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Published by VegettoEX
10 January 2019, 12:35 PM EDTComments Off

Following the completion of the “Prison Planet arc” in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime last month, the series moves into a new “Universal Conflict arc” with today’s seventh episode, posted for free (albeit region-locked) via Bandai Namco on YouTube and the game’s official website.

Alongside the return of Zamasu (from the Dragon Ball Super series’ “Future Trunks arc“), the episode features the new characters:

  • Oren (オレン Oren) played by Yūta Kasuya
  • Kamin (カミン Kamin) played by Minami Tsuda
  • Hearts (ハーツ Hātsu) played by Takehito Koyasu

The series’ eighth episode is scheduled for February 2019:

Episode 8: The Ultimate, Worst Warriors Invade! Universe 6 Demolished
Oren and Kamin’s fierce combination attack forces Trunks and company into an uphill battle. In the midst of the fight, Hearts, a fighter from the Core Area, appears and reveals his shocking plan.

The self-described “promotional anime” began in July 2018. 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 in Japan on 04 April 2019 with hints of a larger release.

Published by VegettoEX
09 January 2019, 12:33 PM EDTComments Off

Our latest translation from the Dragon Ball Super: Broly promotional “newspaper” is a series of comments from some of the film’s various staff and cast members, including director Tatsuya Nagamine, animation supervisor Naohiro Shintani, new Bulma voice actress Aya Hisakawa, and more.

This item has been added to our “Translations” archive.

The Sports Nippon Dragon Ball Super: Broly Times is still available for purchase (as an add-on item) for ¥500 on Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
08 January 2019, 12:22 PM EDTComments Off

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0464! Mike, Julian, and Heath discuss some of the top Dragon Ball stories of 2018 before taking a look at last year’s predictions. With Dragon Ball Super known to be coming to a close and a new movie on the horizon, how well did we plot out 2018? Stick around for new 2019 predictions from the staff and listeners!

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 01:47 – Top stories of and reflections on the year 2018
  • 26:06 – 2018 predictions check-in
  • 45:06 – 2019 staff predictions
  • 68:58 – 2019 listener predictions
  • 76:36 – Wrap-up

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 SoundCloud or YouTube. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Published by VegettoEX
07 January 2019, 8:23 PM EDTComments Off

Each month, Toyotarō provides a sketch — as well as a brief comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website for a character that has not appeared in Dragon Ball Super. Thus far, Toyotarō has provided sketches of #8, Lunch, Chapa with Oob, Tambourine, Man-Wolf, Tapion, Janenba, Broli, Ozotto, Ginyu, Bardock, and Paragus. For his belated December 2018 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of King Cold the Great, Freeza’s father:

It’s Freeza’s father, King Cold the Great. He appears in the Broly movie, too! I’d like to see the forces he led in his era, as well.

Originally debuting in chapter 329, King Cold makes an appearance in flashback material at the beginning of the franchise’s latest film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

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

Published by VegettoEX
07 January 2019, 10:06 AM EDT1 Comment

Our latest translation from the Dragon Ball Super: Broly promotional “newspaper” is an interview with actress Rio Uchida (born 1991, attracting attention in 2014 while playing the heroine in Kamen Rider Drive).

“I wasn’t aware of things like the story of when Goku was little, so I was able to watch it this time, like, ‘So he had that kind of past.’ Also, even with obvious information input like, ‘The planet they used to live on is gone,’ and ‘All the Saiyans are gone,’ I was able to learn that there was this drama behind it, and I really sympathized with each of the characters.”

In particular, she says she felt shock at Broli’s destructive power. “The battle scenes don’t follow any fighting style in existing martial arts, so I think the people watching will be a bit surprised. Broli this time is just too wild. I was made to feel like ‘There’s absolutely nothing I can do,’ as though I’d just run across a bear in the street,” she relates, using a unique simile.

This interview has been added to our “Translations” archive.

The Sports Nippon Dragon Ball Super: Broly Times is still available for purchase (as an add-on item) for ¥500 on Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
03 January 2019, 3:36 PM EDTComments Off

Following a similar release in 2015 for the theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, the new film Dragon Ball Super: Broly received a promotional “newspaper” with various interviews, character biographies, merchandise highlights, etc. Various items from this release will be translated in the coming days, but first up is an interview with Dragon Ball Super manga author/artist Toyotarō.

When we opened the door of his workspace, the expected scenery lay before us: sun-faded posters on the walls, a plushy of the Omni-King by the window, figures of Goku and Vegeta on a bookshelf lined with Toriyama works. Everywhere we turned, the merchandise on display told of Toyotarō’s love for Dragon Ball.

“I really am an ordinary fan. I never thought that one of those fans would one day be able to draw Toriyama-sensei‘s works…. It’s crazy. I don’t have any confidence about making my art look like Sensei‘s; I struggle to work out the story; I’m still a work-in-progress. I try as much as possible not to view things objectively, because otherwise the pressure will get to me. (laughs)

This interview has been added to our “Translations” archive.

The Sports Nippon Dragon Ball Super: Broly Times is still available for purchase (as an add-on item) for ¥500 on Amazon Japan.

Published by VegettoEX
01 January 2019, 9:48 PM EDTComments Off

Between the completion of a brand new television series, the debut of a new theatrical film, various video game lore and gameplay expansions, and everything in between, somehow 2018 managed to host just as many (if not more) twists and turns than any previous year. Here are Kanzenshuu‘s top five stories of 2018!


#5: November 8th – Voice Actor Tetsuo Gotō Passes Away at Age 68

Dragon Ball fans had only just gotten to know Tetsuo Gotō through his role as Universe 10’s Kaiōshin Gowasu before we were devastated by his loss just a few short months ago. Beyond a rich voice-over history in various other franchises, Gotō left behind an incredibly memorable and empathetic performance in our series, and he will be missed as the universe continues to expand.

#4: February 21st – “Dragon Ball Super” Manga Vol. 5 Cover Art & Additional Covers

Toyotarō’s manga version of the Dragon Ball Super series transitioned from a breezy supplemental piece of curiosity in 2015, to a further identity-confused adaptation/original story in 2016, to a head-scratcher of definitely an original story marching to the beat of its own drum in 2017, to undeniably a stand-alone entity looking to forge its own future in 2018. With that in mind, it was no surprise to see the collected editions — with the occasional touch-ups and chapter expansions — receiving closer inspection with each subsequent release. Volume five’s bonus artwork was ultimately nothing too special, but fans were on watch.

#3: March 12th – Official Website for 2018 Dragon Ball Film Reveals Key Staff, Visual, Release Date, & Akira Toriyama Comment

The new film makes its first and only appearance here in the number three slot! While all of the film’s news has received an enormous amount of attention, the announcement of Naohiro Shintani taking on animation supervision duties — previously held by franchise stalwart Tadayoshi Yamamuro — sent fandom discussions into overdrive whether the participants even knew the names in the first place. It was clear that the film and its producers were going for a completely new visual flair, and even before we knew Broli was coming back, the initial production announcements alone were enough to set more than a few hearts aflutter.

#2: January 18th – “Dragon Ball Super” Timeslot Shifts to New “GeGeGe no Kitarō” Anime Project in April 2018

Following retailer listings adjusting their Dragon Ball Super box 11 episode count from 133 to 131, the announcement that GeGeGe no Kitarō would be taking the Dragon Ball Super timeslot — its own timeslot a decade prior! — effectively confirmed the end of the series. Considering the enormous amount of revenue the Dragon Ball franchise was generating, it seemed like a bizarre move. Once the announcement was made, however, a flood of additional comments and news stories made their way to print and online spelling out what was all but confirmed at that point: Dragon Ball Super was indeed coming to an end.

#1: February 10th – “Dragon Ball Super Original Soundtrack Vol. 2” Announced For Release in February 2018

Some of last year’s top stories also being music related seemingly confused many readers; while Kanzenshuu certainly has a rich history covering and documenting the franchise’s music, you still might not necessarily think that a soundtrack listing could be the number one story of the year. We have a few thoughts on why this might be, however.

Particularly coming off the number two story, any additional pieces of Dragon Ball Super news were primed to explode. For starters, the series’ first soundtrack was announced a few months ahead of its actual release, whereas this second soundtrack was announced just a short couple weeks ahead of time. News of another show taking its timeslot, a comprehensive soundtrack, and the formal reveal of the show’s conclusion was enough to set discussions ablaze.

Independent of all this, many people considered the Tournament of Power’s musical score a major step up in Norihito Sumitomo’s compositions and style (even if some of it was technically a reprise of Dragon Ball Kai music!). There was an enormous amount of excitement for it to see a proper release, easily securing it a spot on Kanzenshuu‘s top news of the year.


In terms of popular website content this year, the evergreen “Animation Styles Guide” continued to bring in the readers, no doubt courtesy of our contributors and friends of the site continuing to focus more and more on the franchise’s animators. We are excited for what 2019 may bring to our expanded documentation in this area!

Naturally, our “Translations” archive received an enormous amount of traffic. A wealth of new entries were added in 2018, along with a wonderful overhaul of the page providing visitors with more search and filtering options.

As for the podcast, our three-hour review of the Universe Survival arc (Episode #0439) was far and away the most listened-to episode across all channels. Other popular episodes included our discussion on the apparent end of Dragon Ball Super as the news was just coming to light (Episode #0432) and our various continuing entries in the Dragon Ball GTReview of Awesomeness“… which we swear is coming back with a vengeance in 2019!

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2019 will no doubt be another exciting and challenging year for Kanzenshuu and Dragon Ball fans. As always, we intend to double-down on everything that we do and do well, and we are excited to have you along for — when you trace it all back — this website’s 21st year! Very few people have an opportunity to say that, and we do not take that for granted one bit.

Stay tuned for our annual podcast where we discuss these top stories, our own picks for the most significant stories of the year, and our prediction check-ins! Here’s to a great 2019 ahead of us!

Published by VegettoEX
28 December 2018, 1:48 PM EDTComments Off

Following up on previous “Dragon Ball Movie Frontline” interviews, the Dragon Ball Official Site shared a new interview with Dragon Ball Super: Broly composer Norihito Sumitomo back in October.

In the interview, Sumitomo discusses his initial work with the Dragon Ball franchise, separating that from what came before, and working through the score to the new film (selections below; read the full interview translation):

Dragon Ball Z‘s composer Shunsuke Kikuchi expertly utilized brass instruments, creating a unique world that could be classified as neither classical nor pop. My mental image of Dragon Ball‘s music was equivalent to what Kikuchi had created in the past, so first I needed to cast that image aside.

Once other aspects of the movie are completed, I start composing from track M1 and go in order straight through to the end. In this movie, Broli appears almost right from the outset, and he changes quite a bit as the story progresses. Those changes are reflected in the music. If you think of there being a single motif that evolves throughout the score, then it wouldn’t turn out right if you started the composing process from the climax scene. If the pieces are evolving throughout, then they have to be composed chronologically with the progression of the story in mind, or else they could wind up feeling discordant.

It’s not even an exaggeration to say that the second half of the movie is entirely battle music, so I had another challenge in figuring out how to differentiate the tracks. If they’re too similar viewers will get tired of them, but on the other hand if they’re all different the score would lack a sense of cohesion. Moreover, if there had to be increasingly fierce battle music from the middle of the movie onward, then the second half would feel like it’s going nonstop full throttle (laughs).

This interview has been archived in our “Translations” section. This particular entry comes courtesy of our new translation contributor, so be sure to give Stacey your thanks!

Published by VegettoEX
24 December 2018, 9:09 PM EDTComments Off

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0463! Mike and Julian dive into the history of the Galactic Patrol! With “Shiirasu” appearing as a new antagonist in “Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission” for the Nintendo Switch alongside the new “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc” beginning in the “Dragon Ball Super” manga, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss where we are today in context with how it all got started with “Sachie-chan” and “Jiya” from Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura.

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 04:15 – “Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission” Sōya Mikumo Interview
  • 14:41 – “Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission” V-Jump/Trailer/Website News
  • 23:07 – “Dragon Ball Super: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Arc”
  • 28:55 – Galactic Patrol primer
  • 64:11 – Wrap-up

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24 December 2018, 6:40 PM EDTComments Off

In conjunction with Jump Festa this weekend and the February 2019 issue of V-Jump released earlier this week, Bandai Namco has revealed the new antagonist “Shiirasu” coming to Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission on the Nintendo Switch, due for release in Japan 04 April 2019:

As previously revealed, the new “Great Saiyaman 3” character appears to help Beat, the game’s protagonist. Meanwhile, Shiirasu appears at the Time Nest, clearly familiar with the Kaiōshin of Time, speaking of “justice” and sporting the Galactic Patrol insignia.

Shiirasu was designed by Toyotarō (Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, Dragon Ball Super manga), who provided a comment on the character and design in V-Jump:

At any rate, I paid attention to making him look strong and even more handsome. I was especially particular about the design around his waist, thinking it should bring out a sense of him being well-versed in martial arts. Incidentally, I drew several concepts for him, and these rejected concepts I’m using as minor roles in my own comic. (laughs)

Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, is a forthcoming Dragon Ball franchise video game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, currently only announced for release in Japan. The game, a home version of the ongoing Super Dragon Ball Heroes card-based arcade game in Japan, 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 earlier this year, no Dragon Ball Heroes content has ever received an international/localized release outside of Japan. World Mission was, however, recently rated by the Australian government’s Department of Communications and the Arts. Online import gaming retailer Play-Asia recently tweeted that the mainland Asia release of the game will feature English subtitles.