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Published by VegettoEX
23 July 2012, 5:40 PM EDTComments Off

He brings a close to “the big three” on the animation side of things, and he ties in nicely due to his animation supervision work on next year’s new Dragon Ball Z movie, so Tadayoshi Yamamuro certainly makes for a perfect podcast topic.

Yamamuro has served in just about every role someone possibly could on the animation side of things. From starting with in-between animation, moving to key animation, and now serving as essentially the single go-to man for merchandise and other high-profile artwork, Yamamuro has certainly earned his place in the pantheon of Dragon Ball contributors. Where did he actually come from, though, and how did he make his way through the sea of other talented artists?

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0305! VegettoEX and Hujio cover Tadayoshi Yamamuro. Minoru Maeda and Katsuyoshi Nakatusuru may have carried the franchise’s animation a long way, but it has been Yamamuro that not only brought it into its final stretch, but carried its torch onward through the second wave. Where did Yamamuro come from, and how did he make his way through the ranks of other talented artists and animators? Our live audience also helps us answer what everyone’s favorite go-to episodes of the series are to chill out and relax without a huge commitment!

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum!

Published by Hujio
22 July 2012, 6:31 PM EDT1 Comment

The official V-Jump website has been updated with information concerning the September issue of V-Jump that was released this last weekend. The issue includes some exclusive Dragon Ball Heroes bonus material, including a special poster featuring some of Toriyama’s original artwork for Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Quest X, a Super Saiyan 3 Trunks promotional game card, and a separate guide book (Attack & Protect Book) for the game’s Galaxy Mission 3 stages.

You can grab a copy for yourself over on Play-Asia for $13.49 or Amazon Japan for ¥550 while supplies last.

Published by Hujio
22 July 2012, 12:28 PM EDT2 Comments

A very short teaser for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z movie was shown at this year’s Saikyō V-Jump Festa late Saturday (7/21) afternoon in Japan. The teaser came at the end of the Dragon Ball Heroes stage presentation and was documented on Twitter by V-Jump’s official account, noting that it was the “world’s first public clip” of the new Dragon Ball Z movie set to premiere on 30 March 2013.

Just two minutes later Sasaki Hisashi, former editor and chief of Weekly Shōnen Jump, posted another photo of the teaser on his personal Twitter account, commenting that this was the “world’s fastest preview of the latest Dragon Ball movie”.

So far the actual video of this first teaser trailer is not available online.

Published by SaiyaJedi
18 July 2012, 9:27 PM EDT18 Comments

Hot on the heels of our last update on the subject (less than half an hour in fact), Yūsuke Watanabe, scriptwriter of next year’s new Dragon Ball Z film, took to his Twitter account to clarify the timeframe, as pointed out to us by kei17 on the forums:

@komori_mayo ありがとう!厳密にいうと原作漫画の「最終話」と「その直前回」の間です。GTは原作にないからね~。[rest omitted]

@komori_mayo Thanks! Strictly speaking, it’s between the comic’s “final chapter” and “just before that”. GT isn’t part of the original work, after all~. […]

Watanabe’s tweets about the script actually began several days before the official announcement, with him playfully teasing the reveal (which had already been leaked). He also linked to the Comic Natalie article cited by Anime News Network and retweeted a similar article from Oricon, which suggests that he was either interviewed (and uncredited) or otherwise closely involved with the announcement regarding the “lost decade”. While he has not commented on these articles’ second claim — that of the film’s relation to the plot of the manga — we can assume, by his implicit endorsement, that they are probably on the mark. Regarding the content of the films, in addition to mentioning that he “won’t forget getting chills” when writing the iconic lines “Heya! I’m Goku!” or “…Kakarrot…!”, he also had this to say:

劇場版は17年ぶりとなるアニメ『ドラゴンボールZ』の脚本をやらせてもらいました。本当に「やらせてもらいました」がピッタリの言葉です。完全新作オリジナルです。鳥山先生は本当に偉大です。童心に戻れます。来年の公開までは金髪でいようと思います。

I was given the honor of doing the script for the first Dragon Ball Z theatrical anime in 17 years. “Given the honor” really is the best way to say it. It’s a completely new, original work. Toriyama-sensei is truly great. I can go back to being a child. I think I’ll keep my hair dyed blond until [the movie] opens next spring.

So, with word from the official screenwriter, it seems that the matter has been settled. With that out of the way, the fandom can now get back to its rampant speculation…!

Published by VegettoEX
18 July 2012, 5:34 PM EDTComments Off

We had it confirmed for a North American release this past weekend via Comic-Con, but Namco-Bandai has made the official all the more official with a press release today formally announcing Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection.

DRAGON BALL Z BUDOKAI HD COLLECTION MARKS THE RETURN OF TWO CLASSIC FIGHTING GAMES IN HD

Enhanced Visuals and Unforgettable Gameplay Reignite Popular Dragon Ball Z Games for a New Generation of Players on PlayStation 3 System and Xbox 360 this Winter

SAN JOSE, Calif., (July 18, 2012) NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced the return of two of the finest Dragon Ball Z® games in franchise history. PlayStation®2 titles Dragon Ball Z® Budokai and Dragon Ball Z® Budokai 3 are being enhanced and re-mastered in High Definition and will be released together as Dragon Ball Z® Budokai HD Collection for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft in North America this winter.

Originally released in 2002 and 2004 respectively, both games delivered highly charged, unforgettable gameplay experiences, making Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection an essential purchase for new Dragon Ball Z fans as well as those who want to relive the epic battles of the original games. With its intense gameplay and bone cracking martial arts action, Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 went on to become the highest rated Dragon Ball Z title on Metacritic, a position it retains to this day.

In addition to enhanced and re-mastered HD visuals, the game features support for Trophies and Achievements. Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection combines two legendary anime fighting titles for the PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360 in one package that fans of the Dragon Ball Z series can’t afford to miss.

Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection will be available for the PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360 in North America this winter.

For more information on Dragon Ball Z video games from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. please visit www.namcobandaigames.com and www.facebook.com/DBZ.videogames.

Published by SaiyaJedi
17 July 2012, 2:24 AM EDT2 Comments

Since the official announcement this past weekend, fan speculation regarding the Dragon Ball Z film slated for next March has reached fever-pitch. Adding further fuel to the fire in the English-language fandom has been a follow-up post on Anime News Network the day of the announcement, claiming that the film will be set specifically during the “lost decade” between manga chapters 517 and 518, and “a story in the official history of Dragon Ball”. While ANN do link to a Japanese source, we’re not entirely convinced.

First of all, while ANN claim that this information came from Weekly Shōnen Jump #33 (released this past Saturday, 14 July), the only details about the film contained in the magazine are literally what we have already reported: the cover of the magazine and the two-page spread with staff information and Akira Toriyama’s special comment. (Incidentally, the two pages in the image from our previous news post are reversed from their position in the actual magazine: page 12, with Goku and Shenlong, is on the right, while page 13, with the group standing together, is on the left.)

Looking more carefully at the Japanese source, the information is not attributed to the magazine, but is presented in an authoritative tone that suggests an official announcement. At the same time, the only link provided in the article goes to the film’s official website, which offers no such details. A number of other news outlets, all of them (like ANN’s source) aggregators without bylines or clear routes of access to the original authors of the articles, share these same points. Normally, this would indicate corroboration of the story, but they are also uncannily similar in their use of language: each mentions that this film will be the 18th theatrical Dragon Ball film, and the first in 17 years; each specifically cites the “lost decade” (空白の10年間) between manga chapters 517 and 518; and each mentions that the movie is meant to be part of “Dragon Ball’s official history” (ドラゴンボール正史). Several of them cite the same source as ANN, while the remainder either give no source or link to the official movie website, which, as we have already established, does not contain this information. Taken together, this suggests that all of the articles were copied very closely, either from one among them, or from a press release which we have yet to track down.

At present, we can only speculate as to the actual origin of this particular information; it is tempting to point to Comic Natalie, ANN’s source, but as they have not responded to our request for comment, we have not reported on it up to now. However, as we can no longer simply ignore it, we will instead urge caution. It seems possible, even likely, that these articles are right about the particular timeframe of the film, given the characters present and the costumes they are wearing. The other aspect of these claims, on the other hand — that the film is meant to be part of the story proper from the manga — is so audacious that we will refrain from commenting on it further until we are able to independently confirm it one way or the other. In short, please take everything you hear about this film, even from Japanese sources, with a generous serving of salt until more details are revealed through official channels. Except if it comes from us, of course. 😉

Published by Hujio
16 July 2012, 5:48 PM EDTComments Off

With the recent announcement that a new Dragon Ball Z movie is in production and slated for an early-2013 release, we felt that now was as good a time as any to finally port over the franchise’s most recent animated features. This includes the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour special, “Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!”, and the 2010 Raging Blast 2 special feature “Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans”. Along with these pages we’ve also added a brand new page for the “Episode of Bardock” anime adaptation, and all three can now be found in the “Movie Guide”.

I’ve also recently finished porting over the remainder of the Dragon Ball episode ending credits and have begun working on moving over Kanzentai‘s remaining Dragon Ball Z episode pages. As of this post the first 22 episodes have been fully ported over, but I do plan on adding the remaining episodes as quickly as possible. So rest assured that we’re diligently working on getting the remainder of our original content back online in anticipation of working on some new content for you guys and gals!

Update: All 35 episodes of the Saiyan arc are now available in the “Episode Guide”. Enjoy~!

Published by VegettoEX
16 July 2012, 4:27 PM EDTComments Off

The choice of a topic for our show this week — the upcoming Dragon Ball Z movie set to debut in March 2013 — was probably going to be somewhat obvious, but combine our own darkest wishes for the movie with your own moderately-insane ideas, and you have a cornucopia of interesting discussion material!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0304! VegettoEX, Meri, and Hujio discuss the recently-announced 2013 “Dragon Ball Z” animated movie. What do we hope for in this new production, and does it line up with what you all are expecting? Random tidbits of video game news round out the jam-packed episode!

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode over on the Kanzenshuu forum.

One point we completely neglected to get into was the question about the canonicity of the new movie. Each time a new bit of material comes out, the flood gates open with fandom collectively asking if they are supposed to accept it as always having existed as part of the “official” story despite being shoehorned in so many years later. Or is that not what you are asking at all? Regardless of the meaning behind your question, I wrote up a lengthy piece about it back when Episode of Bardock was the new animated hotness. Every single point is still valid, swapping out that feature for the upcoming movie. Give it a gander, and when you are done, ask yourself if you still even care about cannons.

Published by VegettoEX
15 July 2012, 5:56 PM EDT7 Comments

A recent interview with Namco-Bandai via Gamespot (on location at Comic-Con) confirms that Episode of Bardock — which we already know will be debuting in North America and Europe for the first time via Dragon Ball Z For Kinect for the Xbox 360 — will be available in its original Japanese language and subtitled in English on the game disc. Additionally, much like how back in 2010 Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans was available for viewing immediately via a menu selection in Raging Blast 2 (without the need for any special unlocks), the same will be the case with Episode of Bardock this year.

Viewing Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans in Raging Blast 2 unlocked Hatchiyack as a playable character in the game — it will be interesting to see if Namco-Bandai does a similar thing this year with Super Saiyan Bardock and his own video feature on the game disc.

Published by Hujio
13 July 2012, 10:25 PM EDT3 Comments

It is officially Saturday in Japan, and Jump’s countdown to the official announcement of the new Dragon Ball Z movie slated for 30 March 2013 has come to end! The countdown site itself now provides some minor information about the movie and links to Toei Animation’s official site for the movie. However, there is not much on the official site at the moment. All the information available is the same as that leaked earlier in the week, including main staff information, the premiere date, and numerous companies associated with the films production (Fox International Productions Japan, Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation, Bandai, Bandai Namco Games, and Bird Studio).

The news post simply asks readers to check Weekly Shōnen Jump No. 33 (on sale today) for a special comment from creator Akira Toriyama, which we translated earlier this week from the prior leak.

The new site also features some nice character art layered on top of each other:

We will of course be keeping a close eye on the site for any further developments and news concerning this grand theatrical adventure for Dragon Ball fans everywhere!