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Published by VegettoEX
25 January 2017, 9:10 AM EDT1 Comment

In conjunction with the March 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan, Bandai Namco has detailed some of the additions coming to Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 next month.

As with the first round of major content updates, additions will come in the form of free content as well as content specifically tied to the second paid downloadble content pack.

Time Patrollers,

A lot of you have been asking about the content for the upcoming new content, and we are excited to be able to share this with you! The second wave of content will be released in February!

As for the first Update, it will include 2 part: a free update for all players and a paid DLC (purchasable alone or through the Season Pass).

The free update will include:

  • New level cap for your time patroller (up to level 90)!
  • 5 new costumes
  • 3 new accessories
  • 5 new attacks
  • New world tournament rules
  • A new option to change the BGM in Battles
  • Two new Expert Missions

The Paid DLC will include new story missions and new playable characters! Here is the detail:

  • Two new playable character: Champa and Vados
  • New story content: The history has been altered! The God of Destruction Champa approaches Conton City!
  • Additional stage: Unnamed Planet
  • 8 new attacks:
  • Three new costumes
  • Five new Super Souls
  • One new vehicle: Space Pod
  • New emotes

Stay tuned for more details on the second wave of content releasing in February!

The second paid downloadable content pack is due sometime in February 2017; the first paid downloadable content pack was released 20 December 2016. Downloadable content packs are included in the cost of the game’s season pass, which is available for $29.99 and will cover four total content packs.

The game is also still on tap — at least in Japan — to receive an “Anison & BGM Pack” adding specific tunes from the original series and movies.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The game was also recently announced for the Nintendo Switch.

Published by VegettoEX
23 January 2017, 5:47 PM EDT3 Comments

“Legend 18” — the final volume in Shueisha’s “Digest Edition” of the Dragon Ball manga, released earlier this month in Japan — wraps up with 2004’s updated kanzenban ending, rather than the original version of chapter 519 as serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump and used in subsequent tankōbon collected editions.

This new ending — written and illustrated by original author Akira Toriyama for the final kanzenban release — expanded upon the original to include two additional pages in which Goku hands Kinto-Un down to Oob. The chapter’s final narration was also rewritten to shift the source of Earth’s safety from the Dragon Balls to that of the “incredible guys” that reside there. In addition, Toriyama’s original goodbye message was replaced with two new panels of Vegeta declaring his ongoing aspiration to defeat Goku.

UPDATE: As folks have rightfully pointed out, despite the additions with Oob, the “Digest Edition” does in fact end with Toriyama’s original ending message, rather than with Vegeta’s monologue:

The “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen) were originally 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 each feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text and logos, and next issue previews.

Published by VegettoEX
23 January 2017, 11:17 AM EDTComments Off

This March 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan provided new character designs and an overview for Dragon Ball Super‘s upcoming “Universe Survival arc” set to begin 05 February 2017:

The battle begins Sunday, February 5!!! Superior “Survival”!!!
The curtain rises on the long-awaited new chapter this February!!! And we’re sharing some startling new information!!!

Those twins are set to join the fight, too!!! The new chapter is about to begin at last!!! When Goku and the Omni-King’s promise is fulfilled, all 12 universes will be endangered?! It turns out they’re holding the ultimate survival battle, with ten representatives from each universe fighting!!!

Unveiling design images drawn by Akira Toriyama-sensei!!!
Akira Toriyama-sensei did the original story, of course!!! Here are some of the design images he drew for this new chapter!!!

Artificial Human #17
Artificial Human #17 has become a supportive ally!! His left armband says “Ranger”!!

Artificial Human #18
Now she’s a wonderful mom!! #18 will join the battle as a powerful asset. Will she bust out some combo attacks with Kuririn or #17…?!

The design for a new God of Destruction and angel, too…?!
The other Gods of Destruction besides Beerus and Champa will be appearing en masse?! This newly-revealed God of Destruction has a beard!!

And here’s the Survival Stadium that will serve as the battle stage!!!
It has a strange shape, just like a giant spinning top! Centerstage is the clock pillar. Around it are the spectator benches. And located a little further away is the Omni-King’s throne.

The magazine goes on to re-confirm the series’ upcoming, new opening theme — “Limit Break x Survivor” (突破限界xサバイバー Genkai Toppa x Sabaibā) — with lyrics by Yukinojō Mori, composition by Takafumi Iwasaki, and vocal performance by Kiyoshi Hikawa, the lattermost of whom provided the following statement regarding the song:

Now I’ve ended up singing the new opening theme for Dragon Ball Super‘s “Universe Survival arc”, “Limit Break x Survivor”! This is my first time taking on an anime song! The lyrics are by my beloved Yukinojō Mori. Yukinojō-san has put together a full-throttle rock anime song, so it’ll make me happy if Dragon Ball fans and lots of other people listen to my new song. Please look forward to it!

Additionally, Fuji TV’s broadcast of Dragon Ball Super episode 75 this past weekend included a 15-second promotional video for the upcoming arc following the standard next-episode preview (which was not appended to international simulcast streams):

Hey, this is Goku! Check out this no-holds-barred battle with our own survival at stake! Don’t miss it!

The production team previously shared a manga-focused preview for the new arc back in December at Jump Festa in Tokyo.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The series is available for free and premium viewing on licensed sites such as Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab. New episodes are added — in their original Japanese language with accompanying English subtitles — the same day as their Japanese broadcast.

Published by VegettoEX
23 January 2017, 9:28 AM EDT1 Comment

Following its initial listing and subsequent update, FUNimation’s first Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters home release has been further adjusted back to separate DVD and Blu-ray versions on both the company’s own online shop as well as on Amazon.

A previous FUNimation online shop adjustment had included a DVD/Blu-ray/digital combo-pack, which no longer appears to be offered by the company.

“The Final Chapters: Part One” hits store shelves 25 April 2017 and will cover episodes 99-121 of the Boo arc’s international cut (as opposed to the further-condensed Japanese television broadcast from 2014). On-disc extras will include a commentary track for episode 112, as well as creditless versions of the opening and ending themes.

FUNimation’s English dub for the Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai debuted on Cartoon Network earlier this month. The home release will contain the original Japanese language track (with accompanying English subtitle translations) as well as FUNimation’s English dub. The Boo arc will be presented on home video in a cropped 16:9 widescreen format; unlike the initial arcs of the series that were remastered by Q-TEC and presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, Toei opted for an internal remaster for the Boo arc that has been cropped to widescreen from the start.

Published by VegettoEX
17 January 2017, 3:32 PM EDT1 Comment

After posting and quickly removing listings for their Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters home video release, FUNimation’s online shop has adjusted the “Part One” availability to a standard DVD package in addition to an all-in-one package featuring Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Ultraviolet versions.

The new package is listed for $54.98 MSRP with the same specifics as the previous listing: episodes 99-121 spread across three Blu-ray discs and hitting shelves 25 April 2017.

Thanks to Omar for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
16 January 2017, 5:25 PM EDTComments Off

FUNimation’s online shop has updated with listings for the first Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters DVD and Blu-ray set, dated for 25 April 2017 ($49.98 DVD and $54.98 Blu-ray MSRP):

Seven years have passed since Cell’s defeat, and the Z Fighters have returned to normal life. Goku has continued his training in the Other World, Krillin has gotten married, and Gohan has his hands full attempting to navigate the pitfalls of high school. But with the new World Martial Arts Tournament about to begin, it’s time for Goku and the Z Fighters to reunite and face off against the greatest warriors on Earth! Meanwhile, the evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father’s thwarted dreams of universal domination. The Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z Fighters in his effort to prevent Babidi from awakening a monster of unimaginable terror-Majin Buu!

“The Final Chapters: Part One” will cover episodes 99-121 of the Boo arc’s international cut (as opposed to the further-condensed Japanese television broadcast from 2014). On-disc extras will include a commentary track for episode 112, as well as creditless versions of the opening and ending themes.

FUNimation’s English dub for the Boo arc of Dragon Ball Kai debuted on Cartoon Network earlier this month. The home release will contain the original Japanese language track (with accompanying English subtitle translations) as well as FUNimation’s English dub. The Boo arc will be presented on home video in a cropped 16:9 widescreen format; unlike the initial arcs of the series that were remastered by Q-TEC and presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, Toei opted for an internal remaster for the Boo arc that has been cropped to widescreen from the start.

As with the company’s initial release of Dragon Ball Kai in America, the Boo arc will seemingly first see a release in multi-disc “Part” sets (presumably to be followed with “season” sets down the line following its first complete run-through).

Thanks to WTK for the heads-up.

UPDATE: FUNimation has since pulled the two (DVD & Blu-ray) listings from their online shop.

Published by VegettoEX
13 January 2017, 9:28 AM EDT1 Comment

In conjunction with yesterday’s Nintendo Switch showcase, Bandai Namco has announced a forthcoming port of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 for the new system.

In television and table mode the game will support one or two players, while in mobile mode the game will support one player.

The Nintendo Switch will release worldwide 03 March 2017. A release date and price for the Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 port has yet to be determined. In a tweet about the upcoming port, Bandai Namco referred to the game’s title as “tentative,” which in some cases suggests a forthcoming subtitle and extra functionality or content over previous game versions (though, to be clear, there is nothing inherently implied by this tentative title).

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016.

Published by VegettoEX
13 January 2017, 9:15 AM EDTComments Off

Continuing onward from the previous fifteen chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s sixteenth chapter to their website, continuing into the “Future Trunks arc” of the manga.

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’ twentieth chapter due next week in the magazine’s March 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 month on Cartoon Network.

Published by VegettoEX
13 January 2017, 9:06 AM EDTComments Off

This week’s February 2017 issue of Animedia in Japan contains a single page promoting the upcoming “Universe Survival arc” of the Dragon Ball Super television series:

The “Universe Survival Arc” Begins! The Complex History of Earth’s 10 Representatives

Do you remember? During the “God of Destruction Champa arc”, the Onmi-King, ruler of the universes, suggested a tournament in which the strongest warriors from throughout the twelve universes would assemble. But afterwards there was the battle with Universe 10’s Zamasu, so everyone forgot about this. Everyone that is except Goku, who likes fighting even more than food, and asks Omni-King again about holding the tournament. And so, with episode 77, the series finally enters the “Universe Survival arc”.

For this tournament, ten warriors are selected from each universe. Ten warriors, including Goku, are representing Earth. Checking out this roster it’s Goku’s son Gohan, the strongest Earthling Kuririn, their master the Turtle Hermit, and a whole bunch of Goku’s former rivals. Piccolo and Tenshinhan gave Goku intense fights in his younger days, and it goes without saying that Vegeta is Goku’s eternal rival. Majin Boo was likewise a fearsome foe who once had Goku on the ropes. In other words, these guys represent Goku’s fighting history itself. Plus, Artificial Humans 17 and 18 are also formiddable foes who once gave Vegeta a tough fight.

These members who have clashed their power and skills together can truly be said to be the strongest ten people on Earth now. It seems that Goku plans on improving his ki and stamina by training with Kuririn in preparation to fight the strong opponents ahead. We’re looking forward to Goku’s further evolution.

The February 2017 issue of Animedia went on sale 10 January 2017 and is available for purchase on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Our translation of this article has been archived in the “Translations” section of the website.

Published by VegettoEX
10 January 2017, 11:56 AM EDT3 Comments

Online retailers have updated their listings with the front and back cover art for Viz’s upcoming release of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s first collected print volume:

Goku’s adventure from the best-selling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series written by Akira Toriyama himself!

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 in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball!

Having defeated Boo, Goku is starting to get bored with his life on Earth. His wife, Chi-chi, wants him to get a job, but all he wants to do is train and fight stronger enemies. Elsewhere in the universe, the God of Destruction, Beerus, and his attendant Whis are traveling from planet to planet in search of food and entertainment. After blowing up some hapless victims, Beerus is reminded of a man from his dreams with the moniker “Super Saiyan God,” or something like that… The God of Destruction sets his sights on Earth to track down this mysterious man! Maybe this will give Goku something to do?

The original Japanese release of the first volume collected the first nine chapters and one bonus chapter. Viz’s first collected edition will be released 02 May 2017 for $9.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Glénat will release their French translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s first collected volume 05 April 2017.

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’ nineteenth chapter recently published in the magazine’s February 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 on their website.

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 this past weekend on Cartoon Network.

Thanks to Jinzoningen MULE on our forum for the heads-up!