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During their panel at this weekend’s MCM Comic Con in Manchester, Manga UK announced their license and acquisition of the 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The film is scheduled for a UK release on both DVD and Blu-ray 10 December 2014.

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An Instagram recap of the announcement notes that the company will have more details on this and other announcements (related to various properties), “…in the coming weeks.”

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is currently available on home video in Hong Kong, Mexico, and Taiwain with other countries slowly making their way from theatrical screenings to home releases. English-dubbed North American theatrical screenings will take place next month, though FUNimation has not yet announced their own home video release plans.


While the staff here at Kanzenshuu unfortunately could not personally make it out to California for the event, we have a great group of friends that were able to help coordinate a whole bunch of excellent coverage from the North American debut for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Before the evening’s festivities kicked off, we did have a chance in-house to talk with FUNimation voice actors and directors Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, and Justin Cook about the movie itself, its themes, some of the casting choices, and much more. Give the interview a listen via Episode #0364 of our podcast, released earlier this evening.

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Our buddies Josh and Ryan served as our correspondents at FUNimation’s “red carpet” event leading up to the debut of the film’s English dub last night. Check out their great recap video showcasing some of the arrivals, another quick interview segment with Christopher Sabat, and some of the fans cosplaying it up in anticipation of the film.

While the film has made its way to theaters and even home video releases across much of the rest of the globe already, this formally kicks off its North American release. Look for a limited theatrical run from 05 August 2014 to 09 August 2014. More and more theaters and showtimes are being added constantly, so be sure to check back and stay tuned to your local theaters!


As was announced in late-May, FUNimation will be providing a limited theatrical run across North America for the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods from 05 August 2014 to 09 August 2014. Since the initial announcement, the official English cast has been announced, a theatrical trailer has been released, and a “red carpet” debut of the film in Los Angeles is scheduled for 03 July 2014, but so far no nationwide theater listings have been officially provided. With FUNimation indicating in its press release that the film would be coming “to over 350 screens across the US & Canada”, many fans have been left wondering if their city would be included.

Fortunately, a few companies — specifically Bow Tie Cinemas, Frank Theaters, and Showcase Cinemas — have recently begun listing showtimes for Battle of Gods, giving us a glimpse at where the movie will be available. The following theaters will be showing the film (organized by state), with some even already providing tickets for sale online:

  • Fairfield, CT — Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square
  • Mt. Airy, NC — Creekside Stadium 10
  • Shallotte, NC — Coastal Stadium 10
  • Southern Pines, NC — Sandhills Stadium 10
  • Delray Beach, FL — Market Place 12 IMAX & FDX
  • Venice, FL — Galleria Stadium 12
  • Dedham, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place
  • Foxboro, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place
  • Lowell, MA — Showcase Cinemas Lowell
  • Randolph, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Randolph
  • Revere, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
  • Bayonne, NJ — South Cove Cinema 12
  • Edgewater, NJ — Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ — Towne Stadium 16
  • Hackettstown, NJ — Bow Tie Mansfield Cinema 14
  • Ridgewood, NJ — Bow Tie Warner Quad
  • Farmingdale, NY — Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas
  • Holtsville, NY — ISLAND 16: Cinema de Lux
  • White Plains, NY — City Center 15: Cinema De Lux
  • Whitestone, NY — College Point Multiplex Cinemas
  • Yonkers, NY — Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill
  • Springdale, OH — Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux
  • Allentown, PA — Carmike 16
  • Gettysburg, PA — Gettysburg Village Stadium 10
  • Providence, RI — Providence Place Cinemas 16
  • Scott Depot, WV — Teays Valley Stadium 10

While these theaters are all located on the East Coast, Carmike Cinemas has posted showtimes for the film in 25 states across the continental United States. This brings the total so far to 31 different states, with presumably even more to follow. With such a widespread release beginning to take shape, it appears that most fans will be able to enjoy this unique theatrical experience.

It should be noted that all theatrical listings so far provide a running time of 85 minutes, lining up with the theatrical version of the film and not the special extended version. All North American theatrical showings will be English-dubbed-only.

We will be sure to keep you posted as more theaters are unveiled, or when an official, complete listing is announced.

UPDATE: We have been putting together an interactive map of all theater locations as they are announced.


Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the first new film for the franchise in seventeen years, debuted in Japanese theaters 30 March 2013 with a home DVD and Blu-ray release 13 September 2013. There was a good deal of material left on the cutting room floor back in the planning stages, but some of the material seemed to make its way rather far into production: an extended version of the film was revealed for a special TV broadcast 22 March 2014 during the “Premium Saturday” block. The extra material and extended scenes added up to about twenty minutes of additional footage in the TV edition, resulting in a final runtime of just over 100 minutes.

With the hints — via (now deleted) tweets and specific character castings — that FUNimation may have acquired this extended version, interest is piling up all over again. It seems like the best time to debut our full documentation on this special extended version!

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On a new sub-page of the respective “Movie Guide” page, you will find a complete breakdown of all added, extended, and altered scenes.

Don’t forget that the movie’s main page in the “Movie Guide” details a wealth of information such as its promotion materials, the original design and concept drafts for the film, and a complete set of translated credits.


Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the first new film for the franchise in seventeen years, debuted in Japanese theaters 30 March 2013 with a home DVD and Blu-ray release 13 September 2013. There was a good deal of material left on the cutting room floor back in the planning stages, but some of the material seemed to make its way rather far into production: an extended version of the film was revealed for a special TV broadcast earlier this year on 22 March 2014 during the “Premium Saturday” block. The extra material and extended scenes added up to about twenty minutes of additional footage in the TV edition, resulting in a final runtime of just over 100 minutes.

Shortly after FUNimation’s announcement of their Battle of Gods license, representatives from the company’s marketing department — Adam Sheehan and Justin Rojas — appeared on an episode of ANNCast on Anime News Network. Many of our own community members and fans across the Internet submitted questions asking for clarification on whether or not FUNimation had acquired the theatrical or extended cut of the film. Sheehan and Rojas were unsure which version it was, but were hopeful to get as much as possible.

Voice actor Sean Schemmel has recently been tweeting out photos from his recording sessions as Goku, and today’s photo is quite a huge hint:

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The scene in question is undeniably from the extended TV version of the film. Early on, while on Kaiō’s planet, Goku enjoys a quick bite after the duo take a drive around the planet:

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The extended TV version of the film has not been released anywhere — not even in Japan! — on home video yet. This would be quite an exciting acquisition! It could be that FUNimation is simply prepping for a time in which they do have the extended version; as our buddy Jacob pointed out, the video appears to be a TV rip as indicated by Fuji TV’s logo in the upper-right.

We have reached out to FUNimation for further clarification.

UPDATE: All of Sean Schemmel’s tweets regarding any confirmation on the extended version, as well as recording studio photos, have been deleted.


FUNimation has announced a North American limited theatrical run for the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods from 05 August 2014 to 09 August 2014. Ticket information is not yet available, but the company has provided a sign-up form to be notified when said information becomes available.

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Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight the first new Dragon Ball Z feature film in seventeen years! Beerus, the God of Destruction, travels to Earth in search of a good fight. Only Goku, humanity’s greatest hero, can ascend to the level of a Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus’s rampage!

The company has posted a teaser trailer for the film featuring a “Kamehameha” by voice actor Sean Schemmel (Goku):

And so it begins: Battle of Gods is finally coming to North America. Are you excited to finally see Beerus and company hit our shores for a domestic release?

UPDATE: FUNimation also issued a press release announcing the theatrical run.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Blasts into U.S. Movie Theaters This August

FLOWER MOUND, Texas, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prepare for the Dragon Ball Z experience of a lifetime as Earth’s greatest heroes hit the big screen in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

Following the events from the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of the series will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from Dragon Ball creator, himself, Akira Toriyama.

“We’re very excited to be bringing Battle of Gods to movie theaters across the country this summer,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of FUNimation Entertainment. “Dragon Ball Z has always been a huge part of everything we do at FUNimation and, speaking as a fan myself, I can’t wait to watch it on the big screen.” FUNimation Entertainment will be partnering with Screenvision, a leader in cinema advertising and alternative content, to bring Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Gods to over 350 screens across the US & Canada.

There is still plenty more to announce in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information regarding release dates and cast announcements.

For more information on Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, as well as upcoming tickets and showtimes, please visit www.dragonballz.com , Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dragonballz & www.facebook.com/funimation , and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/funimation .


Announced as part of the 32nd International Comic Fair in Barcelona this last weekend, Planeta DeAgostini will be bringing the “Full Color” edition of the Dragon Ball manga to Spain in Castilian and Catalan. Additionally, the “Film Anime Comic” for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will also see a release.

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A teaser video of upcoming releases showcases both Dragon Ball announcements:

Spain received the first Chōzenshū earlier this year.

Thanks to MrKaytos for the heads-up.


As we reported at the beginning of the month, the upcoming broadcast of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on Fuji TV’s “Premium Saturday” will contain exclusive new scenes not included in the film’s original theatrical run or any of its home video releases. While voice actress Eiko Yamada (Mai) let slip the initial news, Toei Animation producer Gyarmath Bogdan has now confirmed via Twitter that an additional 20 minutes of footage has been added to highlight characters without much of a role in the original film.

The movie “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”: 85 minutes.
The special edition airing from 9 p.m. on the 22nd: 105 minutes.
We’ve added 20 minutes of footage. The relationship between Whiz and Beeruz [sic], and gag-action with the Pilaf Gang; it’s full of characters who didn’t play [much of] a role, such as Oolong and Mr. Satan.
@Bogdan_Gyarmath (12:00 PM JST – 20 March 2014)


This morning, the footage for Premium Saturday was completed without incident. Adding in 20 minutes, it’s become something incredible. It’s named a “special edition”, but perhaps it would be better to call it a director’s cut, or rather, a creator’s cut. It’s a must-see! #fujitv
@Bogdan_Gyarmath (12:06 PM JST – 20 March 2014)

As author Akira Toriyama mentioned in his interview published in the “Official Movie Guide”, his original scenario “was actually so long that it had to be cut down”. According to Toriyama, the film would have been around 120 minutes based on these initial storyboards. Director Masahiro Hosoda also noted in the “Official Movie Guide” that the film had “gone very much over [the intended length]”, citing a few examples, such as:

In the scenario, the Z-Warriors played a larger role, so I would have liked to put more of that to video, if possible. Each of them has their fans, after all, and I think they’ve all trained and gotten stronger.
— Masahiro Hosoda, Battle of Gods Official Movie Guide

So it appears that Akira Toriyama, Masahiro Hosoda, and many fans around the world will be getting their wish granted. The TV broadcast is set to air 22 March 2014 on Fuji TV at 9:00 PM.


The newest film for the franchise, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, is set for its first-ever TV broadcast 22 March 2014 at 9:00 p.m. during the “Premium Saturday” block on Fuji TV. The most exciting aspect of the broadcast will definitely be the extra footage that has been animated, including — but not limited to! — more fun with the “idiot trio” of Pilaf, Mai, and Shuu.

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Our buddy kei17 has recorded the channel’s commercials — both a 30-second spot and a 15-second spot — promoting the movie’s TV debut next week. The footage showcases a little bit more of Goku up on Kaiō’s planet which was not in the original theatrical version and/or home release:

Big thanks to kei17 for recording the preview footage and specifically allowing us to post it up. Look forward to our coverage of the TV broadcast next weekend as we dissect all the new footage!


Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods originally hit Japanese theaters back on 30 March 2013 and saw its home release 13 September 2013. Somewhat coinciding with the upcoming revival of Dragon Ball Kai and its move into the Majin Buu arc, the movie will be airing on Japanese TV later this month.

While we know plenty of material Akira Toriyama had originally suggested for the film never made it past the early planning and storyboarding stages, voice actress Eiko Yamada (Mai) detailed on Twitter that the upcoming TV broadcast will have additional scenes:

ドラゴンボールZ 神と神
昨年の映画が、3月22日
土曜プレミアムで放送されます!
映画より時間が長くなります!
ピラフ、シュウ、マイの、3バカトリオのシーンも、
追加収録でパワーアップ


Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, last year’s movie, will be broadcast on March 22nd on Premium Saturday!
It will run longer than the movie! [i.e., it will be longer than the theatrical version]
The scenes of the idiot trio of Pilaf, Shuu and Mai will also be powered up with additional recording.

Yamada also posted up a picture of herself with Tesshō Genda (Shuu), as well as a copy of the recording script with “Premium Saturday” legend at top left:

The TV broadcast will air 22 March 2014 on Fuji TV at 9:00 p.m. We at Kanzenshuu will be watching to see what has been extended or otherwise altered, so expect that information to make its way into the film’s entry in our “Movie Guide” in the near-term.