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Our weekly podcast[?], then named Daizenshuu EX – The Podcast, began in November 2005 as a new way to reach out to our audience, extend that audience, and simply have fun with the franchise we love so much. Though we updated the name to Kanzenshuu – The Podcast in April 2012 with the launch of this website, we remain the best, most authoritative, entertaining, and only Dragon Ball podcast you will ever need!

Each episode, the Kanzenshuu staff discuss the latest news in the world of Dragon Ball from across the globe before heading into a core topic — whether it be an in-depth discussion of the way in which the story and franchise was produced, theories for in-universe scenarios and “What If?” scenes, interviews with those actually involved with the franchise, thorough reviews of video games or home video releases, we have you covered! We wrap things up with the month’s upcoming releases, questions from the listeners, and much more! We regularly have contests, broadcast live (watch our Twitter and Facebook!), and have a great time sharing our love of the Dragon Ball franchise with you all each and every week.


Podcast Episode #0410 — 16 August 2016

While international companies tend to take the brunt of criticism for their endless Dragon Ball manga re-releases, Shueisha themselves have recently picked up this practice in Japan. Following the traditional tankōbon release and the landmark kanzenban re-release, we have also seen a surprisingly-convoluted “Full Color” digital and print release. This has all now been followed by the current “Sōshūhen” (or “Digest Edition”) “just like it was back in Jump” oversized print release. Tune into our show this week for a brief history of these manga re-releases and a massive breakdown on the “Digest Edition” and its features, benefits, digital fakeries, and more!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0410! Mike and Julian provide a brief history of Dragon Ball manga re-releases in Japan before turning their attention to the on-going “Soshuhen” (or “Digest Edition”). What makes this larger-sized, condensed release any different from the previous versions, and what type of fan do they suit best? Tune in for all this and a quick recap of the week’s Dragon Ball news!

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Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.



Podcast Episode #0409 — 09 August 2016

Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS was released last week in Japan, and half the Kanzenshuu staff has been plugging away at it relatively nonstop! Though no international release has been announced, Fusions deserves your attention — tune in this episode for our initial thoughts on the game!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0409! Mike and Jake provide early impressions on “Dragon Ball Fusions” for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS. Particularly in light of “Dragon Ball Heroes” and its own on-going success, what does “Fusions” bring to the table? Should fans think about importing the game with seemingly no international distribution on the horizon?

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr.

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.



Podcast Episode #0408 — 26 July 2016

While it should be an obvious statement of reality, sometimes it needs repeating: the Internet is full of deception and lies. Just because something is online and looks real in and of itself does not necessarily mean it is. Join us for a closer look at some particularly devious additions to the Dragon Ball Super production narrative. Does everything we think we know about the show’s troubled production remain true in spite of this?

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Episode #0408! Mike, Heath, and Ajay discuss fake materials constructed to add fuel to the fire of the “Dragon Ball Super” troubled production narrative. How did these drawings fit so well into what we already knew, and what should have been some of the warning signs along the way? A quick recap of news from across the globe and a few website project teases wrap up the episode!

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr.

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.



Podcast Episode #0407 — 21 June 2016

Once upon a time, you could sarcastically respond to a simple or obvious question with, “Is the sky blue?” Nowadays, red is blue, and apparently purple is also blue. What is a Dragon Ball fan supposed to believe?! Join us for yet another podcast discussion about hair color!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0407! Mike and Meri discuss the “change” of Trunks’ hair color from lavender to blue for the “Dragon Ball Super” TV series. What has Akira Toriyama said about these kinds of changes in the past, and what circumstances might have led to this situation? Is this lack of consistency even a worthwhile conversation to have, or is it yet another overblown production nugget?

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr.

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.



Podcast Episode #0406 — 14 June 2016

As we pour all of our attention toward the “Future Trunks Arc” of Dragon Ball Super, let us not forget the first truly new story arc in the series: the Universe 6 and 7 God of Destruction Invitational Tournament (or perhaps just the “Champa arc” for short)! In this week’s episode, Kirbopher and KaiserNeko join in for a look back at the arc, its new characters, and what that all means for the future of the series.

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Episode #0406! Mike, Chris, and Scott review the Universe 6 and 7 God of Destruction Invitational Tournament (or just the “Champa arc” for short!) from the “Dragon Ball Super” TV series. How well were the new characters integrated into the larger story, and what does this all mean for the future of the series? What were some of the best character moments, and where was the ball dropped along the way?

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr.

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.



Podcast Episode #0405 — 08 June 2016

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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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr.

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.



Podcast Episode #0404 — 17 May 2016

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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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr.

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.



Podcast Episode #0403 — 10 May 2016

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.

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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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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr.

Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3, or you can listen on YouTube and/or SoundCloud.



Podcast Episode #0402 — 26 April 2016

Whether you call it “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” or “Super Saiyan Blue”, the latest transformation has certainly given fans a lot to think about, particularly with how vague all of its descriptions have been. We know it is the latest version with perfect ki control, but what exactly should we be calling it? We dive into the source material to find out!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0402! Mike and Jake discuss “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” versus “Super Saiyan Blue” and what the correct name for the form might be. Where and how was it first used, and how is that different from the latest usage in the source material? A bit of general website content overview followed by questions-and-answers round out the show!

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Podcast Episode #0401 — 20 April 2016

Having spent a fair amount of time porting new translations to the website, it only made sense to catch up on the podcast by talking about this new content! Tune in for our thoughts on some of Toriyama’s earliest media attention and what the anime staff were up to as the Dragon Ball Z portion of the series was hitting its stride.

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Episode #0401! Mike and Julian discuss the recent article and interview translations added to Kanzenshuu. What kind of media attention was Akira Toriyama subjected to after his early success, and what did the anime staff have on their minds as the DBZ-portion of the series began to hit its stride?

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