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Published by VegettoEX
17 June 2016, 11:59 AM EDT1 Comment

Shueisha has released the cover artwork for the upcoming fifth volume (“Legend 5”) 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 5” picks up with Chapter 113, will run 366 pages, and is set for release 24 June 2016 for ¥500 plus tax, with the second and fourth Friday of each subsequent month seeing one new volume apiece (“Legend 6” is due out 08 July 2016 with “Legend 7” following 22 July 2016). “Legend 5” is available for pre-order via Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
14 June 2016, 3:35 PM EDTComments Off

The 2016 Electronic Entertainment Exposition (“E3”) kicked off for attendees today in Los Angeles, and Bandai Namco has the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 on display. The company has provided a few new tidbits of information ahead of their scheduled demos, in particular noting a hub city seven times the size of the first game’s and post-launch support guaranteed up through a year after the game’s release.

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Developed to fully utilize the power of current generation gaming consoles and PCs, DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 builds upon the highly popular DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE with enhanced graphics that will further immerse players into the largest and most detailed Dragon Ball world ever developed. DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 will deliver a new hub city and the most character customization choices to date among a multitude of new features and special upgrades. DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 is scheduled to launch in the Americas in 2016.

  • Relive the Dragon Ball story by time traveling and changing historic moments in the Dragon Ball universe
  • Next-gen visuals bring the Dragon Ball anime experience to life
  • New characters and boss fights
  • Brand new hub city 7X the size of the original game with 300 players online at the same time
  • More in depth character creation system
  • Updates and post launch support for up to one year

The European branch of the company has also uploaded a gameplay trailer featuring Tullece (from 1990’s Dragon Ball Z Movie 3) fighting the future version of Son Gohan (from 1993’s Trunks TV special), whose description confirms the game will run, “…at a smooth 60 FPS on all platforms!”

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
14 June 2016, 3:11 PM EDTComments Off

As we pour all of our attention toward the “Future Trunks Arc” of Dragon Ball Super, let us not forget the first truly new story arc in the series: the Universe 6 and 7 God of Destruction Invitational Tournament (or perhaps just the “Champa arc” for short)! In this week’s episode, Kirbopher and KaiserNeko join in for a look back at the arc, its new characters, and what that all means for the future of the series.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0406! Mike, Chris, and Scott review the Universe 6 and 7 God of Destruction Invitational Tournament (or just the “Champa arc” for short!) from the “Dragon Ball Super” TV series. How well were the new characters integrated into the larger story, and what does this all mean for the future of the series? What were some of the best character moments, and where was the ball dropped along the way?

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Published by Hujio
10 June 2016, 1:00 AM EDTComments Off

Ahead of this weekend’s premiere of the “Future Trunks Arc” in Dragon Ball Super, and on the heals of a new extended-length trailer, the series’ official website has posted a new “Cast Comment” with Takeshi Kusao (Trunks). Read on for our English translation of said interview!

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This cast interview has been archived in our “Translations” section.

Published by Hujio
09 June 2016, 11:45 AM EDTComments Off,

In conjunction with their Super Dragon Ball Heroes announcement, the official Dragon Ball Heroes website has released a new extended-length trailer for the upcoming “Future Trunks Arc” of the Dragon Ball Super TV series.

原作・ストーリー&キャラクター原案
鳥山明

[Story and Character Drafts by Original Author Akira Toriyama]

未来の地球を襲
[Attacking the Earth of the Future]

黒き絶望
[Black Despair]

迫り来る恐怖
[Impending Fear]

荒廃した世界に差す
[Bringing to a Devastated World]

希望の光
[The Light of Hope]

最後の望みをかけて
[Pinning Their Last Hope]

時空を超え
[Transcending Time and Space]

運命を切り開くための
[In Order to Carve Out Destiny]

熾烈な戦いが始まる
[A Fierce Battle Begins]

新章「“未来”トランクス編」
6月12日 日曜 朝9時スタート

[The New “Future Trunks Arc” Arc Begins Sunday June 12th at 9:00 a.m.]

絶望、その名は―――
[Despair, Its Name Is…]

The trailer officially debuted earlier in the day at the 2016 “International Tokyo Toy Show” as a part of the Dragon Ball Heroes stage show. In addition, as reported by Anime! Anime!, a pre-recorded video message from Masako Nozawa (Son Goku) was played to the audience, in which she said she is “thrilled” about the new story and to, “Please, look forward to it!” The article also reveals that the story’s main plot was developed in the autumn of 2015, with a final screenplay completed in February 2016, indicating that production has been ongoing for the past four months. The stage show closed with a final message from author Akira Toriyama (pulled from his larger Super Dragon Ball Heroes quote):

サイヤ人のように、どんどん進化する『スーパードラゴンボールヒーローズ』をこれからもぜひ楽しんでやってください!!


Just like the Saiyans, it [DBH] is constantly evolving; from now on, please enjoy Super Dragon Ball Heroes!!

Dragon Ball Super airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The “Future Trunks Arc” begins 12 June 2016 with episode 47, “SOS From the Future! A New Black Enemy Appears!!”

Published by VegettoEX
09 June 2016, 11:33 AM EDTComments Off

Bandai has announced Super Dragon Ball Heroes, an update to the successful card-based arcade game in Japan, scheduled to launch in autumn 2016.

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The basics of Dragon Ball Heroes will remain unchanged, with the player placing cards on the panel and moving them around to control the characters on-screen; the number of cards used in battle will increase from five to seven, however. The monitor will be 32 inches (140% larger than the old one) to facilitate a “more dynamic” battle. The flat panel is also now a touch-panel monitor, allowing for special “touch actions” that players can activate. All previously-released Dragon Ball Heroes cards will be compatible with the new machine. The game will also introduce “Virtual Cards” that affect battle conditions, which will only exist as digital data (as opposed to the standard physical cards), but can be controlled alike all the same.

Bandai is looking to appeal to new and old fans alike, with a specific target demographic of boys aged nine to twelve years old. The game will be placed in arcades, stores, amusement parks, etc. around Japan, and will be shown off at the company’s booth at “International Tokyo Toy Show 2016” from 09 June 2016 to 12 June 2016.

Original manga author Akira Toriyama provided a special quote in honor of the upcoming game launch:

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Thanks for always playing Dragon Ball Heroes! As the original author, I was really happy to hear last year how it was entering its fifth year and still doing better than ever. Just like the Saiyans, it’s constantly evolving; from now on, please enjoy Super Dragon Ball Heroes!!

Published by VegettoEX
08 June 2016, 6:32 PM EDTComments Off

Following several prior patches, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden on the Nintendo 3DS received a new patch today (08 April 2016) in Japan, bringing it up to Version 1.5.0.

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The update adds one new playable background stage: Uchū’ichi Budōkai (“Number-One-In-The-Universe Martial Arts Tournament”), the stadium from the Universe 6 vs. Universe 7 tournament in the Dragon Ball Super TV series. The patch also adds three new Z-Assist characters, rounding out the Universe 6 team, also from Dragon Ball Super: Magetta, Cabba, and Hit.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

The game was released in Europe 16 October 2015, in North and Latin America 20 October 2015, and in Brazil 23 October 2015. A free demo is also available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The international edition of the game received a 1.1 patch in April, roughly bringing it in line with the Japanese version’s 1.4 patch.

Published by VegettoEX
08 June 2016, 11:33 AM EDTComments Off

Last week’s July 2016 issue of Saikyō Jump in Japan wrapped up the retelling of the 22nd Tenka’ichi Budokai in Naho Ooishi’s Dragon Ball SD with the series’ 43rd standard chapter. In a surprise twist, the manga will skip the Demon King Piccolo and 23rd Tenka’ichi Budokai arcs entirely.

As Tenshinhan and Goku fall (following his Kamehameha-propelled headbutt), Piccolo is heading for the tournament himself to massacre the martial artists and to steal the Dragon Balls. As he and Piano approach, Goku — with the expected Great Ape silhouette behind him — inadvertently flies directly through Piccolo’s airship. The demon laments dying in such a way and spits out an egg, telling his child to avenge him one day. Meanwhile, Raditz complains about being forced to come out to these parts in order to gather the remaining Saiyans. He vaguely remembers seeing this place before, but brushes it off, cackling, “just you wait, my younger brother Kakarrot!” Just then, a round object (Piccolo’s egg) collides with Raditz’s pod, sending him careening in the other direction. Having strayed from his path toward Earth, he calls for help from Nappa and Vegeta, but they are busy at the moment so it will probably be about 10 years. Vegeta, however, decides that they have no need for that useless fool. And so, unbeknownst to anyone, the mysterious flying object that saved the Earth from the evil hand of the Saiyans was none other than the egg of Piccolo’s offspring. Back on the ground, Tenshinhan is declared the winner. In the middle of the tournament, Goku defeated the mightiest enemies he was supposed to fight later on with incredible momentum. Echoing the turtle sage’s line at the end of Chapter 194, the narration declares that the story is not yet over and that it will continue for just a little bit longer with “Z-level” action! A blurb on the side of the page announces the invasion of the Saiyans next chapter!

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The July 2016 issue of Saikyō Jump was released 03 June 2016 for ¥530 and is available to purchase from CDJapan.

Dragon Ball SD began with Saikyō Jump as a quarterly publication with four total issues in 2011 re-telling major aspects of the franchise in an even more childish tone. When the magazine switched to a monthly format in 2012, Dragon Ball SD started over at the very beginning of the series with the same kind of writing and artistic style. The publication switched to a bimonthly release schedule in late-2014. The fourth collected volume of the series was released back in February 2016 covering up through chapter 38.

The third collected edition of Dragon Ball SD was released last month in France from Glénat.

Published by VegettoEX
08 June 2016, 11:21 AM EDTComments Off

Bandai has announced a new line of Dragon Ball-themed candy toys for Japan under the “Dragon Ball Adverge” (ドラゴンボール アドバージ) name.

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The lineup of toys with soda-flavored candy will begin with Son Goku, Cell, Freeza, Trunks, and Broli (along with an alternate version of Trunks). Each 55mm PVC candy toy will retail for ¥540 with a release planned for 27 June 2016 in Japan. Similar new candy toys have been announced for other franchises, as well.

Published by VegettoEX
08 June 2016, 10:07 AM EDTComments Off

The number of Dragon Ball cover songs continues to explode as the multiple generations of fans grow up and disperse into their own various realms of hobbies and professions. The closing theme to the original TV series – “I’ll Give You Romance” – seems to have made a significant and lasting impression over the years, and continues to receive new covers and reinterpretations on an annual basis. Listen in for some great tune recommendations!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0405! Mike and Meri hash out one last batch of Trunks anticipation based on the “Dragon Ball Super” episode 46 stinger and next-episode-preview. We also share the top five cover versions of the original “Dragon Ball” TV series ending theme, “I’ll Give You Romance”. A wide selection of old and new covers alike make the list, so listen in for some great tune recommendations!

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