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Despite us still getting around to digging into this month’s issue of V-Jump, we find ourselves still catching up with the wealth of information from last month’s issue! The December 2013 issue (which was officially released back on 21 October 2013) had a series of interviews with various authors and artists promoting all sorts of Dragon Ball material, including the latest updates coming to Dragon Ball Heroes… and we have English translations ready for your consumption!
Up first is a special interview with none other than Akira Toriyama himself! The lengthy Q&A session touches on Jaco the Galactic Patrolman now that its serialization has come to an end, along with a few one-off, random, fun questions. The interview also has three bonus illustrations courtesy of Naho Ooishi (Dragon Ball SD), Toyotarō (Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission), and Yoshito-kun (Dragon Ball Heroes).
Also included was a lengthy Q&A with Toyotarō directly from V-Jump (and Saikyō Jump) Editor-in-Chief Akio Iyoku. They discuss how “Toyotarō” got involved with drawing, his Dragon Ball Heroes deck, and more!
A very short Q&A with Naho Ooishi was also included, which touches on her multiplayer gaming and includes a message for her readers.
Believe it or not, we are also still catching up on Battle of Gods-related interviews! Though the movie hit theaters last March and saw its Japanese home release in September, there is still so much to dig into and cover. The “Official Movie Guide” saw its release just before the theatrical debut and contains a wealth of new interviews and comments. We are kicking things off with the big one: “Akira Toriyama Special Interview“.
While there are not any significant new revelations in the interview, Toriyama does speak to how he first became involved with the movie with its original draft and seeing the final product come to fruition.
We will have more translations from the “Official Movie Guide” in the future, so stay tuned! If you are still aching for more Battle of Gods content, however, we did unceremoniously translate and post two other tidbits: Toriyama’s message from the “Limited Edition” version of the home video release, as well as the “Godly Interview” from the animanga version of the film.
Goku 6, Beerus 10, Whis 15. Knock yourselves out with that one.
On 13 September 2013, months following the premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in theaters across Japan, Toei finally released the franchise’s first theatrical film in 17 years to the home video market. We gave everyone a first glimpse at the packaging as our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) received his copy a day before its official release. Now join us again, as we add our detailed information pages to the “Home Video Guide“!
The film’s home video was released in “Standard” and “Limited” edition packaging, with both editions available in DVD and Blu-ray formats. While the “Standard Edition” release is your typical single disc release, with a few bonus features, the “Limited Edition” release comes jam-packed with special presents, a second disc of bonus features, and the inclusion of the Dragon Ball “Jump Super Anime Tour 2008″ Special. In addition to all that, a special booklet was included highlighting various aspects of the film, along with an exclusive introductory message from Akira Toriyama.
If you haven’t done so already, you can still pick up a copy for yourself from the following online retailers:
Now that the onslaught of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie news and work has more-or-less blown over, we’re finally getting back to porting over all of those missing movie information pages in the “Movie Guide”. So, picking up where we left off, we’re jumping into the late-1980s and early-1990s to bring you the first three Dragon Ball Z theatrical films. As always, we’ve gone a step beyond simply importing the old pages, having spent a lot of time digging through everything we could think of to really bring you the most comprehensive information possible. You’ll find updated information about each movie’s promotional materials, premiere, and releases, along with additional movie notes, character profiles, background information from movie staff, detailed name pun analysis, and more!
Be sure to check back soon for our next content update! This is only the beginning.
Dedicated Kanzenshuu readers may have been wondering over the last couple months why we have not kept up with the usual detailing of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission chapters, or why our Dragon Ball SD documentation abruptly concluded with the four original quarterly chapters.
We have been hard at work behind the scenes on a complete overhaul for our “Official Manga Spin-Offs” section, and are proud to debut its current progress. What previously existed as just a single page detailing some of the more recent spin-offs is now a completely fleshed-out section with dedicated pages for each spin-off that has ever been released going back to the franchise’s original serialization.
Perhaps most significantly, this includes complete documentation for Akira Toriyama’s latest series, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, which is — as Shueisha originally promised! — an exciting revival of Dragon Ball.
The revamped “Official Manga Spin-Offs” section contains the following main documentation pages:
- Original Illustrated Stories
- Neko Majin
- Jump Super Anime Tour
- Dragon Ball SD
- Episode of Bardock
- Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission
- Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
With today’s overhaul, the Original Illustrated Stories, Crossovers, Episode of Bardock, and Jaco the Galactic Patrolman sub-sections are complete with individual documentation pages for each chapter which outline things like cover art, chapter notes with references and easter eggs, color page comparisons, etc.
The other sub-sections, as noted, have complete main documentation pages, and we will continue to work our way backward to fill in individual chapter pages for them. Some of that work has already begun, so stay tuned for these additions in the near future!
Our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) received his shipment at work today, and took a couple quick videos to show off the “Limited Edition” version.
The film’s official Japanese home release date is tomorrow (13 September 2013).
We began receiving an official English translation of the Dragon Ball manga from Viz around fifteen years ago. If you asked me then how many editions we would have in fifteen years’ time, I likely would not have been able to come up with anything resembling an accurate answer. Much like I will be purchasing Raditz on home video for the umpteenth time later this year, I recently purchased Pilaf in comic-form for the umpteenth time.
Last month, Viz began releasing their new “3-in-1″ edition of the Dragon Ball manga, not to be confused with the “Viz Big” version, which was also a 3-in-1 edition of the Dragon Ball manga. Purported to be uncut and uncensored, this latest version packs 36 chapters between Kanzenban cover artwork, but what are you really getting between those red pages…? Read on for the full scoop.
Takao Koyama is a name that is likely familiar to most of the Kanzenshuu audience. Having been the main writer for all thirteen previous theatrical Dragon Ball Z films as well as the “series organizer” for the Dragon Ball Z TV series, the man is quite intimately familiar with the franchise.
The new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was written by newcomer Yūsuke Watanabe, however, with plenty of input from original manga author Akira Toriyama. In this case, Koyama was approaching the film much like any other audience member.
After seeing the film, Koyama penned a post on his blog, Noppo no Zakkan (“Noppo’s Various Impressions”). In it, he details his thoughts on the villain of the movie (Beerus, God of Destruction) and its “issue at hand”:
On Sunday the 7th, in the middle of a spring storm, I headed out to Apollo Cinema 8 in Tennoji, Osaka, near my regular lodgings, and watched it surrounded by children. It was a little embarrassing.
It was my first experience watching from the audience a Dragon Ball Z theatrical feature that I hadn’t handled the script for myself. It felt a bit strange.
Next to me, a young couple watched cosily together. I bet they could scarcely imagine that the old fogey with thinning hair sitting next to them was the one who handled the scripts of all 13 Dragon Ball Z theatrical movies.
But that’s not important to me.
And so, the movie began.
I was surprised right from the opening.
Once it started with the familiar “waves crashing into rocks” opening that is a byword for Toei, it then went into the 20th Century Fox opening, and continued with a credit for Toei Animation. Such wonderment. Actually, it’s because 20th Century Fox was involved in the production. I know the situation and some behind-the-scenes stories concerning that, but it’s top-secret information, so I can’t write about it.
And so, as for substance of the issue at hand…….
In handling the scripts for the films, what I always worried about each time was the problem of what to do about the opponent Goku fights against. That’s because, at the very least, they had to be stronger than [the ones from] the previous movie.
After much hard work, I was unable to come up with an opponent stronger than Broli, and fell into a rut where I made him appear three times.
That is to say, there’s the matter of questioning the idea of Broli as the strongest. As you are well aware, vehement opinions on the subject have been flying back and forth on this message board, as well as a variety of [other] websites.
For this time, Goku’s opponent, designed by Toriyama-sensei, was even a God of Destruction.
In the world of Dragon Ball Z, that’s a setting where even Broli, before the God of Destruction, would face a gap like that between a Yokozuna and the very bottom of the sumo ranks. That Broli, reduced to a pushover.
Only, from the impression I got of the character on the screen, Broli was scarier, no contest. Am I the only one who found that Broli looked overwhelmingly frightening? Or am I just biased towards my own creation?
Any more than this would become a spoiler, so I’ll hold off on it, but Noppo would like to hear the impressions of the Broli fans….
By all means, please see this work, which had a turnout of one million people in the first six days it was out.
The online Japanese fandom has come to refer to this as Koyama “dissing” (ディスる) Beerus and/or Battle of Gods.
We have archived our translation of this blog post in the Battle of Gods section of our main “Translations” page.
While Akira Toriyama has clearly been busy getting ready for a new manga project (which will be hitting Japanese and English Weekly Shōnen Jump at the same time in two weeks), he has still managed to pen a couple messages for specific audiences and colleagues.
The first collected volume of Dragon Ball SD, Naho Ooishi‘s spin-off/reboot manga from Saikyō Jump, saw its release back in April. Included as a bonus in the volume was a message to Ooishi from Toriyama himself:
Naho Ooishi-san, congratulations on Dragon Ball SD‘s becoming a comics volume!
I am thankful for you always livening up Dragon Ball as a cute, fun color manga on my behalf.
Please take good care of Goku & company from here on out!
Toriyama and Ooishi shared comments together back in 2009 with Ooishi’s two-part manga adaptation of the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour Special (“Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!“), the spin-off author’s first official work on the franchise.
Akira Toriyama also recently shared comments in the special artbook for the traveling exhibit, “The World of Dragon Ball”:
Thank you for coming out to the Dragon Ball Exhibition!
In spite of being a work from quite a while back, there are many people who have either been fans ever since back then, or gotten interested in it recently; I am truly happy for it to be supported by all you fans from around the world.
And now, in 2013, they’ve made a brand-new animated movie!
I’ll be happy as can be if you enjoy watching it with heart-pounding excitement!
Only, it won’t make you cry.
Check out our report from the exhibit for more information on the type of material on display. The exhibit’s next and final stop will be held in the Matsuzakaya Museum, which is on the seventh floor of the South Wing of the Matsuzakaya Department Store in Nagoya from 27 July 2013 (Saturday) to 01 September 2013 (Sunday).
The CD single in question was released three months ago (where does the time go?!), but the review is still as relevant as ever!
Read on for a review of FLOW’s CD single for “Hero ~Song of Hope~ / CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. Both songs appear in the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, and the CD single comes packed with a bonus remix track of an older song, and English version of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”, and instrumentals of both movie songs. Is this a required purchase for all fans, or just the music aficionados?
As we celebrate the conclusion of a new line of guide books (and yet still have tons more material to cover out of them!), we also continue our journey into the past to document some of the previous tomes of knowledge.
The final Daizenshuu — colloquially referred to as “#10” but officially titled “Supplemental Daizenshuu: TV Animation Part 3″ — covered the rest of TV animation material up through the end of the Dragon Ball Z series and the 10th anniversary movie (which had only been previewed at the time of the “Movies & TV Specials” volume). The book’s material was appropriately spread out and recontained within the two “Animation Guide” volumes of the recent Chōzenshū. In the interest of proper documentation, however, we have (finally!) put together an overview page for the final Daizenshuu.
The book contains a wonderful “Super Voice Talks” roundtable which brings together seven of the most important voice actors in Dragon Ball to reminisce about their time recording the series, share amusing moments in and out of the studio, their unanimous respect for Masako Nozawa, and memories of Kōhei Miyauchi (the first Kame-Sen’nin), who had passed away the previous year. In addition to the book’s overview page, we have also translated this discussion.
Please enjoy, and look forward to continued coverage of guides and databooks, old and new alike!