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Published by 08 March 2022, 1:57 PM ESTComment

After having originally been announced for a Chicago debut in March 2020 and subsequently being cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” will now make its American debut on 21 May 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Tickets go on sale 11 March 2022 at AXS.com.

The event has previously run several times in various European locations since 2017 with a 60+ member orchestra performing tracks from Shunsuke Kikuchi’s original Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z musical score, along with vocal performances from Hiroki Takahashi.

Published by 08 March 2022, 5:00 AM ESTComment

Viz’s seventeenth collected volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga will be released 06 December 2022, covering chapters 73-76 (a la its Japanese counterpart):

The battle between Granolah, Goku, and Vegeta continues on planet Cereal. With Granolah being the greatest warrior in the entire universe thanks to the power of the Dragon Balls, the two Saiyans struggle to hold their ground against their vengeful foe. Despite this battle being fueled by the lies and manipulation of the Heeters, Granolah’s burning drive for revenge has him convinced that this is a fight worth dying for! And that’s exactly what the Heeters were hoping for. Sensing something is amiss, Vegeta slowly puts the pieces together on why Granolah hates the Saiyans so much. But will he be able to figure out the truth in time? And will Granolah even be willing to listen?!

The volume is available for pre-order at Amazon at its $9.99 MSRP.

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’ eighty-first chapter recently hitting in the magazine’s April 2022 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, moving into its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” and “Granolla the Survivor” arcs. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition back in 2017. The sixteenth volume is due out in August 2022 ahead of this newly-announced seventeenth volume in 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 wrapped its broadcast on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its tenth and final box set back in January 2020.

Published by 07 March 2022, 6:54 PM ESTComment

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Episode #0490! Mike, Randy, and Ken return to review the third paid downloadable content pack for “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” — “Trunks: The Warrior of Hope”! How does this effectively-self-contained story match up to the original base version of the game, and how does it also set itself apart? Join us for a spoiler-filled discussion of everything the DLC has to offer!

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Published by 07 March 2022, 6:19 PM ESTComment

We have been making short videos for places like Twitter, Instagram, and Tik Tok, and then eventually collecting them on a monthly basis for our YouTube channel.

(Most of these are going to end up with vertical video because that’s the intended format for these other social services, so… please understand. Trust us, it’s killing us on the inside, too.)

If you want to see more as they come out, be sure to follow along on all those other interwebs places, and enjoy this collection!

Topics for this batch include:

  • Magazine Cover Art: Akira Toriyama and V-Jump
  • A Quick Look at Toyotaro’s Professional Debut: “Victory Mission”
  • Nippon Golden Network Dragon Ball Z Broadcast
Published by 01 March 2022, 9:36 PM ESTComment

Following an initial teaser and a proper “first” trailer, a second trailer (literally named “Part 2”) for the forthcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero theatrical film has been released:

Text: (Original story, script, character designer) Akira Toriyama’s latest passion work

Text: Gets a globally anticipated film release

Vegeta: Don’t get carried away!

Text: Calling all superheroes!

Gohan: Who are you?

Gamma 1/2(?): We’re superheroes, carrying out orders for justice.

Gohan: Piccolo!

Gamma 1/2(?): I’m a little disappointed. I thought you’d be better than this.

Text: The ultimate Artificial Humans

Text: A secret conspiracy plot

Magenta: The resurrection of the Red Ribbon Army is at hand!

Pan: Daddy!

Gohan: Pan!

Text: A clash of superheroes

Dr. Hedo: It’s time for the hero to show up. Cool, right?

Gamma 1/2(?): Now I know which one the bad guy is!

Text: A never-before-seen evolution!

Piccolo: Gohan, show me your real power!

Text: A great awakening! And–

Gohan: I’m going to take you guys down!

Text: The birth of the ultimate evil

Hedo: Aw, crap!!

The film’s official website and media write-ups released alongside the trailer note that Piccolo’s “Potential Unlocked” (or “Dormant Power Unlocked”) form makes its debut appearance here. Said phrasing — 潜在能力解放 in Japanese — roughly matches prior usages of “Potential Unlocked” in the franchise, such as in various video games and in the original story itself referring to “unlocks” granted by other characters; Daizenshuu 7’s “Special Attack Dictionary” calls the Elder Namekian and Elder Kaiōshin’s technique “Drawing Out Dormant Power” (潜在能力を引き出す), while games in the Dragon Ball Z / Budokai series refer to its in-game transformation/ability usage (in the cases of characters such as young Gohan and Kuririn) as “Dormant Power Unlock” (潜在能力開放).

Other characters directly shown in the trailer include Beerus and Broli (the latter of which was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it inclusion in the previous trailer).

The story, script, and character designs for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. Shueisha’s executive producer Akio Iyoku has noted that the movie’s story will take place after the events in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, but before the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai, and feature the revival of the notorious Red Ribbon Army. The film’s director will be Tetsuro Kodama, who was most recently the CG Sequence Director for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, with Hoon Jung-jae taking over the CG Director role after being a CG effects artist in the preceding two films, Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’. The film’s theatrical score will be composed by Naoki Satō and it has been noted that the Japanese cast recorded their lines in early October 2021. The movie is currently slated for release in Japan on 22 April 2022 and in North America in the summer of 2022, although no definitive release date has been set at this time.

Published by 25 February 2022, 1:32 PM ESTComment

Toei announced yesterday that a special advance ticket, labeled the “Super Movie Ticket” (超ムビチケ), will go on sale with normal advance ticket cards 04 March 2022 and be available for purchase up until the day prior to the movie’s premiere, 21 April 2022. This ticket will faithfully reproduce a normal movie ticket card, but on a super-sized scale, and printed on a large tarpaulin sheet with eyelets for hanging. While the normal ticket card size is 8.56 x 5.4 centimeters (3.4 x 2.1 inches), this “Super” ticket card will be 930 times larger by area at 2.4 x 1.8 meters (7.9 x 5.9 feet)! The ticket is available at the super-sized price of ¥13,710 (~$150; without tax), which covers the cost of a normal advance ticket, the tarp material, and printing. However, tickets are limited to two per order.

Those who place their orders by 13 March 2022 will receive their “Super” ticket in the mail around 14 April 2022, one week before the movie is released. A sticker with the purchase number will be placed on the back of tarps purchased during this time and can be used as a ticket for admittance to the movie. Tickets purchased past this cutoff will not include a sticker with ticket information, but this will instead be emailed for use at the theater. The “Super Movie Ticket” will be on display at theaters nationwide once the advance ticket purchasing window opens, so you can get a sense of its massive size in person.

The story, script, and character designs for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. Shueisha’s executive producer Akio Iyoku has noted that the movie’s story will take place after the events in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, but before the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai, and feature the revival of the notorious Red Ribbon Army. The film’s director will be Tetsuro Kodama, who was most recently the CG Sequence Director for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, with Hoon Jung-jae taking over the CG Director role after being a CG effects artist in the preceding two films, Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’. The film’s theatrical score will be composed by Naoki Satō and it has been noted that the Japanese cast recorded their lines in early October 2021. The movie is currently slated for release in Japan on 22 April 2022 and in North America in the summer of 2022, although no definitive release date has been set at this time.

Published by 24 February 2022, 10:53 PM ESTComment

In conjunction with the “Super Stage” panel hosted this last weekend at the second annual “Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour” event, Toei announced advance tickets for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie will go on sale 04 March 2022 in Japan. Ticket prices come in at ¥1,500 for general admission and ¥900 for children 3 years and up, but will only be available for purchase at select theaters. Those purchasing advance tickets will also receive one of two exclusive clear files as a special bonus, with one featuring the movie’s extended key visual and the other showcasing Piccolo, Gohan, and Gamma 1 & 2.

The first attendance present has also been announced, which will include one of two exclusive Super Dragon Ball Heroes cards. While the first card is still a secret, the second will feature Son Goku and provide use of the “Space-Time Transfer” super ability. This premium item will be limited to 1 million copies nationwide in Japan.

The story, script, and character designs for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero are being crafted by original manga author Akira Toriyama. Shueisha’s executive producer Akio Iyoku has noted that the movie’s story will take place after the events in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, but before the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai, and feature the revival of the notorious Red Ribbon Army. The film’s director will be Tetsuro Kodama, who was most recently the CG Sequence Director for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, with Hoon Jung-jae taking over the CG Director role after being a CG effects artist in the preceding two films, Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’. The film’s theatrical score will be composed by Naoki Satō and it has been noted that the Japanese cast recorded their lines in early October 2021. The movie is currently slated for release in Japan on 22 April 2022 and in North America in the summer of 2022, although no definitive release date has been set at this time.

Published by 24 February 2022, 1:12 PM ESTComment

Following prior reveals and announcements, Bandai Namco officially released No. 21 (Lab Coat) as a stand-alone paid (US $4.99) downloadable content character today (24 February 2022) for Dragon Ball FighterZ:

Artificial Human (“Android”) No. 21 is an original character created for Dragon Ball FighterZ — designed by Akira Toriyama himself in both her “lab coat” and “Majin” forms — central to the game’s single-player story mode. The character later made appearances in games such as Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. While the character appears in her “Lab Coat” design during the story mode of Dragon Ball FighterZ, only the transformed version of the character had previously been made playable in said game’s original release.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam). A first “FighterZ Pass” with eight additional playable characters is available for $29.99, a “FighterZ Pass 2” available for $24.99 adding another six, and “FighterZ Pass 3” with an additional five for $19.99. 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, across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 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 22 February 2022, 4:30 PM ESTComment

Each month, Toyotarō provides a drawing of a Dragon Ball character — as well as an accompanying comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website. Following up on the wealth of characters already drawn, for his February 2022 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a drawing of Artificial Human No. 15:

Artificial Human No. 15

In commemoration of the release of the new movie, starting this month, I’ll be drawing the artificial humans from the old movies!

No. 15 originates in the Dragon Ball Z series’ seventh theatrical film (“Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans”), originally debuting at the Toei Anime Fair in July 1992. While not contributing to the movie’s story development, original author Akira Toriyama provided original character designs for the three artificial humans (No. 13, 14, and 15), which were later printed in the “Gallery of Akira Toriyama” section of Daizenshuu 6. The section notes that at the time of Akira Toriyama’s designs the names of Nos. 14 and 15 were reversed; however, the two names were later swapped.

The “new movie” that Toyotarō refers to is the forthcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero theatrical film, slated to premiere 22 April 2022 in Japan featuring the Red Ribbon Army.

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

Published by 22 February 2022, 4:22 PM ESTComment

Each month, Toyotarō provides a drawing of a Dragon Ball character — as well as an accompanying comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website. Following up on the wealth of characters already drawn, for his January 2022 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a drawing of Colonel Yellow:

Colonel Yellow

Since 2022 is the year of the Tiger!

Speaking of Colonel Yellow, I ended up really liking the scene from one of the chapters in Dragon Ball SD volume 4 where it turns out that Goku, who had just come from Yahhoi, was wearing Colonel Yellow’s fur all along.

Dragon Ball SD is a manga series originally published in Saikyō Jump (now published digitally-only on YouTube) by Naho Ooishi adapting events from the original story in humorous new ways with “chibi” or “super deformed” (the titular “SD”) styled characters. Toyotarō references here events during the SD-original “solitary training arc” where Yellow donates his tiger skin to Goku, which in turn explains his outfit when he arrives at the 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai.

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