Published by Hujio
09 August 2010, 9:33 AM ESTComments Off

After Takeshi Aono’s recent stroke, we learned that all of his roles were being immediately recast. Kami-sama/God would be coming up in Dragon Ball Kai episodes right before the appearance of Cell, leaving the role (unfortunately) wide open. Veteran Bin Shimada has stepped in to the role, perhaps best known to fans as Broli from the various later Dragon Ball Z movies.

Shimada also took over for Aono’s role in Chibi Maruko-chan.

Published by Hujio
09 August 2010, 9:32 AM ESTComments Off

Toshio Furukawa, the voice of Piccolo, recently posted on his blog that he had finished his first recording session for an episode of Dragon Ball Kai with Norio Wakamoto, confirming that he will be returning to reprise his role as Cell in Dragon Ball Kai.

Norio Wakamoto

Cell will make his first appearance in episode 68, which is scheduled to air this weekend on 15 August 2010. Unlike most of the characters in the Freeza arc, it appears that most of the major voice actors are returning to reprise their roles in this arc of the series.

Published by Herms
07 August 2010, 4:01 PM ESTComments Off

A new page has surfaced confirming that Raging Blast 2 will contain the rumored remake of Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, which will be re-titled Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans.

This will be a complete remake of the original, using modern animation techniques. It will run approximately 30 minutes and will apparently be included in the game as a sort of opening animation, viewable immediately upon purchase of the game. It is possible that in addition to the animation, the game will contain scenarios based on the OVA plot. One screen shot in the page shows Freeza fighting Goku on Earth and notes that Freeza has new attacks, possibly indicating that the game will have you fight against “Ghost Warrior” reincarnations of past enemies like in the original version.

Below is a partial translation of the scan. Unfortunately, due to the scan quality, I could not read certain parts, which are marked with [???].

  • See it in “RB2”!! The Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans!!
    A mysterious scientist’s conspiracy for revenge against the Saiyans!! The entire opening animation footage [???] with powerful enemies!!
  • Scoop: A formidable enemy from generations past attacks Goku!! An opening anime is recorded!!
    The legendary title “Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans” is being fully remade as an approximately 30 minute [???] anime!! It will be fully recorded in “RB2”!! You’ll be able to view this anime which can’t be seen anywhere else immediately upon getting the software!!
  • What is “Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans”?
    A remake of the 1993 anime work based on a game scenario!! It’s been reincarnated as an approximately 30 minute long work that [???] the pictures, setup, etc.
  • Former formidable enemies are revived!!
    A clash with the evil emperor Freeza!! He attacks Goku with new techniques and combos!!
  • New character setup made public for the fist time!!
    Note the modern anime presentation, which has evolved over many years!! The formidable enemy Dr. Raichi has also been resurrected after 17 years!!

The game is now officially due in Japan on 11 November 2010 for ¥7,329.

Published by Hujio
03 August 2010, 6:14 PM ESTComments Off

Shueisha has unexpectedly announced the release of a JSAT Edition: Dragon Ball – Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!! comic:

The comic is due out 03 September 2010 for ¥730 (~$8.00). There is no word yet to what exactly this is, but it could be either a re-release of the manga adaptation drawn by Naho Ooishi in V-Jump or an anime comic made of screen shots. Either way, it does not seem like Shueisha is going to run out of Dragon Ball releases anytime soon… not that anyone is complaining.

Published by Hujio
03 August 2010, 6:13 PM ESTComments Off

Shueisha’s official listing website has been updated with all of the final information for the second Extreme Battle Collection guide book. The listing includes the book’s cover and some additional details. The book will include a character guide, story guide, a short Dragon Ball encyclopedia, and more importantly, never before heard anime production stories from Toriyama! Note that the two guide book’s covers can be placed next to each other to form a complete panoramic image.

Dragon Ball Extreme Battle Collection
“Round 02: Cell arc – Majin Boo arc”

Available: August 4, 2010

Retail: ¥700 (~$7.70)

Size: JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)

Length: 96 pages

Published by VegettoEX
02 August 2010, 12:28 PM ESTComments Off

Navarre just completed their first quarter earnings conference call for Fiscal 2011, and unlike prior quarters where a few interesting tidbits relating to FUNimation and the Dragon Ball franchise were leaked out, much like FUNimation’s panel at Otakon this past weekend, there is not much to say other than that things are going smoothly.

The only mention of the franchise was the same line written out in their press release from earlier in the day:

FUNimation benefited from a strong release schedule of Dragonball Z titles during the first quarter of fiscal year 2010.

Navarre is currently investigating a potential sale of FUNimation, which it announced last quarter. It has re-classified FUNimation as a “discontinued” operation, though they reiterated that FUNimation still has their full support as they look for a potential buyer, which they expect to complete over the next two quarters. As such, we will probably see less and less information come out about them from the business side of things, though it is fascinating to see that one tidbit in the press release. Our little DBZ did well enough for a discontinued operation that they figured they should toss that info out there! Nice.

Concluding FUNimation’s industry panel this weekend at Otakon was a quick Q&A session in which it was noted that the Dragon Box sets continue to do well for the company. Between those and Kai, we all seem to be doing pretty well…!

Published by VegettoEX
01 August 2010, 9:52 PM ESTComments Off

If you wish to plow through it, the entire story is up for digestion over on my personal blog — we will mostly just stick to the “news” here so as to not completely clutter up the page.

Amidst the fire alarm nonsense at Otakon this past weekend, I had an opportunity to ask voice director and actor Yūji Mitsuya if he would be returning to the role of Kaiōshin in Dragon Ball Kai when it eventually makes its way to that story arc.

Mitsuya responded that he was not sure, himself. Despite being friends with the director of the show, he was not convinced they would be able to afford him! He mentioned how he would even be willing to take a reduced rate on the job, showing a pretty heavy dedication to the series. To semi quote myself:

With the entirety of Ginyu-Tokusentai being replaced with new voice actors (including Kenji Utsumi as Reacoom, despite him returning to the show to voice Shenlong), along with plenty of other voice actors that have become much bigger in the industry since their roles in Dragon Ball, it has really made us wonder just how expensive Dragon Ball Kai actually is to produce, despite us always describing it as “cheap” and “a money-grab” and “half-assed” in almost every way. Hujio and I later discussed how it seems that these days we get confirmations of actors returning either very close to their first appearance in the series… or not at all. Many times it will not even come from the official site for the series, and instead from the actors themselves or their fan communities (such as the case with #17).

Branching off of that, we could not help but speculate further. Was the licensing of Kai to FUNimation for American distribution a way to raise quick capital to fund the further production of the series? When it was first announced, it was clear that the series would go through at least the Freeza arc, since the villain was clearly shown on all production materials. The fact that it would be moving onward into the next story arc with Cell was a very casual “announcement”.

It was an incredible and moving (in a literal sense!) panel with the man, and the little tidbits of insight into Kai‘s production was just the icing on the cake.

Published by VegettoEX
01 August 2010, 5:52 PM ESTComments Off

A new Character Song & BGM CD release (COCX-36424) will come out for Dragon Ball Kai 22 September 2010 in Japan for ¥2940. It seems to be a continuation of both the Dragon Ball Kai Song Collection and the BGM Collection series (of which there have been two releases so far). In addition to a TV-sized version of the current closing theme, “Kokoro no Hane” (which incidentally just received its own full-version release in eleven different packages), the new CD will also contain songs for at least the characters of Cell and Trunks.

Will these songs be in-character, similar to Dende’s and Vegeta’s songs on the original Song Collection for Kai…? Early descriptions of that first disc also listed a theme for Kuririn which never came to be, so we should probably hold back a little anticipation until a final track listing is revealed.

We all want Norio Wakamoto singing, though. Seriously. We do.

Published by VegettoEX
28 July 2010, 11:37 PM ESTComments Off

While we just released a regular podcast episode, we have a wacky schedule coming to a close over the next few weeks and wanted to make sure we crammed out a good amount of content for you all. In this special episode, our buddy Marc from The Fanboy Review and I take a look back over the last year and gauge where North America stands with regard to home releases of the DragonBall franchise. Last Otakon brought us an announcement of DBZ Dragon Box sets… so should we expect any spectacular announcements this year? Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

Episode #0227! VegettoEX and Marc take a look back over the last year and gauge where North America stands with regard to home releases of the DragonBall franchise. Last Otakon brought us an announcement of DBZ Dragon Box sets… so should we expect any spectacular announcements this year?


Published by VegettoEX
26 July 2010, 8:58 PM ESTComments Off

In addition to our discussing the line of figures on the latest podcast episode, the “Reviews” section has also been updated with a detailed look at the somewhat recent “Freeza’s Force” line:

We also discussed a guy who thinks he looks like Goku, the passing of Tetsuo Mizutori, and a bunch of other (more lively) stuff. Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.