It was back in February that Beerus, God of Destruction, was first teased as an upcoming addition to the multiplayer, online, Japanese-only arcade fighting game Zenkai Battle Royale. Since then, more details about unlocking him via the “Competition for Dragon Balls” have been revealed, along with techniques to use in your battle against the god and his overwhelming speed and power.
At the time, “Super Saiyan God” from the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was only just barely teased, with a promise of more information coming in the June 2013 issue of V-Jump (due out 21 April 2013).
The shining red “God” form can display immense strength appropriate to its name. For far-away opponents, you can use a “Breaking Through the Limit Kamehameha”, and in melee battles, you can use a “Dragon Smash” delivering blows faster than the eye can see. You can also overwhelm your opponent with “Can you keep up with me?”, where you can move at super-speed. The time that you can remain in Super Saiyan God form is limited, but if you use the power of “everyone’s prayers”, you can enter God form one more time. On top of that, if your “excitement/tension” gets to its MAX, you can use “everyone’s prayers” again.
In normal mode, your defensive strength falls, but if you use “Heavy Smash”, with its great countering ability, and “Kamehameha”, which is easy to use anywhere, you can get your excitement to MAX, use “everyone’s prayers” to get into God form again, and display its power once more.
Cinema Today reports that the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has passed an attendance figure of 500,000 viewers and over ¥680 million in its opening weekend (the two days of March 30th & 31st).
While Variety had previously reported $7 million, this updated figure of ¥683,925,000 puts it at roughly $7.26 million based on the 561,098 people attending the viewings across Japan. This equates to 49.9% of the numbers One Piece Film: Z did over the same period this past December. Cinema Today expects that the movie will reach a final gross of ¥3 billion — it does not say “pass” that point as other sources have, but it does not imply that it will not exceed that amount either.
Ticket prices are comparable to One Piece Film: Z, which makes the money side of things fairly easy to compare. The article notes, however, that this is comparatively expensive for a family-oriented film. On top of being popular with children, even though it has been over 15 years since the serialization ended, it can be inferred that there is a strong base of support among older fans from back then, a demographic Toei Animation was specifically shooting for in addition to the younger audience that has become familiar with the franchise through older siblings, parents, and video games.
The new series of Q&As with original manga author Akira Toriyama — “Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!” — continues for at least another week in today’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump (2013 #18) in Japan. Last week gave us two Q&As, but we are back to just one this week, though it involves a somewhat fun concept for Dragon Ball: romance!
There are some romantic developments, which is rare…?
The truth is, I wrote juuust a little bit of romantic developments in the movie, but that was happenstance. (laughs) I’m really bad with romantic plots. Even if the backstory is there, I shy away when I actually try to draw it.
Based on its first-day attendance alone, the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is on track — “expected” (Oricon) and “seen as certain” (Nikkan Sports) — to beat the ¥3 billion box office goal originally planned and expected over its six-week-long theatrical run.
According to Oricon, its box office take by 1:00 p.m. on 30 March was already 47.3% of One Piece Film Z‘s first-day gross this past December; that film reached a gross of ¥6.85 billion over its entire run. If it maintains this pace, it should surpass its target by a substantial margin.
Oricon notes how Toriyama’s involvement with the work generated a lot of buzz, and fans who had been waiting for the film’s opening came to theaters in droves. The audience seems to be centered around parents bringing their children, with adults ranging from their late 20s to their 50s.
There was a first-day event at the Marunouchi Toei theater in Tokyo, with Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Kōichi Yamadera (Birus), Masaharu Satō (Kame-Sen’nin), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), and special guest Shōko Nakagawa (Oracle Fish), celebrating the launch of the new film. Each was asked about what they would wish for if they collected all 7 Dragon Balls; Nozawa answered, “that as long as there is an earth, Goku will never die”. Nakagawa also expressed her pleasure at standing between Goku and Vegeta, considering it the “most sacred place in the universe”. She also requested that Vegeta get angry at her, so Horikawa responded with a “KORA!” to which she said that something that has been just a fantasy of hers all her life has come true.
It may have shifted to a brand new day over in Japan, but for the rest of us slumming it up without the movie, it is still technically Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods day…! We have been bringing you news, photos, and more since its debut this past morning, and we are not done just quite yet: it’s podcast time!
Episode #0328! Julian makes the entire English-speaking world jealous with his tales of checking out the new film “Battle of Gods” on its opening day in Japan. Does the movie hold up its end of the bargain with a proper mix of nostalgia all wrapped up in comedy and action? A recap of news leading up to the movie, information that helps set the stage, and more brings it all home with VegettoEX and Hujio!
- “Dragon Ball Tap Battle” Official Website Opens
- Weekly Jump 2013 #16 Dragon Ball Tidbits
- “Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission” Third-Week Sales
- Official “Battle of Gods” Movie Guide, And More Magazines!
- “Battle of Gods” Aims For 3 Billion Yen at the Box Office
- “DB Heroes: Victory Mission” Chapter 7 in May V-Jump
- Miscellaneous “Battle of Gods” Tidbits in May 2013 V-Jump
- Apple’s iTunes Store Updated in Promotion of “Battle of Gods”
- New “Battle of Gods” TV Spot Features Freeza and Cell Cameos
- Ryō Horikawa Announced As Guest For Anime North in Canada
- “Project Versus J” Update Coming Soon?
- 4th & 5th “Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!” Q&As
- “Dragon Ball Tap Battle” Now Available For Android Devices
- Scriptwriter Yūsuke Watanabe Confirms “Battle of Gods” Puns
- “Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission” Fourth-Week Sales
- “Project Versus J” Unveiled As “J-Stars Victory Vs” (PS3/Vita)
- Akira Toriyama Confirms “Battle of Gods” Name Puns, Again
- Detailed “Battle of Gods” Synopsis Now Available!
- Photos From the Opening of “Battle of Gods”
Enjoy! Discuss this episode over on the Kanzenshuu forum.
Our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) is one of the lucky ones that is able to head on down to his local theater and check out the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods any time he wants to! Being the dutiful worker he is, we were tweeting out photos live from the screening last night / his morning. In case you missed the fun (you are following us on Twitter, right?!), check out this collection of photos from the screening.
If you have not done so already, and want to be completely spoiled on how the movie goes, be sure to check out our exclusive detailed synopsis with a complete blow-by-blow of the film.
It has been only a few days since we first learned the name puns behind “Birusu” and “Uisu” from the movie’s scriptwriter, Yūsuke Watanabe, in his recent GetNavi interview. As it turns out, the back story behind their name puns goes much deeper than that. In fact, it comes down to simple confusion on Akira Toriyama’s part.
As a point reference, Watanabe established in his GetNavi interview that while he had named Birus after the word “virus”, Toriyama was the one who actually named Birus’ attendant. Watanabe did also confirm in an interview with DVD & Blu-Ray Vision that in his first incarnation of the story, Birus could implant evil into people, like a viral infection, which is where his original name pun comes from. He did not delve into it much more than that, which reasonably led us to assume both were virus-based name puns that were carried over from this initial story development stage. However, in an interview released this morning with the news website Asahi, original author Akira Toriyama gives a little bit more insight into the characters’ name puns:
The name “Birusu”, I used as-is from the story outline. Anyway, it’s apparently a name that was taken from “virus”, but I mistakenly thought it came from “beer”, and gave his attendant the name “Uisu”, which I took from “whiskey”.
This certainly explains why Watanabe has been so adamant on Twitter that they were not alcohol-based puns. The interview goes on to note that Shueisha seems to officially disagree with him, though:
Shueisha gives a supplemental explanation that officially, “Beers” comes from “beer”, and “Whis” from “whiskey”.
Our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) has confirmed that the movie’s theatrical program does in fact use the romanizations “Beers” and “Whis” for the two characters.
So there we have it: two sets of “official” name pun sources, confirmations, and justifications. As is always the case, there are certainly two sides to every story!
Stay tuned for extra analysis of the movie, additional interviews and production insight, and more right here on Kanzenshuu…!
It is finally that day we have all been waiting for… the day we have constantly been pounding into your head for months now. It is 30 March 2013 in Japan, which marks the official release of the first Dragon Ball theatrical film in seventeen years, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods!
Ever since the movie’s announcement in the beginning of July 2012, fans across the globe have been anxiously waiting for this day to come, and so have we! We have been throwing as many staff and cast interviews, comments from Akira Toriyama, and intriguing news updates your way as fast as we could get our hands on them. Even with all that, there is really on one prevailing question left: “What happens in the movie?!” Well now that our very own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) has come back from seeing the film himself in Osaka, we are proud to finally provide fans everywhere with an answer to this question. A fair warning though; this will contain huge spoilers, so if you are trying to avoid those, do not click the link below. You have been warned!
Without further ado, we at Kanzenshuu present to you our detailed synopsis for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. A huge thanks goes out to our buddy kei17, who provided us with the original Japanese notes he took after attending two preview screenings of the film. We have diligently translated and rewritten his list of notes into a flowing synopsis, jam packed with exclusive details from the film you will not find anywhere else. When you are done reading the synopsis, pop on over to our ongoing forum thread discussing the movie. If you do feel the need to distribute our synopsis, please be so kind as to give us a link back.
And now, we hope you enjoy the show!
The clock in Japan switched over to a new day just a little bit ago, which means it is — technically speaking, anyway — Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods day!
We have an unbelievable amount of content coming your way as our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) makes his way to the theater in the morning, but until then, we certainly have plenty to keep you satiated. To kick things off today, we have another series of interview translations covering the usual range of fluff promotion all the way down to absolutely intriguing behind-the-scenes insight:
- After the special preview screening of the movie at Differ Ariake on 16 March 2013, Toei Animation released a series of statements from various voice cast members and the band FLOW — read our translation!
- In addition to a previous interview with film director Masahiro Hosoda, OKStars conducted another interview with animation director Tadayoshi Yamamuro. Most interesting are the original design concepts behind “Super Saiyan God” as well as God of Destruction, Birus, which were completely changed before the film went into production — read our translation!
- Television program Mandō Kobayashi provided a series of questions to original manga author Akira Toriyama who responded, unfortunately not in person, but with a series of answers in textual form. The questions involved the fate of certain characters after the series ends, his involvement in the movie, and what he would wish for with the Dragon Balls — read our translation!
- The May 2013 issue of GetNavi contains a series of Q&As with voice actress Masako Nozawa, scriptwriter Yūsuke Watanabe, and the band FLOW about their involvement in the movie — read our translation!
- The March/April 2013 issue of CD&DL Data contains an interview with the band FLOW regarding their eighth studio album, FLOW THE MAX!!!, which contains their new song “Hero: Song of Hope” and their cover of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”, both featured in the film Battle of Gods — read our translation!
Enjoy the interviews, be sure to check back into all the material archived on our “Translations” page, and look forward to non-stop Battle of Gods coverage!
As we correctly predicted based on the official website’s countdown timer, this coming Monday’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan (WJ 2013 #18) formally unveils the previously-titled Project Versus J for the PlayStation 3 and Vita as J-Stars Victory Vs, along with announcing Naruto as an included series with Naruto Uzumaki himself.
The 3D-field “team battle action” game is being released tied-in with the 45th anniversary of Jump. Naruto (specifically the Shippuden era) joins the previously-announced Toriko, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z franchises in the game. The issue notes that more characters from other Jump works are promised, as well. The price and release date still have yet to be determined at this point.
The Jump brand is no stranger to video game crossovers, kicking things off back in 1989 on the Nintendo Famicom with Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden and again in 1991 with Famicom Jump II: Saikyō no Shichinin, both of which featured Dragon Ball. The crossover world expanded with Jump Super Stars in 2004 and Jump Ultimate Stars in 2006 on the Nintendo DS, as well as Battle Stadium D.O.N. (combining just the three series Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Naruto) on the PlayStation 2 and Gamecube also in 2006.