This tidbit of news comes to us courtesy of Jump over in Japan — Namco-Bandai is going to be developing a game for the PSP based on the American-made live action movie:
There are no details other than that it will be coming out in Japan March 2009, which corresponds with the movie’s release over there. There is no word yet on a North American release, but if we know Atari, they will jump all over the chance to put out more games.
Head on over to dragonballtoys.com to check out some of the awesome Dragon Ball stuff Banpresto will be releasing next year. It looks like we have everything from key chains to mini figures to large figures to tissue holders coming our way!
This is something that you older fans are going to immediately recognize and get pretty psyched about! Bandai is re-releasing the entire Carddass series over in Japan in big box sets to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “Carddass” line:
The “Cardass Dragon Ball COMPLETE BOX vol. 1 premium set” set (which will also contain four all-new cards) is due out 26 December 2008 for a hefty ¥10,500, but it is a huge amount of cards…!
Once we saw that FUNimation was going to package Dragon Ball Z movies 7 and 9 together for their next double feature, we all correctly assumed we would see some type of (additional) Broli compilation to DVD and Blu-ray. Sure enough, Wal-Mart put up a listing for a “Triple Feature” with DBZ movies 8, 10, and 11 (all three Broli movies). Interestingly enough, they seemed to get a placeholder image with some odd background choices:
Yep, those are images from the two feature-style DBZ TV specials in the background. Hopefully this will be corrected before the package’s release 31 March 2009.
If you remember there being a Blu-ray release back in November 2007, you are correct — a sort of test-run Blu-ray with movies 8 and 10 (the first two of three total movies featuring Broli) was released by FUNimation that did not fit in with any other particular line of releases. It seems this will be the “proper” version going forward.
A few more details about the Infinite World (PS2 fighting game) OP/ED CD single have trickled out. Right now we are seeing it listed with four tracks:
- “Hikari no Sasu Mirai e!”
- “Dragon Ball Party”
- “We Gonna Take You There”
- “Hikari no Sasu Mirai e!” (Instrumental)
There is no word on what exactly that third track is, but we have heard that there would be at least one English song on the disc, so it is possible that it is an English version of the opening theme (“Hikari no Sasu Mirai e!”). The CD is due out in Japan 25 December 2008 for ¥1200 from King Records (LACM-4555).
The game just came out in Japan earlier this month, and Infinite World (the latest fighting game for the franchise, an expansion of the Budokai series) on the PS2 managed to push 76,500 copies in its first week (coming in second only to the latest Professor Layton game, which itself pushed 87,100 copies that week).
As a point of comparison, Dragon Ball DS (release internationally as Dragon Ball: Origins) pushed about 72,000 copies its first week in Japan just this past October, while Burst Limit pushed 92,298 copies on the PS3 alone its first week this past June.
A kanzenban release is coming to the Dutch! Starting in January 2009, Glenat will be releasing a new version of the manga in the kanzenban style (34 volumes), including the new ending, the tribute illustrations from other artists, and a new translation!
While not entirely an accurate name, Spain is currently seeing a release of the Dragon Ball Z TV series which they are calling “Dragon Box” sets. They are actually just packaged sets of five discs each from the single releases that we have been talking about for a while now. There are a couple touch-ups in areas like translations, so if you are over there and have not yet picked up the singles, this is probably a great way to check them out.
The first set (volumes 1-5, episodes 1-40) came out 22 October 2008, and the second set (volumes 6-10, episodes 41-80) just came out 10 December 2008.
Episode #0155 of the podcast is (finally!) available for download! We had some interesting times trying to get the show done on time, and while we did talk about the live-action movie, I fully place the blame on O’Hare International Airport rather than the movie, this time. Meri and I talked about the trailer for the live-action movie and how both we and the general public are viewing the situation of this movie existing, and then Jeff joined us for Volume 22 in the “Manga Review of Awesomeness” where we agree that Toriyama has figured out what the Hell he wanted to do. Definitely check it out.
Episode #0155! VegettoEX and Meri talk about news from all over the world, and somehow manage to talk about the live-action movie without the show eating itself alive. What does the general population see the movie as, and now that there is an official trailer, how do WE see the movie? Jeff drops in to do Volume 22 in our “Manga Review of Awesomeness”, and the Freeza saga seems like it has begun to pick up now that everyone has arrived on Namek. Releases and your e-mails round out the episode!
- DBZ Box Set Volume 1 (Spain) @ zonadvd.com
- DBZ Box Set Volume 2 (Spain) @ zonadvd.com
- Glenat Manga Releases @ glenat.be
- Bandai Carddass Re-Release Set 1 @ bandai.co.jp
- Banpresto 2009 Items @ dragonballtoys.com
- “DragonBall Evolution” Trailer @ IGN
- “DBZ: Infinite World” Theme CD Single @ CDJapan
- Lo-Fidelity Podcast @ lofidelity.info
The fifth set of Dragon Ball The Movies individual discs (DBZ movies 9 & 10) were just released, and in typical Toei fashion, they have already posted the next set of covers (DBZ movies 11 & 12). These next two films, “Super-Warrior Defeat!! I’m the One Who’ll Win” (DBZ movie 11) and “Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta” (DBZ movie 12), are set to be released on 09 January 2009.
You can still order any of the previously released discs or either of these discs from Amazon Japan.