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Tanooki Kuribo did a little extra digging around based on the previous update, and found a companion to the “Koro-chan Pack Dragon Ball Z Best” CD that is coming out in September. What is this companion, you ask? One for the original Dragon Ball, of course! It looks like we are also getting “Koro-chan Pack Dragon Ball Best”. You can find its entry over on Play-Asia and CDJapan. According to its Neowing page, we can expect both “Makafushigi Adventure!” and “Romantikku Ageru Yo” along with a couple other songs.

“Koro-chan Pack Dragon Ball Best” (COCZ-1064) should come out for the same ¥1575 (roughly $12-$13) 09 September 2007.



In doing my typical rounds this evening, I came across an interesting entry over on CDJapan. If you check out the corresponding Neowing page, you can check out a little more info. This “Koro-chan Pack Dragon Ball Z Best” is essentially a cheap CD put out to cash in a little bit; the page even mentions that the series has regained a bit of popularity. It will contain “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” and some ending themes from the movies and TV specials. These CDs typically only have a few tracks (thus the low price tag).

“Koro-chan Pack Dragon Ball Z Best” (COCZ-1065) will come out for a rather cheap ¥1575 (roughly $12-$13) 09 September 2007.



The next set of the Dragon Ball individual disc covers are here! As always, each of these discs contain six episodes, covering episodes 073 thru 090, and are set to be released on 01 August 2007. This set wraps up the visit to Uranai Baba and moves into the heart of the 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai arc. You can still order any of the released Z discs or any of these discs from Amazon Japan.

Toei has also released the remaining release dates for the rest of the Dragon Ball individual discs, which have all been added to our home video guide. If Toei follows suite with their previous releases, the GT discs will start being released one month after the DB discs’ final release, which in turn means that the GT discs will most likely begin to be released sometime in February of 2008, which is right around the corner.



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VegettoEX6:32 AM EDTNews

In case you missed it, “Sparking! METEOR” (JP PS2) has been available for pre-order over on Play-Asia for a couple days. The price is set at $64.90 and the game will be released 04 October 2007.



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2007
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VegettoEX12:55 AM EDTPodcast

Episode #0087 of the podcast is available for download! This week, Meri and I took a look back at Otakon 2007 and all the wonderful events that took place. In addition to talking about all the cool things we picked up in the dealer’s room, we give a recap of our panel, “The DBZ You’ve Never Seen”. Check out who showed up…! There are a ton of things for you to check out while listening to the episode, including some more pictures, some video clips, and so much more. Definitely check it out.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0087! VegettoEX and Meri give an overview of Otakon from the DBZ fan’s perspective. In addition to going over our panel (“The DBZ You’ve Never Seen”) and sharing some of the things we played, we also discuss some of the great things that could be found in the dealer’s room. Video clips and images accompany much of the discussion! Viz news, FUNimation news, video game news, and your e-mails round out the episode.

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FUNimation will apparently be releasing the first two Broli movies (DBZ movies 8 & 10) on Blu-Ray (as a single-disc double-feature). It sounds like they are going the same “remastered” route (and boy-oh-boy, do you know that we use that term EVER so ironically when referring to their latest releases) as the TV series, so you can expect the same… err… “visual quality” blown up to the full HD resolution, allowing you to see every pixel of wrongness.

You can check out a trailer over on a new IGN article.



Anime News Network’s coverage of the Viz panel at Comic-Con gives us a little information on the upcoming “Viz Big” series, which will include “Rurouni Kenshin” alongside both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z:

Viz Media opened its panel with the announcement of “Viz Big,” an omnibus line that collects long-running series into three-in-one volumes. This new US$17.99 format offers new illustrations on paperback covers with gatefold flaps, color page inserts, and a larger print size (5.75 by 8.625 inches, like Vagabond). The May 2008 launch titles under Viz Big include Rurouni Kenshin, Dragon Ball, and Dragon Ball Z.

Everything in there seems to point to a kanzenban-styled release, but probably not the exact same thing. The dimensions are pretty close (my measurements of the kanzenban come to 5.75 by 8.25). The new artwork, flaps, color pages, and larger print size all ring the kanzenban bell, though. So will Viz finally release it properly, including all the bits here and there they have been censoring (artwork, dialogue, names, etc.)? Will they include the new ending Toriyama wrote? Who knows?! We will certainly keep you updated as we find out more information!



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VegettoEX9:15 PM EDTPodcast

Episode #0086 of the podcast is available for download! We planned on cranking out a relatively short episode, but ended up going for a pretty normal length. This week, Meri and I discussed AnimeNEXT from the DBZ fan’s perspective… what kind of programming was there, what was there to buy, what kind of cosplay was there, and just how was the Dragon World overall represented? We also discussed the huge news of Hironobu Kageyama’s new theme song for the upcoming video game “Sparking! METEOR”. Definitely check it out.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0086! VegettoEX and Meri give an overview of AnimeNEXT from the DBZ fan’s perspective. What events were there, what was there to buy, and how was the Dragon World represented? Big news about Hironobu Kageyama’s new theme song for “Sparking! METEOR”, other gaming updates, and your e-mails round out the episode. See you at Otakon next week!

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Atari’s press release from earlier today clarifies what is going on with the online play in their domestic release of “Sparking! METEOR” (“Budokai Tenkaichi 3″):

Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) one of the world’s most recognized brands and a third-party video game publisher, today announced that Dragon Ball Z(R): Budokai Tenkaichi(TM) 3 will have online multiplayer capability on the Wii(TM). Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 combines the lightning fast fighting and action game play that have made Budokai Tenkaichi 1 and Budokai Tenkaichi 2 the #1 fighting games of 2005 and 2006. Developed by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. / Spike, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is slated to release during the 2007 holiday season.

In addition to offering online game play on the Wii, Dragon Ball Z will celebrate the final installment of the Tenkaichi series for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system with an exclusive ‘Disc Fusion System.’ In combination with Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 when either Budokai Tenkaichi 1 or Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is inserted into the PlayStation 2 system, game play modes will be unlocked. Each game in the series will provide a different and exciting game play mode.

“Atari is incredibly excited to provide online game play for the Wii and a special ‘Disc Fusion System’ for the PlayStation 2 system version of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3,” said Emily Anadu, Senior Product Manager, Atari, Inc. “Adding online game play for the Wii will finally deliver on a feature that the fans have been waiting for while the ‘Disc Fusion System’ on the PlayStation 2 system rewards those fans that have supported us since the beginning of the Budokai Tenkaichi series.

Improving upon last year’s hit 3D fighting experience, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 offers more than 150 playable characters, more than 30 battle stages, and upgraded shading techniques providing enhanced and devastating effects. Furthermore, the Wii control system has been fine-tuned, allowing players to easily direct characters, mimic their favorite DBZ moves and execute explosive attacks.

The immensely popular Dragon Ball Z(R) series is the gold standard of anime-based video games, with more than 25 different games and over 10 million units sold since May 2002.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is set for release this holiday season. For more information on Dragon Ball Z video games, please visit http://www.atari.com/dragonballz.

Improving upon last year’s hit 3D fighting experience, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 offers more than 150 playable characters, more than 30 battle stages, and upgraded shading techniques providing enhanced and devastating effects. Furthermore, the Wii control system has been fine-tuned, allowing players to easily direct characters, mimic their favorite DBZ moves and execute explosive attacks.

Anyone hear anything about the “Disc Fusion System” with the Japanese PS2 versions of the game? Those are the ones I’ve been buying the last two years! I would assume they are coming out over there, since Atari does not do a whole lot else beyond distribute what is produced over there in Japan.



Now this is the news we been waiting for! Ever since “Dragon Ball Z 2″ (“Budokai 2″) and “Dragon Ball Z 3″ (“Budokai 3″) and their all-new songs performed by Hironobu Kageyama, fans have been drooling in anticipation of new DBZ material from the man himself (the “Battle Stadium D.O.N.” opening theme left a lot to be desired).

Well, fret no further, because the Japanese site for the game has officially stated that the game’s theme will be an all-new song written by Yuriko Mori (!), composed by Kenji Yamamoto (!!), and performed by Hironobu Kageyama (!!!). Could we possibly be more excited…?!? The name of the song is simply “Super Survivor”. You can hear a bit of the song in a trailer over on the official website.

IGN also has a trailer up for the game, though it is the Atari trailer and does not contain the new song.

Word on the street is that the Wii version of the game (and it exclusively) will feature online play. It was apparently noted on Atari’s DBZ game website earlier, but was removed at some point today.