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Episode 147 // 05 April 2015
Buu's Last Resort!
The Warriors Are Absorbed!!

With 31 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a quick chat with the three-eyed cowboy, Tenshinhan:

こんにちは!ブルマよ!
公開まであと31日!
今日は天津飯が来てくれたわよ!

久しぶりだな。

あら、今日は餃子は?

餃子は置いてきた。
フリーザとは直接戦ったことはないが、修行をしていたとはいえ危険の方が大きそうだからな。

そうね。それがいいかもしれないわね。
うちのチビ達と一緒に留守番の方が安心よね。

昔のこととはいえあのベジータが恐れていた相手だ。
油断はできん。
それにしてもフリーザの野郎、1000人の兵隊を連れてくるとは…。
まだそんなに残党が居やがったとは…!

一人あたりでいったら100人ちょっとじゃない!

そんな簡単にいけばいいが…。
俺も久々の激しい戦いとなりそうだ。修行の成果をみせてやろう。


Bulma: Hey, Bulma here!
Just 31 days until the premiere!
Today we’ve got Tenshinhan!

Tenshinhan: Long time no see.

Bulma: Hey, where’s Chiaotzu?

Tenshinhan: I left him behind. I’ve got no firsthand experience fighting Freeza, but it seems like this’ll be too dangerous for him, even though he’s been training.

Bulma: That’s probably for the best. Safer to leave him back home, like we did with the rug-rats.

Tenshinhan: We can’t let our guard down; this is an enemy even Vegeta was afraid of (even if that was a long time ago). Not to mention the bastard’s bringing 1,000 soldiers with him… Who would have thought his army still had that many people left in it…?!

Bulma: But if you split it up, each of you can just take on 100, right?

Tenshinhan: I can only hope it will be so easy… But this looks like it’ll be my first big fight in a long time. I’ll show the fruits of my training!

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



Dragon Ball XENOVERSE players may have noticed a special gift sent to them in-game this past week: the four-star Dragon Ball!

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The official Facebook page for Dragon Ball video games announced yesterday that each week through 17 April 2015 players can visit the Time Space Delivery kiosk to receive at least one new Dragon Ball:

March 20th – Two-star Dragon Ball, Five-star Dragon Ball
March 27th – Three-star Dragon Ball
April 3rd – Six-star Dragon Ball
April 10th – Seven-star Dragon Ball
April 17th – One-star Dragon Ball

Collecting the seven Dragon Balls allow players to wish for more zeni, rare items, new outfits, level up, obtain more playable characters, reset skill points, and more.

If you happen to have already collected the respective Dragon Ball during one of your missions, you will be unable to accept the gift (so be sure to collect the others and summon Shenlong before claiming your freebie)! Players will need to have have completed the Time Patrol Quest “Return of the Saiyans Saga” and have logged into the single and multiplayer lobbies before receiving these gifts.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.



With the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, a month away, and promotion for it starting to ramp up in earnest, we now have reports of three new preview screenings of the movie in addition to the seven previously announced.

First is an additional screening at T-Joy Cinema in Kyoto on 03 April: 50 pairs (100 individuals) will get the chance to see the new movie two weeks early. People can enter by filling out the entry form found in the Porta underground mall at Kyoto Station, and submitting it at Information desk. The entry period is from 14 to 27 March.

Next is an intimate showing at Space FS Shiodome in Tokyo, limited to a mere 15 pairs (30 individuals). Entries must be made by filling out and sending in the postcard included with the April issue of Entermix magazine, which was released on 20 February.

Finally, on 07 April, Aeon Cinema Ōdaka in Nagoya will be having a screening for 100 pairs (200 individuals). Prospective attendees must send a postcard in to Tōkai TV (Nagoya’s regional Fuji TV affiliate) with their name, address, age, and profession; or they can enter online via Tōkai TV’s website.

In addition to the previously-announced Japanese screenings — which begin 30 March 2015an American preview screening (incorrectly first described as a “world premiere”), in Japanese with English subtitles, will take place 11 April 2015 in Los Angeles courtesy of FUNimation.



Bandai Namco announced today that Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, the latest video game for the franchise, has shipped over 1.5 million units worldwide since its release in February 2015. Shipment numbers do not necessarily equate to sales numbers.

DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE already shipped 1.5 million units worldwide!
March 17, 2015

BANDAI NAMCO Games is proud to announce that its latest smashing hit launched in February has already shipped more than 1,5M units all around the world!

Going strong in three major regions; EMEA, Japan and Americas, DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE has accomplished its main purpose: please as much fans as possible!

When asked about this success, Masayuki HIRANO (Game Producer at BANDAI NAMCO Games) says: “I would like to thank everyone for their support on this new challenge. We decided to take a risk and create a completely new concept to entertain our fans and DRAGON BALL lovers and we are quite proud of the successful result! On a more personal note, I feel honoured to create a game around a licence as massive as DRAGON BALL! On behalf of BANDAI NAMCO Games: thanks for your amazing support! We will continue working and reaching new heights!”

XENOVERSE has remained on the Japanese sales charts for five straight weeks, and according to NPD report data was the #7-selling game in North America for the month of February.

The first (of three currently-announced) downloadable content packs will be released on consoles today at a base price of $9.99 per pack, with a season pass available netting players interested in acquiring all three packs a $5 savings at $24.99.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.



17
Mar
2015
VegettoEX6:58 AM EDTPodcast

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE has been out worldwide on all platforms for a bit now, so it is time to start serving up some verdicts! Join Mike (VegettoEX) and Kirran (LordMoonstone) this week for excitement about FUNimation’s license of the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film as well as an in-depth look at the fighting/role-playing extravaganza of a game that is XENOVERSE…!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0376! VegettoEX and LordMoonstone review “Dragon Ball XENOVERSE”. With a new story taking elements from the MMORPG “Dragon Ball Online” and transporting them into a fighting game, what kind of weird monster of a game do we have here? What kind of longevity will it have, and what should we expect in the future? Tune in for some excitement over FUNimation’s “Resurrection ‘F'” license along with more “XENOVERSE” and “Dragon Ball Kai” news!

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr.



With 32 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a comment from the current voice of the dragon god Shenlong, Ryūzaburō Ōtomo:

こんにちは!ブルマよ。
映画公開まであと32日!
今日は神龍のあのお方、大友龍三郎さんからのコメントをいただいたわよ!

今回の映画制作が決まった時、神龍をやらせていただいたのですが、神龍はやりたかった役なので嬉しかったです。
鳥山先生が脚本と聞いたときはみんなが期待感を持っていたので、ああ、そうなんだ。頑張ろう。と私も思っていましたが、神龍は出番が少なくて……もうちょっと出たかったなって思ってます(笑)
もともとはリスペクトしていた内海さんが神龍をやってらしたので、わたしなりにちょっとクールにやってみました。(笑)

フリーザを復活させたことについては神龍の責任と言われましても、ね…タッチしちゃいけないので。
普通の神様もそうでしょう(笑)。
是非映画は見てほしいと思います!映画館に来ていただければ、願いは私の出来る限りかなえてやろう。

是非映画館で観てみてください!


Hey, Bulma here!
Just 32 days to go until the movie debuts!
Today we’ve got a comment from no less a personage than Shenlong himself, Ryūzaburō Ōtomo-san!

When they decided to make this movie I got the honor of playing Shenlong; I had really wanted the role, so I was pretty happy.

Everyone got high expectations when they heard Toriyama-sensei was doing the script. I figured I had better do my best too. But then Shenlong hardly gets any screen time…I would have liked him to stick around just a little longer (laughs).

Shenlong used to be voiced by [Kenji] Utsumi-san, someone I really admired, so I tried to play the part a bit cool, in my own way (laughs).

As for Shenlong resurrecting Freeza, you could just say he was doing his duty, but even so…

Well, I guess even regular gods are like that (laughs).

I definitely want to see this film! If you come to the theater, I’ll grant you any wish I can.

Definitely come see it in theaters!

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



Though its data was included in a patch to the game last week, and despite originally being listed for inclusion in Sony’s PlayStation Store update for last week, the first pack of downloadable content for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE did not actually make its way to consoles last week.

The European branch of Bandai Namco has announced that it will indeed make its appearance this week:

xenoverse_dlc_pack1_details_eu

Included as a part of the first DLC pack will be three new playable characters (from Dragon Ball GT: Son Goku as a child, Trunks, and Pan), five costumes (including those for Lunch and Akkuman), fifteen new special moves, four Time Patrol quests, three Parallel Quest missions, two new masters (Tenshinhan and Yamcha), ten master quests, one new stage, three accessories, and nine Z-Soul items.

The pack will hit — at least for Europe — the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms 17 March 2015, while it will hit the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 the next day on 18 March 2015.

Downloadable content packs will be released at a base price of $9.99 per pack, with a season pass available netting players interested in acquiring all three packs a $5 savings at $24.99.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.



FUNimation has announced their acquisition of this year’s upcoming theatrical Dragon Ball Z film — Fukkatsu no “F” — which will be given the title Resurrection ‘F’ for the company’s release. An English dub of the film will debut in North American theaters this summer, with a subtitled preview screening coming to Los Angeles 11 April 2015.

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’
World Premiere April 11, 2015 at Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

It’s the news fans have been waiting for! FUNimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the upcoming Japanese animated feature film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ represents the nineteenth feature film in the Dragon Ball series. Series creator Akira Toriyama was directly involved in the film’s production, just as he was in the highly successful Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The English dub of the new film will be released in theaters across North America in Summer 2015.

However, fans of the franchise may not have to wait until summer to get a look at the film! FUNimation Entertainment has teamed up with 20th Century FOX & Toei Animation to host the world premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (in Japanese w/ English subtitles) at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 11. So, if you’re in the Los Angeles area you can be among the first in the world to see Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. A limited amount of tickets to the premiere will be available to fans and the general public beginning today at dragonballz.com.

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The first preview screening in Japan will be held 30 March 2015.

The title “Resurrection ‘F'” was first seen used in the English version of Toei Animation’s most recent 3rd quarter financial report released on 30 January 2015.

The story for Fukkatsu no “F” (Revival of “F”), opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.



While the 2015 #13 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump promised a reveal of Freeza’s new evolution in the 2015 #15 issue, Toei decided to release a new Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” trailer a few days ahead of then… which itself spoiled the big reveals that would have come in the magazine.

While the 2015 #15 issue does indeed provide its own reveal of “Golden Freeza”, it comes packed with a bunch of other supplemental tidbits. Confirmed in the recent trailer, the magazine issue also confirms an appearance and contribution in the film by Jaco the Galactic Patrolman from the 2013 prequel/spin-off manga series.

A special booklet by original manga author — and writer for the film itself — Akira Toriyama will be distributed to the first 1.5 million moviegoers. This booklet will contain the complete script of the film, along with conceptual material and commentary on the film itself. As noted in Cinema Today’s coverage, the booklet will touch on the plot of the film in detail, so attendees are advised not to open it until after seeing the film.

However, the real bit of new information comes in the form of a a quick interview from idol group Momoiro Clover Z, who will contribute the theme song “Vow of ‘Z'” to the film. Here, they talk about their experience voicing a group of angels torturing Freeza in Hell. We have dutifully translated this interview, which can now also be found in our “Translations” section.

A follow-up to the interview is promised for the May 2015 issue of V-Jump, which will hit Japanese newsstands 20 March 2015. The group also recently contributed the first of two interviews to the official movie blog, run in-character by “Bulma”.

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.



With 35 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a short comment from the voice of Trunks himself, Takeshi Kusao:

こんにちは!ブルマよ。
映画公開まであと35日!
今日は、私の息子、トランクスを演じている草尾毅さんがコメントをいただいたわよ!

新作のドラゴンボールというのがまず驚きで、最初に聞いたときは信じられない!という気持ちでした。
今回の脚本は鳥山先生が書かれたと聞いて、よりドラゴンボールの純粋なエッセンスが詰まった作品になるだろうな。と思いました。

原点回帰してかわいらしくアットホームな世界観なのか、ドラゴンボールらしいアクションの要素が満載なのか、どこを切り取ってもこれぞ“鳥山明”というすごいものになるのは間違いないので、その話をきいただけで、より興味が倍増して、鳥肌が立ちました。

今回初めてドラゴンボールをご覧になる方も、お子さんと一緒にご覧になるお父さんお母さんも、完成を楽しみにしていてください。
今作は、次の時代のドラゴンボール伝説の幕開けになると思います。
『復活の「F」』から、さらに来年、再来年とずーっと続いていくように皆さんも歴史の証人として、ここから新たに始まるドラゴンボール伝説の1ページを心ゆくまで思う存分、楽しんでください。
僕もみなさんと楽しんでいきたいと思います。


Hey, Bulma here!
Just 35 days to go until the movie premieres!
Today we’ve got a comment from the man who plays my son Trunks, Takeshi Kusao!

When I first heard there was going to be new Dragon Ball, I was so surprised I could hardly believe it. And when I heard that the script this time around was written by Toriyama-sensei, I thought that perhaps we’d get a film that captures more of the pure essence of Dragon Ball.

Would he return to first principles and make something with a sweet and at-home perspective, or something fully-loaded with Dragon Ball-style action? With Akira Toriyama, no matter where he drew the line it would definitely turn out incredible. Just hearing about his involvement gave me goosebumps and made me twice as interested as before.

Even people just seeing Dragon Ball for the first time, or parents watching it with their children, should look forward to this film.

I think this film will raise the curtain on the next era of the Dragon Ball legend.

As eyewitnesses to history, everyone should enjoy to their heart’s content this first page of the Dragon Ball legend that starts here, so that it will continue on after Revival of “F” with another film next year, and another the year after that, on and on.

I think I’ll even go enjoy it along with everyone else.

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!