Word on the street from quite a few people is that the new re-release of both the Bardock and Trunks TV specials, which FUNimation is releasing as a “double feature” combining both TV specials on a single DVD, is going the route of the faux-”remastered” nonsense as the rest of the TV series. We are extremely disappointed to hear this, although it comes as absolutely no surprise. Apparently the latest disc inserts from FUNimation have a confirmation on this.
Thanks to everyone on the forum for the info.
Tanooki Kuribo points us to toywiz.com, which has updated with some pre-orders for new DBZ figures from Bandai:
I guess these look kinda cool. We will check them out upon release, which appears to be in February.
Atari’s much delayed financial statement for Q1 2007 has been released, to the tune of a $12 million loss. They are concerned about being able to continue as a company. This is looking pretty fantastic.
Episode #0101 of the podcast is available for download! This episode, we discuss the greatest match-up and rivalry the series has ever known. It has years of histrionics and drama behind it, along with all sorts of members coming and going throughout the years. Still haven’t figured it out? Well, you’re clearly not reading, because this update’s header already says what it is. However, a funny picture will help drive the point home!
As you read below a few days ago, FUNimation has issued all sorts of legalese over to Atari demanding they cease distribution of DBZ games immediately. During the episode we read the actual SEC filing, discuss where the companies may be coming from, and try to determine where this situation is heading. Hopefully you fanboys waiting on the American release of Sparking! METEOR (being the Booty-Kye Ten-Kai-Chi Three) won’t be sitting all alone, cold, and with nothing to keep the PS2 from leaving you for good. Definitely check it out.
Episode #0101! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian discuss in detail the major Atari vs. FUNimation license fiasco. What exactly is going on, who is in the wrong, and what can we expect in the future? Video game news, figure news, November’s releases, an e-mail about Goku’s various gi kanji, and our daizenshuu give-away contest round out the episode.
- “Budokai Tenkaichi 3 Goes Gold” Press Release @ Atari
- Atari 10/25/2007 8-K RE: License Agreements @ Atari
- Bandai American DBZ Figures Press Release @ ANN
- DB DVD Vols. 22, 23, & 24 @ Amazon Japan
- DBGT “Lost Episodes” DVD Boxset @ Amazon
- DBGT “Lost Episodes” DVD Boxset @ Deep Discount
- Broly Blu-Ray Double Feature @ Amazon
- Broly Blu-Ray Double Feature @ Deep Discount
- DBZ “Remastered” Vol. 16 (Spain) @ zonadvd.com
As posted over on Anime News Network:
A proven leader in the action figure and youth electronics categories, Bandai America Incorporated today announced that it is returning to FUNimation Entertainment’s Dragon Ball Z franchise as the North American master toy licensee. Fans of all ages are poised to see one of their favorite brands, considered one of the most successful anime properties from Japan, recapture the excitement since Bandai America’s last Dragon Ball Z lineup in 2000.
“We are proud of this partnership with Bandai America and we look forward to unveiling the new line,” said Bob Brennan, director of licensing at FUNimation Entertainment. “We are confident that together with Bandai we can move into the new era of Dragon Ball Z.”
“Beginning Spring 2008, the Dragon Ball Z toy line will be reborn like no one has ever seen before,” said Colleen Sherfey, director of marketing, Bandai America. “With our expertise in action figures, existing fans will have their ravenous demand for exclusive Dragonball products satiated, while new kids will be drawn in by the unique play patterns and toys.”
So there you go. All sorts of information to chew on. Enjoy!
Thanks to Sebastian for the heads-up on this one. Check out the following info from over on Gamespot:
It’s been a rough month for Atari, starting with the dismissal of five members of its board of directors, courtesy of parent company Infogrames. While the outgoing directors had been replaced within a week, a group of frustrated Atari shareholders accused Infogrames of intentionally undermining the company’s stock price in preparation to buy out the remaining shareholders.
The month is ending with even more corporate drama for the company, as an Atari Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week revealed that it is currently embroiled in a dispute over its Dragon Ball Z license.
According to Atari, the company has the rights to release games based on the series thanks to a pair of agreements with US anime firm FUNimation Productions. However, the publisher received a notice from FUNimation earlier this month accusing it of breaching those agreements.
As a result, FUNimation now claims that Atari’s license to make Dragon Ball Z games has been terminated. Atari doesn’t agree and has been distributing the games as usual. The two companies are now in talks to reach a temporary agreement that would buy them time to resolve their issues regarding the original license.
Dragon Ball Z has been Atari’s most prolific licensed property in recent years, bringing in $85 million in the company’s fiscal 2005, according to its latest annual report. The remainder of Atari’s current catalog is headlined by properties like Dungeons & Dragons, Backyard Sports, and Godzilla. Should Atari lose the Dragon Ball Z license, it would join Driver, Stuntman, Transformers, and a handful of Hasbro games like Monopoly as high-profile losses to the publisher’s stable of properties.
We definitely were not too far off by covering all this Atari news as-of-late. We will definitely keep you up-to-speed on developments as they come in. All I can say right now is that I am glad I imported “Sparking! METEOR”…!
Episode #0100 of the podcast is (finally) available for download! I’d apologize for the wait, but when you see what’s in store for you, I think you’ll understand ^_~. We start out by bribing everyone with last week’s news and the start-up of a new contest…! That’s right… we’re giving away daizenshuu numero two, “STORY GUIDE”… and you can’t wait to get it! You also get to choose a sub-prize, so check it all out and listen in for more details. The episode is rounded off with a nearly three-hour clip-show extravaganza, showcasing all sorts of memories from the last one hundred episodes. I’d say more, but you just need to listen in… we think you’ll enjoy it. Definitely check it out.
Episode #0100! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian bribe listeners with this week’s news and the start-up of a daizenshuu give-away contest before looking back on the last one hundred episodes. A three-hour clip-show of all the greatest moments from the last hundred episodes rounds out the extravaganza.
- “Sparking! METEOR” Character Passwords @ Official Site
- “DragonBall GT” R2 DVD Vol. 1 @ Amazon Japan
- “DragonBall GT” R2 DVD Vol. 2 @ Amazon Japan
- DBZ Season 4 Delay News @ AnimeOnDVD.com Forums
- Bardock & Trunks TV Specials New DVD @ RightStuf
- DB Movies 2, 3, & 4 DVD Set Relisting @ RightStuf
- DBZ Spanish DVD Vol. 5 @ RightStuf
- DBZ Spanish DVD Vol. 6 @ RightStuf
Atari’s latest press release says everything you need to know, I suppose:
NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR), one of the world’s most recognized brands and a third-party video game publisher, today announced that development is complete on Dragon Ball Z(R): Budokai Tenkaichi 3 for the Wii(TM) and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. The immensely popular Dragon Ball Z series is the gold standard of anime-based video games, with more than 25 different games and over 10 million units sold since May 2002. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is the first Dragon Ball Z title to incorporate online play with the Wii, making it one of this holiday’s must-have fighting titles.
Developed by Spike, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is the ultimate Dragon Ball Z title, putting fans into the action like never before. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 incorporates the most robust character lineup of any Dragon Ball Z game, a more in-depth story mode and enhanced graphics. Fans playing on the PlayStation2 system have the option to unlock several more hours of hidden game play with the Disc Fusion System, which requires either Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 1 or 2 to unlock never-before-seen battles. “We are constantly trying to push the envelope with Dragon Ball Z games to help keep our community excited,” said Donny Clay, Producer, Atari, Inc. “Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is the ultimate Dragon Ball Z experience for newcomers and fans alike. Whichever platform you choose, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi is an impressive fighting game for this holiday.”
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 features a roster of over 150 playable characters, 30 enormous and varying 3D battle environments, fine-tuned fighting controls for the Wii and unlockable game play for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system. For more information on Dragon Ball Z video games, please visit http://www.atari.com/dragonballz.
If you have not already, check out Episode #0099 of the podcast, where Meri and I gave our initial thoughts on the game (we have had “Sparking! METEOR” on the JP PS2 since it came out over there). Look for our final thoughts on the game in the near future, as well. The game is due out in the US on the PS2 on 13 November 2007 and the Wii on 03 December 2007.
Futabatei Shimei let us know that the official “Sparking! METEOR” website has updated with three passwords. These allow you to to unlock three “versions” of characters (Goku, Vegeta, & Broli) equipped with some items that you otherwise would not be able to obtain in the game (including a throwback to the “Budokai” series with the “Breakthrough” capsule).
Neat stuff — I will have to check this out a little later.