Published by SaiyaJedi
05 April 2005, 4:45 PM EDTComments Off

I know it is a bit late in the day to be saying it (it is not even the 5th in Japan, anymore), but today is a very special day: Akira Toriyama’s 50th birthday! So, we would all just like to say:

Tanjōbi Omedetō, Toriyama-sensei~!!

Published by VegettoEX
01 April 2005, 12:00 AM EDTComments Off

The cover art for the upcoming “Neko Majin” kanzenban has made its way online. Judging from the characters showcased, the release should contain the two “Neko Majin Ga Iru” chapters, “Neko Majin Mike”, as well as the five “Neko Majin Z” chapters, to (as expected) round out the entire series.

Published by SaiyaJedi
03 March 2005, 8:25 PM EDTComments Off

On the “April New Release Information” page of Shueisha’s “Comics News” site, there is a listing for a “Neko Majin” kanzenban (complete edition manga) by Akira Toriyama scheduled for 04 April 2005.

There is no word on what is in it, but since it is a kanzenban, it is probably the entire series to-date. No price has been announced yet, but one would assume it will be close to the Dragon Ball kanzenban releases, which were ¥980 each.

Published by VegettoEX
01 March 2005, 11:40 PM EDTComments Off

The “Dragon Ball Z 3” original soundtrack (KDSD-60) was released in Japan today. Produced by Sony Music Entertainment, the disc contains 28 tracks and retails for ¥2800.

The disc is available for purchase online via CDJapan.

Published by VegettoEX
22 February 2005, 11:00 PM EDTComments Off

The CD single featuring the opening themes to “Dragon Ball Z 3” (“Ore wa Tokoton Tomaranai!!”) and the previous year’s “Dragon Ball Z 2” (“Kusuburu Heart ni Hi o Tsukero!!”) for the PlayStation 2 (KDSD-59), both performed by Hironobu Kageyama, was officially released in Japan today. Produced by Sony Music Entertainment, the disc contains four tracks (the two vocal songs and karaoke versions of each) and retails for ¥1050.

The CD single is available for purchase via CDJapan.Furthermore, the full “Dragon Ball Z 3” soundtrack is due out in exactly one week from today!

Published by VegettoEX
20 February 2005, 1:36 AM EDTComments Off

Check out FUNimation’s trailer for the “Ultimate Uncut Edition” DVDs — random Japanese gibberish is fun! Apparently “ultimate uncut special edition” is “yufuyanohechiyana yuhoteyuya mominatenochifu natonoyanomaho”, while “Exclusive Goku Action Figure” is “naritefuyumonoyona numahiyu chiteyanomaho ninonuyumena”.

You will definitely want to watch it “yanena rachiru noya rachimo henachihoya yama tsuna monanaho” (“the way it was meant to be seen”, of course)!

Published by VegettoEX
20 February 2005, 1:35 AM EDTComments Off

Thanks to ANT Link 15 I have done a little digging through the audio files on “Dragon Ball Z 3”, and came across the announcer’s list of character names for the tournament mode — it is the exact same order and number of names heard in the American version game. The list is as follows:

  • Son Goku
  • Son Gohan
  • Vegeta
  • Kuririn
  • Trunks
  • Piccolo
  • Tenshinhan
  • Yamcha
  • Raditz
  • Nappa
  • Ginyu
  • Recoome
  • Zarbon
  • Dodoria
  • Freeza
  • Jinzōningen #16
  • Jinzōningen #17
  • Jinzōningen #18
  • Jinzōningen #19
  • Cell
  • Mr. Satan
  • Great Saiyaman
  • Saibaiman
  • Cell Junior
  • Dr. Gero
  • Son Goten
  • Majin Boo
  • Dabura
  • Videl
  • Kaiōshin
  • Shin
  • Oob
  • Coola
  • Bardock
  • Broli
  • Super Yi Xing Long (Ii-Shinron)
  • Saibaiman
  • Cell Junior
  • Bulma

We already know that Piccolo-Daimaō is an alternate outfit for Piccolo, so it is very possible that other versions of characters can exist as alternate outfits… and probably will when more passwords are released in the next few months. However, keep in mind that when you use an alternate outfit, you don’t get new moves — Piccolo-Daimaō still performs the Makankōsappō, for example!

Published by VegettoEX
19 February 2005, 12:46 AM EDTComments Off

Big special thanks to GameFAQs user dsxgate for these images and updates. From what dsxgate says, in order to obtain/use Bulma as a playable character in “Dragon Ball Z 3” (the recently-released Japanese version of “Budokai 3”) you must:

  • Complete the entire game; a full 100%… this includes the twenty “Story Reenactments”
  • Level-up all DU characters to 99 (?; this is slightly unclear)
  • A final capsule will become available (for Bulma)
  • Bulma is a third alternate outfit for Videl; she has only two attacks and a Dragon Rush (no ultimate)… but she can fly and charge ki

No, that is not Hiromi Tsuru you hear; since it is an alternate outfit for Videl, it is still Yūko Minaguchi (the voice of Videl).

There are still two months of promotional passwords to come, so hopefully we will be finding out all sorts of other things hidden away in the game.

Published by VegettoEX
16 February 2005, 5:30 PM EDTComments Off

April’s domestic “Shonen Jump” arrived today from Viz with a huge bit of news on the cover — this will be the last monthly chapter of “Dragon Ball Z”.

For those keeping track, this monthly issue features original Japanese chapters 419-420 (Viz’s DBZ chapters 225-226), which showcases Trunks’ return to his future to defeat the jinzōningen and Cell.

Fret not, English manga readers, for the series is not done for good. The “Z” portion of the manga will pick up in June 2005 with bi-monthly “graphic novel” releases.

The issue also has promises of additional Dragon Ball and Toriyama features in the future, as well.

Viz has toyed with the release schedule and format of the franchise since it began. Back in March 2003, Viz canceled the monthly, two-chapter releases of the Dragon Ball manga in favor of including it in the monthly magazine, along with re-releasing all of the “graphic novel” collections so far into the now-standard “Shonen Jump”-sized versions.

Published by VegettoEX
10 February 2005, 6:20 PM EDTComments Off

“Dragon Ball Z 3” (the Japanese release of what we received as “Budokai 3”) was officially launched for the PlayStation 2 in Japan today, and first word is been getting back across the ocean.

The March 2005 issue of “V-Jump” has a three-part supplement was all sorts of goodies:

  • Supplement 1: “Fly High!! Dragon Ball Z 3” shows all 38 characters who appear, plus gives a rundown of the new game modes (Dragon Universe & Dragon Arena)
  • Supplement 2: A reversible jacket for DBZ3 that features SSJ4 Gogeta on one side, Mr. Satan on the other. Apparently also gives secret passwords.
  • Supplement 3: V-Jump exclusive “Dragon Box” that holds all 3 DBZ / Budokai games.

We are not quite sure about the box just yet. It mentions 38 characters (which is the total of regular playable characters in the US release), but it is possible that there is more to come. As for the promotional passwords, they grant access to:

  • Level 99 Goku
  • Alternate Costume: Piccolo-Daimaō
  • Alternate Costume: Long-haired Trunks

Thanks to Olivier Hague on this one. We will definitely let you know if and when more passwords come out, and what other extras there are!