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Due out this Friday (02 July 2004) from Shueisha in Japan is a new guide book to the first Dragon Ball TV series entitled “Dragon Ball: Tenka-ichi Densetsu”.
What can you expect? Similar to the “Son Gokū Densetsu” Dragon Ball Z anime guide book released a while back (which focused mainly on Goku, himself, as the title would indicate), we might be getting a guide for the first TV series that focuses on the various Tenka-ichi Budōkai (along with some other neat stuff).
Clocking in at 224 pages, it will run you ¥1,300 (around $12).
As reported on comingsoon.net:
Screenwriter Ben Ramsey (“The Big Hit”) has signed to adapt Dragonball Z for the big screen for 20th Century Fox, reports Variety. Dragonball Z was adapted from the “Dragonball” manga created by Akira Toriyama and later developed into a Japanese anime series.
“Dragonball Z” follows the adventures of an adult humanoid alien who’s just discovered that he was sent to Earth to blend in and destroy our population but instead elects to protect it from an oncoming alien onslaught.
Ramsey recently wrote the adaptation of Marvel’s Luke Cage at Sony’s Columbia Pictures, as well as Static for Columbia-based producer Neal Moritz.
Nothing makes sense with this news lately. Fox does not want to make the movie, yet they have optioned it, but keep denying it, and now there is a screen writer?
Thanks to forum friend Nyogo for the tip.
While prior information floating around pegged the name of Volume 1 of the Dragon Ball GT “Lost Episodes” release from FUNimation as “Rejection” (despite cover art clearly showing a name of “Reaction”), it turns out “Rejection” will be the second volume in the “Lost Episodes” release series (as seen over on RightStuf).
For the original Dragon Ball TV series, the “Tien Shinhan Saga” two-disc set’s release date will indeed be 28 September 2005. This seventh volume will cover TV episodes 84-101.
More “Budokai 3” characters have been revealed through recent screen shots and videos. Here is a brief list of who we know for sure will be new (or re-added) to the game:
As reported over on Anime News Network, Majecso will be putting out some Dragon Ball GT episodes on Nintendo’s GameBoy Advance. I believe these carts are something like one or two episodes (at a low frame-rate), and are English-dub-only.
MAJESCO SECURES EXCLUSIVE ‘GAME BOY ADVANCE VIDEO’ RIGHTS TO FUNIMATION’S POPULAR ‘DRAGON BALL GT®’ PROPERTY
Top-Rated Anime Franchise Joins Majesco’s Powerful 2004 Lineup
EDISON, N.J., May 20, 2004 – Strengthening a 2004 lineup already bolstered by premium content, Majesco, (OTC: MJSH), a leading publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, today announced an agreement with FUNimation Productions, LTD. to publish Game Boy Advance Video products based upon FUNimation’s tremendously popular Dragon Ball GT ® franchise.
Under terms of the agreement, Majesco secures the exclusive rights in the United States and Canadato apply its proprietary technology to the top-rated Dragon Ball GT ® animated series.
“We are thrilled to partner with FUNimation to bring the extremely successful Dragon Ball GT ® property to our Game Boy Advance Video lineup,” said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco. “Having achieved retail sell-in of more than two million units for our initial offerings, we’re confident that such a highly recognizable property as Dragon Ball GT ® will continue that momentum into the back half of the year, and beyond.”
“The Dragon Ball GT ® audience is a perfect match with the Game Boy Advance demographic,” said Gen Fukunaga, president of FUNimation Productions, LTD. “With more than 21 million Game Boy Advance owners throughout North America, Majesco’s innovative technology will enable us to bring our top-rated animated action series to this extremely large audience.”
One of the most popular properties to date, the Dragon Ball franchise has created a new standard for animated action series having achieved sales of more than $3 billion in related merchandising worldwide and over 20 million home videos. Web sites for the Dragon Ball franchise receive more than eight million hits per day, and the term “Dragon Ball” was a Top 10 search term on the Lycos 50 Daily Report for a total of 200 consecutive weeks. For additional information on Dragon Ball GT ® visit www.dragonballgt.com.
For more information about Majesco’s proprietary compression technology as well as its new releases, please visit www.gba-video.com.
Additional information about Majesco and their entire line up of exciting entertainment products can be found at www.majescogames.com.
About Majesco’s Game Boy Advance Video Technology
Majesco’s new video compression technology presently allows viewing of approximately 45 minutes of quality color video with the capability to view 90 minutes of color video under development. The technology fits in a standard Nintendo-manufactured, Game Boy Advance cartridge and incorporates standard ‘DVD-style’ player controls. The technology features color video across 100 percent of the screen.
FUNimation Productions, LTD. is a full-service brand management company with in-house production, licensing, Internet, marketing, and home video sales and distribution divisions. The company manages brands such as the international phenomenon Dragon Ball Z®; Dragon Ball®, the precursor to Dragon Ball Z; Dragon Ball GT®, the long awaited sequel to Dragon Ball Z® currently airing on Cartoon Network; Yū Yū Hakusho®, the hit series seen by millions on Cartoon Network; the recently announced mega-hit series Case Closed™, known in Japan as Detective Conan, which is coming to Cartoon Network on May 24, 2004; and many other fan favorites. For additional information on FUNimation and its properties visit www.funimation.com, or contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1986 and headquartered in Edison, NJ, with offices in the United Kingdom, Majesco Holdings Inc. (OTC BB: MJSH), operating through its wholly owned subsidiary, Majesco Sales Inc., is a leading international developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products for the Xbox ® video game system from Microsoft, Sony PlayStation ®2 computer entertainment system, and Nintendo GameCube ™ and Game Boy ® Advance systems, as well as the personal computer. The Company’s 2004 lineup includes the critically acclaimed Advent Rising, the first in a trilogy of action/adventure games; BloodRayne 2, the sequel to its popular action/horror series, as well as the launch of its Game Boy ® Advance Video product line, which utilizes the Company’s proprietary video compression technology to enable consumers to view commercial-grade video on a standard Nintendo Game Boy Advance system. Majesco can be found online atwww.majescogames.com.
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Amazon has posted up cover-art for not only the English release of Dragon Ball Z movie 9 (which uses the original Japanese cover art!), but also the first volume of the Dragon Ball GT “Lost Episodes” (which contains the real first three episodes of the series):
Thanks to FusionHA2071 for the heads-up.
The Magic Box has reported some new Nintendo line-ups for the upcoming Nintendo DS portable game system — among the list of games is an unspecified Dragon Ball Z game being developed by Banpresto.
The Magic Box has thrown up three new images of “Budokai 3” — these images show Broli and Coola, two of the new characters from the “Budokai 2” expansion disc in Japan entitled “DragonBall Z 2 V”. Will Kuriza be popping up soon? The Budōkai ring is the same as it was in “Budokai 2”. Is this just the exact same game as “DBZ2V”…?
FUNimation has released some information about the upcoming release of the ninth Dragon Ball Z movie:
Don’t forget the Dragon Ball Z movies, the special DBZ releases, and of course, DBGT The Lost Episodes! The DBZ movie, Bojack Unbound, is scheduled for release in August and DBGT The Lost Episodes will be available July. Stay tuned to www.dragonballz.com for all the latest news and information on your favorite animated action series.
Going with the name that has been on the trading / collectible card game (“Bojack Unbound”), we can apparently expect to see movie 9 released “sometime in August”, though RightStuf has the movie listed very concretely for release on 17 August 2004.
While Xyex first broke it for us over on our forums on the 21st with a link to the strategy guide, we now have “official” word: “Budokai 3” has been announced, is in development by Dimps, and is slated for release “later this year” (as reported on The Magic Box).
We do not know if it will incorporate anything from “Dragon Ball Z 2 V” (the updated version of Budokai 2 in Japan, which includes character costumes such as Kuriza and Coola), but we will be sure to keep you up to date as we find and translate information.
Furthermore, a new GameBoy Advance game entitled “Boo’s Fury” has been announced for a 29 September 2004 release, and is being developed by WebFoot (who did the two “Legacy of Goku” games). While this game is being described as a fighting game, we can not be sure just yet; one would assume it would be the third game in the “Legacy of Goku” action/RPG series.
Just as a reminder, the North American version of “Bukū Tōgeki” (entitled “Super Sonic Warriors”), the GBA fighting game developed by Arc Systems, is due out 27 August 2004.