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FUNimation has announced that their home video release for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will drop 07 October 2014 in North America on DVD and Blu-ray.

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As hinted at by Manga UK’s previously-announced release (set for November 10th), the release will feature both the original theatrical version of the film along with the extended edition aired on Fuji TV earlier this year.

A Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (MSRP $34.98), DVD-only set, and digital download versions will be available.

The extended version of the film is not available on home video in Japan.

Flower Mound, Texas (August 19, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment, North America’s leading anime company, is bringing Dragon Ball Z to Blu-ray & DVD in a big way. Right on the heels of its limited-run, highly successful theatrical release, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be hitting online and retail shelves October 7, 2014. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring new Dragon Ball Z content back into homes after so many years” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.

Fans of the series have a lot in store for them with this home video release. The Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes with two versions of the film: the Uncut Version – which includes an additional 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage – and the Theatrical Version. It also includes over 30 minutes of extra features, including an in-the-booth featurette with the fan favorite cast.

FUNimation recently toured the movie’s English dub in a limited run across North American theaters, grossing $1 million its first night.



The October 2014 issue of V-Jump hits Japanese shelves tomorrow (21 August 2014) in Japan and contains a huge amount of new information for the upcoming video game Dragon Ball XENOVERSE.

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Tied in with the character creation mode revealed earlier this month, the magazine notes that you as the player will take on the role of the “Future Warrior” who travels to various points in Dragon Ball‘s history to do battle with legendary warriors.

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You will be able to choose your character’s gender and beginning appearance, then customize their looks with a variety of parts, at least some of which are obtained over the course of playing the game (including both equipment and items). Three possible characters are showcased in the magazine: two male Saiyans (including the one used in promotional materials up until this point), and one female Saiyan. The male characters are used to demonstrate how your character can range from “smart” to “macho” while, for the female character, it points out the color of her hair and clothes and notes that she seems energetic. The female Saiyan is also shown in a screen shot becoming a Super Saiyan in a fight against Vegeta.

We know that other races will be included, but the magazine does not detail anything on them just yet.

Expanding upon Trunks’ role in the game, the magazine notes that he calls the Time Patrol warriors to him to deal with the problem of time itself. You will fly to a variety of Ages from the future city “Timetropolis” (トキトキ都 tokitoki-to), a city in the sky from which there is a way to fly to the world’s different eras; apparently, the warriors patrolling time gather here.

Screen shots of this area showcase you as the player being summoned by Trunks through the power of Shenlong for him to test your abilities.

The magazine wraps up its coverage of the game by proclaiming that in the next issue, “…the whole picture of the story will…!?”

A network test for the game will take place at some point in the future, though the magazine only notes to check the game’s official website for more information.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, though no release date has been set.

The October 2014 issue of V-Jump goes for ¥580 and is available for order via CDJapan, Play-Asia, and Amazon Japan.



Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Nintendo 3DS — a sequel to the first portable version of the nearly-four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — pushed 81,584 copies last week in Japan, it first week on the charts since its release 07 August 2014. Media Create has released sales figures for the week of 11 August 2014 to 17 August 2014, noting that the game has dropped to the fifth-best-selling game of the week moving 27,273 copies. This places the game at 108,857 total copies sold thus far.

This marks a 67% drop in sales from the first to second week, compared to a 75% drop for the time same period for its predecessor back in March 2013.

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The first game had reached 283,959 lifetime sales as of May 2014 with a long period of floating in and out of sales charts corresponding to arcade version promotions, the release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in theaters, and holiday breaks.



A “Shueisha Jump Remix” version of the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods “Film Anime Comic” adaptation will be available tomorrow (16 August 2014) in Japan for ¥667 (+ tax).

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The “Film Anime Comics” series collected screen shots from various anime-only stories into manga form, arranging scenes into panels on a page with dialog bubbles. The “Shueisha Jump Remix” series adapted these and other Film/TV Anime Comics into lower-priced versions on cheaper paper, sometimes collecting multiple stories together into a larger book.

The original version of the movie’s “Film Anime Comic” was released 04 October 2013 for ¥1,400 (tax included). It came in at 360 pages in the New Book Format (11 × 17 cm). The Shueisha Jump Remix version will come in at 364 pages.

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Additionally, double-movie-packed Shueisha Jump Remix releases for Dragon Ball Z Movies 9 & 10 (Bojack / 2nd Broli) and then Movies 5 & 6 (Coola / Metal Coola) will drop 22 August 2014 2014 and 29 August 2014, respectively. Each will sell for ¥619 (+ tax). The Movies 9 & 10 Shueisha Jump Remix version was previously released in 2009.

Re-releases of the standard edition/quality “Film Anime Comics” for Dragon Ball Z Movies 8 (1st Broli) and 12 (Janenba) came out earlier this year.



Ealier this week (13 August 2014 at 10:30 a.m.) at the 2014 Odaiba New World Event, a “Dragon Ball Kai Summer Stage 2014″ panel took place featuring Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Takayoshi Tanimoto (performer of various Dragon Ball Kai theme songs), as well as Shingo Kanehiro and Tanashin (vocalist and bassist, respectively, from the band Good Morning America, performer of the Dragon Ball Kai Majin Buu arc first Japanese broadcast closing theme, “Dear Zarathustra”).

The event was held at the New World Great Summer Stadium in Odaiba. In addition to a live (well, karaoke) rendition of “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go” by Tanimoto alongside a kigurumi Son Goku, Nozawa demonstrated her skill at moving between the different characters with a conversation between Gohan, Goten, and Goku (the last wanting to know if “Odaiba” was something edible).



Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Nintendo 3DS — a sequel to the first portable version of the nearly-four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — launched in Japan this past week on 07 August 2014. Media Create released sales figures for the week of 04 August 2014 to 10 August 2014, noting that the game ranked as the second-best-selling game of the week moving 81,584 copies.

These sales figures do not include the digital eShop sales and are strictly for the physical cart version.

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Back in March 2013, the first game moved 88,386 copies its first week and had reached 283,959 lifetime sales as of May 2014.



The official “Dragon Ball Z – Games” Facebook page has announced that the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE video game (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360) will include a custom character creation option:

Today, we’re excited to announce that *Dragon Ball Xenoverse* will allow you to create your own custom character!

Players will have a wide variety of customization options including physical features from the Earthling, Majin, and Namekian races to name a few. Check out the new screenshots to see some customization in action!

We will have more exciting info to share about *Dragon Ball Xenoverse* in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

It looks as if we have all types of male and female options coming our way in the new game. In addition to the future version of Trunks looking like his Dragon Ball Online incarnation, these player customization options are looking more and more akin to their MMO brethren, as well!

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Dragon Ball: Ultimate Blast (released internationally as “Ultimate Tenkaichi”) provided three character creation slots for one of its expanded/original story modes, but all three were relegated to male-only with limited customization options.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, though no release date has been set.



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The worldwide celebration for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods continued with last week’s North American theatrical debut for the English dubbed version of the film from FUNimation. We had a good idea of what to expect thanks to our buddies checking it out during the red carpet debut last month in California, but we had to check it out for ourselves!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0367! VegettoEX, Hujio, and Herms review the North American theatrical English dub debut for the film “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”. Has FUNimation’s experience and new initiatives with “Kai” set the stage for this film? What leftovers from the early days made their way into the final product? Listen in for the full scoop!

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Listings for Manga UK’s home video release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods have begun popping up on retailer sites. A listing on anime-on-line.com in particular indicates that the release will be a double-disc edition and will come packed with both the original theatrical cut of the film along with the special extended version that was aired on Fuji TV earlier this year in Japan:

This double disc edition includes both the 85 minute Theatrical Cut and the 105 minute Director’s Cut. Both versions include the English and Japanese dubs and English subtitles. This edition also includes bonus content including “The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: Unveiled” and “Behind The Scenes: Battle of Voice Actors!”.

A separate listing also confirms a “Collector’s Edition” which will come packed with, “…4 collectable art cards and a limited edition o-card.”

Manga UK will release the film on both DVD and Blu-ray 10 November 2014.

Back in June, FUNimation voice actor Sean Schemmel tweeted photos from his Battle of Gods recording sessions. One photo in particular contained a scene exclusive to the extended version of the film, prompting the question of whether FUNimation had been able to secure said version of the film for either theatrical or home release. All tweets related to the recording sessions were removed shortly thereafter.

FUNimation’s North American theatrical tour of the film wraps up this week. No home release has been announced.

Thanks to our various forum members for digging up the listings!

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UPDATE: Listings for the “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, and DVD versions are now also up on Amazon UK and confirm the same extras, inclusion of the extended edition, etc. Thanks, Baggie_Saiyan!



As a part of their special “Anime Sale” on the PlayStation Network, the digital version of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is available at a reduced price today — when the store updates this evening — through 18 August 2014.

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The PlayStation 3 download version (also available as a physical retail product) will run you $19.99, or $10 with a PlayStation Plus membership. The Vita download version (unavailable in North America as a physical retail product) will run you $14.99, or $7.50 with a PlayStation Plus membership.

The MSRP on the game was dropped to $39.99 (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) and $29.99 (Vita download) back in June.

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z was developed by Artdink for Bandai Namco and released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Vita earlier this year. The game features four-versus-four, team-based battles and online play. No local multiplayer is available. Super Vegetto and Super Saiyan Bardock, while already on the disc and a part of the game’s story mode, are available for purchase as downloadable content for $2.99 each; the downloads are cross-platform for the PlayStation 3 and Vita in Japan, but not internationally. The Vita version was released internationally dubbed-only, though a download pack for the Japanese cast was later released for free.