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Published by Hujio
02 November 2012, 10:44 PM EDT3 Comments

Toshio Furukawa, the voice actor for Piccolo, announced today via his Twitter account that they had just finished recording all of their dialogue for a “certain anime”. He even included a photo of the cast after wrapping things up, which included (from left to right) Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Mayumi Tanaka (Kuririn), Masako Nozawa (Son Goku), and himself. Fans quickly jumped all over it, assuming he was speaking of the upcoming Dragon Ball Z movie, and so much so that Furukawa had to respond saying it didn’t have anything to do with the new movie. That leaves many wondering what four main cast members from Dragon Ball would be working on together, other than something Dragon Ball-related. Could it be something for Dragon Ball Heroes? Maybe another video game? Something we know nothing about, yet? Either way, we at least got a cool picture out of it!

Published by VegettoEX
02 November 2012, 6:23 PM EDT1 Comment

Namco-Bandai has posted a ¥17.320 billion (approximately $215 million) net income for the first half of fiscal year 2013.

Dragon Ball once again made the list of best-performing franchises this half, raking in ¥3.7 billion this first half, down slightly from the ¥4.1 billion the same first half last year. Namco-Bandai is sticking with their projection for the full fiscal year of ¥8.5 billion, a drop from last year’s ¥11.8 billion.

In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise jumped ever-so-slightly in net sales from ¥2.1 billion last first half in fiscal 2012 to ¥2.4 billion this half. The company is still forecasting ¥4.0 billion for the year, a slight drop from the actual net sales of ¥4.4 billion in fiscal 2012.

It is a slow time of year for Dragon Ball, its merchandise, and its video games — Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, and Soul Calibur V (still!) were some of the top-performing video games this half of the year. It will be interesting to see if this week’s upcoming Budokai HD Collection or last month’s Dragon Ball Z for Kinect make their way to the list next quarter… not that any of us are really expecting that.

Published by VegettoEX
26 October 2012, 8:06 AM EDT1 Comment

Just about two years ago, Banpresto announced a new line of figures for Dragon Ball and other popular series called the “Master Stars Piece” collection. What made Dragon Ball special was that it would have a special contest — the Zōkei (“Model”) Tenka’ichi Budōkai — via a tournament website to determine which figure from the lot would actually make it to production.

Banpresto has just unveiled a third Zōkei Tenka’ichi Budōkai coming soon for the “Figure Colosseum”. While there is no date set just yet, the official website showcases potential figure models for Majin Boo, Super Saiyan 3 Broli, young Chi-Chi, Kame-sen’nin, good ol’ casual camping Goku drinking from what appears to be a canteen, and #18:

The previous Zōkei Tenka’ichi Budōkai models have all been impressive, so we look forward to seeing what Banpresto has in store for us, and what the community happens to vote for this time around! Big thanks to our buddy kei17 for the heads-up.

Published by Hujio
26 October 2012, 12:56 AM EDT1 Comment

We’re a little behind with our Dragon Ball Heroes news, but hopefully this update will get us all caught up, for now. Hot off the heals of “Galaxy Mission 4”, which was released this last September, the official Dragon Ball Heroes website recently announced that “Galaxy Mission 5” will be available in arcades nation-wide (in Japan) on 15 November 2012. The new mission will feature a new “Dimensional Transfer” campaign and the final battle with a new enemy — Super Baby (who was revealed in the latest Heroes mini-manga chapter)! In addition, the mission launch will coincide with the 2nd anniversary of Dragon Ball Heroes.

In celebration of the launch of “Galaxy Mission 5” and the arcade game’s 2nd anniversary, Bandai and Carddass will be hosting a grand event for fans. The event’s details will be announced via a live stream on the official Dragon Ball Heroes website at 11:00am on 04 November 2012.

You’ll absolutely regret missing it! A live stream will be held!!

Part 1: Special news will be revealed by V-Jump!!
Part 2: All the particulars of the Dragon Ball Heroes 2nd anniversary event!

Unfortunately, it appears all streaming on the official Dragon Ball Heroes website is region locked, so if you live outside of Japan you most likely won’t be able to watch. But don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more!

Published by VegettoEX
25 October 2012, 9:32 AM EDTComments Off

The December 2012 issue of V-Jump is chock full of Dragon Ball goodness. In addition to some Dragon Ball Heroes news and mini manga, the issue also teases a new, “super aggressive” character coming soon to Zenkai Battle Royale, the arcade-only Japanese fighting game:

The silhouette is obviously Zarbon, Freeza’s right-hand lackey. The game’s official website was last updated earlier this month, so hopefully we can get a good look at Zarbon pretty soon. It is fascinating that the game continues to receive new upgrades and character additions from Mr. Satan and Majin Boo to Yamcha and Broli all the way up through its “Super Saiyan Awakening” update.

The December 2012 issue of V-Jump is available via CDJapan for $5.89, Play-Asia for $13.49, or Amazon Japan for ¥500 (~$6.27) — plus shipping, of course — while supplies last. Thanks once again to French superfan Nostal / Treevax for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
24 October 2012, 10:29 AM EDT2 Comments

Back in the November 2012 issue of V-Jump — Shueisha’s video game magazine in Japan — a new, two-page Dragon Ball Heroes mini manga made its debut. Authored by the mysterious “Toyotarō”, the mini manga was really just a short promotional piece for the card-based arcade game showcasing some of the Dragon Ball GT-focused “Galaxy Mission” updates.

The second page ended with a vague note about the story being continued, but no real explanation on what that would mean. The December 2012 issue of V-Jump dropped in Japan this week on 21 October 2012, and courtesy of French superfan Nostal / Treevax, we can confirm that another two-page mini manga is included, with Beet taking on Vegeta Baby from Dragon Ball GT, all leading up to a “Galaxy Mission 5” update coming to Dragon Ball Heroes (itself also tying in with the second anniversary of the game — more on that shortly!).

The December 2012 issue of V-Jump is available via CDJapan for $5.89, Play-Asia for $13.49, or Amazon Japan for ¥500 (~$6.27) — plus shipping, of course — while supplies last.

Published by Hujio
22 October 2012, 2:32 PM EDT8 Comments

When Dragon Ball began its grand revival in Japan in the early 2000s — with a “Perfect Edition” release of the manga and the TV series’ availability on home video for the first time ever via the Dragon Boxes — Shueisha began releasing new companion guide books to compliment this sudden surge of interest in the franchise once again. The first of these guides was Dragon Ball Z Son Goku Densetsu, an anime guide book covering the Dragon Ball Z TV series. It may be some years later now, but we’re happy to announce that an information page for the guide book is now available in our “Databook Guide”!

While there’s plenty of great information in the guide, its true highlight is a lengthy interview with Akira Toriyama and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, one of the main illustrators and character designers for the anime who is known for being able to closely match Toriyama’s art style. So in addition to simply creating an information page for the guide, we’ve also translated this amazing interview for your reading pleasure and added it to the “Translations” section!

Published by Hujio
18 October 2012, 3:24 PM EDTComments Off

After finishing all of the information pages for the seven original hardcover daizenshuu guide books, it’s time we move on to finishing up all the interview translations! In total the daizenshuu contain six interviews with series creator Akira Toriyama; one covering his illustrations and artwork, two covering the manga, and three covering the franchise’s animated works. With the illustrations and manga interviews all finished up, we’re moving on to the two TV anime interviews from Daizenshuu 3 and Daizenshuu 5. Both interviews were conducted at Toriyama’s home on 05 June 1995, just after the manga serialization ended, and focus on his involvement with the anime’s production, the selection of its voice actors, the series’ background music and coloring, the franchise’s general fandom, and his overall plans for the future (…of doing almost nothing).

In addition to these interviews, we’ve also re-posted our translations for the first two “Shenlong Times” insert pamphlets in the “Translations” section. In somewhat unrelated site meta news — this next Monday we will not be posting an “Animation Styles Guide” update, but we’ll instead be posting another very exciting interview that I know many fans, including ourselves, have been wanting to read for some time. In the meantime, go read all this other awesome stuff!

Published by VegettoEX
16 October 2012, 10:04 PM EDT1 Comment

Unlike the ever-so-untimely Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden review, the official Kanzenshuu review for the franchise’s latest video game is right on schedule:

Dragon Ball Z for Kinect was released for the Xbox 360 last week, and beyond the expected motion control, we are treated to a bonus feature a la 2010’s Raging Blast 2 — this time around Namco-Bandai drops the Episode of Bardock bomb. Read the full game review!

Published by VegettoEX
16 October 2012, 2:33 PM EDT1 Comment

Today in Japan, Shueisha — the main company behind the Jump brand and by extension our favorite franchise — launched their new “Jump Book Store!” (ジャンプBOOKストア!) app for the iOS platform. The base app, available for free on both the iPhone and iPad running iOS 5.0 or higher, launches with more than 1,000 individual volumes of manga available for purchase hovering in the ¥350-450 range.

Dragon Ball is indeed one of the series available on Shueisha’s new app in its 42-volume tankōbon incarnation, though sporting the new cover art from 2009.

The app mirrors Viz’s iOS and Android manga app in many ways, though Shueisha’s app uses a bookshelf type of motif, while Viz’s app is a more traditional listing. Both allow you to purchase manga and download them to your device for offline reading. Crunchyroll has a nice breakdown on some of the differences and exclusive features.

Coincidentally, an offers for a free Volume 1 of pretty much your series of choice is heading out to Viz Manga e-mail newsletter subscribers today. Those who have not already jumped on the bandwagon might want to check their inbox.

Thanks to B for the heads up!