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Published by VegettoEX
17 February 2017, 2:36 PM EDTComment

Next week’s forthcoming April 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan is set to reveal the remaining names of all twelve God of Destruction characters from the Dragon Ball Super series, expanding on a concept that began in 2013’s theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and has continued into the new television series’ “Universe Survival arc”. Character designs have been handled both by original author Akira Toriyama as well as Toyotarō, illustrator for the Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” that also runs monthly in V-Jump.

Universe 1: Ivan/Iwen (イワン iwan)
Designed by: Toyotarō

Presumed name pun: “wine”, adapting its Japanese spelling of ワイン into イワン by rearranging syllables.

Universe 2: Xerez/Helles (ヘレス heresu)
Designed by: Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō

Presumed name pun: either “sherry” (fortified wine from Jerez, Spain) or “Helles” (a German pale lager); both “Jerez” and “Helles” are spelled in Japanese as ヘレス.

Universe 3: Mosco (モスコ mosuko)
Designed by: Toyotarō

Presumed name pun: “Moscow mule”, a cocktail of Vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, spelled in Japanese as モスコ・ミュール.

Universe 4: Quitela (キテラ kitera)
Designed by: Akira Toriyama

Presumed name pun: “tequila”, spelled in Japanese as テキーラ; the character’s name is formed by rearranging syllables while dropping the elongated syllable.

Universe 5: Arak (アラク araku)
Designed by: Toyotarō

Presumed name pun: “Arak”, a distilled beverage from the Middle East, spelled in Japanese both as アラク or アラック.

Universe 6: Champa (シャンパ shanpa)
Designed by: Akira Toriyama

Presumed name pun: “champagne”, spelled in Japanese as シャンパン; the character’s name drops the final ン (n) syllable.

Universe 7: Beerus (ビルス birusu)
Designed by: Akira Toriyama

Confirmed name pun: “beer” (originally “virus”).

Universe 8: Liquir (リキール rikīru)
Designed by: Toyotarō

Presumed name pun: “liqueur”, spelled in Japanese as リキュール; the character’s name drops a syllable modification.

Universe 9: Sidra (シドラ shidora)
Designed by: Akira Toriyama

Presumed name pun: “sidra”, the Spanish version of “cider”, spelled in Japanese as シドラ.

Universe 10: Rumoosh (ラムーシ ramūshi)
Designed by: Toyotarō

Presumed name pun: “rum”, typically spelled in Japanese as ラム酒 (ramu shu).

Universe 11: Vermoud (ベルモッド berumoddo)
Designed by: Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō

Presumed name pun: “vermouth”, spelled in Japanese as ベルモット; the character’s name changes the final ト (to) sound into a ド (do) sound.

Universe 12: Geen/Gene (ジーン jīn)
Designed by: Toyotarō

Presumed name pun: “gin”, spelled in Japanese as ジン; the character’s name elongates the first syllable.

Beerus debuted in the 2013 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, while his brother Champa debuted ahead of the release of the Dragon Ball Super television series (playing a major role during the series’ third arc). Sidra was named last week on the series’ official website.

The April 2017 issue of V-Jump will hit shelves 21 February 2017 for ¥550 and is available for pre-order via Amazon Japan and CDJapan.

The “Universe Survival arc” began 05 February 2017 with the seventy-seventh episode of the television series. The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series is available for free and premium viewing on licensed sites such as Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab. New episodes are added — in their original Japanese language with accompanying English subtitles — the same day as their Japanese broadcast. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning last month on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
16 February 2017, 5:54 PM EDTComment

Following up on several previous “raid” encounters, Bandai Namco has announced a new battle with #17 running in Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 this weekend, with Super 17’s outfit as one possible reward:

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Android 17 Raid Event

Dr. Gero’s 17th creation is heading towards Conton City this weekend! Battle it out with Android 17. Here are the Raid Event details:

When:
February 18th starting at 10am PST

Rewards:

  • Participation Reward: Hercule Badge Common
  • 5000 Damage Done: Nickname – “Red Ribbon Army”
  • 5,000 Damage Done: Set of Super Android 17 Costume and Nickname – “Delightful”
  • 30,000 Damage Done: Super Soul “Now it’s my turn!”
  • 50,000 Damage Done: 50 TP Medals

GOOD LUCK Time Patrollers!

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The game was also recently announced for the Nintendo Switch.

A second paid downloadable content pack for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is still due sometime in February 2017; the company has stated that a release date for the pack will be announced next week. The first paid downloadable content pack was released 20 December 2016. Downloadable content packs are included in the cost of the game’s season pass, which is available for $29.99 and will cover four total content packs.

Published by VegettoEX
13 February 2017, 9:09 PM EDTComment

Jumping from its initial launch version all the way up to match the current Japanese release at version 2.2.0, the North American release of Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS received its long-awaited patch today adding new modes, characters, techniques, and more. The free update is available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, and requires 444 free blocks of space on the system’s storage media.

Ver. 2.2.0 added the following features:

– New characters
– New clothes
– New Special Moves
– “Ziku-kan Radar” at the StreetPass facility
– “Connect with people far away” at the connection facility
– “Ziku-kan Quest” at the connection facility

New Characters:

– Trunks (Super)
– Goku Black
– Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black

New Characters:

– Super Saiyan Trunks (Super)
– SSGSS Vegito
– Zamas
– Fused Zamas

New Clothes:

– Super Saiyan Trunks’s (Super) Clothes
– Goku Black’s Clothes
– Zamas’s Clothes
– Fused Zamas’s Clothes

New Special Moves:

– Black Kamehameha

New Special Moves:

– Light Sword
– Final Kamehameha
– Divine Wrath

“Ziku-kan Radar”
Detect real-world Wi-Fi networks to enter special zones where you can play. Try it in various places.

“Connect with people far away”
Use the internet to connect with people far away from you. You can also post your stats to earn rewards.

Ziku-kan Quests:
Play special quests.

The following was updated in version 2.2.0:
– The progression speed of the Saiyan, Alien, and Namekian timelines has increased.
– Activation of the skill “First Striker” is now based on chance.
The Power Level required to complete the “Photo Fusions” training has been lowered.

The Ki Orb cost of the following Special Moves has increased:
– Galactic Donuts (incl. variations)
– Mach Move

The chance for the following Special Moves to apply status effects has been lowered:
– Turtle Style Last Resort (incl. variations)
– Present Bomb (incl. variations)
– Lullaby Punch (incl. variations) & Paralysis
– Ah, Lord Frieza/Beerus! (incl. variations)
– Galactic Donuts (incl. variations)

All three of the Space/Time Vortex Quest missions are available immediately (albeit with seemingly-incorrect end dates in January 2017). Likewise, the seven new playable characters are also immediately available in the player’s roster of allies.

Matching Viz’s release of the Dragon Ball Super manga, and in opposition to the official simulcast stream translations, Bandai Namco has opted for a name spelling of “Zamas” (dropping the trailing “-u”).

The update does not change the visual appearance of certain weapons which were changed from their original sword design in the Japanese version of the game.

The European version of the game — set for launch next week on 17 February 2017will receive a free “Day One Patch” also bringing the game up-to-date with its international peers.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise portable video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan and has received three free updates. The game was released in America 22 November 2016 and is set for a release in Europe 17 February 2017.

Read our full review, or check our Episode #0415 of our podcast for more discussion regarding the game.

Published by VegettoEX
13 February 2017, 12:03 PM EDT1 Comment

On this episode of the podcast, after catching up with a couple weeks worth of news, we dive in to two smaller topics: (1) a check-in on the translation quality for Dragon Ball Super‘s anime simulcast and digital manga release, and then (2) an analysis of the new visual direction and color scheme on display in the “Universe Survival arc” of the anime.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0421! Mike and Jake check in on the translations for both the “Dragon Ball Super” anime simulcast and the Viz digital manga publication. With each version moving along at their own pace, how do the translation styles stack up against each other, and have there been any noticeable errors? Ajay later joins to discuss the new visual direction for the “Universe Survival arc” of the “Dragon Ball Super” anime with its saturated colors and new line art techniques.

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Published by VegettoEX
10 February 2017, 3:16 PM EDTComment

The American branch of Bandai Namco has confirmed the promised free update for Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS set to hit 13 February 2017. The update will roughly bring the game in line with the Japanese version, whose 2.1.0 and 2.2.0 updates brought additional functionality (such as online battles) and new characters (specifically those from the “Future Trunks arc” of Dragon Ball Super).

FREE DRAGON BALL FUSIONS DOWNLOADABLE UPDATE

Hello Fusions Fans!

A free DRAGON BALL Fusions downloadable update will be released on February 13, 2017 that will implement online battles, an online special moves trading function, new characters, new fusion possibilities, and more.

Here are more EXCITING details:

New Characters:

  • Future Trunks
  • Goku Black
  • Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black
  • Super Saiyan Trunks
  • SSGSS Vegito
  • Zamasu
  • Fused Zamasu

New Clothing (Purchase-able at Clothing Shop by paying Energies)

  • Future Trunks Clothes
  • Goku Black’s Clothes
  • Zamasu’s Clothes(After recruiting Fused Zamasu)
  • Fused Zamasu’s Clothes(After recruiting Zamasu)

New Titles

  • Unyielding Spirit
  • Savior
  • Conqueror of Gods

Special Moves (via Special Move Machine)

  • Black Kamehameha
  • Light Sword
  • Divine Wrath
  • Final Kamehameha

The European version of the game — set for launch next week on 17 February 2017will receive a free “Day One Patch” also bringing the game up-to-date with its international peers.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise portable video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan and has received three free updates. The game was released in America 22 November 2016 and is set for a release in Europe 17 February 2017.

Read our full review, or check our Episode #0415 of our podcast for more discussion regarding the game.

Published by VegettoEX
10 February 2017, 3:02 PM EDTComment

Toei Animation’s official YouTube channel recently uploaded an official promotional version of the second Dragon Ball Super opening theme song, “Limit-Break x Survivor” performed by Kiyoshi Hikawa, new for the on-going “Universe Survival arc” of the television series:

The TV-sized version of the song is available through certain Japanese providers such as Fuji-Melo, Tokusatsu Anime Full, Recochoku, iTunes, and more. A full-length CD single has yet to be announced.

The “Universe Survival arc” began 05 February 2017 with the seventy-seventh episode of the television series. The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series is available for free and premium viewing on licensed sites such as Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab. New episodes are added — in their original Japanese language with accompanying English subtitles — the same day as their Japanese broadcast.

Published by VegettoEX
10 February 2017, 2:17 PM EDTComment

Continuing onward from the previous seventeen chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s eighteenth chapter to their website, continuing the “Future Trunks arc” of the manga.

The respective page in our “Manga Guide” has been updated with this release information.

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’ twentieth chapter published last month in the magazine’s March 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 will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning last month on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
10 February 2017, 11:19 AM EDTComment

Toei’s official Dragon Ball Super website has unveiled character designs for several gods and fighters from Universe 9 and one god from Universe 11, all in conjunction with and anticipation of the new, on-going “Universe Survival arc” in the series.

第9宇宙
界王神 ロウ
CV:増谷康紀

第9宇宙の界王神。他の宇宙を少し馬鹿にする傾向にある。


Universe 9
Kaiōshin: Rou
Voice Actor: Yasunori Masutani

The Kaiōshin of Universe 9. Tends to make fun of the other universes a bit.

While “rō” (老 meaning “old” or “elder”) has been used before in the series (in reference to the Elder Kaiōshin that had been locked away in the Z-Sword several generations prior), this new character’s name is written out in katakana (ロウ ro – u). Masutani had previously contributed the voices of the anthem singer at the Universe 6 vs. 7 tournament, and as noted via his Twitter account, the voice of the Universe 6 Kaiōshin (which was not credited during the respective episode).

第9宇宙
破壊神 シドラ
CV:間宮康弘

第9宇宙の破壊神。優柔不断な性格でなかなか破壊が出来ない。


Universe 9
God of Destruction: Sidra
Voice Actor: Yasuhiro Mamiya

The God of Destruction of Universe 9. Is indecisive and hardly able to destroy anything.

Sidra’s name (shi – do – ra) likely comes from the Spanish “sidra” referring to an alcoholic cider (fitting with previous God of Destruction puns on beer and champagne). Mamiya previously played a chef in the first episode of Dragon Ball Super.

第9宇宙
戦士 バジル
CV:小山剛志

別名「蹴りのバジル」トリオ・デ・デンジャーズの末弟。足技に特化した素早い身のこなしを身上とする戦士。


Universe 9
Fighter: Basil
Voice Actor: Tsuyoshi Koyama

Also known as “Kicker Basil”, he’s the youngest brother of Trio the Dangers. A fast and agile warrior who specializes in footwork.

Basil’s name (ba – ji – ru) is taken directly from the word for “basil“. Koyama previously played one of the Barbarians during the “Future Trunks arc”.

第9宇宙
戦士 ベルガモ
CV:竹本英史

別名「毒のベルガモ」トリオ・デ・デンジャーズの次兄。毒を自在に操る戦士。毒を使わずに正々堂々と戦う事は無い。


Universe 9
Fighter: Bergamo
Voice Actor: Eiji Takemoto

Also known as “Poison Bergamo”; the middle brother of Trio the Dangers. A warrior who freely manipulates poison. He always uses poison, and never wins fair-and-square.

Likely a pun on “bergamot” (ベルガモット berugamotto in Japanese), with the character’s name leaving off the final hard-“t” sound. Takemoto took over the role of Kewi in Dragon Ball Kai following the passing of Kōji Totani, and had played Namu in the 2007 video game Sparking! METEOR following the passing of Kaneto Shiozawa.

The third and final member of the Trio of Dangers (トリオ・ザ・デンジャーズ Torio za Denjāzu) — Lavenda (ラベンダ Rabenda) — will be previewed in an upcoming issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan.

第11宇宙
界王神 カイ
CV:村田太志

第11宇宙の界王神。命を大切にする正義感が強くやさしい界王神。


Universe 11
Kaiōshin: Kai
Voice Actor: Taishi Murata

The Kaiōshin of Universe 11. A gentle Kaiōshin with a strong sense of justice who values life.

The name “Kai” is self-explanatory (written here for the new character in katakana as カイ ka – i), likely coming from the 界 (kai) in “Kaiōshin” meaning “world”.

The “Universe Survival arc” began 05 February 2017 with the seventy-seventh episode of the television series. The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series is available for free and premium viewing on licensed sites such as Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab. New episodes are added — in their original Japanese language with accompanying English subtitles — the same day as their Japanese broadcast.

Published by VegettoEX
07 February 2017, 10:17 AM EDT1 Comment

One of the staff- and fan-favorite podcast releases each year is our predictions episode. We dedicate an entire hour to reviewing the top five stories of the previous year, checking in on predictions we made last year, and we wrap it all up with a combination of safe and outlandish predictions for the next year. 2016 dropped a whole slew of surprises on us, so tune in for our reactions and analysis!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0420! Mike and Heath check in on last year’s predictions and make new ones for 2017. With “Dragon Ball Super” entering its next major story arc, and 2016 having already dropped so many surprise bombs on us, what could 2017 possibly have in store for fans? Tune in for our reflection, predictions, and a few hot takes from the listeners!

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

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.

Published by Hujio
04 February 2017, 6:15 PM EDTComment

In advance of the Dragon Ball Super TV series’ debut of the “Universe Survival Arc”, set to premiere tonight (05 February 2017) with episode 77, Japanese animation news outlet animate Times has revealed that the new story arc will also mark the debut of Tatsuya Nagamine (長峯達也) and Ryōta Nakamura (中村亮太) as the series’ new directors.

For the series this will mark the 5th director to assume the role of series director since the series’ debut in July 2015. Morio Hatano previously took over as the lead series director in episode thirty-three, replacing the series’ original director Kimitoshi Chioka, who assisted him in the role up through episode forty-six before leaving the series. Kōhei Hatano then most recently took over the role in episode sixty-eight with Morio Hatano remaining on to assist him.

While Ryōta Nakamura has been involved with Dragon Ball Super, having directed seven episodes (4, 31, 39, 48, 57, 65, and 75) of the series, Tatsuya Nagamine had thus far not been involved due to his heavy workload on other series, such as Pretty Cure, Digimon, and most recently, directing One Piece Film Z. Nagamine’s previous involvement with the franchise included opening and ending direction/animation for Dragon Ball Kai and prior to that being an assistant director for a single episode of Dragon Ball GT.