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Published by VegettoEX
25 August 2017, 3:48 PM EDT1 Comment

Following today’s Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament grand finals in conjunction with Gamescom, Bandai Namco debuted a new promotional video showcasing gameplay of “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) Son Goku and Vegeta in the upcoming fighting game.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is set for a February 2018 release worldwide and is under development by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game is advertised as running at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles. Currently-announced playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan, Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo, Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, and #18 (with #17), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.

Published by VegettoEX
25 August 2017, 11:58 AM EDTComment

Columbia has announced that Kiyoshi Hikawa‘s “Limit-Break x Survivor” — the second opening theme to the Dragon Ball Super television series — has finally received a full-length release. The song (by itself, with no b-sides or accompanying instrumental version) is currently available digitally via services such as iTunes for ¥250.

No physical release is mentioned in the update, nor is any international distribution. A TV-length version was previously made available back in February. The song debuted with the seventh-seventh episode of Dragon Ball Super that same month.

A CD single for the show’s first opening theme — “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” by Kazuya Yoshii — was released 07 October 2015.

Published by VegettoEX
24 August 2017, 2:12 PM EDTComment

The most recent and forthcoming issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan have announced hour-long One Piece and Dragon Ball Super television specials scheduled for 01 October 2017 and 08 October 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., spanning the two series’ timeslots on each respective day.

A color “special collaboration visual” notes that a “collaboration preview” will launch on the official one-piece.com website (though this has yet to actually debut). While the splashes describe these items with the word “collaboration”, so far there are no real details; it is unclear what the plot may be or if these specials are crossovers or otherwise related in any way.

A three-way Toriko, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z “Super Collaboration Special” aired in April 2013 featuring characters from all three series in a two-part television special feature, itself a spiritual follow-up to previous One Piece and Toriko animation crossovers.

Published by VegettoEX
22 August 2017, 9:03 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with Gamescom 2017 this week in Germany, the European branch of Bandai Namco has released a new promotional trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ featuring recently-announced playable characters Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, and #18 (the latter-most of whom fights with #17 by her side for certain attacks and combos). The trailer also includes a tease of the game’s story mode and an announcement of February 2018 for an expected release window.

Bandai Namco has also announced a special “CollectorZ Edition” of the game in Europe featuring a Goku diorama, steelbook packaging, art boards, and more. International registrations for the game’s closed beta in September also open today.

Gamescom 2017 starts with the European DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ Collectorz Edition, Pre-order content and story mode reveal

August 22, 2017
New fight starts at gamescom 2017 with 11 characters!

Today is a red-letter day for DRAGON BALL fans as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe reveals a lot of content for DRAGON BALL FighterZ such as details about the European DRAGON BALL FighterZ CollectorZ Edition, story mode with a new gameplay, as well as the pre-order offer and closed beta registration which starts from today! The long-awaited 2.5D fighting game created by Arc System Works will be launched in February 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and PC Digital via STEAM® and other distributors.

A European DRAGON BALL FighterZ CollectorZ Edition will also be available in early 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 containing a stunning Goku 18cm diorama with an exclusive “Manga Dimension” coloring, 3 arts boards and a unique SteelBook®. Both CollectorZ Edition and Standard versions will offer a pre-order bonus for all players including an early access to the January Open Beta, early unlock of 2 characters (SSGSS Goku and SSGSS Vegeta) and 2 exclusive lobby avatars! More details about the Open Beta will be revealed later.

The new trailer of DRAGON BALL FighterZ gives us a glimpse of the story mode, the new characters and the Party Match. In this new gameplay footage, Android 16 and the duo Android 17/Android 18 join the fight alongside Krillin and Piccolo. With the resurrection of Android 16 and the invasion of the mysterious army corps, the super warriors starts to fall. What is happening?! The Party Match is also revealed with the new asset batch of the day. In this new online battle mode, one player will be in charge of each of the 6 characters during intense 3v3 battles.

Another amazing news, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can register from today to the closed beta scheduled for September 16th and 17th. They will be able to play DRAGON BALL FighterZ online with 11 playable characters, including: SS Goku, SS Vegeta, SS Teen Gohan, Cell, Majin Buu, Frieza (Final form), Future Trunks, Piccolo, Krillin, Android 18 and Android 16. PlayStation 4 players can register to the closed beta on http://beta.software.eu.playstation.com/en-gb/dbfz and Xbox One ones will be selected through the Xbox Insider Hub program. More details on the official page http://www.xbox.com/en-US/legal/insider-program . Full closed beta schedule is below:

USA (California) PST
1st Session: 2:00am-5:00am (Saturday)
2nd Session: 10:00am-1:00pm (Saturday)
3rd Session: 6:00pm-9:00pm (Saturday)
4th Session: 1:00pm-4:00pm (Sunday)

EUROPE (France) CST
1st Session: 11:00-14:00 (Saturday)
2nd Session: 19:00-22:00 (Saturday)
3rd Session: 3:00-6:00 (Sunday)
4th Session: 22:00-1:00 (Sunday/Monday)

JAPAN JST
1st Session: 18:00-21:00 (Saturday)
2nd Session: 2:00-5:00 (Sunday)
3rd Session: 10:00-13:00 (Sunday)
4th Session: 5:00-8:00 (Monday)

The new version of DRAGON BALL FighterZ including the 11 characters is playable at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s booth. The ESL Arena will also host the first competitive tournament on Friday 25, August on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from 15:00 to 20:00 CEST and more details can be found on the official ESL page. DRAGON BALL FighterZ showcases its spectacular fights at gamescom in HALL 6 – A41, see you there!

DRAGON BALL FighterZ is slated for a February 2018 launch on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PCs via STEAM. Registration for the closed beta will open on August 22nd. For more information regarding DRAGON BALL FighterZ and additional titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe please visit: https://www.bandainamcoent.com, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoEU , or https://www.facebook.com/DBZ.videogames/. Join the conversation on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoEU .

The “CollectorZ Edition” has also been announced for a North American release at $139.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is set for a February 2018 release worldwide and is under development by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game is advertised as running at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles. Currently-announced playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan, Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo, Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, and #18 (with #17), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.

Published by VegettoEX
21 August 2017, 9:19 AM EDTComment

Continuing onward from the previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s twenty-seventh chapter to their website, beginning the “Universe Survival arc” of the series. This continues the recent initiative of Viz simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut, which saw its release today in the October 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ twenty-seventh chapter coming today in the magazine’s October 2017 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition this spring.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off last month.

Published by VegettoEX
14 August 2017, 6:43 PM EDTComment

After a not-quite-as-long wait following the previous chapter, Shueisha has published the third and final chapter of fan-artist-gone-pro dragongarowLEE‘s Dragon Ball Side-Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha on the Shōnen Jump+ digital platform.

In the chapter, readers are told the truth behind the young man’s reincarnation, as well as his mysterious opponent also reincarnated into the Dragon World. The final page also reveals that a print edition is planned for release this November.

Dragon Ball Side-Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha debuted last December and is available to read for free in its original Japanese language on Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ digital platform. The series revolves around a young man who dies and is reincarnated in the Dragon World as Yamcha. With his knowledge of the Dragon Ball series, he is able to change Yamcha’s fate.

Published by VegettoEX
02 August 2017, 11:20 AM EDTComment

Following a few months of speculation and confirmed-interest in the company, Sony Pictures Television Networks has announced their intention to acquire a substantial majority-stake in FUNimation, the North American distributor of the Dragon Ball franchise’s anime adaptation.

SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS TO ACQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY STAKE IN FUNIMATION

Culver City, Calif., July 31, 2017 – Sony Pictures Television Networks has reached an agreement to acquire a substantial majority stake in Japanese anime distributor Funimation Productions, Ltd., (“Funimation”), subject to regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions, valuing the company at approximately $150 million. Gen Fukunaga, CEO of Funimation, will retain a minority stake in the business and remain CEO.

With a catalog that includes popular titles such as “Dragon Ball Z”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “One Piece”, “My Hero Academia” and “Attack on Titan”, Funimation licenses and distributes Japanese anime content in the U.S., and operates the subscription streaming service FunimationNOW, available via the PlayStation Store, iTunes Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, Xbox Store and mobile devices. Additionally, the company sells merchandise and DVDs through its website, Funimation.com.

“Around the world, Sony’s networks have been major players in the anime space for nearly two decades, and in more recent years we have rapidly increased our networks’ over-the-top and digital offerings to consumers. With the acquisition of Funimation, the combined IP of ANIMAX, KIDS STATION and Funimation allows us to deliver the best anime to fans across all screens and platforms,” said Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television.

Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga added, “With Funimation’s long-established leadership position in anime and Sony’s direct access to the creative pipeline in Japan, it will be a great partnership to take Funimation to the next level.”

Outgoing Chairman of Funimation, John A Kuelbs, and lead investor, Doug Deason, said, “Funimation experienced tremendous growth and success since 2011. We believe Sony, Gen and his team are uniquely positioned to lead Funimation and its fans into an exciting and entertaining future.”

Sony Pictures Television Networks’ ANIMAX network is a multi-platform provider of Japanese anime content currently operating in 23 countries, including Japan.

Sony Pictures Television Networks operates established linear channel brands including AXN, Sony Channel, and ANIMAX, and digital brands including CRACKLE around the world, AXN Now in Europe and Asia, and Sony LIV in India.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Funimation along with Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP acting as exclusive legal advisor. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as legal advisor to Sony Pictures Television Networks.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks

Sony Pictures Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching nearly two billion subscribers around the world. Based in Culver City, Amsterdam, Budapest, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Singapore and Tokyo, Sony’s linear and digital networks offer high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and third-parties, as well as original content commissioned globally and locally. Sony Pictures Television Networks is a division of Sony Pictures Television Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

About Funimation
Funimation is the #1 English-language anime content provider in North America, which licenses, adapts and distributes anime content from Japanese rights holders internationally. Its catalog includes over 10,000 hours of content with rights to over 450 brands and provides dubbed and subbed anime across multiple channels. FunimationNOW, the Company’s streaming platform, is the leading North American English-language OTT anime platform.

FUNimation issued their own statement on the company’s blog:

Founder Gen Fukunaga started Funimation with a vision and a mission to make anime as accessible as possible to fans across the world. In the 23 years since we began, we have been committed to creating anime experiences fans love: from bringing Dragon Ball to the U.S., to bringing the best anime to home video and theaters, to SimulDubs that bring episodes in English to fans within two weeks after they air in Japan, to the world’s largest dubbed streaming catalog on FunimationNow.

Today, we announced that Funimation has agreed to sell a substantial majority stake to Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN). SPTN is one of the preeminent names in entertainment, and shares our vision to deliver anime to fans globally across all screens and platforms.

FUNimation — founded in 1994 by Daniel Cocanougher, Gen Fukunaga and Cindy Fukunaga — began their production and localization of the Dragon Ball franchise in 1995 and has continuously renewed their license with Toei Animation and their various Japanese partners. In 2005, FUNimation was acquired by entertainment distributor and publisher Navarre (which itself was later acquired) in a $100+M deal. In 2011, the company was sold back to a private group of investors (including Gen Fukunaga himself) in a $24M deal.

Published by VegettoEX
02 August 2017, 10:19 AM EDTComment

Daisuki, a joint-venture managed by several official Japanese entertainment companies, has announced their upcoming service closure:

We regret to report that Anime Consortium Japan Inc.’s international anime streaming platform “DAISUKI” will be ending service as of October 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. Japan Standard Time.

Included within the announcement’s minutia is a statement regarding the continued free simulcast of the Dragon Ball Super television series:

All DAISUKI services (excluding free Dragon Ball Super simulcasting) will be terminated.

Daisuki was one of the initial services announced to provide a simulcast of the Dragon Ball Super television series during the initiative’s rollout back in October 2016. When contacted regarding the specific details of the show’s continued streaming in light of the service’s closure, Daisuki provided the following statement to Kanzenshuu:

With regards to your inquiry, please be informed that the details about an alternate method for watching Dragon Ball Super after the closure of DAISUKI will be updated on DAISUKI’s website as soon as possible. Therefore, please check out our website for updates.

Bandai Namco Holdings announced their impending majority-stake acquisition of Daisuki back in March 2017. Daisuki had collaborated with Bandai Namco to provide in-game currency for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 via members streaming the Dragon Ball Super television series.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off last week.

Published by VegettoEX
02 August 2017, 10:00 AM EDTComment

Culturecom will release the Dragon Ball Chōgashū (“Super Art Collection”) in Hong Kong this month, with the first 500 copies available beginning 04 August 2017 via comic retailers and convention appearances (specifically Ani-com and Games Hong Kong 2017), followed by a formal release 11 August 2017. The book will retail for HK$280 (roughly US$36).

The “Super Art Collection” — originally released in 2013 — contains material from the first Daizenshuu along with a wealth of new content and a new interview with original manga author Akira Toriyama (“Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Latest Edition“) alongside the original one from the first Daizenshuu. Some of the new artwork content includes Toriyama’s Kanzenban cover illustrations, Hoko×Tate illustration, Tōhoku earthquake/tsunami support image, and “Super Collaboration Ticket” drawing of Goku.

The Hong Kong edition is available for pre-order via YesAsia.

Thanks to tinlunlau for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
28 July 2017, 12:34 PM EDT1 Comment

Toei has released a new promotional video in support of the on-going “Universe Survival arc” of the Dragon Ball Super television series, this time primarily focusing on the Saiyan characters competing in the tournament.

The warrior race who have changed the history of the universe with their hidden power

–The Saiyans–

New Saiyans invade their history of combat

Caulifla
Kale

Earth-shattering!
Infinite potential!

Saiyans clash with each other at the Tournament of Power with survival on the line!

Saiyan vs Saiyan

Urgent survival!

Who is the No.1 Saiyan?

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off this past week.