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!
hoyCinema has posted a few photos from the set of the upcoming live action Dragon Ball movie. Nothing really special yet — honestly, it looks more like “hey, the guy has arrived on the set” more than anything truly substantial. Emmy Rossum has at least been confirmed as playing Bulma, though.
Now that an official website has been set up for the game, we actually have some confirmation on certain things!
The upcoming fighter for the Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 is indeed being developed by Dimps and has actually been in development for a bit (Dimps is not exactly rusty, either; the “Shin Budokai” and “Arcade Impact” games have kept them busy with the franchise). As Julian stated in the latest podcast episode, it will be featured in playable form at the upcoming Jump Festa this coming weekend. There are two screen shots over on the website — one looks like something either from a cut-scene or super-move, while the other is that Goku vs. Freeza shot we have already seen.
Episode #0107 of the podcast is available for download! We took it back to a character-specific topic, and again focused on the changing voices of that character. Unlike Cell, for example (where Norio Wakamoto remained through all transformations), this character doesn’t really have voice changes due to transformations… rather, the original seiyuu passed away in 1995, and several others have stepped up to take over the role. Who are we talking about…?!?
That’s right! Kame-Sen’nin has been played by Kouhei Miyauchi, Hiroshi Masuoka, Masahara Satou, and Kinya Aikawa. Check out the episode for examples and our thoughts on all voices, as well as a recap of the ridiculous amount of news from the week. Definitely check it out.
Episode #0107! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian discuss the mainy voices of Kame-Sen’nin! After Kouhei Miyauchi passed away in 1995, Hiroshi Masuoka took over as the official replacement. Why did Masahara Satou and Kinya Aikawa also randomly step in to play the character, though? More live action movie and Atari news than you can shake a stick at, a trip around the world for even more news, and your e-mails round out the episode.
- German Animanga @ Carlsen Comics
- German Carddass Trading Card Game @ Amigo-Spiele
- DBGT Set, DBZ Movie, & DBZ Season 5 News @ wtwnews.com
- NYC Anime Festival FUNimation Coverage @ ToonZone
- Live-Action Movie Filming in January @ IESB.net
- Atari Settles FUNimation Dispute @ Atari
- 8-K Filing on 12-10-2007 @ Atari
- Atari Announces Further Restructuring Initiatives @ Atari
- “Budokai Tenkaichi 3″ Review @ IGN
- “DragonBall Z: Burst Limit” Early Scans @ NeoGAF Forums
- “DragonBall Z: Burst Limit” Discussion @ Daizenshuu EX
- Meri’s Top 5 Characters w/o Real Names @ Daizenshuu EX
ect5150, in diligent ever-scanning-Amazon-Japan fashion, has discovered the full release schedule for the upcoming Dragon Ball GT R2 DVDs. As with DB & DBZ, these are individual discs based off of the previous Dragon Box sets (non-faux-remastered, nice sound, progressive, full-screen, etc.). Remember, these are from Japan, and while they are NTSC, they are encoded as Region 2 and have no subtitles.
- 06 February 2008: Volumes 1 & 2
- 05 March 2008: Volumes 3 & 4
- 02 April 2008: Volumes 5 & 6
- 09 May 2008: Volumes 7 & 8
- 04 June 2008: Volumes 9, 10, & 11
So there you have it. After this, all that is left will be the movies for single-disc releases… and those TV specials…
SuperHeroHype is sourcing “The Hollywood Reporter” on this one — apparently Eriko Tamura will be joining the cast as Mai (Pilaf’s female lackey), and Joon Park will be playing Yamcha (I guess James Kyson Lee did not get the role?). We also have Emmy Rossum joining the cast in some unknown role. If we know we have James Marsters as Piccolo, and we’ also have Mai in here now, it sounds like we can definitely expect some sort of adaptation of the Piccolo-Daimaō arc.
(Of course, the real question is: who is going to play Pilaf?!)
Thanks to the original ero-sennin for the heads-up.
With the Will News has put up some information listing a whole bunch of interesting Dragon Ball-related releases coming from FUNimation later this year:
- DBZ movies 1 & 2 Blu-ray May 27th – Remastered
- DBZ movies 1 & 2 DVD May 27th – Remastered
- DBZ Season 5 box set May 27th
- DBGT Season 1 box set June 10th
New box sets, huh? There is no information on whether or not this DBGT box set is “remastered” in the same way that the DBZ season box sets are “remastered” — it seems a little strange to be coming so soon, since a “Lost Episodes” box set just recently came out 13 November 2007 (covering episodes 1-16), and there is already been a box set of their so-called first “season” released back in October 2005 (or rather, their volumes one through five).
So what about this Movie 1 & 2 double feature news? It looks like the upcoming Bardock/Trunks disc (which will be coming out in a special tin case, by the way) was only the tip of the iceberg, and DBZ movies 1 & 2 will come out on both standard DVD & Blu-ray. Interestingly, this somewhat contradicts what ToonZone reports was stated at the recent FUNimation panel at NYC Anime Festival:
FUNimation was one of the few anime companies at the New York Anime Festival that is releasing high-definition material on Blu-ray DVD. Sheehan started with the Dragon Ball Z: Broly on Blu-ray, which puts 2 Broly features on 1 disc. Sheehan asked the rhetorical question of, “Why buy a Blu-ray edition of a 20-year old show?” and answered himself by saying that the show looked, “Beyond pure…like a cel animation framed on my TV.” However, during the Q&A, Sheehan said that they had no plans for more Blu-ray or HD DVD at this time, but that they were satisfied with their results for Dragon Ball Z. He also said that they were settled on the Blu-ray format for now.
You can never completely trust what is said about the future at panels, since they are only saying what they are allowed to say at that particular point in time about upcoming plans and releases.
Our buddy Timo wrote in to let us know that there are some new releases on the way over in Germany. Carlsen Comics (who released the manga over there) announced that they will be putting out the “Film Anime Comics” versions (or “animanga”) for the Dragon Ball Z TV series. There is a little bit of information (and now cover art) up over on their website:
The “Saiyajin Saga” will be released in five volumes in paperback format (mirroring the Japanese original). In addition to this, the Carddass trading card game has actually been coming out since around July this year. The artwork and layout are similar to the French release, and the rules are the original Japanese. So far two editions have been released and a third is on its way.
“Sparking! METEOR” (released internationally as “Budokai Tenkaichi 3″) is still the new-hotness for the franchise, but Namco-Bandai is already heading into “next-gen” territory with a “new battle for Goku and friends” on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 entitled “Burst Limit”:
The preliminary info and images come from next week’s Jump (by way of NeoGAF). No specific developer beyond Namco-Bandai has been listed for this 2008 game. More info will be available in the February 2008 issue of “V-Jump”, so look forward to that.