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23 January 2019, 10:51 AM EDT4 Comments

A spotlight on various Toei properties by appears to reveal and confirm additional episodes of the Dragon Ball Super television series from Toei Animation:

The company is also making more episodes of Dragon Ball Super, a Japanese fantasy martial arts action series in the Dragon Ball media franchise that follows Goku in the aftermath of Majin Buu’s defeat and as God of Destruction Beerus awakens.

The spotlight comes during this week’s National Association of Television Program Executives’ event in Miami. has previously reported on various international licensing agreements for the Dragon Ball franchise, such as extensive Latin American deals.

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 seventh box set this coming April.

Special thanks to @Mendinso on Twitter and everyone else who brought this to our attention.

UPDATE 1: Anime News Network received a curiously-phrased denial from Toei Animation regarding the statement of “more episodes”-

International media news website World Screen posted a spotlight on Toei Animation on Monday and said that the company is “making more episodes of Dragon Ball Super.” However, Toei Animation denied having “mentioned or announced” more episodes of Dragon Ball Super, and told ANN that the report “is not true at this moment.”

UPDATE 2: A “correction” posted to this evening states-

Correction: The previously written article contained inaccurate information regarding the production of new Dragon Ball Super episodes. Toei Animation does not plan on producing new television episodes at this time.

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22 January 2019, 9:27 AM EDT1 Comment

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, Paragus, and King Cold. For his January 2019 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Bardock’s crew of Toma, Totapo, Selypa, and Pumbukin from the original television special (with a special tie to this year’s Dragon Ball Super theatrical film):

LEKE: There’s been an order to return home, so Bardock and I are about to head back to Planet Vegeta. What about you guys?

TOMA: A return-home order? Wait just a minute! We haven’t heard anything of the sort.

DODORIA: Heh heh heh… That’s because you’re all about to die right here and now.

NARRATOR: After this, they lost contact with Toma & co… That is the event that caused Bardock’s suspicion of this return-home order to grow ever-stronger.

TOYOTARŌ: It’s Pumbukin, Selypa, Totapo, and Toma! It seems like these four were involved off in the background of the Broly movie… or at least that’s how I imagine it. (laughs)

Originally designed for and debuting in the franchise’s first major television special in 1990, Goku’s father Bardock has been repurposed many times in recent years, most recently for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly theatrical film, itself adapting the underlying source material from Akira Toriyama’s 2014 “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter from the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected edition. Whereas the original television special sees Bardock arriving to find his four teammates slaughtered by Dodoria & co., the updated story sees Bardock in a sequence of mostly one-one-one interactions with Leke and his wife Gine before hopelessly firing back against Freeza’s killing blast.

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

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21 January 2019, 1:49 PM EDTComments Off

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s forty-fourth chapter to their website, moving further into the original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc”. Alongside other initiatives including free chapters and a larger archive for paid subscribers, this release begins a new feature 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 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’ forty-fourth chapter coming today in the magazine’s March 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 telling its own version of the existing story, 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 fifth collected volume is due in English from Viz this coming May, while Shueisha released the eighth collected volume in Japan last month.

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 seventh box set this coming April.

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17 January 2019, 2:47 PM EDTComments Off

Viz announced today their forthcoming English-language publication of 2013’s Dragon Ball: Chōgashū as Dragon Ball: A Visual History, set for release this fall.

Alongside the release of the final Chōzenshū (updated and expanded versions of the original Daizenshuu guidebook series), Shueisha released the Chōgashū (or “Super Art Collection”) in May 2013. At its core, the Chōgashū is an update and expansion of the first Daizenshuu volume from 1995: it contains all the illustrations from Daizenshuu 1, plus a number of items that fell through the cracks and were later published in Daizenshuu 7, as well as the vast majority of Toriyama’s Dragon Ball-related work since 1995 (such as Toriyama’s Hoko×Tate illustration, Tōhoku earthquake/tsunami support image, and “Super Collaboration Ticket” drawing of Goku). It contains the original “Akira Toriyama Super Interview” from Daizenshuu 1 alongside a new Q&A session, as well as a single, JIS B4-sized poster featuring Toriyama’s personal favorite Dragon Ball illustration (Goku and Gohan on a two-legged motorbike, originally drawn as a bonus poster in a 1990 issue of Weekly Jump), and on the reverse, a listing of all Jump issues that featured Dragon Ball over the course of the series’ run. Within the book, pages are glossy and thick, with its 240 pages managing to nearly equal the thickness of the 352-page Chōzenshū books. Due to space considerations with the sheer number of illustrations, a number of images have been reprinted at a smaller size than in the first Daizenshuu, but all are sharp and faithfully reproduced.

The company noted in a subsequent tweet that the included image was of the original Japanese cover, and that their own cover design would debut soon.

The Chōgashū received a translated release in Hong Kong back in 2017.

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17 January 2019, 11:29 AM EDTComments Off

FUNimation’s online shop reveals an 02 April 2019 release date for their seventh part of the Dragon Ball Super television series on DVD and Blu-ray.

In an effort to teach Future Zeno about martial arts, Zeno calls for an exhibition match between the 7th and 9th Universes. Afterwards, Goku searches for the 7th Universe’s 10 best fighters. With only 48 hours until the Tournament of Power officially begins, will he put together a strong enough team in time, or will the Z Fighters be at a major disadvantage from the get-go?!

The bilingual (English/Japanese) two-disc set will span episodes 79 to 91 and is slated to contain 16 minutes of bonus material. The set will retail for $39.98 MSRP on DVD and $44.98 MSRP on Blu-ray, and is also available to pre-order on Amazon in addition to FUNimation’s own online shop.

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 sixth box set this month.

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16 January 2019, 6:48 AM EDTComments Off

In a coordinated tweet across Shueisha’s V-Jump account and various international Bandai Namco accounts, the company has announced a forthcoming “action RPG” under the codename “Dragon Ball Game Project Z” for planned release in 2019, with initial details coming in next week’s March 2019 issue of V-Jump.

Rumors of a non-fighting, action RPG entry for the franchise have been heavily circulating for some time.

Alongside the announcement, a more formal tease of additional downloadable content for Dragon Ball FighterZ was also made. During the company’s pre-recorded live stream earlier this week, when asked specifically about a “season two” of additional content, game producer Tomoko Hiroki asked players to stay tuned during the Red Bull Final Summoning tournament occurring January 26 to 27. In this morning’s aforementioned tweet, Bandai Namco specifically teases: “The warrior from Universe 11 is joining the fight!”

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Nintendo Switch. 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.

The game’s current $34.99 “FighterZ Pass” covers eight total additional playable characters (also available individually at $5 each); these include Broli, Bardock, Vegetto, Merged Zamasu, (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Son Goku, and (non-Super Saiyan, “black hair”) Vegeta, Coola, and No. 17.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan, with the Switch release coming later in September. 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.

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15 January 2019, 11:38 AM EDTComments Off

Our latest translation from the Dragon Ball Super: Broly promotional “newspaper” is the “Passionate Cross-Talk” with voice actors Masako Nozawa (Son Goku), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Bin Shimada (Broli), and Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza).

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

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

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14 January 2019, 7:27 PM EDTComments Off

During this evening’s “Dragon Ball Games Super Showcase” pre-recorded live stream from Bandai Namco, the forthcoming Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission for Nintendo Switch — already set for release 04 April 2019 in Japan — was announced for international release 05 April 2019 on Nintendo Switch and PC.

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. 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. During the live stream (which featured fully-localized gameplay), the character’s official “English” name spelling was revealed to be “Sealas”.

Following the announcement, Bandai Namco made the debut trailer available on their YouTube channel:

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 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.

UPDATE: The North American Nintendo Switch edition of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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14 January 2019, 1:46 PM EDTComments Off


Episode #0465! Mike speaks with Jake and Ajay about “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” from its Japanese theatrical debut! With all of the production changes thrown into the mix while simultaneously pulling various echoes of the franchise’s past to form a new story, how does it all hold up in the end? Stick around after the review for a bittersweet farewell to a good friend with the entire Kanzenshuu administrative team!


  • 00:16 – Introduction
  • 02:03 – “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” Review
  • 62:42 – Thank Yous
  • 87:50 – Wrap-up

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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.