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15 April 2019, 1:42 PM EDTComments Off

A brief teaser released last Friday indicates material related to the Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film is making its way to Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission courtesy of a new update “coming soon”:

Cards featuring characters from the film originally debuted in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game’s “Universe Mission 5” update in November 2018. Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission currently covers the eight base missions from the Super Dragon Ball Heroes upgrade as well as the first two “Universe Mission” updates.

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.

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07 April 2019, 2:58 PM EDT1 Comment

FUNimation has shared a new trailer to promote and garner the necessary pre-orders for their (potential) forthcoming Dragon Ball Z 30th anniversary Blu-ray set:

While advertised and genuinely presented in the series’ original 4:3 aspect ratio, the quality of the video samples used appear similar to the company’s previous Blu-ray release of the Dragon Ball Z series from 2013-2014, which in addition to its cropped widescreen aspect ratio featured heavy digital video noise reduction and significant color adjustments. From what little we have to go on as presented in the trailer, it would seem that the “new” video master is indeed simply this same (or similar, or otherwise-related) base remaster, albeit no longer cropped to widescreen. It is not a “double-crop” of the existing Blu-rays, though it continues to exhibit the same over-saturation and digital noise destruction as seen in the prior sets.

Many fans have asked questions and expressed confusion over the cost of the set and what their pre-orders would “fund”. While a cost of $350 may be something that western fans are not used to dropping all at once on a single product, it is difficult to see how it would line up with the cost necessary to “fund” a faithful remaster while also including extras such as a hardcover art book and figure. The relatively-low cost is more in line with a release using existing footage from an automated “remastering” process. Indeed, FUNimation is clear on their own reservation page that this is not a “crowdfunding” initiative.

In addition, the latest trailer and marketing collateral (including direct email campaigns) continue to share two significant falsehoods / misleading statements about this set:

  • “All of Dragon Ball Z in the original 4:3 aspect ratio in high definition on Blu-ray for the first time ever”
    While this will be the first set that in its totality includes the full 291-episode-run of the Dragon Ball Z television series in its original aspect ratio in high definition on Blu-ray, it is neither the company’s first attempt at Dragon Ball Z in 4:3 in HD nor the company’s first release of a single set containing the entire 291-episode-run. The company’s “Level” sets, a release whose intent was to remain faithful to the original presentation (including its original 4:3 aspect ratio with a focus on non-destructive restoration and remastering), were cancelled in 2011 only two volumes in, with the company citing low interest and sales. These sets, however, immediately followed the faithful “Dragon Box” DVD release by a matter of only two months. Meanwhile, the Dragon Ball Z Kai series — a 20th anniversary “refresh” using the existing Dragon Ball Z video footage — was also seeing a television broadcast and home video release on DVD and Blu-ray. Separate from this, in recent years the company has worked with Amazon to distribute a set collecting all nine volumes of the 2013-2014 Blu-ray release in a single box.
  • “North America’s first-ever, full-sized hardback artbook”
    Viz released the first Daizenshuu (“Complete Illustrations”) back in 2008 in its original hardcover format, and recently announced plans to release the series’ Chōgashū (“Super Art Collection”) as “Dragon Ball: A Visual History” this fall.

FUNimation asked Kanzenshuu and its community for questions back in 2013 regarding the “season” Blu-ray sets. While the answers provided were extensive, they were that of a company continuing to do what they arguably do best: spin and muddy the waters regarding technical details, walk back previously-established initiatives, and ultimately not provide a faithful release of the series. At the time, we stated the following:

If you have been with Kanzenshuu (and its previous incarnations) for any amount of time, you know that we love this series to an obscene degree. We want what is best for the series, we want what is best for the fans, and we do actually believe that FUNimation wants the same thing. That being said, we continue to believe that the various Dragon Ball TV series are best presented in their original 4:3 production aspect ratio. We continue to believe that grain is an inherent part of the production method, and while its negative effects – primarily due to multigenerational copies provided to licensees – can be mitigated, it is also something that must be respected with care. We continue to believe that Dragon Ball is a product of its time, and was / is / forever will be loved exactly as that.

If the quality presented within this new trailer is indicative of the intended final release, this is just the latest example in a long string of releases from the franchise’s rights-holders — which unfortunately now includes its original Japanese producers — that are unable or otherwise unwilling to produce a worthwhile, faithful, archival-quality modern release of a series with such historical importance.

If the quality presented within this new trailer is not indicative of the intended final release, we have to wonder why it was even shown.

We cannot in good conscience recommend fans purchase this release.

Published by VegettoEX
01 April 2019, 2:31 PM EDTComments Off

Back on episode #0426 of our podcast, we took a short tour through the world of family names in Dragon Ball. As we do with many of our podcast topics and related guides, we have been working since that episode’s release to build a larger, all-encompassing page to house that information. Nearly two years later and following extensive rounds of additional research and revisions, that guide is finally here!

This will likely be a “living article”: we expect to remember find more examples to add, so if you can think of any that may be relevant, please do let us know!

Published by VegettoEX
29 March 2019, 3:03 PM EDTComments Off

Each month, Toyotarō provides a sketch — as well as a brief comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website. Thus far, Toyotarō has provided sketches of #8, Lunch, Chapa with Oob, Tambourine, Man-Wolf, Tapion, Janenba, Broli, Ozotto, Ginyu, Bardock, Paragus, King Cold, Bardock’s original television special crew, and Onio with his wife. For his March 2019 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Shiirasu from the forthcoming Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission video game on the Nintendo Switch and PC:

This is Shiirasu. He’s the boss character (?) in Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission on the Nintendo Switch. I’m looking forward to playing it, too!

Shiirasu is an original Toyotarō design created for World Mission. The character will be named “Sealas” in the English localization. The name in Japanese is likely a play on whitebait, fitting alongside other, similar Galactic Patrol-related names.

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

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29 March 2019, 2:58 PM EDTComments Off

Bandai Namco has detailed the numerous gameplay and character-specific changes in the 1.15 patch of Dragon Ball FighterZ released this week:

◆System Mechanics
・Standing Light Attack: Follow-up 2
→Can now be linked to a Z Change.
→Will always knock the opponent forward on hit.
・Jumping Light Attack
→Fixed an issue in which a Super Combo would not occur if the attack connected at a low position in the air.
・Jumping Heavy Attack
→Descent is faster during a camera shift.
→Shortened the amount of sliding knockdown when the attack hits.
→Can only transition to a Z Change when performed in a grounded Z Combo.
・Mid-air Dragon Rush
→Characters descend faster when the attack lands in a combo.
・Hurtbox
→Adjusted hurtboxes during crouching and movement (actions other than attacks).
・Vanish
→Increased the base damage of the attack.
・Projectiles
→Fixed an issue in which damage scaling would not apply when a projectile connected during an attack.
・Sub-Character Attacks
→Fixed an issue in which guard direction would be reversed if a sub character’s projectile flew past the opponent.
→Moves Changed:
→Android 18: Grounded Support Attack (Unique), Support Attack (Heavy)
→Captain Ginyu: Unique Attack, Together We Are…the Ginyu Force!
→Nappa: Saibaman (Acid)
→Videl: Crouching Unique Attack
・Button Settings
→Simple Dash can be set to “Normal” or “Off”.
→Simple Z Change can be set to “Normal”, “Down Input”, and “Off”.

For a closer look at the character-specific changes, visit Bandai Namco EU’s official website for the full patch notes. The company has since also acknowledged certain issues as a result of the changes (such as damage scaling), which are set to be addressed in the near future:

– Damage Scaling is not applied to certain moves
– Damage Scaling is not applied when the Vanish Move is activated at certain timings
– When the player’s Main Character is attacked, Ginyu’s Z Assist does not end

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 (already available), the recent theatrical versions of Broli and Gogeta, and the Dragon Ball GT version of Son Goku. One additional character has yet to be formally unveiled for this additional pass. The second pass is available for $24.99; characters are also available individually at $5 each as they were with the first pass.

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.

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29 March 2019, 9:55 AM EDTComments Off

A demo version of the forthcoming Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission video game is now available on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop:

The demo version contains introductory story mode scenarios, a selection of pre-set missions, and a glimpse at the card creation mode. The demo version is exclusive to the Japanese eShop, and while it offers no additional language options, is fully playable on alternate regional accounts provided a Japanese account is created to initially download the demo.

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. Due out 04 April 2019 in Japan and 05 April 2019 internationally, World Mission will see a release on the Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam) covering the eight base “Super Dragon Ball Heroes” missions and first two “Universe Mission” series updates. The game is set to feature 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 revealed 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 most recent 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. 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 up to this point.

The North American Nintendo Switch edition of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission is available for pre-order on Amazon; digital pre-orders have yet to go live outside of Japan.

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26 March 2019, 1:36 PM EDTComments Off

Bandai Namco has released additional screenshots showcasing the forthcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ playable character, Son Goku (GT):

Last week’s May 2019 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine teased another ultimate attack available to the Dragon Ball GT version of Goku, noting that more information will be revealed in the next issue. No release date for the character has been stated.

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 (already available), the recent theatrical versions of Broli and Gogeta coming at a later point in time, and now the Dragon Ball GT version of Son Goku. One additional character has yet to be formally unveiled for this additional pass. The second pass is available for $24.99; characters are also available individually at $5 each as they were with the first pass.

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.

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26 March 2019, 1:19 PM EDTComments Off

Following up on the vague “mid-April” announcement earlier this month, last week’s May 2019 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine announced a concrete 18 April 2019 streaming date for the forthcoming tenth episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime, continuing further into the brand-new “Universal Conflict” arc. In the upcoming episode (“Counterattack! Fierce Attack! Goku and Vegeta!”), Universe 11’s Jiren is set to clash with the new character “Hearts” (played by Takehito Koyasu):

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’ ninth episode went live earlier this month.

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 and PC on 04 April 2019 and internationally 05 April 2019.

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22 March 2019, 11:47 AM EDTComments Off

Shueisha has listed an “anime comic” version of last year’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film for release in Japan.

The book hits shelves 02 May 2019 for ¥1,400 + tax. Cover art and page count information are not provided in the current listing. Two novelizations were released in Japan back in December alongside the film’s theatrical debut. The film itself is due for home video release April 16 in America and June 5 in Japan.

The TV and Film Anime Comics series of books collect screen shots from their respective animation into traditional manga format with dialog bubbles and sound effects written out. The 2013 theatrical film, Battle of Gods, received a Film Anime Comic release in October that year (following its March theatrical debut); a lower-priced “Shueisha Jump Remix” version was released the following year. The 2015 theatrical film, Resurrection ‘F’, received a Film Anime Comic release in December that year (following its April theatrical debut); a lower-price “Shueisha Jump Remix” version was released just this last December.

The Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime comic is available for pre-order on Amazon Japan.

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20 March 2019, 3:16 PM EDT1 Comment

The ongoing Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission manga series by Yoshitaka Nagayama — currently serialized in Shueisha’s bimonthly Saikyō Jump magazine — is slated to begin receiving a collected print edition, with the first volume set for release 02 May 2019.

The Universe Mission series began serialization back in the May 2018 issue of Saikyo Jump, replacing Nagayama’s previous Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission! series (which ran for ten chapters in the same magazine). Nagayama announced on Twitter yesterday that Dark Demon Realm Mission! will return to Saikyō Jump starting with next month’s May 2019 issue, and will run alongside Universe Mission (which will see its seventh chapter published that issue).

The first collected volume of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission will run ¥400 + tax and is available for pre-order on Amazon Japan. Nagayama’s Dark Demon Realm Mission! series received two compiled print releases in April 2017 and May 2018, respectively.

The Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game’s ongoing updates are the underlying basis for Nagayama’s manga series as well as the current “Promotional Anime” series. The latest home conversion, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, is due out on the Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam) next month.