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Episode 102 // 27 April 2014
The Dragon Team, All Assembled!
Son Goku has Returned!!

Both the regular and “Super Elite” editions of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman hit Japanese shelves this week, and one of the biggest reveals is finally upon us. A special chapter is included within the collected edition entitled Dragon Ball Minus which reveals the birth mother of Son Goku (or rather, “Kakarrot”), “Gine“…!

WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!

The warrior race of the Saiyans, under the evil emperor Freeza, fight day and night to obtain many planets through force.

Bardock and another unidentified Saiyan destroy aliens on another planet. They suddenly receive a report on their scouters that all Saiyans have been ordered to return to Planet Vegeta. Bardock has misgivings about this and his partner questions it as well, badmouthing Freeza. Bardock tells him to take off his scouter or they will hear him. The two see Freeza’s ship hovering over the planet, and Bardock thinks they must have a hidden agenda.

They land at a settlement with crude houses and many other space pods. Another Saiyan greets Bardock, but he does not know what the order is about either. However, he has heard that Freeza’s forces heard about the “Super Saiyan” and that word of it is has been going around.

On his ship, Freeza mulls over this “Super Saiyan” and “Super Saiyan God” business. His attendant tries to reassure him that it is just a common heroic legend; Freeza says he knows this, but he must not even have a sliver of a doubt. Either way, the Saiyans are too proud and will never be his obedient dogs. It is a good time to destroy the entire planet. His attendant thinks it is a shame since they are excellent fighters. Freeza scoffs, then asks how much of the Saiyan race has arrived back. It will apparently take one more month for nearly all of the Saiyans to arrive, so Freeza decides to destroy the planet in one month’s time. If he is suspected by the remaining ones, he will just say that a giant meteor collided with the planet.

On another planet, Raditz asks Prince Vegeta if they should be getting back home. Vegeta says to leave it be; they will just pretend they did not hear the order.

Back on Planet Vegeta, Bardock makes his way along the settlement as the narration box explains there are only a few thousand Saiyans. As a warrior race, it would be difficult to increase their numbers (presumably, though left unsaid, because they would war with each other). Setting foot in one structure, Bardock greets Gine, who embraces him. She tells Bardock that Raditz is already a fighter, and is working with Prince Vegeta. Since they are far away, though, they have not returned yet.

Bardock asks if Kakarrot is still in the incubator. He is, but it has been three years, so she will take him out soon. Kakarrot has gotten big, and looks just like his father. Bardock looks long and hard at his son, then tells Gine he will steal a space pod tonight. They will send Kakarrot to another planet. Gine questions Bardock, who reassures her that it is for Kakarrot’s sake. Freeza seems to be planning something; he has a premonition of death. Even so, Gine says it is not like a Saiyan to worry about his children. Bardock shoots back that her “softness” disease spread to him, too.

Bardock shoulders the pod with a crying Kakarrot as they take it to the launch site. Gine suggests they all run away, but Bardock says it is no use since they would immediately be found with scouters. Gine nervously says to her son that if his father is just overthinking this, they will come for him right away. Bardock warns Kakarrot not to look for too long at the full moon; they will tell Raditz about this, too.

“You absolutely have to stay alive… See you around.”

Kakarrot presses his face against the glass as his pod rises up. Bardock says to watch out for the Galactic Patrol as the pod shoots off the planet. Bardock puts his arm around Gine as Kakarrot’s pod disappears into the sky.

Meanwhile, at Galactic Patrol headquarters, Jaco inquires why the Galactic King has summoned his exceptional self. It must be for an extremely important mission! The king goes along with this and tells Jaco to go to “Earth” since a flying object was picked up launching from Planet Freeza and headed there.

Earth is a developing world ruled by humans who are still immature and weak, so the Saiyans have probably sent a child. Therefore the clumsy– er, exceptional Jaco can probably exterminate it himself.

After researching Earth, Jaco comments that Earthlings are of very poor qualities; if he decides it is not worth protecting them, he will use his extinction bomb. His superiors do not mind, but tell him to research well before doing it. He should arrive a few days before the Saiyan. Jaco is excited about the prospect of extinction, while one Galactic Patrolman asks whether it was all right to let Jaco handle such a task. The other tells him Earth is not an important world; the Galactic King gave him the mission figuring they had nothing to lose.

And so, Jaco, and later the Saiyan child called Son Goku, went to Earth. Some time later, Planet Vegeta, together with many Saiyans, was obliterated by Freeza’s hand. Eventually, the destined child grew up right and would, without realizing it, come to face off against his bitter enemy, Freeza…

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A commercial for the collected edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman began airing on Japanese television earlier this week, and has been added by Shueisha to their official “S-Manga” YouTube channel:

Viz will print their official English translation of Dragon Ball Minus in next week’s 2014 #19 issue of their own digital Weekly Shonen Jump. The company will release their English-language collected edition of the series, both digitally and in print, in January 2015.

Look forward to continued coverage of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and its special Dragon Ball Minus chapter here on Kanzenshuu very soon…!



03
Apr
2014
VegettoEX3:39 PM EDTNews

The May 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump hits Japanese shelves tomorrow (04 April 2014) in Japan, and our own Julian (SaiyaJedi) was able to secure an early copy.

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As promised last month, the most relevant bonus with the new issue is the double-sided poster. On one side is the illustration for the fold-out cover of Weekly Shōnen Jump 1995 #07 (which contained Dragon Ball chapter 502), the classic spread of Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, and Ultimate Gohan facing off against three forms of Majin Buu. The other side of the poster appears to be a new illustration: Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku versus the fat Majin Buu with the Dragon Ball Kai logo, obviously in promotion of this weekend’s impending return of the “refreshed” version of the TV series.

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The issue also lists the titles for the first four episodes of the Majin Buu arc of Kai (with Episode 99′s title already being known):

Dragon Ball Kai Episode 100

バレちゃった! 新ヒーローは孫悟飯
Found Out! The New Hero is Son Gohan


Dragon Ball Kai Episode 101

悟飯が先生! ビーデルの舞空術入門
Gohan’s the Teacher! Videl’s Introduction to Flight


Dragon Ball Kai Episode 102

ドラゴンチーム全員集合! 帰ってきた孫悟空!!
The Dragon Team, All Assembled! Son Goku has Returned!!

Judging by the new episode titles in relation to their original Z-counterparts, it would seem that Dragon Ball Kai episodes 100-103 may roughly cover Dragon Ball Z episodes 200-208ish.

The 28th monthly chapter of Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD within the issue covers up to Black’s defeat and Goku picking up the Dragon Balls from Red’s office.

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In addition to Dragon Ball SD, in terms of manga-content, this month’s issue contains another, fifth chapter of the Dragon Ball GT “Anime Comic” covering up to the end of the fight with Wu Xing Long (Five-Star Dragon) and the group receiving the Dragon Ball. At this point, the comic seems to be sticking with a pace of about two chapters per episode.

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The issue also contains a preview of Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS covering the same information we received from the most recent issue of V-Jump and the game’s teaser promotional video.

There is currently a touring tournament for Dragon Ball Heroes and One Piece Kings, “Strong Tour 2014“, with a playoff to determine area representatives. The tour starts in Hiroshima on 13 April 2014 and works its way across the country, ending in Koshigaya (Saitama Prefecture) on 06 July 2014. Both Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda contributed images cheering on the participants:

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Finally, the issue contains the second entry into the short, new “Tell Us, Toriyama-sensei!” Q&A session between Naho Ooishi and original manga author Akira Toriyama:

Why did you come up with the “Scouter” item?

My number-one goal in coming up with it was because, if an opponent’s strength could be seen as a number, it would be very easy for the readers to understand when I put it in the comic. However, I could foresee that it’d be an inconvenience for me down the line, because if you knew a concrete number, then you could tell who would win or lose, so with regards to Goku & co., I decided that [their power] would change due to “Ki” and couldn’t be adequately measured.

In addition, it’s a very convenient item to create peril, since with enemies equipped with them, their location could become known, and they could be reported.

The second Q&A will be archived shortly on its respective page in our “Translations” section.

The June 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump, due out 02 May 2014 due to Golden Week, is set to contain bonus Dragon Ball Heroes cards of Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku (whose main technique is “Super Dragon Strike Fist” with a Card Action Ability of “Double”) and Majin Buu (whose main attack is “Innocence Canon” with a Card Action Ability of “Sparking”), both of which use their respective illustrations from this month’s poster. Perhaps most interesting in next month’s issue will be a “scoop” with Toriyama answering more questions about the Buu arc, a pencil board with the cover of Volume 41 of the manga, and an “illustration book” which we do not have any further details on just yet.

The May 2014 issue is available for purchase at CDJapan and Amazon Japan for ¥500.



J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, continues with solid sales figures in its second week exclusively in Japan.

For the period of 24 March 2014 to 30 March 2014, according to the Media Create sales chart, the game pushed another 25,300 copies on the PlayStation 3 and another 24,825 copies on the Vita. This brings the game up to 143,540 and 122,646 copies, respectively.

The game was also digitally available on the PlayStation Store for both platforms, though these figures are not reported in the physical game sales.



With just a couple days to go before its 04 April 2014 release date, Shueisha’s website has finally revealed the cover art for the upcoming second collected volume of Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD:

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In addition to the regular chapters covering the 21st Tenka’ichi Budōkai, the volume is slated to include a bonus “Son Goku: Boyhood” card for Dragon Ball Heroes, the 12-page “Battle of Gods Special Manga Version” from the April 2013 Saikyō Jump, as well as another bonus comic (likely the four-page “V-Jump Away-Edition” from the December 2013 issue of V-Jump).

The 192-page tankobon-sized volume will run ¥517 plus tax and like the first collected volume should preserve the full-color presentation from its original Saikyō Jump serialization.

Dragon Ball SD began with Saikyō Jump as a quarterly publication with four total issues in 2011 re-telling major aspects of the franchise in an even more childish tone. When the magazine switched to a monthly format in 2012, Dragon Ball SD started over at the very beginning of the series with the same kind of writing and artistic style.

Volume 2 of the collected Dragon Ball SD is available for pre-order from CDJapan and Amazon Japan.



Today’s 2014 #18 issue of Viz’s digital, English-language Weekly Shonen Jump announces that the company will publish a special chapter of Dragon Ball — presumably the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected-edition bonus comic which we know to be titled Dragon Ball Minus in Japan — in next week’s issue.

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Dragon Ball Minus is set to cover Goku’s life before heading to Earth along with introducing Gine, the character’s mother, for the first time. The existence of Gine and a tease about her upcoming inclusion was first divulged by Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and Dragon Ball manga author Akira Toriyama in a special Q&A back in the March 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump. The issue featured a bonus pack-in of a “Super Kanzenban” for Naho Ooishi’s Episode of Bardock manga.

Viz’s release of the chapter would come just three days after the Japanese collected release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman hits shelves 04 April 2014.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga series by Akira Toriyama that ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz. Originally teased by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”, by the series’ completion it became clear that it was indeed a true prequel to Dragon Ball.

Viz will release their English-language collected edition of the series, both digitally and in print, in January 2015.



An article published today on Oricon promotes the impending Japanese collected release of the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman manga series by Akira Toriyama. In addition to comments promoting the series itself, the article also notes that the bonus comic, Dragon Ball Minus, will introduce Goku’s mother for the first time, and will cover the time period up to Goku being sent to Earth.

The trinkets promised alongside the “Super Elite Edition” — specifically the keychain and Galactic Patrol badge — are also detailed in photos:

Finally, included amongst the photos is one with a caption stating matter-of-factly (despite its having never been reported up to that point) that Akira Toriyama’s “legendary group of works” will receive reprints with new obi containing a brand-new illustration. Judging by the image provided, these new illustrations appear to come with new comments from the author, as well. It is unclear, however, whether they will only cover Toriyama’s short serials post-Dragon Ball, or if his one-shot collections, or even Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball, will also be included.

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04 April 2014 is set to be an exceedingly busy (and expensive!) day for fans of Dragon Ball and Akira Toriyama, with not only two versions of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and new illustrations packed into Toriyama’s existing works, but also three new volumes of the “Full Color Comics”, the second volume of Dragon Ball SD, the May issue of Saikyō Jump (containing the SD serialization and the Dragon Ball GT anime comic), and Akira Katsura, which contains Sachie-chan Gū! and Jiya, the two collaborative works between Toriyama and longtime friend Masakazu Katsura.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga series by Akira Toriyama that ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz. Originally teased by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”, by the series’ completion it became clear that it was indeed a true prequel to Dragon Ball.

Viz will release their collected edition of the series in English in January 2015.



A bit after being formally unveiled in the May 2014 issue of V-Jump earlier this month, the official website for Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission has itself finally updated with information about the impending sequel, Ultimate Mission 2.

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The update includes a teaser promotional video:

The trailer confirms that the missions from all 21 iterations, from the original arcade game’s first edition to the latest “Evil Dragon Mission” 3 update, will be included. There will be over 2000 cards, which is more than twice the amount in the first game. It also confirms the ability to carry over card data from the first game to the second game.

The first Ultimate Mission — released back in February 2013 — covered up through the early “Galaxy Mission” updates of the original arcade version of Dragon Ball HeroesOver an entire half-year, the game swayed in and out of the Famitsu and Media Create top-selling games charts with reliable, if not consistent, sales figures. The game was not released outside of Japan.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 will be released on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan at some point later in 2014.



The UK branch of Bandai Namco announced an impending update for the Vita version of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z last month which was set to include the Japanese voice cast as a new selectable option; previously, only the international console versions of the game (Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3) had this option available.

Europeans were finally treated to the update this week with the downloadable content launching as a free update 26 March 2014.

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The update has not been announced for the North American version of the game and at last check-in the company responded to Kanzenshuu with a “hold tight”-esque answer.

On the flipside, the two characters previously only available as pre-order bonuses — Super Saiyan Bardock and Super Vegetto — have now been released as paid DLC in all regions. While available to outright purchase in Japan at ¥300 a pop, Bandai Namco had recently responded to Kanzenshuu that there were “no plans” to release the characters as paid DLC in this region. That plan seems to have changed, as both are now available for all three systems (Xbox 360 / PlayStation) at an equivalent $2.99 a pop.

The character DLC for North America, unlike with the Japanese versions, are not cross-buy for the PlayStation 3 and Vita, meaning that two separate purchases will be necessary to cover both versions of the game. The downloads are 100 KB each; the characters’ respective data are already a part of the game, and are actually part of the post-story battles to fight against (but not play as without the requisite pre-order code or now paid-access code).



J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, originally hit Japanese shelves back on 19 March 2013 on the PlayStation 3 and Vita in Japan.

For the period of 17 March 2013 to 23 March 2014, according to the Media Create sales chart, the game pushed 118,240 copies on the PS3 and another 97,821 on the Vita. The game grabbed the #4 and #5 spots on the list, respectively, coming in behind the new Nintendo 3DS Mario Party, Samurai Warriors 4 on the PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation 3 version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes; all titles were initially released during the reporting period.

The game was also digitally available on the PlayStation Store for both platforms, though these figures are not reported in the physical game sales.



In addition to the revamped website, which we mentioned earlier, Toei Animation also held a pre-broadcast press screening yesterday (28 March) to help build buzz for the series’ relaunch. As such, the Japanese press (as well as the series’ own website) are abuzz about the series’ continuation starting this 06 April in Japan.

Nozawa, Furukawa, & Harisenbon pose with Goku

Headlining the event as MC was Fuji TV announcer Mizuki Sano along with comedy-duo Harisenbon; member Haruna Kondō was repeatedly referred to as “Majin Buu” throughout the event. In attendance were Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) and Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), along with the performers of the opening and ending themes, “Dragon Soul” (Takayoshi Tanimoto and Takafumi Iwasaki, with “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go”) and Good Morning America (“Dear Zarathustra”). Tanimoto performed the full version of the new opening live for the first time.

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Nikkan Sports quotes Nozawa as mentioning (as she has before) that they frequently had to record their voices against unfinished lineart during Z, and so having finished animation for Kai made it much easier for them to act. Furukawa mentioned how, with improvements in audio technology, it’s now possible to hear the fine details of their performances when playing it back. However, Nikkan Sports previously posted and then deleted an earlier version of the article in which Nozawa goes on to say that the series will air for a year, and that the episode count has been “halved” from the original 92 in Dragon Ball Z. Whether this means there will be exactly 46 episodes or somewhere around that number is unclear.

Finally, as he did five years previously, creator Akira Toriyama had a written message for those in attendance, although this time he went into much greater detail in what is essentially an expanded version of his comment that was published earlier this month in V-Jump:

Toriyama's message at the 2014 Kai Buu preview screening

The final opponent of Dragon Ball’s weekly serialization was Majin Buu. The final opponent is round! Formidable! And tenacious!

In the first half, the spotlight shines on the everyday life of Son Goku’s son, Son Gohan, who wants to live an ordinary life but can’t, as well as the first Tenka’ichi Budōkai in a long time.

In the second half, Majin Buu makes his appearance in the mortal realm at last. It’s a string of battles intense enough for even me, the person writing the comic, to get sick of. Now that I’ve become an old man with high-ish blood pressure and a taste for things mild, I can’t draw these sorts of battles anymore. Or rather, I’ve lost the will to draw a battle manga from here on out.

Buu and the Saiyans, who keep transforming to become stronger and stronger, and — to give out spoilers — the Genki-Dama at the end, are parts to watch out for.

But as an author, I greatly prefer trivial character interactions. In particular, it was electrifying drawing the silly character Mr. Satan contributing to the victory.

Lastly, please be moved at the masterful performance of Masako Nozawa-san, who performs the admirable feat of switching instantaneously between the voices of Goku, Gohan, and Goten.

This message will be archived shortly in our “Translations” section.

Thanks to kei17 for his help in keeping track of the press coverage! Stay tuned for more as the Kai promotional machine ramps up into high gear!