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Published by VegettoEX
30 December 2004, 11:54 PM ESTComments Off

FUNimation finally spills some beans regarding the releases of Dragon Ball Z movie 10 and the first volume of the “seasons one and two” redubs. Look for movie 10 (now re-titled to “Broly: Second Coming”) on 05 April 2005 and the first volume of the so-called “Ultimate Uncut Edition” (the first uncut redubbed / subtitled episodes of DBZ) the following week, 12 April 2005.

Published by SaiyaJedi
28 December 2004, 12:05 AM ESTComments Off

Remember the soundtrack for “Budokai” 1 and 2 that was supposed to be coming out forever ago in Japan? Remember how it kept getting pushed back repeatedly at CDJapan, to the point where some of us were beginning to suspect they were just making it up? Ever wonder what happened? Well, wonder no more… the “Dragon Ball Z & Z2” is back, and is it ever.

Forum-goer SS Kakarot discovered that the soundtrack has been relisted by Japanese vendors, now indicating a 19 January 2005 release date. There is cover art and a track listing this time, making it pretty well set in stone. But that is not all…

According to the poster advertising the soundtrack’s release, we are in for an extra treat: the month after the “Z & Z2” soundtrack comes out, we will get a CD-single of the openings of the second and third games, and the month after that, we’ll have the “Dragon Ball Z 3” soundtrack! The single of “Ore wa Tokoton Tomaranai” (the “Budokai 3” theme, now with name-y goodness) and “Kusuburu heart ni Hi o Tsukero” (the “Budokai 2” theme) is out on 23 February 2005, while the DBZ 3 soundtrack will be hitting Japanese store shelves exactly one week later, on 02 March.

Published by VegettoEX
16 December 2004, 10:43 PM ESTComments Off

The first “Great Saiyaman” DVD (which actually begins with the Ano-Yo-Ichi Budōkai) — volume 57 in FUNimation’s line of single-disc releases for the Dragon Ball Z TV series — is due out 15 March 2005, and will be available with an optional box for “Series 11” (the Great Saiyaman arc, of which there are five total volumes).

Published by SaiyaJedi
10 December 2004, 1:00 PM ESTComments Off

This goes hand-in-hand with yesterday’s update — following up on the news of “Neko Majin Z 4” in the January issue of Monthly Jump, those who have gotten it (it went on sale this past Monday) are reporting that “Neko Majin Z 5” will be in the February issue. Two new Toriyama works in a row?! It is almost like the good ol’ days. Who or what could possibly appear in NMZ5…? I guess we will have to wait and see!

Published by VegettoEX
09 December 2004, 4:54 PM ESTComments Off

It is true — “Neko Majin Z 4” (the fourth chapter in a spin-off/parody of the Dragon Ball series with magical cats by original author Akira Toriyama himself) will appear in this January’s “Monthly Shōnen Jump” (the Japanese release, of course). We hear a certain Mr. Boo makes an appearance…! We are definitely going to try and get our hands on it as soon as possible. Until then, here is the magazine’s and chapter’s covers to hold you over:

Published by VegettoEX
05 December 2004, 1:12 PM ESTComments Off

The Magic Box has updated and we finally have a release date set for “Dragon Ball Z 3” for the Japanese PlayStation 2 (which we already received as “Budokai 3”): 10 February 2005. Also, it will have “… additional characters from the DBZ movies and Dragon Ball GT.”

Note that we simply have no idea exactly who these extra characters are going to be (though we can probably make some educated guesses). We will be sure to let you know as soon as we find out.

Published by SaiyaJedi
01 December 2004, 4:10 PM ESTComments Off

As you may recall, both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z have been released on DVD in Japan over the past two years, in the form of three huge (not to mention hugely expensive) boxed sets, known as “Dragon Box” sets. There have been three so far (because DBZ was split in half) but there is soon to be a fourth…

As forum-goer Milton pointed out to us, Toei has officially announced the Dragon Ball GT Dragon Box — go ahead and check out the official GT DVD site and see for yourself. For the exorbitant-but-still-lower-than-domestic-DVDs price of ¥52,500, you’d get:

  • All 64 episodes in raw (unsubtitled) Japanese, on 11 picture-labeled NTSC Region-2 (Japan and parts of Europe) DVDs, with a sturdy box sporting a new illustration;
  • A special disc containing the GT TV Special (a.k.a. “A Hero’s Legacy”), plus other (unspecified) bonus features;
  • Remastered video and audio (both will be cleaner, although nothing can change the fact that it was animated by hand in the 90s);
  • The fourth exclusive “Dragonbook” booklet, with interviews and plenty of behind-the-scenes on the GT anime, and…
  • A life-size Dragon Radar TV / DVD Remote?!

You read right on that last one: while the DBZ sets had Goku and Piccolo figures from Kaiyodo, and the DB set had a Tenka-ichi Budōkai diorama, this one will have a remote control, shaped like (and the same size as) the Dragon Radar. It is certainly an offbeat choice, but I gotta say… I want one now!

The GT Dragon Box pre-order ends on 28 February 2005, and it will be officially released on 25 May 2005. If you want yours, you might want to start saving up those pennies now.

Published by VegettoEX
23 November 2004, 1:26 PM ESTComments Off

To further support the theory that “Budokai 3” is quite an unfinished product (see our “Rumor Guide” for all sorts of details), I have come up with some audio files that seem to suggest Chibi/Little/Kid Goku was originally intended to have his own “Dragon Universe” storyline.

What is really sad is that it sounds like it would have been great! There’s some funny stuff in here. There appear to be several more of these, as well, some of which can even be listened to within the game itself as a part of the “Memories of…” capsules.

Published by VegettoEX
21 November 2004, 12:20 AM ESTComments Off

It never occurred to me that I should probably check the audio on the first “Budokai” game. I wanted to check the announcer recordings of DBZ1 vs DBZ3 with characters like Zarbon & Dodoria to determine concretely if they were left-over recordings, or new ones done specifically for the third game.

What I found was even more interesting.

DRAGON BALL Z: BUDOKAI (1)

In addition to the regular playable characters we all know, the following additional announcements are indeed on the disc:

  • “Saibaman versus…!”
  • “Cell Jr. versus…!”
  • “Cui versus…!”

Saibaiman and Cell Jr. had not been playable characters until the third game, yet have been fully complete since the first game (as NON-playable characters). Quite interesting. Perhaps they were intended to be playable, at some point? Or maybe just as testing devices for the play-testers to use in World Tournament? And what’s up with Kewi being in there? Was he intended to be a character, and was simply never finished?

DRAGON BALL Z: BUDOKAI 2

Absolutely nothing of interest not already known.

DRAGON BALL Z: BUDOKAI 3

The main goal (before finding extra DBZ1 audio!) was to compare the announcing of character names with DBZ1 announcements. If they were not the exact same sounding, that means they were new recordings, and recorded for some reason. Well, they sure are new recordings, so that solves that one.

Published by VegettoEX
17 November 2004, 11:59 AM ESTComments Off

For proof that Bulma is (or was intended to be?) an actual character in “Budokai 3” in some capacity, look no further than the “exclusive bonus DVD” that came with the Collector’s Edition of the game. During some of the behind-the-scenes shots of actual voice work being performed on the game if Tiffany Vollmer, FUNimation’s voice actress for Bulma, actually performing typical “Yah! Hiya! Ha! Ooyah! Get back! Ha!” fighting sounds.

In somewhat related news, Jeremy Dunham of IGN has reviewed the game and gave it a flat 8.0.