Tokyo Otaku Mode has announced the availability of reproduction artwork from the kanzenban (“Complete Edition”) release of the Dragon Ball manga.
The prints utilize a fully digital printing technique that is the highest quality printing technique in Japan known as “primography.” Prints of each of the series’ 34 front cover illustrations are available, and each one features Akira Toriyama’s name stamp, making them collectable items of great value for fans.
Each print is sized at 393 x 302 mm (approx. 15.5 x 11.9 in) and sells for $189.99.
Tokyo Otaku Mode, founded in 2011 as a Facebook page before evolving into an e-commerce website, recently announced series A funding of ¥270 million (~$2.6 million).
J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, continued to hang onto the sales chart during its fourth week in Japan.
For the period of 07 April 2014 to 13 April 2014, according to the Media Create sales chart, the new PS3/Vita release of Super Robot Wars Z triumphed over all, though J-Stars still managed to push another 7,461 copies on the PlayStation 3 and another 5,353 copies on the Vita. This brings the game up to 164,418 and 139,875 total copies, respectively.
The game was also digitally available on the PlayStation Store for both platforms, though these figures are not reported in the physical game sales.
Toei Animation Europe has recently announced that new episodes of Dragon Ball Kai (known internationally as Dragon Ball Z Kai) will be broadcast not only in Japan, but in a few select European countries as well with the continuation of the Majin Buu arc.
This remastered and reedited series is being broadcast in the UK on Kix, in Portugal on Sic Radical, in Poland on AXN Spin, and in France on Game One.
The announcement also indicates that the story arc will be comprised of 69 episodes, and it appears that internationally the series will carry the sub-title, “The Final Chapters”.
Thanks to TheRed259 for the tip! In the meantime, Dragon Ball Kai will continue to air each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV during the “Strong 9″ block (formerly the “Dream 9″ block) alongside One Piece in Japan. Each week we will be sure to keep the Dragon Ball Kai section of our “Episode Guide″ up-to-date with production information and notes, so be sure to check back!
With the revival of Dragon Ball Kai for the Majin Buu arc now a couple episodes into its run, it made sense to tackle its new opening and ending themes for our “Lyrics” section. The TV-sized version of the lyrics for both “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go: Like Nothing Before or After” (Opening #2) and “Dear Zarathustra” (Ending #3) have been added with their original Japanese, romanization, and English translation text.
“Dear Zarathustra” — the first of, apparently, several new ending themes for the Majin Buu arc — has a CD single release set for 06 May 2014, with a CD single for “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go” due out 18 June 2014. Lyrics to the full versions will be available shortly thereafter.
The second opening theme to Dragon Ball Kai — “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go: Like Nothing Before or After” by the group “Dragon Soul” — debuted with the revival of the series earlier this month in Japan. While a CD single for its new ending theme was already announced, the opening theme’s home release remained elusive.
Columbia has finally announced details for the opening theme’s CD single, however, which will come in two versions: a regular edition for ¥1,200 plus tax (¥1,296) and a limited edition for ¥1,800 plus tax (¥1,944). No details have been revealed about their contents, though the limited edition is listed as a CD+DVD pack.
Both versions of the CD single will be released in Japan 18 June 2014.
When Shueisha’s “Full Color” version of the Dragon Ball manga hit shelves in Japan, special Q&A sessions were included that dropped a few informational bombshells courtesy of original manga author Akira Toriyama himself. Some of the most interesting at the time involved characters from the then-just-released film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, while others — specifically in the fourth and fifth Freeza arc volumes — simply gave Toriyama a chance to ramble a bit!
Each of the first three “Full Color” volumes of the “Artificial Humans & Cell arc” (released earlier this month on 04 April 2014) come packed with some general Q&A sessions along with some special, bonus exposition by Toriyama again. This time around we learn some fascinating details about the earlier models, why #19 looks the way it does, and — most revealing of all! — why #16 acts the way he does.
Each of the three new Q&As have been archived in our “Translations” section.
The convention has announced Ryūsei Nakao (Tambourine, Freeza, Coola) and Tōru Furuya (Yamcha) as guests for this year in addition to the previously-announced Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo).
Animazment will take place over the weekend of 23 May 2014 to 25 May 2014 at the Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina. Pre-registration for the three-day convention is currently $55 through the 26th of this month.
The collected edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman finally saw its release — both in regular and “Super Elite” editions — last week in Japan. Now that we have had a little time to digest it and the wealth of other books that came out alongside it, we noticed (thanks to the sharp eyes of @simizukenta) a few bits of dialog changes from its original serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump last year.
WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!
The first chapter alone features several changes. Jaco’s comment about knowing all of the galaxy’s languages is changed to say that he has Earth’s language, and even culture and history, in his head; the subsequent line says that these “data” (rather than the “textbook”) were input directly into his brain. @simizukenta speculates that this less all-encompassing line was done to mesh with Jaco’s confused reactions to certain Earth words, notably rakkasei (peanuts) and go-reijō (an extremely polite way of saying “daughter”). Additionally, instead of skipping out on the data input session for how to repair his ship, it “cost money” so he did not get it.
Later on, in the final chapter, it is noted that Bulma, having already graduated from university, is a special instructor at the school’s request, which is why she is on summer vacation in Dragon Ball-proper (of course, this does not explain why she would then be cutting Saturday-morning classes during the Red Ribbon arc!).
Finally, while unrelated to dialog, the two pages which were originally published in color have been grayscaled down for the collected edition. While it is not unusual to have color pages reprinted in black-and-white for a tankōbon release (as was the case with Dragon Ball itself…!), in this case the coloring has been entirely removed and replaced with monochrome shading. This is no doubt made possible by Akira Toriyama having drawn this series entirely by computer.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga series by Akira Toriyama that ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz. A bonus chapter — Dragon Ball Minus — was included in last week’s collected edition in Japan. Viz will release their English-language collected edition of the series, both digitally and in print, in January 2015.
The game requires iOS 5.0 / Android 4.0 or higher. Extra stages — such as ones for the Artificial Humans, Majin Buu, and “Special Battle” — are available as in-app purchases for ¥200 each.
The game is advertised as a first-person fighting game on a 3D playing field, with well-timed taps and swipes, which can also use to store up ki and unleash attacks such as a Kamehameha being key to defeating opponents. Battles with enemies will occur during “Missions”, and by progressing through the game, the player can earn CG character “figures”.
Thanks to Super Saiyan Prime for the heads-up.
Though it tends to receive little in-depth attention around these parts, Dragon Ball SD from Naho Ooishi continues to truck along each month in Saikyō Jump. The second collected volume was released last week in Japan, compiling the 10th through 18th monthly reboot chapters. The volume also includes the “Battle of Gods Special Manga Version” published in the April 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, the “Away-Edition” chapter from the December 2013 issue of V-Jump, plus a pack-in bonus Dragon Ball Heroes card, “Son Goku: Boyhood”.
The collected volumes also introduce something not present in the original Saikyō Jump serialization: chapter titles! The Dragon Ball SD page of our “Official Manga Spin-Offs” guide has now been updated with all of these titles from the second collected volume.
The “Official Manga Spin-Offs” guide is one that we continue to have big plans for, specifically with regard to both Dragon Ball SD as well as Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission from the mysterious “Toyotarō”. Stay tuned for massive blow-out coverage in the future!