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Published by VegettoEX
17 January 2017, 3:32 PM ESTComment

After posting and quickly removing listings for their Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters home video release, FUNimation’s online shop has adjusted the “Part One” availability to a standard DVD package in addition to an all-in-one package featuring Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Ultraviolet versions.

The new package is listed for $54.98 MSRP with the same specifics as the previous listing: episodes 99-121 spread across three Blu-ray discs and hitting shelves 25 April 2017.

Thanks to Omar for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
16 January 2017, 5:25 PM ESTComment

FUNimation’s online shop has updated with listings for the first Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters DVD and Blu-ray set, dated for 25 April 2017 ($49.98 DVD and $54.98 Blu-ray MSRP):

Seven years have passed since Cell’s defeat, and the Z Fighters have returned to normal life. Goku has continued his training in the Other World, Krillin has gotten married, and Gohan has his hands full attempting to navigate the pitfalls of high school. But with the new World Martial Arts Tournament about to begin, it’s time for Goku and the Z Fighters to reunite and face off against the greatest warriors on Earth! Meanwhile, the evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father’s thwarted dreams of universal domination. The Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z Fighters in his effort to prevent Babidi from awakening a monster of unimaginable terror-Majin Buu!

“The Final Chapters: Part One” will cover episodes 99-121 of the Boo arc’s international cut (as opposed to the further-condensed Japanese television broadcast from 2014). On-disc extras will include a commentary track for episode 112, as well as creditless versions of the opening and ending themes.

FUNimation’s English dub for the Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai debuted on Cartoon Network earlier this month. The home release will contain the original Japanese language track (with accompanying English subtitle translations) as well as FUNimation’s English dub. The Boo arc will be presented on home video in a cropped 16:9 widescreen format; unlike the initial arcs of the series that were remastered by Q-TEC and presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, Toei opted for an internal remaster for the Boo arc that has been cropped to widescreen from the start.

As with the company’s initial release of Dragon Ball Kai in America, the Boo arc will seemingly first see a release in multi-disc “Part” sets (presumably to be followed with “season” sets down the line following its first complete run-through).

Thanks to WTK for the heads-up.

UPDATE: FUNimation has since pulled the two (DVD & Blu-ray) listings from their online shop.

Published by VegettoEX
13 January 2017, 9:28 AM ESTComment

In conjunction with yesterday’s Nintendo Switch showcase, Bandai Namco has announced a forthcoming port of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 for the new system.

In television and table mode the game will support one or two players, while in mobile mode the game will support one player.

The Nintendo Switch will release worldwide 03 March 2017. A release date and price for the Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 port has yet to be determined. In a tweet about the upcoming port, Bandai Namco referred to the game’s title as “tentative,” which in some cases suggests a forthcoming subtitle and extra functionality or content over previous game versions (though, to be clear, there is nothing inherently implied by this tentative title).

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016.

Published by VegettoEX
13 January 2017, 9:15 AM ESTComment

Continuing onward from the previous fifteen chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s sixteenth chapter to their website, continuing into the “Future Trunks arc” of the manga.

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

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’ twentieth chapter due next week in the magazine’s March 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, with the English dub beginning earlier this month on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
13 January 2017, 9:06 AM ESTComment

This week’s February 2017 issue of Animedia in Japan contains a single page promoting the upcoming “Universe Survival arc” of the Dragon Ball Super television series:

The “Universe Survival Arc” Begins! The Complex History of Earth’s 10 Representatives

Do you remember? During the “God of Destruction Champa arc”, the Onmi-King, ruler of the universes, suggested a tournament in which the strongest warriors from throughout the twelve universes would assemble. But afterwards there was the battle with Universe 10’s Zamasu, so everyone forgot about this. Everyone that is except Goku, who likes fighting even more than food, and asks Omni-King again about holding the tournament. And so, with episode 77, the series finally enters the “Universe Survival arc”.

For this tournament, ten warriors are selected from each universe. Ten warriors, including Goku, are representing Earth. Checking out this roster it’s Goku’s son Gohan, the strongest Earthling Kuririn, their master the Turtle Hermit, and a whole bunch of Goku’s former rivals. Piccolo and Tenshinhan gave Goku intense fights in his younger days, and it goes without saying that Vegeta is Goku’s eternal rival. Majin Boo was likewise a fearsome foe who once had Goku on the ropes. In other words, these guys represent Goku’s fighting history itself. Plus, Artificial Humans 17 and 18 are also formiddable foes who once gave Vegeta a tough fight.

These members who have clashed their power and skills together can truly be said to be the strongest ten people on Earth now. It seems that Goku plans on improving his ki and stamina by training with Kuririn in preparation to fight the strong opponents ahead. We’re looking forward to Goku’s further evolution.

The February 2017 issue of Animedia went on sale 10 January 2017 and is available for purchase on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Our translation of this article has been archived in the “Translations” section of the website.

Published by VegettoEX
10 January 2017, 11:56 AM EST1 Comment

Online retailers have updated their listings with the front and back cover art for Viz’s upcoming release of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s first collected print volume:

Goku’s adventure from the best-selling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series written by Akira Toriyama himself!

Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball!

Having defeated Boo, Goku is starting to get bored with his life on Earth. His wife, Chi-chi, wants him to get a job, but all he wants to do is train and fight stronger enemies. Elsewhere in the universe, the God of Destruction, Beerus, and his attendant Whis are traveling from planet to planet in search of food and entertainment. After blowing up some hapless victims, Beerus is reminded of a man from his dreams with the moniker “Super Saiyan God,” or something like that… The God of Destruction sets his sights on Earth to track down this mysterious man! Maybe this will give Goku something to do?

The original Japanese release of the first volume collected the first nine chapters and one bonus chapter. Viz’s first collected edition will be released 02 May 2017 for $9.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Glénat will release their French translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s first collected volume 05 April 2017.

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’ nineteenth chapter recently published in the magazine’s February 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 on their website.

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, with the English dub beginning this past weekend on Cartoon Network.

Thanks to Jinzoningen MULE on our forum for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
08 January 2017, 3:41 PM EST3 Comments

We were privileged to have the “Did You Know Gaming?” crew approach us with a great script and narration request for a new Dragon Ball entry in their video series.

Enjoy the video!

Published by VegettoEX
07 January 2017, 3:07 PM ESTComment

This week’s show goes a little bit deeper with the franchise as we outline some if its core themes: if you really break it down, Dragon Ball is about arrogant characters pushing themselves to the limit until they have to rely on the friends they made along the way!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0419! Mike and Chris discuss some of the core themes in the Dragon Ball series. From pushing oneself to the limit, to falling victim to your own hubris, to gathering the energy and support of your friends, Dragon Ball has it all. How do these themes repeat themselves throughout the franchise?

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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
07 January 2017, 10:11 AM ESTComment

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Gerard Jones was arrested 29 December 2016 on child pornography charges, accused of, “…possessing more than 600 child pornography files and uploading the graphic videos to YouTube.”

Gerard Jones, 59, was arrested after a police investigation and ensuing search warrant at his residence in the 600 block of Long Bridge Street in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood turned up a host of electronic devices storing more than 600 images and videos depicting child pornography, police said.

Jones, an Eisner award-winning author (2005, Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book), has contributed works to the likes of Marvel and DC. Jones was hired by Viz to adapt scripts for the English translation of various manga series, including Ranma 1/2 and Dragon Ball.

According to a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Jones has entered a not guilty plea.

Published by VegettoEX
06 January 2017, 10:13 AM ESTComment

Shueisha has released the cover artwork for the eighteenth and final volume (“Legend 18”) of the Dragon Ball manga’s new “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen), wrapping up the “Majin Boo arc” and the entire original series itself in this manga re-release:

These editions are touted as allowing the reader to “enjoy Dragon Ball the same way as when it was serialized in Jump“, and are the same size as the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization (JIS B5; 18.2 × 25.7 cm). The volumes feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text and logos, and next issue previews at the end of each chapter.

“Legend 18” runs 500 pages, will be released 13 January 2017 for ¥650 plus tax, and is still available for order via Amazon Japan and CDJapan.

Check out Episode #0410 of our podcast for an in-depth look at and review of this release.