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Published by VegettoEX
04 November 2004, 3:40 PM EDTComments Off

The upcoming Dragon Ball GT TV special release from FUNimation contains quite an interesting extra: “Director’s Choice – 10 Craziest Fighting Techniques” (who the director is for this feature, we do not know!). In itself, it is a mildly amusing look at some of the more “interesting” attacks in the series (such as the Para Para Brothers, Bacterian, Dabra’s spit, etc).

The real surprise was a sneak-peak at the DBZ seasons 1+2 redub and DBZ movie 12. Of course, (and we would like to stress) we have absolutely no idea if the actual finished dubs for these items were used in the creation of this feature, or if little bits were done solely for this feature… but regardless, it sure is interesting.

Attack #10 is the Saibaiman acid-spit, with John Burgmeier clearly in the role of Tenshinhan. Attack #9 is Gurd’s “Time Freeze”, with what seems to be a modified-Kaiô-sama voice from Sean Schemmel taking over for the soon-to-be-decapitated midget. Music appears to be standard Faulconer-style-fare in both.

The biggest surprise was the #1 attack, Janenba’s little trans-dimensional smacking, knocking Goku around Hell like it is nobody’s business. The movie is simply referred to as “upcoming DBZ movie 12” with no official title given. The music is not the original Japanese, but at least in this particular scene appears to be similar in style to the original version.

You will be able to check out the feature on the Dragon Ball GT TV Special disc (“A Hero’s Legacy”), which is technically due out on the 16th of this month (though some stores are putting it out way early; thanks to “godofchaos” in the chat for the tips).

Published by VegettoEX
28 October 2004, 3:55 PM EDTComments Off

Finally went down to EB and put in my pre-order for “Budokai 3” this afternoon — I was not expecting to get some of the bonus items right away! As we know by now, the special “Collector’s Edition” gets you the chibi Broli toy, the bonus DVD, but in addition to those, here is some of the other stuff (the pre-order packet front/back, bonus mini-manga front/back, and Yi Xing Long playing card):

The mini-manga showcases Goku’s original fight with Yamcha, and has two “covers” (as you can see) that are those silly light reflecting surfaces with multiple images — and it is really tiny.

Published by VegettoEX
21 October 2004, 11:53 AM EDTComments Off

This October’s issue of “V-Jump” (Shueisha’s “Jump”-branded video game magazine in Japan) announced a few more characters that will appear in the upcoming “Jump Super Stars” for the Nintendo DS, including (but certainly not limited to):

From Dragon Ball Z:

  • Son Goku
  • Son Gohan
  • Vegeta

From Naruto:

  • Uzumaki Naruto
  • Uchiha Sasuke

From One Piece:

  • Monkey D. Luffy
  • Roronoa Zoro
Published by VegettoEX
05 October 2004, 5:30 PM EDTComments Off

GameSpot posted an article this afternoon in which it was announced that Nintendo and Shōnen Jump (of Japan) will be collaborating on a game for the new Nintendo DS handheld system called “Jump Super Stars”. The game will feature Goku, Luffy, and Naruto (the main characters of Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto, respectively).

Other details revealed this morning are that Jump Super Stars will be a fighting action game. While little further information is known, an article in this week’s Shonen Jump reports that the gameplay will incorporate “manga-style” features into the design. Of course, the game will take advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware’s dual screens and stylus input.

“We are currently in production with this revolutionary game that allows players to experience distinctive gameplay that’s unique to the DS,” Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto told Shonen Jump. “Please look forward to this new type of entertainment that’s being created though the collaboration between Nintendo and Jump.”

We are told to look for more details in the October 20th issue of “V-Jump”, so stay tuned! Thanks to Tenken on our forum for the heads-up.

Published by VegettoEX
05 October 2004, 10:56 AM EDTComments Off

The Magic Box has some new screen shots up from Bandai of Japan’s new GameBoy Advance Dragon Ball action game, “Advance Adventure”. Expect the game to take you through the entire first TV series’ story, all the way through the 23rd Tenka-ichi Budōkai.

Published by VegettoEX
13 September 2004, 11:02 AM EDTComments Off

Eight years ago in 1996, in the wee hours of syndication, “The Arrival of Raditz” (FUNimation’s English dub of the first Dragon Ball Z episode) aired, marking Dragon Ball Z‘s first official introduction in the US.

Published by VegettoEX
09 September 2004, 6:24 PM EDTComments Off

The “Budokai 3: Special Edition” is set to come out the same day as the regular version (with a bumped-up MSRP of $59.99). In addition to the game, you will get an exclusive chibi Broli toy and a behind-the-scenes bonus DVD… which includes a preview of a new game entitled “DBZ Sagas: Evolution”. It sounds like we are getting a new action game in 2005, so look for more information as we get it!

Published by VegettoEX
01 September 2004, 10:50 PM EDTComments Off

We received the following message from a source that wishes to remain anonymous:

I feel I should inform you that the game “DragonBall GT: Final Bout” was in fact not shipped yesterday. Our received shipments in my own store and all local stores did not contain the expected copies. I personally had a copy pre-ordered and mine never came in. We’re hoping to receive shipments by the end of the week or early next week, but New Release titles rarely come any days other than Tuesday or Wednesday. The message we received via e-mail is that the company themselves never shipped out the packages. Sorry.

Also, if this only applies to stores in my local area (PA, NJ, NY, etc.) then I apologize for providing you with false information, but to the best of my knowledge, the game was not shipped from Atari.

My copy has indeed not yet shipped, so there is likely something to this story — hope that is helpful for those of you who have not gotten your items shipped yet either and are looking for some type of explanation.

Published by VegettoEX
29 August 2004, 11:20 PM EDTComments Off

Hot on the heels of last year’s original theme song (“Kusuburu Heart ni Hi o Tsukero!!”) to “Dragon Ball Z 2” (“Budokai 2”), it seems that Hironobu Kageyama will be back again this year for the third game!

Translated below is the majority of the 14 June 2004 entry from “Kage-chan no Himitsu Nikki” (or “Kage-chan‘s Secret Diary” — Hironobu Kageyama’s very own blog on his official website):

6/14 (Monday)

Today was also a very exciting day. (^_^)v First, in Komuro-san’s own Logem [?] Studio, I worked on finishing up the vocal track from the DragonBall LA session. I re-sang it from the updated and corrected official lyrics, and we put in the chorus. The chorus is being done by the well-known YUKA-chan. And somehow, New York resident KÛKO-chan proved she could return to her home country and participate in a hurry!! (^_^)v Those two were able to sing a capella just by looking at the sheet music, so we finished in the blink of an eye. They had such a memorable tone. It reminded me of back when we were making Dragon Ball albums for the Monolith Project. Even nowadays, I sometimes drag out those CDs and listen to them; they’re still good. My own ones are as well, but among the ballads and such that KÛKO-chan has done, there are so many lovely songs that just pierce my heart. Our talk turned to that today, too, since the lyricist, Yuriko Mori-san, likes “Hitomi no Naka no Chikyû” [“An Earth Within Your Eyes”]… (^_^)v I like that one, too— and “Mizu-Iro Seijin” [“Sky-Blue Aliens”], and “Sora Meguru Bôken” [“Adventures All Around the Sky”], and… err, there’s so many that I can’t really count them all. And, though it’s a bit off-topic, I hear that when KÛKO-chan drives her car, she really steps on the gas when she hears my songs. (Laughs) Also, the conclusion we finally reached with everyone is that next year, we’re definitely going to have a DBZ Reunion live concert!! (^_^)v It’ll also be exactly 20 years since KÛKO-chan’s debut… really! After that, everyone said that of course, we’ll be inviting Shin[‘ichi] Ishihara-chan!! (Laughs) And then, once my song’s finished, next time we’ll move over to Yotsuya’s Sound Valley Studio and do the recording for “Nyahho~~ Sensei”!! What’s great about Nyahho~~ Sensei is that the tension in the acting is really incredible. (^_^)v As a joke, I said, “Sakura-chan, all of your fans might run away, because you’re too intense,” (laughs) but that might be the new situation. (^_^)v Being busy is a good thing. You know, it’s like the sense of art and skill in the songs I’ve attached myself to have become essential in the world. Every day is fun. So, then, I’ve got to try a lot harder!! (-_,-) Whew…

Summary?!

  • Hironobu Kageyama is indeed performing the main vocals on the new opening theme for “Dragon Ball Z 3” (“Budokai 3”)
  • YUKA and KUKO are performing back-up vocals on the same track
  • There will be another DBZ reunion concert (will we be lucky enough for a tour?) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dragon Ball

Thanks to Joshua Thompson for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
24 August 2004, 3:18 PM EDTComments Off

EBGames has updated their listing of the supposed “Final Bout” re-release with some actual information (including new cover art, seen below) — it seems like this game really is seeing the light of day again!

Vintage Dragon Ball Action! First released in limited quantities in 1997, Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, is back to honor the enormous popularity of the Dragon Ball animated series. Faithfully reproduced in its entirety, this much sought-after title offers a one-two punch of DBGT and DBZ characters, as well as a powerful variety of ruthless fighting modes. Brilliantly packaged with exclusive cover art from Toei Animation, Final Bout is the perfect addition to every fan’s collection.

EBGames is listing the ship date as 31 August 2004 for $14.99.

It seems rather odd that no official sites (such as FUNimation and/or Z-Store) have anything to say about this, especially considering it supposedly comes out in a week!