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Published by VegettoEX
17 May 2016, 1:03 PM EDTComments Off

This week’s episode brings us one last interview from Anime Fan Fest 2016 in New Jersey earlier this month: Lance Heiskell, former marketing director and director of corporate strategy with FUNimation. Listen in for a great history of American Dragon Ball marketing and a look toward the future!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0404! Mike discusses Dragon Ball and general anime marketing with Lance Heiskell, former marketing director and director of corporate strategy with FUNimation. How did the fan culture of the time affect “Dragon Ball GT” marketing? What were the decisions behind Dragon Ball Z re-releases up through the latest Blu-ray sets, and how did the “Rock the Dragon” set fit into the picture? Also, why is it that “Dragon Ball Super” does not have a simulcast?!

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Published by VegettoEX
17 May 2016, 10:08 AM EDT1 Comment

Bandai Namco’s flythroughtime.com countdown/teaser website has unveiled Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 coming in 2016 to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC with a new website at dragonballxenoverse2.com.

The company provided the game’s first trailer on their YouTube channel, tasking the player with protecting Dragon Ball‘s past as well as teasing, “outcomes you wished were different.”

IT’S TIME TO GO SUPER SAIYAN AS BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC. ANNOUNCES DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2

The Most Expansive Videogame in Dragon Ball History Returns with Richer Environments, Bigger Battles, Additional Character Creation Options, with More Details to be Revealed at E3 2016!

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (May 17, 2016) – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. the premier publisher of anime videogames today announces DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2, the most expansive Dragon Ball® videogame experience to-date. DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 is currently in development at famed Osaka, Japan based videogame developer DIMPS and will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM® for PC. DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 is scheduled to launch in the Americas in 2016.

Developed to fully utilize the power of current generation gaming consoles and PCs; DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 builds upon the highly popular DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE with enhanced graphics that will further immerse players into the largest and most detailed Dragon Ball world ever developed. DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 will deliver a new hub city and the most character customization choices to date among a multitude of new features and special upgrades. Additional details and features pertaining to DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 will be revealed at E3 2016 (June 14-16) in BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s demo theaters, located in rooms 303A&B in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“The Dragon Ball franchise is a crown jewel and a perennial fan-favorite of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s robust anime videogame portfolio and DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 will build upon that illustrious legacy.” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “With DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2, we’re working diligently with the DIMPS team to pull out all the stops and push the Dragon Ball videogame experience to new heights.”

DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 is currently rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB. The game will be coming to the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM® for PC in 2016. To find out more about DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2, head over to www.dragonballxenoverse2.com. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products go to: http://www.bandainamcoent.com/home.html or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

UPDATE: The Japanese version of the trailer features an extra stinger with Time Patrol Trunks saying, “Even so, I’m…”

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The original Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, was announced in May 2014 and launched in February 2015 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam) internationally. The game saw a user-created character teaming up with Trunks and the Kaiōshin of Time to correct anomalies and disruptions to the timeline caused by the villains Mira, Towa, and Demigra. As of February 2016, the game had shipped over three million copies worldwide.

Published by VegettoEX
16 May 2016, 10:46 AM EDTComments Off

Bandai Namco has launched a new website at www.flythroughtime.com with the teaser, “A New Dragon Ball Project is Coming”:

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The site, which features a slew of promotional artwork from previous Dragon Ball films and games (up through and including the currently-airing Dragon Ball Super TV series, featured below), also contains a countdown timer set to complete tomorrow (17 May 2016).

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Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, the franchise’s most recent home console video game, was announced in the July 2014 issue of V-Jump (which, incidentally, leaked via scans online 17 May 2014). XENOVERSE saw the player travel through the timeline of the Dragon Ball franchise to correct changes made by the villains Mira, Towa, and Demigra. As of February 2016, XENOVERSE has shipped over three million copies worldwide.

Published by VegettoEX
14 May 2016, 8:33 AM EDTComments Off

The official ToeiAnimationUS YouTube channel posted the Dragon Ball Super TV series’ original 15-second promotional video yesterday evening. The video is not subtitled and is only available in its original Japanese language track.

Toonami Asia is set to debut their own English dub of Dragon Ball Super this year, with an expected launch date sometime this summer. FUNimation is not involved with Toonami Asia’s production, and has as-of-yet not announced their own license of the series for North America.

Thanks to WTK for the heads-up.

Published by VegettoEX
11 May 2016, 10:56 AM EDTComments Off

Namco-Bandai has posted a ¥34.583 billion (approximately $318 million) profit for the full fiscal 2016 year, compared to a ¥37.588 billion profit last year.

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Dragon Ball came in as the company’s second-best-performing franchise for the year, pulling in ¥34.9 billion, a significant jump over last year’s ¥19.4 billion. The company is projecting the same ¥34.9 billion for fiscal year 2017 (with a stronger second half of the year). Outdone only by Gundam this year, the Dragon Ball franchise managed to eclipse One Piece for the first time since fiscal year 2010.

In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise also jumped from ¥5.8 billion last fiscal year to ¥11.6 billion this year (with the first half of the year alone hitting ¥5.6 billion). The company is forecasting a slight drop to ¥11.0 billion for next year.

Published by Hujio
11 May 2016, 9:37 AM EDT1 Comment

The official Dragon Ball 30th anniversary website has posted the finalized cover art for the upcoming “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen) re-release of the Dragon Ball manga. These editions are touted as allowing the reader to “enjoy Dragon Ball the same way as when it was serialized in Jump“, as they will be the same size as the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization (JIS B5; 18.2 × 25.7 cm), and feature an exclusive large foldout poster, the original color pages and titles, promotional slogans, text, and logos, and next issue previews at the end of each chapter.

The first two volumes will hit Japanese shelves 13 May 2016. “Legend 1” will span 398-pages, cover the “Search for the Dragon Ball” story arc, and retail for ¥500 + tax, while “Legend 2” will span 512-pages, cover the “21st Tenka’ichi Budōkai” story arc, and retail for ¥600 + tax. Both volumes are currently available for pre-order on Amazon Japan. “Legend 1” will also include an exclusive “Son Goku” Dragon Ball Heroes card, while “Legend 2” will have a “Vegeta” card. “Legend 3” will follow shortly thereafter on 27 May 2016, with the second and fourth Friday of each subsequent month seeing one new volume apiece.

Published by VegettoEX
10 May 2016, 11:11 AM EDTComments Off

This week’s episode brings us a split topic: in addition to a fantastic interview with Jason Thompson (former editor at Viz) conducted last weekend at Anime Fan Fest, yesterday’s major Dragon Ball Super story arc news gave us a great excuse to dive into the news a little bit and speculate on what the future holds.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0403! Mike and Meri discuss the impending return of Future Trunks in the “Dragon Ball Super” TV series next month. Is bringing back an older character the right direction for the franchise? Jason Thompson joins us from Anime Fan Fest 2016 to discuss the editorial days at Viz, the ups-and-downs of censorship in the “Dragon Ball” manga’s English translation, and much more.

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Published by Hujio
09 May 2016, 11:01 PM EDTComments Off

As part of their upcoming “Universal Jump Summer” 2016 line-up, with the tagline “The Legends, Grow Restive”, Universal Studios Japan has announced the inclusion of a new CG animated Dragon Ball attraction: “Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D”.

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超(スーパー)サイヤ人・孫悟空 VS 宇宙の帝王・フリーザの大激闘が再び!
ドラゴンボール史で語り継がれる伝説の超人2大パワーの大激突が大迫力の4-Dアトラクションとなって登場。


Re-experience the fierce showdown between Super Saiyan Son Goku and space emperor Freeza!
This legendary clash of mighty super-humans passed down throughout Dragon Ball history makes its debut as a thrilling 4-D attraction.

This first-ever 4-D Dragon Ball attraction is advertised to feature completely original full CG animation of the epic battle between Super Saiyan Son Goku and Freeza. It is also promoted to provide fans with an “unprecedented experience of realistic quality” and will feature “non-stop attacks”, including hand-to-hand combat, delivering a “succession of excitement to the very end!”

The Dragon Ball attraction will premiere on 01 July 2016 and run until 04 September 2016 (which is subject to change), joining other established attractions from the popular Jump series One Piece and Death Note.

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The One Piece attraction, entitled “One Piece: Premier Summer”, includes an updated “Premier Show 2016” live stage show centered around Luffy and Shanks, “Sanji’s Pirate Restaurant” with a French-inspired menu, and the “One Piece Water Battle” where spectators can participate in a real water battle between the Donquixote Pirates and the Marines. “Death Note: The Escape”, the 2016 Death Note attraction, features a “realistic escape game” designed by SCRAP where participants in teams of four must solve the interactive mystery laid out inside a four-storey tall replica of the “Sakura TV” building within the allotted time limit.

Express passes to these attractions are scheduled to go on sale 20 May 2016.

Published by Hujio
09 May 2016, 5:09 PM EDT1 Comment

In commemoration of its 60th anniversary this year, Toei Animation has launched an official “60th Anniversary YouTube Channel” which will feature free episodes and movies of the company’s most popular animated series created over the last 60 years.

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The channel’s launch was officially announced on the official Dragon Ball Super website and via a press release published on Toei’s corporate website. In honor of “Goku Day” (May 9th) and the announcement of the “Future Trunks Arc” in Dragon Ball Super, the 60th anniversary channel has posted the Dragon Ball 10th anniversary movie (“The Path to Ultimate Strength”) and the second Dragon Ball Z TV special, which will be available for free for a limited time. Note that all videos posted on the channel are region locked and available for streaming only in Japan.

Also available on the channel are the first episodes of the Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Kai TV series. The channel is scheduled to remain open until July 2017, and will continue to highlight other series until then, including Dr. Slump — Arale-chan, Fist of the North Star, Slam Dunk, Digimon Adventure, Kinnikuman, Saint Seiya, and many more. Additional movies are scheduled to be made available this summer.

Published by VegettoEX
09 May 2016, 6:49 AM EDT1 Comment

Following hints from original author Akira Toriyama in recent interviews with Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation artist Toyotarō, Toei has officially announced a “Future Trunks Arc” coming to the Dragon Ball Super TV series:

The “Future” Trunks Arc Starts!

On June 12, 2016, Dragon Ball Super shows a new storyline… With Goku and the gang having finished the tournament against Universe 6, Trunks returns from the future and appears before them.

It’s the start of the “‘Future’ Trunks Arc”, a new plot line with story and characters based an original draft by Akira Toriyama.

After he defeated Cell, Trunks’ future was supposed to be at peace, so why has he re-appeared in the present…?

What is this new enemy in the future…?

The hotly anticipated new chapter starts June 12.

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Accompanying the news and his character designs, Akira Toriyama also provided a new comment on the upcoming story arc:

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Next up in Dragon Ball Super, adult Trunks will be putting in his first appearance in a long time! I put together this story based on a suggestion from the editorial office. Like last time, I write an outline of the entire plot, then the script writers break it up into episodes, expanding on things, changing things around, or adding in new bits as need be.

Despite being so strong, Trunks barely escapes from the future with his life.

The future was supposed to be at peace, so what in the world could have happened!?

And what about this foe too strong even for Trunks to handle, Goku Black!? (Well, you can probably imagine what he’s like just based off the name)

It’s the start of a battle that surpasses time and space, and drags in the God of Destruction, Kaiōshin, even the Omni-King! Many mysteries will be revealed!

There’s some confusing bits with time changing here and there, but just bear with me. It should definitely turn out to be a fun story!

Even I haven’t checked the final script yet.

Let’s enjoy this together (laughs)!!

The 42nd episode of the Dragon Ball Super TV series (“A Tumultuous Victory Celebration! Facing Off At Last: Monaka vs Son Goku?!”) aired this weekend. The TV series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan.