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Episode 151 // 03 May 2015
The Battle's Conclusive Peak!
It's Settled in the Kaiōshin Realm!!

Though its data was included in a patch to the game last week, and despite originally being listed for inclusion in Sony’s PlayStation Store update for last week, the first pack of downloadable content for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE did not actually make its way to consoles last week.

The European branch of Bandai Namco has announced that it will indeed make its appearance this week:

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Included as a part of the first DLC pack will be three new playable characters (from Dragon Ball GT: Son Goku as a child, Trunks, and Pan), five costumes (including those for Lunch and Akkuman), fifteen new special moves, four Time Patrol quests, three Parallel Quest missions, two new masters (Tenshinhan and Yamcha), ten master quests, one new stage, three accessories, and nine Z-Soul items.

The pack will hit — at least for Europe — the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms 17 March 2015, while it will hit the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 the next day on 18 March 2015.

Downloadable content packs will be released at a base price of $9.99 per pack, with a season pass available netting players interested in acquiring all three packs a $5 savings at $24.99.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.



FUNimation has announced their acquisition of this year’s upcoming theatrical Dragon Ball Z film — Fukkatsu no “F” — which will be given the title Resurrection ‘F’ for the company’s release. An English dub of the film will debut in North American theaters this summer, with a subtitled preview screening coming to Los Angeles 11 April 2015.

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’
World Premiere April 11, 2015 at Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

It’s the news fans have been waiting for! FUNimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the upcoming Japanese animated feature film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ represents the nineteenth feature film in the Dragon Ball series. Series creator Akira Toriyama was directly involved in the film’s production, just as he was in the highly successful Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The English dub of the new film will be released in theaters across North America in Summer 2015.

However, fans of the franchise may not have to wait until summer to get a look at the film! FUNimation Entertainment has teamed up with 20th Century FOX & Toei Animation to host the world premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (in Japanese w/ English subtitles) at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 11. So, if you’re in the Los Angeles area you can be among the first in the world to see Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. A limited amount of tickets to the premiere will be available to fans and the general public beginning today at dragonballz.com.

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The first preview screening in Japan will be held 30 March 2015.

The title “Resurrection ‘F'” was first seen used in the English version of Toei Animation’s most recent 3rd quarter financial report released on 30 January 2015.

The story for Fukkatsu no “F” (Revival of “F”), opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.



While the 2015 #13 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump promised a reveal of Freeza’s new evolution in the 2015 #15 issue, Toei decided to release a new Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” trailer a few days ahead of then… which itself spoiled the big reveals that would have come in the magazine.

While the 2015 #15 issue does indeed provide its own reveal of “Golden Freeza”, it comes packed with a bunch of other supplemental tidbits. Confirmed in the recent trailer, the magazine issue also confirms an appearance and contribution in the film by Jaco the Galactic Patrolman from the 2013 prequel/spin-off manga series.

A special booklet by original manga author — and writer for the film itself — Akira Toriyama will be distributed to the first 1.5 million moviegoers. This booklet will contain the complete script of the film, along with conceptual material and commentary on the film itself. As noted in Cinema Today’s coverage, the booklet will touch on the plot of the film in detail, so attendees are advised not to open it until after seeing the film.

However, the real bit of new information comes in the form of a a quick interview from idol group Momoiro Clover Z, who will contribute the theme song “Vow of ‘Z'” to the film. Here, they talk about their experience voicing a group of angels torturing Freeza in Hell. We have dutifully translated this interview, which can now also be found in our “Translations” section.

A follow-up to the interview is promised for the May 2015 issue of V-Jump, which will hit Japanese newsstands 20 March 2015. The group also recently contributed the first of two interviews to the official movie blog, run in-character by “Bulma”.

The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.



With 35 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a short comment from the voice of Trunks himself, Takeshi Kusao:

こんにちは!ブルマよ。
映画公開まであと35日!
今日は、私の息子、トランクスを演じている草尾毅さんがコメントをいただいたわよ!

新作のドラゴンボールというのがまず驚きで、最初に聞いたときは信じられない!という気持ちでした。
今回の脚本は鳥山先生が書かれたと聞いて、よりドラゴンボールの純粋なエッセンスが詰まった作品になるだろうな。と思いました。

原点回帰してかわいらしくアットホームな世界観なのか、ドラゴンボールらしいアクションの要素が満載なのか、どこを切り取ってもこれぞ“鳥山明”というすごいものになるのは間違いないので、その話をきいただけで、より興味が倍増して、鳥肌が立ちました。

今回初めてドラゴンボールをご覧になる方も、お子さんと一緒にご覧になるお父さんお母さんも、完成を楽しみにしていてください。
今作は、次の時代のドラゴンボール伝説の幕開けになると思います。
『復活の「F」』から、さらに来年、再来年とずーっと続いていくように皆さんも歴史の証人として、ここから新たに始まるドラゴンボール伝説の1ページを心ゆくまで思う存分、楽しんでください。
僕もみなさんと楽しんでいきたいと思います。


Hey, Bulma here!
Just 35 days to go until the movie premieres!
Today we’ve got a comment from the man who plays my son Trunks, Takeshi Kusao!

When I first heard there was going to be new Dragon Ball, I was so surprised I could hardly believe it. And when I heard that the script this time around was written by Toriyama-sensei, I thought that perhaps we’d get a film that captures more of the pure essence of Dragon Ball.

Would he return to first principles and make something with a sweet and at-home perspective, or something fully-loaded with Dragon Ball-style action? With Akira Toriyama, no matter where he drew the line it would definitely turn out incredible. Just hearing about his involvement gave me goosebumps and made me twice as interested as before.

Even people just seeing Dragon Ball for the first time, or parents watching it with their children, should look forward to this film.

I think this film will raise the curtain on the next era of the Dragon Ball legend.

As eyewitnesses to history, everyone should enjoy to their heart’s content this first page of the Dragon Ball legend that starts here, so that it will continue on after Revival of “F” with another film next year, and another the year after that, on and on.

I think I’ll even go enjoy it along with everyone else.

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



With 36 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with comments from movie staff discussing a new promotion

こんにちは。スタッフです。
公開まであと36日です!

みなさまカレーは好きですか?

昨日発表された通り、この度カレーハウスCoCo壱番屋さんとコラボキャンペーンを実施することが決定いたしました!

2015年4月1日(水)~5月31日(日)のキャンペーン期間中に、
合計金額1,000円(税込)以上のレシートを貼って応募すると、ココイチオリジナルグッズが抽選で当たるレシート応募式のキャンペーンです。
「瞬間移動をしている孫悟空(全体像)」や「カレーをモリモリ食べる孫悟空」など、
今回のキャンペーンのためだけに描き下ろされたオリジナルデザインのグッズをが当たります!

また、オリジナルピンバッジ(全6種)、コンプリートBOX応募券、ドリンク無料券が当たる店頭くじも実施
!※各店くじがなくなり次第終了

詳しくはキャンペーンサイトをご確認ください。
http://www.ichibanya.co.jp/campaign/dragonball/

みんなでカレーをモリモリ食べて元気パワー全開で劇場公開まであと36日カウントダウンしちゃいましょう!


Hello, it’s the staff.
Just 36 days left until the premiere!

Hey everyone, do you like curry?

As announced yesterday, we’re running a tie-in promotional campaign with Curry House CoCo Ichibanya!

From Wednesday April 1st to Monday May 31st 2015, you can send in any receipt of more than 1,000 yen (tax included) to be entered into a CoCo Ichibanya original merchandise lottery. You can win merchandise featuring original designs especially drawn for this campaign, such as “Son Goku Teleporting (Panorama)” or “Son Goku Chowing Down on Curry”!

There’s also a storefront lotto campaign where you can win one of 6 original pin badges, a complete boxset of these pin badges, or a free drink.
!※ Offer expires when stores run out of supplies.

Check out the campaign site for details.
http://www.ichibanya.co.jp/campaign/dragonball/

Everyone, pig out on this curry so that you’ll have enough energy to count down the remaining 36 days until the movie premiere!

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



According to the NPD report for February 2015, the combination of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE releases across all console platforms ranked as the #7 best-selling game of the month.

Earlier today, Sony reported Dragon Ball XENOVERSE as one of their best-selling digital games of the month (particularly for the PlayStation 4, where it ranked as the #2 best-selling digital game for February).

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE was released for consoles in North America 24 February 2015.



Dragon Ball XENOVERSE and Battle of Z made strong showings on the PlayStation Store sales charts for February 2015.

Coming in as the #2 and #6 games on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 charts, respectively, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE pulled in strong numbers despite only being available for less than a week of February in total. On the PlayStation 4, only Dying Light managed to out-sell XENOVERSE in the digital storefront.

No doubt fueled by the portable system’s birthday sale last month, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z for the Vita hit the #3 mark on its respective sales chart.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, developed by Artdink for Bandai Namco, was released worldwide in January 2014 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Vita. In North America, the Vita version was released exclusively as a downloadable title.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game is available both digitally and in retail disc form for both Sony consoles.



With 37 days remaining until the film’s debut, the official blog to promote Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F” has updated with a letter from none other than Future Trunks.  The postal system of the future must be truly remarkable…

こんにちは!ブルマよ!
公開まであと37日!
今日は…ふふふ。驚くわよ~。
なんと未来にいるトランクスから手紙が届いたのよ!
もうトランクスったら、なんていい男なのかしら!

母さん、お元気ですか?
風の噂でそちらの世界でフリーザが復活してしまったということを聞きました。
僕が過去へと行ってしまったせいで、また、僕の知っている過去と変わってきてしまっているようですね…。
あの時あんなに滅多切りにしたうえ、気でかき消したというのに、一体どうやって復活したんでしょうか。
いえ、復活ができないくらい消滅させたことをきちんと確認するべきでした。
僕の甘さがあったから、皆さんにご迷惑をおかけしてしまい申し訳なく思っています。
皆さんはご無事でしょうか。
できることなら僕もまた過去へ行って一緒に戦いたいのですが、きっと孫悟空さんたちは僕が知っているよりも、もっともっと強くなっていることと思います。
父さんもそれに負けないくらい強くなっているのでしょう。
僕も負けないように修行に励んで、未来の地球と母さんを守りますね。
遠くの地からですが、皆さんの勝利をお祈りしてます。
それでは、母さん、父さんもどうかご無事で。


Hey, Bulma here!
The premiere’s just 37 days away!
Today we’ve got…ohoho, now this is a surprise.
I’ve received a letter from Trunks…the one in the future!
I wonder how handsome he’s become!

Hoping this letter finds you well, mother.

I have heard a rumor about Freeza being resurrected over in your world. It seems that things have once again changed from the history I know, due to my meddling in the past…

But I wonder how in the world Freeza could possibly come back to life, after I hacked him into pieces and wiped him out with my ki.

No, I should have fully confirmed that I had obliterated him such that he could never be revived.  I am truly sorry that my weakness brought this trouble upon you. I wonder if you will be alright.

Were it possible, I would like to travel to the past again and fight alongside Son Goku and the others, but I am sure they have all grown far stronger since I last saw them. No doubt father has kept up his training as well.

I will likewise train diligently to protect my world and my mother here in the future.  Know that I am praying for your victory from this distant land.

My best wishes that you and father stay safe and sound,
Trunks

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The story for Revival of “F”, opening nationwide in Japan 18 April 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D, is being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama, who stated he is writing it, “…as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization,” and that while it will, “…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, will serve as the film’s director and animation supervisor. Norihito Sumitomo will return from Battle of Gods and the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai for musical composition duties. Momoiro Clover Z will contribute a song alongside Maximum the Hormone, whose “F” will be used as a “battle song” during the film. Revival of “F” is set to bring back Freeza and will also include two new characters (Sorbet and Tagoma), feature Beerus and Whis again from Battle of Gods, and much more.

We will continue to keep tabs on this blog and translate whatever news it reveals, so stay tuned…!



J-Stars Victory Vs., the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, will be making its way westward in the form of J-Stars Victory Vs.+ for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Vita. After being dated with a “summer 2015″ timeframe last December, Bandai Namco mostly went silent on the game for a few months… until today, when the company unveiled a new website for the international version of the game.

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Included with the (for now) basic overview website is a trailer featuring Goku versus Freeza:

An additional video of Arale (primarily of Dr. Slump fame, but also with a few key Dragon Ball cameos!) versus Luckyman is also provided:

The game, originally released back in March 2013 in Japan on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, features Son Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza from Dragon Ball along with a wealth of other playable and support characters from different series. All playable and support characters from the Japanese release are slated for inclusion in the international version.



The PlayStation 3 version of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE remained on the Media Create sales charts for its fifth week in Japan, while the PlayStation 4 version dipped below the top twenty according to Famitsu.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 02 March 2015 to 08 March 2015, the game pushed another 5,787 copies on the PlayStation 3, with cumulative sales of 86,874 copies.

While not in the top twenty for Media Create, the Famitsu list for the same reporting period pegs the PlayStation 4 version at another 2,651 copies sold. Though the two lists report numbers slightly differently, Famitsu places the PlayStation 4 version at 51,129 total copies sold.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco — is the latest video game for the franchise on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.