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Episode 143 // 01 March 2015
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Today’s 2015 #13 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan notes (as the only bit of news for Revival of “F” within the issue) that Freeza’s new “evolution” will be revealed in two weeks within the 2015 #15 issue of the magazine:

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WJ15号でフリーザの新たな進化が明らかに…!?


In Weekly Jump issue #15, Freeza’s new evolution will be revealed…!?

Though we have been teased several times with regard to what Freeza’s new “evolution” may be (specifically with the line, “Allow me to show you… my further evolution!” in the first full-length trailer), as it currently stands we still have no real information on what it may turn out to be!

With the exception of shifted schedules due to holidays and the like, Weekly Shōnen Jump is released each Monday in Japan.



With 55 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has returned to Bulma’s control. This time around, she invites Gohan to toss in a few thoughts:

ブルマ:
こんにちは!ブルマよ!
公開まであと55日!
今日は孫君の息子の悟飯君に来てもらったわ。

悟飯:
みなさーん、こんにちは!そんご…

ブルマ:
ちょ、ちょっと悟飯君、なによその恰好!?

悟飯:
いやぁ、フリーザが復活したって聞いてあわてて道着を探していたんですけど見当たらなくって……ジャージしかなかったんですよ。

ブルマ:
もう~しっかりしてよね!
そういう抜けてるところはお父さんそっくりなんだから!

悟飯:
すみません・・・でもブルマさん、大変なことになりましたね。

ブルマ:
そうよ!地球の危機なんだから、悟飯君も頑張って闘いなさいよ!

悟飯:
そうですね・・まだ超サイヤ人にはなれると思うんですが……
今回はみんなの力を総動員しないと1000人のフリーザ軍には勝てませんからね!
あと55日、しっかり修業しないといけませんね!


Bulma:
Hi there! Bulma here!
There are now 55 days until opening!
Today, Son-kun’s son, Gohan-kun, is here.

Gohan:
Hi, everyone! I’m Son Go—

Bulma:
Hold on a minute, Gohan-kun. What’s with that getup?

Gohan:
Well, when I heard that Freeza was back, I looked for my dōgi in a panic, but I couldn’t find it… all I had was this tracksuit.

Bulma:
Geez~ keep it together, will you?
That relaxed attitude of yours is just like your father’s!

Gohan:
Sorry… but Bulma, we’re in serious trouble!

Bulma:
That’s right! It’s a crisis for the Earth, so do your best and fight, Gohan-kun!

Gohan:
Let’s see… I think I can still become a Super Saiyan…
This time, everyone will have to to turn out in full-force if we want to win against Freeza’s 1000-strong army!
There are 55 days left, so I’ve got to do some serious training!

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Fans continue to question Gohan’s ability to and actual showcase of transforming into a Super Saiyan based on the events within the manga leading up to this timeframe. In the 2013 film Battle of Gods, early promotional materials showcased him transforming into a Super Saiyan mid-battle, whereas the final film did away with these effects (though Gohan did transform during the Super Saiyan God ritual). It is unknown whether fan comments toward production staff swayed these decisions, and it remains to be seen what happens in Revival of “F” with regard to Gohan and these transformations.

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



Norihito Sumitomo came on as a new composer for the Dragon Ball franchise with the 2013 theatrical film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. In addition to being the second new composer for Dragon Ball Kai (scoring the Majin Buu arc, which is currently airing in Japan and certain international markets), Sumitomo will return to his duties for the upcoming new film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”.

A staff member named “Hikari” recently wrote a blog post discussing Sumitomo’s and the team’s work composing for the film:

He began composing the songs after reading the script in December of last year, at a rate of five pieces a day.

With a film, the music requests come in chronological order, so he starts writing from M1.

The turbulent M2 has about 5 variations.

Sumitomo says it’s precisely these kinds of pieces which must be written in order from the start.

If you can write the cool pieces right at the start, then the rest is just a matter of adding on.

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Pictured above are many of the musical composition team members surrounding the film’s director, Tadayoshi Yamamuro. Read a full translation of the staff blog post (accompanied by many more photos!) in our “Translations” section.



With 56 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has been updated. This time around, production staff discuss the special Battle of Gods encore screening held in Tokyo earlier today, which acted as a kick-off for the release of said film’s special edition, as well as hosting a special gathering of folks for Revival of “F”:

こんにちは。スタッフです。
本日は映画公開の56日前です!

本日は『ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」』の公開記念として、
『ドラゴンボールZ 神と神 スペシャル・エディション』のDVD&Blu-ray発売記念イベントが行われました!

まず登壇したのは、孫悟空・孫悟飯・孫悟天役の野沢雅子さん、キャラクターの悟空、
そしてスペシャルトークゲストとしてドラゴンボールが大好きという吉木りささんの3名。

吉木さんはブルマ風のピンクのミニワンピースという可愛らしい衣装で登場し、野沢さんも大絶賛。
『神と神』についてのトークを繰り広げたあと、フリーザ役の中尾隆聖さん、キャラクターのフリーザが登場し会場は大盛り上がりしました!


Hello, it’s the staff here.
Today marks 56 days left until the premiere!

An event was held today to celebrate the upcoming premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, as well as the DVD and Blu-ray release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods – Special Edition!

First onstage were Masako Nozawa (voice of Son Goku, Gohan, and Goten), someone in a Goku costume, and special guest Risa Yoshiki, who’s a big Dragon Ball fan.

Yoshiki wore an adorable Bulma-esque pink mini-one piece, and even Nozawa was impressed.

After discussing Battle of Gods for a bit, Ryūsei Nakao (voice of Freeza) and someone in a Freeza costume turned up and things really kicked off!

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The “special edition” of Battle of Gods will be released to Blu-ray and DVD in Japan 12 March 2015. Its release in Japan comes later than for the English-speaking market, where it went on sale in North America and the U.K. last year through FUNimation.



Though “Bulma” launched an official blog to promote the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, the entries were hijacked by “Freeza” with 57 days left until the film’s debut in Japan:

こんにちは!ブルマよ!
公開まであと57日!
今日は………あれ!!?ちょっと・・・何よ!!パソコンが!!!

地球のみなさま、こんにちは。私はフリーザというものです。
しばしの間このカウントダウンブログを乗っ取らせていただきました。
ご存知の通り、私57日後に復活することになりました。
フリーザ軍の生き残りのソルベとタゴマという部下が私を蘇らせてくれましてね。
新たなフリーザ軍として地球へ行く事にしました。

楽しみですよ、あの憎きサイヤ人たちに復讐をするその時が!
今回1000人の部下を連れて行きますので、地球人も皆殺しにしてやりますよ!
4月18日を、楽しみにしていなさい!フッフッフッフッ・・・・・・

あと57日

終わったみたいね…。
何だったのよアイツ!急にレディのブログを乗っ取るなんて失礼なやつね!
私に手を出したらベジータが黙っちゃいないわよ!
57日後、首を洗って待っているのはそっちのほうよ!


Hello! It’s me, Bulma!

Just 57 days left until the premier!

Today is… huh?! Wait a minute…what the?! My PC!!!

Greetings people of Earth. My name is Freeza.
I’ll be hijacking this countdown blog for a little while.
As you know, my revival is in 57 days.
Some survivors of my army named Sorbet and Tagoma are bringing me back to life.
We’ll be heading for Earth with a new army.

I’m looking forward to getting my revenge on those loathsome Saiyans!
This time I’m bringing 1,000 minions with me, to exterminate all the Earthlings!

Look forward to April 18th! Hehehehe…

57 days to go.

Looks like that’s over with…
Man, what’s his problem? Hijacking a lady’s computer like that! What a jerk!
Vegeta won’t stand for it if he lays even a finger on me!
Just you wait! 57 days from now, he’ll be in for it big time!

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Stay tuned for further updates and translations!



Alongside the release of the print edition of V-Jump‘s April 2015 issue, new unlockable online content previews sketches from next month’s second chapter of Toyotarō’s introductory manga adaptation of the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”.

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While we obviously cannot reproduce all of the images in their entirety, we can at least explain that the captions to the storyboard images try to play up a sense of mystery, though it is obvious what is happening in each scene. Statements along the lines of “Why are Goku & Vegeta clashing with Whis?!” and “What’s this? Isn’t Beerus supposed to be asleep?” accompany the sketches.

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“V-Jump+” content is unlocked via the “Shōnen Jump+” website and mobile app. Codes are included in a sealed section within each V-Jump issue. Each code is single-use, meaning that a physical copy of the magazine must be purchased to view the bonus content, but once entered, the code unlocks the content across all devices used with the same “Shōnen Jump+” account. The content must be unlocked by the end of the month after the magazine’s release; after it is unlocked, however, it remains viewable through the user’s download history, even after it ceases to be advertised in the app’s table of contents.

The first chapter of Toyotarō’s Revival of “F” manga adaptation can be found within this week’s April 2015 issue of V-Jump (officially released today, 21 February 2015). Another two chapters will be printed within the May and June 2015 issues, respectively.



It is technically the 21st in Japan, and so the April 2015 issue of V-Jump has officially gone on sale. While plot details about the upcoming film, Revival of “F”, have been scarce as-of-late, Shueisha’s latest magazine gets the ball rolling once again.

Debuting this month is the first of three chapters for an introductory manga adaptation of the film by Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission author and illustrator Toyotarō. The adaptation is set to tell the story from the early parts of the upcoming film, and so needless to say, it is essentially guaranteed to contain massive spoilers for those wishing to eventually head in to the film entirely blind.

That being said, we have expanded the “Official Spin-Offs” section of our “Manga Guide” to include a new “Movie Adaptations” page which will catalog Naho Ooishi’s Jump Super Anime Tour Special manga adaptation, as well as this new Revival of “F” adaptation by Toyotarō.

The first chapter has a full listing including relevant notes; be on the lookout for special other-Toriyama-works cameos!

“Toyotarō” is, in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”. The introductory manga will run for three chapters in the April, May, and June 2015 issues of V-Jump in Japan.



As reported on Anime News Network, the upcoming April 2015 issue of V-Jump (officially hitting shelves 21 February 2015) will announce Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden (written as 超究極武闘伝, literally “super ultimate fighting legend”), a new fighting game coming to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan this summer.

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The game is being advertised as having a total of over 100 characters (with an unknown number of such actually being playable), and being “anything-goes”, from one-on-one battles up through team brawls. Characters will also appear through the “Z-Assist” feature, which will feature (for example) Bulma throwing capsules, and Chi-Chi’s rage erupting in a wall of text.

Also teased are super special-techniques called “Ultimate Arts”, which can be activated in stages that are the characters’ specialty.

Arc System Works will develop the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

While the Nintendo 3DS is the company’s first fully-region-locked portable system, an exploit allows for non-“New Nintendo 3DS” models (the original model and XL iterations) to load alternate-region games. The exploit is confirmed to work up through the system’s current firmware. Those interesting in importing based on this exploit may wish to stay tuned to see how things play out down the line with this game and updated firmware releases. Note that the exploit does not allow for piracy; a legitimate game must be purchased.

Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden, the most recent game to receive the “Butōden” branding (and first since the 32-bit generation), was released in February 2011. The game was never localized outside of Japan.



An official blog to promote the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, has been opened on the popular Japanese blogging service Ameblo, run in-character by “Bulma”.

The blog opened with the following post:

みんな~、はじめまして!ブルマよ。
もちろん私のことは知ってるわよね!
カプセルコーポレーションの令嬢でベジータの妻、ブルマ様よ!

実は、どうやら今日が映画『ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」』の公開59日前…ということらしいわ。
…そう!59日前(ごくうにちまえ)記念日ってわけ!
そんなわけで、今日から59日に渡って毎日映画公開までカウントダウンをしていくから、
みんなチェックは欠かさずよろしくね!

ナビゲーターはわ・た・し。
色々な映画の見どころや、キャスト・スタッフのコメントも紹介していくからお見逃しなく!


Everyone~, nice to meet you! It’s me, Bulma.
Of course, you all know who I am!
Bulma-sama, Daughter of the Capsule Corporation and wife of Vegeta!

The truth is, apparently today is 59 days before the opening of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F’….
…That’s right! That means it’s the 59 (Go-ku) day milestone!
With that in mind, starting today, I’ll be counting down each of the 59 days until the movie’s release,
so everyone, don’t forget to check!

Yours truly will be your guide.
I’ll be introducing all sorts of highlights from the movie, along with comments from the cast and staff, so don’t miss it!

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The website has since updated with an additional post (for 58 days until release), with Goku joining in with Bulma and dropping what appears to be a new bit of information:

ブルマ:
フリーザって、未来のトランクスがめちゃめちゃに切り刻んじゃったじゃない!

悟空:
そこをなんとかっつー機械で、粉々になった肉体をくっつけちまったみてえなんだよな。
しかも、あいつはオラやトランクスにやられちまったことで、すげえ恨みを持ってて、オラたちに勝つために、4段階の変身よりも更に進化するような強さを身に着けて襲ってきやがったんだ。


Bulma:
But didn’t the Trunks from the future dice Freeza up into tiny bits?!

Goku:
They put all the little pieces of his body back together using a whatchamacallit machine, seems like.
And on top of that, since he was defeated by me and Trunks, he’s got a huge grudge, and to win against me, he attacked after gaining the strength to progress/evolve further beyond his four transformations.

In typical Goku-fashion, he then goes on to say that Freeza being a lot stronger makes him excited, which earns him the ire of Bulma when the Earth is in danger.

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



Dragon Ball XENOVERSE remained on the charts for its second week in Japan, though it suffered an expected drop.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 09 February 2015 to 15 February 2015, the game pushed another 16,406 and 12,513 copies on the PlayStation 3 and 4, respectively, with cumulative console sales of 60,627 and 47,203 copies. Xbox platform sales were, as expected for the Japanese market, not reported.

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. The game was released earlier this month (05 February 2015) in Japan, while other territories have shifted slightly (North America to 24 February 2015, and Europe to 27 February 2015, the lattermost of which will also act as the global PC release date).