It is impossible for FUNimation to ignore it at this point, so their hint that we will just have to wait until Anime Expo for the full, real, true confirmation will have to suffice for now in terms of an “official” statement.
Visitor EDDYS318 sent us a note with a link to a very real trailer for the first season DVD set over on the YouTube profile of Welch Compositions. Jim Welch is a “music composer and sound designer” that does work for companies like FUNimation, and has done trailer music for properties like One Piece and Romeo x Juliet.
Whether or not this is a true, accidental “leak” or if FUNimation just figures the cat is out of the bag at this point, all it does is end up as pretty brilliant marketing… I mean, we continue to go on and on about it, right? To be fair, since this will be the first time ever that the first 13 episodes of the franchise as a whole will be available uncut and in its original Japanese language in North America, it is a pretty big deal.
The commercial is played in a 4:3 aspect ratio (conflicting with the “widescreen” listings online), and notes that the first set will contain 31 episodes spanned across 5 DVDs, and will be “digitally remastered” (seemingly closer to the Dragon Ball GT style of “remastering” than the Dragon Ball Z style). No release date is set, though online listings (as we know) peg it for 15 September 2009 for an MSRP of $49.98, though it should be clear that those details are subject to change.