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Published by VegettoEX
21 April 2017, 6:19 AM EDTComments Off

Continuing onward from the previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s twenty-third chapter to their website, continuing the “Future Trunks arc” of the manga. This marks the first instance of Viz simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut, which saw its release today in the June 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan.

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’ twenty-third chapter coming today in the magazine’s June 2017 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. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
17 April 2017, 4:23 PM EDT2 Comments

Following their completion of the Dragon Ball Z Kai home video release this June, FUNimation will begin their home video release of the Dragon Ball Super television series in July.

With Majin Buu defeated, Goku has taken a completely new role as a…radish farmer?! With Earth at peace, our heroes have settled into normal lives. But they can’t get too comfortable. Far away, a powerful god awakens to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of a formidable being. When his search for the Saiyan God brings him to Earth, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

According to FUNimation’s online shop listings, the first volume — “Part One” — is set for release 25 July 2017. The bilingual (English/Japanese) two-disc set will span 13 episodes and is slated to contain 25 minutes of bonus material. The set will retail for $39.98 MSRP on DVD and $44.98 MSRP on Blu-ray.

UPDATE: RightStuf’s online listings include tentative cover art for the DVD and Blu-ray releases.

The Dragon Ball Super television series — which sees new episodes each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan — now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has acquired the American distribution license for the series, with their English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network.

Thanks to @Adil_OPP for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
14 April 2017, 9:36 AM EDTComments Off

Toei Animation’s official YouTube channel added a new promotional video for the Dragon Ball Super television series’ “Universe Survival arc“, this time exclusively focused on “Andoroid [sic] No. 17″.

かつて。。。
悟空を倒すために造られた
最強の人造人間が
奇跡の邂逅を果たす。。。
人造人間17号力の大会参戦!!!!
十余年の時を経て
パワーも
スピードも
すべたが超に!!!!
〜究極を超える力が
今、明かされる〜


The mightiest Artificial Human,
Who once
Was created to defeat Goku
Will have a miraculous encounter…
Artificial Human No. 17 joins the fray in the Tournament of Power!!!!
After a decade-plus,
His power,
His speed,
Everything is now Super!!!!
~His power, surpassing the ultimate, is now revealed~

So far seen only in the latest opening theme and brief cameos, #17 will make his formal appearance in Dragon Ball Super this weekend with the series’ eighty-sixth episode.

In May 2014, as part of an on-going Q&A series in the Dragon Ball manga’s “Full Color” re-release, original author Akira Toriyama revealed #17’s and #18’s real names (Lapis and Lazuli, respectively) along with information regarding #17’s new life in the sixth Cell arc volume:

He works in the wildlife preserve area of a gigantic royal nature park, as an outstanding guard who doesn’t hold back against poachers.

It’s an ideal job for No. 17, who loves to be on his own and isn’t big on cooperating with others; since he’s so good at his job, he takes in a high salary. He’s married to a zoologist; they have one child and two adopted children, and live happily in an isolated house inside the nature park.

He went and met No. 18 and Kuririn one time, but didn’t talk about what he’d been up to, maybe because he considers such a wholesome lifestyle embarrassing.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
10 April 2017, 11:57 AM EDTComments Off

Shueisha’s official book database has updated with a listing for the first collected print edition of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, due out 02 May 2017. The series’ author/illustrator, Yoshitaka Nagayama, had previously announced the first volume on his Twitter account.

The first volume will retail for ¥400 (plus tax) and will span 176 pages. This page count spans significantly more than the five chapters serialized thus far (currently and roughly in the range of 120 content pages, with chapters two through five running just over 20 pages each).

A sequel/continuation from and initially a replacement for the previous Dragon Ball Heroes Super Charisma Mission! manga series, Dark Demon Realm Mission began in the September 2016 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine telling a new story set in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes world with Time Patrol Trunks, Chronoa, and more. The series’ sixth chapter will be serialized in the July 2016 issue due out in early June, after this first collected volume’s release.

Nagayama’s original Charisma Mission series debuted with a special Rookie Charisma Mission Episode 0 in the December 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump, then ran in earnest from the July 2014 to July 2016 issues. In it, Engineer Yoshito, Battle Navigator Tsubasa, and Battle Princess Momo illustrate the various features of the game in comedic ways. With the cancellation of Katsuki Hirose‘s Dragon Ball Discross Divine Power God MAX!! spin-off manga series (due to the Discross arcade game’s official discontinuation), Nagayama returned with Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! in the March 2017 issue, which now runs alongside Dark Demon Realm Mission.

Saikyō Jump currently serializes five Dragon Ball spin-off series: Dragon Ball SD, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic, Dragon Ball Fusions the MANGA!!, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission, and Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! Beyond this Dark Demon Realm Mission announcement, Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD is the only other series receiving a collected print (and digital) release.

The first Dark Demon Realm Mission collected edition is available for pre-order on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
07 April 2017, 9:10 AM EDTComments Off

Continuing onward from the previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s twenty-second chapter to their website, continuing the “Future Trunks arc” of the manga. As of this chapter, Viz is completely caught up with the original serialization in Japan; chapter 22 was released back on 21 March 2017 in the May 2017 issue of V-Jump.

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

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’ twenty-second chapter coming earlier last month in the magazine’s May 2017 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. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
05 April 2017, 9:24 PM EDT1 Comment

Viz will offer a sampler with previews from the Dragon Ball Super (specifically the series’ second chapter) and Boruto manga for Free Comic Book Day this year.

Free Comic Book Day” — 06 May 2017 this year — is an annual event where comic book publishers provide free sampler books to stores to lure in patrons. Viz has offered up Dragon Ball samplers in the past, as well.

Thanks to Theophrastus for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
05 April 2017, 8:47 PM EDTComments Off

Bandai Namco has announced that their free-to-play mobile video game Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle has surpassed 150 million downloads worldwide.

Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle Soars Past 150 Million Downloads Worldwide!

April 4, 2017
Special Summon and Bonus Campaign in the Works!

Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle is the latest mobile hit from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., available on the App Store and Google Play™. We are pleased to announce it has broken the 150 million download mark, inspiring a very special “Summon” and bonus campaign!
It’s been two years since the app made its global debut. Now, it boasts a top ten App Store ranking in over 19 countries. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate with us!

Celebrate with a Commemorative Summon
In honor of hitting 150 million downloads, a commemorative Summon that works with special Summon Tickets will be launched. Players will be rewarded with 1 Summon Ticket for every 50 Dragon Stones they have used since the release of the game to 3/27/2017. Fans will have another chance to nab popular (and powerful) Dokkan Festival characters, like SSR Super Vegito, SSR Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, and more!
Lasts from 4/3/2017 (Mon) 15:30, JST to 5/8/2017 (Mon) 14:59, JST

Ticket Summon Details
A single Summon Ticket will allow you to obtain one character in the Summon, and five tickets will allow you to obtain five. Tickets are valid until the campaign ends, at 5/8/2017 (Mon) 14:59, JST. The corresponding Summon will appear only to those with these special tickets in their inventory.

Important
* [Deepening Darkness] Goku Black [SSR] featured in a concurrent Dokkan Festival event, will not appear in this Summon.

* Dragon Stones used both in Summons and for Continues will count toward your total Dragon Stone usage.
* Other SSR characters will appear in this Summon in addition to the Dokkan Festival-Exclusive Characters.
* This Summon also features other changes to the Character line-up. Tap the Character List in the top-left corner of the Summon page to check the complete list of available characters.
* Drop rate differs for each character.
* Training against the same card raises Super Attack level, improving strength.
* The campaign period may be subject to change.
* Any unused tickets remaining after the campaign period will be void and deleted.

Don’t Miss [Mysterious Ritual] Elder Kai!
There will also be a special one-time use Multi-Summon which will reward players with 10 x [Mysterious Ritual] Elder Kais.
These cards are guaranteed to raise the Super Attack level of other characters through training (1 level per training session).
Don’t miss this chance to boost your team’s Super Attack levels and unleash blistering fury on the battlefield!

Lasts from 4/3/2017 (Mon) 15:30 PM, JST to 5/1/2017 (Mon) 14:59 PM, JST
* This special-edition Summon is only available with a Multi-Summon.
* After completing this Summon, it will disappear from the Summon page.
* The only character available in this Summon is [Mysterious Ritual] Elder Kai.
* Bonus period is subject to change.

This concludes the Event notification.
As always, thanks for playing Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle!

Announced back in September 2014, Dokkan Battle eventually made its way worldwide. For April Fools this year, the game adopted a “Saibai Battle” moniker and presentation focusing on the Saibaimen characters. The game is available on the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Published by VegettoEX
04 April 2017, 2:58 PM EDTComments Off

Australia’s Supanova Pop Culture Expo has announced Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) as a guest this month at the convention’s stop in Melbourne 29 April 2017 and 30 April 2017.

Currently acting, producing and directing in theatre, Nozawa has been actively involved in the voice-acting scene since the beginning of the industry. Her professional career in acting began at the age of three. Upon graduating high school, she moved to Tokyo to pursue her acting. She started her voice-acting career in her late-teens, although the exact debut production is unknown as voice-overs were taken and aired live at the time.

Nozawa’s first voice-acting in anime started with Astro Boy. Her first lead-role was in Ge Ge Ge no Kitarou (series 1) as Kitarou. In 2013, she won the Seventh Seiyuu (voice-acting) award, winning the “Achievement Award”.

On 31st January 2017, she was acknowledged in the Guiness World Records with the record of “Longest time voicing a character in Video Games” and “Longest time acting as one character in one video game”.

In answer to her most influential character, she says that the three roles: Goku, Gohan, Goten from the Dragon Ball series, Kitarou from Ge Ge Ge no Kitarou (1st – 2nd series), and Tetsurou Hoshino from Galaxy Express 999 definitely mean a lot to her.

Regarding the Dragon Ball series where she acts three characters, Goku, Gohan and Goten, she explains that “The three may seem very similar but each have been brought up in a different environment so it is not hard to distinguish between them. I can switch roles as soon as I see their faces. Goku and Goten have similarities but I express the difference in that Goten actually has parents”. In terms of acting Goku in his later years, she mentions that “Rather than express real manliness, I try to show a sense of unrefined, oblivious character in his maturity”.

Nozawa will appear at the convention’s stop in Melbourne for a general admission Q&A, as well as paid signing and photo sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday; autograph and photography fees are set at $40 each.

Thanks to nato25 for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
04 April 2017, 2:14 PM EDTComments Off

In a previous “Press Archive” update, we shared a massive Dragon Ball overview feature from the February 1996 issue of Antarctic Press’ Mangazine. This time around, we are dipping back a year to 1995 and the magazine’s coverage of two significant events: (1) FUNimation’s acquisition of the Dragon Ball license, and (2) the end of the manga in Japan!

Mangazine Issue #38 (March 1995)
Mangazine‘s March 1995 issue contains a full-page news article regarding FUNimation’s brand-new acquisition: the Dragon Ball franchise. The article covers the company’s brief history and their plans for turning Dragon Ball into a weekly syndicated series. Perhaps most notably, the article references a brief license hold by U.S. Renditions, in addition to Harmony Gold’s original attempt at the franchise in America!

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Mangazine Issue #39 (May 1995)
Mangazine‘s May 1995 issue contains a short story noting the end of the Dragon Ball manga’s serialization in Japan. Notable here is an accurate citation for the precise issue (1995 #25), looking ahead to the continued collected edition of the manga and the television series, etc.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

As with our other recent additions, these two articles come courtesy of the positive response during our recent live streams. Stay tuned for more live stream announcements, acquisitions and additions to the section, and more! Be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.

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03 April 2017, 4:52 PM EDTComments Off

Our latest “Press Archive” additions take us back to the mid- to late-1990s, starting when FUNimation’s English dub of the series had not yet hit Dragon Ball Z, and concluding as Viz’s English translation of the manga was just hitting store shelves.

Animeco served as the official anime and manga magazine of the Japanese Animation Society of Hawai’i (“JASH” for short). It was clearly a passion project for the club, with a mix of well-written articles alongside amateur contributions, with a few submissions from outside sources, as well; Curtis Hoffmann (of the Akira Toriyama Super Database) wrote a two-part article on purchasing and handling cels, for example! Like many other anime publications of the day, a look back makes it feels as if Animeco somewhat-begrudgingly began covering Dragon Ball when the series headed stateside. There were clearly some die-hard fans in the club, however, which made for some very enthusiastic coverage.

Animeco Issue #2 (Spring 1996)
The second issue of Animeco featured a massive Dragon Ball overview article, covering the very beginning of the series up through the end of the manga. Of particular note in this article is the liberal use of (accurate!) translations for terms that had no real English dub precedent yet. Additionally, author Eddie A. S. Mak’s analysis of Son Goku as a character lines up perfectly with James Teal’s analysis from Animerica later that year; as we often explain, this is fascinating to read in light of there being no real adult, English-dubbed Goku to leave an impression on anyone.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Animeco Issue #3 (Summer 1996)
The third issue of Animeco, following up on a tease from the previous issue’s feature article, contained an early review of Dragon Ball GT focusing on the first couple episodes. With the exception of one (understandable) bit of confusion regarding the new set of Dragon Balls, Animeco‘s editors once again seem to nail their contemporary coverage of the series. That being said, this article is unfortunately a giant step down in terms of readability and overall grammar compared to the previous feature.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Be sure to check out all of the other Dragon Ball GT coverage in our archive, particularly that from Animerica and Protoculture Addicts for a broader look at the series’ contemporary perspective in America.

Animeco Issue #4 (Fall 1996)
The fourth issue of Animeco continued the Dragon Ball coverage, this time with a review of “Dragon Ball Z Legends” for the PlayStation. The review unfortunately continues the trend of poorly-written articles, but the enthusiasm certainly shines through.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Be sure to check out Gamefan‘s August 1996 review of the same game for other contemporary coverage.

Animeco Issue #10 (Spring 1998)
Jumping ahead to spring 1998, Animeco‘s tenth issue contains a brief reference to and review of Viz’s Dragon Ball manga English translation, which had just kicked off that March.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

We have tons of additional content coming to the “Press Archive“, though the response during our recent live streams kicked these a little higher up on the pile. Stay tuned for more live stream announcements, acquisitions and additions to the section, and more! Be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.