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VegettoEX6:16 PM EDTPodcast

Episode #0163 of the podcast is available for download! This week we brought on our buddies Hujio and Herms from Kanzentai to discuss the biggest news of the last decade, which you’ve no doubt read below. In case you missed it, DragonBall Z is getting a “refreshed” production for airing on Japanese television, including a complete re-voicing by the original cast, an extended widescreen presentation, new special effects, and more. Definitely check it out.

Episode #0163! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian bring on Hujio and Herms from Kanzentai yet again to discuss perhaps the biggest news of the last decade: DBZ is being “refreshed” for a new HD and re-voiced presentation to air on Japanese television. An overview of the confirmed facts and current rumors brings you up to speed. We even get a call-in from our buddy Bryce up at New York Comic-Con to give us an update on the “Dragon Ball Evolution” PSP game. DBZ ABCs, February’s releases, and your e-mails round out the show.


Forget the American live action movie… this is perhaps the biggest news to hit since Dragon Ball GT ended in Japan back in 1997! We have heard rumblings since last month, but now that Jump confirms it, I think we all feel a little more comfortable sharing the information (due to it being so strange-yet-incredible). Another big thanks to kei17 over in Japan for the Jump scan and translation/information:

To break it all down:

  • The Dragon Ball Z TV series is receiving an extensive “refresh” for Japanese television airing
  • This is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of DBZ
  • While based on the original animation production, it is being updated with new technology
  • This includes extending the frames for formatting on an HD 16:9 display (note: not cropping the image)
  • The original Japanese cast is re-grouping to re-voice the show (where available, and unfortunately not including those that have passed on, such as Hirotaka Suzuoki [Tenshinhan])
  • Sound effects are being updated
  • Unlike the general show, the OPs and EDs are being completely redone
  • While not in the above announcement, other (unsourced) reports are noting that the number of episodes is being reduced from 291 to approximately 100
  • This begins 05 April 2009 @ 9 am

This is huge. Expect additional clarification over the coming days, and a podcast dedicated to this sole topic this weekend.

VegettoEX10:39 AM EDTNews

Our good ol’ buddy Greg just took a quick capture for us from television over in Japan showcasing Shenlong in the upcoming live action movie, Dragon Ball Evolution:

Anime News Network (by way of Sankei News) reports that Akira Toriyama himself sketched Ayumi Hamasaki as “Goku” for her CD single release of “Rule” (the international theme song for Dragon Ball Evolution):

This is the first time that Toriyama is responsible for this type of music-related release. The first pressing of the release will have these sketches, though there is no confirmation on whether or not it will resurface down the line for additional pressings of the CD.

We have the CD+DVD combo on pre-order, and will be reviewing the entire package once it comes in. It all drops 25 February 2009 in Japan.

VegettoEX9:11 AM EDTNews

Our forum member kei17 dug into the Newtype website’s news section to grab a list of the Japanese voice actors & actresses playing the roles in the Japanese dub of the upcoming American-made live action movie, Dragon Ball Evolution:

  • Son Goku: Kappei Yamaguchi
  • Piccolo-Daimaō: Hōchū Ōtsuka
  • Kame-Sen’nin: Tsutomu Isobe
  • Bulma: Aya Hirano
  • Chi-Chi: Ami Koshimizu
  • Mai: Yuko Kaida
  • Son Gohan: Hiroya Ishimaru
  • Yamcha: Hisao Egawa
  • Narrator: Mami Koyama

Of the group, only Hisao Egawa and Mami Koyama have actually played any characters in the Dragon Ball anime, and even then only as some of the more “minor” characters. While it is true that Masako Nozawa probably would not match up that well with Justin Chatwin, it is a shame that the actual characters’ voices for the last two decades could not slide in. Maybe it was an “all or nothing” situation…? The talent management firm(s)…? It is a shame, really! They are all well-established and talented people, but I do not think anyone will deny that it would have been pretty cool to have the actual cast of the show doing the voices in the movie…

Episode #0162! VegettoEX and Jeff wind up doing a show by themselves to discuss volume 24 in our “Manga Review of Awesomeness”. Goku has finally returned to take center stage, and we keep getting hints about some kind of legend. The Freeza arc is full swing now, so is it holding its own or starting to drag on a little bit? Some brief news, February’s releases, and your e-mails round out the episode.


VegettoEX3:33 PM EDTPodcast

One of them is slightly delayed (you may have noticed it missing in your feeds!), but Episode #0161 and #0162 of the podcast are available for download. Everything is back to normal here at the Daizenshuu EX headquarters, so we were able to go ahead and toss up #0161 into the feed (it was actually there last night), and also put up #0162 right on time! In last week’s #0161, we took a look at the CD single and full soundtrack for Infinite World, which recently came out in Japan. In #0162, we took a look at volume 24 in our on-going “Manga Review of Awesomeness”. Definitely check it out.

Episode #0161! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian review two recent CD releases: the CD single and full original soundtrack for “Infinite World” on the PlayStation 2. We have two new vocal theme songs from Hironobu Kageyama, and new music roughly in the same style as older “Budokai” games. How do they stack up? DBZ ABCs, February’s releases, and your great e-mails round out the episode.



According to Kotaku, the recent Dragon Ball: Origins for the Nintendo DS has been recalled in Australia due to some of the game’s content not quite matching up with the given rating (a “PG”). Kotaku notes that once it receives a new rating, it will be back on store shelves.

Dragon Ball DS received an “A” in Japan from the CERO (appropriate for all ages), and received a “T” from the ESRB in the United States (appropriate for teens).

Some screens from the upcoming Dragon Ball Evolution video game on the PSP have shown up online. The only characters we have seen so far have been Bulma, Chi-Chi, Yamcha, and Master Roshi (all somewhat awkwardly resembling their “real life” counterparts).

Gaming sites are claiming the game will be out stateside in April (we know it comes out in Japan 19 March 2009), but we will keep an eye out for an official, set date.

VegettoEX3:34 PM EDTNews

CDJapan has up listings for Ayumi Hamasaki’s new CD single, a song from which (“Rule”) is being used as the somewhat “international” theme song for Dragon Ball Evolution, the upcoming American-made live action movie (no word on whether or not we are getting this song in our release of the movie).

There are three versions available for order. Of particular note is the CD+DVD version, which contains music videos for the songs contained on the disc. The CD comes out in approximately one month, on 25 February 2009 (with different prices depending on the version you decide to get).