With the impending “official announcement” of a new Dragon Ball Z movie coming this weekend in both V-Jump and Weekly Shōnen Jump, Toei has been hard at work creating the new movie’s official website. On 15 July 2014, mere hours after news of the movie first broke online, Toei acquired the dragonball2015.com domain and shortly thereafter updated it with the message “coming soon”. As of this post the website is currently locked down, requiring a password to gain access, presumably so it can be updated without the prying eyes of the internet. However, the page’s code is still viewable, and many fans took note of a metadata image hidden within the page’s code that will appear when the site is linked to on various social media networks, such as Facebook.
The illustration itself appears to be the movie’s official promotional artwork, as it is the same one being used for the official announcements in V-Jump and Weekly Shōnen Jump. The top of this promotional image appears to contain the movie’s tagline:
The Whole Universe Has Been Waiting. A Godly Dimension of Battle Begins.
The tagline is chock full of wordplay, which can be somewhat misleading. In this case the 神 (shin; read as “godly”) is a pun on something “new” and 次元 (jigen; read as “dimension”) can also be interpreted as a synonym for “scale”, giving us an indication that the battle, and possibly even the movie itself, will be on a “new level” (not necessarily that it’s taking place in a “new/godly dimension”). You’ll also notice that this is very similar in character to the original taglines used for Battle of Gods, which was 最強、始動。(“The mightiest make their move.” — or perhaps in light of the plot revealed later on, “The Strongest Stirs.”), followed by 全人類待望。かつてない興奮へー。 (“All Humanity Has Been Waiting. Toward an Unprecedented Excitement–.”).
The movie is still yet unnamed, which was also the case back in 2012 with the lead-up to Battle of Gods, and is simply being referred to as “Dragon Ball Z”. No exact premiere date has been set yet, but the movie is slated to open during Japan’s “Golden Week” in 2015. As with Battle of Gods, original author Akira Toriyama will once again be providing the original concept, writing the script, and drawing character designs. The official website will more than likely go live to the public this weekend when the aforementioned Jump anthologies hit store shelves, so stayed tuned!
Thanks to Avenged and JacobYBM for the heads up about this!
It may be a quiet period in between book and home video releases, but the other side of the merchandising machine is alive and well! Just last week, Japan saw the release of two toys to help facilitate a bit of pretend-fighting at home.
The “Zenkai (Full Throttle)! Action Kamehameha” toy slips over your wrist and has a three-axis movement recognition along with 16 types of sounds in total, including special moves such as Goku’s Kamehameha, Tenshinhan’s Kikō-hō, and even Vegeta’s Gyarikku-Hō. The toy retails for ¥3,996 and is available for order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.
The “Punch Fighter” is a standard type of weighted punching bag for children showcasing some of the heroes from the Majin Buu arc of the series. The inflatable bag is 800mm tall and retails for ¥2,592 and is also available for order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.
Both products are branded as Dragon Ball Kai and were released 12 July 2014.
The “Full Color” version of the Dragon Ball manga reached the end of its storyline earlier this month with the print-version release of the fourth, fifth, and six volumes in the Majin Buu arc.
The third volume from last month started up a new Q&A session (following up on previous ones, such as the great tidbits from the Cell arc volumes), but did not contain much in the way of exciting new information. This month’s releases are a doozy, however! All three sessions have been fully translated and have been archived over in our (appropriately enough!) “Translations” section.
Click through to read each in their entirety, or see below for a sampling of the most revealing new tidbits, such as more about Bibidi and Babidi’s dark magic along with a name for Mr. Satan’s late wife…!
It’s hard, but they can!
I think it’s possible to merge no matter the conditions, as long as it all goes well. I even think it’s possible for a larger number of people. However, since it’s quite hard for both parties to strike that delicate balance, it’s very difficult for two extremely different people to fuse. In that sense, synchronized swimmers would probably be really good at Fusion. By the way, there are many different types of Fusion, and the kind Goku learned is the one for increasing battle power.
Bibidi split in two!
Rather than a child, he’s more like Bibidi’s doppelganger. He’d split up whenever there was anything difficult for just a single person to do. He could increase the number of doppelgangers even more, but his magical powers would weaken in proportion. Now that Bibidi is dead and Babidi has become the only one, he’s regained all the original magical power.
Satan’s wife was a beautiful singer named Miguel!
Since she was named “Miguel (archangel)”, during their marriage a big fuss was made about how “an angel is marrying a devil!”
Our “Tidbits” section is one that we love a lot; it gives us a great place to collect random bits of information that do not make sense to flesh out into an entire multi-page “guide”, but still allow us to document some really great material. An upcoming addition to the section will cover a wealth of information documenting the fates of certain characters in the Dragon Ball series. Some of these tidbits come from original manga author Akira Toriyama himself, while others come from various other production committee members and guide books. Tune in this week for a sneak-peek (sneak-listen?) at one of our upcoming pages!
Episode #0365! VegettoEX and Hujio discuss various bits of information detailing the fates of characters in the Dragon Ball franchise. Who is still out there drifting through space? What kinds of jobs do some of the old friends take up during times of peace? All this plus a last-minute announcement of a new movie coming in 2015 comes together to form your show for the week!
- NEWS: Digital Japanese Versions of “Dragon Ball SD 2″ & “Jaco” Released
- NEWS: Glénat Releasing “Dragon Ball SD”, “Jaco”, & More in France
- NEWS: Magic Sound Records Producing “Dragon Ball Kai” Buu Arc Music
- NEWS: V-Jump Unveils New “Dragon Ball Z” Movie In Development
- Akira Toriyama’s Contributions to the Anime
- “Dragon Ball GT” Ending Analysis
- “Dragon Ball Online” Timeline Retranslation
- Official Kanzenshuu Battle of Gods Theatrical Get-Togethers
Bandai Namco has unleashed a new, extended promotional video for the upcoming Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 portable conversion for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan:
The new video confirms many of the same tidbits previously revealed, such as including missions from 21 iterations (from the original arcade game’s first edition to the “Evil Dragon Mission” 3 update), the inclusion of over 2,000 cards, and the ability to carry over card data from the first game to the second game.
As for new information, the video details that the previously-mentioned “Ultimate Universe” mode will allow you to venture through Goku’s childhood up through Dragon Ball GT‘s storyline. Familiar characters will support you along the way, and you will also be able to use StreetPass for super power-ups. Sometimes you will cooperate, and other times you will face off against one another. There is also a “Scouter Mode” where, if the number is high enough, a giant boss comes out! You can also use the “Scouter Mode” to read QR codes from the regular Dragon Ball Heroes game — as well as V-Jump exclusives — to unlock special missions. “Burst Limit Mission” is a mode where you can only use each card once, and it is a big showdown with up to 40 battles in a row that will test your abilities to their limits.
Perhaps most interestingly, the game also comes with a special, original story entitled “The Birth of Majin Buu”. Will this somehow tie in with Akira Toriyama’s recent information-dump revealing Buu’s true origin and the nature of his summoning by Bibidi…? We will have to wait and see when the game comes out!
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 will see its release 07 August 2014 and is available for pre-order from CDJapan and Play-Asia. Please note that the Nintendo 3DS is a region-locked system; a Japanese console is required to play the game.
The first Ultimate Mission — released back in February 2013 — covered up through the early “Galaxy Mission” updates of the original arcade version of Dragon Ball Heroes. Over an entire half-year, the game swayed in and out of the Famitsu and Media Create top-selling games charts with reliable, if not consistent, sales figures. The game was not released outside of Japan.
The September issue of V-Jump officially hits Japanese store shelves this Saturday (19 July 2014) and, as originally reported by Anime News Network, will contain a “scoop” unveiling a new Dragon Ball Z movie. The movie is currently still in development, with original author Akira Toriyama once again providing the original concept, writing the script, and drawing character designs. Toriyama provides a comment discussing his involvement — and the fact that it will indeed be a brand new story to the series — but teases the events of the story are still a secret. The movie is slated to open during Japan’s “Golden Week”, most likely sometime in early May 2015.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the franchise’s most recent film and the first produced in 17 years, premiered on 30 March 2013 and was first announced 14 July 2012 in the 33rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, in which Toriyama also relayed his comments. As soon as we are able to obtain a copy of the magazine ourselves, we will be sure to provide a translation of Toriyama’s new comment.
UPDATE: Thanks to our buddy kei17 transcribing the Japanese text for us, we are able to now provide a complete English translation of Toriyama’s comments:
こんどの劇場版ドラゴンボールも、マンガで連載していた時の続きのつもりで新ストーリーを考えました。 絵を描いていないだけで、細かいセリフまで徹底的にこだわっています。 まあ、ホントは年齢的にシンドいのでそこまでやるつもりはなかったんですけど、ちょっとお調子に乗ってしまいました。
今回は、もちろん前回の「神と神」の続きになっていますが、意識してアクションシーンを大幅に増やしています。 内容に関しては、なぜかもったいぶって「まだ秘密に！」なんて言われてしまったので触れる事はできませんが、 メチャメチャおもしろいはずですよ！
かなりマチガイないっす！…あんまりデカいこと言ってガッカリされちゃってもマズいのですが、 少なくともファンの方々には、とってもスカッと楽しめる内容になっていると自信を持っています！ 現在、新キャラクターなどのデザイン画を描いています。映画の完成はまだ先ですがどうかお楽しみに！！
[As with the last movie], I thought up the new story for the next Dragon Ball theatrical movie as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization. Just the fact that I don’t have to draw anything means I can obsess completely over the smallest bits of dialogue. Well, the truth is that I wasn’t planning on going that far, since it’s pretty exhausting at my age, but I got a little carried away.
This time will of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods, but I’ve deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal. With regards to the contents, they told me, “Keep it a secret!” like they’re all high-and-mighty, so I can’t touch on it yet, but it should be super-duper interesting!
The fact that I’d say that, when I’m not big on the flashy action-stuff, means there’s no doubt about it! Even my very first editor Torishima, who rarely ever praises me, said, “This is good!”
Absolutely no doubt about it! …Although it won’t be any good if I say that too loudly and people end up disappointed by it, but at the very least, I’m confident that the contents are something that the fans will be able to thoroughly enjoy! Right now, I’m drawing the design illustrations for the new character[s] and such. The movie’s completion is still a ways out in the future, but please look forward to it!!
In late 2012 and 2013, a series of figures under the “Capsule R” line — “The Warriors Once Again” and the Saiyan arc — revived popular figures from the series available in capsules, with each also containing a piece that helps add up to an eighth and final figure.
Megahouse has announced a new line under the “Legendary Warriors: Super Saiyan Edition” name.
The figures include:
- 伝説の戦士目覚める (Densetsu no Senshi Mezameru / The Legendary Warrior Awakens)
Super Saiyan Goku lets his anger loose
- 超ゴジータ (Sūpā Gojīta / Super Gogeta)
The fusion of Goku and Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z Movie 12
- ファイナルフラッシュ (Fainaru Furasshu / Final Flash)
Vegeta prepares to fire his Final Flash attack
- 伝説の超サイヤ人 ブロリー (Densetsu no Sūpā Saiya-jin Burorī / Broli, the Legendary Super Saiyan)
Broli preparing to fire a ki blast
- 親子かめはめ波 (Oyako Kamehameha / A Father-Son Kamehameha)
Goku and Gohan firing a Kamehameha together
- 超ベジータ (Sūpā Bejīta / Super Vegeta)
Vegeta has second-form Cell in a neck hold as they fight
- 幻の元気玉 (Maboroshi no Genki-Dama / The Ethereal Genki-Dama)
Super Saiyan Goku gathers the energy for a Genki-Dama
As with the previous “Capsule R” line, each capsule contains a piece that can be added together to form one final item: “Portrait of Super Warriors”.
A seven-pack is available for ¥5,250 MSRP from both CDJapan and Hobby Link Japan. Be sure to note that although there are seven distinct pieces and seven come in each pack for sale, you are not guaranteed to receive each individual figure in your pack. Pre-orders are now open, with an expected release date of 21 October 2014.
The French publication Le Monde has revealed Glénat’s extensive plans for the Dragon Ball franchise in 2015:
Glénat prépare par ailleurs pour 2015 une année spéciale Toriyama, avec l’édition en français de pas moins d’onze œuvres, dont plusieurs animés de la série en version imprimée (comme la période Boo, les anciens films, et le récent Battle of Gods), ainsi que la traduction de sa dernière création, Jaco the galactic Patrolman, avec à la fin l’histoire courte sur la mère de Son Goku. L’éditeur français des aventures de Son Goku s’apprête également à publier Dragon Ball SD, une édition junior, en couleurs, avec une histoire édulcorée et des personnages redessinés en Super Deformed (petit corps et tête disproportionnée) – nouvelle occasion d’ouvrir la saga à un public toujours plus large.
Glenat is also preparing a special Toriyama year for 2015, with French editions for as much as eleven works, among which several anime from the franchise in printed form (such as the Boo saga, the old movies and the recent Battle of Gods), along with the translation of his latest creation, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, which includes the short story about Son Goku’s mother at the end. The French publisher of Son Goku’s adventures is also about to publish Dragon Ball SD, a junior edition with colors, a kid-friendly version of the story and characters redrawn in Super Deformed style (little bodies and misproportionned heads) – a new occasion to open the saga to an ever-growing audience.
This will be the first international license and translation of Dragon Ball SD by Naho Ooishi, a spin-off/re-telling of the series serialized each month in Saikyō Jump. Akira Toriyama‘s own Dragon Ball tie-in Jaco the Galactic Patrolman — as well as its “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter — was simultaneously published in Japanese and English, but is otherwise still fresh in its adventures outside of these two languages. France now joins the ranks of Spain, who will also be receiving a translation of the Battle of Gods “Film Anime Comic”.
Back in 2012, Glénat originally suspended their work on the “TV Anime Comics” to focus on publishing more of the “Film Anime Comics”, which saw their release begin back in January 2013.
More kanzenban releases are also due out and should wrap up in early 2015. Volume 31 (of 34 total) of the manga’s “Perfect Edition” was released last month along with the “Film Anime Comic” for Dragon Ball Z Movie 8, with at least another two of each book line due out by October 2014.
Big thanks to “Cold Skin” for the excellent round-up and translations!
Earlier this year we updated with a great batch of new Dragon Ball song lyric translations. Included at the time were lyrics to the short versions the “Galaxy Mission” and “Evil Dragon Mission” theme songs from the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game updates. This month’s “Limited Edition” release of the “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go” CD single came packed with a DVD containing the full-length versions of the songs, so these two lyric pages have been updated!
Alongside these updates are the following all-new entries, all of which have been added to our “Lyrics” section with their original Japanese, romanizations, and English-translated lyrics:
“Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go: Like Nothing Before or After”
Takayoshi Tanimoto and “Dragon Soul” contributed the new opening theme to the Japanese television broadcast of the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai. The CD single for the song was released 24 May 2014.
The Japanese band “Good Morning America” contributed the third closing theme to Dragon Ball Kai, used as the ending theme for the Majin Buu arc’s Japanese television broadcast from episodes 99-111. The CD single for the song was released 06 May 2014.
Japanese singer-songwriter Leo Ieiri contributed the fourth closing theme to Dragon Ball Kai, currently being used as the ending theme for the Majin Buu arc’s Japanese television broadcast from episodes 112-onward. The CD single for the song will be released 30 July 2014.
“HERO ~Song of Hope~ (FLOW Official English Version)”
In all international editions of the 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the insert song was replaced with an official English version performed by FLOW, its original Japanese band.
“CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA (FLOW Official English Version)”
Similar to the insert song, the ending theme in all international editions of the 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was replaced with an official English version performed by FLOW, its original Japanese band.
Enjoy singing along to some of your new favorite Dragon Ball-related tunes!
Back in 2009, a Los Angeles/Mexico-based company by the name of “Magic Sound Records” released what they claimed to be “official” Spanish versions of Dragon Ball Kai songs. Toei’s Latin America marketing director, Eduardo Lucio, called Anghelo out as a “pirate”, going on to state:
At the moment, there’s no authorization that allows the existence of any official product.
It seems Magic Sound Records and Anghelo are at it again, this time releasing a Spanish version of the Dragon Ball Kai Majin Buu arc opening theme, “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go”:
The same individuals released a version of FLOW’s “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” from the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods last year, as well.
When the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai hits international markets, if the Korean version is any indication, “Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go” will not even be used as the opening theme. Instead, a completely different Japanese-produced song named “Fight it out” will be used.
Thanks to @JetJagg for the heads-up!