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Episode 102 // 27 April 2014
The Dragon Team, All Assembled!
Son Goku has Returned!!

There are countless examples of what many people consider to be common knowledge within the Dragon Ball fan community, and yet many of these end up being slightly off-track if not entirely wrong (such as the prevalent rumors that Akira Toriyama “originally intended” to end the series with the Freeza story arc).

Akira Toriyama’s feelings on Vegeta always seemed to be wrapped up in these assumptions. While there is definitely something to it, the original interview segment where this stems from may surprise you. Recent story developments and comments from Toriyama may even turn this assumption on its head entirely!

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Head on over to the “Characters” page of our “Rumor Guide” for the full scoop. Does Akira Toriyama actually “hate” Vegeta…?!



17
Mar
2014
VegettoEX9:05 PM EDTPodcast

While we have a brief moment to catch our breath before the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai kicks into high gear, we decided to take a momentary and somewhat random look back at Dragon Ball Z Movie 8. We still have a full podcast episode dissecting Broli (the character, the obsessive fandom, etc.) planned for a little ways down the line, but in the mean time, what made his first movie appearance different from all the others? What does scriptwriter Takao Koyama think about the character, and how did his own personal religious beliefs perhaps come into play in writing the movie’s conclusion?

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0359! VegettoEX and Meri discuss Dragon Ball Z Movie 8 for no particular reason. What makes the first Broli movie different from the others in terms of both story and character development? How do scriptwriter Takao Koyama’s own personal religious beliefs perhaps come into play during the movie’s conclusion? News from across the world (specifically Jaco home release plans) and a look forward to Spring 2014 wrap up the episode!

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum.



The official Japanese website for Dragon Ball Kai has not quite fully updated yet in preparation for the continuation into the Majin Buu arc next month, but a new announcement was recently posted promoting a preview event at AnimeJapan 2014:

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Special guest Masako Nozawa along with other participants will take part in a behind-the-scenes event to hype up Dragon Ball Kai before it goes back on the air next month. Nozawa (and perhaps the unspecified “others” as well) will share stories and discuss the “highlights of the program”.

The special talk will take place during AnimeJapan 2014 at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exposition Center) in Ariake (Kōto-ku, Tokyo) 22 March 2014 at 1:00 p.m. and will last until 1:40 p.m.



The newest film for the franchise, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, is set for its first-ever TV broadcast 22 March 2014 at 9:00 p.m. during the “Premium Saturday” block on Fuji TV. The most exciting aspect of the broadcast will definitely be the extra footage that has been animated, including — but not limited to! — more fun with the “idiot trio” of Pilaf, Mai, and Shuu.

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Our buddy kei17 has recorded the channel’s commercials — both a 30-second spot and a 15-second spot — promoting the movie’s TV debut next week. The footage showcases a little bit more of Goku up on Kaiō’s planet which was not in the original theatrical version and/or home release:

Big thanks to kei17 for recording the preview footage and specifically allowing us to post it up. Look forward to our coverage of the TV broadcast next weekend as we dissect all the new footage!



Bandai Namco has unveiled the third game — following Dragon Ball: Tap Battle and Dragon Ball RPG: Boyhood Arc — for the Android and iOS mobile platforms: Dragon Ball: Ultimate Swipe.

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The game appears to take its assets from the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Tag Vs / Tenkaichi Tag Team, while its key art is that of the 2008 Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit.

It is being advertised as a first-person fighting game on a 3D playing field, with well-timed taps and swipes, which can also use to store up ki and unleash attacks such as a Kamehameha being key to defeating opponents. Battles with enemies will occur during “Missions”, and by progressing through the game, the player can earn CG character “figures”.

The game is set to be available in Japan on Android and iOS this month.

Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse and Super Saiyan Prime for the various heads-ups!



At the end of last year, FUNimation revealed the original sketches used to create the cover art for their latest Blu-ray release of the Dragon Ball Z TV series in an exclusive community Q&A here on Kanzenshuu. This time around, the company is using the next batch of three sketches on their own Facebook page to promote the upcoming material:

The company has promised the full-color, finalized versions for a 19 March 2014 reveal.

The third Blu-ray “season” release is due out 01 April 2014 here in North America with the fourth set pegged for 13 May 2014.

Thanks to Vash1306 for the heads-up!



14
Mar
2014
VegettoEX9:33 AM EDTNews

April 2014 is set to be a huge month for Dragon Ball releases on both sides of the ocean. In addition to Dragon Ball Kai returning to TV in Japan for the Majin Buu story arc, all sorts of books are due out with releases on either side of the month also stacking up to attack your wallet.

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19 March 2014

  • J-Stars Victory Vs (Japanese PS3/Vita) — Read the news story
    MSRP “Anison” / Limited Edition: ¥10,980 (PS3) & ¥9,980 (Vita)
    MSRP Regular Edition: ¥7,980 (PS3) & ¥6,980 (Vita)
    Availability: CDJapan | Play-Asia | AmiAmi

26 March 2014

01 April 2014

02 April 2014

04 April 2014

08 April 2014

  • Dragon Ball Chōzenshū/Compendio 1 (Spanish)
    MSRP: £25,00
    Availability: Amazon ES

16 April 2014

05 May 2014

06 May 2014

We will continue to update with more retailer links as they become available!



In addition to the previously-announced guest appearance by Hironobu Kageyama (singer for dozens upon dozens of Dragon Ball Z themes, insert, and image songs), Kawaii-Kon announced today they will also be bringing Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) to the Hawaiian convention next month.

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Kawaii-Kon will take place over the weekend of 04 April 2014 to 06 April 2014 at the Hawaiian Convention Center. Online registration is still open through 22 March 2014 ranging between $30 and $52 for specific days or all-weekend passes.

Nozawa’s previous appearance in the United States was at Animazement 2013 in North Carolina alongside Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza), and Yūko Minaguchi (Videl). Kanzenshuu was on-hand for all three days of the convention and nearly every panel relating to the Japanese cast members, so be sure to give our convention coverage a review for a hint of what Nozawa may have in store for Kawaii-Kon attendees this year (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3).

Special thanks to Gyt Kaliba for the heads-up!



Next week’s upcoming 2014 #16 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan reveals the final boss for J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza also due out next week on the PlayStation 3 and Vita exclusively in Japan.

Named “Dark Phantom”, the boss character takes on the identical form of the heroes and challenges them to a fight with the same powers and techniques. In this fight, your allies unexpectedly hold the key to victory!

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Famitsu has given the PS3 and Vita versions of the game a score of 8/8/8/8 (a cumulative 32/40).

While the idea of a shape-shifting boss generally brings to mind Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat series, Dragon Ball actually has its own: Majin Ozotto (translated within the game as “Ozotto the Super Monster”) from the 1994 arcade game, Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S. Check out Episode #0293 of our podcast for a discussion of some of these original video game characters lost to the ages.

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J-Stars Victory Vs is due out exclusively in Japan on the PlayStation 3 and Vita 19 March 2014 in both regular and “Limited Edition / Anison” versions. Pre-orders are available on sites such as CDJapan and Play-Asia among others.



We are just about three weeks out from a rather huge day for Dragon Ball releases in Japan, which includes the Japanese collected release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.

After having been delayed from a January release to an April release, we learned that a “Super Elite” edition would be coming out alongside the standard edition. It would contain a couple small bonus items (such as a Galactic Patrol badge), and would also retail for a slightly higher price point: ¥907 (¥980 with tax) versus ¥440 (¥475 with tax).

Shueisha’s own online listings have just now confirmed a few extra key details: both will come in at 248 pages (implying that both will contain the bonus material regarding Goku’s mother, Gine), but the “Super Elite” version will be released in the larger-sized ISO A5 format like the kanzenban and Neko Majin as opposed to the regular edition’s standard Shinsho-ban (“new book format”) like the other tankōbon and the (Japanese) Full Color Comics.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was fully colorized for its four-installment “Vomic” (“Voiced Comic”) which covered the first two chapters of the series, but there is no word yet on whether or not the collected release will be the original black-and-white or the colorized version.

The regular edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, officially hitting Japanese shelves 04 April 2014, is currently available for pre-order on Amazon Japan, while the “Super Elite” version is available on both Amazon Japan and CDJapan.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga series by Akira Toriyama that ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz. Originally teased by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”, by the series’ completion it became clear that it was indeed a true prequel to Dragon Ball. Viz will release their collected edition of the series in English in January 2015.