Earlier this month, the 2013 #42 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan revealed the previously-hinted-at bonus downloadable game coming packaged with first-pressings of J Legend Retsuden on the Japanese Nintendo 3DS: Dragon Ball Z: Gekishin Furīza!! (“The Fierce God Freeza”), the fifth game for the franchise on the Nintendo Famicom, and the sequel to Assault!! The Saiyans. The downloadable game has also since been revealed on the compilation’s official website.
In “Tenka’ichi Budōkai mode”, entering seven play-throughs worth of passwords obtained by beating the previous game will allow you to make your way through Gekishin Furīza!! with that same power already unleashed.
This brings the total package of Dragon Ball games to four, with this extra downloadable title being in addition to the three games that come on the physical 3DS cartridge itself.
Also included, as a part of the actual compilation, will be the first Yū Yū Hakusho game on the Super Famicom from 1993. Four Yū Yū Hakusho games were eventually released on the Super Famicom.
A trailer from this year’s Tokyo Game Show showcases all of the currently-announced games for the compilation, as well as bonus features like saving, borders, hints, and manuals:
J Legend Retsuden is due out 07 November 2013 for ¥4,980. The game is available for pre-order from Amazon Japan and Play-Asia, the latter of which is currently offering free shipping on the game. As always, we must note that the Nintendo 3DS is indeed region-locked, so players looking to pick it up will still need a Japanese Nintendo 3DS.
Next week’s 2013 #44 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan is set to contain the eleventh and last of the originally-numbered “10+1″ chapters of Akira Toriyama’s currently-running manga, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. The series was teased early on by Toriyama with a chapter comment noting, “The content seems a bit dated, but if you read to the end, you’ll understand why.” Later, Shueisha teased with, “The whole world’s long-awaited return of a ‘legend’ is here!!” until finally coming out with, “The shocking revival of ‘Dragon Ball’!!”
WARNING: Spoilers Ahoy!
In next week’s chapter, it is revealed that Jaco was indeed sent to Earth to stop a Saiyan from Planet Vegeta. This Saiyan ends up at Son Gohan’s house, eating up a ton. He is super-strong, so it is a good thing Gohan is a martial arts master. Gohan offers to let him stay and learn with him if he does not have a home to go back to. Returning to the present (from the decade-earlier timeframe of the main story), Omori narrates how, not too long ago, Tights’ sister Bulma stopped by — everyone has met before when Tights’ family visited, including a child Bulma and Dr. Brief, who knows Omori by reputation for his work in space-time research. Being a super-genius, Bulma had already graduated from university and had set out on a trip. She had said something about looking for mysterious orbs that grant you any wish when brought together. She showed off two, which were made of a substance that does not exist on Earth, so she reasoned they came from outer space. It all sounds quite suspicious, but space is vast, so perhaps this sort of mysterious orb exists out there somewhere. Omori notes that he will ask Jaco about it next time he stops by. Meanwhile, Son Goku is dragging his catch back to the house…
There are obviously a few contradictions between the events depicted here in Jaco and how they transpire in the original Dragon Ball manga (things such as Bulma heading back to school after the Pilaf story arc), but the tie-in status is clearly undeniable at this point.
There is much more to come once the chapter officially hits next Monday (30 September 2013) in physical form on Japanese shelves and digitally in English via Viz, so stay tuned to Kanzenshuu over the next week or so for an incredible blow-out on Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and a slew of other spin-off manga projects!
Japanese fan “Toyble” has been hard at work on his Dragon Ball AF comic/series/dōjinshi for quite a few years now — in fact, it was back in 2008 that we first dove into the series on our podcast for a quick review!
When Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission — the spin-off promotional manga currently published in V-Jump — first debuted back in September 2012, comparisons between newcomer “Toyotarō” and “Toyble” flew left and right. No confirmations were ever given, but the signs seemed to be there: the art style similarities, a slight similarity in the two names, and the comparative-slowness of additional Dragon Ball AF work from “Toyble”.
A recent release of Dragon Ball AF from “Toyble” contains a special closing message:
…So, due to a variety of circumstances, I have been unable to continue drawing Dragon Ball AF.
But it’s a work I feel an attachment to, since I did get my start writing with it, and all.
No matter how many years it takes, I intend to keep writing.
I hope you’ll find it in your hearts to look on it fondly.
– Toyble, 10 August 2013
Between Yi Xing Long stating (within the comic) that Toyble, the ruler of this world, cannot continue the story because he has begun something else instead (along with a mention of a card battle), and Toyble’s own message alongside a silhouette of Beat (the hero of Victory Mission), as our own Herms points out, this all but explicitly confirms fandom’s theory that “Toyble” and “Toyotarō” may indeed be the same person.
Thanks to various forum folks for keeping on top of the series all these years!
As initially teased in the latest English-language trailer for the game, the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (360/PS3/Vita) fighting game will receive a few special bonuses for those pre-ordering and picking up the game on its release date. As previously revealed, those picking up the game at launch will be treated to a bonus costume for Goku: a specially-customzied Naruto “Sage Mode” outfit, which also includes updates to Goku’s movements to mirror Naruto’s more closely.
In addition to this, the European branch of Namco-Bandai has revealed that customers pre-ordering the game will receive two additional characters: Super Vegetto and Super Saiyan Bardock.
The Pre-order offer comes in with 2 exclusive in-game DLC Characters, the almighty SUPER VEGITO and the father of our main hero and saviour: SUPER SAIYAN BARDOCK. Those two characters will be available solely via pre-order across Europe and Australasia!
In North America, the two characters will be made available via retailer-specific pre-order deals, with more info to come as the game heads toward release.
DRAGON BALL Z®: BATTLE OF Z TO RECEIVE SPECIAL DAY ONE EDITION AND SPECIAL PRE-ORDER ITEMS IN THE AMERICAS
Exciting DLC Items Deliver Special Cross-Over Experience and Additional Characters for Dragon Ball Z Fans to Master
SAN JOSE, Calif., (September 19, 2013) Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced its Day One Edition and Pre-Order offers for Dragon Ball Z®: Battle of Z for North America, Latin America, and Brazil on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z delivers over-the-top anime action and intensity, presented in new cell-shaded HD graphics. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z’s expanded team battle and co-op modes will also allow players to create teams of four characters to take on opponents across the globe.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z’s Day One Edition will be offered while supplies last at participating retailers and will feature a download code for Goku’s Naruto Uzumaki Sage Mode Costume from the popular NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series. Players will be able to execute all of Goku’s famous attacks including the Kamehameha and Meteor Smash while dressed in one of the NARUTO universe’s most recognizable outfits. Dragon Ball Z and NARUTO fans will want to reserve a copy of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z in order to guarantee their Naruto Uzumaki Sage Mode Costume for their video game collection.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z will also be offered with special Pre-Order bonuses. Exclusive characters Super Vegito and Super Saiyan Bardock will be available in different pre-order programs at participating retailers. These characters have proven to be fan favorites with popular attacks and character storylines. Additional details regarding how and where to pre-order Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z to receive Super Vegito or Super Saiyan Bardock will be announced in the near future.
“Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z marks a significant push forward for Dragon Ball Z games both in its expanded team and online gameplay mechanics and improved HD graphical presentation,” said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “The Dragon Ball Z franchise has been a perennial favorite amongst Japanese videogame, manga, and anime fans and we’re excited to offer our loyal Dragon Ball Z fans additional content to go with the innovative and heightened experience they will have with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.”
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z will be available in early 2014 for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system (digital download only) in the Americas. For more information on the game, please visit: http://dbzboz.bngames.net, http://dragonball.namcobandaigames.com, https://www.facebook.com/DBZ.videogames or www.facebook.com/NamcoBandai.
Bardock’s Super Saiyan transformation was originally developed for Naho Ooishi’s three-chapter spin-off manga, Episode of Bardock, which was later adapted into a short video feature for Jump Festa 2012, itself later included as a part of Dragon Ball Z for Kinect. Super Saiyan Bardock was also playable in the Kinect game, but only via a special QR code unlock that was not distributed until after the game’s release.
DLC has been made available for this generation’s Dragon Ball fighters before, but have generally been distributed as codes within “Limited Edition” versions, pre-orders, retailer exclusive bonuses, etc. and were not later available for download (either paid or free). Most of these have been color palette adjustments, and only a few have actually made their way out at all in North America.
With Battle of Z appearing to go back to the style of character transformations acting as their own individual selection (rather than using “in-game transformations”), fans of Vegetto and Bardock may want to think about picking the game up sooner than later.
The Oricon sales charts note (with specific DVD and Blu-ray data via Anime News Network) that the home video release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods continues to be a top seller in Japan for its second consecutive week, though it has relinquished the top spot on both the individual DVD and Blu-ray charts.
For the period of 16 September 2013 to 22 September 2013, the standard edition of the film did another 4,598 copies on DVD (bringing the total to 18,860) and 2,606 on Blu-ray (bringing the total to 8,483), while the special edition did another 3,558 copies on DVD (bringing the total to 15,856) and 2,861 on Blu-ray (bringing the total to 20,805).
MADMAN ACQUIRES DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF THE GODS
Madman is proud to announce the acquisition of the latest feature in the evergreen DRAGON BALL Z franchise, DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF THE GODS.
DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF THE GODS is the first DRAGON BALL Z movie to receive a Japanese theatrical release in 17 years, and with original manga creator, Akira Toriyama heavily involved, the first film in the series to be considered an official part of the original DRAGON BALL manga storyline.
When Birus, The God of Destruction awakes from a long slumber, he learns of the defeat of the galactic overlord Freeza by the hands of Son Goku. Seeking an opponent worthy of his power, Birus, along with his companion Uis, travels to the North Quadrant of the universe to challenge Goku to a battle.
Shooting straight to the number one spot in its opening week at the Japanese box-office, DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF THE GODS took in over $7 million USD and sold over 500,000 tickets in just two days. The film has since become the fastest-grossing film of 2013 in Japan, earning a total of US$30 million [2.9 billion Yen].
One of the most beloved manga and anime brands in the world, DRAGON BALL and DRAGON BALL Z have a rich cultural history spanning two decades, significantly boosting the popularity of Japanese animation in Western culture and influencing multiple generations of fans.
In Australia, DRAGON BALL Z has enjoyed a regular television broadcast across Channel 10 and Cartoon Network and has sold in excess of one million units across DVD and VHS formats alone.
DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF THE GODS will premiere at the 17th Japanese Film Festival, touring Australia Oct – Dec, 2013. For more information, visit www.japanesefilmfestival.net.
DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF THE GODS will also screen in select cinemas in 2014.
Throughout the press release, Madman refers to the movie with a title of “Battle of the Gods” despite appearing directly below a promotional banner clearly outlining the title in its original “Battle of Gods” moniker. The “Birus” and “Uis” name romanizations appear to come directly from the Japanese Film Festival advertising. It rather obviously remains to be seen whether or not the title of the movie and/or further name change adaptations will make their way to whatever the final product is from Madman.
Tied in with the Japanese Film Festival, the movie will also be screened in New Zealand via Event Cinemas in October.
Video gaming website GameSpot recently posted the first North American trailer for the next big video game coming to the Dragon Ball franchise, Battle of Z. The trailer, narrated by Christopher Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo, etc.), also highlights the inclusion of Beerus and Whis, characters from the recent Battle of Gods theatrical film. Super Saiyan God from the new film will also appear in the game.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is currently scheduled for a nebulous “early 2014″ release. In North America, the game will see a retail release on both the 360 and PlayStation 3, while the Vita version will be download-only.
Listings for a “Dragon Ball Z: Season 1″ Blu-ray release, now officially scheduled for 31 December 2013, have begun popping up online. So far most listings contain only basic product information: $44.98 MSRP, 925 minute running time, and 4 discs. However, a recent product listing shared by WTK has really grabbed some attention among fans across most social media outlets.
According to this product listing, the upcoming Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray “Season” sets will indeed be presented in a 16:9 cropped widescreen format. You may recall that FUNimation conducted an online survey this last June asking fans to weigh in on a possible, now confirmed, Blu-ray release for the company’s flagship series. One of the survey questions specifically asked about aspect ratio preferences, providing options for both 4:3 (“Original Production Release”) and 16:9 (“Crop of Original Production Release”) aspect ratios. At this point it appears that a majority of fans were in favor of a cropped release, however we have reached out to FUNimation for further clarification on this actually being the case.
While the orange brick sets were cropped to 16:9 — removing approximately 20% of the original picture — FUNimation’s “Level” Blu-ray sets had remained in their original 4:3 aspect ratio. However, with the increased price point for the “Level” Blu-ray sets due to production costs of remastering the scanned footage “frame-by-frickin’-frame”, FUNimation canceled their production in pursuit of a more cost effective remastering method after releasing only the first 34 episodes. The first new Blu-ray “Season” set appears to contain 39 episodes, based on the listed running time of 925 minutes, which lines up with the episode count seen on the first orange brick set.
The listing also notes that the cropping of these new sets will be achieved by using “pan & scan technology” to ensure an “optimal viewing experience”. This does imply that the cropping of the footage will be more selective than that seen on the orange brick sets, which were auto-cropped to the center of the frame. This is likely intended to reduce the number of instances where important visual information (i.e. character’s heads, mouths, etc.) is unnecessarily cut out of the frame, similar to what was done by Toei Animation for the Japanese television broadcast of Dragon Ball Kai.
All indications at this point lean toward FUNimation’s cost effective solution being a somewhat similar release to the orange bricks, although this time in an actual high-definition format with a little more care taken in cropping the footage. At the moment there has been no confirmation as what film master this release will be based on — an entirely new scan performed specifically for this release, a possible scan previously done for the “Level” sets, or the original scan for the orange brick sets. No matter which film master is used this release, with a less intense remastering process, it is nearly guaranteed to be sub-par to the “Level” sets.
However, on a positive note, this release will have a much more affordable price point in comparison to the “Level” sets, which had an MSRP of $34.98, and thus be more appealing to the mass market. The new set breaks down to roughly $1.15 per episode, as opposed to the $2.06 per episode cost on the “Level” sets. That is not too shabby, but for some of us it is not quite worth reliving 2007 all over again.
Update: Amazon Canada has posted a listing for the new “Dragon Ball Z: Season 1″ Blu-ray, which includes an updated product description.
The Saiyans are coming! These ruthless, intergalactic villains carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, and now they’re headed for Earth! The evil Saiyan warlord Vegeta will not rest until he’s seized the wish-granting powers of the Dragon Balls for himself! For the first time ever, the Dragon Ball Z season sets are available on Blu-ray! This epic collection presents the first thirty-nine episodes of the legendary series in remastered, high definition quality and 16:9 aspect ratio using frame by frame, pan and scan technology. An elite team of Capsule Corp. scientists worked around the clock to put the greatest anime in history on the cutting edge of modern technology. You may think you’ve seen all there is to see in the DBZ universe, but you’re wrong. Take home this thirty-nine episode collection today, and fire your next Kamehameha in the brilliance of Blu-ray!
Thanks to Super Sayian Prime for the heads up!
This week on the show we are taking a break from our usual news and topical discussions — even amidst Battle of Gods…! — to provide a follow-up to one of our favorite podcast episodes.
Earlier this year we dove into the past of Dragon Ball video game music, up through the 32-bit era, with great stories and great tunes. This time around, we invited another batch of friends on to tell us similar stories starting with the big gaming resurgence in 2002 and leading up into today’s most recent games. Last generation was absolutely huge with the DBZ / Budokai and Sparking! / Budokai Tenkaichi trilogies (and their respective spin-offs), along with tons of other great singular outings both on the consoles and portable systems.
Please enjoy this jump into our collective fandom’s most recent history, as well as the songs that defined these last couple generations of games.
The Kanzenshuu crew brings on an incredible group of special guests to dive into the Dragon Ball franchise’s rich history of video game music. What were some of the songs that defined our fandom from the previous and current generation of games? Our focus is 2002-2013, so join us for a history lesson and some rockin’ tunes!
Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum. We would love to hear what some of your own picks are from this era of video games!
This week’s 2013 #42 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump (released yesterday, 13 September 2013, a bit early due to the holiday of Respect-for-the-Aged Day on Monday) unveils a special costume for Goku in the upcoming 360 / PlayStation 3 / Vita fighting game, Battle of Z: Naruto’s “Sen’nin Mode” outfit.
The costume will be made available to all first-run copies of the game via a special download code that will be included. The magazine states that not only will Goku be dressed as Naruto, but his movements will become like the shinobi’s as well.
Last year’s Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 included the opposite: a Goku outfit for Naruto. As with this year’s Naruto costume for Goku, it was included as a special addition for first-run customers. Both this costume for Goku and the previous outfit for Naruto are derived from illustrations that Akira Toriyama and Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto drew of their own characters in each other’s clothes.
Additionally, Jump also reveals that the game will have a “super-deluxe” opening animation, with a “super battle” at “breakneck speed” and featuring all the super-warriors together (including Super Saiyan God). After years of CG openings, 2011′s Ultimate Blast / Tenkaichi was the first in quite some time to have a traditional 2D animated opening, set to the classic “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”, even in international releases of the game which otherwise had its musical score replaced.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is currently scheduled for a nebulous “2014″ release. In North America, the game will see a retail release on both the 360 and PlayStation 3, while the Vita version will be download-only.