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Published by VegettoEX
09 March 2004, 12:31 AM EDTComments Off

Special thanks to Sean Foster for the following check-in from the FUNimation panel at MegaCon this past weekend. Some interesting news:

  • (At least the FUNimation representative on hand) did not know when KidMark’s sub-license for the home distribution of Dragon Ball episodes 1-13 would expire. This is of note to fans who understand that FUNimation cannot release the bilingual, uncut DVDs of this arc until KidMark’s sub-license from distributing the original “Saga of Goku” box set has run up.
  • The re-dub of seasons 1 + 2 (named the “Saiyan” and “Namek” sagas; approximately 67 episodes in the original Japanese, which was cut down to 53 for original syndicated broadcast) has been completed. It is slated to be released after all of Dragon Ball GT has been completed and released. Their format will be in the “box + 1” disc style.
Published by VegettoEX
08 March 2004, 12:20 PM EDTComments Off

Special thanks to Joseph Bautista for passing along a link to a thread on IGN with tons of images from “Dragon Ball Z 2” and some promo stuff from “Dragon Ball Z 2 V” (the upcoming expansion/bonus version of the game in conjunction with V-Jump), with images of the new “Dragon World” stage (featuring Onio and Neko Majin Z), some new outfits, Kuriza, Coola / Metal Coola, etc. Awesome stuff.

Published by VegettoEX
02 March 2004, 9:18 PM EDTComments Off

The Magic Box has released some images from the upcoming “Dragon Ball Z 2 V” expansion disc (remember, “Dragon Ball Z 2” is the Japanese version of “Budokai 2”; the “V” comes from V-Jump, Shueisha’s Japanese video game magazine under the “Jump” brand).

Bandai announced DragonBall Z 2 V (the “V” stands for V-Jump, a Japanese manga magazine) for PlayStation 2, an upgrade to DragonBall Z 2 (DragonBall Z Budokai 2). The game will feature brand new fighters from the DragonBall Z movies, plus several new fusion characters, such as Kuura, Cubit, Gokutan (Goku + Satan) and Potana. DragonBall Z 2 V is scheduled to release in Japan in April.

The upgrade looks to have at least Coola (and Metal Coola) as a playable character, plus some of the bonus fusions (Yamhan / Tiencha, Gotan / Gokule, Kibitoshin). The screens also seem to confirm a special “V-Jump” version of the Tenka-ichi Budōkai ring, as well.

Published by SaiyaJedi
15 February 2004, 4:00 PM EDTComments Off

Included with my latest batch of kanzenban stuff were some images of the upcoming Japanese Dragon Ball DVD “Dragon Box”. Take a look below at how the box and discs will look, as well as a shot of the Tenka-ichi Budōkai Diorama Set that will come with it (including more figures in addition to Goku and Kuririn).

Looks cool. Too bad I don’t have a spare ¥100,000 to fork over.

Published by VegettoEX
11 February 2004, 4:37 AM EDTComments Off

The Magic Box has posted some new information from Atari. On 29 June 2004, “Dragon Ball Z: Super Sonic” will be released on the GameBoy Advance — this will be a new RPG (no word on any relation it may have to the “Legacy of Goku” series).

Also, there is “unconfirmed” news that “Budokai 2” will hit the GameCube in August of this year (also, no word on whether or not it will have any of the Japanese version’s extras, but it is unlikely).

Published by VegettoEX
07 February 2004, 2:50 AM EDTComments Off

If you have been reading “Neko Majin Z”, no doubt you have become familiar with Kuriza, Freeza’s son. He is making another appearance in the third “Neko Majin Z” chapter, but that is not all…

Our old buddy Greg Werner, who is hiding out in the streets of Japan, sent us over two pictures of Kuriza popping up in “Budokai 2”! Unfortunately, he is only in the Japanese version of the game (called, simply, “DragonBall Z 2”). Here are the pics (taken on his cell phone):

Thanks, Greg!

Published by VegettoEX
04 February 2004, 5:16 PM EDTComments Off

As reported by FUNimation’s Lance Heiskell on the Anime on DVD forums, the (actual) first two volumes of Dragon Ball GT will be released on 13 July 2004, with three episodes per volume. The first 16 episodes (being referred to as the “Lost Episodes”) will span five volumes, which results in a typical 3/3/3/3/4 (or similar) type of episode distribution.

Regardless, they are coming out, and the GT TV special has been assured for after the completion of the entire TV series.

Published by VegettoEX
18 January 2004, 6:06 PM EDTComments Off

A couple people have been “concerned” about FUNimation’s changing of the name of Dragon Ball GT‘s last arc to the “Shadow Dragon” saga. Julian actually typed up something about this on alt.fan.dragonball earlier today, so I’m going to paraphrase it below:

The “evil dragons” are not “___ shenron” but are actually “___ shinron” — “Xing Long”, or “Star Dragons.” For example, Sūshinron is Si Xing Long, or the 4-Star Dragon. Remember that Toriyama’s written-out names for the Dragon Balls, themselves, are all in Chinese, with his own intended pronunciation written above in kana. The dragons that come out of the Dragon Balls are no different.

The evil version of Shenlong that comes out initially when they try to call the Dragon is called “Kokuen no Ryū” in Japanese, or “Black Smoke Dragon” — “Shadow Dragon” is not all that far off, if you think about “black smoke” causing “shadows”.

(Of course, nobody can dispute the complete wackiness of the names they made up for the individual Star Dragons such as “Nuova Shenron” and “Eis Shenron”.)

Published by VegettoEX
14 January 2004, 12:19 PM EDTComments Off

BestBuy.com is listing several of the remaining “Cell Games” discs as being released on 30 September 2003… which is silly, because it is 2004, now. However, these are the DVD releases in their database, and it is strange to see them there…

None of this can actually be confirmed, but it is interesting information. We are supposed to be getting these discs this year, and with the “Cell Games” starter-set coming out on the 27th (box + first two “Cell Games” discs), it is a pretty good indication that we will indeed be getting them soon. More info to come… ?

Published by VegettoEX
02 January 2004, 8:00 PM EDTComments Off

The Magic Box reports the first “Budokai” game for the PlayStation 2 came in as the number eight console game in Japan for the 2003 year, with 538,734 units sold.