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Episode 152 // 10 May 2015
Do Your Best, Kakarrot!
You Are No. 1!!

Momoiro Clover Z and King Records announced today that the group’s upcoming CD single will contain a cover of the original opening theme to the Dragon Ball Z TV series, “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA“.

The CD single will lead with “Vow of ‘Z'”, the group’s main theme for the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”. The second track has been announced as “Romantikku Kongaragatteru” (“Romantically Entangled”), followed up with the third and final vocal track of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”.

Each of the three songs will also receive “off-vocal” (karaoke) versions for a total of six tracks.

Momoiro Clover Z provided the main theme — “Moon Pride” — for the Sailor Moon Crystal re-make TV series. As a part of that CD single, the group recorded a cover of “Moon Revenge”, a Sailor Moon R movie insert song from 1993, which was not used anywhere beyond the CD single. It is likely that their cover of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” will follow suit in that it is an inclusion exclusively for the CD single; Revival of “F” is already set to include “Vow of ‘Z'” from the group in addition to “F” by Maximum the Hormone.

The group’s CD single will be released 29 April 2015 in Japan and will come in two versions: a “Z” edition on CD containing three songs and their respective karaoke versions (KICM-1594; ¥1157 + tax; ¥1250 total), and an “F” edition, which will also include a Blu-ray featuring the music video for the movie’s theme (KIZM-345~6; ¥1713 + tax; ¥1850 total). The cover art of the “Z” version will use a brand-new illustration from Toei Animation.

The CD singles are available for pre-order from CDJapan.



This week’s May 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan provides a few updates on the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, revealing Akira Toriyama’s character design for Freeza’s powered-up new form, “Golden Freeza”.

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A quote from Akira Toriyama is also included, explaining how his script for the new movie came together:

フリーザの復活、ということさえテーマが決まれば、なにしろフリーザは個性の強いキャラクターなので、忘れやすいボクといえど、よく覚えていました。それに今回はアクションシーンを増やそう、とも決めていましたので調子よく話がドンドン浮かんできました。あとは復活したフリーザを、どうアップグレードさせるのか、ということだけです。幸いな事に、前回の『神と神』で脚本家の方にヒントをいただいたビルスとウイスのキャラも十分に立っています。これらを組み合わせて珍しくスンナリ完成したストーリー。アニメーターの皆さんは超大変でしたでしょうけど。(笑)楽しんで観ていただけたら本当にうれしい悲鳴です!キャーッ!(ジジイの悲鳴)


Once the theme, of Freeza’s resurrection at the very least, was set, since Freeza is an extremely distinct character, even a forgetful person like me remembered him well. Plus, this time I had also decided to increase the amount of action scenes, so more and more story ideas came easily. All I had left was [to decide] how to upgrade the rejuvenated Freeza. Luckily, the characters of Beerus and Whis, who I took some hints for from the scriptwriter for the last movie, Battle of Gods, stood out plenty already. Combining these [elements] together, the story was completed smoothly, which is rare for me. All those animators probably had a super tough time of it, though. (laughs) If you were to enjoy watching it, I would truly scream with delight! Kyaa! (an old man’s scream)

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.



This week’s May 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan provides a slew of updates on upcoming downloadable content for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE.

The second pack of downloadable content, available later this month, will be a follow-up to the first Dragon Ball GT pack released this week. Four new characters will be made available for play: San Xing Long (the Three-Star Dragon) and Si Xing Long (the Four-Star Dragon) from Dragon Ball GT, along with Towa and Mira, who were previously unplayable boss characters in the game. Among the five new pieces of clothing will be those of Mira and Towa. Three story quests and three Parallel Quest missions will be added, along with six new Z-Soul items, 22 new attacks, and Pan as a master that your playable character can train under.

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The third DLC pack was previously announced by Bandai Namco EU as containing “Turtle Hermit set, Jaco the Space Patroller and highly exclusive content!” The Kame-Sen’nin outfit set and Jaco were made available in Japan for pre-order/first-pressing copies of the game, but have not yet been made available outside of that limited release. Bonus items promised for early Japanese Revival of “F” attendees are set to include related, unlockable content in various video games, including Dragon Ball XENOVERSE.

Downloadable content packs are available at a base price of $9.99/¥950 per pack, with a season pass available netting players interested in acquiring all three packs a $5 savings at $24.99.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.



This week’s May 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan reveals new information about the upcoming Nintendo 3DS fighting game from Arc System Works, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden will launch in Japan 11 June 2015. The game’s cover art features an updated cast of characters from a spread previously used in other promotional articles and on the game’s official website.

First-pressings of the game will allow users to play as Golden Freeza from the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, via a Dragon Ball Discross disc. Also included will be a Dragon Ball Heroes arcade card featuring Son Goku from the new film. Additionally, the game will come packed with a bonus code that provides a 3DS download of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 from the Super Famicom; the game was previously included within the 2013 Nintendo 3DS J Legend Retsuden compilation.

A QR code included in next month’s June 2015 issue of V-Jump will enable Japanese Nintendo 3DS owners to download a demo of the game for free, which will include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell Game era), Vegeta, and Majin Buu as playable characters, along with eight support characters.

The final retail version of the game will also enable you to carry over two sets of previously-saved data. Saved data from the demo will allow you to carry on your progress, while also enabling you to play as Son Goku in his outfit from the upcoming film. Save data from Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 will enable you to use Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta as (what appears to be) a Z-Assist character, using his Final Shine Attack.

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Arc System Works will develop the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden, the most recent game to receive the “Butōden” branding (and first since the 32-bit generation), was released in February 2011. The game was never localized outside of Japan.



The May 2015 issue of V-Jump reveals that Golden Freeza (the villain in his new form from the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”) will be joining the roster as a playable character in Zenkai Battle Royale, the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game.

“Golden Freeza” is previewed using several moves. The first, “Consecutive Death Beams”, allows you to hit a faraway opponent with a quick barrage of Death Beams, which the caption likens to a Gatling gun. In another, “Death Counter”, you can quickly get up from being sent flying to fire back with an energy blast, which you can use to attack an opponent who has come in for the kill. A third, “Death Spike”, is not given a description, but appears to be landing feet-first on a fallen opponent to deal significant damage.

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The most recent additions to the roster have included Raditz and Paikuhan. Super Saiyan God Son Goku and Beerus, the God of Destruction, were revealed for inclusion in the game ahead of and in conjunction with their March 2013 film debut in Battle of Gods.

Zenkai Battle Royale 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.



With 30 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a staff post on yet another promotional tie-in which you can all enjoy, should you happen to be in Japan anytime soon:

こんにちはスタッフです。
公開まであと30日となりました!
ついに残り一か月です。
あと一か月で、『ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」』を皆様にお届けできます!

そして映画公開まで待ち遠しく盛り上がる中、ファーストキッチンさんで映画の公開を記念して、「F」ull Power!!BOXがまもなく発売されます!
Aセット(ベーコンエッグバーガー+ポテトM+骨なしチキン+ドリンク)とBセット(チキン竜田サンド+ポテトM+骨なしチキン+ドリンク)、それぞれ900円!

4/1から、オリジナルポストカード1枚が付いた限定販売です。
※「F」ull Power!!BOXはなくなり次第終了となります。

3/1~3/31はモバイル会員向けに劇場鑑賞券のプレゼントキャンペーンも実施中!

公開まであと30日!
「F」ull Power!!BOXを食べて元気「F」ull Power!でお待ちくださいませ!


Hello, staff here.
There’s now just 30 days until the premiere! It’s finally down to only a month.
In just a month, we’ll be able to deliver Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” to you all!

And while you’re eagerly awaiting the movie’s debut, First Kitchen is launching the “F”ull Power!! Box in celebration of the film!

There’s Combo A (bacon-and-eggs burger, medium fries, boneless chicken, and drink) and Combo B (chicken sandwich, medium fries, boneless chicken, and drink), each just 900 yen!

Available starting April 1st for a limited time only, comes with an original postcard
※ “F”ull Power!! Box only available while supplies last.

During all of March they’re also running a campaign for mobile members to win a free movie ticket!

Just 30 days until the premiere!
Eat the “F”ull Power!! Box so you can wait it out at “F”ull Power!

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



In our never-ending quest to provide full coverage of the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, let’s journey back in time to the bygone era that was March 16th, when the blog updated with an abbreviated version of the Momoiro Clover Z interview from the 2015 #15 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan:

こんにちは。ブルマよ。公開まであと33日!
今日は「ももいろクローバーZ」さんからいただいたコメントの第2弾よ。
今回はアフレコについて語ってもらったわ。

有安)アフレコはあーりんと比べたら経験がないですけど、そのなかでもかわいらしい天使役をやらせていただいたんです!
けど、普段あんまりファンタジーなものを見たりする性格ではないので……すごく大変でした(笑)。

佐々木)せっかく5人のキャラクターを書いていただいたので、ももクロらしくすごく楽しい雰囲気が出ればいいなと思って、みんなで頑張りました。
アフレコの先輩として、堂々とした感じでやりました(笑)。

百田)笑い声とか、そういうのが意外と難しくて、普段すごくわらっているはずなのに、天使みたいに笑ってって言われるとちょっと難しかったんです(笑)。
お花畑にいる気分でやってみました。私が最初に撮ったのが、高城と二人で撮ったんですけど、それが一発OKで!

百田・高城)ね!!

百田)それがすごく嬉しかったです。

玉井)アフレコの経験がなかったので、想像と監督やスタッフの皆さんのアドバイスだけで作るのはすごく難しいなと思ったのと、どうしても声だけで演じると身体も動いちゃうんですけど、実際に映像にのるのは声だけだから、声だけで表すのはすごく難しいなと思いました。

高城)今回天使の役なんですけど、全然普段とかけ離れたキャラだし、その中でも私の役って一番テンションの高い役なんですよ。全然普段テンション高くないので。

佐々木・高城)そうだったっけ?

百田)これはうちらに突っ込んでほしいって流れ? もう1回ちょっと前からやろう!

高城)天使は普段からかけ離れてるし、なかでも私すごいテンションの高い役なんですけど、普段全然高くないんで。

一同)そんなことないよ~(笑)。

高城)ありがとうございました。

一同笑い


Hello, Bulma here! Just 33 days until the premiere!
Today we’ve got the second round of comments from “Momoiro Clover Z”.
This time they discuss voice acting.

Ariyasu) Even though I’m not too experienced with voice acting compared to A-rin [Sasaki], I still got to play a cute angel! But I’m not really the type to watch much fantasy, so…it was super tough (laughs).

Sasaki) They went to the trouble of creating these 5 characters, so we all strove to create the sort of fun atmosphere that Momoiro Clover Z is known for. As the group’s veteran when it comes to voice-acting, I pulled it off in grand style (laughs).

Momota) Laughing and stuff like that was way harder than I expected; normally I can hardly stop laughing, but when you tell me to laugh like an angel, it’s a bit tricky (laughs). I pictured myself in the middle of a field of flowers. The first recording I did was just me and Takagi, but we nailed it on the first take!

Momota and Takagi) Yeah!!

Momota) It was great.

Tamai) I had no voice acting experience, so I felt it was really hard doing it all just with my imagination and advice from the director or staff. I’d always end up moving my body, even though my voice is the only thing that actually goes with the images. I thought it was incredibly difficult to convey things solely through my voice.

Takagi) This time around we voiced angels, characters totally outside the norm. And my angel was supposed to be the most hyper one of all, even though normally I’m never hyper.

Sasaki and Takagi) …….Really?

Momota) You only said that to get a response out of us, didn’t you? Say it again, I dare you!

Takagi) An angel’s something totally outside the norm, and the angel I played was particularly hyper, even though normally I’m not even a tiny bit hyper.

Everyone) You big fibber! (laughs)

Takagi) Thanks so much.

Everyone laughs

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Journeying on yet further, we return to March  15th, when the blog updated with a quick roundup of various promotional items available to those purchasing advance tickets for the film (so, basically people in Japan):

こんにちは。スタッフです。
公開まであと34日!
4/18公開の『ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」』では、現在前売券を絶賛発売中です!

■劇場窓口では…
「劇場版・鳥山明モデル超進化ストラップ」がもらえます!
鳥山先生が映画の為に描き下ろした新設定画を元に作られたイヤホンジャック付の限定ストラップ!
悟空バージョンとフリーザバージョン、チケット一枚につきどちらか1つをプレゼントです。
価格などの詳細はオフィシャルサイトをチェック!

■Loppi限定!
全国のローソン・ミニストップ店内のLoppiでも限定グッズ付前売券セットを予約受付中です!
グッズは「チャーム付ボールペン」と「フリーザ進化時計」の2種類♪

【チャーム付ボールペン】
その時の気分でチャームが付け替えられる!ボールペン本体は、フリーザをイメージした白に、かっこいいシルバープリントです。

【フリーザ進化時計】
フリーザ部分が半立体になっていて、時が進むごとにフリーザが進化!盤面には映画の主要キャラクターが勢ぞろい!!

価格やグッズ、予約の詳細などはこちらをチェック!

■Amazon限定!
Amazon.co.jpでも、限定でオリジナル描き下ろしビジュアルアートポスターセット付き特別前売券が登場です!
B5サイズのオリジナル描き下ろしビジュアルアートポスターが、2枚セットでついてきます。
価格などの詳細は商品ページをチェック!

是非この機会に様々な限定グッズを入手しちゃいましょう!


Hello, staff here.
Just 34 days left until the premiere!
Advance tickets are now on sale for Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, premiering April 18th!

■At theater ticket windows…
You can get “Movie-version Akira Toriyama Model Super Evolution Straps”! These limited edition mobile phone straps come with earphone jacks, and are based off new designs Toriyama-sensei drew for the movie! You get your choice of either Goku or Freeza with each ticket.

Check out the official site for price and other info!

■Loppi Limited Edition!
You can even reserve advance tickets with limited edition goods using Loppi, found inside Lawson stores nationwide!
There are two types of goods: “Charm Ballpoint Pen” and “Freeza Evolution Clock” ♪

[Charm Ballpoint Pen]
You can change the charm based on your mood! The pen itself is white with a cool silver print, just like Freeza.

[Freeza Evolution Clock]
Has semi-3D Freeza images, so as time advances, Freeza evolves! The clock face features a lineup of the film’s major characters!!

Check here for price and other details on the goods and reservations!

■Amazon Limited Edition!
Amazon even has a special advance ticket that comes with a limited edition visual art poster set! This set features two Size B5 exclusive visual art posters.
Check the product page for price and other product details!

Definitely take this opportunity to get your hands on some of these limited edition goods!

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



With 31 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a quick chat with the three-eyed cowboy, Tenshinhan:

こんにちは!ブルマよ!
公開まであと31日!
今日は天津飯が来てくれたわよ!

久しぶりだな。

あら、今日は餃子は?

餃子は置いてきた。
フリーザとは直接戦ったことはないが、修行をしていたとはいえ危険の方が大きそうだからな。

そうね。それがいいかもしれないわね。
うちのチビ達と一緒に留守番の方が安心よね。

昔のこととはいえあのベジータが恐れていた相手だ。
油断はできん。
それにしてもフリーザの野郎、1000人の兵隊を連れてくるとは…。
まだそんなに残党が居やがったとは…!

一人あたりでいったら100人ちょっとじゃない!

そんな簡単にいけばいいが…。
俺も久々の激しい戦いとなりそうだ。修行の成果をみせてやろう。


Bulma: Hey, Bulma here!
Just 31 days until the premiere!
Today we’ve got Tenshinhan!

Tenshinhan: Long time no see.

Bulma: Hey, where’s Chiaotzu?

Tenshinhan: I left him behind. I’ve got no firsthand experience fighting Freeza, but it seems like this’ll be too dangerous for him, even though he’s been training.

Bulma: That’s probably for the best. Safer to leave him back home, like we did with the rug-rats.

Tenshinhan: We can’t let our guard down; this is an enemy even Vegeta was afraid of (even if that was a long time ago). Not to mention the bastard’s bringing 1,000 soldiers with him… Who would have thought his army still had that many people left in it…?!

Bulma: But if you split it up, each of you can just take on 100, right?

Tenshinhan: I can only hope it will be so easy… But this looks like it’ll be my first big fight in a long time. I’ll show the fruits of my training!

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



Dragon Ball XENOVERSE players may have noticed a special gift sent to them in-game this past week: the four-star Dragon Ball!

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The official Facebook page for Dragon Ball video games announced yesterday that each week through 17 April 2015 players can visit the Time Space Delivery kiosk to receive at least one new Dragon Ball:

March 20th – Two-star Dragon Ball, Five-star Dragon Ball
March 27th – Three-star Dragon Ball
April 3rd – Six-star Dragon Ball
April 10th – Seven-star Dragon Ball
April 17th – One-star Dragon Ball

Collecting the seven Dragon Balls allow players to wish for more zeni, rare items, new outfits, level up, obtain more playable characters, reset skill points, and more.

If you happen to have already collected the respective Dragon Ball during one of your missions, you will be unable to accept the gift (so be sure to collect the others and summon Shenlong before claiming your freebie)! Players will need to have have completed the Time Patrol Quest “Return of the Saiyans Saga” and have logged into the single and multiplayer lobbies before receiving these gifts.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.



With the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, a month away, and promotion for it starting to ramp up in earnest, we now have reports of three new preview screenings of the movie in addition to the seven previously announced.

First is an additional screening at T-Joy Cinema in Kyoto on 03 April: 50 pairs (100 individuals) will get the chance to see the new movie two weeks early. People can enter by filling out the entry form found in the Porta underground mall at Kyoto Station, and submitting it at Information desk. The entry period is from 14 to 27 March.

Next is an intimate showing at Space FS Shiodome in Tokyo, limited to a mere 15 pairs (30 individuals). Entries must be made by filling out and sending in the postcard included with the April issue of Entermix magazine, which was released on 20 February.

Finally, on 07 April, Aeon Cinema Ōdaka in Nagoya will be having a screening for 100 pairs (200 individuals). Prospective attendees must send a postcard in to Tōkai TV (Nagoya’s regional Fuji TV affiliate) with their name, address, age, and profession; or they can enter online via Tōkai TV’s website.

In addition to the previously-announced Japanese screenings — which begin 30 March 2015an American preview screening (incorrectly first described as a “world premiere”), in Japanese with English subtitles, will take place 11 April 2015 in Los Angeles courtesy of FUNimation.