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Published by VegettoEX
14 August 2017, 6:43 PM EDTComment

After a not-quite-as-long wait following the previous chapter, Shueisha has published the third and final chapter of fan-artist-gone-pro dragongarowLEE‘s Dragon Ball Side-Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha on the Shōnen Jump+ digital platform.

In the chapter, readers are told the truth behind the young man’s reincarnation, as well as his mysterious opponent also reincarnated into the Dragon World. The final page also reveals that a print edition is planned for release this November.

Dragon Ball Side-Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha debuted last December and is available to read for free in its original Japanese language on Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ digital platform. The series revolves around a young man who dies and is reincarnated in the Dragon World as Yamcha. With his knowledge of the Dragon Ball series, he is able to change Yamcha’s fate.

Published by VegettoEX
02 August 2017, 11:20 AM EDTComment

Following a few months of speculation and confirmed-interest in the company, Sony Pictures Television Networks has announced their intention to acquire a substantial majority-stake in FUNimation, the North American distributor of the Dragon Ball franchise’s anime adaptation.

SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS TO ACQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY STAKE IN FUNIMATION

Culver City, Calif., July 31, 2017 – Sony Pictures Television Networks has reached an agreement to acquire a substantial majority stake in Japanese anime distributor Funimation Productions, Ltd., (“Funimation”), subject to regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions, valuing the company at approximately $150 million. Gen Fukunaga, CEO of Funimation, will retain a minority stake in the business and remain CEO.

With a catalog that includes popular titles such as “Dragon Ball Z”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “One Piece”, “My Hero Academia” and “Attack on Titan”, Funimation licenses and distributes Japanese anime content in the U.S., and operates the subscription streaming service FunimationNOW, available via the PlayStation Store, iTunes Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, Xbox Store and mobile devices. Additionally, the company sells merchandise and DVDs through its website, Funimation.com.

“Around the world, Sony’s networks have been major players in the anime space for nearly two decades, and in more recent years we have rapidly increased our networks’ over-the-top and digital offerings to consumers. With the acquisition of Funimation, the combined IP of ANIMAX, KIDS STATION and Funimation allows us to deliver the best anime to fans across all screens and platforms,” said Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television.

Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga added, “With Funimation’s long-established leadership position in anime and Sony’s direct access to the creative pipeline in Japan, it will be a great partnership to take Funimation to the next level.”

Outgoing Chairman of Funimation, John A Kuelbs, and lead investor, Doug Deason, said, “Funimation experienced tremendous growth and success since 2011. We believe Sony, Gen and his team are uniquely positioned to lead Funimation and its fans into an exciting and entertaining future.”

Sony Pictures Television Networks’ ANIMAX network is a multi-platform provider of Japanese anime content currently operating in 23 countries, including Japan.

Sony Pictures Television Networks operates established linear channel brands including AXN, Sony Channel, and ANIMAX, and digital brands including CRACKLE around the world, AXN Now in Europe and Asia, and Sony LIV in India.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Funimation along with Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP acting as exclusive legal advisor. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as legal advisor to Sony Pictures Television Networks.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks

Sony Pictures Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching nearly two billion subscribers around the world. Based in Culver City, Amsterdam, Budapest, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Singapore and Tokyo, Sony’s linear and digital networks offer high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and third-parties, as well as original content commissioned globally and locally. Sony Pictures Television Networks is a division of Sony Pictures Television Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

About Funimation
Funimation is the #1 English-language anime content provider in North America, which licenses, adapts and distributes anime content from Japanese rights holders internationally. Its catalog includes over 10,000 hours of content with rights to over 450 brands and provides dubbed and subbed anime across multiple channels. FunimationNOW, the Company’s streaming platform, is the leading North American English-language OTT anime platform.

FUNimation issued their own statement on the company’s blog:

Founder Gen Fukunaga started Funimation with a vision and a mission to make anime as accessible as possible to fans across the world. In the 23 years since we began, we have been committed to creating anime experiences fans love: from bringing Dragon Ball to the U.S., to bringing the best anime to home video and theaters, to SimulDubs that bring episodes in English to fans within two weeks after they air in Japan, to the world’s largest dubbed streaming catalog on FunimationNow.

Today, we announced that Funimation has agreed to sell a substantial majority stake to Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN). SPTN is one of the preeminent names in entertainment, and shares our vision to deliver anime to fans globally across all screens and platforms.

FUNimation — founded in 1994 by Daniel Cocanougher, Gen Fukunaga and Cindy Fukunaga — began their production and localization of the Dragon Ball franchise in 1995 and has continuously renewed their license with Toei Animation and their various Japanese partners. In 2005, FUNimation was acquired by entertainment distributor and publisher Navarre (which itself was later acquired) in a $100+M deal. In 2011, the company was sold back to a private group of investors (including Gen Fukunaga himself) in a $24M deal.

Published by VegettoEX
02 August 2017, 10:19 AM EDTComment

Daisuki, a joint-venture managed by several official Japanese entertainment companies, has announced their upcoming service closure:

We regret to report that Anime Consortium Japan Inc.’s international anime streaming platform “DAISUKI” will be ending service as of October 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. Japan Standard Time.

Included within the announcement’s minutia is a statement regarding the continued free simulcast of the Dragon Ball Super television series:

All DAISUKI services (excluding free Dragon Ball Super simulcasting) will be terminated.

Daisuki was one of the initial services announced to provide a simulcast of the Dragon Ball Super television series during the initiative’s rollout back in October 2016. When contacted regarding the specific details of the show’s continued streaming in light of the service’s closure, Daisuki provided the following statement to Kanzenshuu:

With regards to your inquiry, please be informed that the details about an alternate method for watching Dragon Ball Super after the closure of DAISUKI will be updated on DAISUKI’s website as soon as possible. Therefore, please check out our website for updates.

Bandai Namco Holdings announced their impending majority-stake acquisition of Daisuki back in March 2017. Daisuki had collaborated with Bandai Namco to provide in-game currency for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 via members streaming the Dragon Ball Super television series.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off last week.

Published by VegettoEX
02 August 2017, 10:00 AM EDTComment

Culturecom will release the Dragon Ball Chōgashū (“Super Art Collection”) in Hong Kong this month, with the first 500 copies available beginning 04 August 2017 via comic retailers and convention appearances (specifically Ani-com and Games Hong Kong 2017), followed by a formal release 11 August 2017. The book will retail for HK$280 (roughly US$36).

The “Super Art Collection” — originally released in 2013 — contains material from the first Daizenshuu along with a wealth of new content and a new interview with original manga author Akira Toriyama (“Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Latest Edition“) alongside the original one from the first Daizenshuu. Some of the new artwork content includes Toriyama’s Kanzenban cover illustrations, Hoko×Tate illustration, Tōhoku earthquake/tsunami support image, and “Super Collaboration Ticket” drawing of Goku.

The Hong Kong edition is available for pre-order via YesAsia.

Thanks to tinlunlau for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
28 July 2017, 12:34 PM EDT1 Comment

Toei has released a new promotional video in support of the on-going “Universe Survival arc” of the Dragon Ball Super television series, this time primarily focusing on the Saiyan characters competing in the tournament.

The warrior race who have changed the history of the universe with their hidden power

–The Saiyans–

New Saiyans invade their history of combat

Caulifla
Kale

Earth-shattering!
Infinite potential!

Saiyans clash with each other at the Tournament of Power with survival on the line!

Saiyan vs Saiyan

Urgent survival!

Who is the No.1 Saiyan?

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off this past week.

Published by VegettoEX
26 July 2017, 8:26 AM EDTComment

Registrations for Bandai Namco’s previously-announced Dragon Ball FighterZ closed beta were set to go live this week; due to the “excitement and enthusiasm” surrounding this announcement, however, the company has delayed the beta and its registrations to later this year.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. would like to thank all its fans for their tremendous support for DRAGON BALL FighterZ. We recently announced at EVO 2017 that the closed beta sign-ups for DRAGON BALL FighterZ would begin on July 26, 2017; due to the volume of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this announcement, we have decided to expand the capacity of the closed beta in an effort to enable more players to participate in the program.

We are also working to bolster our background systems to ensure that the closed beta registration and selection process can accept the volume of anticipated sign-ups. However, these efforts will necessitate a slight delay for the closed beta sign-up date, which will move to August 22, 2017 with the official start of the DRAGON BALL FighterZ Closed Beta officially commencing from September 16 -18.

We would like to thank all of our fans for their patience and understanding; we look forward to sharing more news about the DRAGON BALL FighterZ Closed Beta program soon. Thank you.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is set for an “early 2018” release worldwide and is under development by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game is advertised as running at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles. Currently-announced playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan, Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo, Trunks, Piccolo, and Kuririn.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden 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.

Published by VegettoEX
22 July 2017, 5:05 PM EDT2 Comments

The official Dragon Ball Super website has updated with a comment from Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) celebrating the series’ upcoming 100th episode milestone:

100話ってあっという間なのね!聞いてびっくりしました!
これならまたあっという間に200話もいっちゃいそう!
最近は、ファンの人たちからのメッセージが毎日のように私のところに届いて嬉しいです。
外を歩いてても「毎週観てます」とか「面白いです」ってよく声かけてもらいますし。
ドラゴンボールの個数にちなんで「ドラゴンボール超」も700話を目指しますので、ファンの皆さん、引続き応援宜しくお願いしますね。


We hit 100 episodes in the blink of an eye! I was shocked when I heard about it! At this rate, we’ll probably reach 200 episodes in another eye-blink! Lately I’ve been receiving messages at my house from fans almost daily; it makes me so happy. Even when I’m out walking, people often tell me, “I watch the show each week” or “It’s so interesting”. My goal is for Dragon Ball Super to reach 700 episodes (7 for the number of Dragon Balls), so all you fans, please keep cheering me on.

By the official website’s count of 153 Dragon Ball television episodes, 291 Dragon Ball Z television episodes and two specials, 64 Dragon Ball GT television episodes and one special, 159 Dragon Ball Kai television episodes, and now 100 Dragon Ball Super television episodes, the series is up to 770 individual episodes aired.

Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo) took to Twitter with a doodle and brief comment of his own regarding the milestone:

Super‘s 100th episode is tomorrow! That’s fast! Super fast!

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The 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 year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off next week.

Published by VegettoEX
21 July 2017, 11:08 AM EDTComment

Continuing onward from the previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s twenty-sixth chapter to their website, wrapping up the “Future Trunks arc” of the manga. This continues the recent initiative of Viz simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut, which saw its release today in the September 2017 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’ twenty-sixth chapter coming today in the magazine’s September 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 began their own collected print edition this spring.

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 year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off next week.

Published by VegettoEX
20 July 2017, 1:14 PM EDTComment

Online retailers have updated their listings for the seventh Dragon Ball Super home video box set in Japan, covering episodes 73-84 (the end of of the Future Trunks arc and into the Universe Survival arc):

The disc label art features the future and current-timeline Zen’ō (“King of All” or “Omni-King”) as well as Son Gohan. In addition to a special booklet and box with a new illustration, on-disc extras will include a creditless version of the series’ respective ending theme song.

Toei and Happinet are releasing the series in DVD and Blu-ray box sets of 12 episodes each. The first set saw its release 02 December 2015 (episodes 1-12) with the second set dropping 02 March 2016 (episodes 13-24). The third set was delayed by one month to 02 July 2016 (episodes 25-36). The fourth set was released 04 October 2016 (episodes 37-48). The fifth set (episodes 49-60) was released 06 January 2017. The sixth set (episodes 61-72) was released 04 April 2017.

DVD sets are listed at ¥12,096 + tax with Blu-ray sets at ¥16,416 + tax and will see their release 02 August 2017 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 series’ eighth home video set is also already set for 03 October 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 year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off next week.

Thanks to CashmanX for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
20 July 2017, 9:13 AM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X for the Nintendo 3DS — the third and latest portable entry supporting the over-six-years-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — launched in Japan 27 April 2017. According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 10 July 2017 to 16 July 2017, the game pushed an additional 2,458 copies during its twelfth week on sale, bringing its total sales to 177,949 copies in Japan.

By comparison, the original Ultimate Mission had sold 189,055 copies by its respective twelfth week in May 2013, while Ultimate Mission 2 had fallen off the charts having done roughly 152,000 copies by its respective tenth week in October 2014. The most recent Nintendo 3DS game prior to Ultimate Mission X‘s release — Ganbarion’s Dragon Ball Fusions — had pushed 177,592 total copies by its respective eleventh week last October before falling off the Media Create sales chart.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X received a Version 1.1 update this spring adding a new Tenka’ichi Budōkai mode. As with the previous Dragon Ball Heroes games on the Nintendo 3DS, no international localization has been announced for Ultimate Mission X.