Published by VegettoEX
03 December 2012, 10:50 AM ESTComments Off

The multiplayer Japanese arcade brawler Zenkai Battle Royale continues to receive updates week in and week out, and not just in the roster additions department. For the past few weeks (and for a little while longer), players are able to obtain new items to customize their characters. Through special “item acquisition battles” items can be unlocked that adjust your character’s costume by taking first place under battle royale rules by yourself or under team battle rules with a friend.

The week of November 15th to November 21st saw mostly battle-damaged costume unlockables for Son Goku, Son Gohan, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tenshinhan, and Trunks:

The week of November 22nd to November 28th saw a mish-mash with outfits for Super Saiyan Son Goku, Kuririn, Vegeta, Nappa, Ginyu, and Freeza:

The week of November 29th to December 5th sees mostly Artificial Human and Cell arc outfits, with customizations for Super Saiyan Son Gohan, #16, #17, #18, Dr. Gero, and Cell:

The last week of this round from December 6th to 12th will see another mish-mash of customization items for Super Saiyan Vegeta, Super Saiyan Trunks, Dabra, Majin Boo, Mr. Satan, and Broli:

With no home port announced or seemingly in sight, Zenkai Battle Royale continues to crank out the updates in arcades. Stay tuned for the inevitable slew of additional updates!

Published by Hujio
03 December 2012, 1:47 AM EST3 Comments

Now that the promotional pages from next year’s first issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump covering the upcoming 2013 Dragon Ball Z movie have been officially released as of earlier today in Japan, Toei Animation’s official “Battle of Gods” website has been updated and overhauled with a new design, some new information, and the official movie poster that we’ve known about for a few weeks now. Currently only the “News”, “Movie”, and “Theater” sections are live, with all others listed as “Coming Soon”. Unlike the original iteration of the website, which featured an English version, this updated version is almost entirely in Japanese (albeit for the menu). The original teaser trailer is still available, although it appears Akira Toriyama’s comments originally published in Weekly Shōnen Jump have been removed.

Besides information about getting a “Collaboration Ticket” and special present, the only real additional information pertaining to the movie’s actual production is a short list of main staff members, which has been expanded upon from what was previously reported.

脚本: 渡辺雄介
Scenario: Yūsuke Watanabe

監督: 細田雅弘
Director: Masahiro Hosoda

音楽: 住友紀人
Music: Norihito Sumitomo

作画監督: 山室直儀
Animation Supervisor: Tadayoshi Yamamuro

美術監督: 加藤 浩
Art Director: Hiroshi Katō

色彩設定: 堀田哲平
Color Design: Teppei Hotta

特集効果: 太田 直
Special Effects: Nao Ōta

CGディレクター: 宮原直樹
CG Director: Naoki Miyahara

製作担当: 藤岡和実
Production Supervisor: Kazumi Fujioka

As expected, the upcoming movie will indeed bring a few more newcomers to the regular Dragon Ball staff, one of which is quite an interesting choice — Norihito Sumitomo (住友紀人), who will be composing the theatrical score to the movie. Not only is he a newcomer to the franchise, but relatively new to the anime movie scene as well. He is most well known for composing the scores for various Japanese TV dramas and live-action films. The other new face to the franchise is color designer Teppei Horita (堀田哲平), although if you’re a One Piece fan, you’re already very familiar with his work.

On the flip side, we have franchise veterans Nao Ōta (太田 直) and Naoki Miyahara (宮原直樹) returning to supervise special effects and CG animation, respectively. Also returning to supervise the movie’s production process is Kazumi Fujioka (藤岡和実), a former assistant director for Dragon Ball Z and production supervisor for Dragon Ball GT.

As far as the cast is concerned, all of the normal hero voices we’ve come to know and love are listed. In addition, both Hikaru Midorikawa and Masaharu Satō are listed in the main cast, indicating that the cast for the film will most likely be the same as Dragon Ball Kai — Midorikawa replaced the late Hirotaka Suzuoki as Tenshinhan, while Satō replaced Hiroshi Masuoka (who was himself the replacement for the late Kōhei Miyauchi) as Kame-Sen’nin. Jōji Yanami is also listed, which means we’ll have the Narrator and/or Kaiō-sama on board for the film. Unfortunately, there is no obvious replacement for Videl’s voice listed, assuming she won’t be played by one of the existing female cast members.

And after all that, it’s now only a matter of time before we find out some of the movie’s more essential plot details. So stick around, because we’ll be sure to keep you updated with the most accurate information as more sections of the website become available!

Published by VegettoEX
30 November 2012, 10:28 AM ESTComments Off

With multiple confirmations on the title for next year’s upcoming theatrical Dragon Ball Z movie (“Battle of Gods”) as well as its new promotional poster image, we have added an entry for the movie in our “Movie Guide“. There is obviously not much more to detail about the movie just yet, but as we approach March we will start creating a full page for the movie detailing the rest of the staff, actors, promotional materials, etc.

We have also added a new section for Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission in the “Official Manga Spin-offs” page of the “Manga Guide” here at Kanzenshuu. Beginning back in the November 2012 issue of V-Jump, the mini-manga by the mysterious “Toyotarō” initially ran for two chapters of two pages each before expanding to nine pages in its third chapter in this month’s January 2013 issue of V-Jump.

We know that the Dragon Ball SD section of the “Official Manga Spin-offs” page needs to be expanded to include this year’s worth of monthly chapters — it is on our radar!

Published by Hujio
29 November 2012, 10:51 PM ESTComments Off

The past two issues of V-Jump — Shueisha’s video game magazine in Japan — have featured a brand new promotional mini manga by the mysterious “Toyotarō” and based on the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game. These mini manga chapters have primarily showcased the recent Dragon Ball GT-focused “Galaxy Mission” updates to the game and so far have only been two-pages in length, with no definitive conclusions ever provided for their respective stories… until now.

The January 2013 issue of V-Jump dropped in Japan last week on 21 November 2012, and it indeed continues on where “Victory Mission 2” left off with Beet’s battle with Vegeta Baby. However, this time around the chapter has been extended to a lengthy 9 pages, hopefully due to its great artwork! In the chapter Beet decides to play his newly acquired Super Saiyan 4 Son Goku card, who of course (spoiler alert) proceeds to defeat Baby with a 10x Kamehameha.

This issue of V-Jump is available via CDJapan for $6.08 or Amazon Japan for ¥530 (~$6.43) — plus shipping, of course — while supplies last.

Published by VegettoEX
29 November 2012, 3:53 PM EST1 Comment

The cover art for Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission on the Nintendo 3DS has been provided to retailers:

The game is due out in Japan 28 February 2013 for ¥5800. Amazon Japan and CDJapan currently have the game available for pre-order (¥4745 and ¥5524 respectively).

As revealed in this month’s (January 2013) issue of V-Jump, the game will cover cards from the arcade version’s run all the way from its beginning two years ago up through the recent “Galaxy Mission 4”, contain a new opening animation, and more. First-run releases of the game will come with a bonus set of cards that can be used in the arcade version.

As a reminder, the Nintendo 3DS — unlike prior Nintendo handhelds — is indeed region-locked. There is currently no word on an international release for Ultimate Mission. The previous handheld game for the franchise, Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden on the original Nintendo DS, never made its way outside of Japan.

Published by SaiyaJedi
29 November 2012, 9:43 AM EST7 Comments

Leaked pages (via Manga-News Japon and 2ch) from the upcoming Weekly Shōnen Jump 2013 issue #1 (due out this Monday) have finally confirmed the two characters previously seen on a questionable poster for the upcoming 2013 theatrical Dragon Ball Z movie, “Battle of Gods”:

A God of Destruction who Violates the Common Sense of “Z” Descends!!

キービジュアル公開!! コイツが破壊神ビルスだ!!
Key visuals revealed!! This is the god of destruction, “Birusu”!!

This (perhaps final?) version of the poster has a few small discrepancies from the initial version that leaked, such as Yamcha’s position in the background. This suggests that whoever leaked the original image was either working on it him/herself or otherwise had access to the work-in-progress version.

An additional image, which appears to be further down the same page of the magazine, reveals the names for both characters, along with their respective voice actors:

劇場版新キャラクター ビルス&ウイス!!
New Movie Characters: “Birusu” & “Uisu”

Voice Actor: Masakazu Morita

God of Destruction, “Birusu”
Voice Actor: Kōichi Yamadera

It’s as if the God of Destruction, “Birusu”, has a cat-like appearance!! And, who the heck is this “Uisu” person standing next to “Birusu”…?!

[ For additional line of text, see updated information below ]

The term 破壊神 (hakaishin, meaning “God of Destruction”) appears to be an actual title of some sort for “Birusu”, as it is included in the box next to him that contains his name. As for the current Kanzenshuu-approved choice of name spellings, ウイス is the first three characters in ウイスキー (“whiskey”), while ビルス could be modified from ピルス (“pils”, a.k.a. “pilsner”, a kind of beer). We cannot confirm at this point that these are the intended puns, but the logic seems sound enough for now — we will of course update with any subsequent information or confirmations.

Masakazu Morita previously played Tarble in the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour special, Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return. Kōichi Yamadera, meanwhile, subbed for Hirotaka Suzuoki as Tenshinhan in Dragon Ball Z episodes 82 and 84, back in 1991.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is the first full-length animated theatrical feature for the franchise since 1996’s 10th anniversary movie, Saikyō e no Michi (“The Path to Ultimate Strength”). It is due in Japanese theaters on 30 March 2013, with no official word just yet on an international release, though there are hints at one on a production level.

Update 1: After viewing the promotional page in its entirety, we have noticed an additional line of text that had been clipped off of the original leaked scans. This line of text appeared just below the new character introductions, and for the sake of completeness, we have included this text line below.

It’s as if the God of Destruction, “Birusu”, has a cat-like appearance!! And, who the heck is this “Uisu” person standing next to “Birusu”…?!

Update 2: Scripwriter Yūsuke Watanabe responded to our inquiry regarding the possible source for the two characters’ name puns being alcohol based (“pilsner” and “whiskey” as the theories), stating:

That’s not the source~!

We will continue to push for clarification and confirmation!

Published by VegettoEX
26 November 2012, 7:27 PM EST2 Comments

As we bring all seventeen “Dragon Ball Children” images and essay translations to a close, we tie it all together this week on the podcast with a look back at some of the stories and experiences that multiple authors all shared. From stories of trading chapters between friends at school to young artists opening their eyes to manga for the first time, each of these seventeen authors cite Akira Toriyama and specifically Dragon Ball as some of their chief influences. It begins with heart-warming awe and ends with maniacal ramblings — everything you would expect from manga artists.

You also get a peek into the adventure behind picking up tickets for next year’s theatrical Dragon Ball movie, “Battle of Gods”. This is the only place you are going to find and hear these stories in the English-speaking fandom — don’t miss it!

Episode #0315! VegettoEX and Julian dive in to the seventeen “Dragon Ball Children”. From Oda to Kishimoto to Kubo to Hirano, many of today’s authors cite Akira Toriyama and Dragon Ball as some of their chief influences. What kinds of stories and experiences do they all share? These along with Julian’s adventures to secure tickets to “Battle of Gods” wrap up the show!


Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum.

Finally, a big thanks go out to folks in memory of what we have officially dubbed The Nou & Lemmy Fall 2012 Kanzenshuu Season. Much appreciation, guys.

Published by SaiyaJedi
26 November 2012, 9:22 AM EST2 Comments

Now that the Kanzenshuu staff have recovered from their food-induced comas over the holiday weekend, we thought we would bring you one more special gift: the other seven “Dragon Ball Children” essays. Like the first ten, they were included in special “Dragon Ball Information” pamphlets with odd-numbered volumes of the Kanzenban manga’s initial release, but these were never reprinted. Luckily, through the magic of Internet collaboration, we have rescued them from oblivion and are pleased to be able to present them to you here, in English translation.

The content is eclectic, ranging from shōjo artist Arina Tanemura (Full Moon wo Sagashite) to seinen (and mostly non-Shueisha) names Kōshi Rikudō (Excel Saga) and Kōta Hirano (Hellsing). A simple description really does not do them justice, so why not check them out for yourself? You will be thankful you did.

Stick around later today for this week’s podcast episode, which will dive into all seventeen of these “Dragon Ball Children” essays a little more, along with fun stories from Japanese movie ticket purchasing adventures!

Published by SaiyaJedi
23 November 2012, 7:55 AM EST1 Comment

For our American visitors, as well as the staff here at Kanzenshuu, yesterday was Thanksgiving: a day when we give thanks for what we have. We at Kanzenshuu are thankful for our family, friends, and site visitors, as well as the international continuation of Dragon Ball Kai, the upcoming film “Battle of Gods“, and the “Collaboration Tickets” for the film that we snagged this morning in Japan.

It is now Black Friday in the United States, where people jostle and trample each other in the name of things they do not yet have. To help keep the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday alive a bit longer, we thought we would bring you the reflections of some people who are thankful… for Dragon Ball. We have now added the first 10 “Dragon Ball Children” essays to the “Translations” section; these are written by popular manga artists such as Eiichirō Oda (One Piece) and Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), who grew up with Dragon Ball and were greatly influenced by it. They were first published in special pamphlets with the initial Kanzenban manga release in Japan, and later reprinted in the guidebook “Dragon Ball Landmark“.

Whether you live in the US or not, we hope that you will take a moment to sit back, read these columns, and think about what you are thankful for. Enjoy, and thank you!

Published by VegettoEX
21 November 2012, 2:14 PM ESTComments Off

The past week has been full of news, so we wanted to make sure we had a chance to hit it all up on the podcast before moving into our upcoming Thanksgiving spectacular. This time around long-time friend of the website and podcast Kirbopher jumped in to shoot the breeze, bringing along his own perspective on video games and international dub productions. Enjoy!

Episode #0314! VegettoEX and Kirbopher dive in to the last week’s backlog of news including confirmations for “Battle of Gods”, the upcoming Nintendo 3DS port of “Dragon Ball Heroes”, and much more. A quick wrap-up on “Dragon Ball Z for Kinect” and “Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection” rounds out the episode!


Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum.