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Episode 114 // 20 July 2014
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In celebration of Golden Week kicking off in Japan, the North American PlayStation Store is offering a wide selection of Japanese games at a heavy discount. Included in this batch are both the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to take another 50% off the sale price.

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The PlayStation 3 and Vita versions have been marked down to $29.99 and $19.99 respectively, while Plus subscribers can knock those two prices down to an even $15 and $10.

The sale prices apply exclusively to the digital versions of the games available for download from the PlayStation Store. The sale runs through 05 May 2014.

Tune in to our review of the game back on Episode #0357 of our podcast.



The 2014 #21 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, as well as this week’s June 2014 issue of V-Jump, have announced a 07 August 2014 release date for Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 on the Nintendo 3DS. The game will retail for ¥5,690. Bandai Namco also have just unveiled the cover for the game:

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The game is set to include missions from 21 iterations, from the original arcade game’s first edition to the “Evil Dragon Mission” 3 update. There will be over 2,000 cards, which is more than twice the amount in the first game. Players will be able to carry over card data from the first game to the second game. A new “Ultimate Universe Mode” will be included for players to traverse.

First-press copies of the game will come with bonus materials.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 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 HeroesOver 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.

UPDATE: A commercial for the game revealing its cover art was later uploaded online by the company.



While the Vita version has fallen off, the PlayStation 3 version of J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, continued to hang onto the sales chart during its fifth week in Japan.

For the period of 14 April 2014 to 20 April 2014, according to the Media Create sales chart, J-Stars still managed to push another 4,691 copies on the PlayStation 3. This brings the game up to 169,109 total copies for the console.

The game was also digitally available on the PlayStation Store for both platforms, though these figures are not reported in the physical game sales.

Be sure to check out Episode #0360 of our podcast for our thoughts on the game!



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Apr
2014
VegettoEX9:28 PM EDTPodcast

It sure has been a crazy month! It would be impossible to catch up on each bit of individual news since the last podcast episode, so we will likely break everything out into individual topics. To start things off, Kirran joins us again to review J-Stars Victory Vs on the PS3 and Vita. It is a Dragon Ball game as much as it is a game for every other franchise included. Especially coming off Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, should you be checking out this game as well?

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0360! VegettoEX and LordMoonstone review “J-Stars Victory Vs” for the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Though we just came off a DBZ-proper video game, is this the game everyone should have waited for instead? Is there enough for DBZ-only fans? Your enthusiasm for early 2014 in the Dragon World is at its peak, so let’s look forward to what else we have on the horizon!

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, give us your “Who’s That Character?” guesses, and let us know what else you are psyched about in 2014.



Originally announced via the UK branch of Bandai Namco two months ago (and actually released there a month ago), North American Vita owners have as-of-yet been stiffed on the patch that enables Japanese voice support in the Vita version of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.

This has finally been rectified with the 1.01 patch in North America!

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Head on into the live update area of the game’s main menu to download the ~10 MB patch, which was actually pushed out last week. You will additionally have to download a 281 MB bit of content — beyond just the patch — to incorporate the Japanese voice track, however. As with the European version, this DLC is free to download. To enable the Japanese voices, simply head on into the “Options” menu screen a la the console versions of the game; a new “Voice Language” selection will be available.

@IMissBionix also noticed that, as part of a somewhat stealthy update across the PlayStation Network with lots of other PSP games, Shin Budokai: Another Road is available for download on the Vita if you had digitally purchased it in the past. The game was removed from the online storefront when Bandai Namco regained North American distribution rights from Atari, so unless you already have the game tied to your account, you will be unable to download it.



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Apr
2014
VegettoEX11:13 AM EDTNews

Dragon Ball and science typically do not go hand-in-hand, but the Nagoya City Science Museum will be hosting a Dragon Ball event this summer nonetheless, as revealed in Monday’s 2014 #21 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump…!

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The event will take place from 16 July 2014 to 31 August 2014 with entry fees of ¥1,200 for adults, ¥800 for high-school and university students, and ¥500 for elementary and junior high-school students. Attendees will be able to ride on their own Kinto-Un and fire off their own Kamehameha. Exactly what this has to do with science… we have no clue!



The Japanese band Good Morning America have released the full-length music video for their song “Dear Zarathustra” on YouTube. The song is currently being used as the new ending theme for the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai in Japan, which kicked off earlier this month.

We have updated our transcribed/translated lyrics to the song accordingly. Perhaps most notable about the full-length version of the song is how some of the lyrics that do not appear in the TV-sized version actually appear to reference Buu!

“Dear Zarathustra” — the first of, apparently, several new ending themes for the Majin Buu arc — has a CD single release set for 06 May 2014.



With only three episodes of the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai broadcast to date, Toei Animation has announced that pre-orders for the first three box sets of this story arc are now available in their Online Shop. Happinet, the company producing the box sets, has followed suite and added listings for these releases to their website as well.

Unlike the previous home video releases for Dragon Ball Kai (Saiyan to Cell arcs), it appears that Toei has opted to forgo any individual DVD releases, as the box sets will now be available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats. The first box set is scheduled to be released on 02 September 2014 and will contain non-credit versions of the new opening and ending themes. Both formats will come packaged with an exclusive booklet, brand new box art, and contain 12 episodes per box set. The Blu-ray box sets are set at a ¥15,200 (~$148.00) retail price point, while the DVD sets will come in a little cheaper at ¥11,200 (~$110.00).

Also departing from the previous releases, with the Blu-rays being in a 4:3 fullscreen aspect ratio and DVDs in a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, both the Blu-ray and DVD box sets for the Majin Buu arc are listed in widescreen formats only. As of right now, it appears that a fullscreen version will not available, and in all likelihood was never produced to begin with. We’ll be sure to keep you posted if this detail happens to change.



Tokyo Otaku Mode has announced the availability of reproduction artwork from the kanzenban (“Complete Edition”) release of the Dragon Ball manga.

The prints utilize a fully digital printing technique that is the highest quality printing technique in Japan known as “primography.” Prints of each of the series’ 34 front cover illustrations are available, and each one features Akira Toriyama’s name stamp, making them collectable items of great value for fans.

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Each print is sized at 393 x 302 mm (approx. 15.5 x 11.9 in) and sells for $189.99.

Tokyo Otaku Mode, founded in 2011 as a Facebook page before evolving into an e-commerce website, recently announced series A funding of ¥270 million (~$2.6 million).



J-Stars Victory Vs, the Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, continued to hang onto the sales chart during its fourth week in Japan.

For the period of 07 April 2014 to 13 April 2014, according to the Media Create sales chart, the new PS3/Vita release of Super Robot Wars Z triumphed over all, though J-Stars still managed to push another 7,461 copies on the PlayStation 3 and another 5,353 copies on the Vita. This brings the game up to 164,418 and 139,875 total copies, respectively.

The game was also digitally available on the PlayStation Store for both platforms, though these figures are not reported in the physical game sales.