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01 August 2019, 3:12 PM EDTComments Off

The tenth collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga — originally and currently serialized on a monthly basis in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine — officially hit Japanese shelves today (02 August 2019) for ¥440 + tax. Spanning 192 pages, the volume covers chapters 45-48, and also contains a two-page bonus comic (originally hinted at by Toyotarō in his July 2019 artwork entry on the series’ official website). The volume takes its title of “Moro’s Wish” (モロの願い Moro no Negai) directly from chapter 48.

The inside title page showcases Son Goku and Vegeta, while the table of contents features angels Conic, Kucatail, and Vados.

To fill out the necessary page count, Toyotarō supplies new drawings between chapters:

The volume wraps-up with a two-page “Special Edition” (特別編 Tokubetsuhen) chapter featuring Cranberi, retroactively confirming him as one of Freeza’s subordinates on Planet Namek, killed by Zarbon’s kick during the attack on Muri’s village, and brought back to life with the Dragon Balls.

The print edition of the tenth volume is available for purchase via CDJapan and Amazon Japan. A digital release was made available the same day as the print release.

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’ fiftieth chapter coming last month in the magazine’s September 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 last month.

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29 July 2019, 3:14 PM EDT1 Comment

Following a mention of a “skin” in a May 2019 “This Week on Xbox” segment by Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the official Nintendo UK website has posted and since removed a formal entry for Janenba as forthcoming paid downloadable content in Dragon Ball FighterZ:

  • Janemba as a new playable character
  • 5 alternative colors for his outfit
  • Janemba Lobby Avatar
  • Janemba Z Stamp

While the entry has since been taken down, screenshots of the listing are available on MeriStation and JeuxVideo.

Janenba debuted in 1995’s twelfth theatrical Dragon Ball Z film, and has appeared in various video games since then. Janenba’s inclusion would round out the six announced slots for “FighterZ Pass 2”, with Jiren, Videl, and the 2018 theatrical versions of Broli and Gogeta announced from the start, with the Dragon Ball GT version of Goku also later announced.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. 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.

A first “FighterZ Pass” with eight additional playable characters is available for $29.99, with the aforementioned “FighterZ Pass 2” available for $24.99. Said additional paid characters are also all available piecemeal at $4.99 each.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. 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. The game shipped on the Nintendo Switch back in September 2018.

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29 July 2019, 1:43 PM EDTComments Off

Following this weekend’s fourteenth episode premiere, the official Super Dragon Ball Heroes website announced a September 2019 timeframe for the forthcoming fifteenth episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime, continuing further into the brand-new “Universal Conflict” arc. In the upcoming episode (“Send Kamioren Flying! Overwhelming! Ultra Instinct!”), Goku utilizes Ultra Instinct and overwhelms Kamioren’s ultimate form in battle, but just when the fight is about to be over, Hearts appears to have a secret plan…

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.

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21 July 2019, 4:57 PM EDT1 Comment

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, Nail, and Toninjinka. For his July 2019 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Zarbon:

It’s Zarbon.

As I’m sure you’re well aware, he’s Freeza’s right-hand man.

The concept for these sketches is “characters who don’t appear in Super“, but (to make a shameless plug…) he’ll actually appear very briefly in the bonus comic from Volume 10. But at present, he hasn’t appeared yet, so this is his last chance—!

The forthcoming tenth collected volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga is due out in Japan 02 August 2019. Zarbon, along with several other Freeza-related characters, made cameo appearances in the 2018 theatrical film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which was not adapted in the manga.

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

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19 July 2019, 11:03 AM EDTComments Off

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Shueisha and Viz have added the official English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s fiftieth 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 September 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’ fiftieth chapter coming today in the magazine’s September 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 month.

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19 July 2019, 9:56 AM EDTComments Off

Dragon Ball FighterZ has received 1,191 entrants for the 2019 Evolution Championship Series (“Evo”) to be held in Las Vegas this coming August, coming in as the sixth-most-entered game.

This is down from last year’s 2,575 entrants, which at the time secured the top spot as the most-entered game in 2018. The game went on to rake in the highest viewer count for an Evo main event on Twitch with incredible moments leading up to the grand finals.

Various factors have been proposed by fans and spectators alike, including the inexplicable pulling of FighterZ from various tournaments at some official rights-holders demands (all the meanwhile having a manga series specifically about FighterZ being an esport running in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump bimonthly magazine), the smaller number and slower pace of the second season downloadable characters compared to last year’s first season, and the amount of patches and adjustments released for the game since last year.

Also contributing are likely the discontinuation of Super Smash Bros. Melee at the main stage tournament factoring in alongside the already-large numbers of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate registrations, as well as strong showings and support for both Under Night In-Birth and the new Samurai Showdown.

Evo 2019 takes place 02 August to 04 August 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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15 July 2019, 3:26 PM EDTComments Off

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

Our podcast is available via iTunes and/or Google Play Music, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on Spotify, SoundCloud, or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

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11 July 2019, 1:18 PM EDTComments Off

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 EDTComments Off

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.

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21 June 2019, 9:07 AM EDTComments Off

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.