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Published by VegettoEX
21 May 2003, 1:52 AM ESTComments Off

August 31st is a day many folks from today’s generation of fans will remember back in 1998 — it was the day that Dragon Ball Z began airing on Cartoon Network.

However, August 31st of 2003 is a day of much brighter prospects. According to Anime Nation, Pioneer has announced that their distribution license to Dragon Ball Z will expire on this day.

Pioneer has officially alerted retailers that their distribution license to Dragonball Z will expire on August 31st. As of August 31, the first 3 Dragonball Z movies on DVD, and the first 17 Dragonball Z TV series DVDs will go out of print. FUNimation has already announced plans to remaster and re-release uncut, uncensored DVD versions of the first 17 TV series DVDs probably next year, but there’s been no word yet on the status of the first 3 movies.

So there we are — there is finally an official date that Pioneer’s license runs out. Now, if we could only get an expiration date on KidMark’s distribution license for the original Dragon Ball

Published by VegettoEX
19 May 2003, 11:19 PM ESTComments Off

Folks have been speculating for a bit now, and there have been tons of rumors thrown around on fansites, but up until now there had been no official word on the fate of Dragon Ball GT episodes 1-15 from FUNimation.

Fans can rest assured that they will see the light of day, thankfully. At Anime Central this weekend, FUNimation announced (among other things) that GT episodes 1-15 will indeed be released. Unfortunately for those interested in watching chronologically, this will happen after 16-64 have been fully released.

FUNimation went on to say that all Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z episodes will see an American DVD release eventually, so if you do want to watch it all in a row, you will simply have to kick back and wait for it all to trickle out.

Thanks to Anime Nation for the news tip.

Published by VegettoEX
17 May 2003, 2:10 AM ESTComments Off

The Magic Box reports that Infogrames (now going under the name of Atari) has announced “Budokai 2” for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. No other consoles are mentioned, but it is likely that we will see a GameCube release a la the first “Budokai” if it goes over well. What is neat is that they are keeping the original 23 characters and adding another 11 on top of this (three of which will be forms of Majin Boo). If we had to guess, we would assume that we will also see Goten, Trunks, Gotenks, and a slew of other fun Boo-era characters.

Published by VegettoEX
24 April 2003, 12:15 AM ESTComments Off

Reports are coming in that FUNimation’s release of the franchise’s 10th anniversary movie (“The Path to Power”) does indeed use the original Japanese score on the English dub track.

Despite changing its theme music, FUNimation’s release of the second Dragon Ball movie (“Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle”) also used the original Japanese score, as did their release of the third movie (“Mystical Adventure”). When the company picked up again with producing the first TV series, it also contained the original Japanese score.

This is all in opposition to their production of the Dragon Ball Z TV series and movies, all of which have had replaced musical scores (with the exception of their work with Pioneer on the first three Dragon Ball Z movies back in 1997 and 1998), as well as their upcoming work on Dragon Ball GT.

Interestingly, the music in the 10th anniversary movie, composed by Akihito Tokunaga, is actually also used in the Dragon Ball GT TV series.

Published by VegettoEX
13 April 2003, 2:28 PM ESTComments Off

The Magic Box has a great new post with tons of images from the newly announced “Legacy of Goku 2” for Nintendo’s GameBoy Advance portable video game system. Everyone looks so cute, but in our opinion, this second game will have to bring a lot more to the table than its predecessor, which seemed to have been the very definition of “boredom” to fans.

Published by VegettoEX
29 March 2003, 5:21 PM ESTComments Off

The father of Gen Fukunaga (founder and president of FUNimation) is apparently a professor at Purdue University. His students have set up a game — called “Fukunaga Snipe” — where you gain points by taking pictures of Professor Fukunaga in various DBZ t-shirts and guess which color shirt he will wear next.

Published by SaiyaJedi
17 March 2003, 10:35 PM ESTComments Off

The recent April 2003 issue of Viz’s Shonen Jump magazine featured an advertisement for the upcoming “Graphic Novel”-sized release of the company’s Dragon Ball manga translation. The advertisement’s artwork features generic illustrations on the spines instead of the running images that span the entire 42-volume length of the series, which caused concern among some people.

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We reached out to Shonen Jump editor Jason Thompson about these concerns and received the following statement:

Thanks for asking, I knew some people were getting anxious about this. Don’t worry, they WILL have running spine-images. The promotional artwork in the ads was made up by some freelancer who didn’t know what he was doing.

Based on this response, fans should expect the proper spine art in the upcoming releases, which hit store shelves 16 April 2003.

Published by VegettoEX
03 March 2003, 8:24 PM ESTComments Off

The reports are pouring in: Dragon Ball GT has begun airing in England on CNX. It has an English version of “DAN DAN Kokoro Hikarete ‘ku” (the original opening theme to the series), uses the original musical score, and from most accounts sounds to be at least decently dubbed.

Unfortunately for us in the United States, this is once again an Ocean-associated production, this time done with sister-studio Blue Water.

Seemingly flying in the face of this international development is FUNimation’s preview for their own production of Dragon Ball GT, included on the “Kid Boo — A New Beginning” DVD (which contains the final episodes of the Dragon Ball Z TV series):

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Published by SaiyaJedi
01 March 2003, 6:59 PM ESTComments Off

This month’s Dragon Ball issue (Part 6, Number 2) was the last of the monthlies — Viz has apparently decided that the monthly-comic format is just not that economical for manga, and as such, the rest of the chapters (4 volumes worth, plus the end of vol. 12 and the beginning of vol. 17) will be published in their respective graphic novels only. Additionally, the graphic novels are being re-released in the new, smaller, and more-economical “Shonen Jump” format. These will be roughly the same size as the original Japanese tankōbon and retail for $7.95 each (half of what the larger ones sold for, before the price drop to $13). The new editions of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z volumes 1-7 come out later this month.

Published by VegettoEX
13 February 2003, 8:55 PM ESTComments Off

There are an enormous amount of rumors flying around, particularly in light of FUNimation’s strange rap music for the series: Dragon Ball GT‘s earlier episodes will be released later as part of Dragon Ball Z, they are not doing the earlier episodes at all, their site starts with episode summaries around episode fifteen, etc.

Special thanks to Derek Smith for passing along this link to the first volume of DBGT on DVD at RightStuf — the description definitely describes the first episode of the series. However, Rild (the blue character on the front) absolutely does not show up the first 62 minutes of the series. Correct description, incorrect representation? More to come on this one, for sure.