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Published by VegettoEX
07 December 2016, 2:44 PM ESTComment

Alongside their announcement of Dragon Ball Super coming to Cartoon Network’s “Toonami” timeslot in January 2017, FUNimation also announced that Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters will also debut on the same channel on the same evening: 07 January 2017.

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The Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai was initially created solely for an international audience. With the cancellation of Toriko in 2014, Toei went back on this decision and instead resurrected Dragon Ball Kai for a Japanese television broadcast, taking over its original timeslot alongside One Piece Sunday mornings on Fuji TV. The version produced for Japanese television was actually a further-condensed edit of the version created for the international market (61 versus 69 episodes, respectively), which would be branded separately as “The Final Chapters” beginning with its Taiwanese broadcast later in 2014.

Whereas the Japanese broadcast featured “Kū-Zen-Zetsu-Go” by Dragon Soul as an opening theme alongside five ending themes, The Final Chapters featured its own separate theme songs: “Fight It Out!!” by Masatoshi Ono as the opening theme, and “Never Give Up!!” by Juneur as the ending theme, both ostensibly performed in English.

Following the plagiarism incident with former composer Kenji Yamamoto, the Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai features background music by Norihito Sumitomo, who also provided music for 2013’s Battle of Gods and 2015’s Resurrection ‘F’ theatrical films, and is currently scoring the Dragon Ball Super TV series.

The video remastering for the Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai was handled internally at Toei — as opposed to in conjunction with Q-TEC as was done with the initial batch of arcs — and received criticism for a heavy green tint present throughout the entire run. The Boo arc was also cropped to widescreen from the beginning, as opposed to prior arcs which were remastered and made available on home video in its original 4:3 aspect ratio (though cropped to widescreen for its Japanese television broadcast).

FUNimation acquired the initial batch of Dragon Ball Kai episodes in 2010, one year after its Japanese debut. In America, the series aired in varying degrees of edited forms on Nicktoons and TheCW4Kids before eventually making its way to Toonami. The company also produced a complete home release on DVD and Blu-ray, shifting to the Shunsuke Kikuchi replacement score with “Part 5” and subsequently in all “Season” releases.

Dragon Ball Kai (released internationally as “Dragon Ball Z Kai”) began in 2009 as a 20th anniversary “refresh” of the Dragon Ball Z TV series. It featured the original animation from 1989 onward cleaned up and presented in high definition with the occasional retrace or color alteration, the vast majority of its original voice cast returning, and a new musical score by longtime video game composer Kenji Yamamoto. With only two episodes left in the Cell arc, Toei Animation acknowledged the, “…existence of multiple suspicious musical pieces which may infringe on the rights of third parties” and swiftly replaced the music in all subsequent reruns and international adaptations with selections from Shunsuke Kikuchi’s original score to the Dragon Ball Z TV series and movies. Dragon Ball Kai initially came to a close in 2011 with the end of the Cell arc, and was later resurrected for the Boo arc in 2014.

Published by VegettoEX
07 December 2016, 9:12 AM ESTComment

The 2.2.0 update for Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS was made available today (07 December 2016) on the Japanese eShop. As part of the update, new story beats, characters, costumes, and special moves were added, along with several gameplay adjustments.

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The game’s biggest new feature is the “Space/Time Vortex Quest” which allows players to compete for high-score rankings in a new area under attack by Goku Black. Over a series of multiple weeks, players will receive new characters and special moves. In this week’s first battle, the Super Saiyan version of Trunks from Dragon Ball Super makes an appearance, and will be available to players at the end of the competition. Players who receive the highest rank will also receive the “Light Sword” special attack.

Various other characters have already been added to the game’s coding, including Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegetto, Zamasu, and Merged Zamasu, all of whom will be part of the upcoming competitions. Other new additions include costumes from characters like Zamasu and Gohanks and new techniques like the Final Kamehameha, all of which will be made available through a combination of character recruitment and promotional QR codes. Tweaks to the gameplay have been made in the form of adjustments to special moves like the Galactic Donut, the Present Bomb, and more.

The first round of the “Space/Time Vortex Quest” will run from 07 December 2016 to 13 December 2016, with the second round following immediately after.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise portable video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan and has received three free updates.

Read our full review, or check our Episode #0415 of our podcast for more discussion regarding the game.

Published by VegettoEX
07 December 2016, 8:22 AM EST1 Comment

After floating around a nebulous “February 2017” timeframe for a few months, the European branch of Bandai Namco has officially announced 17 February 2017 as the region’s release date for Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS.

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Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise portable video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan and has received three free updates as of this week.

Read our full review, or check our Episode #0415 of our podcast for more discussion regarding the game.

Published by VegettoEX
06 December 2016, 10:46 AM ESTComment

The second collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga — originally and currently serialized on a monthly basis in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine — officially hit Japanese shelves 02 December 2016 for ¥420 + tax. Spanning 216 pages, the volume covers chapters 10 through 15, the Jump Victory Carnival 2016 bonus comic, and also includes a brief interview with Toyotarō himself.

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Removing the dust jacket reveals tankōbon-styled front and back covers which extend the artwork to include the Universe 7 team opposite the Universe 6 team:

As with the first collected volume, Toyotarō has included amusing illustrations in between chapters, such as Frost preparing his poison tip:

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In the “Toyotarō-sensei‘s Super Anatomy!!!” interview in the back of the volume, Toyotarō discusses his illustration process and collaboration with original author Akira Toriyama:

What’s your process working with Toriyama-sensei?!

I draw a rough draft based on Toriyama-sensei‘s original story, then I send it to my editor, who gets sensei to check it. It’s an honor to be able to give concrete form to sensei‘s ideas, but sometimes sensei will send over a part he drew himself, which sends me into an uproar, going back and forth between being all hyped up and feeling really down in the dumps.

[Caption] In Toyotarō-sensei‘s rough draft, at this stage the planet was smaller, and there was no dialogue.

[Caption] Toriyama-sensei does corrections, making the planet larger and adding dialogue. Toyotarō-sensei then makes the final image based on these corrections.

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READ THE FULL INTERVIEW

The print edition of the manga is currently available for purchase via CDJapan and Amazon Japan. A digital release of the collected manga volume will follow on 04 January 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super manga 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’ eighteenth chapter printed last month in the magazine’s January 2017 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. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series.

Published by Hujio
06 December 2016, 12:02 AM EST1 Comment

Japanese band THE COLLECTORS has announced that their upcoming new song — “An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil” (悪の天使と正義の悪魔) — will take over as the seventh ending theme song for the Dragon Ball Super TV series beginning in January. The new theme song will likely debut 08 January 2016 with episode 73, as the series will be on break the week prior for a New Year’s celebration parade.

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The new album, commemorating the band’s 30th anniversary, is set to be released 07 December 2016, and will feature “An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil” as the opening track.

The standard edition of the album (COCP-39781) will retail for ¥2,593 + tax. A two-disc “Limited Edition” version of the album (COZP-1266-7) will also be available for ¥4,630 + tax, which will come packed with a bonus DVD featuring footage from their live “EPISODE I” concert at the Hibiya Outdoor Theater.

Both editions are available for pre-order on CDJapan, while a preview of “An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil” can be heard on Amazon Japan.

CD singles for the show’s first six ending themes — “Hello Hello Hello” by Good Morning America, “Starring Star” by KEYTALK, “Light Pink” by LACCO TOWER, “Forever Dreaming” by Czecho no Republic, “Easy-Going Dance” by Batten Showjo Tai, and “Chao Fan MUSIC” by Arukara — have been released. A CD single for the show’s opening theme — “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” by Kazuya Yoshii — was released 07 October 2015.

Published by VegettoEX
05 December 2016, 1:57 PM ESTComment

Dragon Ball Super episode 69 was a return-to-form, in that it essentially reverted so far back that it went all the way around into a Dr. Slump episode! This week on the podcast we dig in to all the references and call-backs to help you get the most out of your viewing experience!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0416! Mike and Jake review “Dragon Ball Super” episode 69 along with all of its “Dr. Slump” (and various other parody!) references and call-backs. From the real Dr. Mashirito to Vegeta as the external voice of reason, tune in for a master class in Toriyama humor.

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Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.

Published by VegettoEX
02 December 2016, 2:32 PM ESTComment

Continuing onward from the previous twelve chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s thirteenth chapter to their website.

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The respective page in our “Manga Guide” has been updated with this release information.

The Dragon Ball Super manga 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’ eighteenth chapter printed last month in the magazine’s January 2017 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. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series.

Published by VegettoEX
02 December 2016, 1:55 PM ESTComment

While we typically add batches of articles to the “Press Archive” here on Kanzenshuu, one particular magazine stood out enough to warrant its own individual update: the February 1996 issue of Mangazine.

Like other magazines of the day — such as Protoculture Addicts — Antarctic Press’ Mangazine featured original cover art showcasing the series of focus in that respective issue. The February 1996 issue featured an original Dragon Ball illustration by Robert DeJesus & Bryant Velez.

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The issue’s feature article — “Gotta Have That Dragon Ball” — is a surprising read for early 1996. While other magazines shifted to coverage of FUNimation’s initial attempt at dubbing the series while simultaneously struggling to cover the entire rest of the franchise (complete with baffling transliterations and incorrect hearsay), author Phil Lipari drops perfectly valid romanization and translation choices here in Mangazine while concisely describing the full story. It is hardly award-winning writing, but compared to the other contemporary material, it is worlds ahead.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

This article’s transcription has been added to our “Press Archive“. Stay tuned for future updates, where we will contrast the sentiment and consensus surrounding Dragon Ball GT‘s launch in Japan alongside its official debut in America many years later!

Published by VegettoEX
02 December 2016, 8:36 AM ESTComment

Following up on last week’s special interview between Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) and Mami Koyama (Arale, Lunch), and in anticipation of this weekend’s sixty-ninth episode of the series, Toei has posted the second part of the duo’s interview on the official Dragon Ball Super website.

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Nozawa:
Looking at it through Goku’s eyes… Arale-chan‘s not an enemy, so even though they battle, I think he was just having fun with it.

Koyama:
Arale’s the same way. To her, it just feels like playing around with Goku-kun. It’s better that way!

Nozawa:
But out of all them, I guess Vegeta’s the only one taking it seriously… He’s the only one who can’t get into it. Since he’s just too proud. Whereas Goku immediately becomes friends with Arale-chan and just goes along with it, like he’s playing with her.

Koyama:
It feels great for Arale-chan to be going ‘uhhohoi!’ and playing. (laughs)

Nozawa:
Even Vegeta actually wants to get into it, but his pride won’t let him. He sure is a dummy. (laughs)

Koyama:
It’s been a long time since I’ve had this many lines, so it was a real challenge. (laughs) It’s also been a long time since I’ve gone ‘poke poke poke’.

Nozawa:
Arale-chan was super cute. Even Goku’s not quite his usual self. He’s not in battle mode. He was a bit cute, and Arale-chan‘s friend! That sort of thing.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSLATION

Our translation of the full interview has been archived in our “Translations” section.

Prior to this upcoming appearance, Arale made a brief cameo in episode 43 of Dragon Ball Super.

Published by VegettoEX
01 December 2016, 11:02 AM EST1 Comment

The latest issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan (the January 2017 issue, released 21 November 2016) wraps up with a two-page spread recapping some of the rivals seen thus far in the Dragon Ball Super television series. In this spread, the magazine’s editorial staff reflect on these rivals and their, “…own personal degrees of danger for them.”

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Goku Black:
Degree of Danger:
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A warrior who looks just like Goku, and appeared in the world of 17 years hence. His true identity is Zamasu, who switched bodies with Goku.

Merged Zamasu:
Degree of Danger:
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The form Goku Black and Zamasu reach after merging via the Potara. He is so strong that others cannot even approach him.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE TRANSLATION

Our translation of the full article has been archived in our “Translations” section.