trunks has been locked up on the “Prison Planet”, a mysterious facility in an unknown location between universes. The group searches for the Dragon Balls to free Trunks, but an unending super battle awaits them! Will Goku and the others manage to rescue Trunks and escape the Prison Planet…?

The V-Jump promotion notes that “episode one” will receive a preliminary screening 01 July 2018 at Aeon LakeTown in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, while the official website simply states that the first episode will begin its “distribution” that same date; nothing is stated regarding any kind of digital distribution or broadcast method.

In addition to the ongoing storyline in the arcade game, Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission manga series in Saikyō Jump tells a similar version of events; the manga debuted last month in the magazine’s May 2018 issue as a continuation/follow-up to Nagayama’s previous Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission series, which ran for ten standard chapters and recently wrapped up its collected edition release.

Fu — a character originally created for the defunct MMORPG Dragon Ball Onlinerecently made a “re”appearance in Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 before also surfacing in Super Dragon Ball Heroes.

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21 May 2018, 10:44 AM EDTComment

This week on the show we do a bit of news catch-up! Tune in for analysis on new character designs revealed for this year’s upcoming Dragon Ball Super theatrical film (via today’s July 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine), as well as a quick recap of what (little!) we know about an upcoming Dragon Ball Heroes promotional animation.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0443! Mike, Julian, and Ajay discuss new character designs revealed for the upcoming 2018 “Dragon Ball Super” theatrical film as well as a recent interview with Dragon Ball Room manager Akio Iyoku. Stay tuned for a brief chat about a new “Dragon Ball Heroes” promotional anime, which could either be something or… well, it sure will be a thing.

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21 May 2018, 10:25 AM EDT1 Comment

Following a seemingly-accidental video leak out of Taiwan, in conjunction with today’s July 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (“SSGSS” for short, or simply “Super Saiyan Blue”) Vegetto has been revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ alongside the previously-announced Merged Zamasu.

Both characters are slated for release 31 May 2018, either individually (¥500/$5 each) or as part of the game’s optional $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covering eight total characters. Vegetto will have a special “dramatic finish” when paired up and winning against Zamasu.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode. Broli and Bardock were the first two paid downloadable characters made available.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.

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21 May 2018, 9:03 AM EDTComment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s thirty-sixth chapter to their website, moving further into the “Universe Survival arc” of the series. This continues Viz’s initiative of simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut, which saw its release today in the July 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ thirty-sixth chapter coming today in the magazine’s July 2018 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The third collected volume is due out in English from Viz in July 2018. The sixth collected volume is due out in Japan this June.

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20 May 2018, 9:48 PM EDTComment

Each month, Toyotarō provides a sketch — as well as a brief comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website for a character that has not appeared in Dragon Ball Super. Thus far, Toyotarō has provided sketches of #8, Lunch, Chapa with Oob, Tambourine, and Man-Wolf. For his May entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Tapion:

It’s not a character from the original comic, but here’s Tapion! I simply find him cool, and I like him a lot. Y’know, I’d love to see him play a bigger role. If not in the comic, then in a game or something…

Tapion originally appeared in the thirteenth Dragon Ball Z theatrical film in 1995, and has subsequently appeared in several video games. Most recently, he appeared as a playable character and comrade in Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 downloadable content.

This sketch and comment set has been added to the respective page in our “Translations” archive.

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18 May 2018, 3:11 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s eighty-fourth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the design for “Junk Geezer” (ガラクタじじい Garakuta Jijī), a character used in a July 1991 commercial:

The design was shared in a fold-out poster within the 1991 No. 31 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump (which also contained chapter 332 of the Dragon Ball manga):

The commercial sees a little demon pushing a switch on an electric kettle that it found in a pile of junk, and transforming into the Junk Geezer (which is pink in the Jump splash and final commercial, as opposed to metallic in the original design). The role was played in the commercial by actor Shigeru Izumiya.