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Published by VegettoEX
24 October 2018, 10:17 AM ESTComment

Each month, Toyotarō provides a sketch — as well as a brief comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website for a character that has not appeared in Dragon Ball Super. Thus far, Toyotarō has provided sketches of #8, Lunch, Chapa with Oob, Tambourine, Man-Wolf, Tapion, Janenba, Broli, Ozotto, and Ginyu. For his October entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Bardock:

It’s Son Goku’s father, Bardock. He will be in the movie in December, too!! I’m really looking forward to it!

Following the drawing’s posting on the official website, Toyotarō noted on Twitter that he forgot to draw Bardock’s tail.

This sketch and comment set has been added to the respective page in our “Translations” archive.

Published by VegettoEX
24 October 2018, 9:51 AM ESTComment

FUNimation’s online shop reveals an 08 January 2019 release date for their sixth part of the Dragon Ball Super television series on DVD and Blu-ray.

Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks take on the mighty Merged Zamasu in an epic confrontation of good vs. evil. But when the dust settles and they return to the present, the Z Fighters face even greater challenges. A baseball game grudge-match between gods and a mysterious attempt on Goku’s life keep our heroes in top form in preparation for the Tournament of Power!

The bilingual (English/Japanese) two-disc set will span episodes 66 to 78 and is slated to contain 40 minutes of bonus material. The set will retail for $39.98 MSRP on DVD and $44.98 MSRP on Blu-ray, and is also available to pre-order on Amazon in addition to FUNimation’s own online shop.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fifth box set this month.

Published by VegettoEX
08 October 2018, 9:47 PM ESTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0455! Mike and Julian report live from New York Comic Con 2018, sharing amazing tales, experiences, reviews, interviews, and more! The YouTube version of this particular podcast episode contains photos and videos where applicable; the standard audio version is of course available per the norm.

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 03:34 – Before the convention
  • 05:44 – Anime Fest x NYCC Cosplayers
  • 06:49 – Heading between events
  • 07:22 – Joe meets Masako Nozawa
  • 09:00 – Julian meets Masako Nozawa
  • 10:34 – Before the panel
  • 13:07 – Albert haggles for Dragon Power
  • 16:47 – Checking out Banpresto figures
  • 18:39 – Jump Force
  • 20:17 – DBS Card Game chat 1
  • 22:55 – DBS Card Game chat 2
  • 28:08 – Artist Alley with TheGreyNinja
  • 29:56 – Cosplay overview
  • 31:10 – North America Tour overview
  • 35:24 – Chris Sabat
  • 39:24 – Monica Rial
  • 45:20 – Sean Schemmel
  • 48:40 – Vic Mignogna
  • 54:13 – Ian Sinclair
  • 59:01 – Jason Douglas
  • 1:05:22 – Wrap-up

Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
08 October 2018, 5:54 PM ESTComment

During last Friday evening’s Dragon Ball panel at New York Comic Con, the second trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broli theatrical film was screened both in its original Japanese and English dubbed versions.

The trailer formally unveils appearances by Bardock and Gine (mirroring content originally seen in the “Dragon Ball Minus” chapter of 2014’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected edition), along with more historical background for various characters including Freeza, King Vegeta, Paragus, and Broli.

Following a series of leaked images, the Japanese trailer was initially posted ahead of the convention on Thursday (with an initial upload date of October 1) and subsequently removed, only to to be posted again.

The film’s first full-length theatrical trailer debuted at San Diego Comic Con back in July.

The story, script, and character designs for Dragon Ball Super: Broli, formally opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura. The film will receive international distribution following its Japanese debut. A world premiere is set for 14 November 2018 at Nippon Budōkan with special guests set to include Masako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Bin Shimada, Katsuhisa Hoki, and Tatsuya Nagamine.

Published by VegettoEX
24 September 2018, 9:01 AM ESTComment

Following the initial reveal late last week, a short promotional video for No. 17 has been released showcasing some of his special moves:

The video concludes with a glimpse at the in-game alternate colors, player lobby character, and Z-Stamp that will accompany him for those that pay for access to the character.

The character will be made available this week individually for ¥500/$5, or as part of the game’s game’s optional $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covering eight total characters. Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, Merged Zamasu, (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Son Goku, and (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Vegeta were the first six of eight promised paid downloadable characters released thus far, with Coola releasing alongside No. 17 to round out the eight characters.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), 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 or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history. The game ships on the Nintendo Switch this week.

Published by VegettoEX
21 September 2018, 3:12 PM ESTComment

In conjunction with today’s November 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, Bandai Namco has revealed #17 — specifically the Dragon Ball Super Tournament of Power incarnation — as the next playable character in Dragon Ball FighterZ, wrapping up the eight announced downloadable content characters.

Alongside Coola later this month, the character will be made available individually for ¥500/$5, or as part of the game’s game’s optional $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covering eight total characters. Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, Merged Zamasu, (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Son Goku, and (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Vegeta were the first six of eight promised paid downloadable characters released thus far.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. A Nintendo Switch port is due in 2018. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), 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 or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history. The game ships on the Nintendo Switch next week.

Published by VegettoEX
21 September 2018, 8:53 AM ESTComment

Each month, Toyotarō provides a sketch — as well as a brief comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website for a character that has not appeared in Dragon Ball Super. Thus far, Toyotarō has provided sketches of #8, Lunch, Chapa with Oob, Tambourine, Man-Wolf, Tapion, Janenba, Broli, and Ozotto. For his September entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Ginyu:

It’s Captain Ginyu! Apparently he ended up in his current form after changing bodies a bunch of times, so it’s fun to imagine what he might have originally looked like.

Toyotarō’s sketch includes fellow teammates Butta and Jheese, as well as what may have been the prior body Ginyu inhabited.

While Ginyu appeared during the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling in the Dragon Ball Super television series, this story arc was skipped in the manga, with Toyotarō instead “charging ahead” to the Champa arc and its Universe 6 vs. 7 tournament.

This sketch and comment set has been added to the respective page in our “Translations” archive.

Published by VegettoEX
21 September 2018, 8:41 AM ESTComment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s fortieth chapter to their website, moving further into the “Universe Survival arc” of the series. This continues Viz’s initiative of simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut, which saw its release today in the November 2018 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’ fortieth chapter coming today in the magazine’s November 2018 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. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The third collected volume was released in English from Viz this summer.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fifth box set this October.

Published by VegettoEX
20 September 2018, 10:50 AM ESTComment

Following up on their general “late September” timeframe, Bandai Namco has confirmed a 27 September 2018 release date for the upcoming fourth episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime.

Episode 4: Rage! Super Fu Appears!


Cumber unleashes his fearsome form and runs wild. His power is too much for the Prison Planet to handle, and the chains begin to snap one by one. Seeing this throws Fu into a rage, and he unleashes his hidden power!

The self-described “promotional anime” began back in July, with its initial two episodes released back in July, and the third episode launching earlier this month. Though the series’ original trailer was available worldwide, the subsequent episode postings themselves have been region-locked to Japan.

The “Prison Planet arc” is the latest scenario featured in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game, which recently received a fourth update in its “Universe Mission” series. Super Dragon Ball Heroes is itself an update and hardware revision to the original Dragon Ball Heroes, a card-based arcade game in which players arrange teammates on a playing field for turn-based battles.

Dragon Ball Heroes has seen a variety of multimedia spin-offs and support pieces. Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission manga (a follow-up to the previous Dark Demon Realm Mission series) currently runs in Shueisha’s bimonthly Saikyō Jump magazine, while Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission ran from 2012-2015 in Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine. Three portable game adaptations — Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Ultimate Mission 2, and Ultimate Mission X — were released on the Nintendo 3DS.

Published by VegettoEX
20 September 2018, 9:59 AM ESTComment

Bandai Namco has announced the forthcoming Jump Force crossover video game will include four brand new characters designed by original Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama:

  • Glover (グロバー Gurobā): Director of the “J-Force”; played by Kazuhiro Yamaji
  • Navigator (ナビゲーター Nabigētā): Assistant navigator; played by Rie Kugimiya
  • Galena (ガレナ Garena): Villain; played by Atsuko Tanaka
  • Kane (カイン Kain): Villain; played by Hiroki Yasumoto

Alongside character announcements from the Yu Yu Hakusho franchise, Bandai Namco also announced items players can receive for pre-ordering the game, including Freeza’s hover chair as a lobby vehicle and three costumes representing the One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Naruto series, respectively.

Additionally, a collector’s edition will be available packaging the retail game, three art boards (representing the same three, core franchises), a steelbook case, and an “exclusive diorama” with Naruto, Luffy, and Goku.

Alongside a slew of characters from other Jump franchises, previously-revealed Dragon Ball characters include Son Goku (with Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan), Freeza, and Vegeta.

Jump Force, a crossover fighting game in celebration of Jump‘s 50th anniversary, is slated for a worldwide release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam) in February 2019. The game’s North American release is available for pre-order at Amazon.

Spike Chunsoft previously developed J-Stars Victory Vs., a crossover fighting game celebrating Jump‘s 45th anniversary; the game was originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, with a PlayStation 4 port eventually coming alongside an international localization. Alongside Arale from Dr. Slump, Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza were the three Dragon Ball representatives in J-Stars Victory Vs. Prior to this, the company developed the Sparking! (released internationally as “Budokai Tenkaichi”) and Raging Blast series of Dragon Ball fighting games.