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Published by VegettoEX
07 November 2016, 11:30 AM ESTComment

In a post on Twitter today, European publisher Glénat announced their forthcoming French translation of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga, with the first collected volume hitting 05 April 2017.

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Glénat had dabbled in various supplementary Dragon Ball material in recent history, including the 590 Quiz Book along with series such as Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and Dragon Ball SD.

The Dragon Ball Super manga began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ seventeenth chapter printed last month in the magazine’s December 2016 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. The first collected edition was released last April, with the second collected edition set for release this December.

Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series translated into English, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

Thanks to Romain for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
07 November 2016, 11:11 AM ESTComment

Following a trickle of initial information — a timeframe followed by a specific release date followed by a price point — Shueisha has updated with a page count and digital release date for the second collected edition of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga.

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The actual chapter contents are still unannounced. Picking up where the previous volume left off, chapters 10 through 15 comfortably fit within the announced span of 216 pages; including chapter 16 would push it too far over the allotted number of pages, independent of any potential bonus content. However, this does still leave roughly 50 pages worth of content to fill.

The two-page bonus chapter from the 2016 Jump Victory Carnival attendee booklet seems like a safe bet (considering the 2015 chapter’s inclusion in the first volume), leaving the remaining page space up in the air. The 10-page Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 comic from the international collector’s edition packages remains unreleased, and could serve as potential filler content. The three 31-page Resurrection ‘F’ introductory chapters from early 2015 also remain unpublished outside of their original V-Jump printings.

The print edition will be released 02 December 2016 for ¥420 + tax. As previously indicated by its Amazon listing, Shueisha has confirmed an 04 January 2017 digital release date. The staggered release between print and digital editions has become common with Shueisha’s collected editions.

The second volume is available for pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

The first collected edition was announced back in February and saw its release in April covering the series’ first nine chapters, one spin-off chapter, and a special interview between Toyotarō and original author Akira Toriyama. Since this volume’s release, another eight regular chapters and one more spin-off chapter have been released, with one more regular monthly chapter set to hit V-Jump by this second volume’s December release.

The Dragon Ball Super manga began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ seventeenth chapter printed last month in the magazine’s December 2016 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
07 November 2016, 6:27 AM ESTComment

Shueisha has released the cover artwork for the upcoming fourteenth volume (“Legend 14”) of the Dragon Ball manga’s new “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen), continuing the “Artificial Humans & Cell arc” in the manga re-release series:

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These editions are touted as allowing the reader to “enjoy Dragon Ball the same way as when it was serialized in Jump“, and are the same size as the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization (JIS B5; 18.2 × 25.7 cm). The volumes feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text and logos, and next issue previews at the end of each chapter.

“Legend 14” picks up with Chapter 358, runs 550 pages, and will be released 11 November 2016 for ¥700 plus tax, with the second and fourth Friday of each subsequent month seeing one new volume apiece. “Legend 15” (releasing 25 November 2016) is also available for pre-order (along with several previous releases) via Amazon Japan.

Check out Episode #0410 of our podcast for an in-depth look at and review of this on-going manga release.

Published by VegettoEX
04 November 2016, 1:09 PM ESTComment

FUNimation has announced their acquisition of the Dragon Ball Super TV series, currently airing on Fuji TV in Japan and seeing multiple simulcast streams across various platforms. FUNimation will simulcast new subtitled episodes on their “FunimationNow” service each Saturday, and will also produce an English dub.

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Funimation to Produce English Dub of New Series

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 4, 2016. Building upon their more than 20-year association with the Dragon Ball franchise, Funimation® Entertainment and Toei Animation Inc. have expanded their partnership to include “Dragon Ball Super” – the first new storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years. Encompassing streaming, digital download and home video distribution, their multi-year agreement will introduce “Dragon Ball Super” throughout the USA & Canada. In addition, the partnership also covers broadcast and merchandising opportunities for “Dragon Ball Super” as well. Fans can immediately begin watching current subtitled episodes of “Dragon Ball Super” (episodes 1 – 10 and 47 – 64) on FunimationNow followed by new simulcast episodes which will begin with episode 65 this Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. CT. Episodes 11 – 46 will be available on FunimationNow once subtitling has been completed. In conjunction with the agreement, production will begin on an English dub of the “Dragon Ball Super” series, with broadcast and casting details to follow.

“We are thrilled to continue our great partnership with Toei Animation’” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “Like with the recent blockbuster Dragon Ball Z movies, having original creator Akira Toriyama passionately involved in ‘Dragon Ball Super’ is so wonderful to see and for fans to experience.”

““We are delighted to introduce ‘Dragon Ball Super’ to a fantastic audience together with Funimation” said Masayuki Endo, President of Toei Animation Inc. “’Dragon Ball Super’ encompasses everything fans love about Dragon Ball, while talking the mythology to a whole new level. Toei’s team of talented animators and creators have put their passion and imagination into this series.”

In late March, FUNimation shared seemingly-random animated GIFs of Goku on their social media channels, which at the time seemed to be (and perhaps always were part of) an Easter tie-in campaign more than anything else.

On March 29, the company shared the new Dragon Ball Super characters’ social media badges alongside the question, “Do you have a favorite champion of Universe 6?”

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After that point, the company remained silent on the Dragon Ball Super front, other than asking fans to simply stay tuned for future announcements.

On July 21, English voice actor Jason Douglas (Beerus) posted a photo on Instagram showcasing a recording session with a scene from the first Dragon Ball Super episode; the post was subsequently removed:

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The TV series has already been licensed for and is airing in other international territories. Last July, Viz announced their acquisition of the Dragon Ball Super manga, which is currently seeing chapters released for free on the company’s website, with a print release coming in 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
04 November 2016, 10:56 AM ESTComment

Following some brief, planned server downtime, Bandai Namco has announced the first “raid quests” coming to the Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 video game:

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This week-end, Conton City is under attack! Be ready Time Patrollers, two formidable foes will need to be defeated: Cell on Saturday (Nov. 5th) and Great Ape Baby on Sunday (Nov 6th).

Raid Quests will begin at 14.00 CET and will last for 3 hours. To be successful, you will need to beat the boss at level 99 (the Boss gains a level when he is defeated).

There are awesome rewards to reap:

  • All participants will receive 10 000 Zeni
  • If you manage to beat the boss at level 99, all participating players will receive costumes (upper part on Saturday, bottom part on Sunday)
  • The 6 players of the team who deliver the final blow will each receive 10 TP Medal

To allow for Raid Quests, the servers has been updated this morning (explaining the short server downtime).

Here is the costume you can win during the Raid Quests!

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Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016.

Published by VegettoEX
04 November 2016, 9:20 AM ESTComment

Continuing onward from the previous ten chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s eleventh chapter to their website.

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The respective page in our “Manga Guide” has been updated with this release information. New spellings to this translation include that of “Cabbe” (Cabba, the Universe 6 Saiyan) and “Otto Magetta” (the metal man from Universe 6’s Galactic System 66950).

While the Dragon Ball Super television series has been licensed for certain international territories, no announcement of a home release or traditional television broadcast has been made for North America. The series was recently announced to receive a weekly simulcast on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki.

The Dragon Ball Super manga began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ seventeenth chapter recently printed k in the magazine’s December 2016 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
04 November 2016, 9:00 AM ESTComment

The 2.1.0 update for Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS was made available 02 November 2016 on the Japanese eShop. As part of the 290 block update, new characters, costumes, and special moves were added.

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New playable characters (which are unlocked and made available immediately following the update) include Trunks: Super, Goku Black, and Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black, all from the current arc of the Dragon Ball Super television series. The special move “Black Kamehameha” has also been added.

New costumes for the player’s avatar character include that of both Trunks: Super and Goku Black.

These new characters, provided certain unlock and leveling prerequisites are met, allow the player to fuse with existing characters to create EX Trunks and Karoli Black.

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The game’s first major update (released 28 September 2016) included a new “Time-Space Radar stage” set in the real world, plus new a new “Online Vs. and Ranking Function”.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan. The game is scheduled for an international localization, hitting North America in December and Europe in February 2017. Check out Episode #0409 of our podcast for our first impressions with the game.

Published by VegettoEX
28 October 2016, 12:20 PM EST1 Comment

In an a Steam news update this morning, Bandai Namco’s European community management group announced a patch coming 01 November 2016 for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 on consoles and PC to address certain issues and gameplay features:

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November 1st patch and current issues

Time Patrollers,

Thanks to the Beta sessions on PS4, we managed to identify some issues in the game that needed a fix. Unfortunately, we were not able to integrate these changes for the release and they will be included in a patch for all platforms on November 1st.

Please find below the changes confirmed for this patch:

  • Important improvement in the Loading Times in the game
  • Balance adjustements, including Male Majin and the Awaken Power form of Namekians
  • Reduction of lag during Online Play
  • Change of the default condition settings when looking for an opponent in Quick Match
  • Other small adjustements

Please keep in mind that we are also tracking other issues:

  • Missing preorder characters for STEAM users (Goku Black & Future Trunks) – FIX in progress
  • Controller issues on STEAM
  • Depths of Despair Expert Mission Giant Ki attack issue for STEAM
  • Crash and launch issues on STEAM
  • English Voice-over issues on STEAM

Please report your issues in the dedicated community thread if they are not included in it, including as many details as you can to reproduce the issue.

The patch would also correspond with the game’s launch on the PlayStation 4 in Japan 02 November 2016.

Published by VegettoEX
28 October 2016, 11:21 AM ESTComment

Eagle-eyed NeoGAF community members have noticed a change in the Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 product listing on Steam: the description of post-launch support has been changed from “for more than a year” (also noting “free updates”) to “for over 6 months”:

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Indeed, an archive.org capture showcases this original text, which was also provided to the press in the original announcement materials back in June, albeit phrased slightly differently at that point (“Updates and post launch support for up to one year”).

The first Dragon Ball XENOVERSE saw three DLC packs released over its lifetime bundled into its $24.99 season pass, with the third and final major pack releasing in June 2015, four months after the game’s original release.

The season pass for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, promising “4 content packs” in the future, is available on PC and consoles for $29.99.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 will be available worldwide over the next week for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game also launches across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game will exclusively launch on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016.

UPDATE: The American branch of Bandai Namco posted the following message to their Facebook page later the same day:

Several of you spotted a sudden change on the Steam description page and we are happy to confirm that this was only a technical mistake: the support on the game will go on as planned for a year!

We have exciting updates coming for the game in the coming months and will share more info on this in the near future, so stay tuned!

Thank you for your support!

Published by VegettoEX
28 October 2016, 10:33 AM ESTComment

Shueisha has released the cover artwork for the thirteenth volume (“Legend 13”) of the Dragon Ball manga’s new “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen), transitioning into the “Artificial Humans & Cell arc” of the series:

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These editions are touted as allowing the reader to “enjoy Dragon Ball the same way as when it was serialized in Jump“, and are the same size as the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization (JIS B5; 18.2 × 25.7 cm). The volumes feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text and logos, and next issue previews at the end of each chapter.

“Legend 13” runs 474 pages and was released today in Japan (28 October 2016) for ¥600 plus tax, with the second and fourth Friday of each subsequent month seeing one new volume apiece. “Legend 13” is still available for purchase on Amazon Japan, albeit with a delayed shipping timeframe. “Legend 14” (releasing 11 November 2016) and “Legend 15” (releasing 25 November 2016) are available for pre-order via Amazon Japan.

Check out Episode #0410 of our podcast for an in-depth look at and review of this on-going manga release.