Published by VegettoEX
16 July 2018, 12:01 PM EDTComment

As each year comes to a close, we like to get together on our podcast to make predictions for the upcoming new year. Tune in this week for our mid-year predictions check-in!

Episode #0450! Mike and Heath do a mid-year check-in on the group’s 2018 predictions. Especially with “Dragon Ball Super” coming to a close and a new theatrical film on the horizon, how are our predictions shaking out so far? What were the big misses, and what tossaway comments came to fruition?


  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 02:35 – Topic
  • 27:19 – Wrap-up


Our podcast is 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 by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
13 July 2018, 9:01 AM EDT1 Comment

In conjunction with the formal reveal of Broli as the subject of this year’s forthcoming Dragon Ball Super theatrical film, FUNimation has announced U.S. and Canadian screenings for the film in January 2019, as well as their home video rights acquisition:

(NOTE: All grammatical/punctuation errors have been printed as-is below.)


Company Joins Seven-City Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018 to Promote New Film from Original Creator Akira Toriyama

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – JULY 12, 2018. Earth’s mightiest Saiyan Goku is set to return to U.S. and Canadian theaters with today’s announcement that Funimation® Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the new Dragon Ball Super movie, entitled “Dragon Ball Super: Broly This is the twentieth film in the Dragon Ball franchise and is based on the story, screenplay and character designs of original creator Akira Toriyama. As part of its distribution agreement with producer Toei Animation and the film’s international distributor Twentieth Century Fox, Funimation also secured the home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the film. This latest agreement builds on the 22-year long partnership between Toei Animation and Funimation, which has contributed to the global success and pop culture status of the Dragon Ball franchise. “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is anticipated to release in January 2019. The theatrical dates for the film’s run will be announced later.

As part of the theatrical marketing plan for “Dragon Ball Super: Broly,” Funimation has joined as a sponsor of the Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018. The tour, which was announced by Bandai Collectibles earlier this year, will encompass a total of seven cities in the U.S. and Canada and will launch this July at San Diego Comic-Con with a special panel on July 19th that features key contributors to the film as well as celebrity fans.

“We are excited to be partnering with Toei Animation and Twentieth Century Fox on the theatrical release of ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly,'” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “The Dragon Ball North America Tour is really just the beginning. We have some big surprises in store for Dragon Ball fans of all ages. With the success of the last two Dragon Ball movies and the tremendous popularity of ‘Dragon Ball Super,’ we know that this theatrical event will deliver all the excitement that Dragon Ball fans have come to expect.”

“Dragon Ball Super: Broly” follows the events of the hit anime series “Dragon Ball Super,” the first new Dragon Ball storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years. Since premiering in summer 2015, “Dragon Ball Super” has propelled the popularity of the franchise globally – with both lifelong fans and a new generation of children and teens. The last Dragon Ball film, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” (2015), was a box office hit – grossing $8M in North America to become the first independent film to make the Top 10 list of highest grossing anime films domestically.

Published by VegettoEX
11 July 2018, 3:09 PM EDTComment

Our mid-year predictions check-in will have to wait another week, because some hulking monster of a Saiyan barged in without warning demanding an hour-long discussion!

Episode #0449! Mike and Heath discuss the history of Broli: who created him, how he came to be, and where he fits in with the larger Dragon Ball franchise. With Akira Toriyama seemingly taking the character for his own in this year’s forthcoming movie, where does that leave Takao Koyama’s original creation, and what, if anything, does the film’s production staff have to do to keep us excited for the rest of the year?


  • 00:19 – Introduction
  • 03:05 – Topic
  • 60:41 – Wrap-up


Our podcast is 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 by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by Hujio
09 July 2018, 8:47 PM EDT2 Comments

This year’s forthcoming Dragon Ball Super theatrical film has been revealed as a new story featuring Broli (“Broly”). Following suit, the movie’s official subtitle appears to simply be Broly, with the new tagline, “The Greatest Enemy, [a] Saiyan.”

In addition to the movie’s title, additional staff and cast have been announced. Bin Shimada will return to presumably reprise the role of Broli, while Katsuhisa Hōki will likely portray Broli’s father, Paragus (Hōki has recently been voicing Paragus in the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade games following original voice actor Iemasa Kayumi’s passing in 2014). Aya Hisakawa will also make her theatrical debut, presumably as Bulma (following the tragic passing of original voice actress Hiromi Tsuru). The updated cast listing also lists the voice actors for Beerus, Whis, Piccolo, and Trunks (Koichi Yamadera, Masakazu Morita, Toshio Furukawa, and Takeshi Kusao, respectively).

The film’s official website includes a new comment from original author Akira Toriyama, who is providing the script and character designs for the new film. As opposed to the last comment provided on the film’s official website, the accompanying English translation is sufficient:

Everyone, are you familiar with Broly?

He’s an incredibly strong Saiyan who only appeared in the old anime movies, and I apparently at least drew the designs for him, but I had practically no involvement with the anime at the time, so I had totally forgotten about the story content.

So, about Broly. I hear these days, he’s still very popular not only in Japan, but also overseas. Based on that, my editor suggested we have Broly appear in this next movie.

I went ahead and watched the movies from back then, and I felt this could be quite interesting once I rearrange some things. I got right to work trying my hand at a story that incorporates him into the Dragon Ball Super series.

While keeping in mind Broly’s classic image so as not to disappoint his fans, I updated him and added a new side to his character, and I think this has resulted in a more fascinating Broly.

Naturally you’ll get to see fierce combat, but also, the paths of destiny that lead to an encounter between Goku, Vegeta, and Broly. It also involves the Frieza Force and the history of the Saiyans, which end up having a major connection to everything. The story content turns out to be very large-scale and dramatic.

Here comes that almighty Saiyan, Broly! I’m also including lots of other content all you fans will enjoy, so look forward to it, and be patient a while longer for it all to come together!!

Advance tickets for the film go on sale in Japan 20 July 2018, and will entitle movie goers to one of two keychains — of either Goku or Vegeta in their new outfits — that change color from regular Super Saiyan to Super Saiyan Blue depending on the temperature:

The film opens 14 December 2018 in Japan, with a wide international release hinted at by production staff. IMAX screenings will occur alongside standard screenings; 2013’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was the first Japanese film to be screened in IMAX Digital, while 2015’s Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ was the first IMAX 3D presentation for a Japanese film.

Broli, a character originally created by writer Takao Koyama, was originally featured in three films in the 1990s; Akira Toriyama provided design thoughts and critiques alongside these appearances, but was otherwise not directly involved with these specific stories. Since then, the character has appeared in numerous video games and bits of ancillary media, including 2017’s Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D special feature at Universal Studios in Japan.

In a 2003 interview between Akira Toriyama and champion inline skaters Eito and Takeshi Tasutoko published in Viz’s American Shonen Jump magazine, Toriyama questioned the character of Broli when referenced for a sketch:

Eito: I made a homepage called “Cabin Eight” where I’m displaying my rough sketches. I’m wondering if I could get an autograph from you? Would it be possible for you to do a self portrait of yourself?

Toriyama: Aaaagh, that’s like the hardest request. (laughs)

Takeshi: How about Kame-Sen’nin? Or Vegeta? I like Vegeta too. Or Brolli [sic] from the movies?

Toriyama: Brolli? Who was he? I don’t know if he was in the manga…

Following a preview screening of the 2013 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Koyama penned a blog post expressing his thoughts on the new God of Destruction Beerus in comparison with Broli:

For this time, Goku’s opponent, designed by Toriyama-sensei, was even a God of Destruction. In the world of Dragon Ball Z, that’s a setting where even Broli, before the God of Destruction, would face a gap like that between a Yokozuna and the very bottom of the sumo ranks. That Broli, reduced to a pushover.

Only, from the impression I got of the character on the screen, Broli was scarier, no contest. Am I the only one who found that Broli looked overwhelmingly frightening? Or am I just biased towards my own creation?

The character’s overall design and transformation was recently adapted for Kale, a Saiyan from Universe 6, during the Universe Survival arc of the Dragon Ball Super television series; Broli himself did not appear and was not referenced in the series.

In addition to within Toriyama’s comment for the new film, Broli’s international popularity was pointedly cited last year in an interview with “Dragon Ball Room” head and V-Jump editor-in-chief Akio Iyoku:

One particularly large difference between Japan and overseas is the “incredible popularity” of the movie-original character Broli, who appeared as an enemy in three films (one of which featured a clone of him): “He’s got bulging muscles and gives Goku a tough fight, so the Super Saiyan version of Broli is popular.”

The new movie details come on the heels of a prior announcement of older Dragon Ball Z theatrical films and a television special receiving screenings in American theaters this fall, with the original Broli film kicking off the screening series this September.

Published by VegettoEX
09 July 2018, 9:17 AM EDTComment

Ahead of next week’s 2018 No. 33 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump celebrating the magazine’s 50th anniversary, Shueisha has shared the issue’s cover artwork and a few details about what to expect inside:

For the cover artwork, authors currently in serialization drew their favorite characters; of note for Dragon Ball fans, One Piece author Ei’ichirō Oda drew Luffy along with Son Goku:

Original Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama also contributed an image of Son Goku with a brief message:

Congratulations Shōnen Jump on your 50th anniversary in publication!

The upcoming issue — due out this Saturday, 14 July 2018 (ahead of the normal Monday publication schedule due to the Marine Day holiday) — will also include an interview with Toriyama and Slam Dunk author Takehiko Inoue.

The first issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump was dated for 01 August 1968; the cover date of 30 July 2018 for the upcoming issue roughly coincides with this 50th anniversary.

Published by VegettoEX
03 July 2018, 6:24 PM EDTComment

Our podcast takes us from Dragon Ball GT last week to the ever-expanding world of Dragon Ball Heroes this week! Tune in for a brief history of Dragon Ball Heroes as a whole (its arcade roots, home versions, manga adaptations, etc.), and stick around for our review of the first Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime episode!

Episode #0448! Mike, Julian, and Jake provide a brief history of “Dragon Ball Heroes” before diving into a review of the first “Super Dragon Ball Heroes” promotional anime episode. We’ve had plenty of TV series, movies, OVAs, and other special features; how does this one hold up, and what do we think the future holds?


  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 02:31 – Topic Part 1 (“Dragon Ball Heroes” history)
  • 17:28 – Topic Part 2 (Promotional Anime episode review)
  • 40:40 – Wrap-up


Our podcast is 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 by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
26 June 2018, 3:33 PM EDTComment

Last week’s August 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine includes a tiny splash announcing that the seventh collected volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga will release in Japan later this year in September. No precise date or chapter count is noted in the announcement.

The volume will pick up with the thirty-third chapter of the series. The series’ sixth collected volume saw its release in Japan earlier this month spanning chapters 29 to 32.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” 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’ thirty-seventh chapter coming last week in the magazine’s August 2018 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. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The third collected volume is due out in English from Viz in July 2018.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fourth box set this month.

Published by VegettoEX
25 June 2018, 2:51 PM EDTComment

We return with the seventh round in our “Dragon Ball GT Review of Awesomeness” to cover episodes 28-31. Baby has infected the entire population of Earth, is handed the Dragon Balls, transforms, prepares to lead his new Tsufruian population out into space… is there anyone who can defeat him?!

Episode #0447! Mike, Meri, and Jeff continue onward in the “Dragon Ball GT Review of Awesomeness” to cover “Dragon Ball GT” episodes 28-31! Though our heroic trio returns from space with the Ultimate Dragon Balls, all hope is lost when they find Baby has infected and enslaved the entire population of Earth. Who can possible take on Baby now?!


  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 01:47 – Topic
  • 51:52 – Wrap-up


Our podcast is 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 by streaming it on SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
25 June 2018, 10:42 AM EDTComment

The latest addition to our “Translations” archive is an interview with Akio Iyoku posted to the Dragon Ball Official Site back in April. In the interview, Iyoku — editor-in-chief of V-Jump as well as head of the “Dragon Ball Room” — discusses how the upcoming Dragon Ball Super theatrical film came to be, working with original author Akira Toriyama, the selection process leading to Naohiro Shintani as the animation supervisor and character designer, and much more.

How was Naohiro Shintani, the animation supervisor, who is also doing the character designs, chosen?
First there was an audition, where we had quite a number of people draw for us. For the art style, one of the points Toriyama-sensei focused on was whether the front-facing, straight-standing pose looked cool or not. This is actually incredibly difficult; when he turns to the side, to a certain extent it’ll look good, but when you have him face forward and just stand normally, it’s often the case that it doesn’t look right. As for whether they can draw Goku’s face well, as long as they can really draw, they can learn how to draw it afterward, so to start with, we placed importance on the fundamentals.

Did Toriyama-sensei focus on any other points as well?
Toriyama-sensei checked the balance of the body very carefully, such as whether the artist properly understood the posture of the body within the dōgi. Through such checks, Toriyama-sensei himself ultimately decided on Naohiro Shintani-san. It helps that Shintani-san is used to drawing Dragon Ball, but he is currently in the process of getting even better, so I personally am really looking forward to that.


As of this interview’s original publication (29 April 2018), only Shintani’s character design and the short teaser trailer had been publicly revealed. During a live stream to promote the Dragon Ball Legends mobile game, Iyoku and Norihiro Hayashida (Toei Animation Dragon Ball Super movie producer) shared the teaser trailer and discussed related tidbits about the upcoming film. Check out Episode #0436 of our podcast for additional commentary about this interview, the designs, etc.

This interview has been archived in our “Translations” section.

Published by VegettoEX
22 June 2018, 10:21 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with yesterday’s August 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan, Bandai Namco has announced Super Baby 2 as a new playable character coming in the forthcoming “Extra Pack 3” downloadable content for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2:

The character’s techniques are set to include:

  • Revenge Death Ball: uses all of the player’s ki; the more you have, the more powerful it is
  • Reverse Shot: reverses course after a set amount of time has passed, allowing you to target your enemy
  • Variant Drive: after charging your opponent, with extra input, you can do two different kinds of follow-up attacks
  • Revenge Final Flash: similar to the Revenge Death Ball, you can repeatedly press the button to charge up its power

Super Baby 2 is the transformed state of the Baby-infected Vegeta from the 1996-1997 Dragon Ball GT television series. Though the Great Ape version of Baby Vegeta has made several recent appearances — including within the XENOVERSE series itself — Super Baby 2 was last made a fully-playable, standard fighting game appearance in 2008’s Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World on the PlayStation 2. In 2016, Super Baby 2 was added to Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden on the Nintendo 3DS as an assist character.

Following the four paid content packs covered by the game’s original season pass, Bandai Namco released two additional paid content packs for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2. Last month, Bandai Namco promised additional free and paid content updates coming to Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2. “Extra Pack 3” is scheduled for release this summer.

Developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Switch. 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 launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The Nintendo Switch port was released in Japan and internationally in September 2017.