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Published by VegettoEX
06 August 2018, 4:34 PM EDTComments Off

An “open beta” for the forthcoming Nintendo Switch edition of Dragon Ball FighterZ will be held this coming weekend (~09 August 2018 to ~12 August 2018 depending on the player’s time zone and/or region).

This is the Open Beta for DRAGON BALL FighterZ.

The Open Beta servers are scheduled to be on at the following times:

August 9, 2018 at 9:00 PM to August 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM (PDT)

Go head to head in VS Online with no less than 23 characters and 13 stages. But don’t forget to also stop by the Battle Tutorial to sharpen your skills and master all kinds of devastating techniques!

On top of this, get a taste at some additional features like Lobby Avatar Customization, Stamps and Replay Channel.

And no matter what happens, always remember that TRUE POWER KNOWS NO LIMIT!

The game client is available to download now from the eShop or Nintendo’s website through a connected account.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ Nintendo Switch port will see its release in Japan 27 September 2018 and in Europe and North America 28 September 2018. Pre-orders will include unlocks for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (“SSGSS”, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Son Goku and Vegeta, as well as an unlocalized download of the franchise’s first fighting game, 1993’s Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden from the Nintendo Super Famicom (with a replacement musical score).

Published by VegettoEX
06 August 2018, 3:56 PM EDTComments Off

Manga UK has detailed their plan to release the Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai — known internationally as “Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters” — in three “Part” sets over the course of October, November, and December 2018.

Yes… the long-awaited, almost universally-loved, and highly-requested Dragon Ball Kai: The Final Chapters is indeed coming to the UK! Releasing in three parts, you’ll be able to get your hands on the first set from October and complete your collection in time for Christmas!

  • “Part One” (episodes 99-121) is due out 15 October 2018
  • “Part Two” (episodes 122-144) is due out 12 November 2018
  • “Part Three” (episodes 145-167) is due out 10 December 2018

Meanwhile, the fifth Dragon Ball Super television series set is due out from the company 08 October 2018.

Manga UK’s home releases mirror and trail behind FUNimation’s North American products. FUNimation’s release of “The Final Chapters” wrapped up back in June; the fifth Dragon Ball Super set is also due out in October.

The Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai was initially conceived as an international-only product, but following the cancellation of the Toriko television series, Toei and Fuji TV used the available timeslot — which itself previously belonged to the original 2009-2011 run of Dragon Ball Kai — for the Boo arc. What aired on Japanese television was actually a further-condensed edit of what was being produced for the international market; this international edition would later come to be known as “The Final Chapters”.

Thanks to Baggie_Saiyan on our forum for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
06 August 2018, 3:33 PM EDTComments Off

The original 17 theatrical Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z films hit the Japanese Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming services 27 July 2018, and while the addition of the movies themselves was heavily promoted, what remains unannounced is the clearly-new, high definition video remaster that accompanies them.

In addition to the obvious resolution bump, the new remaster (right) sports a sharper, deeper image at the higher resolution over the previous remaster (from 2006’s “Dragon Box: The Movies” DVD set, left). More detail is visible throughout the entire image, and particularly within the darker portions (which tend to be crushed and devoid of granular detail in multi-generation, international prints).

Unfortunately, the audio that accompanies the new streaming versions is the final mix of the film’s optical sound; source audio was re-mixed and included on the Dragon Box set, which remains the highest-quality audio of these films available to consumers.

The newly-remastered entries include the original three Dragon Ball films from 1986-1988, the thirteen Dragon Ball Z films from 1989-1995, and the franchise’s 10th anniversary film from 1996. The 2013 and 2015 theatrical films — Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, respectively — have also been made available for streaming, but (being recent films) were in no need of and received no further video remastering.

As this new remaster series has yet to even be formally acknowledged by its producers, no home release has been announced or hinted at; a formal home release would feature higher video quality than streaming masters provided to online services.

Following an initial double-feature test with Dragon Ball Z movies 8 and 10 in 2007, FUNimation performed their own internal film remaster and released the 13 Dragon Ball Z films on Blu-ray over the course of 2008 to 2009 (to varying degrees of success and failure).

Published by VegettoEX
06 August 2018, 10:20 AM EDTComments Off

Dragon Ball FighterZ wrapped up its debut at the 2018 Evolution Championship Series (“Evo”) not only as the game with the highest number of registered entrants, but also raking in the highest viewer count for an Evo main event on Twitch.

American player Dominique “SonicFox” McLean ultimately took home the win against Japanese player Goichi “GO1” Kishida in the grand finals with a match-up of Bardock + Merged Zamasu + No. 16 against Cell + Bardock + Super Saiyan Vegeta, respectively. The grand finals win came after a prior match between the two as “GO1” worked his way up the losers’ bracket, as well as a last-minute player side swap following a initial bracket-reset win from “GO1”.

Perhaps the evening’s biggest excitement came in the previous battle between “SonicFox” and “GO1”, where in the third round “GO1” managed to restore the health of Vegeta, his sole remaining fighter, with a wish to Shenlong. This merely prolonged the inevitable, as “SonicFox” still managed to sweep 3-0; the two clashed again in the aforementioned grand finals.

In conjunction with the grand finals, Bandai Namco released a new promotional video for upcoming downloadable content in the game, revealing an 08 August 2018 release date for Goku and Vegeta, and formally unveiling Coola as a forthcoming playable character as well:

Coola — Freeza’s brother, originally from the fifth and sixth theatrical Dragon Ball Z films in the 1990s, and most recently a central figure within the latest Super Dragon Ball Heroes “Universe Mission” arc — has been heavily rumored and suspected as a playable character since the earliest datamining post-release. Thus far, all of the datamined and “leaked” characters have come to fruition; No. 17, while not officially revealed in any way, is heavily expected to round out the eight announced downloadable character slots.

Additional characters are available individually for ¥500/$5, or as part of the game’s game’s optional $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covering eight total characters. Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, and Merged Zamasu were the first four of eight promised paid downloadable characters.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. A Nintendo Switch port is due in 2018. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history. The game ships on the Nintendo Switch next month.

Published by VegettoEX
26 July 2018, 5:35 PM EDTComments Off

V-Jump (née “Virtual Jump”) — Shueisha’s multimedia-focused (video/card games, manga, anime, etc.) magazine — began with three issues in a smaller, thicker format on a (roughly) half-yearly schedule released in November 1990, June 1991, and November 1991. This was followed by an additional four-issue preview/test run in November 1992, February 1993, March 1993, and April 1993. The inaugural issue of the regular monthly run — the July 1993 issue — was released in May 1993. The magazine has continued on ever since, and is released on the 21st of each month (barring a Sunday or a holiday, in which case its release is moved up accordingly).

In addition to its obvious video games coverage and the ongoing Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” by Toyotarō, Dragon Ball fans these days tend to associate V-Jump with television and movie previews including character designs, author comments, etc. Truth be told, not much has changed since its earliest days: just as one flips through V-Jump for a glimpse at Broli in 2018, so too would one flip through V-Jump for a glimpse at Broli in 1993.

As we perused the November 1991 trial issue, we stumbled upon a few curiosities. The first page of the issue is a fold-out promotion highlighting the upcoming March 1992 Toei Anime Fair, which was set to debut the sixth theatrical Dragon Ball Z film alongside entries from the Magical Taluluto and Dragon Quest series.

The splash includes a comment from Dragon Ball‘s original author Akira Toriyama looking ahead to the new film:

“A word from Akira Toriyama-sensei!!”
To be perfectly upfront, this movie is awesome! A mighty foe far surpassing the conventional wisdom of Dragon Ball Z up to now will appear! He’s a fearsome foe who even thrashes the likes of Goku & co., driving them to desperation!! I’m a little scared, but I want to see it soon…!!

Additionally, the splash features villains from three previous Dragon Ball Z films — Tullece from the third, Slug from the fourth, and Coola from the fifth — with vague promotional text hyping up the (undisclosed) villain in the next film. Interestingly, Slug is described as being a N星人 (N-seijin) with the accompanying furigana indicating a pronunciation of namekku for the letter “N”; while this of course makes sense, the shorthand used here is certainly rare. Most interestingly, the text alongside Tullece makes a major error:

孫悟空の兄も敵で登場した。


Son Goku’s [older] brother also appeared as an enemy.

The error is a strange one, considering the film had debuted well over a year earlier and would have been known, understood, and documented by all respective production teams. The film’s own theatrical attendee book, in a special “Secrets of the Saiyans” column, is explicit in its explanation of why “Kakarrot” and Tullece would look similar using Tullece’s own in-movie explanation as its basis:

さらに階級ごとに別々の育てられ方をしいるため、同じ階級の者は同じ顔になってしまう。サイヤ人の生き残りであるターレスも、もとは下級戦士。それで同じく下級戦士だった悟空と、そっくりの顔をしているというわけだ。


Furthermore, Saiyans are forcibly raised differently based on their rank, so those of the same rank come to have the same face. Tullece, one of the surviving Saiyans, was also originally a low-ranking warrior. That’s why his face is the spitting image of Goku, who was also a low-ranking warrior.

The respective entry in the “Characters” page of our “Rumor Guide” has been updated accordingly with this information!

Published by VegettoEX
26 July 2018, 11:43 AM EDTComments Off

Japanese satellite television network ANIMAX has announced on Twitter that it will air Dragon Ball’s 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour special, “Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!” , as a part of the network’s combined 20th anniversary celebration with Weekly Shōnen Jump’s 50th anniversary. The celebration will be hosted by comedian Kendō Kobayashi, host of Fuji TV’s Mandō Kobayashi, along with Weekly Shōnen Jump’s current editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano.

The three-hour long celebration broadcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. on 29 July 2018, with the Dragon Ball special scheduled to air at 8:15 p.m. In addition to the Dragon Ball special, four of the six remaining specials screened at the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour will also air as a part of the celebration, although it has yet to be revealed which additional specials have been selected.

ANIMAX regularly airs repeats of the various Dragon Ball franchise television series, with Dragon Ball Kai recently kicking off another run from the beginning.

Kendō Kobayashi has previously hosted and contributed to Dragon Ball events such as 2015’s “Dragon Ball Super Completion Announcement Event” (where he dressed up as Yajirobe), and prior to that a 2013 television special about the franchise in promotion of the then-upcoming theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (which included a pre-written Q&A session with original author Akira Toriyama).

In honor of Weekly Jump‘s 40th anniversary in 2008, Shueisha’s annual Jump Festa hosted a tour to ten cities across Japan entitled the “Jump Super Anime Tour ~The Jump Heroes Great-Gathering~”. The tour screened seven newly-animated specials or shorts from popular series serialized in various Jump anthologies, one of which was Dragon Ball; of all the anime series based on a manga, Dragon Ball was the only one that was not currently running in a Jump anthology at that time. To attend the tour, one had to send in an application form; a certain number for each city were drawn at random, and those chosen were sent tickets to attend the screening. Following the completion of the tour, Jump streamed three of the specials online for a limited time, free of charge, on their “Jumpland” website, including versions with accompanying subtitles in English, German, and French.

The special’s initial DVD printing in 2009 required one to submit an order form printed in specific issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump, V-Jump, and Jump SQ. A confirmation would be received if the application was submitted in time. In February, one then had to visit a local convenience store listed on the order confirmation to actually pay for the order. Once paid, the order was complete and the DVDs would be shipped that April.

The special was later included on a bonus DVD with the special limited edition of 2013’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods theatrical film.

Thus far, the standard-definition DVD releases remain the highest quality version of the special made available to the public, with the original streaming version being a sub-480p Flash video file; the special’s original production resolution (and therefore if a proper HD version exists, rather than an upscale) is unknown.

Published by Hujio
25 July 2018, 2:38 PM EDTComments Off

Advance tickets for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie officially went on sale in Japan on 20 July 2018, following the debut of the movie’s first official trailer. It is being reported by Japanese news site Daily Sports Online that as of 23 July 2018 — three days after going on sale — 23,866 tickets have already been sold. In comparison, the sale of advance tickets for the franchise’s previous movie, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, were only half of that after two days of being on sale, with approximately 11,518 total tickets sold. Resurrection ‘F’ ultimately surpassed the box office numbers set by its predecessor, Battle of Gods, selling a rough total of 2.4 million tickets.

Pricing for these advance tickets comes in at ¥1,400 for adults and high schoolers or ¥900 for middle schoolers and children 3 years and up. A special present designed by original author Akira Toriyama will also come with the purchase of these advance tickets, which includes one of either a Goku or Vegeta “God Change Strap” whose hair color changes depending on the temperature — regular Super Saiyan when hot, or Super Saiyan Blue when cold.

God Change Strap

The story, script, and character designs for Dragon Ball Super: Broly, opening nationwide in Japan 14 December 2018 in 2D, IMAX, and MX4D, are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. The film will be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, and will feature animation supervision by Naohiro Shintani along with art direction by Kazuo Ogura.

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24 July 2018, 10:25 AM EDTComments Off

Following the initial reveal in this month’s September 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, a short promotional video for the black-haired (non-Super Saiyan) version of Vegetaone of the next paid downloadable characters coming to Dragon Ball FighterZhas been released showcasing some of his special moves:

The video concludes with a glimpse at the in-game alternate colors, player lobby character, and Z-Stamp that will accompany him for those that pay for access to the character.

The character will be made available next month (alongside a similar version of Son Goku) individually for ¥500/$5, or as part of the game’s game’s optional $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covering eight total characters. Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, and Merged Zamasu were the first four of eight promised paid downloadable characters released thus far; the announcement of Goku and Vegeta leave two remaining to be officially revealed.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. A Nintendo Switch port is due in 2018. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history.

Published by VegettoEX
24 July 2018, 10:18 AM EDTComments Off

Following the initial reveal in this month’s September 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, a short promotional video for the black-haired (non-Super Saiyan) version of Son Gokuone of the next paid downloadable characters coming to Dragon Ball FighterZhas been released showcasing some of his special moves:

The video concludes with a glimpse at the in-game alternate colors, player lobby character, and Z-Stamp that will accompany him for those that pay for access to the character.

The character will be made available next month (alongside a similar version of Vegeta) individually for ¥500/$5, or as part of the game’s game’s optional $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covering eight total characters. Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, and Merged Zamasu were the first four of eight promised paid downloadable characters released thus far; the announcement of Goku and Vegeta leave two remaining to be officially revealed.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. A Nintendo Switch port is due in 2018. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history.

Published by VegettoEX
24 July 2018, 9:27 AM EDTComments Off

In conjunction with this week’s September 2018 of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan, the standard (black-haired, non-Super Saiyan) forms of Son Goku and Vegeta have (unsurprisingly) been formally revealed as forthcoming DLC characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Goku’s Meteor Attack is the Genki-Dama, which is — as one would expect — slow to perform but extremely powerful. The Kaiō-Ken powers up in line with the number of defeated teammates.

Vegeta’s Meteor Attack is the “Galaxy Breaker”, the move used to kill Nappa in the original story. His Gyalik-Hō fires an energy blast toward the ground, and can be used in the air.

Both characters will launch in August for ¥500 each, or as part of the game’s season pass.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. A Nintendo Switch port is due in 2018. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode. Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, and Merged Zamasu were the first four of eight promised paid downloadable characters released thus far; the announcement of Goku and Vegeta leave two remaining to be officially revealed.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history.