KFC has been massively promoting the new film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, with toys, posters, bottles, you name it. The kid’s-meal (“Smile Set”) toys in particular have gone through two iterations already. But now, the third phase of items has been announced. Starting on 28 March 2013, the “I’m Excited! New School Term Support Goods” will be released to KFC locations across Japan. If you order a “Smile Set”, you will have your choice of one of the following items, designed with the new school year (which begins in April) in mind:
- “Changing Clear File” whose background color changes from green to blue when paper is placed inside
- “Kamehameha LED Light Keychain”
- “Kamehameha highlighters” (two different colors)
- “Shenlong Mini Ring Notebook”
Each “Smile Set”, which comes with either one piece of standard Fried Chicken, or one piece of Colonel’s Crispy Chicken and a biscuit, along with a small French Fries, is available for 500 yen.
Additionally, seven Colonel Sanders statues that adorn the front of KFC restaurants throughout Japan — Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Naha — had been dressed in Goku’s clothes and holding one of the seven Dragon Balls since the middle of last month, but recently, those Dragon Balls went missing. They then turned up in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo for a special Dragon Ball Z movie tie-in event, for one day only, on 03 March 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm, as described via the official KFC Japan Twitter account:
Right now at the KFC Ikebukuro Sunshine Street location, we are holding a Dragon Ball Z movie opening event! The seven Dragon Balls, which were scattered across the country, have been gathered together! Buy an applicable menu item, and get Dragon Ball memorabilia☆★
Thanks to DragonBoxZTheMovies for the tip on both of these!
Last week the official Japanese Shōnen Jump website revealed the plot for the upcoming, two-part “Dream 9 Super Collaboration Special” set to air 07 April 2013 from 9:00 to 10:00 am on Fuji TV in Japan featuring Toriko, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z.
The IGO (International Gourmet Organization) is hosting the “World’s Best Eating Tournament” race. Held on a certain island, the tournament’s championship prize is the luxuriously rare “Carat Sizzled Cattle”. Toriko and his friends are aiming for the championship, and the Straw Hat Crew is set to participate in the event as well. And what’s this, it’s Son Goku and co. — the members of Dragon Ball are also competing in the event. Who will be the strongest?! “Toriko vs Luffy vs Goku” can only be seen in this collaboration special! The mightiest decisive showdown is kicking off!!
The IGO (International Gourmet Organization) is hosting the “World’s Best Eating Tournament” race. When tournament champion Mister Satan1 serves up the championship prize, Carat Sizzled Cattle, to Luffy, Toriko, Goku, and co., Mansam2 reveals the shocking truth. According to him, the tournament has been held in order to lure out the Deep Sea Glutton, Akami, said to suck out the energy of living things. And then, sensing Luffy and co.’s power, Akami appears from out of the depths of the sea, but… the super killer technique of “Toriko+Luffy+Goku” (which can only be seen in this collaboration special) explodes!
1 “Mister Satan” — A fictional character from “Dragon Ball Z”
2 “Mansam” — The director of the IGO “Gourmet Research Institute” in “Toriko”
The TV special — a follow-up to two prior Toriko and One Piece crossovers from the last two years — airs one week after the debut of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in Japanese theaters.
The three franchises will also be joining forces at some point this year for a PlayStation 3 and Vita team battle crossover game called Project Versus J, which itself has not had any recent developments or updates in quite some time.
Following the release of “Chōzenshū 2: Animation Guide Part 1” in Japan today (05 March 2013), Shueisha has unveiled the two remaining Chōzenshū covers on their “Dragon Ball Project” website. As we anticipated, the third Chōzenshū volume will feature the original cover illustration from Daizenshuu 6 and the fourth Chōzenshū volume will take the cover from Daizenshuu 7. These final two Chōzenshū volumes will presumably cover the information presented in those respective Daizenshuu volumes as well.
“Chōzenshū 3: Animation Guide Part 2″ is due out 04 April 2013 for ¥2,300, and is available from both CDJapan and Amazon Japan. It appears to be no coincidence that this volume, which will undoubtedly cover the various theatrical films, will hit book shelves a few days after Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is released in Japanese movie theaters on 30 March 2013. So far there is no officially announced price point or online listing for “Chōzenshū 4: Dragon Ball Super Encyclopedia”, which is due out 09 May 2013.
A special Dragon Ball Heroes card has been promoted as one of three items to be given out to theater-goers at screenings of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, but its exact identity has heretofore been obscured. Now, however, the official Dragon Ball Heroes website has been updated with information about the card:
The card is a special Goku card featuring the artwork from the Battle of Gods theatrical poster. Its main properties are “Ability: Surging Fighting Spirit”, which allows you to fully recover your ki at the beginning of the third round, and “Card Action Ability: Change — Super Saiyan”, which causes a “Card Action” to occur starting in the second round when you attack. If you are successful, you will get +2000 power (limited to one time).
In addition, when you use the card together with your “Hero License”, you get “Robo-Toriyama’s Robot Parts Support”, which allows all members of your team to perform their special attack, regardless of their “Hero Energy”, in the fourth round.
The card will be distributed at theaters along with a QR code for use with Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission for the Nintendo 3DS, and a Four-Star “Dragon Ballpen” with Dragon Radar case to hold the bonus pens that came with pre-release movie tickets.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (as if anyone needed reminding!) officially opens in Japanese theaters 30 March 2013.
Last weekend saw the release of the March 2013 issue of Cinecom Walker, a movie-centric publication distributed to certain theaters around Japan. The spotlight for this issue is Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, which also gets a feature inside the magazine. Not only do the details revealed in the feature line up with what we’ve seen of the film through Naho Ooishi’s Dragon Ball SD take on things, it also reveals that the one to cause Birusu to lose his cool is not Vegeta, but actually Majin Buu, who gets into some kind of altercation with the God of Destruction.
The article further states:
Vegeta Dancing With a Smile?! It’s Fully Loaded With Gag Scenes
Vegeta casts aside his pride and tries to liven up the place in order to put Birusu, who crashed the party, in a good mood. Even surreal Toriyama gags, such as the top-secret scene of a drunken Great Saiyaman (Gohan), have been incorporated at every turn!
There had been much speculation as to the cause of Vegeta’s uncharacteristic smile in figures and other promotional images, but it is now clear that Vegeta’s grin is an exasperated, fake smile, as he desperately tries (and fails) to appease the God of Destruction.
As the release date of the film approaches, plot details are certain to come out in increasing amounts of detail. Hold on to your seats, folks! We’re into the home stretch.
The second in a series of four new Dragon Ball books, “Chōzenshū 2: Animation Guide Part 1″, was released in Japan today (05 March 2013), packing a huge amount of material from three prior Daizenshuu into one book along with a few new tidbits.
As with the first Chōzenshū, a good bunch of new material was also included. There are spotlights on the new animation from the last five years, such as Heya! Son Goku & Friends Return!!, Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans, and Episode of Bardock. Unlike the first volume, however, there is no new interview with Akira Toriyama included this time around. The Daizenshuu 3 and 5 interviews are edited together and reprinted, though the last three questions from the former have been omitted in the process. The “Library of Adventure” and “All Story Digest” sections are also missing.
Today’s (04 March 2013) issue of Saikyō Jump features — breaking from the regular pattern of chronological Dragon Ball story retellings — an “SD” version of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods to promote the film’s theatrical debut coming up soon on 30 March 2013. The 12-page “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Special Manga Version” is drawn by series regular Naho Ooishi based on the original work by, and with the supervision of, Akira Toriyama.
NOTE: The chapter appears to tell the story from the early part of the upcoming movie, weaving together bits and pieces we have seen from the various trailers and promotional materials. Those wishing to avoid more detailed “spoilers” may wish to stop reading, though it is likely that events in the “SD” version will differ at least slightly from the theatrical version.
The story begins on Kaiō-sama’s planet with him, Goku, and Bubbles. Kaiō becomes extremely agitated when he senses Birusu’s awakening. Goku asks him what’s up, and Kaiō describes him using the narration from the first trailer for the movie. Kaiō stammers out Birusu’s name as he realizes the God of Destruction is standing right behind him (not the “lanky pale-blue guy” that Goku thought, who is actually Birusu’s attendant), and proceeds to go into obsequious-mode as Birusu says it has been a while since they last met. Birusu is here, however, because he has business with the Saiyan.
The God of Destruction tells Goku of the prophetic dream about “Super Saiyan God”, but Goku says he has only heard of plain old Super Saiyan. Kaiō has not heard of it, either. Birusu decides to leave (at Uisu’s suggestion) to inquire with the Saiyan Prince on a planet called “Earth”, but before he leaves, he accedes to Goku’s request to fight with him, since Goku heard he’s super-duper strong. The God tells Goku to come at him with his full power. Goku revs up to Super Saiyan 3. Uisu is mildly impressed, and Birusu instructs Goku to come at him — Goku is surprised they are not taken aback. Goku comes flying in with a punch, and there is a large explosion… but when the smoke clears, the God is effortlessly holding Goku’s fist in his hand. Birusu flicks Goku in the forehead, sending him tumbling around Kaiō’s planet.
Birusu goes off to Earth to visit Vegeta, while Goku is down for the count, and Kaiō stands there with Bubbles, mouth agape, though he snaps out of it when he realizes he needs to warn Vegeta.
Back on Earth, everyone is gathered at Capsule Corporation for Bulma’s birthday party. Kuririn asks how old she is, but she retorts with a “Shut up!” while Vegeta mutters that it is the “same lousy thing” every single year. She eventually answers, “in SD, I’m always a youthful 16!!!” — Kuririn protests that, if that were the case, he would only be 13! Kaiō telepathically contacts Vegeta to explain the situation, and notes that whatever he does, he must not anger Birusu, lest he destroy not only the Earth, but the entire galaxy.
Vegeta is suitably freaked out, not least because of all the happy people enjoying themselves around him. As Kuririn plays with his daughter, Piccolo sings karaoke (much to the dismay of Goten and Trunks), and everyone toasts to Bulma’s good health, Vegeta looks over (eyes bugging out) to notice Birusu lounging on a deck chair across the way. Kaiō was not exaggerating: Birusu is indeed a big deal. The chapter closes on Birusu asking Vegeta about Super Saiyan God, and Vegeta repeating the words back at him. The ending narration says you will have to see the rest with your own eyes at the movie theater!
The April 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, on Japanese shelves today, is also available online from sites such as CDJapan and Amazon Japan. The issue also comes packed with a bonus “Dragon Radar Reflector”.
A new series of Q&As with original manga author Akira Toriyama — “Super Long Interview!! Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!” — kicks off with today’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump (WJ 2013 #14) in Japan, all leading up to the theatrical debut of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in just a few weeks. The first question deals with the origin of the plot points for the movie, and how Toriyama’s involvement shaped things:
What’s the story behind the birth of the plot line for “Battle of Gods”?!
It began two years ago. The ideas “God of Destruction” and “Super Saiyan God” were there from the start, but the worldview was pretty dark. So correcting this into a more “DB”-esque content kids could enjoy too was the catalyst for me becoming heavily involved in the story.
This week’s issue also features a two-page spread focusing on Battle of Gods, though no real new information is included:
The God of the Saiya descends!?
The Power to Resist the God of Destruction — —
Super Saiyan God!!
A legend among legends of the warrior race, the Saiya — — that is ‘Super Saiyan God’!! Witness the true nature of this ultimate warrior, who excites even Birusu, at the theater!!
This is a big week for Dragon Ball material in books, so stay tuned!
The official website for the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, recently updated with an entire page dedicated to promoting the film’s debut in IMAX Digital theaters across Japan. The page includes quotes from Masahiro Hosoda (the film’s director) and Greg Foster (Chairman & President, IMAX Film Entertainment).
Hosada explains his excitement for the upcoming film’s debut as well as its extra “power” via the IMAX Digital presentation:
日本が世界に誇るアニメの金字塔「ドラゴンボール」が、原作者鳥山明先生の完全オリジナルストーリーで、17年ぶりに映画「ドラゴンボールZ 神と神」として復活、日本映画初のIMAX上映となりましたことを大変うれしく思います。最新映像効果を駆使した、最強の孫悟空と破壊神ビルスのパワー全 開バトルシーンを、よりパワフルで臨場感あふれるIMAX(R)デジタルシアターにて是非とも、体験していただきたいと思います。
I am extremely happy for Dragon Ball, a monumental animated work that is the pride of Japan the world over, to be revived with a completely original story by creator Akira Toriyama-sensei as Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the first movie in 17 years, and to become the first Japanese film to be shown in IMAX. By all means, I’d like you to experience the full-throttle power battle-scene between the mighty Son Goku and Birusu, God of Destruction, which makes use of the latest visual effects, at an IMAX Digital theater, with an even greater power and sense of immediacy.
我々は、IMAXデジタルシアターで初の日本映画を上映するにあたり、漫画クリエーターのパイオニアでいらっしゃる鳥山明先生のような方とパートナーとな れたことを誇りに思います。テンポの速いアクションシーンや目を見張るようなビジュアルによって、我々は「ドラゴンボールZ 神と神」がIMAX体験に相応しいものとなることを確信しています。
We’re proud to be partnering with a pioneering manga creator like Akira Toriyama to release the latest installment of this beloved franchise and our first Japanese film in IMAX. With its fast-paced battle sequences and stunning visuals, we believe Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is an ideal fit for The IMAX Experience®.
The film will debut in all 16 IMAX Digital theaters — specifically the IMAX Digital theaters, and not the standard IMAX versions — across Japan. While the film received government funding as part of a project to support the international endeavors of Japanese creators, and though the film was made “with a view toward international screenings“, there is still no word on any type of international release, IMAX or otherwise.
This past Friday, a news posting to the official website for “Battle of Gods” laid out a list of “media exposure” for the new movie up through 10 March 2013, and first on the list was a Dragon Ball segment on the late-night NHK program “MAG Net”. Julian stayed up to watch it… and then fell asleep before the segment got underway. Luckily, forum regular kei17 was there to pick up our slack.
This episode, the program’s last, covered the ways Dragon Ball appeals to fans around the world, and gave a (very short) inside look into the new movie’s production. The highlight was an interview with Toei Animation producer Gyarmath Bogdan, the setup for which revealed matter-of-factly what we had long suspected:
To expand this sort of multi-faceted force in Dragon Ball, a foreign producer has been appointed for this work: Gyarmath Bogdan, age 44. He holds a distinctive résumé: born in Romania, he participated in the democracy movement before coming to Japan 21 years ago in order to study Japanese culture. Now, he has a role at a major animation production company. A new Dragon Ball release, with a view toward screenings overseas. Bogdan-san, involved in the work with a foreigner’s perspective, is obsessed with putting in many gags, where previous theatrical productions were centered around battles.
As for Bogdan himself, he had this to say about the movie’s production:
This time in particular, we had a request from (Akira Toriyama-) sensei to leave in not only the action, but also some truly enjoyable… the truly enjoyable aspects of Dragon Ball; Dragon Ball‘s chaotic feeling, and the action of Gohan’s battles, and of the Z Warriors, are mixed together very well, so I believe that has also helped make it an enjoyable movie.
While no overseas release has been announced at this time, it increasingly seems as though it will only be a matter of time until that happens.