Neofilms released their Chinese-and-English-subtitled version of the second Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” trailer last month. The company’s release of the film for the Hong Kong market is set to debut 21 May 2015, as opposed to a May 1st date listed in prior Toei communications (thanks tinlunlau).
Earlier this week, the Brazilian branch of Fox uploaded their dubbed version of the same trailer. The film hits theaters in Brazil 18 June 2015.
Just yesterday, Madman Entertainment uploaded an English-subtitled version of the same trailer (in its original Japanese language) promoting a 2015 theatrical release of the film for Australia and New Zealand.
The story for Revival of “F”, which opened nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, was crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he wrote it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it would, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, served as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo has returned from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z contributed “Vow of ‘Z'” as the film’s main theme alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” is used during the film. Revival of “F” brings back Freeza and includes two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), features Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more. FUNimation has secured the film for a “Summer 2015″ theatrical, English dubbed release in North America.
Bandai Namco has announced international distribution of a “Movie Costumes Pack” for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, a batch of downloadable content originally made available to Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” theatrical attendees in Japan.
Included are costume items from the respective film:
Exclusive FREE content coming from the new Dragon Ball Z movie Dragon Ball Z Resurrection ‘F':
Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku’s costume
Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta’s costume
Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku’s wig
The pack has gone live on European services and will presumably make its way to American services later today — stay tuned for additional information on that front.
For its European fans, Bandai Namco is distributing the pack for free via the “VIP Corner” on its own website. Players must subscribe to the company’s service in order to receive the appropriate code.
Bandai Namco’s page does note that season pass owners will receive this content automatically. The pack is available on all platforms, with the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 pack being cross-buy across the two consoles.
UPDATE: Bandai Namco’s American branch has updated with links making the costume pack freely available to all platform owners. PC players will still need to grab a code through the company’s VIP Center, however.
Downloadable content packs are available at a base price of $9.99/¥950 per pack, with a season pass available netting players interested in acquiring all three packs a $5 savings at $24.99. The third pack, which contains playable characters from Revival of “F”, is also due out soon.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
We are getting a new TV series. Let that sink in.
And that’s what we do this week on the show! We dedicate our entire podcast episode this week to Dragon Ball Super, the recently-announced, brand-spankin’-new TV series coming our way this July. In typical Kanzenshuu fashion, we don’t let the fact that we barely know anything slow down our conversation!
Episode #0380! VegettoEX, Hujio and Meri discuss the recently-announced, new TV series: “Dragon Ball Super”. What do we know about it so far, and what should we expect? How will it fit in with the existing franchise stories?
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The “Toei Animation Online Shop” has posted a listing for the fifth and final Blu-ray box set of the “Majin Buu arc” of Dragon Ball Kai. Set to be released 02 September 2015, this box set will contain episodes 147 to 159 of the Japanese broadcast version of the series and will come packaged with an exclusive booklet.
This listing provides the first concrete episode count for the Dragon Ball Kai series, confirming that the Majin Buu arc will conclude after 61 episodes. This brings the series’ total episode count to 159, at least for the Japanese version of the series. As of this post, the TV schedules for most major networks (including Fuji TV) have been released up through June, which have episode 159 scheduled to air on 28 June 2015. Assuming there is no break between the end of Dragon Ball Kai and the beginning of Dragon Ball Super, the latter will begin syndication on 05 July 2015.
It is has been two weeks since Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” premiered in Japan, and while we quickly put together a brief synopsis shortly thereafter, it is finally time to unveil our detailed summary!
The summary has been compiled from numerous sources, including the first-hand account of our very own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”), who was present for both a preview screening and the film’s premiere, as well as Akira Toriyama’s original script as re-printed in the Dragon Ball Volume “F” bonus item given to premiere attendees. A fair warning: this summary contains huge spoilers, so if you are trying to avoid those, do not click the link below. You have been warned!
Without further ado, we at Kanzenshuu present to you our detailed summary for Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, which is jam-packed with exclusive details from the film you will not find anywhere else. When you are done reading the summary, pop on over to our ongoing forum thread discussing the movie. If you do feel the need to distribute our summary, please be so kind as to give us a link back.
And now, we hope you enjoy the show!
A new Dragon Ball TV series has been announced: Dragon Ball Super will debut this July and will run as a weekly series at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV, taking the time slot of the Dragon Ball Kai TV series. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama himself and will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa.
The “Dragon Ball SSSS” website provided quotes from the cast and production staff in conjunction with the announcement, most of which was also reiterated and translated in an English-language press release from Toei Animation:
Toei Animation Begins Production on Dragon Ball Super
Drawn From a Plot By The Brand’s Original Creator, Dragon Ball Super Is The First New Series In
TOKYO (April 28, 2015) – Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan in July 2015.
Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.
Introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump (published from SHUEISHA Inc.) in 1984, Dragon Ball has evolved into a globally beloved brand. Seen in more than 70 countries, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold, Dragon Ball remains one of the most popular anime series of all time.
“Having loved Dragon Ball since childhood, it is very exciting to be a part of this project,” said Osamu Nozaki, producer for Fuji Television. “Mr. Toriyama has developed a plot that’s not only a dream come true for Dragon Ball‘s millions of fans, but one that will foster in a new generation of viewers.”
“When I joined Toei Animation, one of my first assignments saw me working on the production of Dragon Ball Z,” said Atsushi Kido, producer for Toei Animation. “While there for only a short period of time, being a part of the series left a lasting impression. We look forward to carrying on Dragon Ball‘s tremendous legacy, bringing audiences a brand new Dragon Ball with the same sense of heart and commitment that went into past Dragon Ball productions.”
“I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin,” said Masako Nozawa, Japanese voice actress of Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten. “I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”
Much like with the arcade and PlayStation 2 fighting game Super Dragon Ball Z, the chō in the new TV series’ title (ドラゴンボール超) is accompanied by a sūpā pronunciation as Dragon Ball Super.
The new TV series will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka, whose only work with the franchise thus far was as a story boarder in Battle of Gods, and will be produced by Osamu Nozaki (Fuji TV), Naoko Sagawa (Yomiko Advertising), and Atsushi Kido (Toei Animation). While Nozaki and Sagawa were both recent producers for Dragon Ball Kai, Kido served a short time as an assistant producer during the production of Dragon Ball Z.
Fans are sure to question whether or not this new series’ timeframe will overlap or lead into Dragon Ball GT. While the new series is said to pick up in a period of peace following the battle with Majin Buu, there is not yet any word on the specific timeframe (for example, a year in the “Age” calendar) that the story may take place. The 2013 and 2015 theatrical films — Battle of Gods and Revival of “F”, respectively — have both taken place in the ten year time skip between the defeat of Majin Buu and the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai. Toei Animation’s various guide books place the events of Dragon Ball GT as beginning in Age 789, five years after the events shown at the end of the original manga.
Shueisha has announced the publication of the Dragon Ball franchise’s first official quiz book, aptly named the Dragon Ball 590 Quiz Book. The title of the book, while signifying that it contains 590 quiz questions, is also Japanese wordplay on Goku’s name: 5 stands for G0, and 9 for ku.
The 590 quiz questions will be divided up into various categories, including “Character”, “Story”, “Illustrations”, and more, with a Battle Power assigned to each question’s difficulty. After completing the quiz, a fan’s final Battle Power will fall into one of 11 categories, ranking their expertise. The book will also include a special quiz solely covering the new movie, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, in addition to an exclusive quiz poster.
Banpresto recently launched a new a series of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” prize figures. The new series, entitled Dragon Ball Z: Chōzōshū, will be featured in CRANEKING claw vending machines across Japan and will not be available for individual retail.
The new Dragon Ball figure series Chōzōshū not only means Chō (high quality) zō (figure) shū (collection), it also means integrating the experience and craftsmanship of a model maker involved in the creation of Dragon Ball figures for many years.
Each figure was designed and created by famed sculptor Hiroyuki Nakazawa, who has sculpted over 100 figures for the Dragon Ball franchise in the last 15 years and has been a participant in every Zōkei Tenka’ichi Budōkai (“World’s Best Model Tournament”). The five figures will see short releases over the next few months, and are set to include:
- Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku (21 April 2015)
- Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta (14 May 2015)
- Son Gohan (19 May 2015)
- Golden Freeza (Scheduled Mid-June 2015)
- Piccolo (Scheduled Mid-July 2015)
All of the figures are roughly 15 cm (~6 inches) in height, with Piccolo being the tallest at 17 cm (~6.5 inches).
With releases of the first two packs under their belt, the international branches of Bandai Namco have turned their attention to the third upcoming pack of downloadable content for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE.
The “Resurrection ‘F’ Movie Pack” will come with four new playable characters, all making their animated debut in the new film: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, Golden Freeza, and Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. Additionally, the pack with include five parallel quests, two masters to train under, eight new master quests, fourteen new special moves, one new accessory, and seven new “Z-Soul” items to equip.
It is not clear if the “Turtle Hermit Costume Set” is contained within those numbers, but said clothing items will also be included. To wit, the overall numbering of items is slightly different between the Japanese announcement and the international details; international downloads may also include theatrical bonus items film attendees in Japan have received.
While no date is formally set for the pack’s release, it is presumed for an April release. A recent patch for the game provided the data for some of the upcoming downloadable content pack customization pieces.
The Kame-Sen’nin outfit set and Jaco were made available in Japan for pre-order/first-pressing copies of the game, but until now had not yet been made available outside of that limited release.
Downloadable content packs are available at a base price of $9.99/¥950 per pack, with a season pass available netting players interested in acquiring all three packs a $5 savings at $24.99.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
This past weekend saw the nation-wide theatrical premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” on 660 screens across Japan. In honor of its release, the Shinjuku Wald 9 cinema in Tokyo hosted a stage celebration prior to the movie’s premiere showing. The celebration included greetings and thanks to fans from members of the movie’s staff and cast, including Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Director), Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Masaharu Satō (Kame-Sen’nin), and Natsuki Hanae (Jaco).
Following the event, Toei posted an official press release with information about the movie’s premiere, including comments from the actors and production staff members:
Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.)
It makes me truly happy that so many people came here. It was fun, wasn’t it? (audience applauds) Do me a favor and invite 10 of your friends once you get back home! (laughs)
It was really amazing! During the recording, Goku and Freeza’s battle moved so fast that the image was nothing but speed-lines! We had to match our voices up with that, but sometimes the staff would stop us: “What is it?” “Excuse me Nozawa-san, but those speed-lines are Freeza.” (laughs) The battles were just that intense.
Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta)
I can tell just how beloved this series is by how many people are here dressed up as the characters. When I first saw this film in the preview screening, I thought it was incredibly intense. In the TV series Vegeta dies saying “Kakarrot, avenge me!”, but this time around he got his revenge, so he can feel satisfied.
Masaharu Satō (Kame-sen’nin)
Up until now, in the TV series Kame-Sen’nin has always been an easy-going, pervy old man (laughs), but this time he fights for the first time in quite a while. He’s the one who created the Kamehameha, after all. I think everyone all enjoyed it, but be sure and enjoy it a second time.
Natsuki Hanae (Jaco)
本作から初参加なので、今日はドキドキしています。鳥山 明先生の漫画「銀河パトロール ジャコ」の主人公・ジャコを演じさせていただいています。「ドラゴンボール」は小さい頃からずっと観ていたので、そんな作品に参加できるのは夢のようです。
I’m really excited today since I’m making my Dragon Ball debut with this film. I got to play the protagonist of Akira Toriyama-sensei‘s manga “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman”. I’ve watched Dragon Ball since I was little, so being able to take part in this film is a dream come true.
Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Director)
At long last I’ve completed this film and it’s successfully reached opening day. It was only thanks to the help of everyone on the staff and cast that I was able to finish, so I’ll take this opportunity to thank think all.
Momoiro Clover Z was also in attendance and performed the movie’s theme song, “Vow of ‘Z'”, for the audience. Members of the group were dressed in full Dragon Ball attire, as featured in their music video for “Vow of ‘Z'”, with each cosplaying as a character associated with their specific group colors (each member in the group helps distinguish themselves to fans by the colors of their clothes).
Kanako Momota (red) was dressed as Son Goku, Shiori Tamai (yellow) was Vegeta, Reni Takagi (purple) was Piccolo, Ayaka Sasaki (pink) was a combination of Bulma and Trunks, and Momoka Ariyasu (green) was Chiaotzu. Momota, the group’s current leader, went on to discuss the making of their “Vow of ‘Z'” music videos, which includes both “Z Warrior” and “Freeza” versions, and the choreography that went into their production.
Momoiro Clover Z (Main Theme Song)
The theme for our outfits today is “what if we entered the Dragon Ball world?” The theme song “Vow of ‘Z'” was made from the point of view of a Dragon Ball disciple, so it has a message to Goku as seen by his disciple, and also some parts that are like lecturing one’s senior pupil. It turned out really nice.
Before wrapping up the event, it was announced to the crowd that the film would also be released in 74 other countries and regions across the globe. Toei later elaborated in their press release that the film’s international releases will begin on 01 May 2015 in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
As has become customary for these events, it closed with a giant group Kamehameha led by Masako Nozawa and co., along with a nice spray of confetti.
The story for Revival of “F”, which opened nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, was crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he wrote it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it would, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, served as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo has returned from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z contributed “Vow of ‘Z'” as the film’s main theme alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” is used during the film. Revival of “F” brings back Freeza and includes two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), features Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.