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Published by VegettoEX
07 July 2016, 1:48 PM EDTComments Off

Likely tied to its one-month delay, the third Dragon Ball Super home video box set in Japan — released 02 July 2016contains corrections and animation updates to the series’ twenty-fifth episode from its original television broadcast last December:

The first box set (episodes 1-12) was released 02 December 2015 and contained minor animation updates in very select spots compared to the original TV broadcast, specifically in the fifth episode. The second box set (episodes 13-24) was released 02 March 2016 with no animation updates. This third box set covers episodes 25-36, wrapping up the Golden Freeza (Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling) arc and moving into the God of Destruction Champa arc with the Universe 6 vs. 7 tournament.

The series’ fourth box set is due out 04 October 2016 covering episodes 37-48.

Thank you to Ajay for compiling the video above!

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07 July 2016, 9:59 AM EDTComments Off

The European and American branches of Bandai Namco have detailed various pre-order bonus items coming for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, along with various premium versions of the game’s physical release.

European players who pre-order the game will receive “Goku Black” (from the current “Future Trunks Arc” of the Dragon Ball Super TV series) as a playable character, along with T’ao Paipai’s broken column as an airborne vehicle.

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A “Collector’s Edition” will come packed with an “exclusive box design”, a 34cm Son Goku figure, and a “Time Patroller’s Guide”.

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Finally, a “Deluxe Edition” provides additional digital content including “early access” to Future Trunks (as designed in the current “Future Trunks Arc” of the Dragon Ball Super TV series), as well as the game’s season pass. The season pass is set to cover four different packs of downloadable content, which will include: playable characters, episodes and quests, masters and masters quests, stages, as well as skills, costumes, and accessories.

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American players that pre-order will also be able to secure the same “Goku Black” playable character and vehicle:

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The American “Collector’s Edition” is set to include an exclusive steelbook case, an official music soundtrack, a Son Goku Master Stars Piece 13 inch figure, “Time Patroller’s Guide”, and a collector’s box.

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An American “Deluxe Edition” will also be available, with the same “Future Trunks” playable character available ahead of his normal release, along with the game’s downloadable content season pass:

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New screenshots showcasing the game’s new customization options were also provided:

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is set for release in Japan this winter. In North America, the game will launch for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game will launch across all platforms 28 October 2016.

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The original Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, was announced in May 2014 and launched in February 2015 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam) internationally. The game saw a user-created character teaming up with Trunks and the Kaiōshin of Time to correct anomalies and disruptions to the timeline caused by the villains Mira, Towa, and Demigra. As of February 2016, the game had shipped over three million copies worldwide.

Published by VegettoEX
06 July 2016, 9:20 AM EDTComments Off

Famitsu reveals that Whis will join the roster of playable characters in the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game Zenkai Battle.

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By collecting the Dragon Balls in-game over the course of 15 July 2016 to 07 August 2016, players can unlock Whis ahead of his being added to the roster as a regular character.

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Whis made his debut in the 2013 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods as the attendant to the God of Destruction Beerus (himself added to the game as a playable character with the film’s release back in 2013). Whis remains a main characters in the Dragon Ball Super TV series.

Originally titled Zenkai Battle Royale, the game first test-launched in Japanese arcades at the end of 2010 and, while it has continued to receive constant updates since then, has not had a home port announced.

Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse for the heads-up!

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06 July 2016, 9:15 AM EDTComments Off

Following the company’s announcements at Anime Expo in California this past weekend, a press release from Viz notes their Dragon Ball Super manga license acquisition in more detail (alongside further announcements regarding other properties):

VIZ MEDIA EXPANDS MANGA PUBLISHING CATALOG WITH NEW ACQUISITIONS ANNOUNCED DURING 2016 ANIME EXPO
Upcoming Series Debuts Include New DRAGON BALL Series, The Highly Anticipated REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA Box Set, And The Epic MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT

San Francisco, CA, July 5, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, detailed a bevy of publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at the 2016 Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA.

VIZ Media delighted manga readers as it detailed a host of upcoming new titles to be published under the company’s various imprints. The new series include the continuation of Akira Toriyama’s seminal series, DRAGON BALL, in the new DRAGON BALL SUPER. The landmark shojo series REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA returns in a deluxe complete manga box set. Shojo readers also will not want to miss THE WATER DRAGON’S BRIDE, a brand new work by the creator of DAWN OF THE ARCANA. Delighting sci-fi fans, VIZ Media announced the debut later this year of the mecha action manga MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT. The company also announced YU-GI-OH! ARC-V and the release of RUROUNI KENSHIN in new 3-in-1 omnibus editions.

New VIZ Signature Acquisition:

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT · Available Fall 2016
Story & Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Original Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino
An epic story of war and survival set in the legendary Gundam universe! In the Universal Century year 0079, humanity is divided between Earth and huge space colonies known as Sides. The colony known as Side 3 proclaims independence as the Principality of Zeon, and declares war on the Earth Federation. As the conflict nears the one-year mark, the Earth Federation and the forces of Zeon are locked in a fierce battle for the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.

New Shonen Jump Acquisitions:

DRAGON BALL SUPER · Available Spring 2017
Story by Akira Toriyama, Story & Art by Toyotaro
Goku’s adventure from the bestselling classic manga DRAGON BALL continues in this new series! Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again!

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3-in-1 · Available Winter 2017
By Nobuhiro Watsuki
Experience the beloved samurai action series in bargain 3-in-1 omnibus editions!Action, romance, and historical intrigue help make Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin, the tale of a wandering swordsman set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, one of the most popular Shonen Jump titles of all time.

YU-GI-OH! ARC V· Available Spring 2017
Original Concept by Kazuki Takahashi, Production Support by Studio Dice, Story by Shin Yoshida, Art by Naohito Miyoshi, Duel Composition by Masahiro Hikokubo
The latest series based on the hit collectible card game! Action Duels have become a global sensation, but what is the dark secret behind them that threatens to destroy the world? Exclusive rare card inside (limited to first printing).

New Shojo Beat Acquisitions

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA Deluxe Box Set · Available Spring 2017
Story and Art by Chiho Saito, Created by Be-Papas
The entire series of Revolutionary Girl Utena plus The Adolescence of Utena are collected into two hardcover omnibus volumes with color pages of the original covers and poster in this long-awaited collector’s set. Utena strives to be strong and noble like the childhood prince she yearns to meet again. But when she finds herself seduced into the twisted duels of Ohtori Academy, can she become the prince she’s been waiting for?

THE WATER DRAGON’S BRIDE · Available Spring 2017
By Rei Toma
The newest fantasy adventure romance by the bestselling author of DAWN OF THE ARCANA (also published by VIZ Media)! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

For additional information manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at >www.VIZ.com.

Published by VegettoEX
01 July 2016, 5:35 PM EDTComments Off

During their industry panel at Anime Expo this afternoon, Viz announced their plan to release a print edition of the Dragon Ball Super manga in spring 2017.

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Viz began publishing the Dragon Ball Super manga on their website for free last week. The second chapter was posted earlier today.

While the Dragon Ball Super television series has been licensed for certain international territories, no announcement has been made for North America.

The Dragon Ball Super manga 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’ thirteenth chapter most recently running in the magazine’s August 2016 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. The first collected volume, covering the first nine chapters and one bonus chapter, was released this past April.

Thanks to @NJ_ for the heads-up and photo!

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01 July 2016, 1:12 PM EDTComments Off

Following last week’s slightly-unceremonious chapter one posting, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s second chapter to their website.

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The respective page in our “Manga Guide” has been updated with this release information.

While the Dragon Ball Super television series has been licensed for certain international territories, no announcement has been made for North America.

The Dragon Ball Super manga 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’ thirteenth chapter most recently running in the magazine’s August 2016 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. The first collected volume, covering the first nine chapters and one bonus chapter, was released this past April.

Published by VegettoEX
01 July 2016, 11:32 AM EDT1 Comment

The North American branch of Bandai Namco has announced that the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 will be available 25 October 2016 on consoles and 28 October 2016 on PC, roughly alongside the European release. While the American version of the new trailer does not identify a release date, the description on YouTube lists these release dates.

Additionally, the company has announced that musician Steve Aoki will provide remixes in the game’s musical score.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is set for release in Japan this winter, with a 2016 release planned for international territories.

The original Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, was announced in May 2014 and launched in February 2015 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam) internationally. The game saw a user-created character teaming up with Trunks and the Kaiōshin of Time to correct anomalies and disruptions to the timeline caused by the villains Mira, Towa, and Demigra. As of February 2016, the game had shipped over three million copies worldwide.

Published by VegettoEX
01 July 2016, 11:14 AM EDT1 Comment

The European branch of Bandai Namco has announced that the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 will be available 28 October 2016. A new trailer for the game showcases different villains teaming up, such as Tullece (from Dragon Ball Z Movie 3) sharing the fruit from the Shinsei-ju with Slug (from Dragon Ball Z Movie 4). Different scenarios are also shown, such as Bardock watching a fight between “Super Saiyan Blue” Son Goku and Golden Freeza. Other confirmations include a Super Saiyan 3 transformation for avatar characters, as well as Janenba (from Dragon Ball Z Movie 12), and the likely return of Mira and Towa judging by Trunks’ narration.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is set for release in Japan this winter, with a 2016 release planned for international territories.

The original Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, was announced in May 2014 and launched in February 2015 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam) internationally. The game saw a user-created character teaming up with Trunks and the Kaiōshin of Time to correct anomalies and disruptions to the timeline caused by the villains Mira, Towa, and Demigra. As of February 2016, the game had shipped over three million copies worldwide.

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01 July 2016, 8:19 AM EDTComments Off

Shueisha has released the cover artwork for the upcoming sixth volume (“Legend 6”) of the Dragon Ball manga’s new “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen):

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These editions are touted as allowing the reader to “enjoy Dragon Ball the same way as when it was serialized in Jump“, and are the same size as the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization (JIS B5; 18.2 × 25.7 cm). The volumes feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text and logos, and next issue previews at the end of each chapter.

“Legend 6” picks up with Chapter 135, will run 484 pages, and is set for release 08 July 2016 for ¥650 plus tax, with the second and fourth Friday of each subsequent month seeing one new volume apiece. “Legend 7” is due out 22 July 2016. “Legend 6” and “Legend 7” are available for pre-order via Amazon Japan.

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30 June 2016, 3:25 PM EDTComments Off

Following up on our translation of the Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura discussion from Young Jump in 2010, our latest translation for the archives jumps back in time a bit to 2008 with the release of Sachie-chan GOOD!! in Jump SQ. Whereas 2010’s Jiya continued the story of the Galactic Patrol (later to be heavily expanded upon in 2013’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman), it was Sachie-chan GOOD!! that established the loosely-connected series.

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In this discussion, printed alongside the one-shot in the May 2008 issue of Jump SQ in Japan (released 02 April 2008), the two discuss their “ultimate collaboration” with Toriyama providing the story and Katsura providing the artwork, along with all the trials and tribulations that come along with such an arrangement.

Toriyama:
Since way back, I’ve enjoyed doing the storyboard, but really hated inking. So, I was simply glad to get just the good part.

Katsura:
Although I was quite the nag.

Toriyama:
You were a nag, all right. (laughs) You read the storyboard and said, “There’s no content.” I like stuff without any content. But he really wants to put some actual content in. Things like “human themes”. I hate that kind of stuff. (laughs)

Katsura:
With this job, I can now confidently say that Toriyama-san actually aims to draw things devoid of content. So for me, this storyboard was my archenemy. He deliberately does it so as not to put in anything that invites emotion. Plus, Toriyama-san’s stories progress with high energy the whole time.

Toriyama:
Even I only realized that part after you told me the other day.

Katsura:
So, to put it badly, you could say the tale has no climax…. But that’s Toriyama-san‘s touch, so whether I should keep that in, or change it up… I still haven’t come to an answer.

A few correlations are drawn to Dragon Ball throughout the discussion, such as Toriyama’s designs (seen below) feeling as if they could be right at home there, while Katsura and Toriyama also discuss their differing attitudes on risqué inclusions.

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READ THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSLATION

At this point in 2008, the Dragon Ball franchise was in a bit of a holding-pattern: the Jump Super Anime Tour Special would not debut until later that year, and both the American live-action film Dragon Ball Evolution and the 20th anniversary “refresh” series Dragon Ball Kai were still about a year off. To see the beginnings of the Galactic Patrol combined with Toriyama’s outlook on content development is fascinating to put in historical context.

This interview has been archived in our “Translations” section. Stay tuned for even more Toriyama and Katsura antics translations!