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Episode 102 // 27 April 2014
The Dragon Team, All Assembled!
Son Goku has Returned!!

In addition to a few words from original manga author Akira Toriyama himself, the May 2014 issue of V-Jump — in promotion of the upcoming revival of Dragon Ball Kai for the Majin Buu story arc — contains a few words of wisdom from three of the series’ most notable voice actors: Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), and Kōzō Shioya (Majin Buu). Their comments have been archived on a new page in our “Translations” section, so be sure to check that out.

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Finally, just before the release of the May 2014 issue of V-Jump last week, the series’ new musical composer Norihito Sumitomo commented about the recent broadcast of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and the continuation of Dragon Ball Kai on his official website. The following is an excerpt of his comments about Kai, but you can read the entirety of his original post in our “Translations” section.

Then, from 06 April (Sun.), every week at 9 a.m. on Fuji TV, Dragon Ball Kai: Majin Buu Arc will start. Actually, this work is something [that was started] even before Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, produced in secret over about a year. It’s planned to be aired widely overseas, as well.

Dragon Ball Kai will premiere 06 April 2014 — in less than two weeks at this point — on Fuji TV at 9 a.m., rejoining One Piece as part of the “Dream 9″ anime block. We’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date with the latest news as it comes out during this lead up to its premiere!



More information is still coming out of AnimeJapan 2014, again courtesy of forum member Gerardo Martinez. This time, he happened to spot a banner advertising the 04 April 2014 release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, but the real item of interest is the revelation of the title for the included bonus comic: “Dragon Ball Minus“. (Photo courtesy of @dbfor_rien)

This bonus comic was announced last month via a “Super Q&A” with Akira Toriyama accompanying the March 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump, and is set to introduce for the first time Goku’s mother, Gine. The illustration accompanying the images features an individual in Saiyan armor who appears to be Goku himself, as he appeared in the final chapter of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, but all will become clear when the volume itself is released next week.

The regular edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman is currently available for pre-order on Amazon Japan, while the “Super Elite” version is available on both Amazon Japan and CDJapan.



As reported last week, with only two weeks left until Dragon Ball Kai’s grand return to broadcast television in Japan on 06 April 2014, a new promotional video (with the tagline, “The curtain rise on a new chapter of ‘Kai’!”) was on display in the Dragon Ball Kai booth at AnimeJapan 2014. Luckily for us, forum member Gerardo Martinez was on-hand to document it all!

In addition to the new promotional video, the booth also contained a map of the numerous countries that have licensed Dragon Ball across the globe, a look at various international Kai merchandise, and a life-size Super Saiyan Son Goku that fans could get their pictures taken with. Interestingly enough, the global map also indicates which counties will, or have already, licensed Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. In total the map lists 29 countries that will see Battle of Gods, including the “United States of America”. You can view pictures of the booth, and of course join in the discussion, over on our forums.

Later that afternoon Dragon Ball Kai took over the event’s open stage, with voice actress Masako Nozawa (Son Goku) and an unknown Toei representative, who took most of the time discussing the production process and hyping the series’ return. Musician Takayoshi Tanimoto, who will be providing the series’ new theme song, was also on-hand to give a live performance of “Dragon Soul” and the aforementioned new theme song “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go”. As done at the Battle of Gods premiere, Masako Nozawa closed out the event by performing a Kamehameha with Son Goku.



As we reported at the beginning of the month, the upcoming broadcast of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on Fuji TV’s “Premium Saturday” will contain exclusive new scenes not included in the film’s original theatrical run or any of its home video releases. While voice actress Eiko Yamada (Mai) let slip the initial news, Toei Animation producer Gyarmath Bogdan has now confirmed via Twitter that an additional 20 minutes of footage has been added to highlight characters without much of a role in the original film.

The movie “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”: 85 minutes.
The special edition airing from 9 p.m. on the 22nd: 105 minutes.
We’ve added 20 minutes of footage. The relationship between Whiz and Beeruz [sic], and gag-action with the Pilaf Gang; it’s full of characters who didn’t play [much of] a role, such as Oolong and Mr. Satan.
@Bogdan_Gyarmath (12:00 PM JST – 20 March 2014)


This morning, the footage for Premium Saturday was completed without incident. Adding in 20 minutes, it’s become something incredible. It’s named a “special edition”, but perhaps it would be better to call it a director’s cut, or rather, a creator’s cut. It’s a must-see! #fujitv
@Bogdan_Gyarmath (12:06 PM JST – 20 March 2014)

As author Akira Toriyama mentioned in his interview published in the “Official Movie Guide”, his original scenario “was actually so long that it had to be cut down”. According to Toriyama, the film would have been around 120 minutes based on these initial storyboards. Director Masahiro Hosoda also noted in the “Official Movie Guide” that the film had “gone very much over [the intended length]”, citing a few examples, such as:

In the scenario, the Z-Warriors played a larger role, so I would have liked to put more of that to video, if possible. Each of them has their fans, after all, and I think they’ve all trained and gotten stronger.
— Masahiro Hosoda, Battle of Gods Official Movie Guide

So it appears that Akira Toriyama, Masahiro Hosoda, and many fans around the world will be getting their wish granted. The TV broadcast is set to air 22 March 2014 on Fuji TV at 9:00 PM.



Tied in with the impending re-launch of Dragon Ball Kai into the Majin Buu story arc, none other than original manga author Akira Toriyama contributed some thoughts to this week’s May 2014 issue of V-Jump in Japan:

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A comment has arrived from the creator, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!
The final opponent of Dragon Ball‘s weekly serialization is Majin Buu. He’s round! He’s formidable! And, he’s tenacious! It’s a string of battles intense enough for even me, the person writing the comic, to get sick of, and which, now that I’m an old man, I can never draw again. Gohan’s funny everyday life in the first half, and the fierce back-and-forth battles of the second half. Check out both sides, which keep transforming to become stronger and stronger, and the Genki-Dama at the end.

Also included in the magazine are comments from Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), and Kōzō Shioya (Majin Buu) — stay tuned for translations of their comments, as well!

The May 2014 issue of V-Jump is available at sites such as CDJapan and comes packed with additional Dragon Ball news as well as a Super Saiyan 3 Vegetto card for the arcade version of Dragon Ball Heroes.



This week’s upcoming May 2014 issue of V-Jump — officially due out 20 March 2014 — is announcing Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Nintendo 3DS, set for release later this year in 2014.

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The game is thus far advertised to include all missions up through at least the current JM3 iteration. It will surpass its predecessor in terms of both graphical quality and the amount of content, including a brand-new “Adventure Mode”, as well as an “Ultimate Mission” where the player has a finite number of cards and is not allowed to play the same one twice. Players will also be able to retain all the cards they obtained in the first game, although how this will be accomplished has yet to be revealed.

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The first Ultimate Missionreleased back in February 2013 — covered up through the early “Galaxy Mission” updates of the original arcade version of Dragon Ball Heroes. Over an entire half-year, the game swayed in and out of the Famitsu and Media Create top-selling games charts with reliable, if not consistent, sales figures. The game was not released outside of Japan.

The May 2014 issue of V-Jump is available at sites such as CDJapan and will come packed with additional Dragon Ball news as well as a Super Saiyan 3 Vegetto card for the arcade version of Dragon Ball Heroes.



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.

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The third Blu-ray “season” release is due out 01 April 2014 here in North America with the fourth set pegged for 13 May 2014.



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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

The game is also available digitally on the Japanese PlayStation Store with the PS3 version coming in at 3.7 GB and the Vita version at 1.7 GB.

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(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).

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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.