Toei Animation’s Online Shop has revealed cover art for both the standard and limited edition versions of the upcoming CD single for “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!”, the opening theme to the Dragon Ball Super TV series:
Dragon Ball Super, currently adapting the 2013 theatrical film Battle of Gods, will move on to an adaptation of the 2015 theatrical film Revival of “F” before heading into new “Universe 6” territory. The two pieces of art showcase Golden Freeza, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, God of Destruction Beerus, as well as “Champa”, a character new to Dragon Ball Super.
In addition to an English version of the opening theme, a cover of “I’ll Give You Romance” (the ending theme to the original Dragon Ball TV series), as well as karaoke versions, will be included. The limited edition version will also come packed with a bonus music video DVD.
All songs are performed by Kazuya Yoshii. Both regular (COCA-17058; ¥1,200) and limited editions (COZA-1114-1115; ¥2,000) will be available 07 October 2015. Pre-orders are available on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.
Columbia also released a short version of the official music video for streaming:
A CD single for the show’s first ending theme — “Hello Hello Hello” by Good Morning America — was released 12 August 2015. A CD single for the upcoming, second ending theme — “Starring Star” by KEYTALK — has been announced for 14 October 2015.
Japanese rock band KEYTALK has announced that their upcoming sixth single — “Starring Star” — will take over as the second ending theme song for the Dragon Ball Super TV series beginning 04 October 2015. This will presumably correspond to episode 13 of the series.
Both regular (VICL-37103; ¥1,200) and limited editions (VIZL-887; ¥2,200) will be available 14 October 2015. The title song, “Starring Star”, is said to be “sung with a courageous message to take a step toward your goals and dreams”. Two additional songs will be included on the CD single.
Each edition will come packaged with promotional items for the band’s upcoming music video collection set to be released later in the month. In addition, the first 10,000 copies of the limited edition single will come packaged with a special “pass case”.
A CD single for the show’s first ending theme — “Hello Hello Hello” by Good Morning America — was released 12 August 2015. A CD single for the show’s opening theme — “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” by Kazuya Yoshii — is due out 07 October 2015.
The official Dragon Ball Super website recently — after nearly two months — updated with a new batch of “Cast Comments”. This time around, the combined-duo of Kōzō Shioya (Buu) & Unshō Ishizuka (Mr. Satan) share their experiences and excitement for the new series.
Shioya in particular compares the new series with Battle of Gods and even showcases a bit of extreme franchise knowledge by referencing a 1995 Q&A with Akira Toriyama. Ishizuka, who joined the cast after Daisuke Gori’s tragic passing in 2010, also looks forward to the comedic relationship of their characters and what the future may bring.
Listings for the first few batches of a Dragon Ball Super home release have begun to appear on Amazon Japan. Toei and Happinet will release the series in DVD and Blu-ray box sets of 12 episodes each, with the first set dropping 02 December 2015 (episodes 1-12) and the second set dropping 02 March 2016 (episodes 13-24). In addition to a special booklet and box with a new illustration, on-disc extras will include a creditless opening and ending.
DVD sets are listed at ¥12,096 with Blu-ray sets at ¥16,416. Both DVD and Blu-ray sets are listed as two discs each.
Voice actor lists and plot summaries for the sets do not reveal anything not already known about the series thus far. Cover art for the sets has not yet been finalized. Amazon Japan will sell their own special editions of each box set, though details are not yet available on what extras they may contain or be packaged with; these special editions are currently listed for the same price as their standard counterparts. Previous Amazon Japan bonus items have included slipcovers and steelbook packaging.
UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open on Amazon.
Following the seemingly-preemptive listings from Manga UK (with a release date of 26 October 2015), and then reports of F.Y.E. listings and product displays, FUNimation has revealed their Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (Revival of “F”) home release as coming 20 October 2015.
The film will come in three editions: standard DVD (MSRP $29.98), Blu-ray and DVD combo pack (MSRP $34.98), and Collector’s Edition (MSRP $59.98). The Collector’s Edition is set to include 52 minutes worth of bonus material:
The Voices of Dragon Ball Z (in-the-booth “making of” footage)
The Return of Dragon Ball Z (cast interviews & red carpet footage)
Exclusive, premium packaging – including clear o-card and digipack
Set of four (4) holographic Frieza Force propaganda postcards
Special features on the DVD edition will be limited to trailers, while the combo pack and Collector’s Edition will include:
The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: They’re Back!
The Return of Dragon Ball Z
Textless Closing Song
The film will include the original Japanese language track (with accompanying English subtitles) alongside the company’s English dub.
Japan will receive their Revival of “F” home release on DVD and Blu-ray 07 October 2015.
The story for Resurrection ‘F’ (Revival of “F”), which opened nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, was crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he wrote it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it would, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, served as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo has returned from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z contributed “Vow of ‘Z'” as the film’s main theme alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” is used during the film. Revival of “F” brings back Freeza and includes two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), features Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more. The film has been announced for distribution in 74 countries.
For additional coverage of the film, check out Episode #0378 of our podcast for a review from the Japanese theatrical preview screening, Episode #0387 of our podcast for a review of the film’s English dub, as well as our full written review of both the film and its English dub.
While the rest of the world has to wait until October, Japan has wrapped up its tenth week with Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden on the Nintendo 3DS.
After having fallen off the charts for a few weeks, the game has seen a small spike back up. Media Create notes that for the reporting period of 10 August 2015 to 16 August 2015, the game pushed another 3,423 copies. This brings the game up to 123,716 cumulative copies sold. Famitsu reports slightly different numbers, with 4,030 copies sold during the week and 124,982 cumulative copies sold.
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. The game will be available in Europe 16 October 2015, in North and Latin America 20 October 2015, and in Brazil 23 October 2015. A free demo is now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
The official website of singer Kazuya Yoshii has released details for the upcoming “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” (“Transcendence ☆ Dynamic!”) CD single.
Both regular (COCA-17058; ¥1,200) and limited editions (COZA-1114-1115; ¥2,000) will be available 07 October 2015. The CD single is set to include the original “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!!” (Dragon Ball Super opening theme) as well as an English version of the song, a cover of “I’ll Give You Romance” (original Dragon Ball TV series ending theme), and also instrumental/karaoke versions of both tunes.
The limited edition will also come packed with a bonus DVD set to include a music video collection:
After two premiere events in Los Angeles and what felt like an impromptu premiere event in New York City, FUNimation has finally unleashed the 2015 Dragon Ball Z film, Resurrection ‘F’ (Fukkatsu no “F” or Revival of “F”) upon their North American audience. The film is wrapping up its short theatrical release, so tune in for our take on the New York red carpet event, the film itself, and its English dub!
Episode #0387! VegettoEX, Meri, and Hujio discuss FUNimation’s English dub release of the 2015 theatrical film, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'”. Coming from their work on “Dragon Ball Z Kai” and “Battle of Gods”, does the new movie’s dub hold itself to the same level? A brief appearance from Chris Sabat also provides some insight on the voice casting and script!
- NEWS: Free “Extreme Butoden” Demo Hits EU & NA Nintendo 3DS August 6
- NEWS: Saikyō Jump Unveils “Dragon Ball Super” August Schedule
- NEWS: “J-Stars Victory Vs.+” July 2015 PlayStation Network Top Sellers
- REVIEW: “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” (English Theatrical Run)
- GUIDE: “Revival of ‘F'”
- CONTENT: New “Pre-Dragon Ball” Interviews: 1980 “Pafu” & “Monthly Starlog”
J-Stars Victory Vs.+, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, saw strong digital sales success during its first full month in North America by placing in the July 2015 PlayStation Network top sellers list across all three consoles.
The game ranked as the #14 game on the PlayStation 4 chart, the #3 game on the PlayStation 3 chart, and the #1 game on the PlayStation Vita chart.
Over in Europe, the game only managed to chart on the Vita list in the #5 spot.
The game, originally released back in March 2013 in Japan on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, features Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza from Dragon Ball along with a wealth of other playable and support characters from different series. All playable and support characters from the Japanese release are included in the international version, which saw its release in North America on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Vita 30 June 2015.
The bimonthly September issue of Saikyō Jump, which was recently released 01 August 2015, lays out the remaining August schedule of Dragon Ball Super with what appear to be final episode titles.
Note that the episode numbers (and the latter-most air date) listed in Saikyō Jump are erroneous and have been corrected below. The 5th episode of Dragon Ball Super, which is incorrectly listed above as episode 6, will air this weekend, with no scheduled breaks the remainder of the month.
The same page also includes another glimpse at Champa and his presumed attendant, with a comment questioning who this mysterious person is with Champa:
This person next to Champa!! It looks like Whis, but… if you look closely, it’s a woman?!
While this character still remains officially unnamed, it is at least now clear that it is indeed a “her”. A quick blurb on the page does wonder when this mysterious duo, which “look super-alike” to Beerus and Whis, will appear in Super, but leaves the question open ended with no actual answer.
Dragon Ball Super, which began 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 beginning back in the August 2015 issue.