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Published by 19 August 2022, 11:17 AM EDTComment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Shueisha and Viz have added the official English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s eighty-seventh chapter to their respective Manga Plus and Shonen Jump services, wrapping up the brand-new “Granolla the Survivor arc”. Alongside other initiatives including free chapters and a larger archive for paid subscribers, this release continues the companies’ schedule of not simply simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut to the release date, but to its local time in Japan alongside its serialization in today’s October 2022 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015, initially just ahead of the television series, and running both ahead and behind the series at various points. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ eighty-seventh chapter coming today in the magazine’s October 2022 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc, “speeding up the excitement of the TV anime even more”. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward, moving into its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” and “Granolla the Survivor” arcs. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition back in 2017; the company’s sixteenth collected volume is due out in August 2022.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. Crunchyroll (by way of the merger with FUNimation) owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub having wrapped its broadcast on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its tenth and final box set in 2020. A complete steelbook “Limited Edition” is due from Crunchyroll this coming September.

Published by 17 August 2022, 3:09 PM EDTComment

Following some initial datamining and an official tease from Epic Games themselves, Fornite — the survival / battle royale / sandbox / etc. video game and cultural phenomenon — has launched an extensive collaboration with the Dragon Ball franchise, which includes numerous character and item skins, unique locations, and more.

The collaboration is extensive, including its own unique mission set, Kame House being added on its own island on the eastern edge of the map, episodes of Dragon Ball Super available to watch, etc.

We played a few rounds on launch day (16 August 2022) and had a great time streaming with the extended Kanzenshuu friends and family and readers and listeners — check out the archive on our YouTube channel:

Published by 08 August 2022, 10:55 PM EDTComment

The September 2021 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine kicked off a new “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” series in commemoration of the Dragon Ball franchise’s upcoming 40th anniversary. The new celebration aims to have different artists all contribute their own spin on the original 42 tankōbon covers, with the images and an accompanying comment published as part of the magazine.

Following the previous twelve entries, this month’s September 2022 issue brings us Kyosuke Usuta (Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar) and their take on the series’ 23rd volume cover:

Usuta commented:

Welp, after considering the fact that I have zero knack for drawing mechanical stuff, as well as pondering how much of my own taste I could get away with incorporating on the sly, I chose this cover illustration. Really, for us, Freeza’s impact was absolute, so I was glad I got to draw him!

When I think of how its appeal hasn’t faded in the slightest, even though it’s coming up on its 40th anniversary, it just sets me trembling all the more from the bottom of my heart. Congratulations!! I mean it!

Saikyō Jump is currently a monthly magazine published in Japan by Shueisha under the “Jump” line of magazines. The magazine began as a quarterly publication in 2012, went monthly in 2013, went bimonthly in late-2014, and returned to a monthly format last fall (including a digital release for the first time). The magazine’s focus is spin-off and supplementary manga series aimed at a young audience, while also including game promotions, news coverage, and more. The magazine currently serializes content such as Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultra God Mission!!!! manga series, Yūji Kasai’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Avatars!! manga series, and the Dragon Ball GT Anime Comic. For calendar year 2019, Shueisha reported Saikyō Jump‘s circulation down at 130,000, with readership as 58.5% upper elementary school, 28% lower middle school, 11% middle school, and 2.5% high school or older.

Published by 28 July 2022, 3:55 PM EDTComment

Hot on the heels of the game’s big release date and edition announcements, Bandai Namco has shared a plethora of updates and adjustments being made to the forthcoming Dragon Ball: The Breakers video game, all based on feedback received following its prior closed beta.

Among the various adjustments are categories including:

  • “Improvements on Survivor’s Understandability”: Updates include a practice mode and opening tutorial
  • “Improvements on Controls and UIs”: The overall layout of the user interface has been updated, inter-team signal messaging has been updated, etc.
  • “Adjustment of Game Balance”: Beacons, supply appearances, and revival condition timings/situations have been adjusted, while additional tweaks both for the raider and survivors, respectively, have also been made
  • “Improvements on matching”: General improvements to the matchmaking and timeout procedures have been made
  • “Others”: Updates to the overall graphics and presentation of the game have been made, as well as fixes for bugs

Developed by Dimps, Dragon Ball: The Breakers puts a small group of seven survivors up against a “raider” in an asymmetrical race to survive, in a world shared with Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2. The “Standard Edition” of the game is currently available for pre-order via Amazon and other retailers, while the “Limited Edition” is noted to be exclusive to Bandai Namco’s own online store. The game launches at a base digital price of $19.99 US (with physical versions coming at respective higher costs) beginning 13 October 2022 in Japan and 14 October 2022 in other worldwide territories across the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam).

Published by 21 July 2022, 1:41 PM EDTComment

Bandai Namco has announced that Dragon Ball: The Breakers — the forthcoming asymmetrical multiplayer survival game — will release globally this October across the PC (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms.

In Japan, The Breakers will launch 13 October 2022 on the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while the Steam/PC release will follow the next day on 14 October 2022.

In America and Europe, the game will launch 14 October 2022 across all platforms.

Regarding PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X support, a European Bandai Namco news post clarifies that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, “…will be compatible with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S,” respectively.

Three different versions of the game will release across the various territories:

  • Standard Edition: A digital edition of the base game. The Standard Edition will retail for $19.99 (US MSRP).
  • Special Edition: A physical edition of the base game, as well as a “Special Edition Pack” with a customizable costume, a two-handed victory pose, and a yellow dragon vehicle skin. The Special Edition will retail for $29.99 (US MSRP)
  • Limited Edition: A physical edition of the base game, the aforementioned “Special Edition Pack” contents, a steelbook, a 9cm Cell shell husk figure, as well as a “time exclusive bonus” from the Bandai Namco store of a green Potara earring in-game cosmetic item. The Limited Edition will retail for $79.99 (US MSRP).

For all editions, a pre-order bonus includes a “Transphere” (temporary character transformation) for No. 18 with the Wall Kick skill, as well as a blue scouter accessory.

Closed network tests will take place in early August, with lottery sign-ups available across the American, European, and Japanese territories.

Developed by Dimps, Dragon Ball: The Breakers puts a small group of seven survivors up against a “raider” in an asymmetrical race to survive, in a world shared with Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2.

The “Standard Edition” of the game is currently available for pre-order via Amazon and other retailers, while the “Limited Edition” is noted to be exclusive to Bandai Namco’s own online store.

Published by 20 July 2022, 11:53 AM EDTComment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Shueisha and Viz have added the official English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s eighty-sixth chapter to their respective Manga Plus and Shonen Jump services, continuing the brand-new “Granolla the Survivor arc”. Alongside other initiatives including free chapters and a larger archive for paid subscribers, this release continues the companies’ schedule of not simply simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut to the release date, but to its local time in Japan alongside its serialization in today’s September 2022 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015, initially just ahead of the television series, and running both ahead and behind the series at various points. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ eighty-sixth chapter coming today in the magazine’s September 2022 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc, “speeding up the excitement of the TV anime even more”. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward, moving into its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” and “Granolla the Survivor” arcs. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition back in 2017; the company’s sixteenth collected volume is due out in August 2022.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. Crunchyroll (by way of the merger with FUNimation) owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub having wrapped its broadcast on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its tenth and final box set in 2020. A complete steelbook “Limited Edition” is due from Crunchyroll this coming September.

Published by 13 July 2022, 3:38 PM EDTComment

Dragon Ball SD, a spin-off manga series written and illustrated by Naho Ooishi, adapts events from the original story in humorous new ways with “chibi” or “super deformed” (the titular “SD”) styled characters. The series was a launch title for Saikyō Jump and the debut official work for Naho Ooishi, and — other than planned breaks from the January 2017 and November 2020 issues — appeared in each and every issue of the magazine from its launch in December 2010 until its major refresh and relaunch last year. Following the relaunch, Dragon Ball SD shifted to a YouTube-only series.

Dragon Ball SD returned to the magazine for a single “Special Edition” (特別編) chapter in the August 2022 issue, released last week on 04 July 2022 (with front cover artwork provided by Ooishi herself, and the back cover featuring the twelfth entry in the 40th anniversary gallery from Hirohiko Araki).

In this special chapter — which breaks from the currently serialized Freeza arc storyline — Ooishi flashes-forward for a Cell Games recap as a noted tie-in for the new theatrical film, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.

In the special chapter, the heroes gather for the Cell Games… with the notable exception of Gohan, who makes a fashionably late entrance decked out in suspiciously-superhero-looking garb (itself highlighted by the numbers “5” and “8”, a Japanese number play on “Gohan”). After Gohan is provided with Piccolo’s clothing (to Goku’s minor chagrin), Goku steps into the ring only to immediately concede — there are a limited number of pages, after all! — and passes the battle to Gohan. Cell is impressed enough with Gohan’s strength, but as Gohan provides the standard spiel of his anger boosting his power and taking control of him, Cell reveals a devious plan: the Cell Jrs. have procured one of Gohan’s treasured Piccolo action figures, and they are going to take it out of its original packaging! This pushes Gohan over the edge into a new transformation, which allows him to make quick work of Cell. This prompts Cell to expand like a balloon, forcing Goku into action, teleporting them away to Kaiō’s planet where Cell can explode in relative safety. The future of the Earth (and the new movie…) is now in Gohan’s hands!

This is actually the second time that Ooishi has covered this particular material in Dragon Ball SD: the first four chapters of the series were released in Saikyō Jump‘s original quarterly format and featured specific major events from the original series (namely Son Goku’s training with Kuririn, the battle with Freeza, the Cell Games, and the battle with Boo). With the magazine’s relaunch into a monthly publication following the four original issues, Dragon Ball SD rebooted itself to the beginning of the series again, and the four original chapters have never been republished.

Ooishi and Dragon Ball SD have made other special appearances in promotion of theatrical films: the April 2013 issue of Saikyō Jump made a slight divergence from the standard serialization to provide an introductory manga version of that year’s new theatrical film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Though the standard Dragon Ball SD serialization has shifted to YouTube, it does continue to receive sporadic collected editions. The eighth collected volume was released 04 April 2022 in Japan for ¥639 + tax spanning 192 pages and covering reboot chapters 69-78. Dragon Ball SD has not received an official English language release, though it has been released in other territories in other languages.

Published by 13 July 2022, 1:37 PM EDT1 Comment

The September 2021 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine kicked off a new “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” series in commemoration of the Dragon Ball franchise’s upcoming 40th anniversary. The new celebration aims to have different artists all contribute their own spin on the original 42 tankōbon covers, with the images and an accompanying comment published as part of the magazine.

Following the previous eleven entries, this month’s August 2022 issue brings us Hirohiko Araki (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) and their take on the series’ 33rd volume cover:

Araki commented:

While trying to make a perfect copy, I realized once again: while Toriyama-sensei‘s art might look like it was drawn onto a flat surface in a very simple manner, the truth is that it has an extremely precise sense of three-dimensionality to it. An amazing technique that can convey both flatness and three-dimensionality at the same time! It really is great artwork, isn’t it? I am extremely honored that I got to draw the cover to volume 33.

Saikyō Jump is currently a monthly magazine published in Japan by Shueisha under the “Jump” line of magazines. The magazine began as a quarterly publication in 2012, went monthly in 2013, went bimonthly in late-2014, and returned to a monthly format last fall (including a digital release for the first time). The magazine’s focus is spin-off and supplementary manga series aimed at a young audience, while also including game promotions, news coverage, and more. The magazine currently serializes content such as Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultra God Mission!!!! manga series, Yūji Kasai’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Avatars!! manga series, and the Dragon Ball GT Anime Comic. For calendar year 2019, Shueisha reported Saikyō Jump‘s circulation down at 130,000, with readership as 58.5% upper elementary school, 28% lower middle school, 11% middle school, and 2.5% high school or older.

Published by 29 June 2022, 4:49 PM EDTComment

Each month, Toyotarō provides a drawing of a Dragon Ball character — as well as an accompanying comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website. Following up on the wealth of characters already drawn, for his June 2022 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a drawing of Artificial Human No. 16:

Artificial Human No. 16

Have you seen Super Hero yet? I’ve already seen it three times myself! It is so amazing, I will watch it yet again! If you haven’t seen it yet, then please do!

This drawing and comment set has been added to the respective page in our “Translations” archive.

Published by 28 June 2022, 2:43 PM EDTComment

Crunchyroll has announced a panel to be presented at San Diego Comic-Con scheduled for 22 July 2022 in promotion of the new theatrical film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. The panel will feature special Japanese guests including voice actor Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), Akio Iyoku (editor-in-chief of V-Jump, head of the “Dragon Ball Room“), and Norihiro Hayashida (Toei Animation producer), as well as English voice actor Christopher Sabat (Piccolo/Vegeta/etc.).

“DRAGON BALL SUPER” FILM POWERS UP FANS AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL
Dragon Ball Super Film Partners and Crunchyroll Presents Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO Panel

Culver City, CA (June 28, 2022) – Crunchyroll, the global leader in bringing the ultimate anime experience to fans in over 200 countries and territories, has announced its plans to present a huge panel and booth for Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center from July 21-24 to support the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, in North American theaters August 19.

Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO takes center stage at the Convention Center on Friday, with a special guest of honor from Japan, Toshio Furukawa, the voice actor for Piccolo and a first-look at the movie – with approximately the first 20 minutes screened exclusively for the SDCC audience in Hall H!

Crunchyroll and Toei Animation will also produce a one-of-a-kind experience at the Crunchyroll Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO-themed booth (Booth #4135) inspired to include a replica of Piccolo’s House as shown in the film.

Additionally, fans can see – and ride – on buses from the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System wrapped in the commemorative design of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO!

DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO Panel
Friday, July 22, TBD | Hall H

Just one month prior to the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, join us for a Q&A with talent and production members, including Toshio Furukawa (Japanese Voice of Piccolo), Christopher R. Sabat (English Voice of Piccolo), Akio Iyoku (Executive Producer) and Norihiro Hayashida (Producer) for stories and insights from the film – and of course, giveaways and an exclusive look at approximately the first 20 minutes of the film only for fans at SDCC!

Previous major convention coverage for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero included an extensive virtual panel presented as a part of New York Comic Con last October.

The story, script, and character designs for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero were crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. Shueisha’s executive producer Akio Iyoku noted that the movie’s story takes place after the events in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, but before the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai, and features the revival of the notorious Red Ribbon Army. The film’s director ia Tetsuro Kodama, who was most recently the CG Sequence Director for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, with Hoon Jung-jae taking over the CG Director role after being a CG effects artist in the preceding two films, Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’. The film’s theatrical score is composed by Naoki Satō. The movie was released in Japan on 11 June 2022, following a delay decided upon in conjunction with a Toei network hack. Various international theatrical screenings for the film begin this August.