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Published by VegettoEX
15 July 2019, 3:26 PM EDTComment

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0474! Mike and Meri time travel twenty years into the past to relive “Captain Ginyu – Assault” on home video. “Season Three” officially begins with a new voice cast and new musical score, but how does this fit into the larger Dragon Ball fandom at the time? Tune in as our collective trauma resurfaces, nostalgia is thrown out the window, and Mike reads his own editorial from half a lifetime ago.

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 01:05 – Topic

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11 July 2019, 1:18 PM EDTComment

Following today’s thirteenth episode premiere, the official Super Dragon Ball Heroes website announced a 28 July 2019 streaming date for the forthcoming fourteenth episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime, continuing further into the brand-new “Universal Conflict” arc. In the upcoming episode (“The Menacing Universe Seed! Kamioren’s Rampage!!”), Piccolo and No. 17 continue their battle against Kamioren, Goku is pushed back by Hearts, and the Universe Seed begins to emit light…

The self-described “promotional anime” began its free online streaming in July 2018, with the initial six episodes covering the “Prison Planet” arc, then moving on to the “Universal Conflict” arc. Though the series’ original trailer was available worldwide, the subsequent episode postings themselves have been region-locked to Japan. No home release of the promotional anime has been announced.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes is itself an update and hardware revision to the original Dragon Ball Heroes, a card-based arcade game in which players arrange teammates on a playing field for turn-based battles. Dragon Ball Heroes has seen a variety of multimedia spin-offs and support pieces. Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission manga (a follow-up to the previous Dark Demon Realm Mission series, which also recently re-started) currently runs in Shueisha’s bimonthly Saikyō Jump magazine, while Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission ran from 2012-2015 in Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine. Three portable game adaptations — Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Ultimate Mission 2, and Ultimate Mission X — were released on the Nintendo 3DS. A fourth home version, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, launched on the Nintendo Switch and PC on 04 April 2019 and internationally 05 April 2019. The Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game’s “Universe Mission 9” update hit today in Japan.

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24 June 2019, 11:26 AM EDTComment

Following this weekend’s twelfth episode premiere, the official Super Dragon Ball Heroes website announced a 11 July 2019 streaming date for the forthcoming thirteenth episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime, continuing further into the brand-new “Universal Conflict” arc. In the upcoming episode (“Super Hearts Joins The Fight! An All-Out Earthshaking Battle!”), Goku transforms into Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (“Super Saiyan Blue”) to take on a likewise-transformed “Super Hearts” in a fearsome, evenly-matched battle.

The arcade game’s “Universe Mission 9” update hits that same day (11 July 2019) in Japan.

The self-described “promotional anime” began its free online streaming in July 2018, with the initial six episodes covering the “Prison Planet” arc, then moving on to the “Universal Conflict” arc. Though the series’ original trailer was available worldwide, the subsequent episode postings themselves have been region-locked to Japan. No home release of the promotional anime has been announced. The series’ twelfth episode went live this weekend.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes is itself an update and hardware revision to the original Dragon Ball Heroes, a card-based arcade game in which players arrange teammates on a playing field for turn-based battles. Dragon Ball Heroes has seen a variety of multimedia spin-offs and support pieces. Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission manga (a follow-up to the previous Dark Demon Realm Mission series, which also recently re-started) currently runs in Shueisha’s bimonthly Saikyō Jump magazine, while Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission ran from 2012-2015 in Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine. Three portable game adaptations — Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Ultimate Mission 2, and Ultimate Mission X — were released on the Nintendo 3DS. A fourth home version, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, launched on the Nintendo Switch and PC on 04 April 2019 and internationally 05 April 2019.

Published by VegettoEX
21 June 2019, 9:07 AM EDTComment

Each month, Toyotarō provides a drawing — as well as a brief comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website. Thus far, Toyotarō has provided drawings of #8, Lunch, Chapa with Oob, Tambourine, Man-Wolf, Tapion, Janenba, Broli, Ozotto, Ginyu, Bardock, Paragus, King Cold, Bardock’s original television special crew, Onio with his wife, Shiirasu, Great Saiyaman, and Nail. For his June 2019 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Toninjinka (the “Carrotizer Bunny”):

It’s the Carrotizer Bunny!

He was taken to the Moon by Goku as punishment for his behavior, and that Moon, with him on it, has been destroyed — twice.

I don’t know whether he’s alive or dead, but I’d like to see him use not just his technique of turning those he touches into carrots, but his skill of being able to survive(?) out in space to help Goku & co.

In one of the earliest guide books for the franchise — the Adventure Special from 1987 — Akira Toriyama is asked what happened to the nefarious Rabbit Gang once the moon is destroyed by Jackie Chun (during the 21st Tenka’ichi Budōkai); Toriyama simply responds, “They’re drifting through space.”

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

Published by VegettoEX
20 June 2019, 11:08 AM EDTComment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Shueisha and Viz have added the official English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s forty-ninth chapter to their respective Manga Plus and Shonen Jump services, moving further into the original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner 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 in today’s August 2019 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan.

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’ forty-ninth chapter coming today in the magazine’s August 2019 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, having recently entered its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition back in 2017. The sixth collected volume is due from Viz this December.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its eighth box set this coming July.

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18 June 2019, 10:44 AM EDTComment

Shueisha and online retailers have listed an 02 August 2019 release date for the tenth collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga series, which will retail for ¥440 (+ tax) in print. The volume will pick up with the forty-fifth chapter of the series; the ninth collected volume saw its release in Japan back in April spanning chapters 41-44.

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’ forty-ninth chapter coming this week in the magazine’s August 2019 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, having recently entered its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition back in 2017. The sixth collected volume is due from Viz this December.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its eighth box set this coming July.

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09 June 2019, 4:55 PM EDTComment

Originally revealed under the “Game Project Z” code name back in January, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was formally unveiled during Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Exposition (“E3”) media briefing this afternoon.

Developed by CyberConnect2 for Bandai Namco, the action role-playing game is due in early 2020.

Amazon is currently offering the game for a $49.94 pre-order on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

This article will be updated with additional details as they are revealed following the media briefing — stay tuned.

Published by VegettoEX
06 June 2019, 1:39 PM EDTComment

As part of today’s Google “Stadia Connect” livestream featuring pricing and launch information for the forthcoming video game streaming initiative, Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 was formally revealed for the platform.

Stadia, a streaming-only video gaming platform developed by Google with both ongoing subscription and standard purchase options for games, is set for launch this November. A “Founder’s Edition” with controller, Chromecast Ultra device, and more is available for pre-order today.

Developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Switch. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The Nintendo Switch port was released in Japan and internationally in September 2017.

The game’s forthcoming “Ultra Pack 1” of additional paid downloadable content is due this month.

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06 June 2019, 1:22 PM EDTComment

Bandai Namco has detailed the following updates released as part of today’s version 1.02.02 patch for Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission:

  • Fixed the issue from the recent free update, where the game freezes if the players creates a custom card using the newly added customization contents from the last update, proceeds to edit a mission in Mission Edit mode, and attempts to start this mission.
  • Fixed an issue where the game freezes during the Deck Selection screen, if a card is equipped with (Limitless Saiyan) ability and equipped with a specific accessory.
  • Fixed an issue that occurs in Story Mode Chapter 4-1, and Chapter 4-4, when the player separates with their allies.
  • Fixed an issue that occurs when players purchase (Blank Cards) in the Creation Shop.
  • Fixed an issue concerning player Titles in the (S+ Top Ranking) screen in Ranked Matches mode.
  • Fixed an issue where the player was unable to move the Cards in the Unit Set screen, when cancelling the (Fuse) action during battle.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, is a home version of the ongoing Super Dragon Ball Heroes card-based arcade game in Japan, released 04 April 2019 in Japan and 05 April 2019 internationally, on the Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam). The game features an original story with Shiirasu, an antagonist with the Galatic Patrol insignia who arrives at the Time Nest speaking of “justice” to Trunks and the Kaiōshin of Time. Designed by Toyotarō, the character’s official “English” name spelling has been adjusted as “Sealas”; the name in Japanese is likely a play on whitebait, fitting alongside other, similar Galactic Patrol-related names.

World Mission follows three Dragon Ball Heroes games released on the Nintendo 3DS. The prior entry was Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X in April 2017; the game covered 3,300 cards from the arcade version’s original 8 missions, 10 “Galaxy Missions”, 8 “Evil Dragon Missions”, and 10 “God Missions”, effectively encompassing all content pre-Super Dragon Ball Heroes in its own original story mode in addition to the arcade version’s mission structure. Ultimate Mission X (and Ultimate Mission 2 before it) received extended support through free (albeit minor) updates.

Outside of a single test run at San Diego Comic Con last year, no Dragon Ball Heroes content has ever received an international/localized release outside of Japan until World Mission‘s release.

The North American Nintendo Switch edition of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission is available for order on Amazon or the Nintendo eShop, while the PC edition is available via Steam.

Published by VegettoEX
05 June 2019, 3:13 PM EDTComment

The Dragon Ball GT anime comic — comprised of limited-color screen shots from the 1996-1997 television series displayed in manga format with dialog and narration bubbles — began back in the January 2014 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine. Running as a tie-in with the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game’s then-current “Evil Dragon Mission” updates, the anime comic skipped all the way to and began with the series’ own “Evil Dragon” arc. Throughout all of the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game’s continuing updates and even through the magazine’s transition from a monthly to bimonthly publication, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic has steadily run each issue, albeit plopped in different locations each time.

With its thirty-eighth chapter published this week in the magazine’s July 2019 issue, the anime comic reaches the end of the series, while splash text teases an announcement in the back of the issue:

Saikyō Jump‘s end-of-issue preview for the September 2019 issue notes that, due to the series’ apparent popularity, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic will continue by wrapping back around to the (thus far non-adapted) beginning of the series next issue (due out 02 August 2019), providing a brief overview and tease of the main characters and story.

The Dragon Ball GT anime comic is thus far exclusive to its Saikyō Jump serialization; it has not received a collected print or digital release. An anime comic of the Dragon Ball GT television special was released in July 1997.

The July 2019 issue of Saikyō Jump was released 01 June 2019 and is still available for purchase via Amazon Japan.