PAGE TOP

Published by VegettoEX
07 January 2019, 10:06 AM EST1 Comment

Our latest translation from the Dragon Ball Super: Broly promotional “newspaper” is an interview with actress Rio Uchida (born 1991, attracting attention in 2014 while playing the heroine in Kamen Rider Drive).

“I wasn’t aware of things like the story of when Goku was little, so I was able to watch it this time, like, ‘So he had that kind of past.’ Also, even with obvious information input like, ‘The planet they used to live on is gone,’ and ‘All the Saiyans are gone,’ I was able to learn that there was this drama behind it, and I really sympathized with each of the characters.”

In particular, she says she felt shock at Broli’s destructive power. “The battle scenes don’t follow any fighting style in existing martial arts, so I think the people watching will be a bit surprised. Broli this time is just too wild. I was made to feel like ‘There’s absolutely nothing I can do,’ as though I’d just run across a bear in the street,” she relates, using a unique simile.

READ THE FULL TRANSLATION

This interview has been added to our “Translations” archive.

The Sports Nippon Dragon Ball Super: Broly Times is still available for purchase (as an add-on item) for ¥500 on Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
03 January 2019, 3:36 PM ESTComment

Following a similar release in 2015 for the theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, the new film Dragon Ball Super: Broly received a promotional “newspaper” with various interviews, character biographies, merchandise highlights, etc. Various items from this release will be translated in the coming days, but first up is an interview with Dragon Ball Super manga author/artist Toyotarō.

When we opened the door of his workspace, the expected scenery lay before us: sun-faded posters on the walls, a plushy of the Omni-King by the window, figures of Goku and Vegeta on a bookshelf lined with Toriyama works. Everywhere we turned, the merchandise on display told of Toyotarō’s love for Dragon Ball.

“I really am an ordinary fan. I never thought that one of those fans would one day be able to draw Toriyama-sensei‘s works…. It’s crazy. I don’t have any confidence about making my art look like Sensei‘s; I struggle to work out the story; I’m still a work-in-progress. I try as much as possible not to view things objectively, because otherwise the pressure will get to me. (laughs)

READ THE FULL TRANSLATION

This interview has been added to our “Translations” archive.

The Sports Nippon Dragon Ball Super: Broly Times is still available for purchase (as an add-on item) for ¥500 on Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
01 January 2019, 9:48 PM ESTComment

Between the completion of a brand new television series, the debut of a new theatrical film, various video game lore and gameplay expansions, and everything in between, somehow 2018 managed to host just as many (if not more) twists and turns than any previous year. Here are Kanzenshuu‘s top five stories of 2018!


#5: November 8th – Voice Actor Tetsuo Gotō Passes Away at Age 68

Dragon Ball fans had only just gotten to know Tetsuo Gotō through his role as Universe 10’s Kaiōshin Gowasu before we were devastated by his loss just a few short months ago. Beyond a rich voice-over history in various other franchises, Gotō left behind an incredibly memorable and empathetic performance in our series, and he will be missed as the universe continues to expand.

#4: February 21st – “Dragon Ball Super” Manga Vol. 5 Cover Art & Additional Covers

Toyotarō’s manga version of the Dragon Ball Super series transitioned from a breezy supplemental piece of curiosity in 2015, to a further identity-confused adaptation/original story in 2016, to a head-scratcher of definitely an original story marching to the beat of its own drum in 2017, to undeniably a stand-alone entity looking to forge its own future in 2018. With that in mind, it was no surprise to see the collected editions — with the occasional touch-ups and chapter expansions — receiving closer inspection with each subsequent release. Volume five’s bonus artwork was ultimately nothing too special, but fans were on watch.

#3: March 12th – Official Website for 2018 Dragon Ball Film Reveals Key Staff, Visual, Release Date, & Akira Toriyama Comment

The new film makes its first and only appearance here in the number three slot! While all of the film’s news has received an enormous amount of attention, the announcement of Naohiro Shintani taking on animation supervision duties — previously held by franchise stalwart Tadayoshi Yamamuro — sent fandom discussions into overdrive whether the participants even knew the names in the first place. It was clear that the film and its producers were going for a completely new visual flair, and even before we knew Broli was coming back, the initial production announcements alone were enough to set more than a few hearts aflutter.

#2: January 18th – “Dragon Ball Super” Timeslot Shifts to New “GeGeGe no Kitarō” Anime Project in April 2018

Following retailer listings adjusting their Dragon Ball Super box 11 episode count from 133 to 131, the announcement that GeGeGe no Kitarō would be taking the Dragon Ball Super timeslot — its own timeslot a decade prior! — effectively confirmed the end of the series. Considering the enormous amount of revenue the Dragon Ball franchise was generating, it seemed like a bizarre move. Once the announcement was made, however, a flood of additional comments and news stories made their way to print and online spelling out what was all but confirmed at that point: Dragon Ball Super was indeed coming to an end.

#1: February 10th – “Dragon Ball Super Original Soundtrack Vol. 2” Announced For Release in February 2018

Some of last year’s top stories also being music related seemingly confused many readers; while Kanzenshuu certainly has a rich history covering and documenting the franchise’s music, you still might not necessarily think that a soundtrack listing could be the number one story of the year. We have a few thoughts on why this might be, however.

Particularly coming off the number two story, any additional pieces of Dragon Ball Super news were primed to explode. For starters, the series’ first soundtrack was announced a few months ahead of its actual release, whereas this second soundtrack was announced just a short couple weeks ahead of time. News of another show taking its timeslot, a comprehensive soundtrack, and the formal reveal of the show’s conclusion was enough to set discussions ablaze.

Independent of all this, many people considered the Tournament of Power’s musical score a major step up in Norihito Sumitomo’s compositions and style (even if some of it was technically a reprise of Dragon Ball Kai music!). There was an enormous amount of excitement for it to see a proper release, easily securing it a spot on Kanzenshuu‘s top news of the year.


In terms of popular website content this year, the evergreen “Animation Styles Guide” continued to bring in the readers, no doubt courtesy of our contributors and friends of the site continuing to focus more and more on the franchise’s animators. We are excited for what 2019 may bring to our expanded documentation in this area!

Naturally, our “Translations” archive received an enormous amount of traffic. A wealth of new entries were added in 2018, along with a wonderful overhaul of the page providing visitors with more search and filtering options.

As for the podcast, our three-hour review of the Universe Survival arc (Episode #0439) was far and away the most listened-to episode across all channels. Other popular episodes included our discussion on the apparent end of Dragon Ball Super as the news was just coming to light (Episode #0432) and our various continuing entries in the Dragon Ball GTReview of Awesomeness“… which we swear is coming back with a vengeance in 2019!

onward_2016

2019 will no doubt be another exciting and challenging year for Kanzenshuu and Dragon Ball fans. As always, we intend to double-down on everything that we do and do well, and we are excited to have you along for — when you trace it all back — this website’s 21st year! Very few people have an opportunity to say that, and we do not take that for granted one bit.

Stay tuned for our annual podcast where we discuss these top stories, our own picks for the most significant stories of the year, and our prediction check-ins! Here’s to a great 2019 ahead of us!

Published by VegettoEX
28 December 2018, 1:48 PM ESTComment

Following up on previous “Dragon Ball Movie Frontline” interviews, the Dragon Ball Official Site shared a new interview with Dragon Ball Super: Broly composer Norihito Sumitomo back in October.

In the interview, Sumitomo discusses his initial work with the Dragon Ball franchise, separating that from what came before, and working through the score to the new film (selections below; read the full interview translation):

Dragon Ball Z‘s composer Shunsuke Kikuchi expertly utilized brass instruments, creating a unique world that could be classified as neither classical nor pop. My mental image of Dragon Ball‘s music was equivalent to what Kikuchi had created in the past, so first I needed to cast that image aside.

Once other aspects of the movie are completed, I start composing from track M1 and go in order straight through to the end. In this movie, Broli appears almost right from the outset, and he changes quite a bit as the story progresses. Those changes are reflected in the music. If you think of there being a single motif that evolves throughout the score, then it wouldn’t turn out right if you started the composing process from the climax scene. If the pieces are evolving throughout, then they have to be composed chronologically with the progression of the story in mind, or else they could wind up feeling discordant.

It’s not even an exaggeration to say that the second half of the movie is entirely battle music, so I had another challenge in figuring out how to differentiate the tracks. If they’re too similar viewers will get tired of them, but on the other hand if they’re all different the score would lack a sense of cohesion. Moreover, if there had to be increasingly fierce battle music from the middle of the movie onward, then the second half would feel like it’s going nonstop full throttle (laughs).

READ THE FULL TRANSLATION

This interview has been archived in our “Translations” section. This particular entry comes courtesy of our new translation contributor, so be sure to give Stacey your thanks!

Published by VegettoEX
24 December 2018, 9:09 PM ESTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0463! Mike and Julian dive into the history of the Galactic Patrol! With “Shiirasu” appearing as a new antagonist in “Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission” for the Nintendo Switch alongside the new “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc” beginning in the “Dragon Ball Super” manga, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss where we are today in context with how it all got started with “Sachie-chan” and “Jiya” from Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura.

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 04:15 – “Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission” Sōya Mikumo Interview
  • 14:41 – “Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission” V-Jump/Trailer/Website News
  • 23:07 – “Dragon Ball Super: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Arc”
  • 28:55 – Galactic Patrol primer
  • 64:11 – Wrap-up

REFERENCED SITES:

Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
24 December 2018, 6:40 PM ESTComment

In conjunction with Jump Festa this weekend and the February 2019 issue of V-Jump released earlier this week, Bandai Namco has revealed the new antagonist “Shiirasu” coming to Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission on the Nintendo Switch, due for release in Japan 04 April 2019:

As previously revealed, the new “Great Saiyaman 3” character appears to help Beat, the game’s protagonist. Meanwhile, Shiirasu appears at the Time Nest, clearly familiar with the Kaiōshin of Time, speaking of “justice” and sporting the Galactic Patrol insignia.

Shiirasu was designed by Toyotarō (Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, Dragon Ball Super manga), who provided a comment on the character and design in V-Jump:

At any rate, I paid attention to making him look strong and even more handsome. I was especially particular about the design around his waist, thinking it should bring out a sense of him being well-versed in martial arts. Incidentally, I drew several concepts for him, and these rejected concepts I’m using as minor roles in my own comic. (laughs)

Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, is a forthcoming Dragon Ball franchise video game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, currently only announced for release in Japan. The game, a home version of the ongoing Super Dragon Ball Heroes card-based arcade game in Japan, follows three Dragon Ball Heroes games released on the Nintendo 3DS. The most recent entry was Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X in April 2017; the game covered 3,300 cards from the arcade version’s original 8 missions, 10 “Galaxy Missions”, 8 “Evil Dragon Missions”, and 10 “God Missions”, effectively encompassing all content pre-Super Dragon Ball Heroes in its own original story mode in addition to the arcade version’s mission structure.

Outside of a single test run at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year, no Dragon Ball Heroes content has ever received an international/localized release outside of Japan. World Mission was, however, recently rated by the Australian government’s Department of Communications and the Arts. Online import gaming retailer Play-Asia recently tweeted that the mainland Asia release of the game will feature English subtitles.

Published by VegettoEX
23 December 2018, 6:33 PM ESTComment

This weekend’s Jump Festa event included various Super Dragon Ball Heroes game reveals during the franchise’s stage presentation yesterday (beyond a continuation of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime, no additional story projects were formally announced). While this particular stage presentation was not live streamed, Twitter user @SaikyoDevin provided video with comments from Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō, which have been translated below:

Akira Toriyama:

Hello, everyone. This is Akira Toriyama. I really should be greeting you in person here, but since I’m not fond of standing out on stage, please excuse me for sending these comments. My apologies, Nozawa-san. I always appreciate your assistance.

The movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly has started screening. This marks the third animated film I’ve been involved with in earnest. Back when I was doing the comic in serialization, I was so busy that I was complete hands-off with the animated version, but perhaps because I’ve gotten to have more free time now, before I knew it, I got roped into the rough world of animation production. Although, having said that, all I did was come up with the story, dialogue, and designs; the ones who really had it rough were all the staff members charged with turning it into a single movie. Thanks to them, the movie looks to be a hit.

The character Broli has apparently been popular since way back when, so if the movie weren’t well-received now, it would have been because the story I wrote was no good, so I’m a bit relieved. Even so, as I think those of you who have seen it already know, those battle scenes done by Toei Animation were amazing. For someone like me, just watching it was exhausting.

To all boys, adult men with the hearts of boys, and the perhaps-few-in-number women who understand the hearts of boys, by all means please see the movie and get fired up. For me personally, the work Dragon Ball is nothing but fighting, which to be perfectly frank, isn’t something I like all that much (laughs), but for some reason, it’s this really fun, mysterious work that gets me excited when I’m coming up with a story. Like that, I’m now an old geezer through and through, but I’m also coming up with ideas for my next work. Let’s meet again sometime in my next work.

—Akira Toriyama

It is worth noting that the official @shonenjump Twitter account posted their own “super duper rough translation” during the event, in which some of the nuance is lost:

Toyotarō:

At last, the “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc” has begun! It’s a story that takes place after the Broli movie. Naturally, it’s a completely new work that hasn’t been animated, and can’t be read except as a comic. The prisoner Moro, who has been locked away in the Galactic Penitentiary for 10 million years, has escaped. Will Goku and Vegeta, who have become Galactic Patrolmen, along with the Elite Patrolman Merusu, be able to capture Moro once more?!

For the “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc”, I’m tag-teaming with Toriyama-sensei, producing it to great acclaim! I’d like it to be an enjoyable story that can give you all excitement and suspense, so by all means, please look forward to it.

—Toyotarō

In the comment, 絶賛〇〇中 is a standard phrase people use whether something is being done to great acclaim, or just want it to be; in this case, the intended meaning is not quite clear. Toyotarō noted having received praise for the new story in a comment in a supplemental Saikyō Jump booklet earlier this month.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fifth box set last month. The story, script, and character designs for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film, which opened nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, is crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film is directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and features animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura. The film will receive international distribution following its Japanese debut. A world premiere was held 14 November 2018 at Nippon Budōkan with special guests including Masako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Katsuhisa Hoki, Tatsuya Nagamine, and Daichi Miura.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015, initially just ahead of the television series, and running both ahead and behind the series at various points. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ forty-third chapter coming earlier this week in the magazine’s February 2019 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc for further promotion. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story, now entering its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The fourth collected volume is due in English from Viz this coming January, while Shueisha released the eighth collected volume in Japan this month.

Published by VegettoEX
20 December 2018, 3:21 PM ESTComment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s forty-third chapter to their website, moving further into the original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc”. Alongside other initiatives including free chapters and a larger archive for paid subscribers, this release begins a new feature of not simply simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut to the release date, but to its local time in Japan in today’s (21 December 2018) February 2019 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015, initially just ahead of the television series, and running both ahead and behind the series at various points. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ forty-third chapter coming today in the magazine’s February 2019 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc for further promotion. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story, now entering its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The fourth collected volume is due in English from Viz this coming January, while Shueisha released the eighth collected volume in Japan this month.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fifth box set last month.

Published by VegettoEX
19 December 2018, 12:08 PM ESTComment

Bandai Namco has revealed Dragon Ball‘s Trunks (specifically the future version from the original serialization) as a playable character in the forthcoming crossover fighting game Jump Force.

Trunks joins the previously-announced Son Goku, Freeza, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Cell, making the Dragon Ball franchise the most-represented series thus far.

In conjunction with this weekend’s Jump Festa event in Japan, Bandai Namco also released a new “Story & Avatar Trailer” providing an overview of the game’s story and avatar customization options:

Jump Force, a crossover fighting game in celebration of Jump‘s 50th anniversary, will contain four brand new characters designed by original Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama. The game is slated for a worldwide release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam) with a Japanese launch 14 February 2019 followed by an international release the following day on 15 February 2019. The game’s North American release is available for pre-order at Amazon.

Spike Chunsoft previously developed J-Stars Victory Vs., a crossover fighting game celebrating Jump‘s 45th anniversary; the game was originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, with a PlayStation 4 port eventually coming alongside an international localization. Alongside Arale from Dr. Slump, Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza were the three Dragon Ball representatives in J-Stars Victory Vs. Prior to this, the company developed the Sparking! (released internationally as “Budokai Tenkaichi”) and Raging Blast series of Dragon Ball fighting games.

Published by VegettoEX
18 December 2018, 8:27 PM ESTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0462! Mike and Julian dig into the “Super Dragon Ball Heroes 8th Anniversary Super Guide” featuring interviews with game producer Wataru Higuchi and animator/supervisor/designer Tadayoshi Yamamuro. What were some of the growing pains in the leap to “Super Dragon Ball Heroes” and what has Yamamuro been up to lately with the promotional anime? Comments from manga authors Toyotaro and Yoshitaka Nagayama round out the chat!

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 07:49 – Topic
  • 47:23 – Wrap-up

Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.