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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 #0426 — 27 June 2017

Spoilers: most characters in Dragon Ball do not have surnames! Additional spoilers: some of the characters you think absolutely do not have a surname may in fact have a secret surname! Join us for a tour of the Dragon World’s family names, from the initial Journey to the West borrows up through the series’ later ancillary material.

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0426! Mike and Jake discuss surnames in the Dragon World. In a series where most characters do not actually have family names, how can you tell for sure when someone might actually have one? What examples tend to confuse fans, and which names might be hiding a secret surname away?! A bit of news recap and a related “Journey to the West” excerpt round out the episode!

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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 #0425 — 19 June 2017

You could be forgiven for writing things off as “another year, another fighting game announcement”. This particular reveal, however, was so up our alley that it snapped us right back out of podcast hibernation! Dragon Ball FighterZ has been announced for an “early 2018” release, is a 3-on-3 fighting game on a 2D playing field, and is under development by Arc System Works. For those of us that remember a time before free-flight “DBZ simulator” games, it appears that our prayers have been answered.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0425! Mike, Ryan, and Josh preview “Dragon Ball FighterZ”, the new fighting game coming in 2018 from Arc System Works. Based on the E3 demo, how is the game feeling so far, and what is it doing to separate itself from previous franchise entries? A tease of new and forthcoming website content rounds out 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 #0424 — 09 May 2017

This week’s show has a few bits of what we do best: expanding some news into a larger topic, and going in-depth to reflect on some of our own processes compared with the franchise’s official English-language release. Tune in for a rundown on various changes (and perhaps even mistakes!) made with characters and names in Dragon Ball Super‘s latest story arc, and stick around for a comparison between our own translation versus Viz’s official translation of the special interview in the manga’s first collected volume.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0424! Mike and Jake review the latest “Dragon Ball Super” character name developments alongside a quick look back at various production slip-ups and changes. Julian joins for a little inside-baseball chat about translation using Viz’s “Dragon Ball Super” Volume 1 interview as a base. Tune in for all this and a little bit of news recap from the last week!

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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 #0423 — 01 May 2017

After a short break, our podcast returns this week with a check-in on the updated visual style and effects on display in Dragon Ball Super‘s “Universe Survival arc”. We first took a look when the new arc was only a couple episodes into the story — tune in for our latest analysis!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0423! Mike and Ajay check in on the updated visual style and effects on display in the “Universe Survival arc” of “Dragon Ball Super”. Have the filters been toned down in any way, or is that perception just a side effect of the story’s various locales? Has pre-production evened out to acceptable levels, and what kinds of tidbits are out there on social media telling the behind-the-scenes story?

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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 #0422 — 20 February 2017

This week’s podcast is another two-fold sort of news and topic episode: first up we review the twelve God of Destruction names (spellings, likely pun sources, etc.) before turning our attention to the various digital manga platforms in the English-speaking world and the disparate levels of image quality among them all. We have something for everyone, so tune in for some Dragon Ball discussion goodness!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0422! Mike and Julian dissect the names of all twelve God of Destruction characters revealed for the “Dragon Ball Super” TV series’ “Universe Survival arc”. Each appears to be alcohol-based, so what are the best spelling adaptations in our alphabet? Marc then joins to discuss digital manga storefronts and the varying degrees of image quality out there. One might think the actual publisher is the best source, but are there better options out there?

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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 #0421 — 13 February 2017

On this episode of the podcast, after catching up with a couple weeks worth of news, we dive in to two smaller topics: (1) a check-in on the translation quality for Dragon Ball Super‘s anime simulcast and digital manga release, and then (2) an analysis of the new visual direction and color scheme on display in the “Universe Survival arc” of the anime.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0421! Mike and Jake check in on the translations for both the “Dragon Ball Super” anime simulcast and the Viz digital manga publication. With each version moving along at their own pace, how do the translation styles stack up against each other, and have there been any noticeable errors? Ajay later joins to discuss the new visual direction for the “Universe Survival arc” of the “Dragon Ball Super” anime with its saturated colors and new line art techniques.

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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 #0420 — 07 February 2017

One of the staff- and fan-favorite podcast releases each year is our predictions episode. We dedicate an entire hour to reviewing the top five stories of the previous year, checking in on predictions we made last year, and we wrap it all up with a combination of safe and outlandish predictions for the next year. 2016 dropped a whole slew of surprises on us, so tune in for our reactions and analysis!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0420! Mike and Heath check in on last year’s predictions and make new ones for 2017. With “Dragon Ball Super” entering its next major story arc, and 2016 having already dropped so many surprise bombs on us, what could 2017 possibly have in store for fans? Tune in for our reflection, predictions, and a few hot takes from the listeners!

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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 #0419 — 07 January 2017

This week’s show goes a little bit deeper with the franchise as we outline some if its core themes: if you really break it down, Dragon Ball is about arrogant characters pushing themselves to the limit until they have to rely on the friends they made along the way!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0419! Mike and Chris discuss some of the core themes in the Dragon Ball series. From pushing oneself to the limit, to falling victim to your own hubris, to gathering the energy and support of your friends, Dragon Ball has it all. How do these themes repeat themselves throughout the franchise?

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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 #0418 — 03 January 2017

Happy 2017! The podcast kicks off this year with our review of the recently-completed “Future Trunks arc” from the Dragon Ball Super television series. Enjoy this massive discussion, and stay tuned for our annual predictions episode later this month, as well!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0418! Mike, Chris, Scott, and Meri review the “Future Trunks arc” of the “Dragon Ball Super” TV series. As the series transitions from multiple movie retellings to a fun tournament diversion and now to a dark, serious setting, does it find an identity of its own? What value is there in torturing Trunks again, and do the end results give us an emotional payoff? What does the escalating scale of godly destruction bring to the table? Tune in for a discussion filled with our thoughts and your opinions as we look ahead to the “Universe Survival arc” this year!

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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.



Bonus Podcast Episode: The Story of “Battle Point Unlimited” — 19 December 2016

Our history with documenting Kenji Yamamoto‘s musical shenanigans goes back nearly a decade at this point. From the earliest stories on our podcast to our entire retrospective feature, it perhaps goes without saying that we have taken great interest in sharing these tidbits.

This week on the podcast, we take it back to the beginning with a special bonus episode: this is the story of “Battle Point Unlimited”, the insert song in episode 120 of the Dragon Ball Z television series.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Bonus episode! Tune in as Mike provides a complete history of the “Dragon Ball Z” episode 120 insert song “Battle Point Unlimited” by Kenji Yamamoto (a.k.a. “Monolith”). What made it sound so distinct from the rest of the score, and how is the obvious case of plagiarism here admittedly so different and even innovative from what came later?

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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.

This bonus episode is exclusive to the website and regular podcast subscribers. Our podcast feed is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3.