Announced within the pages of the August 2014 issue of V-Jump — released back on 21 June 2014 — is that both Vegetto and Janenba will be joining the roster of the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game Zenkai Battle Royale.
Vegetto, the fusion of Goku and Vegeta with the Potara earrings from the original manga and TV adaptation, can charge up a special technique by “sealing off” physical or energy attacks and blocking his opponent’s moves. He has a few energy technique including his “Spirits Sword”, an attack fired as a beam which then pierces the enemy and halts their movement. Vegetto also has a “Spirits Sword Attack” which can pierce your opponent and cut them up with blows used via teleportation. As your level increases, the number of times you can do this in succession will also increase. Vegetto’s final attack is, of course, the “Final Kamehameha”. At level 1 or 2 it is a “Big Bang Kamehameha”, and at MAX level it becomes a ranged attack.
Janenba, teased only in a small splash, will be revealed more formally in the September 2014 issue of V-Jump releasing in Japan later this month on 19 July 2014 (two days ahead of its regular schedule due to a national holiday taking place that Monday the 21st).
Ultimate Gohan and the duo of Spopovitch & Babidi joined the roster as playable characters earlier this year.
While the staff here at Kanzenshuu unfortunately could not personally make it out to California for the event, we have a great group of friends that were able to help coordinate a whole bunch of excellent coverage from the North American debut for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
Before the evening’s festivities kicked off, we did have a chance in-house to talk with FUNimation voice actors and directors Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, and Justin Cook about the movie itself, its themes, some of the casting choices, and much more. Give the interview a listen via Episode #0364 of our podcast, released earlier this evening.
Our buddies Josh and Ryan served as our correspondents at FUNimation’s “red carpet” event leading up to the debut of the film’s English dub last night. Check out their great recap video showcasing some of the arrivals, another quick interview segment with Christopher Sabat, and some of the fans cosplaying it up in anticipation of the film.
While the film has made its way to theaters and even home video releases across much of the rest of the globe already, this formally kicks off its North American release. Look for a limited theatrical run from 05 August 2014 to 09 August 2014. More and more theaters and showtimes are being added constantly, so be sure to check back and stay tuned to your local theaters!
Here at Kanzenshuu, we covered the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods original Japanese theatrical release back on Episode #0328 of our podcast followed by the Japanese home release back on Episode #0344. This time around on the show it’s time for our third major “official Battle of Gods release” celebration: North America!
This week’s episode is all about setting up our home country for the movie. A trio of FUNimation voice actors/directors — Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, and Justin Cook — join us to talk about the movie itself, its themes, some of the casting choices, and much more. To wrap things up, our buddy Josh joins us to talk about the “red carpet” event leading up to the debut of the film’s English dub.
Episode #0364! “Battle of Gods” has officially hit North American shores with an exclusive debut in California one month ahead of its nationwide release. FUNimation voice actors and directors Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, and Justin Cook join us for an exclusive interview about the movie, its themes, casting choices, and more. Josh joins us to talk about the “red carpet” event and debut of the film before we wrap things up by setting the stage for next month’s larger theatrical release.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the right to free speech across all forms of the comics medium, including manga. The organization’s activities include everything ranging from producing discussion guides to library support to actual legal support in court.
Timed with the American Library Association’s convention in Las Vegas last week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund released their 2014 “Banned Books Handbook” as a free download to help promote September’s “Banned Books Week” advocacy campaign. Included among the materials is also the first installment of the organization’s latest discussion guides, which include one specifically for Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga series:
The discussion guide starts with the first (Viz Big) volume of the series, setting things up with Goku’s original adventures. In their guide, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund lists the series’ main themes as “friendship”, “rivalry”, “victory”, and “loss”. “Violence” and “nudity” are listed as some of the reasons it faces challenges in public. The discussion questions are broken down into a series of exercises for readers to understand, analyze, and evaluate the series. The discussion guide wraps up by suggesting that readers research additional variations of the monkey king legend in other media and to create a presentation with examples.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund provides a page documenting a 2009 case of Dragon Ball being banned from all Wicomico County schools and libraries in Maryland. Joe Holloway, a member of the Wicomico County Council, stated that the, “drawings and story lines are disgusting.” Wicomico schools Superintendent John Fredericksen stated that the series would be, “…coming off the shelves as soon as I can get a phone call back to the office.” Holloway went on to provide a presentation to his colleagues, defining the series as “smut”. Mark Thompson, county school board president, defined the series as “child pornography” after viewing the presentation.
In late 1999 / early 2000, a father of his four-year-old son was outraged over the inclusion of Dragon Ball manga in a pack of comics purchased at Toys “R” Us, which he described as “borderline soft porn” images of “naked boys and girls”. Dragon Ball was subsequently pulled from Toys “R” Us store shelves.
As was announced in late-May, FUNimation will be providing a limited theatrical run across North America for the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods from 05 August 2014 to 09 August 2014. Since the initial announcement, the official English cast has been announced, a theatrical trailer has been released, and a “red carpet” debut of the film in Los Angeles is scheduled for 03 July 2014, but so far no nationwide theater listings have been officially provided. With FUNimation indicating in its press release that the film would be coming “to over 350 screens across the US & Canada”, many fans have been left wondering if their city would be included.
Fortunately, a few companies — specifically Bow Tie Cinemas, Frank Theaters, and Showcase Cinemas — have recently begun listing showtimes for Battle of Gods, giving us a glimpse at where the movie will be available. The following theaters will be showing the film (organized by state), with some even already providing tickets for sale online:
- Fairfield, CT — Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square
- Mt. Airy, NC — Creekside Stadium 10
- Shallotte, NC — Coastal Stadium 10
- Southern Pines, NC — Sandhills Stadium 10
- Delray Beach, FL — Market Place 12 IMAX & FDX
- Venice, FL — Galleria Stadium 12
- Dedham, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place
- Foxboro, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place
- Lowell, MA — Showcase Cinemas Lowell
- Randolph, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Randolph
- Revere, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
- Bayonne, NJ — South Cove Cinema 12
- Edgewater, NJ — Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas
- Egg Harbor Township, NJ — Towne Stadium 16
- Hackettstown, NJ — Bow Tie Mansfield Cinema 14
- Ridgewood, NJ — Bow Tie Warner Quad
- Farmingdale, NY — Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas
- Holtsville, NY — ISLAND 16: Cinema de Lux
- White Plains, NY — City Center 15: Cinema De Lux
- Whitestone, NY — College Point Multiplex Cinemas
- Yonkers, NY — Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill
- Springdale, OH — Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux
- Allentown, PA — Carmike 16
- Gettysburg, PA — Gettysburg Village Stadium 10
- Providence, RI — Providence Place Cinemas 16
- Scott Depot, WV — Teays Valley Stadium 10
While these theaters are all located on the East Coast, Carmike Cinemas has posted showtimes for the film in 25 states across the continental United States. This brings the total so far to 31 different states, with presumably even more to follow. With such a widespread release beginning to take shape, it appears that most fans will be able to enjoy this unique theatrical experience.
It should be noted that all theatrical listings so far provide a running time of 85 minutes, lining up with the theatrical version of the film and not the special extended version. All North American theatrical showings will be English-dubbed-only.
We will be sure to keep you posted as more theaters are unveiled, or when an official, complete listing is announced.
UPDATE: We have been putting together an interactive map of all theater locations as they are announced.
The book will be released under the Shinsō-ban (“New Cover/Packaging Edition”) branding, similar to their re-release of the Dragon Ball Z Movie 8 “Film Anime Comic” back in October 2013. The Movie 8 book did not contain any new material compared to its original release back in 1993.
The “Film Anime Comic” books take the animation from the original films and place them into comic form with word bubbles for the dialog. All of the movies along with the Dragon Ball Z TV series — separate from the later “Full Manga” manga-proper release — have received similar products.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, the multiplayer co-op battle game released earlier this year, has officially received a formal price drop across all platforms. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are down from $59.99 to $39.99 for both retail and digital versions (PlayStation Store / Xbox Live), while the Vita version is down from $39.99 to $29.99 (PlayStation Store only).
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, the upcoming cross-platform game, was recently listed for pre-order both in the UK and North America by GAME and GameStop, respectively. The game is pegged with a tentative 2015 release (with the specific December date provided as a placeholder not to be taken literally) and will have a split price across platforms: the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will retail for $49.99/£44.99, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will retail for $59.99/£54.99.
As a miscellaneous heads-up, Amazon has copies of the fantastic Nintendo DS RPG, Attack of the Saiyans, available for $19.99. The game was quite hard to come by for a while, so if you are interested in the least, now is a great time to pick it up.
Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA revealed on Facebook last Friday that a very special edition of a Vegeta figure will be exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con:
In this classic S.H.Figuarts rendition of Vegeta, he appears as you’ve only seen him in the original anime! Flash back to when Vegeta had reddish-brown hair and a completely different green and orange coloring for his Saiyan combat suit. Set comes with a rich variety of accessories for the ultimate action figure experience! Parts include folded arms, four interchangeable hand sets, including a special interchangeable “scouter crushing” hand part, three interchangeable face parts and head part with attachable scouter, tail parts, effect parts and special support stand for effect parts. This 2014 San Diego Exclusive is offered exclusively to fans in the US!
Obviously this is simply a re-colored version of Vegeta, but the color design is one that many fans have taken an interest in.
The convention will take place from 24 July 2014 to 27 July 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in California. Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA has also been teasing a Broli figure on their Facebook page.
When Dragon Ball Z‘s fifth episode showed Vegeta and Nappa for the “first” time in May 1989 (though they were somewhat indirectly shown from afar in a prior episode during Raditz’s flashback), the characters — specifically Vegeta — had not year appeared in a color manga chapter. Akira Toriyama, who has stated many times how lax he is with colors, would not draw a colorized Vegeta until the following month in Chapter 228.
In the third episode of Dragon Ball Kai, the scene that this color scheme originates from was re-animated to include the now-established colors:
Highlights of red or brown still occasionally pop up in Vegeta animations, especially in scenes with special lighting, such as in the Dragon Ball Z 2 / Budokai 2 opening theme.
Thanks to Gonstead for the heads-up.
The “Dragon Ball Z – Games” Facebook page has updated with several screen shots of the mysterious “Future Warrior” — along with the “Time Storage Vault” and what appears to be Time Patrol Trunks — from the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE video game. These shots were previously featured in the August 2014 issue of V-Jump released this week in Japan.
This mysterious fighter will be allowed to blast his way into multiple famous battles from DRAGON BALL’s illustrious history! Thanks this, you will be presented with an unpredictable ‘DRAGON BALL’ experience; perhaps rewriting DRAGON BALL history as we know it! However, numerous questions still remain unanswered, such as: Who is this mysterious stranger wearing the scouter? What is the story behind this new character and why is he talking to Trunks? What is the purpose behind this mysterious room?
UPDATE: Bandai Namco US provided the additional two pieces of character artwork showcasing the new “Future Warrior” and Trunks:
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, though no release date has been set.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the first new film for the franchise in seventeen years, debuted in Japanese theaters 30 March 2013 with a home DVD and Blu-ray release 13 September 2013. There was a good deal of material left on the cutting room floor back in the planning stages, but some of the material seemed to make its way rather far into production: an extended version of the film was revealed for a special TV broadcast 22 March 2014 during the “Premium Saturday” block. The extra material and extended scenes added up to about twenty minutes of additional footage in the TV edition, resulting in a final runtime of just over 100 minutes.
With the hints — via (now deleted) tweets and specific character castings — that FUNimation may have acquired this extended version, interest is piling up all over again. It seems like the best time to debut our full documentation on this special extended version!
Don’t forget that the movie’s main page in the “Movie Guide” details a wealth of information such as its promotion materials, the original design and concept drafts for the film, and a complete set of translated credits.