When Shueisha’s “Full Color” version of the Dragon Ball manga hit shelves in Japan, special Q&A sessions were included that dropped a few informational bombshells courtesy of original manga author Akira Toriyama himself. Some of the most interesting at the time involved characters from the then-just-released film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, while others — specifically in the fourth and fifth Freeza arc volumes — simply gave Toriyama a chance to ramble a bit!
Each of the first three “Full Color” volumes of the “Artificial Humans & Cell arc” (released earlier this month on 04 April 2014) come packed with some general Q&A sessions along with some special, bonus exposition by Toriyama again. This time around we learn some fascinating details about the earlier models, why #19 looks the way it does, and — most revealing of all! — why #16 acts the way he does.
Each of the three new Q&As have been archived in our “Translations” section.
The convention has announced Ryūsei Nakao (Tambourine, Freeza, Coola) and Tōru Furuya (Yamcha) as guests for this year in addition to the previously-announced Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo).
Animazment will take place over the weekend of 23 May 2014 to 25 May 2014 at the Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina. Pre-registration for the three-day convention is currently $55 through the 26th of this month.
The collected edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman finally saw its release — both in regular and “Super Elite” editions — last week in Japan. Now that we have had a little time to digest it and the wealth of other books that came out alongside it, we noticed (thanks to the sharp eyes of @simizukenta) a few bits of dialog changes from its original serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump last year.
WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!
The first chapter alone features several changes. Jaco’s comment about knowing all of the galaxy’s languages is changed to say that he has Earth’s language, and even culture and history, in his head; the subsequent line says that these “data” (rather than the “textbook”) were input directly into his brain. @simizukenta speculates that this less all-encompassing line was done to mesh with Jaco’s confused reactions to certain Earth words, notably rakkasei (peanuts) and go-reijō (an extremely polite way of saying “daughter”). Additionally, instead of skipping out on the data input session for how to repair his ship, it “cost money” so he did not get it.
Later on, in the final chapter, it is noted that Bulma, having already graduated from university, is a special instructor at the school’s request, which is why she is on summer vacation in Dragon Ball-proper (of course, this does not explain why she would then be cutting Saturday-morning classes during the Red Ribbon arc!).
Finally, while unrelated to dialog, the two pages which were originally published in color have been grayscaled down for the collected edition. While it is not unusual to have color pages reprinted in black-and-white for a tankōbon release (as was the case with Dragon Ball itself…!), in this case the coloring has been entirely removed and replaced with monochrome shading. This is no doubt made possible by Akira Toriyama having drawn this series entirely by computer.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga series by Akira Toriyama that ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz. A bonus chapter — Dragon Ball Minus — was included in last week’s collected edition in Japan. Viz will release their English-language collected edition of the series, both digitally and in print, in January 2015.
The game requires iOS 5.0 / Android 4.0 or higher. Extra stages — such as ones for the Artificial Humans, Majin Buu, and “Special Battle” — are available as in-app purchases for ¥200 each.
The game is advertised as a first-person fighting game on a 3D playing field, with well-timed taps and swipes, which can also use to store up ki and unleash attacks such as a Kamehameha being key to defeating opponents. Battles with enemies will occur during “Missions”, and by progressing through the game, the player can earn CG character “figures”.
Thanks to Super Saiyan Prime for the heads-up.
Though it tends to receive little in-depth attention around these parts, Dragon Ball SD from Naho Ooishi continues to truck along each month in Saikyō Jump. The second collected volume was released last week in Japan, compiling the 10th through 18th monthly reboot chapters. The volume also includes the “Battle of Gods Special Manga Version” published in the April 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, the “Away-Edition” chapter from the December 2013 issue of V-Jump, plus a pack-in bonus Dragon Ball Heroes card, “Son Goku: Boyhood”.
The collected volumes also introduce something not present in the original Saikyō Jump serialization: chapter titles! The Dragon Ball SD page of our “Official Manga Spin-Offs” guide has now been updated with all of these titles from the second collected volume.
The “Official Manga Spin-Offs” guide is one that we continue to have big plans for, specifically with regard to both Dragon Ball SD as well as Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission from the mysterious “Toyotarō”. Stay tuned for massive blow-out coverage in the future!
J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, continued to hang onto the sales chart during its third week in Japan.
For the period of 31 March 2014 to 06 April 2014, according to the Media Create sales chart, weekly sales on the game dropped by about half on both platforms, with the game pushing another 13,417 copies on the PlayStation 3 and another 11,876 copies on the Vita. This brings the game up to 156,957 and 134,522 total copies, respectively.
The game was also digitally available on the PlayStation Store for both platforms, though these figures are not reported in the physical game sales.
The Japanese band Good Morning America have revealed the cover art for all three versions of their upcoming CD single for the third closing theme to Dragon Ball Kai, “Dear Zarathustra”, currently airing along with the Majin Buu arc:
The CD single will be released 06 May 2014 and will be available in two limited edition versions along with a standard edition:
- Limited Edition: A Type — Catalog No. COZA-905 (¥1,500 + tax)
Includes a 2 track CD and an exclusive live concert bonus DVD.
- Limited Edition: B Type — Catalog No. COCA-16858 (¥1,300 + tax)
Includes a 2 track CD with an exclusive extra bonus track of a recorded live radio show performance.
- Standard Edition — Catalog No. COZA-16859 (¥1,000 + tax)
Same CD as the “Type A” limited edition, although with karaoke versions of both songs.
Now that the “refreshed” version of the Dragon Ball Z TV series has finally picked back up after a three year hiatus, we thought it would be worth heading back to the news and documentation for an overview of what we already knew as well as what came to light with this past weekend’s Dragon Ball Kai Episode 99.
- The new opening theme to the series, replacing “Dragon Soul” by the group of the same name, is “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go” (空•前•絶•後), also performed by Dragon Soul (vocals by Takayoshi Tanimoto).
- The new closing theme to the series, the third in a line following “Yeah! Break! Care! Break!” (Dragon Soul) and “Kokoro no Hane” (Team Dragon from AKB48), is “Dear Zarathustra” (拝啓、ツラツストラ) by the Japanese band Good Morning America. It will be the first of several closing themes for the Majin Buu arc.
- While most voice actors are returning for their roles, new replacements for the Majin Buu arc will include Bin Shimada as Babidi (replacing Jōji Yanami, who is otherwise still voicing Northern Kaiō and the narrator), as well as Shino Kakinuma as Videl (replacing Yūko Minaguchi, who did contribute her voice to the character in last year’s film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods). New confirmations of named characters by way of the episode itself include Mitsuaki Madono as Shapner (repalcing Hiro Yūki), though Megumi Urawa returned as Erasa.
- After the massive shake-up with the removal of Kenji Yamamoto’s new score to the series and its replacement with Shunsuke Kikuchi’s original score from Dragon Ball Z, the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai has yet another new musical score provided by Norihito Sumitomo, whose prior (and sole) contribution to the franchise so far was the music to last year’s film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
- The footage used in the first phase of Dragon Ball Kai (Saiyan to Cell arcs) was scanned and remastered by Q-TEC, whereas all footage used for the Majin Buu arc has been scanned and remastered internally by Toei. There is a noticeable difference between the broadcast footage for the first batch and the current batch.
- Some of the more significant — and at times questionable — aspects of the first phase of Dragon Ball Kai were the occasional reanimated shots. Besides a single shot of Son Gohan defeating Cell in the recap at the beginning of the episode, there were no reanimated scenes in Episode 99.
- While nothing has been officially announced as-of-yet, even more hints — some of the most recent ones coming from composer Norihito Sumitomo, for example — continue to trickle out that the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai will indeed be making its way outside of Japan. Though it always seemed to be the plan for this part of the series, its Japanese television broadcast seems to have been a more recent development and decision.
Toei Animation has uploaded the next-episode-preview for Episode 100 of Dragon Ball Kai to their YouTube channel:
Dragon Ball Kai airs each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV during the “Strong 9″ block (formerly the “Dream 9″ block) alongside One Piece. Each week we will continue to keep the Dragon Ball Kai section of our “Episode Guide” up-to-date with production information and notes, so be sure to check back!
Viz has released their official English translation of Dragon Ball Minus — the bonus chapter of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman which details Goku’s final days on Planet Vegeta with his father (Bardock) and mother (Gine) — within today’s 2014 #19 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
Individual issues are available for $0.99 each, while a yearly subscription (48 issues) costs $25.99.
Dragon Ball Minus was originally released last Friday in Japan within the collected edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, itself available in print as both a regular and “Super Elite” edition. Viz will release their English-language collected edition of the series, both digitally and in print, in January 2015.
We have added a full Dragon Ball Minus documentation page to the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman section of our “Official Manga Spin-Offs” guide. Included alongside a full summary of the chapter are details on its promotion, notes regarding references within its content (including contradictions between this manga and anime-original content), and the introductory quote from Akira Toriyama:
Stay tuned to Kanzenshuu for even more coverage of Dragon Ball Minus in the near-future!
Both the regular and “Super Elite” editions of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman hit Japanese shelves this week, and one of the biggest reveals is finally upon us. A special chapter is included within the collected edition entitled Dragon Ball Minus which reveals the birth mother of Son Goku (or rather, “Kakarrot”), “Gine“…!
WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!
The warrior race of the Saiyans, under the evil emperor Freeza, fight day and night to obtain many planets through force.
Bardock and another unidentified Saiyan destroy aliens on another planet. They suddenly receive a report on their scouters that all Saiyans have been ordered to return to Planet Vegeta. Bardock has misgivings about this and his partner questions it as well, badmouthing Freeza. Bardock tells him to take off his scouter or they will hear him. The two see Freeza’s ship hovering over the planet, and Bardock thinks they must have a hidden agenda.
They land at a settlement with crude houses and many other space pods. Another Saiyan greets Bardock, but he does not know what the order is about either. However, he has heard that Freeza’s forces heard about the “Super Saiyan” and that word of it is has been going around.
On his ship, Freeza mulls over this “Super Saiyan” and “Super Saiyan God” business. His attendant tries to reassure him that it is just a common heroic legend; Freeza says he knows this, but he must not even have a sliver of a doubt. Either way, the Saiyans are too proud and will never be his obedient dogs. It is a good time to destroy the entire planet. His attendant thinks it is a shame since they are excellent fighters. Freeza scoffs, then asks how much of the Saiyan race has arrived back. It will apparently take one more month for nearly all of the Saiyans to arrive, so Freeza decides to destroy the planet in one month’s time. If he is suspected by the remaining ones, he will just say that a giant meteor collided with the planet.
On another planet, Raditz asks Prince Vegeta if they should be getting back home. Vegeta says to leave it be; they will just pretend they did not hear the order.
Back on Planet Vegeta, Bardock makes his way along the settlement as the narration box explains there are only a few thousand Saiyans. As a warrior race, it would be difficult to increase their numbers (presumably, though left unsaid, because they would war with each other). Setting foot in one structure, Bardock greets Gine, who embraces him. She tells Bardock that Raditz is already a fighter, and is working with Prince Vegeta. Since they are far away, though, they have not returned yet.
Bardock asks if Kakarrot is still in the incubator. He is, but it has been three years, so she will take him out soon. Kakarrot has gotten big, and looks just like his father. Bardock looks long and hard at his son, then tells Gine he will steal a space pod tonight. They will send Kakarrot to another planet. Gine questions Bardock, who reassures her that it is for Kakarrot’s sake. Freeza seems to be planning something; he has a premonition of death. Even so, Gine says it is not like a Saiyan to worry about his children. Bardock shoots back that her “softness” disease spread to him, too.
Bardock shoulders the pod with a crying Kakarrot as they take it to the launch site. Gine suggests they all run away, but Bardock says it is no use since they would immediately be found with scouters. Gine nervously says to her son that if his father is just overthinking this, they will come for him right away. Bardock warns Kakarrot not to look for too long at the full moon; they will tell Raditz about this, too.
“You absolutely have to stay alive… See you around.”
Kakarrot presses his face against the glass as his pod rises up. Bardock says to watch out for the Galactic Patrol as the pod shoots off the planet. Bardock puts his arm around Gine as Kakarrot’s pod disappears into the sky.
Meanwhile, at Galactic Patrol headquarters, Jaco inquires why the Galactic King has summoned his exceptional self. It must be for an extremely important mission! The king goes along with this and tells Jaco to go to “Earth” since a flying object was picked up launching from Planet Freeza and headed there.
Earth is a developing world ruled by humans who are still immature and weak, so the Saiyans have probably sent a child. Therefore the clumsy– er, exceptional Jaco can probably exterminate it himself.
After researching Earth, Jaco comments that Earthlings are of very poor qualities; if he decides it is not worth protecting them, he will use his extinction bomb. His superiors do not mind, but tell him to research well before doing it. He should arrive a few days before the Saiyan. Jaco is excited about the prospect of extinction, while one Galactic Patrolman asks whether it was all right to let Jaco handle such a task. The other tells him Earth is not an important world; the Galactic King gave him the mission figuring they had nothing to lose.
And so, Jaco, and later the Saiyan child called Son Goku, went to Earth. Some time later, Planet Vegeta, together with many Saiyans, was obliterated by Freeza’s hand. Eventually, the destined child grew up right and would, without realizing it, come to face off against his bitter enemy, Freeza…
A commercial for the collected edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman began airing on Japanese television earlier this week, and has been added by Shueisha to their official “S-Manga” YouTube channel:
Viz will print their official English translation of Dragon Ball Minus in next week’s 2014 #19 issue of their own digital Weekly Shonen Jump. The company will release their English-language collected edition of the series, both digitally and in print, in January 2015.
Look forward to continued coverage of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and its special Dragon Ball Minus chapter here on Kanzenshuu very soon…!