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Published by VegettoEX
27 January 2010, 9:20 AM EDTComments Off

C21Media.net is reporting that Toei Animation has struck a deal with Megavision TV to air the Dragon Ball TV series in Chilé. No specific time frame or episode content was listed.

We know that the franchise already has a huge following down in Chilé and has aired before (as well as received tons of great merchandise), so it makes sense that this would just be a new deal to re-air the show. Just as all our Brazilian friends came out of the woodwork last November, those of you in Chilé need to drop us a line and let us know what the current situation is down there. Has it not been on the air for a while?

Published by VegettoEX
26 January 2010, 11:56 AM EDTComments Off

Game Trailers has a new trailer for Dragon Ball DS 2 up for viewing, showcasing some of the playable secondary characters (including Arale!), the multi-player mode, control configurations, and more. It continues to promote the bonus inclusion of the Shenron no Nazo Famicom game, this time with more footage than just the first stage of the game. The game is due out in Japan 11 February 2010 for ¥5229, with no word on a North American release from Namco-Bandai just yet. You can pre-order the Japanese release of the game (which is region-free) over on Play-Asia for $54.90.

At the end of the trailer, it is revealed that the first Dragon Ball DS is being re-released under the “Welcome Price 2800” line on 28 January 2010, a budget-priced line for (obviously) ¥2800. The original run is still available on Play-Asia for $48.90, though retailers like Amazon Japan have dropped it to ¥2400. The new re-release is up for a pre-order price of $34.90 over on Play-Asia.

The American release of the first game, put out in November 2008 by Atari before losing the license in 2009, came out as Dragon Ball Origins, and is currently available on Amazon for only $17.56. Unlike the recent Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans release on DS from Namco-Bandai which exclusively featured the original Japanese voice cast, Origins exclusively featured English spoken dialogue from FUNimation’s cast.

UPDATE: Our buddy Tsukento wrote in to let us know that GameStop is currently offering the first game for only $9.99 new (and $8.99 used). It is not available online, so if you are interested, hop over to your local store to see if they have it.

Published by VegettoEX
24 January 2010, 12:17 PM EDTComments Off

It was pretty difficult to do, especially as more information came out surrounding the circumstances of his death. This week, the core trio took a break from the standard topical issues to remember one of the greats in the industry, and someone that more than left his Mark on the series that we love so much — Daisuke Gōri. Why did he mean so much to us, and how did he act to such a level that his character performances were so believable? Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

郷里大輔
Daisuke Gōri
Feb. 8, 1952 – Jan. 17, 2010

The loss of such a voice actor is not affecting just us over here in general fandom. Yuko Minaguchi, who played Videl and later Pan in the series, made a blog entry earlier this week on January 20th detailing her own pain and rush of emotions:

It’s one sad thing after another.

First, my beloved puppy ran away. [or possibly “died” — “tabidachimashita” is “started on a journey”]

Then, the kind, great mentor Isamu Tanonaka passed away. On my way to his wake, I heard the news of Gōri-san’s death.

I’ve been doing nothing but cry.

I thought I’d find something fun, and continue my blog without touching upon that topic, but it just doesn’t seem to work…

If I just continue to avoid updating, it seems like I’ll just make people worry about me, so I’ll give my honest feelings.

Last night, I had some drinks with a group of people I can rely on.

“In the future, if Dragon Ball Kai continues… when the time comes to play Videl… if Gōri-san isn’t Mr. Satan, I don’t want to be Videl,” I sobbed, troubling everyone.

It’s childish, but that’s how I feel.

The big, kind, always-smiling Gōri-san. I really cared about him.

With so much sadness piling up, I feel uneasy by myself, and my feeble heart lets out a scream.

I hate goodbyes.

I’m sorry for saying such worrisome things. It’s for the sake of moving forward, so just for today, please forgive me.

He is one of the modern greats that none of us will ever forget, and it is safe to say that anime will never be the same without his distinctive, booming voice making us all smile.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0206! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian remember one of the great anime voice actors, Daisuke Gôri, who recently passed away. What made his performance of roles such as Mr. Satan so undeniably memorable? Home video and game news from across the world, February’s releases, and tons of your comments round out the episode.

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Published by VegettoEX
21 January 2010, 9:25 AM EDTComments Off

Our forum member Amaranth Sparrow has dived head-first into translating new information coming out of the current open-beta for Dragon Ball Online in Korea. You can read all the juicy details for yourself on our forum, but here are some of the highlights:

  • The main villain is referred to as “The Pale Man” and is named “Miira” (not to be confused with Miira-kun, one of Baba’s fighters). While he does not appear to himself be a part of the Makaiōshin as previously speculated, there is a good possibility that the female that accompanies him is, and may be the one who created him
  • Gohan published a book called “Groundbreaking Science” around Age 800, which appears to have taught the general population concepts such as ki control; he also explained how the Katchin metal (which was used to test the Z-Sword) could indeed be cut, which led to a new-found interest in swordsmanship, as well as Goten and Trunks founding the Kikoukenjutsu Sword School which teaches how to infuse blades with ki to overpower opponents
  • This aided them when the remnants of Freeza’s army attacked in Age 820
  • Kuririn founded the “New Turtle School”, which taught humans how to fight alongside each other in groups to take advantage of their collective strengths, allowing them to compete against stronger, individual enemies
  • Tenshinhan believed it was more important to to develop individualized attacks than with support from others, and developed new attacks that revolved around collecting ki in strategic ways to unleash incredible bursts of energy with precise timing
  • In Age 790, Majin Boo accidentally found Mr. Satan’s “Bob & Margaret” adult book, and used it to form ideas about female mates and ultimately create his wife, “Booby”, from a part of his own body, and also hit her with his “Love Beam” causing her to give birth to a “Baby Boo”; the family grew quickly, and was later recognized as its own race

There is a ridiculous amount of extra information over in our forum, so be sure to check it out!

Published by VegettoEX
21 January 2010, 9:24 AM EDTComments Off

Kotaku is reporting that Nintendo of Japan is introducing a new line of budget titles for the Wii called the Minna no Osusume Collection (or the “Everyone’s Recommendation Collection”). Games re-released under this line are ones that have received high user-given scores on Nintendo’s own Minna no Nintendo Channel (released in North America under the simple “Nintendo Channel” title). The ¥2800 price point for this series falls in line with the standard budget price of similar lines in the past, such as Sony’s “PlayStation THE BEST” line. As a part of the launch on 25 February 2010, our own franchise’s Sparking! METEOR will be included. Note that this is only for the Wii release, and does not affect the PS2 version of the game which still retails for essentially full-price at $74.90 on Play-Asia, and a reduced ¥5643 on Amazon Japan. As a contrast, the MSRP for the American release of the Wii version (Budokai Tenkaichi 3) has a current MSRP of $19.99, and is available on Amazon for $17.84.

As for American video game price-drops, our deal-hunting forum buddy Tsukento noticed that Revenge of King Piccolo has dropped down to a $19.99 MSRP across retailers, and is currently available on Amazon for $17.96. We gave our thoughts on the game in a full review shortly after its release last October, so you know that this is the sweet-spot in terms of pricing for those that may have been holding out on it.

Published by VegettoEX
19 January 2010, 12:24 PM EDTComments Off

Our buddy Tanooki Kuribo posted up a screen shot from a trailer for the forthcoming fourth “season” of the original Dragon Ball TV series, which reveals some cover art and a 30-episode-count:

Based on these tidbits, it seems the blue bricks will probably finish out their release comfortably in 2010, with the fifth and final set containing approximately 30 episodes, as well; assuming the fourth set has exactly 30 episodes, that will take us from 93-122, leaving a final set to go from 123-153.

Any time we post about current releases that are non-Dragon Box sets, we receive a deluge of e-mails and questions from folks asking about future prospects for Dragon Box re-releases of these episodes. To reiterate what we know: we do not know. FUNimation has said absolutely nothing regarding the franchise and further home releases beyond the Dragon Ball Z TV series and its movies in the original Dragon Box press release from last summer. We cannot make a recommendation for you in terms of what you should purchase or wait for — if you want the series to watch right now, go ahead and buy it! If you want to play your cards differently and wait on domestic Dragon Box sets that may or may not come for the original DB and GT, that is up to you! No matter how it plays out, rest assured that you will learn about any future releases first (be they from Japan or the US), right here on our site!

Published by VegettoEX
18 January 2010, 9:03 AM EDTComments Off

Daisuke Gōri (the stage name of Mr. Yoshio Nagahori) has passed away. From the Tokyo Shimbun and Anime News Network:

The Tokyo Shimbun paper reports that Daisuke Gouri, the voice actor best known for playing Robin Mask in the Kinnikuman television anime series as well as Umigame and Mr. Satan in the Dragon Ball franchise, has passed away in Tokyo on Sunday. He was 57.

The newspaper reports that Gouri was discovered, with blood dripping from his wrist, by a passerby on a street in Nakano ward. Police officers at Nakano station are investigating his death as a possible suicide. According to the authorities, Gouri apparently collapsed face-down onto the street at about 3:00 p.m. The Yomiuri Shimbun paper adds that a knife was found under him along with a last will nearby.

Gōri was easily one of the most prolific voice actors in our beloved series, playing characters such as Umigame, Gyū-Maō (Ox Demon King), Enma-Daiō, King Cold, Mr. Satan, and a constant flow of side characters throughout the entire airing.

His unbelievably deep voice ran the gamut of roles from stern to friendly back to cold-hearted and wacky, again. His talent was unmatched. If you watch anime at all, you know his voice. It is difficult to imagine anime, let alone just Dragon Ball, without Daisuke Gōri.

Published by VegettoEX
17 January 2010, 8:56 PM EDTComments Off

Voice actor Isamu Tanonaka passed away this week on the 13th at the age of 77 from a heart attack. While having more prominent roles in other series, he did have bit parts in Dragon Ball Z as Bibbidi (Bobbidi’s father) and Raichi (one of the two fake Namekians).

Published by VegettoEX
17 January 2010, 8:55 PM EDTComments Off

This week we finally get around to having two quick conversations that have been on the back-burner for far too long. Our good buddy and forum moderator Kaboom joins us for a quick discussion about fans that, believe it or not, actually do care about battle power discussions and enjoy creating speculative lists. We also quickly cover Ryô Horikawa’s voice acting coach DVD which came out last year and never got the five minutes that we should have given it long ago. Our buddy Corey joins us for everything else, and that’s a show! Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0205! VegettoEX and Meri jump into a hodgepodge of discussions. Kaboom joins us to talk about fans that truly do enjoy battle power discussions, we briefly review Ryô Horikawa’s voice acting coach DVD, and Corey joins us to talk about everything else!

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Published by VegettoEX
15 January 2010, 10:52 AM EDTComments Off

Various retailer sites have posted up full track listings for the three Koro-chan Pack Dragon Ball Kai CDs all due out next month. For those unfamiliar with the concept, these “Koro-chan Pack” discs are lower-priced compilations of previously-released music with a small number of tracks on each disc. We saw one each for the original Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z back in 2007, and then there were plans for a Kai version last year which was ultimately canceled, seemingly in favor of the single Dragon Ball Kai Song Collection disc.

If you already own that disc, you may as well stick with it — these discs offer up very little in the way of new material. As expected, each of the three discs contain music associated with and used during that portion of the story arc thus-far in Kai. The only new material you will find are karaoke versions one one song per disc (“Win Tough Fight!”, “CHASER!”, and “Ultra Super Dragon Soul”, respectively).

We do not yet have cover art or details on the “picture book” bonuses that will come with each of these 12-cm CDs when they come out 24 February 2010 for ¥1575 a pop.

In all honesty, I may be passing on these, shocking as that may be. Sure, they are cheap, but I already own any of the significant material over on the Dragon Ball Kai Song Collection disc. Only true karaoke enthusiasts need dive in, it seems.