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03 April 2018, 9:19 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s forty-ninth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the third omake (extra/bonus material) from the first tankōbon of the Dr. Slump series, originally released in August 1980.

You can cut it out and make Arale glasses for yourself!

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03 April 2018, 8:35 AM EDTComment

Shueisha’s official book database and online retailers have updated with a listing for the second collected print edition of Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, due out 02 May 2018.

The volume will retail for ¥400 (plus tax), with no page count specified yet.

The series’ first collected volume was released almost exactly one year prior, covering the series’ first five chapters along with bonus material.

A sequel/continuation from and initially a replacement for the previous Dragon Ball Heroes Super Charisma Mission! manga series, Dark Demon Realm Mission began in the September 2016 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine telling a new story set in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes world with Time Patrol Trunks, Chronoa, and more. The series’ tenth chapter was serialized in the March 2018 issue earlier this year, which simultaneously marked it as the “End of Part 1” while the table of contents listed it as the “final chapter”.

Nagayama’s original Charisma Mission series debuted with a special Rookie Charisma Mission Episode 0 in the December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, then ran in earnest from the July 2014 to July 2016 issues. In it, Engineer Yoshito, Battle Navigator Tsubasa, and Battle Princess Momo illustrate the various features of the game in comedic ways. With the cancellation of Katsuki Hirose‘s Dragon Ball Discross Divine Power God MAX!! spin-off manga series (due to the Discross arcade game’s official discontinuation), Nagayama returned with Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! in the March 2017 issue, which has been running alongside Dark Demon Realm Mission.

Saikyō Jump currently serializes five Dragon Ball spin-off series: Dragon Ball SD, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic, Dragon Ball Fusions the MANGA!!, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, and Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! Thus far, Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD is the only other Saikyō Jump series receiving a collected print (and digital) release.

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01 April 2018, 4:14 PM EDT3 Comments

Since the earliest days of Daizenshuu EX and Kanzentai (and all incarnations before them), we have always depended upon and valued our community’s involvement. That being said, with very few exceptions, every single aspect of maintaining Kanzenshuu has ultimately been the overall responsibility of just four people. From the news coverage, to the extensive documentation in our guides, to the translation archives, to the podcast production, to the forum management, to the backend/core development, and everything in between, Mike, Heath, Julian, and Jake take care of it all. Kanzenshuu is a side-project for us, and while it is something we could not possibly be more proud of in its current state, we always want to push further and do more.

It is no secret that we have numerous projects in the works and a never-ending supply of material we want to document, archive, and share. The pile of ancient magazines with as-of-yet untranslated Akira Toriyama interviews grows by the day. The wiki exists in a constant state of overhaul and reconstruction, with promises of a launch as honest as ever, yet hilariously impossible to prove. The podcast continues to share some of the best information and reviews out there, but misses more weeks than we would like.

For the first time ever outside our core quartet here on Kanzenshuu, we are formally bringing on a little help.

Production Documentation: Ajay
Originally joining our forum community in 2013, Ajay (@AnimeAjay) quickly became a great friend of the site, as well as a well-versed authority on the production process and going-ons as Dragon Ball Super ran through to completion. In 2016, Ajay took on a bit of formal responsibility as a new moderator on our forum. Alongside that existing role, Ajay will work with us throughout the “Production Guide” and various episode pages to cite concrete, verifiable information about specific animators, production anecdotes, and more.

Translation: Stacey
Stacey (@sailorspazz) has been a friend of the site since before Kanzenshuu itself was even a twinkle in our collective eye! Stacey is certified at the N2 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and along with the occasional day-to-day news coverage assistance, will dive into our archives to help share even more interviews and articles that have yet to be translated. There are very few people whose language and translation proficiency we have full confidence in to live up to our completely unreasonable standards, and with the addition of Stacey to our extended family, they all work on Kanzenshuu.

Wiki Management: Emma & Terez
Emma (@EmmaWNTRZ) joined our forum community in 2014 and took on a role as a Dragon Ball Super sub-forum moderator in 2016; prior to the simulcast’s existence, Emma helped moderate translation-related material on the series’ sub-forum. Terez (@Terez27) joined our forum community that same year in 2016. Both serve as administrators on the /r/dbz sub-Reddit, and both have consistently recommended updates and expressed a willingness to do more with us here. Both became immediate good friends of the site, and have already begun working with us on various collaborations behind-the-scenes, all while proving their dedication to the franchise with their own impressive documentation off-site. Emma and Terez will take over as the main administrators of Kanzenshuu‘s wiki, finalizing content structures and helping to oversee its eventual launch!

Each of these four new folks are taking on what we are somewhat arbitrarily calling a “Site Contributor” role; while they are not responsible for owning and operating Kanzenshuu, we hope (and know!) that you will extend them the same support you do for the rest of us. These four folks are dedicating and volunteering their own time and talents because they believe that strongly in our mission: to spread our love and enjoyment of the original Japanese version of the Dragon Ball franchise — the single version that can be and is enjoyed across the entire planet by all types of fans — with the most accuracy and cited documentation that we can, all wrapped up in an entertaining package.

In addition to working with our new site contributors, we are equally stoked to be working with longtime friend-of-the-site Kenneth to bring his extensive background music documentation here to Kanzenshuu. We are starting small with the original Dragon Ball TV series — check out the first episode’s entry for an in-progress sneak peek — and will eventually make our way through the entire franchise. Kenneth’s work epitomizes dedication and love for Dragon Ball, and we are so appreciative to be able to incorporate it here.

Much like (a pre-Battle of Gods!) 2012 gave us the perfect opportunity to merge websites and launch Kanzenshuu, this post-Dragon Ball Super era feels like precisely the right time to huddle up and refocus our efforts. We are excited to show you what we have in the works, and can’t wait to see what the next 20 years of this website will bring!

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01 April 2018, 12:17 PM EDTComment

“The Big One™” — our Universe Survival arc mega-review — has been recorded and is coming soon. It’s a beast and will take some significant time to edit though, so we have a short episode to hold you over in the meantime this week!

Episode #0438! Mike, Meri, and Jeff discuss space travel in the Dragon Ball series. What different types of spaceships do we see, and what are some of the essential products our intrepid travelers need to bring along?


Our podcast available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

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30 March 2018, 1:12 PM EDTComment

In conjunction with their Anime Boston presence this weekend, Viz has announced their forthcoming English translation of Dragon Ball Side-Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha — which the company is titling “Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha!” — set for release in November 2018.

Dragon Ball Side-Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha debuted in December 2016 and ran for three chapters for free in its original Japanese language on Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ digital platform. The series revolves around a young man who dies and is reincarnated in the Dragon World as Yamcha. With his knowledge of the Dragon Ball series, he is able to change Yamcha’s fate. The collected volume was released in November 2017 and included bonus content and updated artwork from its original online serialization. The collected Japanese edition is available to purchase on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

The series is named in reference to Fuse’s “The Case of Being Reincarnated as a Slime”, which began its release in English from Yen Press in 2017 under the title “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime”.

UPDATE: A new listing on Amazon dates the book for 06 November 2018 retailing at $9.99.

One Dragon Ball fan’s dream of being reincarnated in the Dragon Ball world turns into a nightmare when he’s actually reborn as everyone’s favorite punching bag.

A Dragon Ball fan’s greatest dream is getting to live in the Dragon Ball universe and fight alongside Goku and his friends! But one particular fan is in for a rude awakening when he suddenly dies and gets reincarnated as everyone’s favorite punching bag, Yamcha!

A Japanese high school student is on his way to a Dragon Ball event and makes a detour to hit on a cute girl. Unfortunately, he meets with an unfortunate and fatal accident before he reaches her and, to his great surprise, wakes up in the Dragon Ball universe as Yamcha! Being a Dragon Ball fan, he knows exactly what misery awaits him as Yamcha, so he takes matters into his own hands and vows to make Yamcha the strongest Dragon Ball character ever!

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24 March 2018, 10:24 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website has been sharing a special “Interview Relay” as we head toward this weekend’s final episode of the Dragon Ball Super television series. The nine interviews — each with a voice representing a member of the Universe 7 team — speak to everyone’s enthusiasm working on the show and what to look forward to as we reach the climax.

Each of these interviews have been archived in our “Translations” section.

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23 March 2018, 9:49 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s forty-eighth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the author’s introductory message from the 2015 Dragon Ball Super: Super Start Guide.

Dragon Ball Super is a complete continuation of the Majin Boo story arc. It’s got a bit of post-battle aftermath, continues with the Battle of Gods arc where the God of Destruction Beerus appears and the Resurrection ‘F’ arc where Freeza comes back to life, and then, I’ve written a strange new story where they finally depart from this universe. They’re fighting against their neighbors, Universe 6! They’ll yell at me if I give away too many spoilers, so I’ll keep the rest a secret, but they’re chasing after giant Super Dragon Balls; I think things will unfold in a bright and simple way, that will be really fun and exciting!

Since it’s another universe, loads of new characters will turn up. I’ll do my best to draw the tons of character designs necessary, so I’m looking forward to this too.

You know, it suddenly occurs to me that somewhere along the line the Dragon Ball anime has become quite a huge story. Since I’m the guy who drew the thing, it’s a bit weird for me to say this, but when I first started out I never dreamed it would have a universe as a setting (laughs). Don’t worry though, it’s still going to be the same sort of easy-to-understand content as always. Please be sure to watch Dragon Ball Super on TV!

The message is identical to and technically originated as a part of the series’ “Completion Announcement Event” just a couple days prior, where the creative team announced their finished production on the first episode and promoted the then-upcoming series debut.

Toriyama designed the five competitors from Universe 6, which would be featured in the March 2016 issue of V-Jump the following January. That same January, Toriyama’s introductory comment for the Dragon Ball series’ 30th anniversary “Super History Book” gave a tiny glimpse into his feelings on the series at that time:

I had put Dragon Ball behind me, but seeing how much that live-action film ticked me off, and how I revised that script for the anime movie and complained about the quality of the TV anime, I suppose somewhere along the line it’s become a series I like too much to ever leave alone.

The Dragon Ball Super: Super Start Guide was released 03 July 2015 — just two days ahead of the series’ debut — and, contrary to popular belief, does not actually contain a citation on either the speed of light or vibrators.

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23 March 2018, 9:30 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s forty-seventh entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the updated design for the Norimaki household in the 1997 Dr. Slump television series reboot.

–NEW– Senbei Norimaki House
Built during his father’s time, the lower part is a half-underground laboratory, and the upper part has an LDK [combined living room / dining room / kitchen] and such; second floor is bedrooms, study, etc.

The second Dr. Slump television series debuted 26 November 1996, the very next week and in the same timeslot after the final Dragon Ball GT episode. The series ran for 74 episodes and a single movie into 1999.

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20 March 2018, 3:17 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s forty-sixth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the author’s 1982 Bird Land Press mascot design.

The design was used on card cases, bags, and other miscellaneous items for members of Toriyama’s official fan club.

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20 March 2018, 2:52 PM EDTComment

Following several teases and an initial name reveal, Bandai Namco has formally unveiled Dragon Ball Legends, a forthcoming mobile video game heading to iOS and Android devices later this year.

The game is set to include a brand-new character designed by original author Akira Toriyama; the character is stated to be a Saiyan from a time other than Goku’s.

Dragon Ball Legends — a “one finger card action battle” game developed in conjunction with Dimps (previously of the Budokai and XENOVERSE game series) — is slated for release across 52 countries localized in English, French, German, traditional Chinese, and Korean (with voices in Japanese and English). Pre-registration for the game is open today.

The game’s title should not be confused with that of the 1996 PlayStation game Idainaru Doragon Bōru Densetsu (“The Great Dragon Ball Legend”), often and colloquially referred to in English fandom over the years as simply “Legends”.