Episode #0149 of the podcast is available for download! This is probably going to finish out shows for the month, but hopefully you can all get along without new podcast material for a couple weeks! For the last show before our break, we dove into volume twenty (Viz’s DBZ Volume 4) of the manga. The Saiya-jin arc is all about action right now, and there is a whole lot to talk about. In addition to the manga, we’ve got a recap of all the news (which you’ve probably read below), some e-mails, and a bunch of other good stuff. Definitely check it out.
Episode #0149! VegettoEX, Meri, and Jeff tackle volume twenty in our “Manga Review of Awesomeness”. Toriyama has hit full-on-action in the Saiya-jin arc, and perhaps the story has hit its stride. Lots of random news bits, some e-mails, and a look to the future round out the episode.
- DigInfo “DBZ: Infinite World” Video @ YouTube
- TGS “DBZ: Infinite World” Official Trailer @ IGN
- “DBZ: Infinite World” Screen Shots @ IGN
- “DBZ: Burst Limit” Review @ Otaku USA Magainze
- “Dr. Slump & Arale-chan” (JP NDS) @ Play-Asia
- “DragonBall” TV Dragon Box @ Amazon Japan
- 2009 Japanese DragonBall Calendar @ CDJapan
- 2009 Japanese Toei Calendar @ CDJapan
- New American Bandai Figures Commercial @ YouTube
- Toriyama & Takahashi 1986 Interview @ Rumic World
- Video Game Conversations Podcast @ vgconvos.com
Well, that was fast! If you happened to read through some of our prior updates, you would have seen that there have been hints of a new vocal theme song being produced for the upcoming PS2 game “Infinite World”. One of the latest trailers (from Atari, no less) confirms this by blasting it right from the start!
We will try to have details on the song soon!
The third set of the Dragon Ball movies individual discs (DBZ movies 5 & 6) were released today and Toei has already posted the next set of covers. The next two films, “Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans” (DBZ movie 7) and “Burn Up!! A Close – Intense – Super-Fierce Battle” (DBZ movie 8), are set to be released 14 November 2008.
You can still order any of the previously released discs or any of these discs from Amazon Japan.
Harley wrote to point us towards an interview from 1986 with Akira Toriyama and Rumiko Takahashi over on Rumic World. Definitely a good read, if for nothing other than a picture of a very young Toriyama! Seriously, though, there is a lot of really good insight from around the time that Dragon Ball was still only just getting started.
I wanted to keep it a secret, but I planned to submit my drafts to Shonen Magazine at first, but I found the deadline had already passed, so I had no choice but to send it to Shonen Jump. The reason why I became a mangaka… to be honest, I just wanted the 100,000 yen prize (laughs).
That’s our Toriyama…!
Goku will be making a not-all-that-unexpected appearance in the upcoming “Dr. Slump & Arale-chan” on the Nintendo DS, due out 30 October 2008 in Japan.
I would not hold my breath for a domestic release on this one…
The upcoming “Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World” for the PS2 has been getting a lot of press thanks to the currently-on-going Tokyo Game Show. Namco-Bandai has been showcasing it among all of their other games, and we have been able to learn a little more about it.
It appears that the opening sequence to the game is going to be CG-based (like Spike’s “Sparking!” series) rather than traditional 2D animation (like Dimps’ “Budokai 2″ and “Budokai 3″). Thankfully, it looks much more faithful to the source material than Spike’s efforts. You can catch a glimpse of it thanks to a video by DigInfo floating around on YouTube.
Additionally, a page over on the Atari UK website is noting music by Hironobu Kageyama. Will we be getting yet another new vocal theme song?! Here’s hoping! It could just be a recycled older song (similar to “Sparking!” and “Sparking! NEO”, along with “Super Dragon Ball Z” in a way), so we will have to wait for more solid confirmation on that.
If you need even more to salivate over, IGN has a crap-ton of screen shots up.
“Famitsu” had some new “Infinite World” screens up this week:
Sounds like we have some nice little mini-games coming our way. That first one is of Trunks training with Vegeta in the Room of Spirit and Time (hopefully it will be better than the respective stage in “Sagas”, which if I remember correctly is where I threw the controller at the wall and gave up for good). The second is looking to be my favorite so far, which is taking control of Freeza from a first-person perspective and shooting some Namekian arse out of the sky!
“Infinite World” is due out on the PS2 in Japan 04 December 2008, but in the US earlier on 04 November 2008.