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Published by VegettoEX
19 November 2016, 7:49 AM ESTComment

This weekend’s January 2017 issue of V-Jump is set to announce a 2.2.0 update coming to Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Following up on the previous 2.1.0 update which brought Trunks and Goku Black from the Dragon Ball Super television series, the 2.2.0 update will bring additional new characters (Merged Zamasu and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegetto) as well as a special online story quest mode.

Story
While training in the world of the Valley of Space and Time, the protagonists are informed by Jiku about a ki disturbance in the space/time vortex. It seems that ki from some other space/time is rapidly “disappearing”. When the protagonists head to the space/time vortex, they meet Goku Black, who has traveled through time and space. In order to wipe out all mortals, Goku Black is attempting to take control of the zone linking together all of space/time.

What’s the Space/Time Vortex Quest?!
A special, limited time only online quest lasting for three weeks!! Each week the battle rules change, and ranking battles are conducted! By participating in this event, you get the powerful warriors showcased on the right! And the top rankers get another special prize too?!

1st Round Rules:
-Compete to see who can inflict the most damage within a set timeframe
-At the end of that time, the participants all get SS Trunks: Super
-At the end of that time, top rankers receive the special attack “Light Sword”
-When the quest is over: title “Indomitable Spirit”

The first round of the “Space/Time Vortex Quest” will run from 07 December 2016 to 13 December 2016, with the second round following immediately after.

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 in Japan. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan. The game is scheduled for an international localization, hitting North America this month and Europe in February 2017. Check out Episode #0409 of our podcast for our first impressions with the game.

The January 2017 issue of V-Jump is available to purchase on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
18 November 2016, 12:40 PM ESTComment

Continuing onward from the previous eleven chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s twelfth chapter to their website.

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

The Dragon Ball Super manga 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’ eighteenth chapter coming this weekend in the magazine’s January 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.

Published by VegettoEX
18 November 2016, 8:21 AM ESTComment

Shueisha has released the cover artwork for the upcoming fifteenth volume (“Legend 15”) of the Dragon Ball manga’s new “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen), continuing the “Artificial Humans & Cell arc” in the manga re-release series:

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These editions are 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 feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text and logos, and next issue previews at the end of each chapter.

“Legend 15” runs 504 pages, and will be released 25 November 2016 for ¥650 plus tax, with the second and fourth Friday of each subsequent month seeing one new volume apiece. “Legend 15” is still available for pre-order via Amazon Japan.

Check out Episode #0410 of our podcast for an in-depth look at and review of this on-going manga release.

Published by VegettoEX
16 November 2016, 4:11 PM ESTComment

According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 07 November 2016 to 13 November 2016, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 pushed another 14,367 copies on the PlayStation 4 during its second week on sale in Japan.

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This brings the game to 80,402 total copies sold thus far in Japan. The first Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC — had sold 60,627 and 47,203 copies on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, respectively, by its own second week back in 2015.

This past August, Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS had sold 109,310 copies by its own second week on sale in Japan.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is 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.

Published by VegettoEX
15 November 2016, 2:21 PM ESTComment

While the “Press Archive” has seemingly sat untouched here on the website since its launch back in September, we have been hard at work in the background amassing content for future updates. Today we are launching transcriptions from three issues of Protoculture Addicts: the May/June 1993 issue, the November/December 1995 issue, and the February/March 1997 issue. These provide incredible insight into fandom at the time, as they come on the cusp of major turning points for the Dragon Ball franchise both in Japan and America.

Protoculture Addicts #23 (May/June 1993)
The Dragon Ball series was in the midst of the Cell arc in Japan, while a proper American release of the TV series and comic was still two and five years away, respectively.

Protoculture Addicts #37 (November/December 1995)
While the series made its way into the Boo arc in Japan, FUNimation launched their English dub… though future plans would have a wrench thrown in the mix, unbeknownst to anyone at the time!

  • Spotlight – Dragon Ball Overview: FUNimation had just launched their Dragon Ball initiative with a pilot movie and thirteen English dubbed episodes. A future half-season was on the horizon alongside other grand plans…
  • Spotlight – Dragon Ball Characters: An overview of the characters appearing in FUNimation’s first season of the Dragon Ball TV series.
  • Spotlight – Dragon Ball Synopses: Brief descriptions of the first 26 episodes of FUNimation’s English dub of the Dragon Ball TV series… except that only 13 would ever make it into production, at least until the company returned to the series again in 2001!
  • Spotlight – Dragon Ball Z Continues: David Nakamura and James Taylor continue the overview of the original Japanese series, picking up with Son Goku’s battle against Cell, and concluding with the mysterious villains at the 25th Tenka’ichi Budōkai.

Protoculture Addicts #44 (February/March 1997)
Having moved on from the original series, FUNimation wrapped up a successful first season of Dragon Ball Z‘s English dub in syndication and looked forward to an hour-long second season for the new year. Meanwhile, Japanese fans were well into Dragon Ball GT and reading extensive guide books on the otherwise-concluded series!

Each of these articles have been linked in our “Press Archive” section. We believe it is important — perhaps even essential — to document this history and sentiment of the time. The editorial coverage and promotional outreach of the companies responsible for the Dragon Ball franchise shaped fans of the past, and in turn, the fans of today. Stay tuned for more updates to the archive!

Published by VegettoEX
14 November 2016, 5:40 PM ESTComment

Following Amazon and GameStop updates this week showcasing an adjusted release date of 16 November 2016, Bandai Namco has officially announced and confirmed to Kanzenshuu that they have moved the North American release date of Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS from 13 December 2016 to 22 November 2016.

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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 in Japan. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan. The game is scheduled for an international localization, hitting North America this month and Europe in February 2017. Check out Episode #0409 of our podcast for our first impressions with the game.

Published by VegettoEX
11 November 2016, 8:36 PM ESTComment

Following last weekend’s first “raid” quests in Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, Bandai Namco has announced a second round of quests scheduled for this weekend featuring Janenba’s sword as a reward:

The next Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 Raid Event is going down on Sunday and here are the details:

When: November 13th (Sunday) 09:00am to 5:00pm PST
Who (Boss): Janemba
What (Prizes):
– Participation Prize: Hercule Badge, Trendy Shoes

– Contribution Point Prize
2,000 Points: Topknot wig
50,000 Points: Janemba’s Sword

After every battle against a Raid Boss, you will be getting points depending on how much you helped out during the quest.
(These points are calculated based on the damage you have done and also if you helped your allies recover)

– Mission Accomplished Prize: 10 TP Medals
The prize you get when you defeat the boss at Level 99

– Conquer Prize: 25 TP Medals
(This is given out to the players who defeated the Boss that is at level 99.)

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Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is 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.

Published by VegettoEX
10 November 2016, 1:41 PM ESTComment

Today’s December 2016 issue of Animedia magazine contains — in addition to a two-page artwork spread by Tadayoshi Yamamuro and a few story teases — a brief Q&A session with Toei Animation Producer Atsushi Kido. The comments summarize the on-going battle in the current Dragon Ball Super television series episodes and tease plot points for this weekend’s sixty-sixth episode.

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Who’s the strongest out of all these? We asked producer, Atsushi Kido.
The God of Destruction Beerus is overwhelmingly strong, but if we leave him out, then I think the strongest fighter is Goku Black. I’d say he’s used Son Goku’s power as a base and evolved in his own, unique way.

So does this mean Merged Zamasu is unbeatable?
Even by the standards of the Dragon Ball world, I think it’s fitting to call Merged Zamasu a “cheat” character. He has unrivaled power to beat down his enemies, and the power of immortality, which nullifies all attacks. Another highlight is all the different techniques he comes up with. If he does have a weakness, I suppose it might be the fact that he was originally one person.

In order to defeat mortals, Zamasu took the body of the mortal Son Goku. Maybe this contradictory action will prove fatal to Merged Zamasu, whom Goku Black is a part of…?! In which case, it looks like Goku and company have a shot at victory!
Goku and Vegeta will become Vegetto and fight Merged Zamasu, but Trunks will get a chance to shine, too. His actions will be key to the battle. Keep your eyes peeled.

This Q&A session has been tagged and archived in our “Translations” section. The December 2016 issue of Animedia is available to purchase via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
09 November 2016, 8:25 AM ESTComment

Having been available internationally for about a week already, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 finally made its debut on the PlayStation 4 in Japan 02 November 2016.

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In its first partial week on sale (the reporting period of 31 October 2016 to 06 November 2016), the game pushed 66,035 copies to hit the #2 spot on the Media Create Sales list (second only to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare at 105,764 copies, also new that week).

The first Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC — 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 its respective first week back in February 2015.

This past August, Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS sold 77,509 copies during its own first week on sale in Japan.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is 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.

Published by VegettoEX
08 November 2016, 9:39 AM ESTComment

Online listings have updated with the cover art for both the standard and “Limited Edition” versions of the CD single for Dragon Ball Super‘s sixth ending theme song, “Chao Fan MUSIC” by Arukara:

Both versions of the CD single for “Chao Fan MUSIC” (a Chinese pronunciation of “炒飯MUSIC” or “Fried Rice Music”) will be released 23 November 2016. The discs will also contain the song “Phantom Thief Miracle Boy 2” (the latest opening theme for the third and fourth seasons of the Mysterious Joker anime television series), along with the song “LET・IT・DIE” (used in promotion for the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game of the same name by Grasshopper and GungHo). Karaoke versions of all three songs round out the CD single:

  1. “Chao Fan MUSIC”
  2. “Phantom Thief Miracle Boy 2”
  3. “LET・IT・DIE”
  4. “Chao Fan MUSIC” (Karaoke)
  5. “Phantom Thief Miracle Boy 2” (Karaoke)
  6. “LET・IT・DIE” (Karaoke)

The standard edition of the CD single (VICL-37235) will retail for ¥1,200 + tax. A “Limited Edition” version of the CD single (VIZL-1085) will also be available for ¥1,800, which will come packed with a bonus DVD featuring footage from Nekofes 2016.

Both editions are available for pre-order at CDJapan or Amazon Japan.

CD singles for the show’s first five ending themes — “Hello Hello Hello” by Good Morning America, “Starring Star” by KEYTALK, “Light Pink” by LACCO TOWER, “Forever Dreaming” by Czecho no Republic, and “Easy-Going Dance” by Batten Showjo Tai — have been released. A CD single for the show’s opening theme — “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” by Kazuya Yoshii — was released 07 October 2015.