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Episode 143 // 01 March 2015
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An official blog to promote the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, has been opened on the popular Japanese blogging service Ameblo, run in-character by “Bulma”.

The blog opened with the following post:

みんな~、はじめまして!ブルマよ。
もちろん私のことは知ってるわよね!
カプセルコーポレーションの令嬢でベジータの妻、ブルマ様よ!

実は、どうやら今日が映画『ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」』の公開59日前…ということらしいわ。
…そう!59日前(ごくうにちまえ)記念日ってわけ!
そんなわけで、今日から59日に渡って毎日映画公開までカウントダウンをしていくから、
みんなチェックは欠かさずよろしくね!

ナビゲーターはわ・た・し。
色々な映画の見どころや、キャスト・スタッフのコメントも紹介していくからお見逃しなく!


Everyone~, nice to meet you! It’s me, Bulma.
Of course, you all know who I am!
Bulma-sama, Daughter of the Capsule Corporation and wife of Vegeta!

The truth is, apparently today is 59 days before the opening of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F’….
…That’s right! That means it’s the 59 (Go-ku) day milestone!
With that in mind, starting today, I’ll be counting down each of the 59 days until the movie’s release,
so everyone, don’t forget to check!

Yours truly will be your guide.
I’ll be introducing all sorts of highlights from the movie, along with comments from the cast and staff, so don’t miss it!

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The website has since updated with an additional post (for 58 days until release), with Goku joining in with Bulma and dropping what appears to be a new bit of information:

ブルマ:
フリーザって、未来のトランクスがめちゃめちゃに切り刻んじゃったじゃない!

悟空:
そこをなんとかっつー機械で、粉々になった肉体をくっつけちまったみてえなんだよな。
しかも、あいつはオラやトランクスにやられちまったことで、すげえ恨みを持ってて、オラたちに勝つために、4段階の変身よりも更に進化するような強さを身に着けて襲ってきやがったんだ。


Bulma:
But didn’t the Trunks from the future dice Freeza up into tiny bits?!

Goku:
They put all the little pieces of his body back together using a whatchamacallit machine, seems like.
And on top of that, since he was defeated by me and Trunks, he’s got a huge grudge, and to win against me, he attacked after gaining the strength to progress/evolve further beyond his four transformations.

In typical Goku-fashion, he then goes on to say that Freeza being a lot stronger makes him excited, which earns him the ire of Bulma when the Earth is in danger.

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 remained on the charts for its second week in Japan, though it suffered an expected drop.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 09 February 2015 to 15 February 2015, the game pushed another 16,406 and 12,513 copies on the PlayStation 3 and 4, respectively, with cumulative console sales of 60,627 and 47,203 copies. Xbox platform sales were, as expected for the Japanese market, not reported.

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. The game was released earlier this month (05 February 2015) in Japan, while other territories have shifted slightly (North America to 24 February 2015, and Europe to 27 February 2015, the lattermost of which will also act as the global PC release date).



The sudden hiatus of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission within the pages of V-Jump two months ago seemed odd at the time, but the recent announcement of a three-chapter, introductory, manga-adaptation of the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, seemed to explain the time off!

The short manga begins in this weekend’s upcoming April 2015 issue of V-Jump, and while the magazine does not officially hit shelves until 21 February 2015, enterprising fans have already begun leaking photos and details from the issue.

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One Japanese fan in particular has showcased three pages along with providing a short summary of the events within the first chapter (其之一). Needless to say, spoilers apply for this chapter, and in turn, the upcoming film!

フリーザが超サイヤ人の悟空とトランクスにやられる回想からスタート

フリーザがやられた途端、フリーザ軍の内部と外部がガタガタになる

これを立て直すため、代わりに軍を率いていた元第3星域の参謀・ソルベが
ザーボンやドドリアに匹敵するほどの戦士・タゴマと共に地球へと降り立ち
ドラゴンボールを所持していたピラフ達を脅し(?)シェンロンを呼びフリーザを復活させる

フリーザ「わたしをこんな目にあわせた2人の超サイヤ人を抹殺しなければ気が収まらない」

タゴマ「お言葉ではありますが、あいつらは無視をされるのが賢明かと・・・」→殺される

ソルベ「孫悟空は魔人ブウを倒せるほど強くなっている」

フリーザ「それは想像以上。しかし、生まれながらの天才であるわたしがトレーニングをして、潜在能力のすべてを引き出せば
サイヤ人でもあっという間に捻り潰せる」

最凶の復讐が始まる。第一部完


Starts with flashbacks to Freeza getting beaten by Goku and Trunks

With Freeza down, his army is in shambles. So to reorganize, Sorbet (former staff officer of the third stellar region) takes control of the army for the time being. He heads for Earth together with Tagoma, a warrior on par with the likes of Zarbon and Dodoria.

They coerce the Dragon Balls from Pilaf and co., summon Shenlong, and wish to revive Freeza.

Freeza: “I won’t be satisfied until I’ve killed the two Super Saiyans who did this to me.”

Tagoma says something he shouldn’t, and gets killed for it.

Sorbet: “Son Goku has become strong enough to defeat Majin Buu.”

Freeza: “That’s more than I imagined. But I’m a prodigy, so if I bring out all of my dormant power through training, I’ll crush even the Saiyans in the blink of an eye.”

The evilest revenge begins. End chapter one.

“Toyotarō” is, in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”. The introductory manga will run for three chapters in the April, May, and June 2015 issues of V-Jump in Japan. Stay tuned to Kanzenshuu for further coverage of the chapter when it hits Japanese shelves this weekend.

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.



While previously reported on the official website for AnimeJapan 2015 (the same event where the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai was extensively promoted last year), the official website of the upcoming 2015 film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, brings additional details about the Dragon Ball event happening this year.

The “Tenka’ichi Fan Meeting”, as it is being billed, will take place on the Green Stage from 3:25 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 21 March 2015. Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), as well as other, yet-to-be-identified participants, will be on hand to answer questions, and a “participatory event” for fans is being teased in celebration of the new movie. Fans are invited to help “make new Dragon Ball history together”.

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Attendance at the stage event is not guaranteed, requiring a special ticket with a “stage viewing lottery entry”. While the price is identical to regular attendance, these special tickets ended sales yesterday, 15 February 2015. Nevertheless, we at Kanzenshuu will be sure to bring you any news from the event as it becomes public.

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.



By way of Glénat and Kazé, respectively, the “Film Anime Comic” or simply “Anime Comic” (or even more generically, “animanga”) and home video releases for the 2013 film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, have finally hit France.

The animanga version — a comic taking screens from the film and arranging them manga-style with dialog bubbles — hit shelves 05 February 2015 for 9,60€. At 368 pages, it comes in just above the original Japanese release (360 pages). The book is available for order from Genki Store and Amazon France.

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The home video release for the film dropped 11 February 2015 on both DVD (24,95€) and Blu-ray (29,95€):

In addition to containing the extended “Special Edition” of the film, bonus material includes a 19-minute behind-the-scenes featurette with the French voice cast. The film is available for order from Genki Store (DVD / Blu-ray) and Amazon France (DVD / Blu-ray).

Thanks to sangofe for the heads-up!



Via Japanese blog TAG Hobby, we have caught our first glimpse of the “World Collectable Figure” (WCF) crane-game prize figures tying in to the upcoming 2015 movie, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”:

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The figures were previewed by Banpresto over the weekend at the 2015 Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) industry event, held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Three waves of figures were shown, including newcomers Sorbet and Tagoma, Gohan in his tracksuit, Freeza in his first and fourth forms, and Goku and Vegeta in their new outfits. However, a total of seven figures were absent, represented only by placeholder cards and denoted with letters rather than character names.

This situation echoes the unveiling of of WCF figurines for the 2013 movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. There, however, the early reveal of Pilaf provided the first appearance of a character that had not yet been formally revealed for the film. This time out, Banpresto have studiously avoided giving away any characters or forms not yet revealed. We may probably reasonably expect at least Beerus and Whis, Bulma, and Kuririn in his police uniform, but who or what the rest may represent (and indeed, whether there might be a fourth wave of figures, as with Battle of Gods) remains unknown at this time. The current WCF batch is from Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, which will be followed in March by a second wave from the Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai.

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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.



The official website of the upcoming 2015 movie, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, has announced that the film will be screened in “4DX” in select venues across Japan.

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4DX is a proprietary system from South Korean company CJ 4DPLEX (a subsidiary of the CJ Corporation conglomerate), which uses technologies embedded in moviegoers seats to provide an additional element of physical sensation on top of sight and sound. These include seat motion, air jets, spraying mist, scents, fog, and more.

Included with the announcement is a list of 10 (nine currently operational) venues which will be providing the 4DX movie experience. The vast majority are in the Kanto and Chubu regions, with one additional location each in Hiroshima and Fukuoka.

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.



The official website for the upcoming 2015 film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F, recently announced a special encore screening of the 2013 movie, Battle of Gods, to mark the upcoming home release of the “Special Edition” aired on Fuji TV last year.

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There will be a single screening at a single venue, Shinjuku Toei 1, on 21 February 2015 (this coming Saturday), which will be preceded by a “talk event” featuring Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza), and model/TV personality Risa Yoshiki. Although technically a Battle of Gods-themed event, Nakao’s presence virtually ensures that the conversation will turn to the new movie in some capacity.

Tickets went on sale 12 February 2015 for ¥1,200 each. The fine print notes that the media will be covering the event, so attendees may end up being photographed or filmed. In a somewhat convoluted twist, the version of the film screened will be the original theatrical cut, rather than the “Special Edition” being promoted.

The “special edition” of Battle of Gods will be released to Blu-ray and DVD in Japan 12 March 2015. Its release in Japan comes later than for the English-speaking market, where it went on sale in North America and the U.K. last year through FUNimation.

While Kanzenshuu will not be on hand for the screening itself, rest assured that we will be bringing you translations of Japanese media coverage of the event, along with any new tidbits about the 2015 movie!



Both the original soundtrack album and single for the theme song of the 2015 movie, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, have been announced via King Records in Japan.

The as-yet untitled single for the equally-untitled theme song, which will be performed by Momoiro Clover Z, will be released 29 April 2015 in Japan and will come in two versions: a standard edition on CD containing three songs and their respective karaoke versions (KICM-1594; ¥1157 + tax; ¥1250 total), while one will also include a Blu-ray featuring the music video for the movie’s theme (KIZM-345~6; ¥1713 + tax; ¥1850 total).

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The movie’s original soundtrack (KICA-3241; ¥2667 + tax; ¥2880 total) will drop 08 May 2015 in Japan and will contain a tentative 40 background music tracks composed by Norihito Sumitomo, along with a “movie-size” version of the theme song by Momoiro Clover Z. Unfortunately, the soundtrack’s release after the movie is already in theaters means that we may not be able to use it to divine anything about the story beforehand unless we receive an early tracklisting; the full tracklisting for the Battle of Gods original soundtrack hit roughly a month ahead of the film, allowing for all sorts of speculation.

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The standard CD single, the CD single + Blu-ray combo, and the film’s original soundtrack are all available for pre-order from CDJapan.

Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse for the heads-up!



Though Dragon Ball XENOVERSE is still around the corner for North America and Europe, the latest video game for the Dragon Ball franchise saw its release on consoles in Japan last week.

According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 02 February 2015 to 08 February 2015, the game (released 05 February 2015) pushed 44,221 copies on the PlayStation 3 and another 34,690 copies on the PlayStation 4 (with an unknown amount sold on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, not uncommon at all for Japan), for at least a combined 78,911 total copies, making it the top selling game of the week.

While it is tough to draw exact parallels with prior games due to the console generation shift (and XENOVERSE being a split-generation, multi-platform release), here is a list of other recent fighting games and their first-week sales in Japan (note that Dragon Ball Z for Kinect and Budokai HD Collection were not released in Japan):

Battle of Z (2014)

Ultimate Blast / Ultimate Tenkaichi (2011)

Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden (2011)

Tag VS / Tenkaichi Tag Team (2010)

Raging Blast 2 (2010)

Raging Blast (2009)

Infinite World (2008)

Burst Limit (2008)