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Published by VegettoEX
29 January 2017, 11:44 AM ESTComment

Following a brief 15-second teaser attached to episode 75 of Dragon Ball Super, Toei has uploaded a full 30-second preview for the series’ upcoming “Universe Survival arc” on their YouTube channel:

The preview does not provide any new information on the arc, but does showcase a few extra scenes — presumably from the corresponding new opening theme song, “Limit Break x Survivor” — with characters such as Tenshinhan, Piccolo, and #17.

The “Universe Survival arc” is set to begin 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
27 January 2017, 9:13 AM ESTComment

The European branch of Bandai Namco has shared footage of new playable characters God of Destruction Champa and his attendant Vados from next month’s second paid downloadable content pack for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2:

Champa and Vados made their debut for the third arc of the Dragon Ball Super series, pitting a team of fighters from Universe 7 against Champa’s team from Universe 6.

The second paid downloadable content pack is due sometime in February 2017; 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.

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.

Published by VegettoEX
27 January 2017, 8:48 AM EST2 Comments

Continuing onward from the previous sixteen chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s seventeenth 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 week 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 earlier this month on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
27 January 2017, 8:41 AM ESTComment

The European branch of Bandai Namco has announced a “D1 Patch” (“Day One Patch”) for their forthcoming localization and release of Dragon Ball Fusions hitting shelves 17 February 2017:

D1 Patch content revealed for DRAGON BALL FUSIONS!

January 27, 2017
Power up for maximum fusion!

While the release is approaching, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe unveiled today all the D1 Patch content for the newest Dragon Ball 3DS game: DRAGON BALL FUSIONS.

Immediately after installing the patch, players will get the following new playable characters: Trunks (Super), Goku Black, Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black, Super Saiyan Trunks (Super), SSGSS Vegito, Zamas and Fused Zamas.

In addition, they will also be able to acquire new in-game items: new clothes, new titles and new Special Moves.

Be ready, DRAGON BALL FUSIONS is coming to Europe, Middle East and Australasian territories on February 17th 2017 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system. To find out more on DRAGON BALL FUSIONS, go to www.dragonball-videogames.com.

The added content comes by way of the Japanese version’s recent “Space/Time Vortex Quest” missions, which wrapped up in December adding the aforementioned new characters, special techniques, titles, and balance updates.

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. Bandai Namco has announced a free update coming to the international release of the game in early 2017; while a specific release timeframe for the American content has yet to be announced, it stands to reason that it will correspond to this European content.

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

Thanks to Romain for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
26 January 2017, 9:45 AM EST1 Comment

A third entry in the Nintendo 3DS series of Dragon Ball Heroes ports — “Ultimate Mission X” — has been announced for release in Japan 27 April 2017 for ¥5,700 + tax (or digitally at a reduced price of ¥5,130 until 23 May 2017).

The March 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine dives in to the story and new features coming to the game, a follow-up to 2013’s Ultimate Mission and 2014’s Ultimate Mission 2, themselves portable conversions of the on-going, card-based arcade game:

The real world and DBH! You will save those two worlds!!! It’s not just a story mode!! It’s a super adventure that has you travelling all over both the real world and DBH world!! You’ll fight other Hero Avatars and super-warriors, gaining allies!! Plus you can grow and customize your cards?! Looks really fun!!

Super-warriors become your allies!! Gain greater power through customization!!! Over 240 super-warriors appear!! Card abilities can even be strengthen with items!!

Clash with other Hero Avatars and super-warriors to save the world from danger!!! Events happening in DBH are influencing the real world?! Set off on an adventure into the world of DBH!! Everything in this store besides the DBH machines have vanished!! As you progress through the adventure, you can change this reality too?!

The game will cover 3,300 cards from the arcade version’s 36 missions (spanning the arcade game’s original 8 missions, 10 “Galaxy Missions”, 8 “Evil Dragon Missions”, and 10 “God Missions”). Players will also be able to carry forward data from Ultimate Mission 2.

The game’s first-edition bonus items include a set of five Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game cards: Special Hero Avatar Card, Son Goku: Xeno, Vegeta: Xeno, Dark Demon God Towa, and Vegetto (SSGSS).

The Ultimate Mission games’ website portal at dbhu.channel.or.jp has been updated to reflect the upcoming game.

Neither of the previous Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission games were localized and released outside of Japan. By default, the Nintendo 3DS is region-locked; a Japanese system is required to play the game. Ultimate Mission 2 continued to receive free content expansions up through early last year.

The arcade version of Dragon Ball Heroes recently celebrated its sixth anniversary alongside a hardware upgrade and conversion to Super Dragon Ball Heroes.

Published by VegettoEX
25 January 2017, 9:10 AM EST1 Comment

In conjunction with the March 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan, Bandai Namco has detailed some of the additions coming to Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 next month.

As with the first round of major content updates, additions will come in the form of free content as well as content specifically tied to the second paid downloadble content pack.

Time Patrollers,

A lot of you have been asking about the content for the upcoming new content, and we are excited to be able to share this with you! The second wave of content will be released in February!

As for the first Update, it will include 2 part: a free update for all players and a paid DLC (purchasable alone or through the Season Pass).

The free update will include:

  • New level cap for your time patroller (up to level 90)!
  • 5 new costumes
  • 3 new accessories
  • 5 new attacks
  • New world tournament rules
  • A new option to change the BGM in Battles
  • Two new Expert Missions

The Paid DLC will include new story missions and new playable characters! Here is the detail:

  • Two new playable character: Champa and Vados
  • New story content: The history has been altered! The God of Destruction Champa approaches Conton City!
  • Additional stage: Unnamed Planet
  • 8 new attacks:
  • Three new costumes
  • Five new Super Souls
  • One new vehicle: Space Pod
  • New emotes

Stay tuned for more details on the second wave of content releasing in February!

The second paid downloadable content pack is due sometime in February 2017; 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.

The game is also still on tap — at least in Japan — to receive an “Anison & BGM Pack” adding specific tunes from the original series and movies.

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.

Published by VegettoEX
23 January 2017, 5:47 PM EST3 Comments

“Legend 18” — the final volume in Shueisha’s “Digest Edition” of the Dragon Ball manga, released earlier this month in Japan — wraps up with 2004’s updated kanzenban ending, rather than the original version of chapter 519 as serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump and used in subsequent tankōbon collected editions.

This new ending — written and illustrated by original author Akira Toriyama for the final kanzenban release — expanded upon the original to include two additional pages in which Goku hands Kinto-Un down to Oob. The chapter’s final narration was also rewritten to shift the source of Earth’s safety from the Dragon Balls to that of the “incredible guys” that reside there. In addition, Toriyama’s original goodbye message was replaced with two new panels of Vegeta declaring his ongoing aspiration to defeat Goku.

UPDATE: As folks have rightfully pointed out, despite the additions with Oob, the “Digest Edition” does in fact end with Toriyama’s original ending message, rather than with Vegeta’s monologue:

The “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen) were originally touted as allowing the reader to “enjoy Dragon Ball the same way as when it was serialized in Jump“, and are the same size as the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization (JIS B5; 18.2 × 25.7 cm). The volumes each feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text and logos, and next issue previews.

Published by VegettoEX
23 January 2017, 11:17 AM ESTComment

This March 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan provided new character designs and an overview for Dragon Ball Super‘s upcoming “Universe Survival arc” set to begin 05 February 2017:

The battle begins Sunday, February 5!!! Superior “Survival”!!!
The curtain rises on the long-awaited new chapter this February!!! And we’re sharing some startling new information!!!

Those twins are set to join the fight, too!!! The new chapter is about to begin at last!!! When Goku and the Omni-King’s promise is fulfilled, all 12 universes will be endangered?! It turns out they’re holding the ultimate survival battle, with ten representatives from each universe fighting!!!

Unveiling design images drawn by Akira Toriyama-sensei!!!
Akira Toriyama-sensei did the original story, of course!!! Here are some of the design images he drew for this new chapter!!!

Artificial Human #17
Artificial Human #17 has become a supportive ally!! His left armband says “Ranger”!!

Artificial Human #18
Now she’s a wonderful mom!! #18 will join the battle as a powerful asset. Will she bust out some combo attacks with Kuririn or #17…?!

The design for a new God of Destruction and angel, too…?!
The other Gods of Destruction besides Beerus and Champa will be appearing en masse?! This newly-revealed God of Destruction has a beard!!

And here’s the Survival Stadium that will serve as the battle stage!!!
It has a strange shape, just like a giant spinning top! Centerstage is the clock pillar. Around it are the spectator benches. And located a little further away is the Omni-King’s throne.

The magazine goes on to re-confirm the series’ upcoming, new opening theme — “Limit Break x Survivor” (突破限界xサバイバー Genkai Toppa x Sabaibā) — with lyrics by Yukinojō Mori, composition by Takafumi Iwasaki, and vocal performance by Kiyoshi Hikawa, the lattermost of whom provided the following statement regarding the song:

Now I’ve ended up singing the new opening theme for Dragon Ball Super‘s “Universe Survival arc”, “Limit Break x Survivor”! This is my first time taking on an anime song! The lyrics are by my beloved Yukinojō Mori. Yukinojō-san has put together a full-throttle rock anime song, so it’ll make me happy if Dragon Ball fans and lots of other people listen to my new song. Please look forward to it!

Additionally, Fuji TV’s broadcast of Dragon Ball Super episode 75 this past weekend included a 15-second promotional video for the upcoming arc following the standard next-episode preview (which was not appended to international simulcast streams):

Hey, this is Goku! Check out this no-holds-barred battle with our own survival at stake! Don’t miss it!

The production team previously shared a manga-focused preview for the new arc back in December at Jump Festa in Tokyo.

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
23 January 2017, 9:28 AM EST1 Comment

Following its initial listing and subsequent update, FUNimation’s first Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters home release has been further adjusted back to separate DVD and Blu-ray versions on both the company’s own online shop as well as on Amazon.

A previous FUNimation online shop adjustment had included a DVD/Blu-ray/digital combo-pack, which no longer appears to be offered by the company.

“The Final Chapters: Part One” hits store shelves 25 April 2017 and will cover episodes 99-121 of the Boo arc’s international cut (as opposed to the further-condensed Japanese television broadcast from 2014). On-disc extras will include a commentary track for episode 112, as well as creditless versions of the opening and ending themes.

FUNimation’s English dub for the Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai debuted on Cartoon Network earlier this month. The home release will contain the original Japanese language track (with accompanying English subtitle translations) as well as FUNimation’s English dub. The Boo arc will be presented on home video in a cropped 16:9 widescreen format; unlike the initial arcs of the series that were remastered by Q-TEC and presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, Toei opted for an internal remaster for the Boo arc that has been cropped to widescreen from the start.

Published by VegettoEX
17 January 2017, 3:32 PM EST1 Comment

After posting and quickly removing listings for their Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters home video release, FUNimation’s online shop has adjusted the “Part One” availability to a standard DVD package in addition to an all-in-one package featuring Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Ultraviolet versions.

The new package is listed for $54.98 MSRP with the same specifics as the previous listing: episodes 99-121 spread across three Blu-ray discs and hitting shelves 25 April 2017.

Thanks to Omar for the heads-up!