I came across an article over on VarietyAsiaOnline.com that states Atari’s gigantic problems (including yet another warning from NASDAQ to get their stock into shape) could potentially hurt the upcoming live-action movie set to release next year.
Really? How exactly do you figure? The article states nothing more than:
But if Atari, which recorded a $12 million loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2007, is delisted, it may not sit well with 20th Century Fox, which is producing a live-action “Dragon Ball” pic for an August 15 release in the U.S., with James Wong helming and Justin Chatwin starring as Goku, the pic’s super-powered boy hero.
What does Atari have to do with 20th Century Fox? Unless there is some deal going on for Atari to promote the movie in some way with some sort of gaming experience, I just do not see the connection — which is probably impossible, anyway, since Atari has completely departed from the game production business and exclusively acts as a distributor now. The only upcoming promotional tie-in I could see would be “Burst Limit” happening to be available around the same time. Even if Atari were to completely crumble, FUNimation would sell off the remaining time of the license (or sell a new one, entirely) to a new bidder and keep going from there. As far as I can see, Namco-Bandai themselves would just take over the job (since they are the ones creating the games over in Japan).
Furthermore, the following is completely inaccurate:
Atari “Dragon Ball Z” license expired last September and, after negotiations with Funimation, signed a deal in December for a reported $3.5 million that renews the license until January 2010.
As we know, the license did not expire; FUNimation claimed Atari was in breach of their contract due to marketing shortfalls, and Atari paid the difference to keep things amiable and still-going. The license always was until 2010, and it remains so.
The event to end all fanboy events took place in Japan last week, and our old buddy Greg was there to take it in with style. Check out Greg’s video of Masako Nozawa performing the Kamehameha; you can also find a video of Hironobu Kageyama performing “WE GOTTA POWER” live for the audience! It appears that next year the Japanese public will be able to check out episodes of Dragon Ball Z on their cell phones via the website 5958.jp. Interesting.
A promotional video for the game was released this past week (viewable on the official website, as well as downloadable via gametrailers.com) showcasing all sorts of awesomeness from the upcoming game, including yet another all-new vocal song! Performed by Hironobu Kageyama, “Kiseki no Honō yo Moeagare!!” (“Flare Up, Miraculous Fire!!”) sounds as if it is going in a much different direction than “Super Survivor” (the opening theme from “Sparking! METEOR”)… but it is amazing, none-the-less:
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While we are impressed with the motion and movement of the characters, we are not quite sold on the art style yet, and we are extremely concerned about playing through the Saiyan arc in a console fighting game for the seventh year in a row.
The heroes of “Battle Stadium D.O.N.” (and Shueisha in general, really!) made an appearance in “Second Life” on December 22-23 as a special promotion for Jump Festa going on over in Japan at that time:
Players could gather the Dragon Balls, win items, and more. If you are into that sort of thing, I guess that was pretty awesome.
Tanooki Kuribo let us know that there is a supposedly “limited edition” Japanese figure of Goku up for pre-order over on Play-Asia:
It stands around 36 cm / 14 in, comes out in April 2008, and will run you around $16. Not too bad.
Emmy Rossum, playing the role of Bulma in the movie, posted up some tidbits in her MySpace blog talking about the movie and her experiences thus far.
Sorry I’ve been rather quiet for a bit, I’ve been working on a very exciting new film that I’m shooting outside the US. I’m working with the great Chow Yun Fat and I’m very excited about the role, which is so different than any role I’ve ever played. I love the character and I’m excited to get to share something so fun with you. In prep for the film I’ve been training very hard, learning how to fight, fire a gun, weapons training and even some martial arts. It’s fun to play such a different character when I am such a pacifist in real life. Speaking of pacifisim and peace, I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy holiday and New Year.
In addition to that, dragonballmovieblog.com is reporting that someone named Luis Arrieta will be playing the role of “Teto”, a friend of Goku’s in school. He apparently already shot all of his role in the span of two days, so don’t expect it to be anything major.
I guess there was also some type of Brazilian prank going around on their version of April Fool’s Day that reported the “cancelation” of the movie. Needless to say, this is false.
While mostly only playing the role of Jheece in the Dragon Ball series, Tanaka played a wide range of roles in various series. He passed away on the 20th of this month due to his issues with cor pulmonale.
Episode #0109 of the podcast is available for download! This week, we simply couldn’t arrange our 2007 retrospective (Julian took off to Tokyo, and there was too much news from the last two weeks). So what did we do? Well, instead of a “Catching Up On E-mails” episode… we did a “Catching Up On News” episode! That’s right, the absolutely ridiculous amount of news from the last two weeks was our news/topic for the episode. Definitely check it out.
Episode #0109! VegettoEX and Meri catch up on the ridiculous amount of news from the last two weeks. Another seiyuu death, FUNimation DVD news, live-action movie news, Japanese figure news, Second Life appearances, “Burst Limit” updates, Jump Festa reports, and special personal news complete the episode!
- Naomi Baker @ Blogspot
- Kazumi Tanaka Profile @ Anime News Network
- Bardock/Trunks Double Feature Trailer @ dragonballz.com
- Emmy Rossum Talks Live-Action Movie @ MySpace
- Luis Arrieta Movie Role News @ dragonballmovieblog.com
- Brazilian Movie Cancelation Prank @ animepro.com.br
- Limited Edition JP Goku Figure @ Play-Asia
- DB, One Piece, Naruto in Second Life @ animeanime.jp
- “DragonBall Z: Burst Limit” Website @ Bandai-Namco
- “DragonBall Z: Burst Limit” Promo Video @ gametrailers.com
- “Sparking 4″ Maybe-Innacurate-Info @ videogamesblogger.com
- Greg’s Video of Masako Nozawa at Jump Festa @ YouTube
- Greg’s Video of “WE GOTTA POWER” at Jump Festa @ YouTube
Episode #0108 of the podcast is available for download! We’re kinda cheating this week, since we’re not even in town at the moment. This episode was recorded earlier in the week! It’s pretty short, but it’s definitely got the right holiday feel to it. Meri and I discussed some of our fondest holiday memories that somehow involve the series. Whether it’s waiting on specific presents that you know are in the house, or spending too much time playing video games over the break, we covered it all. Actually, we didn’t. However, what we didn’t cover was covered by you… the fans! Definitely check it out.
Episode #0108! VegettoEX and Meri discuss some fantastic holiday memories. Whether it’s waiting on specific presents that you just know are in the house, or wasting a ridiculous amount of time playing video games over a holiday break, we covered it all. Well, we didn’t quite cover everything… but that’s where you all come in!