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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.


Bonus Podcast Episode: “Step Into The Grand Tour” — 13 September 2016

In addition to our regular (mostly-)weekly lineup of podcast episodes, the staff at Kanzenshuu occasionally collaborate or make guest appearances on other shows to discuss Dragon Ball. For those fans looking to supplement their listenings this week, check out the latest episode of Chris Niosi‘s Kirblog series — “Step Into The Grand Tour” — for an 80+ minute discussion about the 1996-1997 Dragon Ball GT TV series. How did it come to be, what risks did it take, how did its story play out, and what legacy does it leave behind?

For those of you subscribed to our podcast feed (perhaps in the iTunes Store or Google Play Music): surprise! The episode should have already downloaded for you (and if not, give you podcast subscriptions a refresh).

Check out our “Special Episodes & Guest Appearances” page for more supplemental episodes you may have missed over the years.



Podcast Episode #0412 — 11 September 2016

Twenty years ago this weekend, Dragon Ball Z‘s English dub debuted on American television courtesy of FUNimation. It came after a rough year’s production of the original Dragon Ball series lasting only thirteen episodes and a single movie, despite the show already seeing massive success across the entire rest of the globe. This week on our podcast, we jump back to 1996 to discuss that first dubbed episode (“The Arrival of Raditz”) and its impact on the fandom moving forward.

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0412! Mike and Meri reflect on twenty years of Dragon Ball Z in America. In September 1996, FUNimation’s English dub of Dragon Ball Z began airing in syndication, and it has only grown in popularity since then. How does that dubbed production stand the test of time? What can we learn from history? And what exactly was this Ocean dub, anyway? All this and a dive into our new “Press Archive” coming in your ears!

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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 #0411 — 07 September 2016

This week’s episode brings a split topic: a bit of glee regarding the work of Naotoshi Shida on Dragon Ball Super episode 57, and the totally-unrelated topic of strength debates. Whether it’s the multipliers or the scaling or the raw lists of battle powers, if you have been in the fandom long enough, you have at least come across these discussions. In a series about fighting, trying to determine the strongest fighter is an obvious path to go down as a community discussion point. In our extensive topic this week, we try to determine whether or not this is actually healthy for or destructive to your fandom.

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0411! Mike and Ajay rejoice over Naotoshi Shida’s work in “Dragon Ball Super” episode 57 before Mike goes it solo to discuss strength debates. The battle power lists, the multipliers, the scaling… these are all aspects that fans seem to like, but are they actually enjoying themselves? Is a dedicated obsession with this one facet of the series actually harmful and destructive to not just your own fandom, but to the greater community’s fandom? We may not have the answer, but we at least have a plea for you.

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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 #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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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 #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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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
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.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
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.