Published by Hujio
19 July 2018, 5:20 PM ESTComments Off

The “Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018” is officially underway with its first stop at Comic-Con International, which is being held this weekend in San Diego, California.

The tour location has been setup like the World Martial Arts Tournament, with a check-in table at the center. Numerous products and promotions are on display throughout, as well as large character statues. The left wall also prominently features a special Dragon Ball history timeline designed by VIZ Media editor Marlene First and several character designs for the upcoming movie. Check out the pictures below from various official accounts!

Numerous companies are on-hand at the event hosting various exhibits and booths to show off the latest figures, card games, video games, and much more. Other Dragon Ball-related events and panels with various staff and voice actors are scheduled throughout the weekend. The first panel is scheduled for Thursday (today) at 2:15 PDT, which will feature Sean Schemmel (Goku VA), Christopher Sabat (Vegeta VA), Akio Iyoku (Toei producer), and Norihiro Hayashida (Toei producer) covering the latest on the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie. It is anticipated that this panel will include the debut of the movie’s first official trailer.

Later that night, Funimation will be hosting an official movie launch party at a local sports bar to celebrate the Dragon Ball franchise’s milestone 20th movie. The party will have themed drink specials, celebrity guest appearances, photo opportunities, free Dragon Ball Super movie souvenirs, and more.

The tour is being hosted by various Dragon Ball copyright holders, including Toei Animation and Shueisha, as well as Funimation, the franchise’s North American license holder. Thus far, six tour stops have been announced:

  • 19 July 2018Comic-Con International: San Diego — The Marriott Marina Terrace, San Diego, California
  • 10 August 2018Otakon — Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
  • 30 August 2018FAN EXPO Canada — Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 07 September 2018Rose City Comic Con — Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
  • 04 October 2018New York Comic Con — Javits Center, New York City, New York
  • 19 October 2018Dallas Fan Days — Irving Convention Center, Dallas, Texas

More information can be found on the tour’s official website and a schedule of Funimation events is available on their official blog.

Published by VegettoEX
18 July 2018, 9:37 AM ESTComments Off

FUNimation’s online shop reveals an 02 October 2018 release date for their fifth part of the Dragon Ball Super television series on DVD and Blu-ray.

Following their first encounter with Goku Black, the Saiyan trio are itching to dish out some payback! With everyone’s lives on the line, the Z Fighters must face the problem head-on or try to alter the timeline at the source!

The bilingual (English/Japanese) two-disc set will span episodes 53 to 65 and is slated to contain 17 minutes of bonus material. The set will retail for $39.98 MSRP on DVD and $44.98 MSRP on Blu-ray.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fourth box set last month.

Published by Hujio
18 July 2018, 8:10 AM ESTComments Off

The official Dragon Ball Super: Broly website has announced a promotional collaboration with the Mister Donut fast food franchise. Beginning 20 July 2018, and while supplies last, Mister Donut locations throughout Japan will be offering two movie themed menu items for a limited time. These will include a new “Dragon Ball Super Fusion Donut” item and new Dragon Ball Super-related gifts in the franchise’s popular “Kids Sets”.

The new “Dragon Ball Super Fusion Donut” menu item will consist of a donut wrapped in original packaging featuring two popular Dragon Ball characters fusing. The donut itself will also feature two separate toppings — chocolate and one other popular topping.

Mister Donut’s “Kids Set” are a popular menu item among children that comes with a donut, drink, and special gift. For the duration of this promotional campaign the gift included with the set will be Dragon Ball Super themed, split into two rounds. The first round will begin with the promotion’s debut on 20 July 2018 and feature a movie-themed “Tsuyoiko Glass”. The second round will begin 08 August 2018 and feature a promotional Super Dragon Ball Heroes card.

The announcement also notes that a limited number of free box sets and stickers will be available at certain store locations and will be given to those purchasing the above promotional items.

The story, script, and character designs for Dragon Ball Super: Broly, opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura.

Published by Hujio
17 July 2018, 11:31 PM ESTComments Off

The first leg of Shueisha’s “Jump Victory Carnival 2018” event has just wrapped up in Tokyo, with the second leg set to kick off in Osaka on 22 July 2018. During the event, Japanese Dragon Ball fans began tweeting out photographs of several promotional items related to the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie on display. The most intriguing of these items was a new three-figure set of figures from Banpresto, which features Super Saiyan Blue Son Goku and Vegeta versus Broli, providing fans with the first glimpse at Akira Toriyama’s new Broli design. The official V-Jump Twitter account later released their own set of photographs, specifically noting Broli’s new design. Also alongside this set was a limited edition figure of Naohiro Shintani’s newly designed Son Goku.

Besides the variation in Toriyama’s new color selections, there is one key difference between his original Broli design for the 1993 movie and that of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie. Of note is the use of more traditional Saiyan attire as seen throughout the franchise, including his armor, wrist bands, and boots. In his original design Toriyama had decided that Broli would not actually wear Saiyan armor, explaining that:

Battle suits such as the one worn by Vegeta were issued by Freeza’s forces, so he [Broli] doesn’t wear one.

Also prominently displayed elsewhere at the event was Shintani’s character design for what is presumably Broli’s Legendary Super Saiyan transformation. This design sheds Broli’s new armor and brings him much closer inline to his original design, although with some additional scaring.

Finally, as the event came to an end, the V-Jump editorial staff held a closing program on the “Super Golden Stage”. During the program they showcased several of Shintani’s character designs, including two new sheets of Broli, as well as a special Dragon Ball Super movie poster drawn by Toyotarō which will be included in the upcoming September issue of V-Jump due out 21 July 2018. Thanks to @Freza_sama for sharing the video!

The story, script, and character designs for Dragon Ball Super: Broly, opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura.

Published by VegettoEX
17 July 2018, 1:25 PM ESTComments Off

Following its original Japanese publication last Saturday in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 2018 No. 33 issue, Viz has translated in full and included its Akira Toriyama (Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball, et al.) and Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond, et al.) joint interview in yesterday’s respective English-language edition of Weekly Shonen Jump.

In the interview, the two authors discuss getting into the manga industry, the crunch of weekly serialization, specific techniques and instruments used in their own works, etc. In particular, Toriyama notes the extreme workload when publishing a special color chapter:

Torishima-san said I had to do two chapters in one week or I’d be too late. I was exhausted from having just finished some manga, so I replied that I could barely move my hands due to inflamed tendons. He told me to try writing my name, and I said, “Of course I can write my name!” Then he said, “If you can write your name, then you can draw manga!” What kind of logic is that?! [laughs]

As a formal translation was made available from the official licensee alongside its original Japanese publication, we will not be adding our own translation of this interview to our website for the foreseeable future.

Viz’s 2018 No. 33 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump is digitally available either as an individual issue for $0.99 or as a part of a monthly or annual subscription.

Published by VegettoEX
17 July 2018, 11:42 AM ESTComments Off

The official Dragon Ball video games Twitter account has announced DeSpo FighterZ (DeスポファイターZ), a new manga series based around the theme of esports — in conjunction with Dragon Ball FighterZ and its forthcoming Nintendo Switch port — set to run in Shueisha’s bimonthly Saikyō Jump magazine.

The manga will be handled by Hiroshi Otoki, who previously contributed Dragon Ball Fusions the MANGA!! within the pages of Saikyō Jump (which wrapped up its serialization earlier this year), a series based on the Dragon Ball Fusions Nintendo 3DS video game.

The new manga will debut in the September 2018 issue of Saikyō Jump, which hits Japanese shelves 03 August 2018.

Published by VegettoEX
16 July 2018, 12:01 PM ESTComments Off

As each year comes to a close, we like to get together on our podcast to make predictions for the upcoming new year. Tune in this week for our mid-year predictions check-in!

Episode #0450! Mike and Heath do a mid-year check-in on the group’s 2018 predictions. Especially with “Dragon Ball Super” coming to a close and a new theatrical film on the horizon, how are our predictions shaking out so far? What were the big misses, and what tossaway comments came to fruition?


  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 02:35 – Topic
  • 27:19 – Wrap-up


Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
13 July 2018, 9:01 AM EST1 Comment

In conjunction with the formal reveal of Broli as the subject of this year’s forthcoming Dragon Ball Super theatrical film, FUNimation has announced U.S. and Canadian screenings for the film in January 2019, as well as their home video rights acquisition:

(NOTE: All grammatical/punctuation errors have been printed as-is below.)


Company Joins Seven-City Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018 to Promote New Film from Original Creator Akira Toriyama

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – JULY 12, 2018. Earth’s mightiest Saiyan Goku is set to return to U.S. and Canadian theaters with today’s announcement that Funimation® Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the new Dragon Ball Super movie, entitled “Dragon Ball Super: Broly This is the twentieth film in the Dragon Ball franchise and is based on the story, screenplay and character designs of original creator Akira Toriyama. As part of its distribution agreement with producer Toei Animation and the film’s international distributor Twentieth Century Fox, Funimation also secured the home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the film. This latest agreement builds on the 22-year long partnership between Toei Animation and Funimation, which has contributed to the global success and pop culture status of the Dragon Ball franchise. “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is anticipated to release in January 2019. The theatrical dates for the film’s run will be announced later.

As part of the theatrical marketing plan for “Dragon Ball Super: Broly,” Funimation has joined as a sponsor of the Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018. The tour, which was announced by Bandai Collectibles earlier this year, will encompass a total of seven cities in the U.S. and Canada and will launch this July at San Diego Comic-Con with a special panel on July 19th that features key contributors to the film as well as celebrity fans.

“We are excited to be partnering with Toei Animation and Twentieth Century Fox on the theatrical release of ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly,'” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “The Dragon Ball North America Tour is really just the beginning. We have some big surprises in store for Dragon Ball fans of all ages. With the success of the last two Dragon Ball movies and the tremendous popularity of ‘Dragon Ball Super,’ we know that this theatrical event will deliver all the excitement that Dragon Ball fans have come to expect.”

“Dragon Ball Super: Broly” follows the events of the hit anime series “Dragon Ball Super,” the first new Dragon Ball storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years. Since premiering in summer 2015, “Dragon Ball Super” has propelled the popularity of the franchise globally – with both lifelong fans and a new generation of children and teens. The last Dragon Ball film, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” (2015), was a box office hit – grossing $8M in North America to become the first independent film to make the Top 10 list of highest grossing anime films domestically.

Published by VegettoEX
11 July 2018, 3:09 PM ESTComments Off

Our mid-year predictions check-in will have to wait another week, because some hulking monster of a Saiyan barged in without warning demanding an hour-long discussion!

Episode #0449! Mike and Heath discuss the history of Broli: who created him, how he came to be, and where he fits in with the larger Dragon Ball franchise. With Akira Toriyama seemingly taking the character for his own in this year’s forthcoming movie, where does that leave Takao Koyama’s original creation, and what, if anything, does the film’s production staff have to do to keep us excited for the rest of the year?


  • 00:19 – Introduction
  • 03:05 – Topic
  • 60:41 – Wrap-up


Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by Hujio
09 July 2018, 8:47 PM EST2 Comments

This year’s forthcoming Dragon Ball Super theatrical film has been revealed as a new story featuring Broli (“Broly”). Following suit, the movie’s official subtitle appears to simply be Broly, with the new tagline, “The Greatest Enemy, [a] Saiyan.”

In addition to the movie’s title, additional staff and cast have been announced. Bin Shimada will return to presumably reprise the role of Broli, while Katsuhisa Hōki will likely portray Broli’s father, Paragus (Hōki has recently been voicing Paragus in the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade games following original voice actor Iemasa Kayumi’s passing in 2014). Aya Hisakawa will also make her theatrical debut, presumably as Bulma (following the tragic passing of original voice actress Hiromi Tsuru). The updated cast listing also lists the voice actors for Beerus, Whis, Piccolo, and Trunks (Koichi Yamadera, Masakazu Morita, Toshio Furukawa, and Takeshi Kusao, respectively).

The film’s official website includes a new comment from original author Akira Toriyama, who is providing the script and character designs for the new film. As opposed to the last comment provided on the film’s official website, the accompanying English translation is sufficient:

Everyone, are you familiar with Broly?

He’s an incredibly strong Saiyan who only appeared in the old anime movies, and I apparently at least drew the designs for him, but I had practically no involvement with the anime at the time, so I had totally forgotten about the story content.

So, about Broly. I hear these days, he’s still very popular not only in Japan, but also overseas. Based on that, my editor suggested we have Broly appear in this next movie.

I went ahead and watched the movies from back then, and I felt this could be quite interesting once I rearrange some things. I got right to work trying my hand at a story that incorporates him into the Dragon Ball Super series.

While keeping in mind Broly’s classic image so as not to disappoint his fans, I updated him and added a new side to his character, and I think this has resulted in a more fascinating Broly.

Naturally you’ll get to see fierce combat, but also, the paths of destiny that lead to an encounter between Goku, Vegeta, and Broly. It also involves the Frieza Force and the history of the Saiyans, which end up having a major connection to everything. The story content turns out to be very large-scale and dramatic.

Here comes that almighty Saiyan, Broly! I’m also including lots of other content all you fans will enjoy, so look forward to it, and be patient a while longer for it all to come together!!

Advance tickets for the film go on sale in Japan 20 July 2018, and will entitle movie goers to one of two keychains — of either Goku or Vegeta in their new outfits — that change color from regular Super Saiyan to Super Saiyan Blue depending on the temperature:

The film opens 14 December 2018 in Japan, with a wide international release hinted at by production staff. IMAX screenings will occur alongside standard screenings; 2013’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was the first Japanese film to be screened in IMAX Digital, while 2015’s Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ was the first IMAX 3D presentation for a Japanese film.

Broli, a character originally created by writer Takao Koyama, was originally featured in three films in the 1990s; Akira Toriyama provided design thoughts and critiques alongside these appearances, but was otherwise not directly involved with these specific stories. Since then, the character has appeared in numerous video games and bits of ancillary media, including 2017’s Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D special feature at Universal Studios in Japan.

In a 2003 interview between Akira Toriyama and champion inline skaters Eito and Takeshi Tasutoko published in Viz’s American Shonen Jump magazine, Toriyama questioned the character of Broli when referenced for a sketch:

Eito: I made a homepage called “Cabin Eight” where I’m displaying my rough sketches. I’m wondering if I could get an autograph from you? Would it be possible for you to do a self portrait of yourself?

Toriyama: Aaaagh, that’s like the hardest request. (laughs)

Takeshi: How about Kame-Sen’nin? Or Vegeta? I like Vegeta too. Or Brolli [sic] from the movies?

Toriyama: Brolli? Who was he? I don’t know if he was in the manga…

Following a preview screening of the 2013 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Koyama penned a blog post expressing his thoughts on the new God of Destruction Beerus in comparison with Broli:

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?

The character’s overall design and transformation was recently adapted for Kale, a Saiyan from Universe 6, during the Universe Survival arc of the Dragon Ball Super television series; Broli himself did not appear and was not referenced in the series.

In addition to within Toriyama’s comment for the new film, Broli’s international popularity was pointedly cited last year in an interview with “Dragon Ball Room” head and V-Jump editor-in-chief Akio Iyoku:

One particularly large difference between Japan and overseas is the “incredible popularity” of the movie-original character Broli, who appeared as an enemy in three films (one of which featured a clone of him): “He’s got bulging muscles and gives Goku a tough fight, so the Super Saiyan version of Broli is popular.”

The new movie details come on the heels of a prior announcement of older Dragon Ball Z theatrical films and a television special receiving screenings in American theaters this fall, with the original Broli film kicking off the screening series this September.