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Published by VegettoEX
11 January 2011, 6:42 AM EDTComments Off

We are kicking off 2011 with a pretty laid-back episode that has possibly too much laughing for our own good. Amongst the shenanigans you will also find a good deal of in-depth discussion regarding the recent announcement from Toei and FUNimation that the Dragon Ball franchise will soon be streaming online, and we review (in audio form, this time!) the recent Battle of Omega CD single from Hironobu Kageyama, the title track of which was used as the opening theme in Raging Blast 2. Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0244! VegettoEX, Meri, and Hujio discuss the recent announcement from Toei and FUNimation that the DragonBall franchise will soon be streamed online. What is the significance of this agreement, and what can and should fans expect to see make its way online? We also review Hironobu Kageyama’s “Battle of Omega” CD single (the opening theme to “Raging Blast 2”). Laid-back shenanigans, January’s releases, and your e-mails round out the episode!

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Published by VegettoEX
07 January 2011, 2:58 PM EDTComments Off

It seems as if these are only just starting to make the rounds to retailer listings! Amazon Japan currently has pages for two new Dragon Ball Kai CDs, both due out the same day in Japan on 23 February 2011, and both of which have heavy implications for the fate of the “refreshed” version of the show:

Dragon Ball Kai Original Soundtrack IV will be a single disc retailing for ¥2960, and while a track listing has not been divulged, it will likely follow the style of November 2009’s Dragon Ball Kai Original Soundtrack 2 with TV-sized versions of the opening and ending themes, along with a decent amount of background music from the show (see: Amazon Japan).

Dragon Ball Kai Complete Song Collection is another single disc which will contain all eleven tracks from the previously-released Dragon Ball Kai Song Collection (sans-“Complete”) from November 2009. In addition to those songs, it will also contain the three new vocal songs (all also used as insert songs in the show) from this past September’s Dragon Ball Kai Soundtrack III & Songs, as well as the current ending theme, “Kokoro no Hane”. The track order has yet to be finalized, but those will indeed be the contents of the disc. The disc will retail for ¥2625 (see: Amazon Japan).

One has to wonder that with the word “Complete” tossed into the title and having a release date so soon after a prior compilation, does this add fuel to the fire of speculation that Kai is indeed coming to a close before it reaches the Majin Boo story arc?

It is unfortunate to see a collection add a mere four songs to what already exists as a disc, which I can only speculate is another last-ditch grab at their audience.

Published by VegettoEX
03 January 2011, 11:43 AM EDTComments Off

Wow. Certainly was not expecting this kind of e-mail to hit my box this morning. This is the kind of wild prediction one of us should have made last podcast episode.

FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation Announce Online Streaming of Dragon Ball Z

Anime Leaders to Stream Episodes of Iconic Anime Series

Flower Mound, Texas – January 3, 2011 — FUNimation® Entertainment and Toei Animation Co., Ltd. have entered into an agreement giving the American anime leader exclusive rights to the U.S. and Canadian online streaming of the studios’ signature animated series “Dragon Ball Z.”

Starting Saturday, January 15th at 7:30 PM CDT preceding the One Piece simulcast at 8:00 PM CDT, FUNimation will stream the series from its beginning via the official Dragon Ball Z website www.dragonballz.com in addition to www.dragonballzkai.com , www.funimation.com and FUNimation partner site www.hulu.com.

FUNimation will offer its professionally-produced, uncut, English-tracked and English-subtitled adaptations of the hugely successful series beginning with the first episode as well as other chapters of the Dragon Ball franchise: Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

“We are pleased to offer the first legal streaming of this seminal anime series,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “Dragon Ball Z and One Piece are the crown jewels of our digital content strategy and we are proud of the diverse selection of series that entertains established fans and new ones as well.”

So there you have it. Apparently the entire franchise will be making its way, both in its original Japanese incarnation (subtitled) along with an English dub, streaming online starting with the first episode of Dragon Ball Z, and it all goes down on January 15th.

The online coupling of Dragon Ball and One Piece mirrors the current “Dream 9” time slot on Fuji TV right now, which airs Dragon Ball Kai at 9:00 am, followed by One Piece at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings. This coupling appears to be in for some type of shift this coming April, however, with the series Toriko taking the Kai slot.

This is just hitting today, so we will of course continue to follow-up with additional information as it becomes available (items such as musical scores being used, possible availability outside North America, etc.).

Published by Hujio
03 January 2011, 10:29 AM EDTComments Off

Amazon Japan has released the cover art for the fourth and fifth DVD volumes of the Artificial Humans & Cell arc. The fourth volume is set to be released 07 January  2011, with the next volume following a month later on 04 February 2011. Both are retailing for ¥2,940 (~$35), but you can pre-order them for a tad cheaper from most online retailers. These volumes will contain episodes 64-66 and 67-69, respectively, presented in 16:9 widescreen.

Published by Hujio
31 December 2010, 3:23 PM EDTComments Off

It was recently announced that Banpresto would be releasing a new line of figures entitled the “Master Stars Piece” collection, which will span across multiple anime series, including Dragon Ball Z, Naruto Shippuden, and One Piece. The figures were recently unveiled at Jump Festa 2011. However, unlike the other anime series in the line, Banpresto is holding a Budōkai-style competition to determine which Dragon Ball Z figure will be produced: the Zōkei (“Model”) Tenkai’chi Budōkai…!

Each figure model is set in a head-to-head match-up and will proceed through the tournament based on your votes! The first round match-ups end on 31 January 2011 at 6:00pm JST. Simply visit the tournament website and place your vote for the model you like the best in each match-up. Much of the site is in English, so voting for international fans is quite simple: select “Tournament Table” from the menu in the upper left corner, select a tournament block, view the product details as needed, and then click the red button under the “VS”. From there, click one of the red buttons that has appeared nearest to the product you would like to vote for and confirm your vote by clicking the top button when prompted. By clicking the scouter in the middle of the screen you can view how many votes each competitor have been placed.

In total there are 10 models facing off in five rounds; No. 20 vs Super Saiyan Vegeta, Super Saiyan 3 Goku vs Piccolo, Super Saiyan Goku vs Full Power Freeza, Super Saiyan 2 Gohan vs No. 16, and Perfect Form Cell vs Son Goku. Not only will the winner get their model produced as part of Banpresto’s new line, but they will win the grand prize of one million yen! Now the question is: who will you vote for?

Published by VegettoEX
30 December 2010, 11:50 AM EDTComments Off

The second volume of the Bakuman anime is due out 23 February 2011 in Japan, and the Limited Edition version of both the DVD and Blu-ray will come with a bonus CD. How does this related to Dragon Ball, you may ask? Satoshi Hino (voice of Bakuman character Akito Takagi) will be performing two cover songs on this bonus CD, including “Makafushigi Adobenchā!” (“Mystical Adventure!”), the opening theme to the first Dragon Ball TV series.

UPDATE: It looks like the Limited Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases of the first volume will actually contain a bonus CD with a cover of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”, as well. The first volume of the Bakuman TV series is due out 26 January 2010.

The Dragon Ball series and its author are apparently mentioned several times by the two main Bakuman characters, so it certainly seems like an appropriate tie-in. I simply do not think I can justify spending $70 on a single cover song, though…

Published by VegettoEX
29 December 2010, 8:40 PM EDTComments Off

It has certainly been a crazy year, this here 2010. The prior year may have given us DragonBall Kai, but this year was no slouch in the crazy announcement department. We had our fair share of sad moments over the course of 2010, as well, unfortunately. Tune in for a full recap of all the year’s biggest stories, a check-in on our predictions from last year, and a look at what we think 2011 has in store for us. Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0243! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian recap the crazy year that was 2010. All sorts of surprises on both sides of the ocean, a plethora of releases, far too many sad moments, and a few head-scratchers made up the last year. How did we fare in our predictions from a year ago, and what do we see on the horizon for 2011? We already know about some video games and home releases, but will there be any true surprises in the next year?

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Published by VegettoEX
28 December 2010, 2:12 PM EDTComments Off

Amidst a huge amount of delays for early 2011, FUNimation has pushed back the fifth Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box two months to a new date of 26 April 2011. Thankfully, they have at least also announced a date for the sixth Dragon Box, which is scheduled for 05 July 2011.

Published by VegettoEX
20 December 2010, 8:38 PM EDTComments Off

As a minor aside and follow-up to our previous podcast episode examining Dragon Ball SD, while nothing official has been confirmed, there does not seem to be any indication that it will be anything more than the single chapter in this month’s debut issue of Saikyō Jump. The quarterly magazine’s plans for March do not list a second chapter of Dragon Ball SD anywhere just yet, though this could certainly change.

Published by VegettoEX
20 December 2010, 8:36 PM EDTComments Off

Sadly, another veteran voice actor has also passed away, unfortunately joining greats such as Hirotaka Suzuoki and Daisuke Gōri. Takeshi Watabe passed away this month at age 74. While certainly a big name in the field, his contributions to the Dragon Ball franchise were limited. Perhaps his most well-known role was that of Panbukin in the first Dragon Ball Z TV special, though he did play one-off characters in both the first TV series as well as Dragon Ball GT.