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Published by VegettoEX
01 May 2017, 12:24 PM EDTComment

After a short break, our podcast returns this week with a check-in on the updated visual style and effects on display in Dragon Ball Super‘s “Universe Survival arc”. We first took a look when the new arc was only a couple episodes into the story — tune in for our latest analysis!

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Episode #0423! Mike and Ajay check in on the updated visual style and effects on display in the “Universe Survival arc” of “Dragon Ball Super”. Have the filters been toned down in any way, or is that perception just a side effect of the story’s various locales? Has pre-production evened out to acceptable levels, and what kinds of tidbits are out there on social media telling the behind-the-scenes story?

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Published by VegettoEX
29 April 2017, 9:36 PM EDT1 Comment

After various teases — most recently in the June 2016 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine alongside a design by original series creator Akira ToriyamaCaulifla (so far uncredited, but named in the episode’s closed captioning as カリフラ karifura) made her on-screen debut in today’s eighty-eighth episode of the Dragon Ball Super television series.

The character takes her name from “cauliflower” (カリフラワー karifurawā), continuing the vegetable pun theme for all Saiyan names.

Caulifla’s elder brother that Cabba speaks to during the episode is named Rensō (レンソウ rensō), taking his name from from the Japanese word for “spinach” (菠薐草 hōrensō). Rensō is played by Masaya Takatsuka, who also plays the Great Priest.

UPDATE: Upon further internal review and discussion, we have decided to adjust our style guide with a spelling of “Caulifla” (which has already been updated throughout this news story). While we do not always agree with and match up with Toei’s official translation tracks provided to simulcast providers (see: “Lavender” vs “Lavenda”), we believe that “Caulifla” is in fact the best alphabet representation of the name which respects the pun source (and its spelling difference compared with the source word) along with its pronunciation.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and a home release set to begin in July.

Published by VegettoEX
28 April 2017, 7:36 PM EDTComment

Toei Animation has uploaded a new promotional video in support of the Dragon Ball Super television series’ on-going “Universe Survival arc“. While a previous video focused solely on #17 (returning to the series after an extended absence), this latest video briefly highlights each member of Universe 7’s team with footage from the original Dragon Ball Z television series (from its Kai remastering) as well as current Super material.

Ten warriors take up the challenge of a battle with survival on the line, universe pitted against universe
The biggest battle royale in history will break out
The only ones to survive will be those standing at the end

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and a home release set to begin in July.

Published by VegettoEX
28 April 2017, 3:26 PM EDTComment

Though not yet included in Shueisha’s own online listings, Amazon Japan has dated the Dragon Ball Super manga’s third collected volume for 02 June 2017.

The series’ second collected volume saw its release in Japan back in December 2016 spanning chapters 10 to 15 and the second Jump Victory Carnival bonus comic.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ twenty-third chapter coming last week in the magazine’s June 2017 issue; the chapter was published digitally in English the same day by Viz. 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 to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series; the first print volume is set for release 02 May 2017 followed by the second volume 05 December 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and a home release set to begin in July.

Published by VegettoEX
27 April 2017, 12:42 PM EDTComment

Listings for the seventh DVD and Blu-ray Japanese home video box set of the Dragon Ball Super television series have begun to appear on retailer sites.

The set — due out 02 August 2017 — will cover episodes 73 to 84, wrapping up the “Future Trunks arc” and beginning the “Universe Survival arc” of the series. The set will also include a creditless version of the respective closing theme used during its batch of episodes. DVD boxes are priced at ¥12,096 while Blu-ray boxes are priced at ¥16,416.

The sixth DVD and Blu-ray box for the series (covering episodes 61-72) was released earlier this month in Japan. The series is currently being released as two-disc box sets in Japan; single-disc rental DVDs are available separately with their own unique cover art.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and a home release set to begin in July.

Published by VegettoEX
27 April 2017, 8:55 AM EDTComment

After receiving a couple tiny cover art teases in the June 2017 issue of V-Jump, Shueisha has updated their listings with the cover art and official description for the upcoming first collected volume of Yoshitaka Nagayama‘s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission (“Ankoku Makai Mission”) manga series, “Time Patrol, Move Out!” (出動!タイムパトロール Shutsudō! Taimu Patorōru).

タイムマシンを使ったトランクスは”時の界王神”と出会い、”タイムパトロール”へ参加! 時空を乱す存在に、暗黒魔界との関係は!? 超人気カードゲームマンガ第1巻! 「極カリスマミッション!!」も特別収録!


Trunks, who used the time machine, encounters the “Kaiōshin of Time” and joins the “Time Patrol”! What connection does the “Dark Demon Realm” have with the being ravaging the time-space continuum?! Volume 1 of the super-popular card game’s comic! Also specially included is “Ultimate Charisma Mission!!”!

The volume will also come packed with a “Vegeks: Xeno” (fusion of Vegeta and future Trunks) card for the Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game.

A sequel/continuation from and initially a replacement for the previous Dragon Ball Heroes Super Charisma Mission! manga series, Dark Demon Realm Mission began in the September 2016 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine telling a new story set in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes world with Time Patrol Trunks, Chronoa, and more. The series’ sixth chapter will be serialized in the July 2016 issue due out in early June, after this first collected volume’s release.

Nagayama’s original Charisma Mission series debuted with a special Rookie Charisma Mission Episode 0 in the December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, then ran in earnest from the July 2014 to July 2016 issues. In it, Engineer Yoshito, Battle Navigator Tsubasa, and Battle Princess Momo illustrate the various features of the game in comedic ways. With the cancellation of Katsuki Hirose‘s Dragon Ball Discross Divine Power God MAX!! spin-off manga series (due to the Discross arcade game’s official discontinuation), Nagayama returned with Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! in the March 2017 issue, which now runs alongside Dark Demon Realm Mission.

Saikyō Jump currently serializes five Dragon Ball spin-off series: Dragon Ball SD, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic, Dragon Ball Fusions the MANGA!!, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, and Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! Beyond Dark Demon Realm Mission, Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD is the only other series receiving a collected print (and digital) release.

The first volume will retail for ¥400 (plus tax), will span 176 pages, and hits Japanese shelves 02 May 2017. The volume is available for pre-order on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
25 April 2017, 2:39 PM EDTComment

Ahead of next week’s release, Viz has uploaded a promotional video in support of the first Dragon Ball Super manga volume’s English translation.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ twenty-third chapter coming earlier this week in the magazine’s June 2017 issue; the chapter was published digitally in English the same day by Viz. 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 to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series; the first print volume is set for release 02 May 2017 followed by the second volume 05 December 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and a home release set to begin in July.

Published by VegettoEX
25 April 2017, 11:03 AM EDT1 Comment

Square Enix has announced a promotional campaign with Amazon for North American Final Fantasy XIV players bringing some familiar-looking “Eastern Journey” items to the game. Players will be able to acquire an “Eastern Journey Battle Staff” (lancer/dragoon weapon), a “Flying Cumulus Mount” to ride atop, as well as general “Eastern Journey Attire” to wear. These items were originally exclusive to Chinese players, and are finally making their way out to more international players.

The items obviously draw inspiration from Journey to the West, the 16th century Chinese novel detailing Xuanzang’s pilgrimage to India for sacred scrolls. Along the way, the priest meets and befriends various monsters, including the self-proclaimed Monkey King himself (Sun Wukong, read in Japanese as “Son Goku”). The novel’s “Compliant Golden-Hooped Rod” served as the inspiration for Son Goku’s Nyoi-bō, while the character’s “somersault cloud” technique served as the inspiration for Kinto-un.

We currently maintain a small “Kanzenshuu” free company (guild) on the game’s Midgardsormr server for those interested in playing along. The game now features a free trial up to level 35.

Various other video games have included Journey to the West homages, from Sleeping Dogs‘ Monkey King pack, to multiple MOBAs’ Wukong-esque characters, up through Enslaved: Odyssey to the West‘s total re-imagination of the story in a post-apocalyptic setting.

Check out Episode #0249 of our podcast for a crash-course in Dragon Ball‘s various connections to Journey to the West. For a brief overview of other Journey to the West adaptations in anime and manga, check out the “Journey West!” article in our 30th anniversary magazine.

Published by VegettoEX
25 April 2017, 9:44 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with today’s launch of the third paid downloadable content pack for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, Bandai Namco’s Japanese branch has released a short overview video featuring the pack’s new characters, costumes, missions, etc. along with a recap of previous content packs.

The video features the second Dragon Ball Z opening theme song “We Gotta Power” as background music, with a notation that the song is included as part of a free update to the game. The video concludes with a tease of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegetto (a.k.a. Super Saiyan Blue Vegetto, Vegetto Blue, etc.), asking viewers to stay tuned to Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine for further details.

Note that the latest issue of V-Jump — the June 2017 issue, released last Friday — does not detail anything on this forthcoming pack. The July 2017 issue is set for release 20 May 2017.

The company’s American branch pegs the downloadable content pack for release in June 2017:

The first paid downloadable content pack was released 20 December 2016, with the second pack following 28 February 2017. Downloadable content packs are included in the cost of the game’s season pass, which is available for $29.99 and will cover four total content packs.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The game was also recently announced for the Nintendo Switch.

Published by VegettoEX
21 April 2017, 8:34 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with a promotional live stream offered by the company’s American branch, Bandai Namco has announced a 25 April 2017 release date for the upcoming third paid downloadble content pack for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2. The pack will contain new characters (namely Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black, Zamasu, and Bojack) along with the usual new techniques, costumes, and more.

Get ready for DB Super Pack 3 available on April 25TH
April 21, 2017

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is announcing today the release date for DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 third DLC pack: DB Super Pack 3.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is announcing today the release date for DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 third DLC pack: DB Super Pack 3. This new DLC pack is going to be launched on April 25th and includes new content based on the Dragon Ball Super anime with additional characters, new parallel quests, additional skills, costumes and much more!

Available through Season Pass and purchasable individually, the DB Super Pack 3 features:

3 Additional Characters: Goku Black Rose, Zamasu and Bojack.
3 New Parallel Quests
5 Additional Skills
4 Additional Costumes
5 Super Souls
2 Emotes
Bojack as a Master, leading to new quests to unlock new Skills, Chats, Marks

The first paid downloadable content pack was released 20 December 2016, with the second pack following 28 February 2017. Downloadable content packs are included in the cost of the game’s season pass, which is available for $29.99 and will cover four total content packs.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The game was also recently announced for the Nintendo Switch.