The new “Shōnen Jump+” app — available for iOS, Android, and PC viewing — provides access to a digital version of Weekly Shōnen Jump day-and-date with the print edition. Individual issues (which lack the ads and product spotlights of the print version, but instead include bonuses like colorized chapters and other extra content) are available for ¥300 each or a ¥900/month subscription. Subscriptions also include the latest issue of Jump NEXT!!, a special edition of Jump that is released every few months.
In addition to all of the above (the “Plus” in the title), the app also features over 25 titles for free. New entries revealed thus far include one-shots from well-known Jump artists, new app-exclusive series, material previously serialized through the “Jump LIVE” app (such as ēldLIVE and Rough Diamond), and at least one series that ran in Saikyō Jump prior to its bimonthly revamp (Fuwari! Don Patch, Yoshio Sawai’s gently-paced slice-of-life spinoff of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo).
Additionally, readers will be able to check out chapters of selected past hits like Dragon Ball (which appears to be two chapters at a time, starting from Volume 36).
“Shōnen Jump+” currently offers the latest issue (2014 #43) with back issues going back to June’s 2014 #27 issue (available for individual purchase only).
After shuttering their monthly print publication, Viz launched their English-language “Shonen Jump Alpha” online product in 2011 with series delayed two weeks behind their Japanese counterparts. The company moved to a day-and-date digital version of “Weekly Shonen Jump” in 2013 which has included publication of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and the “Full Color” edition of the Dragon Ball manga. While Shueisha has previously offered certain issues of the Japanese Weekly Shōnen Jump (such as the 45th Anniversary issue in 2013) through the “Jump Book STORE!” app, this marks the first time that the company has attempted a regular digital edition of one of its manga anthologies.
After originally debuting during a Tokyo Game Show 2014 live video stream in Japanese, Bandai Namco have begun unveiling a special extended trailer across their social media channels to promote the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE video game:
The promotional video covers the same material as the previously-released 60-second version, but goes on to showcase your potential avatar characters using signature techniques from the Dragon Ball cast, a plethora of customizable clothing options, the Toki Toki City hub, as well as a glimpse at the new antagonists, Towa and Mira. Types of matches available to players will include 1-vs-1 up to 3-vs-3.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC some time in early 2015, though no concrete release date has been set. A network test will be conducted in two phases on the PlayStation 3, with the first happening over the weekend for Japanese players and the second phase coming in October to global players.
This week’s November 2014 issue of V-Jump in Japan unveils a new smartphone game on the way from Bandai Namco entitled Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.
In conjunction with Tokyo Game Show 2014, the company provided a short teaser for the game:
Very little is stated or explained about it, though it is listed as a “Destruction Battle” game.
An official website was also opened at dbz-dokkan.bngames.net. The game is scheduled for release this winter in Japan. Nikkei and Famitsu report that the game will also make its way abroad with specific mentions given to mainland Asia, Europe, and the United States.
While Bandai Namco has released several Dragon Ball smartphone games in recent years (including Dragon Ball: Tap Battle and Dragon Ball RPG: Boyhood Arc), none have made their way to a global release as seems to be in the cards for Dokkan Battle.
The upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE video game, previously announced for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, has now been announced for release on the PC by way of Steam:
An English-subtitled version of the game’s 60-second promotional video released earlier today also confirms the same platform:
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released some time in early 2015, though no concrete release date has been set. A network test will be conducted in two phases on the PlayStation 3, with the first coming this weekend for Japanese players and the second phase coming in October to global players.
Having been teased for a while, and set to make a larger debut during a live stream 05 October 2014 (as a part of the “Super Saiyan 4 Broli Explosive Birth Festival” for the fourth anniversary of Dragon Ball Heroes), Broli also makes an appearance in Super Saiyan 4 courtesy of the 25th chapter of Dragon Ball Hereos: Victory Mission by “Toyotarō” in the November 2014 issue of V-Jump.
In the chapter (悪魔の急襲!!! Akuma no Kyūshū!!! / “The Devil’s Surprise Attack!!!”), after dispatching the Three-Star Dragon (who itself was manhandling Kabra’s cards), Broli shows up again at a different battlefield to pummel Kagyu. Now that Froze and Beat have shown up, Broli appears behind them, looking like he is itching for a fight. Is Broli after the Dragon Balls, too…?!
Stay tuned for even more coverage of Dragon Ball Heroes and its spin-off manga Victory Mission in the near future!
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE receives massive coverage in the November 2014 issue of V-Jump officially releasing tomorrow (20 September 2014) in Japan.
In addition to other playable races previously unveiled, the issue reveals that you as the “Future Warrior” can create a playable character of Freeza’s race (with the example given being the Hero-type avatar design from Dragon Ball Heroes). A the “Future Warrior” you are part of the Time Patrol.
Perhaps most importantly, the issue reveals the inclusion of Towa (トワ) and Mira (ミラ), villains originally from Dragon Ball Online. The upcoming 2014 #43 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump also describes the two:
Towa: A scientist from the Dark Demon Realm, who possesses a cold beauty. She seeks the destruction of history, and energy called “Kiri”.
Mira: An artificial life-form who wields a menace with transcendent power as his weapon. Aiming to become the “strongest” he works with Towa to bring about the destruction of history.
The issue touts a “master system” by which you can be trained by the Z-Warriors in order to fight against Mira and Towa.
Other new characters include the Kaiōshin of Time, a mysterious life-form that looks like a little girl but is actually at least 75 million years old. With the time-traveler Trunks at her command, she aims to grant a certain wish…! Toki-Toki is another mysterious life-form that lives in Toki Toki City and is able to create time itself. 75 million years ago, the Kaiōshin of Time raised it into an adult and gained her current position. The magazine notes that, perhaps because of Towa and Mira’s influence, Toki-Toki has been acting strangely.
As we do not yet know how much of the pre-existing Dragon Ball Online story XENOVERSE may cover or overwrite entirely, please be aware that the following character and event descriptions may contain “spoilers”:
WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!
Mira, an Earthling from the future, is an artificial being created by condensing the DNA harvested from various “star seekers”. In Age 851, Mira and his army invade and destroy New Namek, forcing hundreds of Namekians to emigrate to Earth once again. In Age 999, Piccolo returns from an investigation to warn Dende and the others about Mira’s arrival on and threat to Earth, but no warrior exists to protect and save them should Mira take action. Dende creates new sets of lower-powered Dragon Balls to encourage up-and-coming warriors to rise to the challenge, leading directly into the events of the actual Dragon Ball Online game in Age 1000.
Meanwhile, Mira has stolen a Time Passport from the Time God and is wreaking havoc throughout history by creating paradoxes that strain the fabric of space and time itself. The Trunks from the future timeline has been assigned the role of a Time Patrolman in exchange for not being punished for using his mother’s time machine. Alongside other missions, Trunks and the patrol force return to Age 762 during Goku’s fight against Vegeta where they do battle with a masked man (whom they have encountered before) as well as Mira himself. The masked man is revealed to be Bardock, who turns on Mira when his mind-control device is broken during the fight. Trunks and the others return to Age 1000, but when the smoke clears it is shown that Mira is still alive.
It is here that Towa enters the story. Originally a brilliant scientist from the Demon World, Towa betrayed her world after joining up with Mira. Over the course of several more missions, Trunks and the others encounter Towa as she brainwashes former villains and continues her attempts to destroy the universe through time corruption. Towa and Mira have a son named Fu, and after spending time with his family and experiencing so many battles, Mira’s mind begins to change about simply becoming the strongest with no regard for companionship.
For those looking to dig even further into the existing Dragon Ball Online storyline, our community member TheDevilsCorpse has coordinated massive translation projects from the original Korean game’s timeline and supplementary material.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 some time in 2015, though no concrete release date has been set. A network test will be conducted in two phases on the PlayStation 3, with the first coming this weekend for Japanese players and the second phase coming in October to global players.
The November 2014 issue of V-Jump reveals that Raditz (Goku’s Saiyan brother) and Paikuhan (Afterlife Tournament, DBZ Movie 12) will be joining the roster of playable character in Zenkai Battle Royale, the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game this winter.
Raditz excels at many-versus-one. He is quite strong as an interference-type character and is able to launch a simultaneous attack at two people.
Paikuhan is described as a warrior of the afterlife boasting the fastest speeds in history. He is able to rush to an ally’s aid and deliver a homing dash.
The two characters will be discussed in more depth in the December 2014 issue of V-Jump.
The most recent additions to the roster have included Vegetto and Janenba. 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.
FUNimation has unveiled the final, colorized version of the cover art spread for the (currently available) seventh and upcoming eighth and ninth Blu-ray “season” sets for the Dragon Ball Z TV series via the company’s blog.
As with previous sets, the pencil sketches used in their production were also shared:
The first trio of covers were revealed in an exclusive Q&A with Kanzenshuu community members back in December 2013 discussing the decisions behind and marketing of these latest sets.
In conjunction with the game’s showcase at Tokyo Game Show 2014 this week, Bandai Namco has unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming game Dragon Ball XENOVERSE:
The 60-second promotional video starts out with typical scenes of Dragon Ball characters fighting, but midway through things turn more ominous. We hear Trunks say that history is changing, and space/time itself is warping. The text mentions a “god who governs time” and a “battle throughout time”. The “Dragon Ball” everyone already knows and loves is in danger! What does that mean? In concrete terms, we see that famous moments from throughout the series are being changed for the worse. Raditz dodges Gohan’s attack (his eyes mysteriously glow red as he does so), leaving Goku to get killed by Piccolo’s Makankōsappō. Buu gets the jump on Super Saiyan 3 Goku, and Cell sports the same red eyes as Raditz. The text also describes a “warrior of hope” summoned by Shenlong. That warrior is…you! In other words, you are the customizable player character original to the game. Trunks explains to the player character that the two of them must personally correct the “changes to history” and restore the original outcomes of events. The trailer wraps up by showing the player character and Trunks fighting alongside Goku and friends in major battles from the series.
The PlayStation 4 version of the game is currently on display at the event.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, though no release date has been set beyond “Early 2015″. A network test will be conducted in two phases on the PlayStation 3, with the first coming this weekend for Japanese players and the second phase coming in October to global players.
The official website for Super Dragon Ball Z — the arcade (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2006) fighting game from Crafts & Meister — was a wealth of amazing information and content in its day. In addition to an original sketch and comment from Akira Toriyama himself, the website later updated with comments from three lead members of the game’s production staff: Ryūichirō Baba (Banpresto Producer), Noritaka Funamizu (Crafts & Meister Executive Director), and Akira Nishitani (ARIKA Director).