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Published by VegettoEX
15 October 2006, 6:00 PM EDTComments Off

Episode #0047 of the podcast is available for download! This week, we discussed Sparking! NEO for the Japanese PS2. Listen for our initial thoughts after a few days of playing… how does it stack up? We’ll be back next week for our wrap-up, but there’s definitely a few things we had to get off our chest right off the bat. Even if you’re not a video game fan, there’s enough this episode to keep you entertained! Definitely check it out.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0047! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian dive into the first half of a two-part “Sparking! NEO” (JP PS2) review. How does the game feel after only a few days of playing? Top 5 Welcome Character Additions in the game, DBZ ABCs, your e-mails, and a little rant on bootlegging round out the episode.

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Published by VegettoEX
14 October 2006, 7:57 PM EDTComments Off

Amazon is listing “Budokai Tenkaichi 2” for the Nintendo Wii as coming out on 21 November 2006, essentially as a launch title for the Wii in the US.

Published by VegettoEX
13 October 2006, 7:00 AM EDTComments Off

The Magic Box is reporting that “Sparking! NEO” has sold 263,897 copies, making it the number one selling game for last week in Japan (beating out “Pokemon”, no less).

Published by VegettoEX
09 October 2006, 6:00 PM EDTComments Off

Episode #0046 of the podcast is available for download! This was a special episode; we brought back on Jeff Heller and Andrew Deluxe, and talked about fandom as a whole. What kind of things keep someone away from being a DragonBall fan, especially if they’re already an anime fan? What if they’re not an anime fan? Lots of great comparisons popped up during our round-table discussion, including that to American comics (specifically X-Men). Definitely check it out.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0046! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian talk with Jeff Heller and Andrew Deluxe about what it is about DragonBall that makes you a fan… or not a fan. As either an anime fan or not an anime fan, is there anything about that show to drag you in or keep you away? How does it relate to other fandoms, both casual and niche?

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Published by VegettoEX
08 October 2006, 8:02 PM EDTComments Off

There has been a bit of rumor-esque discussion going around this here Internet the last couple days concerning playable characters in “Sparking! NEO”. Well, one of the best things you can do is tear apart the files on the game disc and see what is on there. Something to keep in mind, however, is that there are two parts… graphical and audio.

As I have done with these games lately, I compiled a list of character names that the announcer speaks aloud in the “[insert name here] versus [insert name here]” fashion. These names can be found in both Japanese and English variants in the JP version’s files. Most were as-expected, and the complete list can be viewed in our “Video Game Guide”. There is a little more to this story, however. Each language has two sets of character announcements. In the secondary set of announcements for each language, we have one additional name that has not previously appeared: “Ginga Senshi / Galaxy Soldier”.

Interesting. Keep in mind that unless they say the character’s name aloud, you cannot play as them. They may be in the game in some type of story-mode capacity, but that is about it.

Published by VegettoEX
05 October 2006, 10:15 PM EDTComments Off

“Sparking! NEO” sees its release in Japan on the PlayStation 2 today! Those of you who ordered it from Play-Asia probably had it shipped out to you on Tuesday (like I did), so look for it coming in this week! Much excitement.

Look for the American release in November from Atari (retitled “Budokai Tenkaichi 2”).

Published by VegettoEX
03 October 2006, 8:43 PM EDTComments Off

It has been brought to our attention that Kazuyuki Sogabe, a voice actor known for his roles in Dragon Ball as Dr. Myu, Toma, and #13 (though possibly more well known as Kunzite in “Sailormoon”) passed away a couple weeks ago on 17 September 2006. He will be missed.

Published by Hujio
02 October 2006, 2:23 PM EDTComments Off

Toei has revealed the covers for their next three DVDs of the Z Dragon Box individual disc release. Each of these discs contain six episodes, covering episodes 196 thru 213, and are set to be released 04 October 2006. You can still order any of the released discs or pre-order any of these three discs at Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
01 October 2006, 8:21 PM EDTComments Off

Episode #0045 of the podcast is available for download! All of the stories from Anime Weekend Atlanta are told and shared, so enjoy! Many things were purchased, including video games, posters, daizenshuu, DVDs, and more! Definitely check it out.

We did indeed announce the winner of the “Super Dragon Ball Z” contest during the podcast! Congrats to Sean Powers… you’ve won a copy of the game and a SSJ3 Gotenks t-shirt! We’ll be in touch ^_~.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0045! VegettoEX, Meri, and Julian talk about video game news and fun things from Anime Weekend Atlanta! All the great purchases from the con (daizenshuu, posters, DVDs, video games…), early morning phone calls, new AMVs, and more! DBZ ABCs, Top 5 Stolen Attacks, your e-mails, and the announcement of our “Super DragonBall Z” contest winner round out the episode!

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Published by VegettoEX
29 September 2006, 6:57 AM EDTComments Off

According to The Magic Box, “Famitsu” has given “Sparking! NEO” for the JP PS2 scores of 8, 8, 7, and 6, for a total of 27/40*. The game drops next week in Japan 05 October 2006.

* 8 + 8 + 7 + 6 obviously equals 29 and not 27, so if someone with the actual issue of “Famitsu” could confirm the numbers for us, that would be great.