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Published by VegettoEX
15 March 2019, 4:03 PM EDTComments Off

Bandai Namco has released the company’s planned update schedule for Jump Force, the 50th anniversary crossover fighting game recently released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The updates are set to include both free (avatar clothing, raid bosses, stages, etc.) and paid (playable characters, techniques, etc.) updates:

Jump Force, a crossover fighting game in celebration of Jump‘s 50th anniversary, contains four brand new characters designed by original Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama. The game released worldwide on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam) with a Japanese launch 14 February 2019 followed by an international release the following day on 15 February 2019. Jump Force currently features Son Goku, Vegeta, Trunks, Piccolo, Freeza, and Cell as playable characters. We recently discussed Jump Force on episode #0467 of our podcast.

Spike Chunsoft previously developed J-Stars Victory Vs., a crossover fighting game celebrating Jump‘s 45th anniversary; the game was originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, with a PlayStation 4 port eventually coming alongside an international localization. Prior to this, the company developed the Sparking! (released internationally as “Budokai Tenkaichi”) and Raging Blast series of Dragon Ball fighting games.

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15 March 2019, 3:45 PM EDTComments Off

Bandai Namco has announced that the Sony PlayStation 4 edition of 2016’s Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 will migrate to a new server 20 March 2019. Players may choose to migrate to this new server upon its launch for continued access to online events at the expense of certain historical account details. Players may also choose not to migrate, and will retain access to services such as online matchmaking, but will no longer have access to continued online events.

This is a call for all Time Patrollers in activity in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: Conton City is going to switch to a new dimension…err server on 20th March.

All you need to know about this migration is available below.

Why moving to a new server?
The Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 PS4 server is managing thousands of data from Times Patrollers’ missions and fights across time and space. Today we need to move it to migrate to a new server to get more space and to keep up its performances.

What should I do to move the new server?
You will just have to select ‘New Conton City’ when logging into the Online Servers after 20th March.

To prepare the migration and minimize the impact of the data loss, we suggest you to keep a copy of your Favorite List of players to be able to get in touch with them again on the new server. We also suggest you pay a visit to Time Service to collect all the presents that you may have not collected yet.

What will happen with the current server? Will it be closed?
The current server will remain available, however keep in mind that no more updates or online events will be deployed on this server.

From 20th March, you will be given the choice to select ‘Original Conton City’ or ‘New Conton City’. You can choose to move from ‘Original Conton City’ to ‘New Conton City’ anytime.

Crystal Raid, Online Matching, Parallel Quests, and Expert Missions will remain available in ‘Original Conton City’.

As of today, there is no date announced for the termination of the ‘Original’ Conton City.

What am I going to lose when I will switch to the new server?
The following information will be lost during the migration:

  • Unlimited Rank Match Point
  • Results of the Tenkaichi Tournament
  • Online Event Rankings
  • Present History
  • Presents remaining in the Time Service
  • Online Titles
  • Favorite List History
  • Players Met History

How are you going to compensate for the loss of data?
We will be giving out 500 TP Medals to users who log into the New Conton City between 20th March 07:00 CET and 20th April 23:59 CET.

We will also bring back events that will reward users with Online Titles, for a chance to collect back the ones they may have lost from the migration. This is also a chance for new players to participate to these events if they never had the chance. Online Events details will be communicated later on.

I play Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 offline, do I need to migrate to the new server?
No you don’t. When you’ll choose to play Offline after 20th March, you won’t be given the choice between ‘Original Conton City’ and ‘New Conton City’.

Developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Switch. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016. The Nintendo Switch port was released in Japan and internationally in September 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
13 March 2019, 10:10 AM EDT5 Comments

FUNimation’s “Frequently Asked Questions” section for their potential forthcoming 30th anniversary Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray set has increased the previously-listed 2,500 necessary fan reservations to 3,000:

WHY 3,000 UNITS?
This is the minimum build order for sets from our printers. This minimum makes sure that we can sell the product to you at an affordable price.

But wait…didn’t you say 2,500?
Sorry! We let Goku do the math and, well…mistakes were made.

The website continues to offer no additional, concrete details on this potential set (release timeframe, aspect ratio, packaging information, or bonus inclusions beyond the nebulous “new bonus content” and “full-sized hardback artbook” and “exclusive collectible figure”). Email addresses are being collected, though no pre-order information is actually available.

An upcoming 30th anniversary set was initially revealed in the February 2019 issue of the License Global trade magazine, where senior manager of licensing and marketing at Toei Animation, Lisa Yamatoya, noted a forthcoming announcement in conjunction with FUNimation.

FUNimation’s last version of the Dragon Ball Z television series on Blu-ray saw its release across nine volumes in 2013-2014 in a cropped widescreen aspect ratio with heavy digital video noise reduction and color adjustments. This followed a cancelled 2011 release with an intent to remain faithful to the original presentation (including its original 4:3 aspect ratio). 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.

Published by VegettoEX
11 March 2019, 10:07 AM EDTComments Off

The official Super Dragon Ball Heroes website has updated with a tentative mid-April 2019 release date for the upcoming tenth episode of the promotional anime series (“Counterattack! Fierce Attack! Goku and Vegeta!”), continuing the brand-new “Universal Conflict” arc:

Goku, who has activated his Ultra Instinct (Omen), commences a fierce attack on the Core Area’s warriors. Vegeta, who was caught off-guard and absorbed by Oren, trembles with rage. Will they be able to mount a counterattack against the Core Area’s warriors, whose limits they still haven’t seen?!

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 last week.

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
11 March 2019, 9:53 AM EDTComments Off

The Japanese home video release of last year’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film on DVD and Blu-ray has been announced for 05 June 2019.

All editions will include a trailer collection in addition to the film itself, which will will be presented in 5.1 surround sound as well as with a descriptive audio track for the visually-impaired. Special “Limited Edition” versions will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray for ¥7,800 and ¥8,800, respectively, which are set to further include:

  • A bonus disc (DVD for both the Blu-ray and DVD releases) with video of the November 14 world premiere at the Budokan, the December 15 onstage greeting in commemoration of the film’s opening, and a collection of TV spots and promotional footage
  • Pack-in bonuses such as a “Saiyan button badge set”, a 32-postcard set, an “original card folder” and a “deluxe 60-page booklet”
  • The outer case is planned to have a new illustration by the film’s animation supervisor Naohiro Shintani, as well as special digipack packaging

Amazon Japan recently emailed those with pre-orders of the outlet’s own version of the limited edition, stating that due to an unexpectedly high number of orders, customers will be unable to cancel existing orders from 31 March 2019 onward.

The Japanese editions of the film are available for pre-order on Amazon Japan and CDJapan. FUNimation’s North American release of the film is set to hit DVD and Blu-ray 16 April 2019 ahead of the Japanese release.

Published by VegettoEX
10 March 2019, 12:19 PM EDTComments Off

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0468! Mike and Julian kick off a two-part retrospective looking at official fusion designs created by fans. We begin back in 1995 with Akira Toriyama’s own design of Piririn and the contest soliciting new designs. Tune in for the history behind these artists, and how some of these designs were re-used and re-interpreted many years later. Be sure to read along on the website for a closer look at each one!

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 02:30 – Toy Fair 2019 Recap
  • 09:59 – News Tidbits
  • 17:15 – Fusion Designs
  • 52:09 – Wrap-up

REFERENCED SITES:

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.

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10 March 2019, 11:17 AM EDTComments Off

The 2016 Nintendo 3DS video game Dragon Ball Fusions brought a wealth of whimsical new fusions to the world of Dragon Ball. From the EX Fusion “Karoli” (“Kakarrot” + “Broli”) as seen right on the game’s front cover, to original characters like the “Saibaiking” (a fusion of multiple Saibaimen together), Dragon Ball Fusions and its Metamo-Ring introduced us to new fan-favorites like Piririn, Gohanks, and more!

…or did it? Join us for a trip through history in the first part of a two-part retrospective as we share the full story behind some of the official fusion designs created by fans (as well as some other notable characters), starting with a first-hand look at the 1995 No. 13 and 19 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump!

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03 March 2019, 7:55 AM EDTComments Off

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0467! Mike and Kirran check in on the trainwreck that is “Jump Force”, the latest crossover fighting game in support of Jump’s 50th anniversary. The big question: is it a hilarious trainwreck, or is it just awful? Tune in for all this and a tease of upcoming website content and the next podcast episode!

SEGMENTS:

  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 02:13 – Jump Force Chat
  • 47:06 – 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.

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02 March 2019, 12:21 PM EDTComments Off

Following up on plans previously detailed in the February 2019 issue of the License Global trade magazine, FUNimation (in conjunction with Toei Animation) has more formally unveiled plans for a potential 30th anniversary Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray set, which is stated to not be concretely planned for release and will require 2,500 fan reservations ahead of time to guarantee production:

SOMETHING LEGENDARY IS COMING…
It’s been 30 years of Dragon Ball Z and we want to celebrate in the most perfect way—with you! With your help, we’re going to make a collector’s edition worthy of a series this big, happen. Here’s a look at what you can expect from this epic collection:

  • The complete Dragon Ball Z series on Blu-ray with new bonus content
  • North America’s first ever full-sized hardback artbook—available only in this set!
  • An exclusive collectible figure—not available anywhere else!

And there’s so much more to come, but we can’t do it without your help.

HOW THIS WORKS
In the coming weeks, we’ll reveal full details of the set and open a reservation period for fans to reserve their copy of this must-have collector’s edition. And while we’d like to just wish it into creation with the Dragon Balls, we’re going to need at least 2,500 of you super fans to help make this happen!

We’ll have full details and artwork to reveal soon—and you won’t want to miss out! Be sure to keep up-to-date by signing up for emails.

F.A.Q.
WHY HOLD A RESERVATION CAMPAIGN?
Due to the high costs associated with the set, we need to guarantee a minimum number to print. We think a DBZ 30th anniversary set is an awesome idea, but we need to measure the interest!

WHY 2,500 UNITS?
This is the minimum build order for sets from our printers. This minimum makes sure that we can sell the product to you at an affordable price.

WHY ARE YOU HOSTING THIS HERE INSTEAD OF ON A PLATFORM LIKE KICKSTARTER?
The short answer? We aren’t looking to crowdfund this set. We feel that Kickstarter and similar crowdfunding platforms are typically asking fans to fund the creation of new content, not something like a collector’s edition which may be cool but isn’t quite the same as new content. We love and support (and back!) lots of projects for new anime, new dubs, or new forays into the North American market, though!

IF THE SET DOESN’T HIT 2,500 UNITS, WILL IT REALLY NEVER BE CREATED?
We’re holding ourselves to the commitment that your pledge actually means something and is more than a gesture, so if we don’t hit the minimum, we will not create the set.

FUNimation and Toei’s original teaser tweets specifically featured the four- and three-star Dragon Balls across each of the two unique postings, which are presented side-by-side in the announcement’s respective imagery. No specific technical details on the potential forthcoming set have been explicitly detailed by the companies.

This would be FUNimation’s third run of the Dragon Ball Z television series on Blu-ray: the cancelled “Level” sets originally released in 2011 (presented in the original 4:3 aspect ratio with a closer attention to detail in its remastering, suspended after two releases), and the completed “season” set release over the course of 2013-2014 (cropped to a widescreen aspect ratio with more automatic processes used in its remastering, completed in nine volumes). In 2013, FUNimation responded to a series of questions from the Kanzenshuu reader/listener/fan community regarding this change in production.

Viz released the first Daizenshuu (“Complete Illustrations”) in its original hardcover format back in 2008, and have announced a forthcoming release of the Choōgashū (“Super Art Collection”) for later this year.

Toei Animation recently completed a remastered Blu-ray release of the original 17 theatrical Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z films, which featured additional examples of self-censorship not present in the company’s own versions distributed to Japanese streaming services earlier last year.

Published by VegettoEX
21 February 2019, 1:36 PM EDTComments Off

Bandai Namco has released Japanese and English-language “Card Creation” trailers for the forthcoming Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission:

The trailers also provide a look at the international “Hero Edition” available for pre-order (thus far only indicated as a physical edition on the Nintendo Switch), which will come packed with “11 early character card unlocks” as in-game downloadable content, along with five cards for the Dragon Ball Super Card Game.

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.