FUNimation has issued a new press release — and familiar trailer — promoting their upcoming Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray sets, their second go at the original version of the series in high definition following the suspended “Level” sets.
While the company has also released the “refreshed” Dragon Ball Kai TV series on DVD and Blu-ray, this new batch of “season” sets mirrors their original nine bricks for the full 291-episode Dragon Ball Z TV series.
“Dragon Ball Z” Season Sets Blasting onto Blu-ray This Winter
Flower Mound, TX (November 7, 2013) – FUNimation® Entertainment has announced that it is giving the Blu-ray release of the anime phenomenon Dragon Ball Z another go.
Originally attempted with the Level Sets in 2011, production was suspended due to technical challenges of the frame by frame restoration from the original film. After careful evaluation of the process, FUNimation is glad to announce that restoration has recommenced and releases will be available before years end.
Different from the Level Sets before it, the episode count on the Blu-ray Season Sets will be identical to their extremely popular DVD counterparts. Also different, is the restoration and re-mastering process being used. A bolder, more vibrant color palette is being used to produce a picture current, and future, televisions can take advantage of. The Blu-ray Season Sets will also come in a widescreen format. Precise shot-by-shot reframing of each scene has used to ensure the optimal picture when converting from its native, full screen format.
“We want Dragon Ball Z to be a part of the modern, HD experience,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and president at FUNimation Entertainment. “We want people to see it and know that the time and care has been taken to give them something similar to what they’d see being created today.”
Each set of three releases will feature never-before-seen triptych cover art, showcasing the major heroes and villains from Dragon Ball Z’s three major sagas.
Included in the Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Season Sets will be a nine-part extra features special that spans the entirety of the releases. Each Season Set will include brand new cast interviews, retrospectives, and fan submissions.
Dragon Ball Z: Season One (Blu-ray) will be available online and at retail stores on December 31, 2013.
To celebrate the announcement of this release, FUNimation is having a 4-day only, pre-order special on their website. From November 7 – November 11, fans can pre-order Dragon Ball Z: Season One (Blu-ray) for $24.74 (45% off). Click this link to view the sale.
Dragon Ball Z: Season One (Blu-ray) Summary
The Saiyans are coming! These ruthless, intergalactic villains carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, and now they’re headed for Earth! The evil Saiyan warlord Vegeta will not rest until he’s seized the wish-granting powers of the Dragon Balls for himself! Goku vs. Vegeta! The battle of all battles begins now!
Make room on your shelves because the Dragon Ball Z Season Sets are finally on Blu-ray! We embarked on a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies that might have tarnished your viewing experience. All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality. The bolder, more vibrant color of this ultimate Dragon Ball Z release closely mirrors the visual aesthetics of today’s entertainment. Lastly, we undertook a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series to create a modern HD widescreen presentation of this legendary fan favorite! It’s time to experience Dragon Ball Z like you’ve never experienced it before!
We Want Your Questions!
Leading up to this release, FUNimation has asked the Kanzenshuu readership/listenership/community to submit questions about the Blu-rays to be published in an exclusive future article.
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As Shueisha promised, the December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump — released a couple days early on 02 November 2013 due to “Culture Day” — is jam-packed with bonus Dragon Ball material, primarily in the pages of a bonus booklet itself contained within the magazine.
This month’s standard chapter of Dragon Ball SD — the 23rd since its monthly reboot — continues the recent trend of Naho Ooishi following the original manga much more closely than the more comedic take of earlier chapters, covering Goku’s climb up Karin Tower and his training with the feline Sage. The chapter, included in the magazine’s bonus booklet rather than within the regular content pages, is also presented in black-and-white for the first time ever. There is also a single-page bonus in the magazine proper which features Oolong once again getting the jump on Pilaf, wishing for a special Dragon Ball featured in this month’s issue.
Much like how the December 2013 issue of V-Jump contained an “Away-Edition” chapter of Dragon Ball SD by Naho Ooishi, Saikyō Jump returns the favor with an “Away Mission” bonus chapter of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission by Toyotarō, entitled “Simulation”. The chapter showcases Beat fighting in a battle simulation alongside his cards of young Goku, Kuririn, and Kame-Sen’nin (the same ones included with the issue) against Master Sergeant Murasaki at Muscle Tower, and getting help from Note and Kabra as support characters through a new feature introduced in Heroes JM 1.
The third manga inclusion is a separate Dragon Ball Heroes-based comic, subtitled Rookie Charisma Mission Episode 0. Penned not by Toyotarō, but instead by newcomer “Yoshitaka Nagayama”, it depicts the daily life and “training” of new Battle Navigators Tsubasa and Momo-chan in cute cartoony style.
The special booklet also includes much info on the new “Ja’akuryū (Evil Dragon) Mission”, with three JM 1-specific Dragon Ball Heroes cards to jump start your deck: Son Goku: Boyhood, Kuririn: Boyhood, and Kame-Sen’nin. A set of “mini-card stickers” is packed in as well, depicting various Dragon Ball Heroes cards. Rounding out the issue’s Dragon Ball-themed bonus material is a double-sided JIS B3-sized poster, with promotional art for Dragon Ball Heroes JM 1 on one side, and an illustration by creator Akira Toriyama (originally drawn as a bonus poster for Weekly Shōnen Jump issue 1986 #12 in commemoration of the anime, which would begin airing the following week) on the other.
「ドラゴンボール GT アニメコミック」
A new Dragon Ball serial!!
Dragon Ball GT — Anime Comic
You’ll be able to read that legendary anime!!
You can see lots of Goku!!
The January 2014 issue is also available for pre-order on CDJapan.
Next week’s upcoming 2013 #50 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan is set to debut another two fighters — in “Hero Duos” — for the March 2014 Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, J-Stars Victory Vs.
Tsunayoshi Sawada from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! joins the fight alongside Reborn, where they will be able to perform the “X-Burner” attack together.
Tatsumi Oga from Beelzebub joins the fight with Beelzebub himself, who can be thrown at enemies to inflict damage.
A new support character duo is also set to jump into the mix in the form of Kagura and Sadaharu from Gintama, who can ride into the fray to attack an opponent on the player’s behalf.
Each duo will also have a set of personalized interactions within the game, including dialogue which will change depending on the other characters in the battle.
J-Stars Victory Vs is due out 19 March 2014 in Japan on the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Regular and “Limited Edition” versions will be available for both platforms. Son Goku and Vegeta are the two characters currently announced from Dragon Ball, alongside a wealth of other characters from Jump series old and new alike.
Hong Kong is certainly on top of things when it comes to the latest film for the franchise, Battle of Gods: after a theatrical premier just a few months back, the home video release is almost upon us.
Deltamac will be releasing the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and VCD (yes, you read that correctly!), and it looks like the release will be coming some time this month. The official Hong Kong release will include the original Japanese language track in its original 5.1 surround sound, a 2.0 stereo Cantonese dub, as well as English and Chinese subtitles.
tinlunlau, who passed along word of this release, notes that Deltamac is generally responsible for Fox distribution, which itself goes on to imply Fox’s involvement somewhere along the chain. First run copies of the movie are also reported to come with a slipcover case.
While certain countries across the world debuted the movie subtitled for its theatrical run, Deltamac’s release in Hong Kong will be the first official home video release with an English subtitle track.
After the conclusion of the Dragon Ball Z anime in 1996, Dragon Ball GT continued the franchise’s story with an original story developed by the team at Toei Animation. Running for a total of 64 episodes and one TV special, it was the shortest of the three TV series, bringing things to a close in November 1997. But now, it is set to receive an “anime comics” adaptation in monthly serial form.
The December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump in Japan has announced that Dragon Ball GT will finally be receiving an “Anime Comics” release of its own, and specifically mentions the upcoming “JM” or “Ja’akuryū Mission” (“Evil Dragon Mission”) update to Dragon Ball Heroes, saying that that the two are linked.
Most of the animated Dragon Ball productions not based on an original manga have received “Anime Comics” over the years, taking screen shots and arranging them into manga-form with dialog bubbles. All of the movies and TV specials came out from 1992 through 1997 (wrapping up with the Dragon Ball GT TV special), and even more recent products like the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour Special and Battle of Gods have received them.
Over the course of 2005-2010, the entirety of the Dragon Ball Z TV series received an equivalent “TV Anime Comics” release broken up across eight arcs and 39 total volumes.
The exact nature of the Dragon Ball GT “anime comics” has not been confirmed, but it is likely that they will be largely identical to the other “anime comics” releases in format. The adaptation will launch on 04 December 2013 in the January 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump, creating a monthly “double-header” of Dragon Ball manga alongside Dragon Ball SD.
DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF Z “GOKU EDITION” revealed
Following the Day 1 & Pre-Order announcements, the limited GOKU Edition shows-up!
Leading video game developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. announced today that DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF Z will be coming out on 24th January 2014; and on top of the Ki-blast filled Pre-Order & Day 1 editions, gamers will enjoy the GOKU Edition!
This new game will allow players to experience a whole new fighting mode: Team Battle, a new variety where they will create the perfect team with their allies to defeat the strongest foes out there! Gamers can create their team based on the brawlers’ type: Support, Ki-Blast, Interfere and Melee, the better the team composition is, the stronger the combos will be! On top of these four different battle types, players will enjoy top-notch new features such as the “Ultimate Move”, the “World Genki”, two different stories and much more!
To celebrate the release of this new game, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe is providing fans with some unique Pre-order and Day 1 offers – now including the “GOKU Edition”: a Collector’s Edition for PlayStation®3 and XBOX®360, which features the full game with the unique GOKU (Naruto Uzumaki Sage Mode) Costume DLC, an amazing art book with privileged content from the developers’ team and an exclusive SUPER SAIYAN GOKU figurine (25cm height)!
“Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z not only brings a wealth of innovative gameplay mechanics to the Dragon Ball video games, but also some brand new characters directly from the latest Dragon Ball Z movie, on top of all the famous sagas!” said Mathieu PIAU, EMEA Marketing Director at NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe. “As a reward to our loyal fan base, we’re excited to offer an amazing Collector’s Edition they can’t afford to miss, including a never-before-seen GOKU figurine, a dazzling art book and much more!”
Don’t forget to join our community on www.team-up.eu and Team-Up to unleash your Super-Saiyan power!
DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF Z, for PLAYSTATION®3, XBOX 360® and PLAYSTATION®VITA is coming on 24th January 2014.
Europe has continued to receive “Collector’s Edition” versions of certain Dragon Ball video games for the last few years, even when Japan and particularly North America have not.
Namco-Bandai is delivering just in the nick of time, having promised an October 2013 release timeframe: Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen (“Boyhood Arc”) is now available on both Android and iOS devices. The company also unveiled a new trailer to promote the game:
The Android version requires Gingerbread (2.3) or higher and is available via the Google Play store. The game is a Version 1.0 release and will take up 20 MB of storage.
The iOS version requires 4.3 or higher and is available via Apple’s iTunes / App Store. The game is already at a Version 1.0.1 release and will take up 42 MB of storage. It is optimized for the iPhone 5.
The game will run you ¥400 and currently requires a Japanese account to purchase.
Dragon Ball RPG: Boyhood Arc is the second current-generation mobile game for the franchise, coming not so long after Tap Battle (also for Android and iOS).
FUNimation originally released the 64-episode Dragon Ball GT TV series in North America via single-volume DVDs from 2003-2004 before doing a minor remaster for two “season” sets released across 2008-2009. FUNimation’s second “season” set also contains the sole Dragon Ball GT TV special.
We spoke with Jerome Mazandarani, Manga’s Head of Marketing & Acquisitions, back in April 2012 on Episode #0296 of our podcast. At the time, Mazandarani noted that it was Toei’s request/suggestion that the company start with Dragon Ball Z to test the home release waters before moving on to other potential releases for the franchise. While all three TV series were given TV broadcasts in the UK market — with various English dubs — it had never received a home release before now.
As Dragon Ball Heroes — the most recent video game adaptation of the long-running Dragon Ball “Carddass” series in Japan — approaches its “new chapter” with “JM” (Jaaku Mission or “Evil Mission”) entries starting next month, we thought it would be worth taking a look back at the nearly-three-years the game has been running. We specifically wanted to determine what it has accomplished in terms of furthering the Dragon Ball franchise and its longevity, and what could be done to keep the popularity at an all-time high. Would it even be able to work — *gasp* — outside of Japan, and would a new animated series be the key to its success…?!
Episode #0347! VegettoEX and Julian look back on “Dragon Ball Heroes” and its accomplishments over the last nearly-three-years. What has the game done to further the popularity and longevity of the franchise? Where does it need to head with this “new chapter” in order for it to accomplish something new? Would a new “Dragon Ball Heroes” animated series be the answer, and how could that work with a global fandom? This week’s DBZ news and second “Who’s That Character?!” segment round out the episode.
- FUNimation Posts & Removes Widescreen DBZ “Season One” Trailer
- Viz Dragon Ball “Full Color” Comics Cover Art Revealed
- “Dragon Ball RPG: Boyhood Arc” (Android/iOS) Website Opens
- “J Legend Retsuden” (JP 3DS) Commercial & Promotional Video
- “Battle of Z” (360/PS3/Vita) North American Release: 2014-01-28
- Mayumi Tanaka Confirms More Voice Recording in Blog Post
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Next year’s gigantic celebratory Jump franchise-based multiplayer fighting game for the PlayStation 3 and Vita — J-Stars Victory Vs — finally received a release date this month: 19 March 2014. We also received a pricing structure for the game at the same time, which also revealed that both systems would each be receiving standard and “Limited Edition” releases of the game; the “Limited Edition” will run ¥10,980 yen and ¥9,980 yen on the PS3 and Vita respectively, while the normal edition will run ¥7,980 and ¥6,980 for the same platforms.
The “Limited Edition” version is also being referred to as the “Anime Song Sound Edition”, as it will come packed with 21 theme songs from the animated adaptations of the series whose characters appear in the game. No specific tracks are currently specified, though it notes that the versions used will be the TV-size edits, and some may be further modified for the game.
Online retailers are slowly getting their pre-order listings ready:
- PlayStation 3 Limited Edition Version: CDJapan @ ¥10,457
- PlayStation 3 Regular Version: CDJapan @ ¥7,600
- Vita Limited Edition Version: CDJapan @ ¥9,505
- Vita Regular Version: CDJapan @ ¥6,648
Unlike international Nintendo 3DS gamers with J Legend Retsuden, both the PlayStation 3 and Vita are region-free on the current-generation game hardware level.