After teasing fans with the concept design/sketch versions last week, FUNimation has unveiled the final, colorized version of the cover art spread for the upcoming fourth, fifth, and sixth Blu-ray “season” sets for the Dragon Ball Z TV series via the company’s Facebook page and blog.
The May 2014 issue of V-Jump — officially due out 20 March 2014 in Japan — finally provides a closer look at the cover art for some of next month’s upcoming Dragon Ball books.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman will be receiving both regular (tankōbon-sized) and “Super Elite” (kanzenban-sized) editions, the latter of which will also come packed with a few bonus trinkets. Each edition will also receive separate cover art with the regular version mirroring the original Dragon Ball manga style and the “Super Elite” edition featuring an illustration of Jaco, Omori, and Tights:
The regular version will run ¥440 (¥475 with tax) while the “Super Elite” version will run ¥907 (¥980 with tax).
V-Jump also showcases the cover art for the first three volumes of the “Full Color” manga version of the Cell arc along with a complete release schedule:
All of these manga releases — along with Volume 2 of the collected Dragon Ball SD manga by Naho Ooishi — are due out in Japan 04 April 2014. These first three volumes of the “Artificial Humans & Cell” arc will be released simultaneously that day, while other three volumes of the arc are now set for 02 May 2014.
The Majin Buu arc of the “Full Color” manga will also run for six total volumes with the first three due out 04 June 2014 and the final three due out 04 July 2014.
The “Full Color” volumes will remain at a base price of ¥600, but their tax-inclusive price will rise to ¥648 (from ¥630) due to the consumption tax increase.
The day has arrived: J-Stars Victory Vs is finally here!
The Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza is officially out today on the PlayStation 3 and Vita exclusively in Japan. Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza are the featured Dragon Ball characters — not to mention Arale from Dr. Slump and her various Dragon Ball cameos! — along with a wealth of other playable and support characters from different series.
J-Stars Victory Vs is available in both “Limited Edition / Anison” — ¥10,980 (PS3) & ¥9,980 (Vita) — and regular — ¥7,980 (PS3) & ¥6,980 (Vita) — versions. Physical copies of the game are still available for purchase from online retailers such as CDJapan, Play-Asia, and AmiAmi.
(Note that if you are signed in to a local, non-Japanese PlayStation Network account, you will not be able to view the listings linked above.)
Have you ordered the game yet? Waiting for the early impressions? Our copy is due in tomorrow morning, so look forward to all the expected coverage here on Kanzenshuu…!
This week’s upcoming May 2014 issue of V-Jump — officially hitting Japanese shelves 20 March 2014 — announces that the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai will have a new opening: “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go” (空•前•絶•後) performed by Takayoshi Tanimoto (Dragon Soul).
The magazine also confirms the first closing theme for the Majin Buu arc, “Dear Zarathustra” by the band Good Morning America.
“Dragon Soul” (the song, not to be confused with the name of the “unit” that also performs said song, fronted by singer Takayoshi Tanimoto) was used for the entire 98-episode run of original Dragon Ball Kai episodes from the Saiyan to Cell arcs. Updated animation was provided along the way during major story shifts, similar to what was done with “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” in the original version of Dragon Ball Z.
Unlike the closing theme for the Majin Buu arc of the series, which will shift between new songs as it progresses, there is no word yet on whether or not the opening will also change at any point. If the first part of Dragon Ball Kai is any indication, the opening may simply stay the same the rest of the way through.
There are countless examples of what many people consider to be common knowledge within the Dragon Ball fan community, and yet many of these end up being slightly off-track if not entirely wrong (such as the prevalent rumors that Akira Toriyama “originally intended” to end the series with the Freeza story arc).
Akira Toriyama’s feelings on Vegeta always seemed to be wrapped up in these assumptions. While there is definitely something to it, the original interview segment where this stems from may surprise you. Recent story developments and comments from Toriyama may even turn this assumption on its head entirely!
While we have a brief moment to catch our breath before the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai kicks into high gear, we decided to take a momentary and somewhat random look back at Dragon Ball Z Movie 8. We still have a full podcast episode dissecting Broli (the character, the obsessive fandom, etc.) planned for a little ways down the line, but in the mean time, what made his first movie appearance different from all the others? What does scriptwriter Takao Koyama think about the character, and how did his own personal religious beliefs perhaps come into play in writing the movie’s conclusion?
Episode #0359! VegettoEX and Meri discuss Dragon Ball Z Movie 8 for no particular reason. What makes the first Broli movie different from the others in terms of both story and character development? How do scriptwriter Takao Koyama’s own personal religious beliefs perhaps come into play during the movie’s conclusion? News from across the world (specifically Jaco home release plans) and a look forward to Spring 2014 wrap up the episode!
- “Battle of Z” Best-Selling Digital Vita Game in February 2014
- Pure Majin Buu Absorbs “Kibitoshin” in “Dragon Ball Heroes” JM3
- Viz Announces English “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman” for Jan. 2015
- New “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman” Collected Release Details
- “J-Stars Victory Vs” (JP PS3/Vita) Final Boss Revealed
- Hironobu Kageyama & Masako Nozawa Guests at Kawaii-Kon 2014
- FUNimation DBZ TV Blu-ray Seasons 4-6 Cover Art Sketches
- “Dragon Ball: Ultimate Swipe” Announced (Android/iOS)
- “Battle of Gods” Fuji TV Broadcast Preview Footage
- TRANSLATION - Takao Koyama: “I saw Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods!!” Blog Post
- DISCUSSION – DBZ Movie 8: a “false” attempt at Super Saiyan God?
- DISCUSSION – “Sending Power through Hands” and Cult Religion?
- Dragon Ball Releases Recap: Spring 2014
Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum.
The official Japanese website for Dragon Ball Kai has not quite fully updated yet in preparation for the continuation into the Majin Buu arc next month, but a new announcement was recently posted promoting a preview event at AnimeJapan 2014:
Special guest Masako Nozawa along with other participants will take part in a behind-the-scenes event to hype up Dragon Ball Kai before it goes back on the air next month. Nozawa (and perhaps the unspecified “others” as well) will share stories and discuss the “highlights of the program”.
The special talk will take place during AnimeJapan 2014 at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exposition Center) in Ariake (Kōto-ku, Tokyo) 22 March 2014 at 1:00 p.m. and will last until 1:40 p.m.
The newest film for the franchise, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, is set for its first-ever TV broadcast 22 March 2014 at 9:00 p.m. during the “Premium Saturday” block on Fuji TV. The most exciting aspect of the broadcast will definitely be the extra footage that has been animated, including — but not limited to! — more fun with the “idiot trio” of Pilaf, Mai, and Shuu.
Our buddy kei17 has recorded the channel’s commercials — both a 30-second spot and a 15-second spot — promoting the movie’s TV debut next week. The footage showcases a little bit more of Goku up on Kaiō’s planet which was not in the original theatrical version and/or home release:
Big thanks to kei17 for recording the preview footage and specifically allowing us to post it up. Look forward to our coverage of the TV broadcast next weekend as we dissect all the new footage!
The game appears to take its assets from the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Tag Vs / Tenkaichi Tag Team, while its key art is that of the 2008 Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit.
It is being advertised as a first-person fighting game on a 3D playing field, with well-timed taps and swipes, which can also use to store up ki and unleash attacks such as a Kamehameha being key to defeating opponents. Battles with enemies will occur during “Missions”, and by progressing through the game, the player can earn CG character “figures”.
The game is set to be available in Japan on Android and iOS this month.
Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse and Super Saiyan Prime for the various heads-ups!
At the end of last year, FUNimation revealed the original sketches used to create the cover art for their latest Blu-ray release of the Dragon Ball Z TV series in an exclusive community Q&A here on Kanzenshuu. This time around, the company is using the next batch of three sketches on their own Facebook page to promote the upcoming material:
The company has promised the full-color, finalized versions for a 19 March 2014 reveal.
Thanks to Vash1306 for the heads-up!