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Episode 140 // 01 February 2015
In High Spirits!
Buu-Buu Volleyball!

Similar to the European branch’s release date shift, the North American branch of Bandai Namco has also announced their delay of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE from 17 February 2015 to 24 February 2015.

With DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE, BANDAI NAMCO Games is striving to create one of the most ambitious Dragon Ball video game experiences ever; with an expansive online multiplayer world, a multitude of game modes, and for the first time ever… players can create their own fully customizable characters and actually play a part in rewriting the classic franchise’s history.

In order to ensure the highest possible gameplay experience for our fans; BANDAI NAMCO Games America will be moving the DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE launch date from February 17, 2015 to February 24, 2015.

This release date shift also applies to the PC version, whose new date is already reflected on the Steam storefront as 27 February 2015, which Bandai Namco has also confirmed.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.



Bandai Namco EU announced today that it has pushed the release date of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE in the UK from 13 February 2015 to 27 February 2015.

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The move is stated to be so the company can, “ensure the highest possible gameplay experience” for its users. The delay is for console versions as well as the PC release.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game is still set for release 05 February 2015 in Japan, and 17 February 2015 in the Americas.

Stay tuned for any further release updates!



The official website for Dragon Ball Heroes — the four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — has updated with a slew of promotional material for its upcoming Ja’aku Ryū Mishion 8 (“Evil Dragons Mission 8″ or “JM8″) update coming this month. This is the final “JM” update to the series, which will continue onward with the “God Mission” series this spring.

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The 15-second commercial provides a brief overview of the new cards, specifically focusing on the One Star Dragon and his Card Action Ability “Dark Dragon” (also shown off last month in the 28th chapter of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission), as well as Super Saiyan 4 and Golden Ōzaru versions of Gogeta. Two “secret” cards are also teased.

The 30-second “Special Movie” acts as the sort of “opening” theme and animation for the update, once again spotlighting the One-Star Dragon and Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta, as well as calling back to Adult Gotenks and the class-upgraded Hero Avatars, both of which were introduced during the various “Evil Dragon Mission” updates.

The four-minute-long “How to Play” video provides an overview of just that along with showcasing the One Star Dragon’s “Dark Dragon” technique in action (stealing your opponent’s energy to then hit them with a massive attack), and teasing campaigns at arcade units involving defeating the various Evil Dragons to increase your experience, but also revealing something wrong with a new Age (possibly tying in to the upcoming “God Mission 1″ update). The video closes out with a tease for “GDM 1″ coming later this year.

The “JM8″ update to Dragon Ball Heroes will be released 15 January 2015.



Today’s 2015 #6/7 double-issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan contains a batch of scoops for 2015’s upcoming Dragon Ball Z theatrical film, Revival of “F”.

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A splash announces that “F” by Maximum the Hormone will appear in the movie as an insert song. Original manga author — and writer for the new film — Akira Toriyama has stated that the band’s 2008 song influenced his decision on the film’s title.

The magazine mentions the new design for Gohan (previously revealed in the February 2015 issue of V-Jump) as well as a new design for Kuririn:

Some quite surprising design images have arrived!! It’s Gohan, who for some reason is in a tracksuit, and Kuririn, dressed as a police officer!! Just what happened after the last movie?!

A further blurb goes on to describe Kuririn’s new design:

His hairstyle has gone from spiky in the last movie back to clean-shaven! He also looks surprisingly good in a police uniform.

The letters “SCPD” are also visible on Kuririn’s badge; while the text makes no mention of this, it is likely an abbreviation for “Satan City Police Department”.

The story for Revival of “F” 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. 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.

Revival of “F” opens 18 April 2015 nationwide in Japan in 2D and 3D.



2013 was a packed year for Dragon Ball. The new film Battle of Gods saw its Japanese theatrical debut and home release, plenty of international releases (both theatrically and on home video), video game tie-ins, etc. Beerus and Whis were fantastic new additions to the pantheon of Dragon Ball characters. It felt like original manga author Akira Toriyama had truly immersed himself back into the series. Oh, and he also wrote a prequel to Dragon Ball (!!!).

What could possibly top that in 2014? Oh, right: another new movie is on the horizon! Without the final product itself even coming out until 2015, we had 2014 as a transition year filled with news.

These were the top five stories of the year according to total website traffic, rate of traffic growth, social media conversations, etc.


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#5: July 19th – More “Future Warrior” Screen Shots for “Dragon Ball XENOVERSE”

In a year filled with announcements of an upcoming new movie, you would think there could be little else that might even have a chance of sneaking in to the top five news stories. Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — the upcoming multiplayer online story-based fighting game extravaganza for consoles and PC — is one of those other projects dropping bombshell after bombshell. While we now know that the “Future Warrior” is your own player-created character (and can be one of five different races), Bandai Namco’s slow drip of information with their own specific design kept fans salivating and coming back for more. The original shots showcasing the red hair and cape got people talking, but the Super Saiyan transformation had fans losing their minds.

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#4: July 15th – V-Jump Unveils New “Dragon Ball Z” Movie In Development

There is little that can set fire to Dragon Ball fandom like a new movie announcement. While Battle of Gods was announced and then followed-up by plenty of quotes from original manga author Akira Toriyama, the 2015 movie was being written by the man himself. Sign-off from notoriously-hard-to-please former-editor Kazuhiko Torishima and promises of more action scenes had us all begging for more information. The movie’s announcement in V-Jump (and subsequent leaks thereof) proved the magazine’s relevance and importance to Shueisha, particularly in light of Saikyō Jump‘s odd mid-year release schedule change and Weekly Shōnen Jump‘s then-upcoming shift to digital-and-print releases.

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#3: February 17th – “Dragon Ball Kai” Returns With Majin Buu Arc in April 2014

It was perhaps the biggest, most-open, worst-kept secret we’ve had in quite some time: Dragon Ball Kai was coming back for the Majin Buu story arc. When, though? And how? Would it truly not air on Japanese television as Mayumi Tanaka originally noted back in late 2012? Somewhere along the line plans heavily shifted, and with Toriko out the window, Dragon Ball Kai reclaiming its timeslot on Fuji TV seemed to make perfect sense. Of course, the whole story arc has been a confusing mess with two separate versions, a cropped presentation even in Japan, Norihito Sumitomo coming in as (technically) the third composer on the “refreshed” series, four closing themes, etc. While it has slowly begun to make its way out to the international markets, FUNimation has officially kept quiet about their acquisition and production on it, despite that being yet another poorly-kept secret. All signs point to them having anticipated its release by this point. Dragon Ball Kai seems to have a cursed production from beginning to end!

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#2: July 18th – Toei Opens Official Website For 2015 Dragon Ball Z Movie

The announcements of the 2013 and 2015 movies received plenty of attention, but when we start getting nitty-gritty details is when all the fans come out of the woodwork. The new movie’s official website teased us with an ominous message: “The worst wish in history. That is the beginning of despair.” We had little else to go on at that point, but it was enough for fans to drive themselves mad with speculation. Who was making this wish? After the light-hearted fare of Battle of Gods, would the new movie truly bring us to these depths of despair?

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#1: December 4th – “Revival of ‘F'” 2015 DBZ Movie Trailer Teased on Japanese TV

We had a title, new characters, a significant returning character, and a few other tidbits of information. When Mezamashi TV first showcased animation from the upcoming movie, that was enough for the floodgates to open. It felt real. It felt tangible. There was truly another new movie on the horizon. Freeza is back and has something up his sleeve. Goku and Vegeta are seemingly off with Beerus and Whis. It was just a tease for an eventual proper trailer, but it was enough for fans worldwide to immediately drop what they were doing. Our first actual look at Revival of “F” was, far and away, the biggest story of 2014.


Toriyama’s words were close runner-ups with his “Twel-Buu Mysteries” Q&A from the June 2014 Saikyō Jump nipping at the heels of the Revival of “F” news stories. Various other movie comments, interviews, and Q&As followed suit in traffic numbers.

2014 was a great year for Dragon Ball as we celebrated its 30th anniversary… but 2015 is already knocking down the door promising more excitement, so cheers to 2014 as we leave you behind in search of further adventures!



Dragon Ball Online somehow had both a longer and shorter life than it could have had. Starting with an open beta in 2010, the Korean MMORPG made its way to a few other territories and localizations before winding down last year, never actually making it to either Japanese or English localizations. The game brought fans a new, rich history for the franchise that spanned the entire “Age” calendar that we were already familiar with as well as onward into a new future with involvement from original manga author Akira Toriyama.

Despite the game’s closure, the wealth of new characters, locations, and scenarios will live on via Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, the upcoming fighting game on consoles and PCs from Dimps and Bandai Namco (not to mention in the upcoming major update to the card-based arcade game, Dragon Ball Heroes, which hits Spring 2015).

However, before Dragon Ball Online actually shut down, there were clear plans for additional content patches that would further the battle against Mira and Towa’s “history breaking” along with introducing even more characters. We may never know the true extent of these plans!

That being said, this past July, Bandai Namco presented information about Dragon Ball XENOVERSE to press and fans at Japan Expo in France. Included as part of the presentation was a mysterious figure in silhouette against what we now know as Toki-Toki City and the “Time Storage Vault” with a statement that “…a bunch of new characters” apart from the player’s own “Future Warrior” character will also be showcased:

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Bon bah voilà, donc histoire de non pas vous révéler qui est le premier personnage, mais encore de vous faire parler, de vous faire demander qui sont les autres personnages, il nous a ramené juste la silhouette du prochain sur lequel ils vont révéler des informations. C’est un peu des salauds, c’est un peu des… ils sont limite sadiques sur les bords. Mais vous aimez ça et de toute façon, vous allez avoir les informations très rapidement. Ce qu’on peut vous dire, c’est que tout est lié, ces deux personnages, et tout le reste qui a été dit, les deux sont liés à cette image que vous avez peut-être vu passer dernièrement, qui sont un endroit un peu particulier qui s’est arrêté dans le temps et qui va avoir un rôle majeur dans toute la nouvelle histoire qui est abordée dans ce Dragon Ball Z: XENOVERSE.


Okay, there we are: he’s still not going to reveal who the first character is, but just to make you talk and to make you ask questions about the other characters, he brought us only the shadowy figure of the next character on whom you’ll get some info. They’re a bit of bastards, they’re a bit… They’re a bit sadistic. But you like it that way and you’ll have those info very soon anyway. What we CAN tell you, is that everything is connected: those two characters, and everything that’s been said earlier, both of them are connected to this picture that you may have seen around lately, which shows a pretty peculiar place that froze in time and that is going to play a major role in all of the new story in Dragon Ball Z: XENOVERSE.

This past September, Bandai Namco conducted a two-phase “network test” for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE on the PlayStation 3 (a Japanese-only phase followed by an international phase). This “test” was part of the company’s plan to stress-test the multiplayer aspects of the game, server connectivity, gameplay, and more. As enterprising fans are wont to do, the game data was mined to reveal both expected and unexpected information. One particular close look at the game data revealed special attacks for a character seemingly named “Demigra”. A recent leak of purported achievements for the Xbox platforms pin one accomplishment name as “Complete the saga of the Demon God Demigra.”

So who — or what — is “Demigra”…?

The characters of Mira (ミラ) and Towa (トワ) have names that evoke the concept of time, with “Mira” likely coming from mirai (未来) or “future”, while “Towa” (a native Japanese reading applied to the Chinese-derived compounds 永遠 eien or 永久 eikyū) means “eternity”.

“Demigra”, however, is confusing (for the time being, anyway!). Nothing comes to mind either as an anagram or with extended-syllables that suggests time. A food pun with “demi-glace” seems to be the most obvious / closest approximation.

Is the mystery character presented over the summer this “Demigra”…? Do we have new gods to add to the hierarchy of the Dragon World? Will the Makaiōshin finally make their formal appearance? With Dragon Ball XENOVERSE a mere two months away, and more reveals almost certainly on the horizon, we may know the secret of “Demigra” sooner than we think!

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will release for the four consoles 05 February 2015 in Japan, 13 February 2015 in Europe, and 17 February 2015 in the Americas. The PC version seems to be on track for a global release via Steam 17 February 2015.

Thanks to our buddy “Cold Skin” for the French translation!



As part of the Dragon Ball Heroes fourth anniversary live stream back in October, a short video was played that teased the future “new series” of updates; this new batch would hit the game after the “Evil Dragons Mission” updates wrapped up in January 2015. Bardock in his mind-controlled, “Time Breaker” outfit (originally from Dragon Ball Online) wrapped up the teaser.

Bandai Namco has unveiled a new, full-length version of the same teaser video which showcases the same Evil Dragons and Bardock material, but also teases updates involving Revival of “F”, the upcoming 2015 theatrical Dragon Ball Z film.

The “God Mission” update series, the fourth since the game’s launch, will begin in Spring 2015 with “GDM1″ (“God Mission 1″).

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Thanks to “Vitas” for the heads-up.



In conjunction with Jump Festa, Bandai Namco have released their third promotional video (both in Japanese and English) for the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE:

The promotional video focuses on the time anomalies throughout Dragon Ball‘s history created by Towa and Mira, along with their influence on the various villains which causes further distruptions. The newly-announced animated feature, which will come with the game itself, is also heavily showcased with Trunks summoning a new warrior to help protect the timeline.

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Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will release for the four consoles 05 February 2015 in Japan, 13 February 2015 in Europe, and 17 February 2015 in the Americas. The PC version seems to be on track for a global release via Steam 17 February 2015.



In conjunction with Jump Festa, the American and European branches of Bandai Namco have confirmed that J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, will receive an international release as a new, updated version in summer 2015: J-Stars Victory Vs+.

Additionally, the game will make the update from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4, with both console versions and the Vita release making their way out of Japan.

YATTA! J-STARS Victory VS + is coming to Western audiences for the PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3 and the PlayStation®Vita. The game will feature Manga/ Anime characters from over tons of different Shonen Jump franchises including ONE PIECE, NARUTO, BLEACH, DRAGON BALL Z and much more.

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The company’s American branch notes on Tumblr that a new “arcade mode” will be coming to the game, with no mention made of what might happen with the original version’s multi-character story mode:

Yes. You can get excited. It’s official. The 2v2 brawler that features an insane roster filled with Shonen Jump’s manga stars, J-Stars Victory VS+, is coming to the Americas and will be hitting PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, AND for the first time ever, PlayStation 4. Also, with the first release outside of Japan, J-Stars will have an additional “Arcade Mode” coming with it’s Western debut. Check out the teaser trailer and stay tuned for more information!

The game, originally released back in March in Japan, features Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza from Dragon Ball, — not to mention Arale from Dr. Slump and her various Dragon Ball cameos! — along with a wealth of other playable and support characters from different series.



This week’s February 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan contains slightly new information regarding Fukkatsu no “F” (“Revival of ‘F'”), the upcoming theatrical Dragon Ball Z movie.

The subject of moderate confusion among fans when the film’s poster was debuted, the character in the green track suit is formally unveiled as Gohan (though the official website’s image filenames had perhaps inadvertently revealed his identity). Gohan is described, accompanied by character design sketches by Akira Toriyama:

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ビルス襲来以後、悟飯の服装はすっかり落ち着いた様子に!! あのダサ… グレートサイヤマンはやめたのかな?

なんとビックリ、ジャージ姿の悟飯。どうやら戦闘着が見当たらず、こんな格好で参戦することになるらしいぞ!!


After Beerus attacked, Gohan’s clothing has become thoroughly subdued!! Did he give up that stupid-looking— …er, Great Saiyaman, we wonder?

Gohan in a tracksuit is quite the surprise. At any rate, apparently he can’t find his fighting clothes, so he ends up joining the battle looking like this!!

The magazine’s commentary, like that in Saikyō Jump earlier this month, also draws attention to the color of Gohan’s tracksuit, speculating that it might be a sign of respect towards Piccolo. A small blurb on the page accompanied by a screen from Battle of Gods simply notes that Gohan has spiky hair in that movie, and even became Great Saiyaman as entertainment. No mention is made of a Super Saiyan transformation.

The February 2015 issue of V-Jump, Shueisha’s ostensibly-video-game-focused magazine in Japan, hit Japanese shelves 20 December 2014 and is available to order at CDJapan, Play-Asia, and Amazon Japan.

The annual Jump Festa event was also held over the past weekend, and Saturday afternoon’s joint One Piece / Dragon Ball panel revealed a few new tidbits about the movie. According to reports from attendees, the movie’s dialogue has not yet been recorded. Nevertheless, the film will apparently show Kuririn as a police officer (!), and Freeza training for the first time in his life in order to become more powerful. Notably absent, however, will be Goku’s Super Saiyan form; he apparently does without it for the entirety of the movie, echoing comments from creator Akira Toriyama made last year and earlier this year. Masako Nozawa (Goku) and Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza) are also said to have exchanged lines in character, although the contents of said exchange (if relevant to the film) have not been reported outside the event.

The story for Revival of “F” 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. 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.

Revival of “F” opens 18 April 2015 nationwide in Japan in 2D and 3D.