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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.

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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!


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.


Last year’s Animazement was a three day spectacular of Dragon Ball awesomeness, and the convention is ramping up for a great follow-up in 2014.

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!).

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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.


Originally set for release last month, Dragon Ball: Ultimate Swipe finally slipped its way out in Japan yesterday for ¥400 on the Android and iOS platforms .

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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”.

Ultimate Swipe is the third game — following Dragon Ball: Tap Battle and Dragon Ball RPG: Boyhood Arc — for the Android and iOS mobile platforms.

Thanks to Super Saiyan Prime for the heads-up.


J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, continued to hang onto the sales chart during its third week in Japan.

For the period of 31 March 2014 to 06 April 2014, according to the Media Create sales chart, weekly sales on the game dropped by about half on both platforms, with the game pushing another 13,417 copies on the PlayStation 3 and another 11,876 copies on the Vita. This brings the game up to 156,957 and 134,522 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.


The Japanese band Good Morning America have revealed the cover art for all three versions of their upcoming CD single for the third closing theme to Dragon Ball Kai, “Dear Zarathustra”, currently airing along with the Majin Buu arc:

The CD single will be released 06 May 2014 and will be available in two limited edition versions along with a standard edition:

  • Limited Edition: A Type — Catalog No. COZA-905 (¥1,500 + tax)
    Includes a 2 track CD and an exclusive live concert bonus DVD.
  • Limited Edition: B Type — Catalog No. COCA-16858 (¥1,300 + tax)
    Includes a 2 track CD with an exclusive extra bonus track of a recorded live radio show performance.
  • Standard Edition — Catalog No. COZA-16859 (¥1,000 + tax)
    Same CD as the “Type A” limited edition, although with karaoke versions of both songs.

Three versions of the same CD single may seem like a lot, but one must never forget the eleven different versions of the “Kokoro no Hane” CD single back in 2010.

CDJapan and Amazon Japan currently have the “Dear Zarathustra” CD single available for pre-order.


Now that the “refreshed” version of the Dragon Ball Z TV series has finally picked back up after a three year hiatus, we thought it would be worth heading back to the news and documentation for an overview of what we already knew as well as what came to light with this past weekend’s Dragon Ball Kai Episode 99.

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  • The new opening theme to the series, replacing “Dragon Soul” by the group of the same name, is “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go” (空•前•絶•後), also performed by Dragon Soul (vocals by Takayoshi Tanimoto).
  • The new closing theme to the series, the third in a line following “Yeah! Break! Care! Break!” (Dragon Soul) and “Kokoro no Hane” (Team Dragon from AKB48), is “Dear Zarathustra” (拝啓、ツラツストラ) by the Japanese band Good Morning America. It will be the first of several closing themes for the Majin Buu arc.
  • While most voice actors are returning for their roles, new replacements for the Majin Buu arc will include Bin Shimada as Babidi (replacing Jōji Yanami, who is otherwise still voicing Northern Kaiō and the narrator), as well as Shino Kakinuma as Videl (replacing Yūko Minaguchi, who did contribute her voice to the character in last year’s film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods). New confirmations of named characters by way of the episode itself include Mitsuaki Madono as Shapner (repalcing Hiro Yūki), though Megumi Urawa returned as Erasa.
  • After the massive shake-up with the removal of Kenji Yamamoto’s new score to the series and its replacement with Shunsuke Kikuchi’s original score from Dragon Ball Z, the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai has yet another new musical score provided by Norihito Sumitomo, whose prior (and sole) contribution to the franchise so far was the music to last year’s film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
  • The footage used in the first phase of Dragon Ball Kai (Saiyan to Cell arcs) was scanned and remastered by Q-TEC, whereas all footage used for the Majin Buu arc has been scanned and remastered internally by Toei. There is a noticeable difference between the broadcast footage for the first batch and the current batch.
  • Some of the more significant — and at times questionable — aspects of the first phase of Dragon Ball Kai were the occasional reanimated shots. Besides a single shot of Son Gohan defeating Cell in the recap at the beginning of the episode, there were no reanimated scenes in Episode 99.
  • While nothing has been officially announced as-of-yet, even more hints — some of the most recent ones coming from composer Norihito Sumitomo, for example — continue to trickle out that the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai will indeed be making its way outside of Japan. Though it always seemed to be the plan for this part of the series, its Japanese television broadcast seems to have been a more recent development and decision.

Toei Animation has uploaded the next-episode-preview for Episode 100 of Dragon Ball Kai to their YouTube channel:

Dragon Ball Kai airs each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV during the “Strong 9″ block (formerly the “Dream 9″ block) alongside One Piece. Each week we will continue 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!