Published by VegettoEX
27 December 2009, 7:32 PM EDTComments Off

As reported earlier this week, the upcoming Dragon Ball DS 2 will contain the first Famicom game for the franchise, Shenron no Nazo (The Mystery of Shenlong), as a hidden extra. The official website for the game is now proudly showcasing this information:

In addition to this, a new trailer for the game has popped up online also showcasing the Famicom game, along with plenty of other aspects of the game play. We are most excited about some traditional control being tossed into the mix, since the stylus-only attacking was one of our problems with the original.

Due out on 11 February 2010 in Japan, there is still no word on a North American release for Dragon Ball DS 2.

Published by VegettoEX
23 December 2009, 7:16 AM EDTComments Off

Siliconera is reporting that the upcoming Dragon Ball DS 2 will contain a hidden extra: an emulated ROM of the first Famicom game for the franchise (and one of the first franchise video games overall), Shenron no Nazo (The Mystery of Shenlong). The game was actually released here in North America back in 1986 as Dragon Power with most references to the original version removed (Bulma renamed “Nora”, panties flipped upside down into a hamburger, generic crystal balls, etc.).

Namco-Bandai still has not announced a North American release of the game, so it will be interesting to see if this kind of bonus material makes it into a possible domestic release.

Published by VegettoEX
20 December 2009, 9:56 PM EDTComments Off

Catching up is the name of the game around here lately. This week we took a look at the three new CDs that came out last month in November — the Progression CD single, the Kai Song Collection, and the second soundtrack for Kai. Julian and Hujio join in on different reviews to spread out the opinion-based love! Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

Episode #0202! VegettoEX and Meri bring on Julian and Hujio for a run-through of different reviews for all of November 2009’s new CD releases – the “Progression” CD single, Kai Song Collection, and Kai OST Volume 2. Will any of them stick around as prime examples of DB music greatness, or should they be shelved for good? No news, but some releases and e-mail goodness rounds out the full episode.


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13 December 2009, 8:52 PM EDTComments Off

The one bit of new news covered this most recent podcast episode comes to us courtesy of Ayelén. You may remember the news back in August about a certain “Anghelo” claiming to be the official performer for the Spanish versions of the Dragon Ball Kai theme songs. The website ANMTV has back-and-forth debates with Anghelo, Eduardo Garza (the local voice actor for Kuririn), and even Toei Animation by way of their Latin America marketing director, Eduardo Lucio. Long story short, Garza called Anghelo out as being a “pirate” that did not have the rights to perform these songs, which were followed by legal threats from Anghelo’s production company, Magic Sound Records, who stood by their remarks that Anghelo had the rights to this music. In comes Lucio with an official statement that Kai is in no way licensed at all for any production outside of Japan, which includes its music:

“At the moment, there’s no authorization that allows the existence of any official product”

You Spanish folk can read the latest story bits on ANMTV, but it seems to be pretty resolute for the time being. It will be interesting to see if Anghelo or Magic Sound Records come back with any further nonsense.

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13 December 2009, 8:51 PM EDTComments Off

The obligatory holiday sickness may be on its way, so this weekend’s show is a little shorter than usual… but that doesn’t mean it’s not packed with content. In addition to a news recap, we have some interesting tidbits from Argentina where our 2004 AF prank is detailed in a magazine from a couple years ago, a Mafuba is seen in the skies over Norway, and a father is looking to show the series in an edited format to his children! Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

Episode #0201! VegettoEX and Meri reflect on Episode 200 awesomeness, DBAF prank fallout from Argentina, and a Mafuba in the skies over Norway. After catching up on the news for the week, we answer an e-mail from a father looking to show some edited versions of the series to his children, and that wraps it up.


Published by VegettoEX
11 December 2009, 8:09 PM EDTComments Off

Pretty significant news, right here. According to RightStuf:

FUNimation announced the MSRP for the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Z DVD Dragon Box Z, Set 2 has been reduced from $79.98 to $59.98, which brings our everyday price to $44.99. All pre-orders will be adjusted to reflect this change.

We are still waiting for the price to trickle down to the rest of the retailers (as-of this writing, Amazon still has a pre-order price of $71.99 for the original $79.98 MSRP), but RightStuf now has this second Dragon Box on pre-order for $44.99.

Is this a reaction to poor sales of the first set? Is it a precaution to force even more sales? We really cannot speculate at this point, and will attempt to find out more over the coming weeks leading up to this next set’s release on 16 February 2010.

Published by VegettoEX
11 December 2009, 4:00 PM EDTComments Off

It is a constant struggle to keep up with the multiple delays of each and every Viz Big release for the series. It looks like Dragon Ball Z Viz Big #6 is getting pushed back from 19 January 2010 over to 16 February 2010. A single-month delay is not too bad for these releases, which have seen consecutive multi-month delays in the past.

This, in turn, pushes Dragon Ball Z Viz Big #7 from a supposedly-simultaneous release with #6 back over to 20 April 2010.

Apologies go out to those trying to keep up with the podcast’s “Manga Review of Awesomeness” via the most-cost-efficient Viz Big releases. This volume would have put you right where we are in our monthly series.

Published by VegettoEX
11 December 2009, 3:41 PM EDTComments Off

The official website for Dragon Ball DS 2 has been open for a little while, though we totally missed sharing that with you all. It has recently updated with some actual content, so now is a great time to visit.

Despite being due out in Japan rather soon on 11 February 2010, there is still no word on a North American release of the game. I dug into our archives to see how the last game’s release played out. We first learned about the game in mid-May 2008. We did not hear anything about a domestic release of the game until another three months later in mid-August, with the game coming out approximately two months after its Japanese release (September and November of 2008). This was toward the end of Atari’s reign of releasing the games, so with Namco-Bandai in charge of their own property worldwide again, it will be interesting to see what kind of delay we see in terms of announcements and release dates.

Published by VegettoEX
07 December 2009, 3:37 PM EDTComments Off

We would ask you to forgive the day-late posting, but you all are an understanding bunch! As Dragon Ball hits the 25-year mark, our website closes in on a decade, the podcast passed four years… we hit the 200 podcast episodes milestone, as well. There is no better way to celebrate this occasion than by talking with the people who make it happen: our community of friends. Hujio and Corey were live in-studio to talk about community in the DB fandom with us — what has changed over the years, what still needs to change, and what are we all eternally thankful for?

We also announced the winners of our celebration contests to give away Raging Blast, as well as a copy of the first domestic Dragon Box. There was a catch, though… we gave away two Dragon Box sets (an extra one thanks to FUNimation!), and also tossed in a copy of the Yeah! Break! Care! Break! CD single! Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

Two hundred episodes is all thank to you all. We wouldn’t make them if you didn’t listen. An extra-special thanks goes out to the visitors and listeners who came out to the party with us after the show. You rock as much as we do! ^_~

Episode #0200! DragonBall hits 25 years, Daizenshuu EX as a website closes in on 12 years, while the the podcast hits 4 years and 200 episodes. For a fitting topic, Hujio and Corey join us live in-studio to talk about community as it relates to DragonBall fandom. How has it changed over the years, what still needs to change, and what are we all thankful for? Before taking off to celebrate, we give away “Raging Blast” and two Dragon Box sets!


Published by VegettoEX
03 December 2009, 9:30 AM EDTComments Off

Those of you still playing Raging Blast (even after our review) may be happy to know that Namco-Bandai is delivering completely free downloadable content for the game every two weeks through April for (at least) the North American release. Each of the packs contain customized versions of existing characters; there are no new outfits, new characters, or anything you cannot organize on your own through normal game play means.

  • November 24 (PSN) / November 26 (Xbox LIVE):
    “Warriors on Earth Pack” – Kuririn, Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu
  • December 10:
    “Alien Warriors Pack” – Vegeta (“Scouter”), Raditz, Nappa, Zarbon, Dodoria
  • December 22 (PSN) / December 24 (Xbox Live):
    “Ginyu Force Pack” – Ginyu, Recoome, Butta, Jheece, Gurd
  • January 7:
    “Androids Pack” – #16, #17, #18, #19, Dr. Gero
  • January 21:
    “Warriors of Justice Pack” – (“Kid”) Gohan, Gohan, (“Kid”) Trunks, Goten, Videl
  • February 4:
    “Revived Warriors Pack” – Majin Boo, (“Kid”) Boo, Broly, Gogeta, SSJ3 Broli
  • February 18:
    “Saiyans Pack” – Majin Vegeta, Trunks (“Fighting Teen”), Vegetto, Bardock, SSJ3 Vegeta
  • March 4:
    “Ultimate Warriors Pack 1” – Goku, (“Teen”) Gohan, Piccolo, Bardock, Gogeta
  • March 18:
    “Ultimate Warriors Pack 2” – Majin Vegeta, Freeza, #17, #18, Cell
  • April 1:
    “Ultimate Warriors Pack 3” – Vegeta (“Scouter”), Vegeta, Trunks (“Sword”), Vegetto, SSJ3 Vegeta
  • April 15:
    “Ultimate Warriors Pack 4” – Majin Boo, Super Boo, (“Kid”) Boo, Broli, SSJ3 Broli