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0105 July 2015
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Zenkai Battle Royale — the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game — is receiving a new “3.0” update (following the 2.0 “Super Saiyan Awakening” update in 2012), simply titled Zenkai Battle.

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「ドラゴンボールZENKAIバトルロイヤル」が、2対2の「チーム戦」をメインとして進化を遂げる!!
チーム戦ならではの「新システム」!そして新たな「戦略」!超戦士達の闘いは新たなステージに突入だ!
全国のプレイヤーと2人でチームを組んで敵チームと勝負っ!
パートナーと協力し息を合わせて勝利を掴もうぜっ!


Dragon Ball: ZENKAI Battle Royale will evolve into mainly 2-on-2 “team battles”!!
A “new system” that you can only find in team battles! Plus new “strategies”! The super-warriors’ battles will burst on to new stages! Partner up with players nationwide and face off against an opposing team!
Cooperate with your partner, synchronize your breathing, and grab hold of victory!

The game’s official website, in conjunction with the August 2015 issue of V-Jump, reveals that Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku and Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta will be joining the roster as playable characters.

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Additional information is promised for this week.

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The game’s 3.0 update will both launch and be on display at this year’s Jump Victory Carnival next month.

The most recent additions to the roster have included Golden Freeza and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (SSGSS) Son Goku from Revival of “F”.

Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta was developed for the Dragon Battlers card-based arcade game in 2009 before making his way to Raging Blast on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later that same year.

Zenkai Battle Royale first test-launched in Japanese arcades at the end of 2010 and, while it has continued to receive constant updates since then, has not had a home port announced.



Bandai Namco have announced that the Nintendo 3DS game Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden will make its way — with its name intact! — to Europe and the Americas this October.

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Localized versions will be released in Europe 16 October 2015 with an American release following suit 20 October 2015.

The announcement comes following a couple very specific teases from the company.

DRAGON BALL Z EXTREME BUTODEN to be released in Europe, Middle-East, and Australasia
Goku and His Friends Are Back!

June 23, 2015 – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is proud to announce that DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN will be available in Europe, Middle-East and Australasia starting October 16th!

Developed by the famed Arc System Works teams, DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN contains tons amazing features bound to energetic and visually attractive fighting-games! With 20 playable characters and more than 100 support characters, fans will be more than happy to look for their favourite team composition and duke it out!

“Following the success of DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE, we wanted to keep on bringing awesomeness to our fans and make them as happy as ever. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is listening to fans and will keep on surprising them over the next few years! In the meantime, everybody will enjoy a high quality fighting-game based on one of the most emblematic Anime & Manga ever created!” said Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe

DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN will be available in Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Australasia on October 16th only for Nintendo 3DS™ and new Nintendo 3DS™ systems!

DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE AMERICAS FROM BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC.
Goku and Friends Bring Earth Shaking 2D Fighting Action to the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL

SAN JOSE, Calif., (June 23, 2015) – Leading digital entertainment company BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is proud to announce DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN for the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL handheld system. The game will be available at game retailers and the Nintendo eShop across the Americas starting October 20, 2015.

Developed by famed fighting game designers at Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN brings high energy 1-on-1 2D fighting action to fans around the world. With more than 20 playable characters and 100 support characters, fans will be able to create their dream matchups and come to blows with friends through local multiplayer.

“The DRAGON BALL Z franchise continues to delight gamers around the world, most recently with this year’s release of DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN lets players take DRAGON BALL on the road while delivering a tight and engrossing fighting game experience developed by one of the most respected 2D fighting game developers in Japan.”

DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN will be available at video game retailers and the Nintendo eShop throughout North America and Latin America starting on October 20, 2015 and in Brazil on October 23, 2015 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL handheld systems.

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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Check out Episode #0382 of our podcast for early impressions and story teases based on the import version!



Japanese rock band Good Morning America has revealed that the CD single for their song “Hello Hello Hello” — which will be used as the closing theme to the Dragon Ball Super TV series beginning next month — will be released in Japan on 12 August 2015.

An additional song titled, “Drinking Cider” (サイダーでも飲んで), will also be included, along with another yet-to-be-named song that has not been recorded. The CD single (COCA-17044) will retail for ¥1,000 plus tax and is currently listed on Amazon Japan for pre-order.

In the same update, the band revealed that they will now be hosted on the TRIAD rock label which was founded by Columbia Japan in 1981. The label had gone dormant by 2007, but has recently seen a revival in new artists. The label previously produced the work of the famous rock band The Yellow Monkey, which itself disbanded in 2004. The band’s former lead vocalist, Kazuya Yoshii, will be performing the opening theme for Dragon Ball Super, “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!”.

Good Morning America previously contributed the third overall closing theme (and first of the Majin Buu arc) for the Dragon Ball Kai TV series, “Dear Zarathustra“.



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2015
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It is the calm before the storm: though we received the name of a new character coming our way in Dragon Ball Super, the news has otherwise been relatively light. This last week was a perfect opportunity to dive in to Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden on the Japanese Nintendo 3DS. Come for the news, stay for the game review!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0382! VegettoEX and Herms discuss the reveal of “Champa” for “Dragon Ball Super” before diving in to early impressions of “Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden” for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS. While the new game invokes the old Super Famicom series, does it live up to the pedigree set by both the old games as well as 2011’s “Ultimate Butoden” on the original Nintendo DS? Did Arc System Works deliver a technical masterpiece, or just phone it in on the portable space?

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



In addition to a wealth of other news and information, today’s August 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan marks the beginning of the Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation by Toyotarō.

We have expanded the “Official Manga Spin-Offs” section of our “Manga Guide” to include this new adaptation. Look forward each month to chapter summmaries, notes, and more.

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A page for the first chapter — “The God of Destruction’s Prophetic Dream” — is now available. Enjoy!



In conjunction with today’s August 2015 issue of V-Jump, Japanese entertainment and news websites have revealed the name of a new character coming to the Dragon Ball Super TV series:

“Champa” (シャンパ / shanpa) is pronounced with a “sh” sound at the beginning, in all likelihood taking its inspiration from シャンパン (shanpan or “champagne”), following with Beerus’ and Whis’ name pun series.

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V-Jump provides little additional context, teasing the character further:

His Name is Champa!!
Revealed in the main visual!! Who the heck is this new character “Champa” that’s next to Beerus…?!

The name for the corresponding attendant-type character seen along with Champa on the official website has not yet been revealed.

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting this same August 2015 issue.



Today’s August 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan contains a new comment from original manga author Akira Toriyama regarding the upcoming Dragon Ball Super TV series:

鳥山明先生からメッセージが到着!!
ふと思うと、『ドラゴンボール』というアニメもいつのまにかやたらデカい話になってきましたね。自分で書いておいて、こんなこと言うのも変ですが、始めた当初は、まさか宇宙が舞台になるなんて思っても見ませんでした(笑)とはいっても、いつもどおりとてもわかりやすい展開なので安心を、『ドラゴンボール超』ぜひテレビで楽しんでくださいね!


A Message From Akira Toriyama-sensei Has Arrived!!
You know, it suddenly occurs to me that somewhere along the line the Dragon Ball anime has become quite a big deal. Since I’m the guy who drew the thing, it’s a bit weird for me to say this, but when I first started out I never dreamed that the setting would move out into space (laughs). Don’t worry though, it’s still going to be the same sort of easy-to-understand content as always. Please be sure to watch Dragon Ball Super on TV!

We have archived Toriyama’s comments over in our “Translations” section.

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting this same August 2015 issue.



Amazon Japan recently posted a listing for a Dragon Ball Super magazine-style guide book coming just in time for the series’ debut episode on 05 July 2015.

The V-Jump Special Edition: TV Animation “Dragon Ball Super” Super Start Guide will hit magazine stands in Japan 03 July 2015 for ¥750. This special edition will be a larger A4 size magazine, the same size as the two Dragon Ball Z Anime Special magazines released during the series’ initial broadcast run in the late-80s and early-90s. No other details on contents or page length are available just yet.

Previous releases of these “Special Edition” V-Jump magazines have covered series and franchises such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, and date back to the 1990s with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy games.

Dragon Ball itself has previously received special guide books under expanded Jump labels such as 1987’s Adventure Special (the franchise’s first guide book!), the two Dragon Ball Z Anime Special magazines under the “Jump Gold Selection” branding (as mentioned above), and additional movie-specific magazines.



Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden hit the Nintendo 3DS in Japan last week, and those of us who can’t wait for a potential localization have been sinking some time into the import version. In addition to a moderate roster of playable characters, the game sports an impressive amount of “Z-Assist” characters. While a few of these extra characters have been relegated to paid bonus items, a few have been made unlockable via button-input codes. Check the list below to expand your roster! Have we missed any? Let us know!

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Button press codes should be made on the game’s main title screen.

  • Playable Character: SSGSS Son Goku
    Available via save data carry-over from the eShop demo
  • Z-Assist: SSGSS Vegeta
    Available via save data carry-over from the eShop demo
    X B L Y R A
  • Z-Assist: Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta
    Available via save data carry-over from Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2
  • Z-Assist: Super Saiyan 4 Goku
    Revealed in the August 2015 issue of V-Jump
    → ← ↓ ↑ → ← ↓ ↑ X B Y A
  • Z-Assist: Golden Freeza
    Available via the Dragon Ball Discross inclusion with first-press copies
    ↑ ↓ ← → ↓ ↑ → ← A
  • Z-Assist: Ōzaru
    Revealed on the game’s official website
    X Y L R L R L R X Y
  • Z-Assists: Gine & Jaco
    Available as a unique eShop download code in the game’s official guide book
  • Z-Assists: Evil (2, 3, 5, 6, 7-Star) Dragons
    Available as retailer-specific bonuses

UPDATE: Thanks to TheGameTagerZ on our forum for a slew of additional button-input codes.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden is currently available for order from CDJapan. The Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS are region-locked; a Japanese system is required for the game to play.



Anime News Network reports on preliminary details regarding the story for Dragon Ball Super, next month’s all-new television series, which will be revealed in this weekend’s August 2015 issue of V-Jump. A complete translation of the news is as follows (skipping item number two, which simply repeats previously-revealed information about the opening and ending themes):

超SCOOP!!1
『ドラゴンボール超』は魔人ブウとの決戦から少し後の世界!

「DB超」は、原作者・鳥山明先生原案の珠玉のオリジナルストーリー!魔人ブウとの壮絶な戦いを終えた悟空たちの「その後」を描く本シリーズは、劇場版『神と神』や『復活の「F」』ともリンクする超な物語だ!!


Super SCOOP!! #1
Dragon Ball Super is set slightly after the showdown with Majin Buu!

Dragon Ball Super is a gem of an original story, from an original draft provided by manga author Akira Toriyama-sensei! This series is a super tale that depicts what happens “afterwards” to Goku and the gang following the titanic battle with Majin Buu, and links up with the movies Battle of Gods and Revival of “F”!!

超SCOOP!!3
劇場版でおなじみ!?ビルス&ウイスがTVシリーズに初参戦!!

最新劇場版2作で絶大な存在感を放った破壊神・ビルスと従者・ウイスがTVアニメにレギュラー出演決定!フリーザやセル、魔人ブウよりもはるかに強いビルズが、新シリーズで大暴れする!?


Super SCOOP!! #3
Already well-known from the movies!? For the first time, Beerus and Whis join the fray in a TV series!!

The God of Destruction Beerus and his servant Whis have already cut quite a figure in the two latest movies, and now they’re set to appear as regular cast members for this TV series! Far stronger than the likes of Freeza, Cell, or Majin Buu, Beerus will run amok in the new series!?

超SCOOP!!4
豪華なメインキャストはそのまま続投!!

孫悟空役野沢雅子さんをはじめとする主要キャストが本作にも参加!『DB』を知り尽くした役者陣が、悟空たちに新たな命を吹き込む!!


Super SCOOP!! #4
The illustrious main cast will remain as-is!!

Masako Nozawa-san (voice of Son Goku) and the rest of the main cast are taking part in this series too! Deeply familiar with Dragon Ball, these actors and actresses will breathe new life into Goku and the gang!!

超SCOOP!!5
第1話のあらすじ入手!悟空が仕事を始める…!?

魔人ブウを倒して訪れた平和な日々。チチからお金を稼いでくるよう命じられた悟空は、働きながらも修業がしたくてウズウズしていた。一方悟天はトランクスと、義理の姉になるビーデルへのプレゼントを探して冒険へ出ることに!?


Super SCOOP!! #5
The first episode’s synopsis is available! Goku gets a job…?!

Following Majin Buu’s defeat, peaceful days have come. When Chi-Chi orders Goku to go earn some money, Goku gets the itch to train while he works. Meanwhile, Goten heads out on an adventure with Trunks to find a gift for his soon-to-be sister-in-law Videl!?

超SCOOP!!6
超クオリティの美麗映像!全編を新作画で制作!!

新シリーズは劇場版や「DB改」のOP&EDと同様に、すべて新規映像で放送!迫力あふれる新たな「DB」世界が観られるぞ!!


Super SCOOP!! #6
Super high-quality gorgeous visuals! The entire series is produced with new animation!!

This new series will be broadcast entirely with new footage, like with the movies or the openings and endings for Dragon Ball Kai! An overwhelming new Dragon Ball world is revealed!!

超SCOOP!!7
とよたろう先生によるコミカライズ連載が今号よりスタート!!

とよたろう先生からのコメント
DBの新しいアニメが毎週見られるなんて嬉しすぎます!僕もコミカライズで少しでも盛り上げに貢献できればと思っていますので、みなさん漫画の方もよろしくお願いします!


Super SCOOP!! #7
The comic adaptation by Toyotarō-sensei starts this issue!!

Comment From Toyotarō-sensei
“Getting to see a new DB anime series every week makes me too happy! With this comicalization, I want to make my own small contribution to the excitement, so everyone please check out the manga, too!”

The issue is also set to contain the first chapter of the Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation by Toyotarō.

The August 2015 issue of V-Jump officially hits shelves in Japan 20 June 2015 and is still available for pre-order via Amazon Japan.