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Published by VegettoEX
19 February 2019, 10:50 AM EDT1 Comment

We spent this Sunday at Toy Fair 2019 in New York taking a look at the various Dragon Ball merchandise available now and coming soon to store shelves and online retailers. Take a gander through our Twitter thread for a photo tour of the various booths!

Stay tuned for additional coverage of the show on our podcast.

Published by VegettoEX
19 February 2019, 10:43 AM EDTComment

Shueisha and online retailers have listed an 04 April 2019 release date for the ninth collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga series, which will retail for ¥440 (+ tax) in print. The volume will also be released digitally the same day. The volume will pick up with the forty-first chapter of the series; the eighth collected volume saw its release in Japan back in December spanning chapters 37-40.

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-fifth chapter coming this week in the magazine’s April 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 fifth collected volume is due in English from Viz this coming May.

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 seventh box set this coming April.

Published by VegettoEX
15 February 2019, 1:40 PM EDTComment

A new Amazon listing for Viz’s seventh volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s print edition is dated for 03 December 2019 at a $9.99 MSRP. A digital edition will also be available at various retailers, including Amazon, Comixology, and direct from Viz.

Goku’s adventure from the best-selling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series written by Akira Toriyama himself!

Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball!

The Tournament of Power is about to begin! Warriors from all the universes gather to fight for their lives and the lives of everyone in their universes! Many fighters are eliminated almost immediately while Goku tries to garner the attention of Universe 11’s strongest fighter, Jiren. But Jiren doesn’t seem to care one bit about Goku! Will Universe 7 survive?!

The seventh collected edition is expected to cover chapters 33-36 a la its Japanese counterpart.

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-fifth chapter coming next week in the magazine’s April 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 telling its own version of the existing story, 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 fifth collected volume is due in English from Viz this coming May, while Shueisha released the eighth collected volume in Japan back in 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 seventh box set this coming April.

Thanks to @Adil_OPP for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
14 February 2019, 3:49 PM EDT3 Comments

Today’s February 2019 issue of License Global‘s magazine features an extensive spotlight on the Dragon Ball franchise, which includes closer looks at partnerships between Toei Animation, Bandai Namco, and FUNimation, and some of the various companies’ upcoming plans.

Of particular note, the spotlight appears to reveal a forthcoming announcement of a new home video release as well as a North American symphony tour:

“In February, along with Funimation, we’re going to have a 30th anniversary collectible home video release announcement,” says [senior manager of licensing and marketing at Toei Animation, Lisa] Yamatoya. “This summer, we will partner with Overlook to host a ‘Dragon Ball Z’ symphony concert in the U.S. and Canada. The audience can listen to the symphony while clips from the show play, allowing fans to see the story on-screen with live music.”

The article also confirms the Dragon Ball franchise’s return to San Diego Comic Con (as well as tours following at Anime Expo, Crunchyroll Expo, and New York Comic Con), in addition to another appearance in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

The “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” event produced by Overlook Events has been held in France, Spain, and Switzerland, featuring live performances of Shunsuke Kikuchi’s original musical score along with guest vocal performances.

Thanks to TheRed259 on our forum for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
13 February 2019, 9:13 PM EDTComment

Two new interviews have been added to our “Translations” archive: those with Dragon Ball Super: Broly director Tatsuya Nagamine and animation supervisor Naohiro Shintani, both coming from the “Super Edition” of the film’s Japanese theatrical attendee program book.

Tatsuya Nagamine
Regarding the direction of the film, Nagamine discusses letting the animators go loose, working with the character of Broli (who had previously been handled by his mentor Shigeyasu Yamauchi), and the process of (not!) consulting with Toriyama himself:

The only time I spoke with [Toriyama] directly was at the film’s screening number zero (an initial private screening for staff members), so I actually didn’t consult with him at all before starting production on it. So I took his script itself as his message saying, “just do it right.” When I was in charge of the Dr. Slump: Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan film, I created an animated version that didn’t leave out even a single panel of his original work, and it was my personal mission to use that same method this time around, trying not to change lines or add things if possible. However, realistically speaking, I had to make everything fit into a 100 minute timeframe, so… there were lines like, “Yes, Lord Freeza” where I would cut off the “Yes” and leave it as just “Lord Freeza” (laughs), and I shaved off small bits here and there. It couldn’t be too jam-packed though; it needed room to breathe, and I took care to make sure the overall mood of his script remained, along with leaving his nuances and Toriyama-isms intact as much as possible. That was what I felt was the best way to handle his screenplay, and I went about creating the film with that in mind.

Naohiro Shintani
Regarding the designs for and animation in the film, Shintani discusses being selected to work on the film, the particularities he paid attention to, and receiving corrections from Toriyama on the designs for Broli and other characters:

For Cheelye and Lemo, I basically drew them to be as faithful to Toriyama’s designs as possible. Broli was a different story, though. The only designs I received were up to him wearing his armor, and it gave off a very different impression than the Broli of the past. Personally, I had a very strong image of Broli based on the previous movies, so I created my own design for him at Full Power from scratch. I just had the urge to see him lose his shirt and run wild at the end. Toriyama had stated that he didn’t want him to be overly macho, so I aimed to make him look as huge as possible, yet still within the confines of not going overboard with it.

Both interviews have been archived in our “Translations” section.

Published by VegettoEX
11 February 2019, 7:18 PM EDTComment

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Episode #0466! Mike and Julian catch up on listener questions, and end up doing a mini manga historical lesson in the process, discussing all of the various releases in Japan and some of the changes made to each along the way. Tune in for an update on our family name guide and a wealth of other great questions!

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  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 02:38 – Site Teases (Wiki, Family Name Guide, etc.)
  • 09:27 – Listener Questions
  • 50:43 – Wrap-up

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Published by VegettoEX
07 February 2019, 3:09 PM EDTComment

The official Super Dragon Ball Heroes website has updated with a 24 February 2019 release date for the upcoming eighth episode of the series (“The Ultimate, Worst Warriors Invade! Universe 6 Demolished!”), continuing the brand-new “Universal Survival” arc:

The episode will debut in conjunction with the scheduled Super Dragon Ball Heroes “King Match” game event.

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 Survival” 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) 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, is due on the Nintendo Switch on 04 April 2019 and internationally 05 April 2019.

Published by VegettoEX
30 January 2019, 4:29 PM EDTComment

Bandai Namco has released patch notes for the latest update to Dragon Ball FighterZ:

HEALTH RECOVERY UPON TAKING DAMAGE:
– Reduce the amount of recoverable health when damaged. (Excluding invincible moves)

KI GAUGE:
– Decrease the amount of Ki Gauge gained when receiving damage from Super Attacks and Meteor Attacks, and increase the amount of Ki Gauge gained when receiving damage from other attacks.
– For a short period of time after using the Ki Gauge, the overall amount of Ki Gauge gained is now reduced.

MID-AIR SMASH ATTACK:
– When the condition for a camera change is met, the camera effect will occur regardless of the height of the character’s position now.

INVINCIBLE SPECIAL MOVES:
– Z Assist and Ultimate Z Change will now be unusable during Invincible Special Moves aside from when it hits.

POWERED-UP SPECIAL MOVE:
– Reduce the amount of Recoverable Health when receiving damage from Power-up Special Moves. (Excluding invincible moves)

SUPER ATTACK:
– Reduce the amount of damage dealt when a move other than Ultimate Z Change connects after a Super Attack hits.
– It is now easier to successfully connect Ultimate Z Change after Super Attacks.

ALL METEOR ATTACKS:
– Increased the minimum damage of all Meteor Attacks.

SPARKING!:
– Sparking! can now be used while blocking. (Includes blocking in mid-air)
– While Sparking! is active, reduce the amount of recoverable health of the opponent when damage is dealt to them. (Excluding invincible moves)
– Increased the start up frames of Sparking! aside from when cancelled from an attack.

VANISH MOVE:
– Camera change is easier to occur when cancelled from an attack.

Z-REFLECT:
– You will be invincible to the opponent’s Sparking! activation after a successful Z-Reflect against an opponent’s attack.

ALL THROW MOVES, DRAGON RUSH:
– Specific throw moves and Dragon Rush cannot connect more than once within a combo.

DRAGON RUSH:
– Decreased the amount of Ki gauge gained and damage dealt.
– After a Dragon Rush during mid-combo, camera change will not occur for subsequent hits.

MID-AIR DRAGON RUSH:
– The opponent will ground slide after a mid-air Dragon Rush during a combo.

GUARD CANCEL CHANGE:
– Invincible state will now last until coming into contact or in close vicinity with the opponent.
– Increased the recovery frames and landing recovery frames when blocked.

GROUND BACKSTEP:
– Increase the distance travelled.

SHENRON (REVIVE ALLIES):
– Increased the health of the revived ally.

SHENRON (MAKE ME IMMORTAL):
– Increased the health recovery rate.

GROUND RECOVERY:
– Reduced the collision from mid-air opponent.

DELAYED GROUND RECOVERY:
– Until completely down, you will now be able to perform the different ground recovery options.

DRAMATIC FINISH:
– Vanish Move will also trigger Dramatic Finish now.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Nintendo Switch. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.

The game’s first (optional) $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covers eight total additional playable characters (also available individually at $5 each); these include Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, Merged Zamasu, (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Son Goku, and (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Vegeta, Coola, and No. 17.

The game’s recently-revealed “FighterZ Pass 2” is set to include Jiren and Videl this week, with the recent theatrical versions of Broli and Gogeta coming at a later point in time, along with other, unspecified characters.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan, with the Switch release coming later in September. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history.

Published by VegettoEX
30 January 2019, 4:11 PM EDTComment

Following the appearance of recent online retailer listings, a new banner across the pre-order page of FUNimation’s online store lists a 16 April 2019 release date for the home video (DVD, Blu-ray, and digital) version of the recent Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film. The film is still screening in theaters internationally, and no Japanese home video release has been announced as of yet.

Ignoring special preview screenings in both the east and west for all of the films, the following overview provides a complete list of theatrical screening and home video release dates for the three major films released since 2013; assuming the April release date for Broly holds true, this would mark the fastest turnaround from a film’s original Japanese theatrical debut to its American home video release:

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

  • Japanese (Toei) Theatrical Debut: 30 March 2013
  • Japanese (Toei) Home Video Release: 13 September 2013
  • American (FUNimation) Theatrical Debut: 05 August 2014
  • American (FUNimation) Home Video Release: 07 October 2014

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

  • Japanese (Toei) Theatrical Debut: 18 April 2015
  • American (FUNimation) Theatrical Debut: 04 August 2015
  • Japanese (Toei) Home Video Release: 07 October 2015
  • American (FUNimation) Home Video Release: 20 October 2015

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

  • Japanese (Toei) Theatrical Debut: 14 December 2018
  • American (FUNimation) Theatrical Debut: 16 January 2019
  • Japanese (Toei) Home Video Release: unknown
  • American (FUNimation) Home Video Release: 16 April 2019
Published by VegettoEX
28 January 2019, 11:05 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with this weekend’s Dragon Ball FighterZ “World Tour Finals: Red Bull Final Summoning” tournament in Los Angeles, and following a brief accidental video post, Bandai Namco formally announced the forthcoming second season of paid downloadable content coming in the form of additional characters.

Videl and Jiren join the cast 31 January 2019, with the latest versions of Broli and Gogeta from the current Dragon Ball Super theatrical film also coming at a later date. The promotional video implies at least two more characters have yet to be revealed.

Jiren has been teased over the last few weeks alongside the forthcoming “Game Project Z” as well as in last week’s March 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan:

Similar to Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2‘s update last month, Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to include the new version of Broli alongside the original version, who was introduced in the initial season pass last year.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Nintendo Switch. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.

The game’s first (optional) $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covers eight total additional playable characters (also available individually at $5 each); these include Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, Merged Zamasu, (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Son Goku, and (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Vegeta, Coola, and No. 17.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan, with the Switch release coming later in September. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history.