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Episode 101 // 20 April 2014
Gohan's the Teacher!
Videl's Introduction to Flight
14
Mar
2014
VegettoEX9:33 AM EDTNews

April 2014 is set to be a huge month for Dragon Ball releases on both sides of the ocean. In addition to Dragon Ball Kai returning to TV in Japan for the Majin Buu story arc, all sorts of books are due out with releases on either side of the month also stacking up to attack your wallet.

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19 March 2014

  • J-Stars Victory Vs (Japanese PS3/Vita) — Read the news story
    MSRP “Anison” / Limited Edition: ¥10,980 (PS3) & ¥9,980 (Vita)
    MSRP Regular Edition: ¥7,980 (PS3) & ¥6,980 (Vita)
    Availability: CDJapan | Play-Asia | AmiAmi

26 March 2014

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08 April 2014

  • Dragon Ball Chōzenshū/Compendio 1 (Spanish)
    MSRP: £25,00
    Availability: Amazon ES

16 April 2014

05 May 2014

06 May 2014

We will continue to update with more retailer links as they become available!



In addition to the previously-announced guest appearance by Hironobu Kageyama (singer for dozens upon dozens of Dragon Ball Z themes, insert, and image songs), Kawaii-Kon announced today they will also be bringing Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) to the Hawaiian convention next month.

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Kawaii-Kon will take place over the weekend of 04 April 2014 to 06 April 2014 at the Hawaiian Convention Center. Online registration is still open through 22 March 2014 ranging between $30 and $52 for specific days or all-weekend passes.

Nozawa’s previous appearance in the United States was at Animazement 2013 in North Carolina alongside Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza), and Yūko Minaguchi (Videl). Kanzenshuu was on-hand for all three days of the convention and nearly every panel relating to the Japanese cast members, so be sure to give our convention coverage a review for a hint of what Nozawa may have in store for Kawaii-Kon attendees this year (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3).

Special thanks to Gyt Kaliba for the heads-up!



Next week’s upcoming 2014 #16 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan reveals the final boss for J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza also due out next week on the PlayStation 3 and Vita exclusively in Japan.

Named “Dark Phantom”, the boss character takes on the identical form of the heroes and challenges them to a fight with the same powers and techniques. In this fight, your allies unexpectedly hold the key to victory!

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Famitsu has given the PS3 and Vita versions of the game a score of 8/8/8/8 (a cumulative 32/40).

While the idea of a shape-shifting boss generally brings to mind Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat series, Dragon Ball actually has its own: Majin Ozotto (translated within the game as “Ozotto the Super Monster”) from the 1994 arcade game, Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S. Check out Episode #0293 of our podcast for a discussion of some of these original video game characters lost to the ages.

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J-Stars Victory Vs is due out exclusively in Japan on the PlayStation 3 and Vita 19 March 2014 in both regular and “Limited Edition / Anison” versions. Pre-orders are available on sites such as CDJapan and Play-Asia among others.



We are just about three weeks out from a rather huge day for Dragon Ball releases in Japan, which includes the Japanese collected release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.

After having been delayed from a January release to an April release, we learned that a “Super Elite” edition would be coming out alongside the standard edition. It would contain a couple small bonus items (such as a Galactic Patrol badge), and would also retail for a slightly higher price point: ¥907 (¥980 with tax) versus ¥440 (¥475 with tax).

Shueisha’s own online listings have just now confirmed a few extra key details: both will come in at 248 pages (implying that both will contain the bonus material regarding Goku’s mother, Gine), but the “Super Elite” version will be released in the larger-sized ISO A5 format like the kanzenban and Neko Majin as opposed to the regular edition’s standard Shinsho-ban (“new book format”) like the other tankōbon and the (Japanese) Full Color Comics.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was fully colorized for its four-installment “Vomic” (“Voiced Comic”) which covered the first two chapters of the series, but there is no word yet on whether or not the collected release will be the original black-and-white or the colorized version.

The regular edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, officially hitting Japanese shelves 04 April 2014, is currently available for pre-order on Amazon Japan, while the “Super Elite” version is available on both Amazon Japan and CDJapan.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga series by Akira Toriyama that ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz. Originally teased by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”, by the series’ completion it became clear that it was indeed a true prequel to Dragon Ball. Viz will release their collected edition of the series in English in January 2015.



As part of the upcoming mid-March 2014 “JM3″ (Ja’aku Ryū Misshon / “Evil Dragon Mission”) update to the card-based arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes, one of the “SEC” (Secret Ultimate Rare) cards, will be yet another new transformation for the franchise: Pure Majin Buu absorbing “Kibitoshin” (Kaiōshin after fusing with Kibito via the Potara earrings).

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The cards abilities are “Burst: Speed Break”, which increases the damage of a finishing move, and “Ability: Healing Ability of a God and Majin”, which recovers 5,000 HP for one’s own team at the end of the first round.

Vegetto is also receiving a Super Saiyan 3 transformation as part of the same Dragon Ball Heroes update.

In the series-proper, one example of a character absorbing an already-existing-fusion was Evil Majin Buu’s absorption of Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks.

One previous “new” transformation-by-way-of-absorption was “Janenba Baby” back in the “Galaxy Mission 4″ expansion to Dragon Ball Heroes in late 2012, with Baby from Dragon Ball GT infecting Janenba from Dragon Ball Z Movie 12. Later, there was also version of Super 17 after combining with No. 16.

In Dragon Ball Z 2 (Budokai 2) on the PlayStation 2 and Gamecube from 2003-2004, Evil Majin Buu could absorb Tenshinhan and Yamcha as a duo (rather than an already combined as “Yamhan”).

Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse as always for the Heroes-heads-up!



One of the original plans back when we first launched the “DVD Guide” on Daizenshuu EX was to detail all of the bonus materials included with each disc. This would have included on-disc extras, physical inclusions like cards, and additional notes on production aspects such as subtitle errors, etc. At the time this was a doable project: FUNimation had only been releasing DVDs for a couple years, and Dragon Ball Z DVDs typically had slim pickings in terms of these types of extras. It is laughably quaint to think about those times with yet another re-release of the series now in-print here in 2014.

ekx001 recently wrote in:

Regarding R1/FUNimation Dragon Ball Z DVD releases: Is there a comprehensive list of any/all inserts/promotional items included in the FUNimation DVD releases? Specifically, I was seeking information about DBZ CCG (?) promo cards included in DBZ Broly Movie.

While we unfortunately do not have as quite a comprehensive detailing of these DVDs as we had originally hoped and planned for, questions like these at least give us an opportunity to revisit this old material.

FUNimation’s original, single-disc, DVD version of Dragon Ball Z Movie 8 was released 26 August 2003 in an English-dubbed/edited-only format along with the standard uncut/bilingual format. Three promotional cards were indeed included inside the case (originally wrapped together in plastic):

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Part of Score’s Dragon Ball Z collectible card game, the three cards were specifically labeled as “Movie 8 Promo” cards: BR1 (“Broly, the Calm”), BR2 (“Broly, Super Saiyan”), and BR3 (“Broly, Empowered”). As would be expected from the character, they all tie in to your anger and attack power in the card game.

The cards were the least interesting inclusion with the movie, however! Most on-disc extras with Dragon Ball Z DVDs from FUNimation were limited to things such as trailers for other series, the occasional merchandise commercial, and — most often, and generally on their own — previews for other Dragon Ball home releases. Movie 8 provided us with one of the best, most in-depth special features we have ever seen for the franchise, though: a behind-the-scenes look at the 2003 GameBoy Advance game Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II.

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The roughly-20-minutes-long special feature — introduced by FUNimation’s own Chris Sabat — takes the viewer into WebFoot Technologies, the developer of the various Legacy of Goku (and beyond) games, created under the supervision (at the time) of Atari. Everything from the original design documentation process to the sprite animations is discussed in surprisingly candid detail.

Perhaps one of the most amusing easter eggs is watching one of the staff members load up a debug version of the game on the VisualBoyAdvance emulator.

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The Legacy of Goku II was released in North America in June 2003 (and was shockingly released in Japan as a “Reverse Import” under the title of The Legacy of Goku II: International the following year). Buu’s Fury (the third Legacy of Goku game in everything but name) was released a little over a year later, while Dragon Ball GT: Transformation would come a year after that. Despite this production schedule, it is apparent that Transformation was already in the early stages of at least brainstorming if not full-on pre-production as seen by the Dragon Ball GT reference sheets strewn about the office, clearly in the frame of the camera on multiple occasions.

There have been other fascinating — sometimes for the wrong reasons — “extras” on Dragon Ball home releases in the past, such as the “Goku vs. Vegeta” featurette on the first “Ultimate Uncut Edition” DVD, the various “remastering” behind-the-scenes videos, the “World of Dragon Ball Z” recap feature from the (TV broadcast) “Season 3″ and “Season 4″ days, and more. Some of these are being revived for FUNimation’s latest Blu-ray release of the series as archival bonus features. What were some of your favorites? What are some that were never actually produced that you wish could have been made back-in-the-day?



10
Mar
2014
VegettoEX6:23 PM EDTPodcast

Being only about a month out from the revival of Dragon Ball Kai in Japan for the Majin Buu arc, it is to be expected that we will be crashing into walls of news left and right over the next several weeks. Some of the recent voice recast announcements along with the appointment of Norihito Sumitomo as the musical composer give us plenty to talk about, so let’s party like it’s 2009 and chat up Dragon Ball Kai all over again!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0358! VegettoEX and Kirbopher chat up “Dragon Ball Kai” like it is 2009 all over again. Bin Shimada will be taking over as Babidi while Shino Kakinuma will take over as Videl. On the music side of things, Norihito Sumitomo (from the “Battle of Gods” soundtrack) joins the group as the new composer. What else is on the horizon for the Majin Buu arc of “Dragon Ball Kai” and what else should we prepare for internationally?

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to let us know your “Who’s That Character?” guess.



The official PlayStation Blog announced today that the latest game for the franchise, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, was the best-selling digital game on the Vita in North America for the month of February 2014.

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It is very difficult — especially compared to the reporting within Japan — to get concrete sales figures for video games in North America, particularly with licensed products like this, and even more particularly with digital sales. Regardless, it is surprising to see Battle of Z jump so high up the list, no doubt due in part to its reduced $31.99 launch price for PlayStation Plus members.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z was released worldwide at the end of January for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Vita. First-pressings (of physical releases) in all territories come packed with a download code for Son Goku in his Naruto “Sage Mode”. A playable demo of the game is available worldwide. The UK branch of Bandai Namco has promised downloadable content for the Vita version specifically that enables the Japanese voice cast in the game, which is otherwise only available as a selectable option in the console versions.



Fuji TV has officially announced its new show line-up for the spring of 2014, including Dragon Ball Kai, the “refreshed” version of the Dragon Ball Z TV series originally created for its 20th anniversary in 2009. Along with the announcement, a brief listing of main staff and cast is provided. In addition to the main cast of Kai returning, some of the main cast from the Majin Buu arc of Z will be returning as well, including Kōzō Shioya as Majin Buu and Yūji Mitsuya as Kaiōshin.

However, as seen back in 2009 with Kai, some recasting will be occurring. Videl, originally played by Yūko Minaguchi in Z and most recently in the Battle of Gods film, will be portrayed by Shino Kakinuma, the wife of series veteran Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo). In addition, the role of Babidi will be portrayed by Bin Shimada instead of series narrator Jōji Yanami. There has been no official word yet about the casting of Dabra, Kibito, or other such minor characters.

There will also be a bit of a shakeup in the series’ staff. Most significantly, and due to the series’ musical controversy in 2011, the musical composition will be taken over by Norihito Sumitomo who most recently composed the score for Battle of Gods. Rounding out changes to the music department, Satoshi Motoyama will be joining veteran Yukio Nagasaki as audio director. Additionally, all three of the series’ producers will be new to the franchise, so it will be interesting to compare this to the adaptation of the previous story arcs. As expected, veteran series animator Tadayoshi Yamamuro is listed as lead animator for both the new opening and ending animations.

Dragon Ball Kai officially kicks off into a new era 06 April 2014 in Japan on Fuji TV at 9:00 a.m., joining One Piece to bring back the original Sunday morning “Dream 9″ block. Thanks to kei17 for the heads up!



06
Mar
2014
VegettoEX11:04 AM EDTNews

FLOW has been announced as the musical guest of honor for AnimeFest 2014 taking place in Texas later this year. The band and convention created a special video message to share the news:

FLOW’s contributions to the Dragon Ball franchise include an original song named “HERO ~Song of Hope~” along with a cover of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA“, both of which were used — as an insert song and the closing theme, respectively — in last year’s new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

AnimeFest 2014 will run from 15 August 2014 – 18 August 2014 in Dallas, Texas at the Sharaton Dallas Hotel. Pre-registration for the convention runs through the end of this month for $30. Dai Sato will be the main guest of honor.