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Episode 101 // 20 April 2014
Gohan's the Teacher!
Videl's Introduction to Flight

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.

Three versions of the same CD single may seem like a lot, but one must never forget the eleven different versions of the “Kokoro no Hane” CD single back in 2010.

CDJapan and Amazon Japan currently have the “Dear Zarathustra” CD single available for pre-order.



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.

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  • 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.

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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:

思わぬところでドラゴンボールの過去が少しわかったところでさらにもう少しだけさかのぼり、作者もはじめて知った(!)悟空が地球へ飛び立つようすを特別に描き下ろしてみました。

Just when you’ve unexpectedly learned a little bit about Dragon Ball‘s past, I’ve specially gone back just a little bit further, and drawn anew the circumstances of Goku’s departure for Earth, which even the author found out for the first time(!).

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…

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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…!



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The May 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump hits Japanese shelves tomorrow (04 April 2014) in Japan, and our own Julian (SaiyaJedi) was able to secure an early copy.

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As promised last month, the most relevant bonus with the new issue is the double-sided poster. On one side is the illustration for the fold-out cover of Weekly Shōnen Jump 1995 #07 (which contained Dragon Ball chapter 502), the classic spread of Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, and Ultimate Gohan facing off against three forms of Majin Buu. The other side of the poster appears to be a new illustration: Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku versus the fat Majin Buu with the Dragon Ball Kai logo, obviously in promotion of this weekend’s impending return of the “refreshed” version of the TV series.

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The issue also lists the titles for the first four episodes of the Majin Buu arc of Kai (with Episode 99′s title already being known):

Dragon Ball Kai Episode 100

バレちゃった! 新ヒーローは孫悟飯
Found Out! The New Hero is Son Gohan


Dragon Ball Kai Episode 101

悟飯が先生! ビーデルの舞空術入門
Gohan’s the Teacher! Videl’s Introduction to Flight


Dragon Ball Kai Episode 102

ドラゴンチーム全員集合! 帰ってきた孫悟空!!
The Dragon Team, All Assembled! Son Goku has Returned!!

Judging by the new episode titles in relation to their original Z-counterparts, it would seem that Dragon Ball Kai episodes 100-103 may roughly cover Dragon Ball Z episodes 200-208ish.

The 28th monthly chapter of Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD within the issue covers up to Black’s defeat and Goku picking up the Dragon Balls from Red’s office.

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In addition to Dragon Ball SD, in terms of manga-content, this month’s issue contains another, fifth chapter of the Dragon Ball GT “Anime Comic” covering up to the end of the fight with Wu Xing Long (Five-Star Dragon) and the group receiving the Dragon Ball. At this point, the comic seems to be sticking with a pace of about two chapters per episode.

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The issue also contains a preview of Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS covering the same information we received from the most recent issue of V-Jump and the game’s teaser promotional video.

There is currently a touring tournament for Dragon Ball Heroes and One Piece Kings, “Strong Tour 2014“, with a playoff to determine area representatives. The tour starts in Hiroshima on 13 April 2014 and works its way across the country, ending in Koshigaya (Saitama Prefecture) on 06 July 2014. Both Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda contributed images cheering on the participants:

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Finally, the issue contains the second entry into the short, new “Tell Us, Toriyama-sensei!” Q&A session between Naho Ooishi and original manga author Akira Toriyama:

Why did you come up with the “Scouter” item?

My number-one goal in coming up with it was because, if an opponent’s strength could be seen as a number, it would be very easy for the readers to understand when I put it in the comic. However, I could foresee that it’d be an inconvenience for me down the line, because if you knew a concrete number, then you could tell who would win or lose, so with regards to Goku & co., I decided that [their power] would change due to “Ki” and couldn’t be adequately measured.

In addition, it’s a very convenient item to create peril, since with enemies equipped with them, their location could become known, and they could be reported.

The second Q&A will be archived shortly on its respective page in our “Translations” section.

The June 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump, due out 02 May 2014 due to Golden Week, is set to contain bonus Dragon Ball Heroes cards of Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku (whose main technique is “Super Dragon Strike Fist” with a Card Action Ability of “Double”) and Majin Buu (whose main attack is “Innocence Canon” with a Card Action Ability of “Sparking”), both of which use their respective illustrations from this month’s poster. Perhaps most interesting in next month’s issue will be a “scoop” with Toriyama answering more questions about the Buu arc, a pencil board with the cover of Volume 41 of the manga, and an “illustration book” which we do not have any further details on just yet.

The May 2014 issue is available for purchase at CDJapan and Amazon Japan for ¥500.



J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, continues with solid sales figures in its second week exclusively in Japan.

For the period of 24 March 2014 to 30 March 2014, according to the Media Create sales chart, the game pushed another 25,300 copies on the PlayStation 3 and another 24,825 copies on the Vita. This brings the game up to 143,540 and 122,646 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.



With just a couple days to go before its 04 April 2014 release date, Shueisha’s website has finally revealed the cover art for the upcoming second collected volume of Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD:

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In addition to the regular chapters covering the 21st Tenka’ichi Budōkai, the volume is slated to include a bonus “Son Goku: Boyhood” card for Dragon Ball Heroes, the 12-page “Battle of Gods Special Manga Version” from the April 2013 Saikyō Jump, as well as another bonus comic (likely the four-page “V-Jump Away-Edition” from the December 2013 issue of V-Jump).

The 192-page tankobon-sized volume will run ¥517 plus tax and like the first collected volume should preserve the full-color presentation from its original Saikyō Jump serialization.

Dragon Ball SD began with Saikyō Jump as a quarterly publication with four total issues in 2011 re-telling major aspects of the franchise in an even more childish tone. When the magazine switched to a monthly format in 2012, Dragon Ball SD started over at the very beginning of the series with the same kind of writing and artistic style.

Volume 2 of the collected Dragon Ball SD is available for pre-order from CDJapan and Amazon Japan.



Today’s 2014 #18 issue of Viz’s digital, English-language Weekly Shonen Jump announces that the company will publish a special chapter of Dragon Ball — presumably the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected-edition bonus comic which we know to be titled Dragon Ball Minus in Japan — in next week’s issue.

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Dragon Ball Minus is set to cover Goku’s life before heading to Earth along with introducing Gine, the character’s mother, for the first time. The existence of Gine and a tease about her upcoming inclusion was first divulged by Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and Dragon Ball manga author Akira Toriyama in a special Q&A back in the March 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump. The issue featured a bonus pack-in of a “Super Kanzenban” for Naho Ooishi’s Episode of Bardock manga.

Viz’s release of the chapter would come just three days after the Japanese collected release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman hits shelves 04 April 2014.

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. Originally teased by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”, by the series’ completion it became clear that it was indeed a true prequel to Dragon Ball.

Viz will release their English-language collected edition of the series, both digitally and in print, in January 2015.



An article published today on Oricon promotes the impending Japanese collected release of the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman manga series by Akira Toriyama. In addition to comments promoting the series itself, the article also notes that the bonus comic, Dragon Ball Minus, will introduce Goku’s mother for the first time, and will cover the time period up to Goku being sent to Earth.

The trinkets promised alongside the “Super Elite Edition” — specifically the keychain and Galactic Patrol badge — are also detailed in photos:

Finally, included amongst the photos is one with a caption stating matter-of-factly (despite its having never been reported up to that point) that Akira Toriyama’s “legendary group of works” will receive reprints with new obi containing a brand-new illustration. Judging by the image provided, these new illustrations appear to come with new comments from the author, as well. It is unclear, however, whether they will only cover Toriyama’s short serials post-Dragon Ball, or if his one-shot collections, or even Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball, will also be included.

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04 April 2014 is set to be an exceedingly busy (and expensive!) day for fans of Dragon Ball and Akira Toriyama, with not only two versions of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and new illustrations packed into Toriyama’s existing works, but also three new volumes of the “Full Color Comics”, the second volume of Dragon Ball SD, the May issue of Saikyō Jump (containing the SD serialization and the Dragon Ball GT anime comic), and Akira Katsura, which contains Sachie-chan Gū! and Jiya, the two collaborative works between Toriyama and longtime friend Masakazu Katsura.

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. Originally teased by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”, by the series’ completion it became clear that it was indeed a true prequel to Dragon Ball.

Viz will release their collected edition of the series in English in January 2015.