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Slated for a wider run in August, FUNimation’s English dub of the new film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ will debut 02 July 2015, in conjunction with the opening night of Anime Expo in Los Angeles. The company will host a red carpet event prior to the screening, similar to both their Battle of Gods dub premiere in 2014 and their Resurrection ‘F’ subtitled premiere earlier this year.

FUNimation Entertainment Announces World Dub Premiere Of “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'”
Premiere to be Held July 2 at Regal LA LIVE during Anime Expo 2015 in Los Angeles

FLOWER MOUND, Texas, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — FUNimation Entertainment announced today that the world premiere of the English dub of “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 in Los Angeles, Calif. The premiere coincides with opening night of Anime Expo 2015 — the largest anime and manga convention in North America. FUNimation recently completed principal production of the English dub for the movie which was written by series creator Akira Toriyama and directed by Naoyoshi Yamamuro.

Actors Sean Schemmel and Christopher R. Sabat, starring in the roles of Goku and Vegeta respectively, will be attending the premiere, which will also feature a red carpet event prior to the screening. Schemmel and Sabat are reprising their roles from last year’s highly-successful “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.”

“We’re pleased to premiere the English dub of “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” during Anime Expo 2015,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “Our cast and crew have done an amazing job with the dub. Fans will enjoy every minute of it — from the first scene through the ending credits.”

“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” is the 20th film in the Dragon Ball franchise. The story is the follow-up to “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” and showcases the return of Frieza — one of the greatest villains in all of anime. The new film will screen in theaters across the U.S. and Canada from August 4 – 12, 2015. Fans are invited to sign up at www.dragonballz.com to be alerted when ticketing opens later this month. Subscribers can also look forward to receiving exclusive offers, sneak peeks, and other news about the film.

A limited amount of tickets to the premiere will be made available to fans and the general public.

The press release incorrectly names Tadayoshi Yamamuro as “Naoyoshi Yamamuro” (based on an alternate kanji reading).

The story for 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.



Though still not-yet-announced for a worldwide release (but hopefully coming soon!), Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden debuted on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan last week, pulling in strong numbers during its first week on sale.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 08 June 2015 to 14 June 2015, the game pushed 74,660 copies, making it the second-best selling game of the week (conceding the top spot to the latest Rhythm Heaven, also on the Nintendo 3DS).

Extreme Butōden‘s first week sales rival that of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE earlier this year, which pushed approximately 78,911 copies across the two Sony consoles during its own first week.

The prior game to don the “Butōden” moniker, Ultimate Butōden for the original Nintendo DS, pushed 31,108 copies during its own respective first week on sale back in early 2011. The game was never published outside of Japan.

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.



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It is only within the last week or so that actual information about Dragon Ball Super has begun to make its way to the public. For a little bit there, we were not entirely sure the project would be ready in time! With the reveal of a logo and a 15-second preview trailer, we finally have enough to dig our collective teeth into. What is on the horizon for the first new series since the end of Dragon Ball GT…?

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0381! VegettoEX and Hujio discuss “Dragon Ball Super” as we quickly approach its debut in July. After taking a look at the short preview trailer and official website updates, what is on the horizon for fans of the Dragon World, and is Toei truly taking advantage of the property they have?

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Toei Animation’s official Dragon Ball Super website has finally been revamped in preparation of the new series’ debut in mere weeks on 05 July 2015. The update includes the first promotional artwork for the series, a few new sections with additional information, and the preview trailer that was broadcast yesterday following Dragon Ball Kai (which is currently not available).

Along with a brief introduction, a “Staff & Cast” page has also been included amongst the new pages now available on the site, and it is no surprise that Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, and more recently served as director and animation supervisor for Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, is returning as the series’ sole character designer. No additional staff members have been officially announced as of yet, including a lead script writer, art director, or musical composer, although it was unofficially revealed that Norihito Sumitomo would be returning via his blog.

The majority of the main cast from Dragon Ball Kai and the recent films will be returning, including Yūko Minaguchi (Videl), Kōichi Yamadera (Beerus), Masakazu Morita (Whis), and Jōji Yanami as the series’ narrator, who was recently absent from Revival of “F”.

The new promotional splash artwork features the series’ main characters, the majority of whom are shown in their attire from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. However, the most intriguing portion of the artwork is what appears to be a new God of Destruction-esque character, standing back-to-back with Beerus, and spinning the Earth on his finger. Next to him is another new character, presumably his attendant, who is very similar in appearance to Whis. Will we finally be exploring a few of the 12 universes mentioned by Beerus in Battle of Gods? Only time will tell!

Be sure to check back for more details and updates as things ramp up toward the debut of Dragon Ball Super, the franchise’s first new TV series in 18 years, on 05 July 2015!

UPDATE: A comics page has been added to promote Toyotarō’s upcoming manga adaptation of the series, which is set to premiere in less than a week in the August 2015 issue of V-Jump.



As a part of today’s episode of Dragon Ball Kai, Toei Animation and Fuji TV previewed the upcoming new TV series, Dragon Ball Super.

Included within the 15-second preview was the series’ opening theme song, “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!!” (超絶☆ダイナミック!!), by Kazuya Yoshii (previously of the band The Yellow Monkey). The preview, narrated by Son Goku (Masako Nozawa), included brief appearances by Son Goku, Son Goten, Trunks, Videl, Son Gohan, Mister Satan, Mister Buu, Piccolo, Kaiō, Beerus, Whis, and Vegeta.

おっす、オラ悟空。18年の時を越えて新シリーズに突入だ!
ドラゴンボール超 7月 放送開始!
みんな、オラたちの新しい戦いを絶対見てくれよな。


Heya, I’m Goku. After 18 years, we’re plunging into a new series!
Dragon Ball Super — The broadcast begins this July!
Everyone, be sure to watch our new battle!

In terms of character designs and time placement, it appears the series will begin at some point following the 2008 “Jump Super Anime Tour” special, as Son Goku is shown wearing an outfit identical to his radish farming outfit showcased at the beginning of the special. Although both Beerus and Whis make notable appearances in the preview, there is not enough context to conclude where exactly the series will fall in relation to the two recent films (Battle of Gods and Revival of “F”) overseen by Akira Toriyama. Goten and Trunks also appear as children, while Gohan appears as a bespectacled scholar, similar to their appearances in the “Jump Super Anime Tour” special and Battle of Gods.

Today’s preview was apparently only a “short version”; additional updates are promised for the series’ official website on Monday, which may potentially include a full-length version.

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 in June.



Following up on yesterday’s reveal that a first look at Dragon Ball Super will debut this weekend, the official Twitter account for the upcoming TV show has also promised a tease of the opening theme:

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昨日もお知らせしましたが…
明日6/14(日)9時から放送の「ドラゴンボール改」にて「ドラゴンボール超」の予告ショートバージョン初オンエアです!吉井和哉さんのオープニング曲も初披露!お見逃しなく!(S)


As we announced yesterday…
A short version of the first on-air trailer for “Dragon Ball Super” will be broadcast with “Dragon Ball Kai” tomorrow, June 14th (Sunday), at 9:00am! Kazuya Yoshii’s opening song will also debut! Don’t miss it! (S)

The Dragon Ball Super opening theme, “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!!” (超絶☆ダイナミック!!), will be performed by Kazuya Yoshii (previously of the band The Yellow Monkey).

The upcoming preview will air as a part of Dragon Ball Kai Episode 157 airing 14 June 2015 on Fuji TV in Japan.

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 in June.



The official Twitter account for Dragon Ball Super has announced that the first look at the upcoming TV series will come 14 June 2015 alongside the regularly-scheduled Episode 157 of Dragon Ball Kai:

dbsuper_preview_tease_twitter

明後日6/14(日)放送の「ドラゴンボール改」にて「ドラゴンボール超」の予告が初オンエア!!「改」のクライマックスと共に要チェックです!そして来週月曜日には公式HPがパワーアップ。気になるメインビジュアルも公開予定です!(S)


The first on-air trailer for “Dragon Ball Super” will be broadcast with “Dragon Ball Kai” the day after tomorrow, June 14th (Sunday)!! It will also be worth checking out the climax of “Kai”! And then, the official home page will receive a power up this coming Monday. The anxiously awaited main visual will also be released! (S)

Viewers can — finally! — look forward to the debut trailer and key artwork alongside the Dragon Ball Kai episode, with additional updates to the series’ official website promised for the following Monday.

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 in June.



Waku Waku +NYC, a new “Japanese pop culture festival” launching this summer in Brooklyn, has announced father-and-son duo Takao Koyama and Makoto Koyama as guests.

Takao Koyama served as the scenario/scriptwriter on various movies and features for the Dragon Ball franchise during its heyday, including up through 2008’s Jump Super Anime Tour Special. In 2013, Koyama penned a blog post following his viewing of that year’s new film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Makoto Koyama’s contribution to the franchise has thus far been as the scenario/scriptwriter for the 2011 Episode of Bardock animated adaptation.

Waku Waku +NYC will take place 29 August to 30 August 2015 in Brooklyn, NY at several locations in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods. Single day and weekend passes are available.



While Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden is due out for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan this week, no international distribution has been officially announced as-of-yet.

Plans may be in the works, however, as the game appears to have been rated (“PG”) for Australia:

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Dragon Ball Z for Kinect was also rated by the Australian board back in 2012 prior to its formal release announcement.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden will launch in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game will 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). Arc System Works will develop 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 pre-order from CDJapan. The Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS are region-locked; a Japanese system is required for the game to play.

Thanks to forum member Zombie for the heads-up!



While we of course enjoy keeping up with the slew of material tossed our way courtesy of new movies and TV series, diving into the archives is always an absolute pleasure. We recently shared a 1996 Akira Toriyama interview from WIRED in Japan; our latest translation dips back even a little further than that.

This new addition to the site is from the 1995 #5 issue of Weekly Playboy in Japan, incidentally enough published by Shueisha; the company also used to publish a monthly equivalent of the American magazine, but it ceased publication in late 2008.

The issue includes a five-page article on Akira Toriyama, based on an interview with him, with quotes used throughout. The article describes itself as “Part 1″ on the top of the first page, but investigating this further, it just means that it is the first in a series of articles on popular cartoonists, and not a multi-part interview with Toriyama specifically; the following issue’s contribution is on Osamu Akimoto, author of Kochikame.

The date on the magazine’s cover is 31 January 1995, but since Weekly Playboy pretty consistently post-dates its issues by exactly two weeks (three in the case of a double-issue), we can determine that the official release date was likely 14 January 1995, since Monday was a holiday observing Coming-of-Age Day, which fell on Sunday the 15th. This would be just after the release of Chapter 502 in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1995 #07, which means Toriyama may have already been thinking about the end of the series. The article certainly gives one that sense, although he never comes out and says it; it’s almost an entreaty to let him live an ordinary life now that he’s winding down doing the thing that made him famous.

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The article is a fascinating one, particularly due to the timeframe during which it was printed. Everything from Toriyama’s early cash-grab initiatives to living with such huge popularity are touched upon. Flourishes and details fans may or may not notice are even given fantastic context:

“Then I got a call from my first editor T——, saying, why don’t you shoot for serialization? ‘Your story is still no good, but you have a novel way of drawing sound effects, like Kiii——n and Gacha, which has impact,’ he said. I had just done the same thing I did on posters with stuff like ‘Year-end bargains——!’ or ‘Super sale on now——’, though. (laughs)

Read the full article in our “Translations” section.

Believe it or not, we actually have more material to cover from these older Weekly Playboy issues in Japan, so stay tuned!