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Published by VegettoEX
21 January 2020, 8:24 AM ESTComments 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, Nail, Toninjinka, Zarbon, Pui-Pui, Slug, Vermoud, Tapikar, and Thouser. For his January 2020 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Bonyu:

Bonyu.

She’s a character who appears in the game “Kakarot”, which is out now.

It seems she can use a Crusher Ball just like Jheece, who belongs to the same race!

Bonyu is a new character designed by Akira Toriyama for the video game Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, which launched worldwide this past week. The character, who is said to have once been a part of the Ginyu Special-Squad, appears as part of a specific sub-quest a bit into the game.

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

Published by VegettoEX
20 January 2020, 12:48 PM ESTComments Off

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Shueisha and Viz have added the official English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s fifty-sixth 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 March 2020 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’ fifty-sixth chapter coming today in the magazine’s March 2020 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, entering 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 eighth collected volume is due from Viz this March.

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 having wrapped its broadcast on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its tenth and final box set this month.

Published by Hujio
30 December 2019, 2:35 PM EST2 Comments

One staple of Kanzenshuu has always been our authoritatively detailed guides, many of which cover the various animation aspects of the Dragon Ball franchise. When we were first piecing together the “Episode Guide” nearly 15 years ago, the inclusion of complete episode credit listings was a priority, and as time went on we began compiling them in our “Production Guide”. This system worked for quite some time; however, the advent of the Dragon Ball Super TV series quickly made it apparent that this system was not only hard to maintain and organize, but difficult to navigate and search for specific information.

So in 2016 we went back to the drawing board and began working on a new guide, with the main emphasis on functionality. We wanted to create a guide that would be easy to navigate, search, and update, as well as provide easily shareable links to specific animators or pages. In fact, some of the functionality developed for this guide has already been incorporated into other areas of the site, namely the “Translations” archive. At the same time we also wanted to combine most of the site’s animation production related guides, sections, and pages under one roof. Thus, the “Animation Styles Guide” and “Production Guide” have both been removed from the site and incorporated into the new guide. And so, without further ado, I am super excited to unveil my labor of love, the “Animation Production Guide“!

The guide is divided up between general production information and our new Animation Staff Database, which serves as the backbone to the entire guide. This database provides listings of individual episode credits and the main animation staff involved with the Dragon Ball franchise, including a searchable list of all individual staff members stored in the database. In addition, the new Animation Supervisor Catalog provides a more detailed listing and discussion of the various animation studios and supervisors involved with the franchise.

While the guide as it sits now is up-to-date with the most current information, we do want to stress that this is a living guide that will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. It is also a massive guide that is far from being complete with everything we want to include, so bear with us as we continue to add more material. In the meantime, the guide has been added to the main navigation and is live for your viewing pleasure! Also, huge thanks to Ajay for his recommendations, review, and insights!

Published by VegettoEX
20 December 2019, 10:05 AM ESTComments Off

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Shueisha and Viz have added the official English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s fifty-fifth 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 February 2020 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’ fifty-fifth chapter coming today in the magazine’s February 2020 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, entering 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 seventh 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 having just wrapped its broadcast on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its tenth and final box set in January 2020.

Published by VegettoEX
20 December 2019, 6:49 AM EST1 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, Toninjinka, Zarbon, Pui-Pui, Slug, Vermoud, and Tapikar. For his December 2019 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Thouser:

Thouser.

He’s the leader of the Coola Armored Squadron.

Apparently he’s from the same solar system as Jheese from the Ginyu Special Force!

I hear that Bonyu, who appears in the game Kakarot coming out this January, is also from Jheese’s system, which gets you wondering what kind of relationship the three of them might have had!

Thouser originally appeared as one of Coola’s henchmen in the fifth theatrical Dragon Ball Z film from 1991, performed by Shō Hayami (also having played Zarbon in the television series). With the shift to Hiroaki Miura for Zarbon since Dragon Ball Kai, Thouser remains Hayami’s sole (very occasional) Dragon Ball voice role. Thouser has appeared as a playable character in various video games over the years, including Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! NEO and Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.

The tidbit of Thouser hailing from the same solar system as Jheese comes from the special “Attention!! A Super Announcement of 3 Great Jump Anime!!” column in the 1991 No. 25 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, released that May, promoting upcoming films. The fifth Dragon Ball Z theatrical film screened alongside two other movies from the Magical Taluluto and Dragon Quest series that July.

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

Published by VegettoEX
02 December 2019, 10:57 AM ESTComments Off

Ahead of the character’s release this week (05 December 2019), a short promotional video for Broli (DBS) has been released showcasing some of his special moves. The character will be available individually for ¥500/$5, or as part of the game’s optional $24.99 “FighterZ Pass 2” covering six total characters.

The video concludes with a glimpse at the in-game alternate colors, player lobby character, and Z-Stamp that will accompany him for those that pay for access to the character.

Broli originally debuted in 1993’s eighth theatrical Dragon Ball Z film, and subsequently appeared in two more contemporary films of the day. The character was recently “rebooted” alongside other characters in the 2018 theatrical film Dragon Ball Super: Broly; this “Dragon Ball Super” (“DBS”) version serves as the basis for FighterZ‘s inclusion, alongside an additional DLC version based on his original 1990s appearances.

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. The release of “Broly (DBS)” wraps up all currently-announced content for the game.

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 also shipped on the Nintendo Switch back in September 2018.

Published by VegettoEX
01 December 2019, 2:03 PM ESTComments Off

Shueisha has revealed the cover art for the upcoming debut three volumes of the Dragon Ball GT anime comic:

Presented in full color (as opposed to the limited-color version from serialization), the three volumes are all due out this Wednesday (04 December 2019) for ¥1,000 each (plus tax), and will cover the entirety of the series’ Evil Dragons arc.

The long-running and oft-forgotten 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.

Until now, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic has thus far been exclusive to its Saikyō Jump serialization. Having wrapped back around again to the beginning of the series earlier this year, the series will hit its 41st chapter (third in its beginning-loop-back) with the January 2020 issue this month.

Published by VegettoEX
22 November 2019, 6:36 AM ESTComments 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, Nail, Toninjinka, Zarbon, Pui-Pui, Slug, and Vermoud. For his November 2019 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Tapikar (with a special guest reappearance by Tapion):

Tapikar.

One of the contestants in the Afterlife Tournament. He’s a character who doesn’t really get much of a chance to shine, but I got the feeling that this was his last chance to bask in the spotlight (because of his name…).

Tapikar, a fighter from the Western Galaxy, appears exclusively in the Dragon Ball Z television series’ Afterlife Tournament filler arc. Both Tapikar, as well as Tapion in the background (a former inclusion in Toyotarō’s series here) have names sourced from the word “tapioca”; Japan happens to be in the midst of a bubble/pearl tea fad at the moment.

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

Published by VegettoEX
20 November 2019, 10:32 AM EST1 Comment

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Shueisha and Viz have added the official English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s fifty-fourth 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 January 2020 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’ fifty-fourth chapter coming next week in the magazine’s January 2020 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, entering 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 seventh 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 having just wrapped its broadcast on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its tenth and final box set in January 2020.

Published by VegettoEX
13 November 2019, 7:16 PM ESTComments Off

Bandai Namco Holdings has posted a ¥34.607 billion (approximately $318 million) profit for the first half of fiscal year 2020, compared to a ¥34.188 billion profit the same half last year.

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Dragon Ball once again handily came in as the company’s best-performing franchise for the half-year, pulling in ¥61.3 billion (a jump over last year’s ¥58.6 billion in the same time period); Dragon Ball beat out the number-two franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam, by about ¥23 billion. The company is holding on its projection of ¥115 billion for full fiscal year 2020, which would be slightly down from last year’s ¥129 billion.

In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise also jumped from ¥9.9 billion for the first half of 2019 to ¥11.6 billion this year’s first-half, with a similarly-held-projection for the full year at ¥20 billion.