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0830 August 2015
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The official Dragon Ball Z video games Facebook page has revealed that Europe will receive a black New (non-XL) Nintendo 3DS package containing faceplates, Extreme Butōden pre-installed, as well as a digital copy of Super Butōden 2.

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The package will be available 16 October 2015 (alongside the game’s standard release).

Pre-ordering the game will also grant players “early access” to six Z-Assist characters: young Son Goku, Garlic Jr., Super Vegetto, Metal Coola, baby Son Goku, and young Son Gohan. Super Butōden 2 is also included in standard pre-orders and will be a download of the Japanese version; a release outside of Japan likely explains the game’s new replacement music, originally composed by Kenji Yamamoto (under the moniker of “MONOLITH”).

Super Butōden 2, originally released in Japan for the Super Famicom in 1993, did see a limited European localization in 1994.

Only standard-sized (non-XL) models of the New Nintendo 3DS accept custom faceplates. North America currently only has the XL version of the New Nintendo 3DS.

The company also released an English-language promotional video for the game leading up to Japan Expo taking place this weekend:

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

The game will be available in Europe 16 October 2015, in North and Latin America 20 October 2015, and in Brazil 23 October 2015.



While the rest of the world has to wait until October, Japan has wrapped up its third week with Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden on the Nintendo 3DS.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 22 June 2015 to 28 June 2015, the game pushed another 7,687 copies, coming in as the 13th-best selling game of the week. This brings the game up to 98,789 cumulative copies sold.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden is currently available for order from CDJapan. The Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS are region-locked; a Japanese system is required for the game to play.



The official Twitter account for Dragon Ball Super has started a daily countdown leading up to the series’ debut 05 July 2015. Today’s entry, with four days to go until the premiere, shares a few photos of ads from today’s Yomiuri Shimbun as well as billboards in Shibuya and Shinjuku:

「ドラゴンボール超」放送開始の7月5日まであと4日!今日の読売新聞に悟空が!そして渋谷駅と新宿駅にドラゴンボール超の広告が!だんだん盛り上がってきましたね!(S)


There are 4 days left until Dragon Ball Super starts its broadcast on July 5th! Goku’s in today’s Yomiuri Shimbun! And there are Dragon Ball Super ads at Shibuya and Shinjuku Stations! The excitement is really starting to build now! (S)

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting with this month’s August 2015 issue.



The V-Jump Channel recently hosted a “Dragon Ball Super Complete Showcase Event” on 01 July 2015 at 1:00PM in Tokyo to promote the upcoming debut of the Dragon Ball Super TV series.

The event was streamed live on Yahoo’s GYAO! website and featured guest appearances from Masako Nozawa (Son Goku), rock band Good Morning America, with the band’s bass player Tanashin in complete Golden Freeza cosplay, and Mandō Kobayashi host Kendō Kobayashi dressed as Yajirobe. Kazuya Yoshii, who is providing the opening theme “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” for Dragon Ball Super, did make a brief appearance onscreen via a prerecorded message.

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Following brief introductions from producer Atsushi Kido, a message from Akira Toriyama was displayed onscreen. The latter portion of his message has been previously published in V-Jump and was recently added to the series’ official website. However, it is the former portion of his comments that are much more intriguing, as they reveal the series’ overall plot! (Be warned, there are heavy spoilers beyond this point!)


“Dragon Ball Super” is a complete continuation of the Majin Buu story arc. It’s got a bit of post-battle aftermath, continues with the “Battle of Gods” arc where the God of Destruction Beerus appears and the “Revival of ‘F'” arc where Freeza comes back to life, and then, I’ve written a strange new story where they finally depart from this universe. They’re fighting against their neighbors, Universe 6! They’ll yell at me if I give away too many spoilers, so I’ll keep the rest a secret, but they’re chasing after giant Super Dragon Balls; I think things will unfold in a bright and simple way, that will be really fun and exciting!

Since it’s another universe, loads of new characters will turn up. I’ll do my best to draw the tons of character designs necessary, so I’m looking forward to this too.

You know, it suddenly occurs to me that somewhere along the line the Dragon Ball anime has become quite a huge story. Since I’m the guy who drew the thing, it’s a bit weird for me to say this, but when I first started out I never dreamed it would have a universe as a setting (laughs). Don’t worry though, it’s still going to be the same sort of easy-to-understand content as always. Please be sure to watch Dragon Ball Super on TV!

It was recently reveled in this week’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump that the series will begin six months after Majin Buu’s defeat, placing it in November of Age 774 in the series’ established timeline. From there the series is now set to catch up to the events of Battle of Gods and Revival of “F”, with each being a “retelling” of their respective events, before going on to an all-new inter-universe storyline. This new storyline will feature a new set of “Super” Dragon Balls, feature all-new characters, and much more! It is not clear at the moment just how this new storyline will, if it does at all, tie-in with the events seen 10 years later at the end of the manga in chapters 517, 518, and 519, but it is certainly nice to now have a better idea of the series’ general overall plot and how certain events will tie into the story.

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting with this month’s August 2015 issue.

UPDATE: Akira Toriyama’s comment on the official Dragon Ball Super website has been updated.



The official Twitter account for Dragon Ball Super has started a daily countdown leading up to the series’ debut 05 July 2015. Today’s entry, with five days to go until the premiere, teases the “Super Start Guide” coming from Shueisha and V-Jump this weekend:

「ドラゴンボール超」放送開始の7月5日まであと5日!Vジャンプ特別編集「ドラゴンボール超 超スタートガイド」が7月3日発売!アニメが始まる前に要チェックですよー! (S)


5 days left until “Dragon Ball Super” starts its broadcast on July 5th! The V-Jump special edition “Dragon Ball Super: Super Start Guide” goes on sale July 3rd! Gotta check it out before the anime begins! (S)

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The “Super Start Guide” for Dragon Ball Super will contain information on the “mysterious characters” (one of whom we know is “Champa”), will include a “super comment” from Akira Toriyama, as well as more information about the series’ production. The guide will also come packed with a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (SSGSS) Son Goku card (GDPJ-06) for the arcade version of Dragon Ball Heroes.

The V-Jump Special Edition: TV Animation “Dragon Ball Super” Super Start Guide will hit magazine stands in Japan 03 July 2015 for ¥750. Copies are available to pre-order from CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting with this month’s August 2015 issue.



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We are less than a week away from Dragon Ball Super…! Even with the various new productions over the last decade, nothing comes close to fandom’s excitement over this new TV series. Whereas with a movie we know everything about it within an hour or two of watching it, with a TV series it’s a week-to-week guessing game. What will happen next?! This is our last episode before the new series begins, and our hype cannot possibly be contained!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0383! VegettoEX and Hujio discuss “Dragon Ball Super” as we sit less than a week out from its debut. Where in the timeline will it take place, and how will this new story affect the other recent productions? Will “Battle of Gods” still “happen” in the overall story? Tons of news and thoughts from you wrap up the show!

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr.



This week’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump (2015 #31), released today in Japan, contains a small promotional section dedicated to the first episode of Dragon Ball Super, which is set to debut in mere days on 05 July 2015.

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The page unveils the first episode’s title, along with a brief synopsis, setting the time frame of the series as six months following the battle with Majin Buu (which would place it in November of Age 774 going with the timeline established up to this point):

第1話「平和の報酬1億ゼニーは誰の手に!?」

平和になった地球で悟空があ金を稼ぐ!?
魔人ブウとの激闘から半年。平和な時が流れる地球で、悟空はチチの言いつけで荒れ地を耕す仕事をしながら隙を見つけて修業する日々をおくっていた。その一方、結婚したての悟飯とビーデルは幸せな日々を過ごすが…!?


Episode #1, “Who Will the 100 Million Zenny Peace Reward Go To…?!”

With the Earth at peace, Goku earns money?!
Six months after the fierce battle with Majin Buu. While the days pass peacefully, Goku works tilling the soil like Chi-Chi had ordered him, while still finding time to train. Meanwhile, newly-weds Gohan and Videl are living happily, but…?!

This new synopsis notes that Gohan and Videl are newly weds, which contradicts the initial plot unveiled in the August 2015 issue of V-Jump, where Videl is referred to as Goten’s “soon-to-be sister-in-law”, implying the two were not yet married. This would seem to help confirm that Gohan and Videl were indeed married by the time Battle of Gods rolls around, as the film occurs four years (Age 778) after the battle with Majin Buu (Age 774).

The page also includes a small section covering what Goten and Trunks will be up to this week, lending to the intriguing possibility of the two having weekly side-adventures non-critical to the series’ main overarching plot:

今週の悟天&トランクス — 結婚祝いに選んだのは!?
悟飯に結婚祝いを贈ろうとする悟天と、その相談を受けたトランクス!ふたりの選んだ品は!?


Goten & Trunks This Week: What do they pick for a wedding gift?!
Goten wants to give Gohan a wedding present, and Trunks offers his advice! What item do they end up picking?!

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting with this month’s August 2015 issue.



The official Twitter account for Dragon Ball Super has started a daily countdown leading up to the series’ debut 05 July 2015. Today’s entry, with six days to go until the premiere, teases a shot from the ending theme song:

「ドラゴンボール超」放送開始の7月5日まであと6日!今日はとっておきの1枚。エンディングのラストカット!!!「これ、出していいの?」と何回も確認しちゃいましたー。(S)


There are 6 days until the Dragon Ball Super broadcast begins on July 5th! Here’s the picture we’ve been saving for today. The ending’s last cut!!! We made sure [with the staff] a bunch of times: “Is it really OK to put this out there?” (S)

Good Morning America will provide the series’ ending theme, “Hello Hello Hello” (ハローハローハロー), which will see a CD single release in Japan 12 August 2015. Good Morning America contributed the song “Dear Zarathustra” as the first closing theme to the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for its Japanese broadcast (and third closing theme overall).

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting with this month’s August 2015 issue.



As the 2015 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” makes its way across the globe for more theatrical screenings, Japan is now set for a home release later this year. The film will be available 07 October 2015 in both standard DVD (¥4,104) and high-definition Blu-ray (¥5,184) formats.

In addition, collectors can look forward to a two-disc, Special Limited Edition release on DVD (¥8,424) and Blu-ray (¥9,504) which are set to come packed with a slew of goodies.

The first disc will contain, in addition to the film itself, its various teaser trailers, theatrical trailers, and TV spots. The bonus disc is set to contain:

  • Footage from the Battle of Gods special (extended) edition launch event featuring Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.), Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza), and glamor model Risa Yoshiki
  • Footage from the press conference and “bean-scattering” event held with Masako Nozawa to announce the idol group Momoiro Clover Z as guest voices in the film
  • Footage from the “Tenka’ichi Fan Meeting” at AnimeJapan 2015 featuring Masako Nozawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Masaharu Satō (Kame-sen’nin), and Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo)
  • Footage from the opening day stage celebration event held at the Shinjuku Wald 9 cinema in Tokyo with Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Director), Masako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Masaharu Satō, Natsuki Hanae (Jaco), and Momoiro Clover Z
  • Footage from the “Super Hit Thank You” stage celebration featuring Masako Nozawa, Ryūsei Nakao, Ryō Horikawa, and Momoiro Clover Z (Dragon Ball Super was officially announced during the event)
  • Footage from the May 9th “Goku Day” event featuring Masako Nozawa

Physical bonus items are set to include a Golden Freeza alarm clock, a 498-page story board collection, and a 16-page special booklet.

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The standard DVD, standard Blu-ray, Special Limited Edition DVD set, and Special Limited Edition Blu-ray set are all available to pre-order at Amazon Japan. Other retailer listings should begin to appear in the near future.

The story for Revival of “F”, which opened nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, was crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he wrote it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it would, “…of course be a continuation of the previous Battle of Gods,” he has also, “…deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal.” Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who worked for many years as character designer and animation supervisor on the Dragon Ball franchise, served as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo has returned from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z contributed “Vow of ‘Z'” as the film’s main theme alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” is used during the film. Revival of “F” brings back Freeza and includes two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), features Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more. The film has been announced for distribution in 74 countries.



The official Twitter account for Dragon Ball Super has started a daily countdown leading up to the series’ debut 05 July 2015. Today’s entry, with seven days to go until the premiere, reveals the (previously-posted) 30-second preview for the upcoming TV series that was broadcast with the final episode of Dragon Ball Kai:

「ドラゴンボール超」放送開始の7月5日まであと7日!今日初オンエアした30秒予告映像を公開しています!(S)


There are 7 days until the Dragon Ball Super broadcast begins on July 5th! The video for the 30-second preview that was first aired today has been released! (S)

The YouTube posting of the video, which is again region-locked, has been mirrored below from its Fuji TV website posting:

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting with this month’s August 2015 issue.