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Episode 102 // 27 April 2014
The Dragon Team, All Assembled!
Son Goku has Returned!!

We are just about three weeks out from a rather huge day for Dragon Ball releases in Japan, which includes the Japanese collected release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.

After having been delayed from a January release to an April release, we learned that a “Super Elite” edition would be coming out alongside the standard edition. It would contain a couple small bonus items (such as a Galactic Patrol badge), and would also retail for a slightly higher price point: ¥907 (¥980 with tax) versus ¥440 (¥475 with tax).

Shueisha’s own online listings have just now confirmed a few extra key details: both will come in at 248 pages (implying that both will contain the bonus material regarding Goku’s mother, Gine), but the “Super Elite” version will be released in the larger-sized ISO A5 format like the kanzenban and Neko Majin as opposed to the regular edition’s standard Shinsho-ban (“new book format”) like the other tankōbon and the (Japanese) Full Color Comics.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was fully colorized for its four-installment “Vomic” (“Voiced Comic”) which covered the first two chapters of the series, but there is no word yet on whether or not the collected release will be the original black-and-white or the colorized version.

The regular edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, officially hitting Japanese shelves 04 April 2014, is currently available for pre-order on Amazon Japan, while the “Super Elite” version is available on both Amazon Japan and CDJapan.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga series by Akira Toriyama that ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz. Originally teased by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”, by the series’ completion it became clear that it was indeed a true prequel to Dragon Ball. Viz will release their collected edition of the series in English in January 2015.



As part of the upcoming mid-March 2014 “JM3″ (Ja’aku Ryū Misshon / “Evil Dragon Mission”) update to the card-based arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes, one of the “SEC” (Secret Ultimate Rare) cards, will be yet another new transformation for the franchise: Pure Majin Buu absorbing “Kibitoshin” (Kaiōshin after fusing with Kibito via the Potara earrings).

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The cards abilities are “Burst: Speed Break”, which increases the damage of a finishing move, and “Ability: Healing Ability of a God and Majin”, which recovers 5,000 HP for one’s own team at the end of the first round.

Vegetto is also receiving a Super Saiyan 3 transformation as part of the same Dragon Ball Heroes update.

In the series-proper, one example of a character absorbing an already-existing-fusion was Evil Majin Buu’s absorption of Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks.

One previous “new” transformation-by-way-of-absorption was “Janenba Baby” back in the “Galaxy Mission 4″ expansion to Dragon Ball Heroes in late 2012, with Baby from Dragon Ball GT infecting Janenba from Dragon Ball Z Movie 12. Later, there was also version of Super 17 after combining with No. 16.

In Dragon Ball Z 2 (Budokai 2) on the PlayStation 2 and Gamecube from 2003-2004, Evil Majin Buu could absorb Tenshinhan and Yamcha as a duo (rather than an already combined as “Yamhan”).

Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse as always for the Heroes-heads-up!



One of the original plans back when we first launched the “DVD Guide” on Daizenshuu EX was to detail all of the bonus materials included with each disc. This would have included on-disc extras, physical inclusions like cards, and additional notes on production aspects such as subtitle errors, etc. At the time this was a doable project: FUNimation had only been releasing DVDs for a couple years, and Dragon Ball Z DVDs typically had slim pickings in terms of these types of extras. It is laughably quaint to think about those times with yet another re-release of the series now in-print here in 2014.

ekx001 recently wrote in:

Regarding R1/FUNimation Dragon Ball Z DVD releases: Is there a comprehensive list of any/all inserts/promotional items included in the FUNimation DVD releases? Specifically, I was seeking information about DBZ CCG (?) promo cards included in DBZ Broly Movie.

While we unfortunately do not have as quite a comprehensive detailing of these DVDs as we had originally hoped and planned for, questions like these at least give us an opportunity to revisit this old material.

FUNimation’s original, single-disc, DVD version of Dragon Ball Z Movie 8 was released 26 August 2003 in an English-dubbed/edited-only format along with the standard uncut/bilingual format. Three promotional cards were indeed included inside the case (originally wrapped together in plastic):

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Part of Score’s Dragon Ball Z collectible card game, the three cards were specifically labeled as “Movie 8 Promo” cards: BR1 (“Broly, the Calm”), BR2 (“Broly, Super Saiyan”), and BR3 (“Broly, Empowered”). As would be expected from the character, they all tie in to your anger and attack power in the card game.

The cards were the least interesting inclusion with the movie, however! Most on-disc extras with Dragon Ball Z DVDs from FUNimation were limited to things such as trailers for other series, the occasional merchandise commercial, and — most often, and generally on their own — previews for other Dragon Ball home releases. Movie 8 provided us with one of the best, most in-depth special features we have ever seen for the franchise, though: a behind-the-scenes look at the 2003 GameBoy Advance game Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II.

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The roughly-20-minutes-long special feature — introduced by FUNimation’s own Chris Sabat — takes the viewer into WebFoot Technologies, the developer of the various Legacy of Goku (and beyond) games, created under the supervision (at the time) of Atari. Everything from the original design documentation process to the sprite animations is discussed in surprisingly candid detail.

Perhaps one of the most amusing easter eggs is watching one of the staff members load up a debug version of the game on the VisualBoyAdvance emulator.

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The Legacy of Goku II was released in North America in June 2003 (and was shockingly released in Japan as a “Reverse Import” under the title of The Legacy of Goku II: International the following year). Buu’s Fury (the third Legacy of Goku game in everything but name) was released a little over a year later, while Dragon Ball GT: Transformation would come a year after that. Despite this production schedule, it is apparent that Transformation was already in the early stages of at least brainstorming if not full-on pre-production as seen by the Dragon Ball GT reference sheets strewn about the office, clearly in the frame of the camera on multiple occasions.

There have been other fascinating — sometimes for the wrong reasons — “extras” on Dragon Ball home releases in the past, such as the “Goku vs. Vegeta” featurette on the first “Ultimate Uncut Edition” DVD, the various “remastering” behind-the-scenes videos, the “World of Dragon Ball Z” recap feature from the (TV broadcast) “Season 3″ and “Season 4″ days, and more. Some of these are being revived for FUNimation’s latest Blu-ray release of the series as archival bonus features. What were some of your favorites? What are some that were never actually produced that you wish could have been made back-in-the-day?



10
Mar
2014
VegettoEX6:23 PM EDTPodcast

Being only about a month out from the revival of Dragon Ball Kai in Japan for the Majin Buu arc, it is to be expected that we will be crashing into walls of news left and right over the next several weeks. Some of the recent voice recast announcements along with the appointment of Norihito Sumitomo as the musical composer give us plenty to talk about, so let’s party like it’s 2009 and chat up Dragon Ball Kai all over again!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0358! VegettoEX and Kirbopher chat up “Dragon Ball Kai” like it is 2009 all over again. Bin Shimada will be taking over as Babidi while Shino Kakinuma will take over as Videl. On the music side of things, Norihito Sumitomo (from the “Battle of Gods” soundtrack) joins the group as the new composer. What else is on the horizon for the Majin Buu arc of “Dragon Ball Kai” and what else should we prepare for internationally?

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to let us know your “Who’s That Character?” guess.



The official PlayStation Blog announced today that the latest game for the franchise, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, was the best-selling digital game on the Vita in North America for the month of February 2014.

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It is very difficult — especially compared to the reporting within Japan — to get concrete sales figures for video games in North America, particularly with licensed products like this, and even more particularly with digital sales. Regardless, it is surprising to see Battle of Z jump so high up the list, no doubt due in part to its reduced $31.99 launch price for PlayStation Plus members.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z was released worldwide at the end of January for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Vita. First-pressings (of physical releases) in all territories come packed with a download code for Son Goku in his Naruto “Sage Mode”. A playable demo of the game is available worldwide. The UK branch of Bandai Namco has promised downloadable content for the Vita version specifically that enables the Japanese voice cast in the game, which is otherwise only available as a selectable option in the console versions.



Fuji TV has officially announced its new show line-up for the spring of 2014, including Dragon Ball Kai, the “refreshed” version of the Dragon Ball Z TV series originally created for its 20th anniversary in 2009. Along with the announcement, a brief listing of main staff and cast is provided. In addition to the main cast of Kai returning, some of the main cast from the Majin Buu arc of Z will be returning as well, including Kōzō Shioya as Majin Buu and Yūji Mitsuya as Kaiōshin.

However, as seen back in 2009 with Kai, some recasting will be occurring. Videl, originally played by Yūko Minaguchi in Z and most recently in the Battle of Gods film, will be portrayed by Shino Kakinuma, the wife of series veteran Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo). In addition, the role of Babidi will be portrayed by Bin Shimada instead of series narrator Jōji Yanami. There has been no official word yet about the casting of Dabra, Kibito, or other such minor characters.

There will also be a bit of a shakeup in the series’ staff. Most significantly, and due to the series’ musical controversy in 2011, the musical composition will be taken over by Norihito Sumitomo who most recently composed the score for Battle of Gods. Rounding out changes to the music department, Satoshi Motoyama will be joining veteran Yukio Nagasaki as audio director. Additionally, all three of the series’ producers will be new to the franchise, so it will be interesting to compare this to the adaptation of the previous story arcs. As expected, veteran series animator Tadayoshi Yamamuro is listed as lead animator for both the new opening and ending animations.

Dragon Ball Kai officially kicks off into a new era 06 April 2014 in Japan on Fuji TV at 9:00 a.m., joining One Piece to bring back the original Sunday morning “Dream 9″ block. Thanks to kei17 for the heads up!



06
Mar
2014
VegettoEX11:04 AM EDTNews

FLOW has been announced as the musical guest of honor for AnimeFest 2014 taking place in Texas later this year. The band and convention created a special video message to share the news:

FLOW’s contributions to the Dragon Ball franchise include an original song named “HERO ~Song of Hope~” along with a cover of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA“, both of which were used — as an insert song and the closing theme, respectively — in last year’s new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

AnimeFest 2014 will run from 15 August 2014 – 18 August 2014 in Dallas, Texas at the Sharaton Dallas Hotel. Pre-registration for the convention runs through the end of this month for $30. Dai Sato will be the main guest of honor.



The April 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump officially hit Japanese shelves this week (04 March 2014). In addition to another Dragon Ball GT anime comic installment and the 27th monthly Dragon Ball SD chapter (and a tease of material coming to said comic’s “Volume 2″ release next month), a new Q&A session begins between SD‘s own Naho Ooishi and original Dragon Ball manga author Akira Toriyama.

What is the origin of the name of “scouter”?!
In the military realm, the word “scout” refers to “reconnaissance”. For example, a reconnaissance vehicle would be called a “scout car”. I tweaked that “scout” and gave it its name. In other words, it’s a useful tool for the purposes of information-gathering.

A blurb promises that the session will continue next issue, so we have started up a formal page to document the on-going Q&A over in our “Translations” section. The May 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump is due out in Japan 04 April 2014 for ¥500 and will also contain a couple bonuses: a Dragon Ball Kai poster and one with an (existing, most likely) image drawn by Akira Toriyama himself.

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Weekly Shōnen Jump conducted a similar on-going Q&A session with Akira Toriyama last year entitled “Super Long Interview!! Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!” leading up to the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.



The April 2014 issue of V-Jump in Japan, released back on 21 February 2014, contains the latest monthly chapter of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission by “Toyotarō“.

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In the 15-page Mission 18: “It’s Amazing! The Super Class Upgrade” (すごいぞ!超クラスアップ Sugoi zo! Sūpā Kurasu Appu), Beat reappears in a new outfit and tells Nym to prepare himself. Back at the Heroes Lab, Tsubasa is happy that he made it in time. Momo-chan is confused, but Tsubasa reassures her: it is the latest evolved avatar form, A Super Class Upgrade! Beat powers up in tandem with Super Saiyan 2 Bardock, and the two of them go on the attack, hitting Nym and second-form Cell from behind, then circling back to do it again as the two fly out of control. As Nym and Cell fly upward, Beat and Bardock then come down from above, slamming them down into the water.

In the water, the cracked Six-Star Ball briefly comes dislodged from Nym’s forehead, and he wonders what he has been doing. This does not last long, however, as Liu Xing Long, the Six-Star Dragon, gets a stranglehold on him and replaces itself between his eyes. With a maniacal grin, he bursts back up out of the water. He tells Beat that it is now his turn, but his manner of speaking is strange. It appears that the Dragon is now completely in control. He lets loose with “Whirlwind Spinning Blades” (senpū kaiten jin), dishing out damage.

Back at the Dragon Ball Heroes Lab, Yoshito-kun reports to Tsubasa that enough capsules are now ready for everyone. Tsubasa tells him to send them out, and Yoshito complies.

At another Battlefield, the Tenka’ichi Budōkai Arena, Kagyu notices the capsule appear above him and drop into his hand. Tsubasa explains to everyone from the lab that these are capsules they have developed to give them a super class-upgrade. They should absolutely use it before the battle! As Kagyu wonders at it, none other than Berserk calls from behind him. Kagyu wonders why he is here, but Berserk says it should be obvious: it is time for their revenge match. Berserk, too, has a cracked Dragon Ball lodged in his forehead.

Meanwhile, Froze is looking at his own capsule at his Battlefield, the Big Gete Star. Suddenly, an Elite-Type Freeza Clan Avatar (introduced via narration-box as “Rezok”, an obvious play on reizōko, meaning “refrigerator”) addresses him by name and says they should get started. Froze was expecting an Evil Dragon, but Rezok is unfazed by the dismissive comment. “Unpleasant”, gripes Froze in English. Rezok tells him not to be too selfish: he will kill him.

Back in the Ancient Kaiōshin Realm, the battle between Salaga and Kabra is heating up. Salaga knocks Kabra to the ground and taunts him, telling him to hurry up and attack. Kabra complains that he has intentionally got the wrong idea, but Abra whispers that he is under the control of the Evil Dragons. In that case, there is no choice but to fight…? “Of course,” says Salaga, surprising them from behind, and licking Abra, making him bristle. Salaga wonders whether the Neko Majin is just for decoration, and Kabra tells him hands off. Salaga is disappointed: Neko Majin are supposed to be considerably strong, but this one does not seem to be of any use. Kabra starts to respond, but Salaga uses Piccolo-Buu to stretch out and grab Abra from inside his helmet, tossing him at high speed towards a rock outcropping. Anger in his eyes, Kabra blasts off, grabbing Abra in his arms and careening into the rocks himself.

Salaga begins laughing, and wonders what was up with him going out of his way to save a single Neko Majin. As the dust clears, Kabra says that there has been nothing good since they met: Abra is a loudmouth and talks out of turn, and Kabra liked being by himself to begin with. He does not need friends. Being disliked suited him… but he has changed since he met Abra. (Salaga taunts him, saying he is not listening to this trip down memory lane.) Abra has changed him, and that is why he will beat down anybody who hurts Abra!

Abra perks up. He asks Kabra if that means that he saved him. Kabra agrees, and asks if he is all right. Abra is ecstatic: this marks his thousandth good deed! The curse is lifted… Abra lifts into the air, and in a puff of smoke, he reappears as a human-sized cat wearing a vest, with a “V”-mark across his stomach. “This is Abra’s true form…?” asks Kabra. That is right, and he has remembered his true name! He is…! Neko! Majin! V! (Abra punctuates his introduction with poses.) Salaga is stunned.

Back over the ocean, Nym sends No. 17 and his duplicate out, and they combine into Super 17. Beat, who is using Super Saiyan 4 Goku, Adult Gotenks, and Super Saiyan GT Gohan, is startled. Super 17 quickly knocks back all three, sending them plummeting into the water below. Nym appears behind Super 17 with a cocky grin. Beat looks resigned: if it is like this, then it cannot be helped… he did not want to suddenly test it out in a real battle, but it looks like he has no choice to try… that transformation. Nym is confused, but Beat lets out a scream, sending water into the air. (Meanwhile, Bardock, Goku, Gohan, and Gotenks have all managed to come up on shore nearby.) Elsewhere, the other fighters all sense his ki, while Yoshito-kun, Tsubasa, and Momo-chan look on from the Heroes Lab.

In a bright flash of light, the transformation is complete, shocking Liu Xing Long from within the cracked Dragon Ball. Beat has transformed into Super Saiyan 3! Sorry, but he will be ending this in an instant… It is on!!

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The latest chapter has been catalogued on the respective page (which is still soon due for a major expansion…!) of our “Spin-Off Manga” guide page.

The April 2014 issue of V-Jump is packed with additional Dragon Ball news — including the official reveal for the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai — and may be available for purchase from CDJapanPlay-Asia, and Amazon Japan for an MSRP of ¥530. It is actually the first issue of V-Jump to ever receive a re-print, so retailers may or may not receive additional stock.



Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods originally hit Japanese theaters back on 30 March 2013 and saw its home release 13 September 2013. Somewhat coinciding with the upcoming revival of Dragon Ball Kai and its move into the Majin Buu arc, the movie will be airing on Japanese TV later this month.

While we know plenty of material Akira Toriyama had originally suggested for the film never made it past the early planning and storyboarding stages, voice actress Eiko Yamada (Mai) detailed on Twitter that the upcoming TV broadcast will have additional scenes:

ドラゴンボールZ 神と神
昨年の映画が、3月22日
土曜プレミアムで放送されます!
映画より時間が長くなります!
ピラフ、シュウ、マイの、3バカトリオのシーンも、
追加収録でパワーアップ


Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, last year’s movie, will be broadcast on March 22nd on Premium Saturday!
It will run longer than the movie! [i.e., it will be longer than the theatrical version]
The scenes of the idiot trio of Pilaf, Shuu and Mai will also be powered up with additional recording.

Yamada also posted up a picture of herself with Tesshō Genda (Shuu), as well as a copy of the recording script with “Premium Saturday” legend at top left:

The TV broadcast will air 22 March 2014 on Fuji TV at 9:00 p.m. We at Kanzenshuu will be watching to see what has been extended or otherwise altered, so expect that information to make its way into the film’s entry in our “Movie Guide” in the near-term.