Namco-Bandai has released a new promotional video teasing the upcoming “new chapter” for the card-based arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes:
The promotional video describes the — perhaps unfortunately phrased — “new series” under development for the game, which will include the Evil Dragons from Dragon Ball GT and the GT/adult-style Gotenks that still has yet to make his official appearance in the game. The teaser concludes with plugs for both V-Jump and Saikyō Jump, both of which will have additional information in the coming months.
The December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump in particular (due out 02 November 2013) is set to include three Dragon Ball Heroes cards along with bonus material across a 100+ page extravaganza of Dragon Ball things!
- “Entry Set 0″ for Dragon Ball Heroes, featuring Goku: Child, Kuririn: Child, and Kame-Sen’nin
- Large posters and bonus stickers
- Deluxe Dragon Ball Heroes guidebook
- A 3-shot Dragon Ball manga (it is unclear what this fully entails; it may be that the regular monthly chapter of Dragon Ball SD is a part of this, or it may not!)
Thanks, as always, to TheDevilsCorpse for keeping us up-to-date on the Heroes news!
Dragon Ball TV series and — perhaps most notably — movie director Daisuke Nishio will be attending this year’s “Salon del Manga” in Barcelona.
One Piece, Dragon Ball Z and Toriko highlighted in Europe
WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2013
One Piece, Dragon Ball Z and Toriko will be highlighted during the biggest Manga fair in Spain: the Salon del Manga (October 31st to November 3rd).
The 3D movies of One Piece and Toriko that were screened in July 2012 in Paris are also going to be screened during the event. Fans visiting the event will also be able to enjoy a special exhibition of those two hit series.
Dragon Ball Z series director Daisuke Nishio will also attend the fair this year to meet with his fans in Barcelona.
One Piece and Dragon Ball Z will also be at the Madrid Games Week on Namco Bandai Games booth (November 7-10).
One Piece will be at the same time in Italy at the Lucca Comics (October 31st to November 3rd) and at the Milano Games Week (October 25-27).
Nishio will be joining the fair in collaboration with Selecta Visión in promotion of their latest remaster and home release of the series in Spain. A special “Dragon Ball Exhibition” will be on display for fans to enjoy, and everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters from the series.
Thanks to TheRed259 for the heads-up!
Dedicated Kanzenshuu readers may have been wondering over the last couple months why we have not kept up with the usual detailing of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission chapters, or why our Dragon Ball SD documentation abruptly concluded with the four original quarterly chapters.
We have been hard at work behind the scenes on a complete overhaul for our “Official Manga Spin-Offs” section, and are proud to debut its current progress. What previously existed as just a single page detailing some of the more recent spin-offs is now a completely fleshed-out section with dedicated pages for each spin-off that has ever been released going back to the franchise’s original serialization.
Perhaps most significantly, this includes complete documentation for Akira Toriyama’s latest series, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, which is — as Shueisha originally promised! — an exciting revival of Dragon Ball.
The revamped “Official Manga Spin-Offs” section contains the following main documentation pages:
- Original Illustrated Stories
- Neko Majin
- Jump Super Anime Tour
- Dragon Ball SD
- Episode of Bardock
- Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission
- Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
With today’s overhaul, the Original Illustrated Stories, Crossovers, Episode of Bardock, and Jaco the Galactic Patrolman sub-sections are complete with individual documentation pages for each chapter which outline things like cover art, chapter notes with references and easter eggs, color page comparisons, etc.
The other sub-sections, as noted, have complete main documentation pages, and we will continue to work our way backward to fill in individual chapter pages for them. Some of that work has already begun, so stay tuned for these additions in the near future!
Two “Anime Comics” releases are due out this week (specifically Friday, 04 October 2013) from Shueisha: one for the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, and a re-release of the one for DBZ Movie 8 (the first Broli movie).
We tend not to see cover art for these types of releases until the same week they are due out, and these two were no exception to the rule as Shueisha’s online listings have both finally updated with said cover art:
The film versions of the comics are sometimes called “animanga”; screen shots from the movie have dialog bubbles added in to contain text, with the film then presented in printed comic form. The most recent release (back in 2010) was an anime comic for the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour special.
The Battle of Gods comic will retail for ¥1,400 (tax included), while the DBZ Movie 8 comic re-release will retail for ¥700 (tax included). Both are available for pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.
The Japanese home release hit just a couple weeks ago, and the rest of us not in Japan are ready to take it on! Listen in as Heath, Mike, and Meri dive into the film, its story, its characters, and more.
Episode #0344! VegettoEX, Hujio, and Meri review “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” now that its Japanese home release has finally hit. What were our individual expectations heading into the film, do the new characters justify their existence as new extensions to the Dragon World, and most importantly, is it simply a good movie or not? Catching up on a bit of news wraps up the episode!
- Special Podcast Episode: DBZ Video Game Music #2
- Korean “Dragon Ball Online” Closing This Month
- “Battle of Gods” Screening at Japanese Film Festival in Australia
- Madman Announces “Battle of Gods” License For Australia
- FUNimation Blu-ray DBZ “Season One” Listed For January 2014
- “Dragon Ball Z: Season 1″ Blu-ray Set Coming, In Widescreen
- “Battle of Z” (360/PS3/Vita) Naruto Costume & Opening Theme News
- First North American Trailer for “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z”
- “Battle of Z” (360/PS3/Vita) Day 1 & Pre-Order Bonuses
- Confirmation of Fan “Toyble” as “Victory Mission” Artist “Toyotarō”…?
- “J Legend Retsuden” (JP 3DS) Bonus Download Game Revealed
- “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman” & “Dragon Ball” Tie-In Confirmed
- “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman” Tankōbon Coming January 2014
A special note included alongside the last page of next week’s upcoming final, “+1 / DB-1″ chapter of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman in the 2013 #44 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump is an announcement that a collected print manga volume is on the way!
ご愛読ありがとうございました!! JC（コミックス）は１月４日発売予定です!! お楽しみに!!
Thank you for reading!! The Comics (tankōbon) is planned for release on 04 January!! Look forward to it!!
There you have it: those of you looking to pick up all eleven chapters of the independent story + Dragon Ball tie-in can look forward to it 04 January 2014 from Shueisha in Japan. There is no word yet on the physical size of the volume or inclusion of any color pages (which, at this point, extend solely to the first chapter’s title page).
If Viz makes any announcements about a collected volume release of the series in English — digitally or print — we will be sure to pass the news along, as well. Until then, this is just confirmation of an original-language, print edition in Japan.
Earlier this month, the 2013 #42 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan revealed the previously-hinted-at bonus downloadable game coming packaged with first-pressings of J Legend Retsuden on the Japanese Nintendo 3DS: Dragon Ball Z: Gekishin Furīza!! (“The Fierce God Freeza”), the fifth game for the franchise on the Nintendo Famicom, and the sequel to Assault!! The Saiyans. The downloadable game has also since been revealed on the compilation’s official website.
In “Tenka’ichi Budōkai mode”, entering seven play-throughs worth of passwords obtained by beating the previous game will allow you to make your way through Gekishin Furīza!! with that same power already unleashed.
This brings the total package of Dragon Ball games to four, with this extra downloadable title being in addition to the three games that come on the physical 3DS cartridge itself.
Also included, as a part of the actual compilation, will be the first Yū Yū Hakusho game on the Super Famicom from 1993. Four Yū Yū Hakusho games were eventually released on the Super Famicom.
A trailer from this year’s Tokyo Game Show showcases all of the currently-announced games for the compilation, as well as bonus features like saving, borders, hints, and manuals:
J Legend Retsuden is due out 07 November 2013 for ¥4,980. The game is available for pre-order from Amazon Japan and Play-Asia, the latter of which is currently offering free shipping on the game. As always, we must note that the Nintendo 3DS is indeed region-locked, so players looking to pick it up will still need a Japanese Nintendo 3DS.
Next week’s 2013 #44 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan is set to contain the eleventh and last of the originally-numbered “10+1″ chapters of Akira Toriyama’s currently-running manga, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. The series was teased early on by Toriyama with a chapter comment noting, “The content seems a bit dated, but if you read to the end, you’ll understand why.” Later, Shueisha teased with, “The whole world’s long-awaited return of a ‘legend’ is here!!” until finally coming out with, “The shocking revival of ‘Dragon Ball’!!”
WARNING: Spoilers Ahoy!
In next week’s chapter, it is revealed that Jaco was indeed sent to Earth to stop a Saiyan from Planet Vegeta. This Saiyan ends up at Son Gohan’s house, eating up a ton. He is super-strong, so it is a good thing Gohan is a martial arts master. Gohan offers to let him stay and learn with him if he does not have a home to go back to. Returning to the present (from the decade-earlier timeframe of the main story), Omori narrates how, not too long ago, Tights’ sister Bulma stopped by — everyone has met before when Tights’ family visited, including a child Bulma and Dr. Brief, who knows Omori by reputation for his work in space-time research. Being a super-genius, Bulma had already graduated from university and had set out on a trip. She had said something about looking for mysterious orbs that grant you any wish when brought together. She showed off two, which were made of a substance that does not exist on Earth, so she reasoned they came from outer space. It all sounds quite suspicious, but space is vast, so perhaps this sort of mysterious orb exists out there somewhere. Omori notes that he will ask Jaco about it next time he stops by. Meanwhile, Son Goku is dragging his catch back to the house…
There are obviously a few contradictions between the events depicted here in Jaco and how they transpire in the original Dragon Ball manga (things such as Bulma heading back to school after the Pilaf story arc), but the tie-in status is clearly undeniable at this point.
There is much more to come once the chapter officially hits next Monday (30 September 2013) in physical form on Japanese shelves and digitally in English via Viz, so stay tuned to Kanzenshuu over the next week or so for an incredible blow-out on Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and a slew of other spin-off manga projects!
Japanese fan “Toyble” has been hard at work on his Dragon Ball AF comic/series/dōjinshi for quite a few years now — in fact, it was back in 2008 that we first dove into the series on our podcast for a quick review!
When Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission — the spin-off promotional manga currently published in V-Jump — first debuted back in September 2012, comparisons between newcomer “Toyotarō” and “Toyble” flew left and right. No confirmations were ever given, but the signs seemed to be there: the art style similarities, a slight similarity in the two names, and the comparative-slowness of additional Dragon Ball AF work from “Toyble”.
A recent release of Dragon Ball AF from “Toyble” contains a special closing message:
…So, due to a variety of circumstances, I have been unable to continue drawing Dragon Ball AF.
But it’s a work I feel an attachment to, since I did get my start writing with it, and all.
No matter how many years it takes, I intend to keep writing.
I hope you’ll find it in your hearts to look on it fondly.
– Toyble, 10 August 2013
Between Yi Xing Long stating (within the comic) that Toyble, the ruler of this world, cannot continue the story because he has begun something else instead (along with a mention of a card battle), and Toyble’s own message alongside a silhouette of Beat (the hero of Victory Mission), as our own Herms points out, this all but explicitly confirms fandom’s theory that “Toyble” and “Toyotarō” may indeed be the same person.
Thanks to various forum folks for keeping on top of the series all these years!
As initially teased in the latest English-language trailer for the game, the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (360/PS3/Vita) fighting game will receive a few special bonuses for those pre-ordering and picking up the game on its release date. As previously revealed, those picking up the game at launch will be treated to a bonus costume for Goku: a specially-customzied Naruto “Sage Mode” outfit, which also includes updates to Goku’s movements to mirror Naruto’s more closely.
In addition to this, the European branch of Namco-Bandai has revealed that customers pre-ordering the game will receive two additional characters: Super Vegetto and Super Saiyan Bardock.
The Pre-order offer comes in with 2 exclusive in-game DLC Characters, the almighty SUPER VEGITO and the father of our main hero and saviour: SUPER SAIYAN BARDOCK. Those two characters will be available solely via pre-order across Europe and Australasia!
In North America, the two characters will be made available via retailer-specific pre-order deals, with more info to come as the game heads toward release.
DRAGON BALL Z®: BATTLE OF Z TO RECEIVE SPECIAL DAY ONE EDITION AND SPECIAL PRE-ORDER ITEMS IN THE AMERICAS
Exciting DLC Items Deliver Special Cross-Over Experience and Additional Characters for Dragon Ball Z Fans to Master
SAN JOSE, Calif., (September 19, 2013) Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced its Day One Edition and Pre-Order offers for Dragon Ball Z®: Battle of Z for North America, Latin America, and Brazil on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z delivers over-the-top anime action and intensity, presented in new cell-shaded HD graphics. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z’s expanded team battle and co-op modes will also allow players to create teams of four characters to take on opponents across the globe.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z’s Day One Edition will be offered while supplies last at participating retailers and will feature a download code for Goku’s Naruto Uzumaki Sage Mode Costume from the popular NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series. Players will be able to execute all of Goku’s famous attacks including the Kamehameha and Meteor Smash while dressed in one of the NARUTO universe’s most recognizable outfits. Dragon Ball Z and NARUTO fans will want to reserve a copy of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z in order to guarantee their Naruto Uzumaki Sage Mode Costume for their video game collection.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z will also be offered with special Pre-Order bonuses. Exclusive characters Super Vegito and Super Saiyan Bardock will be available in different pre-order programs at participating retailers. These characters have proven to be fan favorites with popular attacks and character storylines. Additional details regarding how and where to pre-order Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z to receive Super Vegito or Super Saiyan Bardock will be announced in the near future.
“Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z marks a significant push forward for Dragon Ball Z games both in its expanded team and online gameplay mechanics and improved HD graphical presentation,” said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “The Dragon Ball Z franchise has been a perennial favorite amongst Japanese videogame, manga, and anime fans and we’re excited to offer our loyal Dragon Ball Z fans additional content to go with the innovative and heightened experience they will have with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.”
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z will be available in early 2014 for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system (digital download only) in the Americas. For more information on the game, please visit: http://dbzboz.bngames.net, http://dragonball.namcobandaigames.com, https://www.facebook.com/DBZ.videogames or www.facebook.com/NamcoBandai.
Bardock’s Super Saiyan transformation was originally developed for Naho Ooishi’s three-chapter spin-off manga, Episode of Bardock, which was later adapted into a short video feature for Jump Festa 2012, itself later included as a part of Dragon Ball Z for Kinect. Super Saiyan Bardock was also playable in the Kinect game, but only via a special QR code unlock that was not distributed until after the game’s release.
DLC has been made available for this generation’s Dragon Ball fighters before, but have generally been distributed as codes within “Limited Edition” versions, pre-orders, retailer exclusive bonuses, etc. and were not later available for download (either paid or free). Most of these have been color palette adjustments, and only a few have actually made their way out at all in North America.
With Battle of Z appearing to go back to the style of character transformations acting as their own individual selection (rather than using “in-game transformations”), fans of Vegetto and Bardock may want to think about picking the game up sooner than later.