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VegettoEX2:52 PM EDTNews

Our buddy sangofe has let us know that France is going to be seeing a new DVD box set release for the Dragon Ball Z series.

Here is a run-down on the info for this release:

  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Distributor: TF1 VIDEO
  • Number of DVDs: 17
  • Episodes: 001-117
  • Price: €170
  • Release company: AB VIDEO
  • Release date: 19 March 2009

All episodes have been remastered from scratch and are presented in the correct 4:3 aspect ratio by a team of fans at AB France (we are unsure which film masters were used). The parts of the French dub where there had previously been some type of censoring have been replaced with the Japanese soundtrack with subtitles. The voice actor for Goku (as opposed to the Japanese version’s own narrator) recorded all of the episode title card narrations, where none previously existed for this dub. The Japanese version will be included in addition to the French dub. Finally, next-episode previews are included, but will only appear with Japanese audio.

Go France!

VegettoEX2:51 PM EDTPodcast

Episode #0164 of the podcast is available for download! This week Meri and I discussed those few hints at “love” we see in the series, and the relationships that form this love. Trust me, you have to dig pretty deep to find this stuff in a shônen like DB, but there are some bits here and there. Definitely check it out.

Episode #0164! VegettoEX and Meri go it alone this week to discuss the (few) hints at love we have in the DB series. The various couples, the courting, the marriage… oh, it’s so romantic! Except it’s really not, so we have to dig pretty deep to find these hints. Little bits of news, February’s releases, and your e-mails round out the episode.


VegettoEX12:23 PM EDTNews

We have known that the game is due out 19 March 2009 over in Japan (not to mention the general Asian version of the game, as well), but now we have confirmation of an American release date. Amazon is listing a $39.99 price point for an 07 April 2009 release date — just in time for the movie, itself. You can hear a first-hand account of the game from our buddy Bryce over on the most recent podcast episode from his play-through up at New York Comic-Con.

Hujio4:20 PM EDTNews

Toei Animation’s Official Dragon Ball Z website has posted a statement confirming the “revival” of the Dragon Ball Z TV series:



“Dragon Ball Z” TV Anime Revival!

20th anniversary of “Dragon Ball Z”! The legend of Z returns with the newest digital technology!!
Broadcasting will begin Sunday, April 5, 2009, at 9:00 am, on Fuji TV!
More information will be posted at a later date!

Nothing we do not already know, but at least it confirms we will be getting some more information at some point, though it doesn’t confirm exactly when that will be. The sooner the better, I say!

The announcement of the upcoming “refreshed” version of Dragon Ball Z gave an air date and time of 05 April 2009 at 9:00 am, which is the time slot currently held by GeGeGe no Kitaro. has reported that Toei will in fact be dropping GeGeGe no Kitaro (which is actually the fifth television series by the same name) in order to make room for the upcoming premiere of the “refreshed” Dragon Ball Z on April 5th. This basically confirms the fact that the show will be airing every week.

Oricon has posted a trailer for the movie with a preface from our main-man Toriyama:

Here is what he had to say (as translated by Anime New Network):

As the original creator, I had a feeling of “Huh?” upon seeing the screenplay and the character designs, but the director, all the actors, the staff, and the rest are nothing but “ultra” high-caliber people. Maybe the right way for me and all the fans to appreciate it is as a New Dragonball of a different dimension. Perhaps, this might become a great masterpiece of power! Hey, I look forward to it!!

I guess we will find out exactly how high-caliber these “people” really are on April 8th, when the movie drops into a theater near you (in the United States)… though, I am sure we will get a pretty good idea on March 13th when the movie premieres in Japan.

VegettoEX6:16 PM EDTPodcast

Episode #0163 of the podcast is available for download! This week we brought on our buddies Hujio and Herms from Kanzentai to discuss the biggest news of the last decade, which you’ve no doubt read below. In case you missed it, DragonBall Z is getting a “refreshed” production for airing on Japanese television, including a complete re-voicing by the original cast, an extended widescreen presentation, new special effects, and more. Definitely check it out.

Episode #0163! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian bring on Hujio and Herms from Kanzentai yet again to discuss perhaps the biggest news of the last decade: DBZ is being “refreshed” for a new HD and re-voiced presentation to air on Japanese television. An overview of the confirmed facts and current rumors brings you up to speed. We even get a call-in from our buddy Bryce up at New York Comic-Con to give us an update on the “Dragon Ball Evolution” PSP game. DBZ ABCs, February’s releases, and your e-mails round out the show.


VegettoEX9:20 AM EDTNews

Forget the American live action movie… this is perhaps the biggest news to hit since Dragon Ball GT ended in Japan back in 1997! We have heard rumblings since last month, but now that Jump confirms it, I think we all feel a little more comfortable sharing the information (due to it being so strange-yet-incredible). Another big thanks to kei17 over in Japan for the Jump scan and translation/information:

To break it all down:

  • The Dragon Ball Z TV series is receiving an extensive “refresh” for Japanese television airing
  • This is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of DBZ
  • While based on the original animation production, it is being updated with new technology
  • This includes extending the frames for formatting on an HD 16:9 display (note: not cropping the image)
  • The original Japanese cast is re-grouping to re-voice the show (where available, and unfortunately not including those that have passed on, such as Hirotaka Suzuoki [Tenshinhan])
  • Sound effects are being updated
  • Unlike the general show, the OPs and EDs are being completely redone
  • While not in the above announcement, other (unsourced) reports are noting that the number of episodes is being reduced from 291 to approximately 100
  • This begins 05 April 2009 @ 9 am

This is huge. Expect additional clarification over the coming days, and a podcast dedicated to this sole topic this weekend.

VegettoEX10:39 AM EDTNews

Our good ol’ buddy Greg just took a quick capture for us from television over in Japan showcasing Shenlong in the upcoming live action movie, Dragon Ball Evolution:

Anime News Network (by way of Sankei News) reports that Akira Toriyama himself sketched Ayumi Hamasaki as “Goku” for her CD single release of “Rule” (the international theme song for Dragon Ball Evolution):

This is the first time that Toriyama is responsible for this type of music-related release. The first pressing of the release will have these sketches, though there is no confirmation on whether or not it will resurface down the line for additional pressings of the CD.

We have the CD+DVD combo on pre-order, and will be reviewing the entire package once it comes in. It all drops 25 February 2009 in Japan.