The official Dragon Ball DVD blog now features Oolong and Yamcha’s coverage of the conclusion to the “Come forth, Shenron! Gather the Dragonballs” campaign. This was a contest held back in August in celebration of the release of the Dragon Ball individual discs, the winner of which would “have their wish made a reality”. The winner, chosen from 12,000 people, was a Mr. Suzuki, whose wish was to see the Dragon Ball movies on a private big screen theater (something tells me he had a somewhat limited range of wishes to actually pick from).
And so his wish was granted on November 16th, at Fuji TV Multimedia Theater in Odaiba. Fuji TV announcers Maiko Saitou and Keiko Tsubakihara were there, along with Hironobu Kageyama, who gave a live performance of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. Goku himself then appeared in convenient styrofoam suit form and requested that Kageyama sing “We Gotta Power”. Masako Nozawa also came by and was interviewed together with Kageyama. They were asked what wish they would make to Shenlong, and Nozawa said she would like to get into the Guinness Book of Records, while Kageyama said that, as a fan of Kame-Sen’nin, he would wish to do a pafu-pafu… but he quickly added that he was only joking, and his real wish would be to always stay healthy enough to sing.
Episode #0152 of the podcast is available for download! I don’t blame you if you’re too busy watching and re-watching the new Jump Anime Tour special (see update below), but if you’re looking to cure that DBZ itch a little more, we’re here for you! We tackled Volume 21 of the manga (DBZ Volume 5 if you’re going with Viz), and we certainly had some interesting thoughts about where Toriyama is taking the story and how he’s getting there. Lots of other great stuff, too, if you’ve got the time in between viewings…! Definitely check it out.
Episode #0152! VegettoEX, Meri, Julian, and Jeff get through volume 21 in our “Manga Review of Awesomeness”. We have taken off into space, and the universe has expanded for our heroes. We are getting tons of new information, but is the story taking a hit in the process? Fun bits of news, DBZ ABCs, some releases, and great e-mails round out the episode.
- “DBZ: Infinite World” Review @ IGN
- DBZ R2 DVD Chart News @ Anime News Network
- Jump Festa Live-Action Movie News @ Anime News Network
- “DBZ: Infinite World” (JP PS2) @ Play-Asia
- DBZ Animanga (Cell Game) Vol. 3 @ Shueisha
That is right, folks — the Jump Super Anime Tour Special is online right now and it is completely subtitled in English (pretty well, no less)!
Head on over to Jumpland’s English page for the special, and click the big “Download Browser” button in the bottom-right. You will need to be on a Windows-based machine to install this viewing program. Once that is done, go ahead and click the “Watch this anime” button in the middle with Vegeta & Tarble. As mentioned, it is completely subtitled in English (with the translations apparently done by a one Mr. “Anthony Carl Kimm”).
The special is going to be available for streaming online completely for free up until 31 January 2009. A future DVD release is already confirmed — a whole batch of upcoming Shueisha releases (Weekly Jump, V-Jump, etc.) will have the mail-in card to order it. Unfortunately, the site explicitly states (in English, no less): “We cannot accept orders from or send items outside Japan.” Time to start making pen-pals, folks!
After being released this last week, the fourth set of “Dragon Ball The Movies” individual discs (DBZ Movies 07 & 08) have deputed atop the “Japanese Animation DVD Rankings” on the Oricon charts. Both have sold about 7,000 copies in only one week!
Wow. I do not think you could possibly sum it up any more than Greg Miller did for his “Infinite World” review over on IGN:
Do not play Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World.
They have given it a 3.5 (out of 10). If you tune in to our latest podcast episode, you will hear from our end that we certainly do not feel like it is anywhere near that level. Since this is such a huge discrepancy, let u’s take a couple points from Greg’s review and see how he arrived at the final score.
It’s not that fighting is broken in this fighter; it’s just that it’s really boring. You’ll tap buttons like mad, and end up just firing off fireballs.
Very interesting, especially when you consider the scores given to games like “Budokai 3″ (8.0), “Shin Budokai 2″ (7.7), and “Burst Limit” (7.9). Granted, these were all written by different reviewers at the site, but that is a pretty huge difference when you take into consideration the fact that the fighting mechanics in all four games are essentially the same (with some tune-ups and changes here and there, of course).
These events aren’t fun, and they certainly don’t make me feel like I’m playing the anime. Did I miss the episode when floating hexagons descended on the world?
This I can get behind. As you can hear in the podcast episode, I was not hugely fond of the new “mini-games” and how they all essentially played the same clunky way each time.
When Goku’s deployed to learn how to block, three fractions are put at the bottom of the screen to represent how many times you have to do each type of block in the allotted amount of time. Oddly, the game never tells you how to do these blocks or which fraction is counting which type of block. You just have to leap around and try to figure out what the hell the game wants.
I both understand where Greg is coming from on this, and take major issue with it at the same time. The game does not tell you in an obvious way what your goals are and how to do them, but if you click through before you start the mission, there absolutely is a screen that explains how to do all three of those types of blocks.
Honestly, it does not seem like Greg played much of the game beyond the Saiyan arc when you consider that most of the text involving the rest of the game is essentially a rehash of marketing speak about the game known beforehand and right on the box itself. That is not to say I am defending “Infinite World” to any insane degree, but it may warrant a much closer look than Greg and IGN were willing to give it.
GamePro gave it an equally-interesting 2-out-of-5, and we are still waiting for a bunch of the other big sites to dish out their official reviews.
In other “Infinite World” news, Game Trailers is hosting a very interesting trailer for the game called “Best of Budokai Trailer“. It is pretty well done, including the mention of Hironobu Kageyama music that enthralled us so much on the back of the box. What is really interesting, however, is the obvious mix of game sources used to create it. Beta versions, Japanese version, and final American version can all be seen!
Episode #0151 of the podcast is available for download! This week we took a look at the two latest video game releases, DragonBall Z: Infinite World for the PS2 and DragonBall Origins for the Nintendo DS. No clue what either of these are? You’ll get a crash-course in them and be able to easily figure out if you’re interested. With two games coming out at the same time, it make sense for me to briefly steal Meri’s semi-recurring segment, and so I busted out what I consider the Top 5 DB Video Games Of All Time…! Definitely check it out.
Episode #0151! VegettoEX and Meri give some initial thoughts on “DragonBall Z: Infinite World” for the PS2 and “DragonBall Origins” for the Nintendo DS. Various bits of news, Mike’s Top 5 DB Video Games Of All Time, some releases, and great e-mails round out the episode.
- TF1 Licensing News @ licensing.biz
- Freeza DX DragonBall Creature Figure @ hlj.com
- Cell DX DragonBall Creature Figure @ hlj.com
- Piccolo-Daimao DX DragonBall Creatures Figure @ hlj.com
- Vegetto Highspec Coloring Figure @ hlj.com
- “DBZ: Infinite World (USA PS2) @ Amazon
- “Dragon Ball: Origins” (USA DS) @ Amazon
- Mike’s Top 5 DB Video Games Of All Time @ Daizenshuu EX
- DBGT DVD Vol. 7 (R2 PAL) @ zonadvd.com
- DBZ DVD Vol. 27 (R2 PAL) @ zonadvd.com
- “DBZ: Infinite World” (JP PS2) @ Play-Asia
The fourth set of “Dragon Ball The Movies” individual discs (DBZ movies 7 & 8) were released yesterday. As usual, Toei has already posted the next set of covers (DBZ movies 9 & 10). These next two films, “The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy” (DBZ movie 9) and “The Dangerous Duo! Super-Warriors Can’t Rest” (DBZ Movie 10), are set to be released 12 December 2008.
You can still order any of the previously released discs or any of these discs from Amazon Japan.
While it is mostly been considered a joke by gaming enthusiasts, Spike TV’s Video Game Awards have indeed been getting slightly better over the years. In a halfway-shocking nod, “Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit” (the PS3/360 fighter from Dimps that came out earlier this year) is actually up for “Best Fighting Game”. Being that it is up against the likes of “Soul Calibur IV” and “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” (and the soon-to-be-released “Mortal Kombat vs DC”), it probably does not stand much of a chance.
Regardless, the Dragon Ball and “Naruto” nods certainly prove how far these games have come over the years.
According to licensing.biz, TF1 Enterprises has been selected as the new merchandising broker for the various Dragon Ball properties:
TF1 Licences will handle France, French speaking Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Monaco and will have merchandising rights for the brand with the exception of toy, video games, publishing and Lamincards categories.
“TF1 Licences ranks among one of the international market’s most prolific licensing organisations and brings to its representation of Dragon Ball an outstanding track record of licensing success and a deep commitment to our brands,” said Kanji Kazahaya, director of the international department at Toei.
Did you guys ‘n gals have any cool merchandise previously, or was it all import stuff?
Our buddy Tanooki Kuribo picked up Viz’s recent “Collector’s Edition” releases of both Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z volume 1. These hardcover editions seem to be part of a trend Viz is going with where they release just the first volume of a series in this special format with some color pages and updated cover art. Unfortunately, any editing from previous releases still remains, in addition to the early, exaggerated adaptation of Piccolo’s dialog (“What say you?! Know you not the one to whom you show such insolence?!”).