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Published by VegettoEX
08 June 2016, 10:07 AM EDTComments Off

The number of Dragon Ball cover songs continues to explode as the multiple generations of fans grow up and disperse into their own various realms of hobbies and professions. The closing theme to the original TV series – “I’ll Give You Romance” – seems to have made a significant and lasting impression over the years, and continues to receive new covers and reinterpretations on an annual basis. Listen in for some great tune recommendations!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0405! Mike and Meri hash out one last batch of Trunks anticipation based on the “Dragon Ball Super” episode 46 stinger and next-episode-preview. We also share the top five cover versions of the original “Dragon Ball” TV series ending theme, “I’ll Give You Romance”. A wide selection of old and new covers alike make the list, so listen in for some great tune recommendations!

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Published by VegettoEX
03 June 2016, 12:19 PM EDT1 Comment

In conjunction with this week’s various Shueisha publications, Toei has released the main visual for Dragon Ball Super‘s upcoming “Future Trunks Arc” set to air beginning 12 June 2016:

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人造人間の脅威を振り払った未来の地球に新たな危機が訪れた!突如現れた一人の男が暴れ回り、人類を絶滅へと追い込む。未来のトランクスは抵抗するが、 超サイヤ人の力を以てしても「ブラック」と呼ばれるその男を倒す事は敵わなかった。未来のブルマは、過去世界の悟空やベジータの力を借りようと決意する。 半年かけてやっとタイムマシンの片道分の燃料を集めた時、ブルマとトランクスの前に、強敵「ブラック」が立ちはだかった!


With the threat of the artificial humans resolved, a new menace threatens the world of the future! A man suddenly appears and goes on a rampage, driving humanity to the brink of extinction. Future Trunks resists, but even the power of a Super Saiyan is no match for this man called “Black”. Future Bulma resolves to ask for help from Goku and Vegeta in the world of the past. After taking half a year to gather enough fuel for a one-way trip in the time machine, the formidable foe “Black” bars Bulma and Trunks’ way!

Pictured alongside Trunks is Mai, one of Pilaf’s two henchmen, previously seen in a budding relationship with the present-day Trunks (after having been accidentally wished back into a child) in the 2013 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods; incidentally, this subplot was removed from the film’s retelling in Dragon Ball Super.

Mai’s voice actress, Eiko Yamada, recently commented on Twitter that she would be on the show “every week” beginning with episode 47:

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Fuji TV producer Osamu Nozaki also provided a statement on the upcoming arc:

いよいよ始まる「未来」トランクス編は、これまでのドラゴンボール超(スーパー)の雰囲気とは少々異なり、宇宙規模の大ピンチ、さらに時空を超えた、激しくシビアな戦いが繰り広げられます!魔人ブウ、フリーザに続く、今度の悟空たちの敵は…なんと、悟空?

謎が深まるばかりの新ビジュアルですが、ちょっとだけネタバレをすると、大人のトランクスの横にいるのはあのマイです。悟空やベジータも大苦戦が強いられる絶体絶命の連続の中で、未来か?来たトランクスとまさか(?)の大活躍をするマイにもぜひともご期待ください!!


This “Future” Trunks arc that’s about to begin will feel a little different than Dragon Ball Super has up to now: a severe battle surpassing time and space, and putting the entire universe at risk! Following on from Majin Boo and Freeza, this time Goku and the gang’s enemy is… Goku?

The key visual is pretty mysterious, but I will give one spoiler and say that the person next to adult Trunks there is Mai. During this nonstop series of desperate situations, with Goku and Vegeta forced into tough fights, expect to see Mai play a surprisingly major role together with Future Trunks!!

Dragon Ball Super airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan. The “Future Trunks Arc” begins 12 June 2016 with episode 47, “SOS From the Future! A New Black Enemy Appears!!”

Published by VegettoEX
03 June 2016, 10:38 AM EDTComments Off

In celebration of Toei Animation’s upcoming 60th anniversary on 31 July 2016, Animax will air more than a full days’ worth of Toei material and special features beginning this Saturday, 30 July 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

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In addition to a broadcast of the October 1990 Dragon Ball Z TV special (“A Final, Solitary Battle ~The Father of Z-Warrior Kakarrot, Who Challenged Freeza~“), a Dragon Ball-focused roundtable discussion with special guests Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) and Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta) will air.

Thanks to the One Piece Podcast for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
03 June 2016, 10:16 AM EDTComments Off

Planeta has announced a forthcoming release of the second Chōzenshū — “Guía de la Animación I” (“Animation Guide Part 1”) — for Spain in October 2016:

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A Spanish release of the first volume — “Guía de la Historia y su Mundo” (“World & Story Guide”) — was released back in April 2014.

The four Chōzenshū (“Super Complete Collection”) volumes, released in Japan in early 2013 as part of the lead-up to the theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, condensed the prior Daizenshuu encyclopedia volumes from the 1990s and added several tidbits of new information from material published and released in the interim timeframe.

Thanks to MrKaytos for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
03 June 2016, 6:25 AM EDTComments Off

Shueisha has released the cover artwork for the upcoming fourth volume (“Legend 4”) of the Dragon Ball manga’s new “Digest Edition” (Sōshūhen):

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These editions are touted as allowing the reader to “enjoy Dragon Ball the same way as when it was serialized in Jump“, and are the same size as the original Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization (JIS B5; 18.2 × 25.7 cm). The volumes 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.

“Legend 4” picks up with Chapter 84, will run 484 pages, and is set for release next week, with the second and fourth Friday of each subsequent month seeing one new volume apiece. “Legend 4” (10 June 2016 for ¥650) and “Legend 5” (24 June 2016 for ¥500) are available for pre-order via Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
01 June 2016, 9:20 AM EDTComments Off

Online retailers have updated their listings for the third Dragon Ball Super home video box set in Japan, covering episodes 25-36:

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The disc label art is recycled character design artwork (by original manga author Akira Toriyama) from the 2015 theatrical film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (whose content is retold during the second story arc in Dragon Ball Super). In addition to a special booklet and box with a new illustration, on-disc extras will include a creditless ending theme animation.

Toei and Happinet are releasing the series in DVD and Blu-ray box sets of 12 episodes each. The first set saw its release 02 December 2015 (episodes 1-12) with the second set dropping 02 March 2016 (episodes 13-24). This third set was delayed by one month to 02 July 2016. The companies recently announced fourth, fifth, and sixth home video sets for the show scheduled through April 2017.

DVD sets are listed at ¥12,096 with Blu-ray sets at ¥16,416. Both DVD and Blu-ray sets are listed as two discs each. Sets are available to pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
31 May 2016, 9:18 AM EDT1 Comment

Bandai Namco has announced a price reduction via the “Welcome Price!!” line in Japan for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 editions of the first Dragon Ball XENOVERSE game.

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This repriced edition will hit store shelves 28 July 2016 for ¥3,800, while the digital download version will be available for ¥4,104.

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. Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently scheduled for a 2016 worldwide release.

Published by Hujio
30 May 2016, 4:29 PM EDTComments Off

Universal Studios Japan has released their debut trailer for the “Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D” CG attraction which will be featured as part of the studio’s “Universal Jump Summer” 2016 line-up.

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. Express passes to these attractions are currently on sale.

Published by VegettoEX
26 May 2016, 1:32 PM EDTComments Off

Via the company’s official Facebook page, Panini Comics has announced a forthcoming Portuguese release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman in Brazil. The company is planning a 2017 release date, with the possibility of an earlier release and a promise to keep fans informed of any schedule changes.

Segurem suas toalhas viajantes intergaláticos!

Em comemoração a esse dia incrível, e também pelo fato de não nos aguentarmos mais de alegria, viemos aqui para anunciar um título muito pedido por muitos fãs de Toriyama-Sensei!

GINGA PATROL JACO é nosso! É de vocês!!

Mas! Já avisando a todos, assim como muitos títulos esperados, não temos as informações que vocês tanto almejam.

Ainda sem previsão para preço, formato, data de lançamento. O mais provável é que venha em 2017, mas se possível publicaremos antes.

“O alienígena Jaco chega à Terra e conhece o cientista Omori. Jaco é um policial galático que chegou ao planeta para salvá-lo do ataque de um saiyajin do Planeta Vegeta.

Lançado em 2013, segundo o próprio autor, Jaco foi a última obra de Akira Toriyama lançada nas páginas da revista Shounen Jump.”

The company recently completed the 42-volume run of the Dragon Ball manga, following up on a complete 42-volume run and incomplete kanzenban run by Conrad.

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. A bonus chapter — Dragon Ball Minus — was included in the series’ collected edition. Viz released their English-language collected edition of the series in January 2015. Carlsen released their German translation of the series earlier this year.

The character of Jaco has since gone on to appear in the 2015 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ as well as the on-going Dragon Ball Super TV series.

Thanks to gregoryluis09 for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
25 May 2016, 11:43 AM EDTComments Off

Ryūsei Nakao was presented with the “Best Voice Actor” selection at the 25th Japanese Film Critics Awards today at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.

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Nakao was selected for his performance as Freeza in the 2015 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ alongside Etsuko Kozakura in the 2015 theatrical Yo-Kai Watch film. In his acceptance speech, Nakao explained:

I’ve been doing this work for nearly 60 years, since I was five, but this is the first time I’ve received such a wonderful award. A long time ago, I did some human voices as well, but these days, I don’t any more. (laughs) As long as my voice holds up, I’d like to keep working as a voice actor.

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The event’s highest honor — the “Diamond Award” — was presented to Go Nagai for his ongoing commitment to the medium.