Both the current issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump (2013 #21) and V-Jump (June 2013) — released this week in Japan — contain some additional details about the upcoming Chōgashu (“Super Illustration Collection”) book.
As we already knew, the book will contain 400+ images from the start of the serialization up to now, a special interview with original author Akira Toriyama (though it is not specified to necessarily be a new interview), and a special poster.
Both magazines assert that this is the “first” Dragon Ball illustration collection. This is definitely a false statement, considering the release of items such as Daizenshuu 1 (“Complete Illustrations”) in 1995 and The Golden Warrior in 2010, among other books and compilations of art. Still, none of the collections thus far have been this large. The “Super Illustration Collection” is due out 09 May 2013 for ¥3,800 and is available for pre-order on both CDJapan and Amazon Japan.
“Miracle of God” itself includes a number of movie villains, including Broli, Hirudegarn, Slug, Coola, Merged #13, Tullece, and Beerus, though these are not included as a part of the “Z-Warriors Gather” starter deck. This month’s (June 2013) issue of V-Jump covers the “Miracle of God” expansion’s “Omega Rare” cards.
Each starter deck comes with 40 cards, 10 Jumpower, play sheet, and rule sheet for ¥1260 (tax inclusive) and are available for order online at sites such as Amazon Japan.
With the exception of a few minor items before Namco-Bandai brought the game license back in-house from Atari, digital distribution for Dragon Ball video games has been laughably limited. A few demos have trickled out here and there (with the last one being for 2010′s Raging Blast 2), but that has literally been it.
The download will eat up 3.26 GB of your Xbox 360′s hard drive and will run you $24.99. The disc version will only run you $18.48 on Amazon right now, however.
Dragon Ball Z for Kinect requires the Kinect peripheral to even navigate the menu system, which includes being able to select the bonus Episode of Bardock video feature. Read our full review of the game.
With the post-Battle of Gods news and content coverage slowing down and giving us a chance to breathe, we decided to catch up with a bunch of your questions this week on the show. Long-time buddy Kirbopher plays co-host duty with VegettoEX to discuss everything from Kame-Sen’nin’s choice of beer to the eventuality of Battle of Gods home releases.
Episode #0331! VegettoEX and Kirbopher take a breather and answer a slew of listener questions. There is always (still!) something fun to discuss about “Battle of Gods” but the rest of the questions head off into tons of different directions, as well, most important of which is determining Kame-Sen’nin’s beer of choice.
- “Battle of Gods” Two-Week Theatrical Figures Update
- Report From “Akira Toriyama The World of DRAGONBALL” Exhibit
- “Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission” Seventh-Week Sales
- Kirbopher’s “Tome” Series @ Facebook
- kenisu3000′s Dragon Ball BGM Database
- Kanzenshuu – The Podcast: Complete Reviews Listing
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Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods topped attendance of 2 million in 23 days (the period of time ending yesterday). Its gross earnings have also passed ¥2.4 billion, which keeps the movie’s income on-track to hit Toei’s own internal goal of ¥3 billion over its six-week initial theatrical run.
In spite of these milestones, however, the film also dropped to fourth place behind Detective Conan, Crayon Shin-chan, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, all in their first weekend.
Nevertheless, due to the movie being a big hit, a special postcard present for attendees will also be distributed to moviegoers starting on the 27th, which we at Kanzenshuu can only view as a nice little tactic to get those who have already seen the movie back in the theaters during Golden Week.
The still-mysterious “Toyotarō” keeps plugging away at the monthly Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission mini-promotional-manga in V-Jump, now on its eighth chapter in the June 2013 issue, with five pages.
“Froze’s Secret” (フローズの秘密 / Furōzu no Himitsu) deals with the aftermath of the battle. After Beat’s loss, the girls say it is too bad, but the other guy was a battle machine with no emotion whatsoever. Beat reflects to himself that it is not true: he saw him smile. Since she is there, the other girl challenges Note to a duel, and they go against each other… that is, until their machine is accidentally unplugged by Froze, who is being pushed around by a pair of bullies, making fun of his devotion to his cards. “Shit!” he says, “Cards is not garbage!” (in “English”). The bullies are unmoved, and their apparent leader gloats over his ultimate rare Beerus card, which makes all other cards worthless to him.
Beat, Note, and the other girl intervene, stepping in to take on the bullies and wipe the floor with them (in real life). Beat hands Froze’s cards back to him, saying he now understands why he could not win against him. Just then, Froze’s parents show up (also speaking English), and Froze departs (“Dad, mam [sic], let’s go home”). Beat says he will get stronger, so they should battle again. Froze walks out with an, “I’m game”.
It has been an interesting, topsy-turvy ride for Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission in terms of sales. The Japanese Nintendo 3DS game fell off the Media Create best-sellers list three weeks ago, but gained a second-wind and has actually been back on the rise — that usually does not happen with these types of games!
It now seems likely that the tie-in with the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods gave it a bit of a bump last week, since the game has once again dropped off the Media Create list. The Famitsu sales list, however, places it with another 4,964 copies sold this past week (the period of 08 April 2013 to 14 April 2013), the game’s seventh week since release.
The game, released 28 February 2013, has now sold just under 160,000 copies and is currently only available in Japan (with a physical release only; there is no digital eShop release of the game) with no word on any international release.
One of the great benefits of being such a truly-international website is being able to do things like go see the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on opening day, and to also attend the new exhibit, “Akira Toriyama The World of DRAGONBALL”. While the exhibit kicked off in Tokyo at the end of last month, I headed off to its second stop in Osaka today to bring some exclusive details to the Kanzenshuu audience.
After ascending to the eighth floor and paying admission, visitors are greeted at exhibit by a timeline covering the entire history of the series, including events as far back as the existence of Kaiō’s planet “a hundred million years ago or more”. Curiously, it also includes a large number of anime-only events, such as the Garlic Jr. Arc, the Ano-Yo-Ichi Budōkai, the first and fifth Dragon Ball Z movies, the Jump Super Anime Tour special, and all of Dragon Ball GT. Bardock is also described as having been “sent into the distant past” rather than killed outright by Freeza, in an indirect nod to Episode of Bardock.
In addition, and of particular interest to us here at Kanzenshuu, the timeline unambiguously places Battle of Gods in AGE 778, though it also says without a hint of irony that Bulma is celebrating her “38th” birthday, despite listing her birth year as 733 (actually making it her 45th birthday). The timeline also notes that Pan is born in 779 and Bra in 780, further indicating that the “778” birthdate for Bra (one of two birth years given for her in Daizenshuu 7) was merely an oversight. For more details and insight on placing Battle of Gods into the timeline and reconciling it all into something coherent, check out Episode #0327 of our podcast!
After the timeline, visitors arrive at the character wall, showcasing hundreds of characters from the series. Interestingly, it includes not only characters from the original manga, but many anime-only characters designed by the likes of Minoru Maeda, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro in the form of both lineart and stills. It seems an odd choice for an event celebrating the work of Akira Toriyama himself, but then again, we suppose that the world of Dragon Ball has also grown to be far larger than the man who created it, so perhaps it is fitting.
As we anticipated, the exhibit contains lots of original manga pages — both color and black and white — taking up the greatest amount of the exhibit. This includes the entirety of chapters 1 and 519 (though about three pages of chapter 1 were obvious reproductions). For chapter 519, there is also a comparison between his original version of the chapter and the Kanzenban version.
These manuscripts really are a window into the way Toriyama worked: you can see individual strokes in the blacked-in areas, places where he used a bit of white-out to get rid of stray ink or highlight sound-effects or lighter areas, and places where he had pasted over another piece of paper either to correct a mistake (rarely) or photocopied another panel and pasted it on to save time (often). An example of this was the iconic image that also graces the cover of the upcoming Chōgashū: he shortened one of Goku’s locks of hair corresponding to where his hair in its normal style is also shorter. As if to highlight Toriyama’s replication of panels, the event also includes the scene from chapter 480 where even Kuririn notices it, and Toriyama appears to apologize. This too had the pose-panels pasted on.
Another technique that can be observed through these manuscripts is that, whenever Toriyama used tone, he would only cut the tone roughly where it came up against a solid-black area, then blacked in over top of it. This was, no doubt, to save time. Toriyama also inked directly over his pencil illustrations, just as he has claimed in interviews; these were usually completely erased, though some pencil outlines were occasionally still visible.
Moving on from these original manga pages, there is a collection of original color illustrations for things like tankōbon covers, illustrations for Weekly Shōnen Jump, and chapter title pages. At least one title page even had catch-copy penciled in; perhaps Toriyama thought of at least some of these blurbs himself (even though most are deleted in the Kanzenban manga release). Also present in this gallery were Akira Toriyama’s original concept illustrations for Dragon Ball GT, along with his color design sketches for Giru and the ship, complete with notes. An anime gallery follows, showcasing design materials, cels, and a visual progression through the various anime series and movies using posters and official artwork.
In roughly the same area, there is also a “treasure gallery”, which showcases rare and intriguing items: character concept sketches Toriyama drew for the 23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai (including a version of Tao Pai-pai with a translucent brain-case and a much younger-looking Goku), Dragon Ball merchandise from around the world (including the “Orange Bricks” and several different versions of the Viz-translated manga, with both uncensored early volumes and “Viz Big” omnibuses), postcards and newsletters from Toriyama’s official fan-club (including an early concept illustration for Dragon Ball) and items from Masako Nozawa’s personal collection of memorabilia, with not one, but two signed Goku illustrations, presented to her by Akira Toriyama at different milestones in the series.
The exhibit’s “theater corner” showcases a comparison between the Japanese version of the anime and of several different foreign-language dubs, including FUNimation’s English version, taken from the fight against Vegeta on Earth in Dragon Ball Z. It was truly a surreal sight to see crowds of Japanese people sitting in rapt attention as Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat screamed at each other behind the guise of Goku and Vegeta. This is followed by a talk with Akira Toriyama (off-camera) and Masako Nozawa about the new movie and Goku as a character which unfortunately was a little too quiet to hear clearly without being closer to the front.
An introduction to the new movie Battle of Gods closes out the exhibit with elements from the new film, including storyboards used by director Masahiro Hosoda, character-model sheets by Tadayoshi Yamamuro, and Akira Toriyama’s own artwork for the film. For now, this is the only place where fans will be able to catch a glimpse of Toriyama’s original illustration of Super Saiyan God, as it has not been included in the Official Movie Guide, theatrical program, or the exhibition’s own official program.
Upon exiting the exhibit, there is a Kamehameha photo corner where visitors can capture themselves firing a ki blast, and a gift shop featuring merchandise, much of which (especially products related to Battle of Gods) is exclusive to the exhibit.
As you have come to expect from us at Kanzenshuu, we will continue to bring the English-speaking world this type of exclusive coverage. Please enjoy the information and photos, and look for even more commentary about the exhibit on an upcoming podcast episode!
Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has broken the ¥2 billion mark in 15 days, and it is also the first movie this year in Japan to take the #1 spot three weeks in a row. On Saturday and Sunday this past week the movie saw attendance of 178,553 people and gross revenues of ¥228,671,950.
Cinema Today recaps the fact that the series made ¥680 million in its first two days with over 500,000 tickets sold, and 1 million tickets in 6 days. It also asserts that its strength has shown no sign of faltering even after the end of the spring vacation period.
Its totals in 16 days stand at attendance of 1,823,141 people and gross revenues of ¥2,201,936,850. Battle of Gods is the fastest movie of 2013 (in Japan) to break ¥2 billion in gross revenue.
It’s true! I heard it from a friend! On the Internet! Akira Toriyama is totally animating a new Dragon Ball series even though Toriyama is not an animator and it will be over 200 episodes and he announced it at a press conference even though he didn’t even show his face on TV last time he was on and it is because the movie did so well even though the announcement was supposedly made before the movie actually premiered in theaters and…
Heard this one before?
Episode #0330! VegettoEX and Julian give fandom a lesson in critical thinking with regard to new Dragon Ball announcements. There is always a random new rumor floating around, but we took the opportunity to break this one down – that Akira Toriyama supposedly appeared at a press conference to announce a new 200-episode series – to its humble beginnings and how a game of telephone can contort and twist misinformation into even worse misinformation.
- Animazement Announces Yūko Minaguchi As Additional 2013 Guest
- “Battle of Gods” Second Weekend Figures Updates
- “Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission” Sixth-Week Sales
- New “Chōgashū” (“Super Illustration Collection”) Release Details
- 8th “Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!” Q&A
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