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Published by VegettoEX
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.

Published by VegettoEX
21 February 2019, 10:48 AM 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, Paragus, King Cold, and Bardock’s original television special crew. For his February 2019 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Onio and his wife from the Neko Majin Z series, once again tying things in with the recent Dragon Ball Super theatrical film:

ONIO: Hm? A planet just exploded. It couldn’t possibly be Planet Vegeta, could it?

ONIO’S WIFE: Onio, dear, let’s not worry about that. Instead, let’s go find a planet that we can make into a vacation home!

TOYOTARŌ: It’s Onio, who appears in Neko Majin! Once again, I went and imagined him being involved with the Broly movie… Including animation and spin-offs, the Saiyans who survived that day are Goku, Vegeta, Nappa, Raditz, Broli, Paragus, then Tarble and Tullece, and furthermore… Onio must have also survived!

Onio and his wife originally debuted in the first Neko Majin Z chapter in May 2001, sticking around for the next two chapters in August 2003 and February 2004, respectively. The entire run of Neko Majin was collected in a kanzenban format in 2005.

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

Published by VegettoEX
21 February 2019, 10:30 AM EDTComments Off

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Viz has added their English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s forty-fifth 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 continues Viz’s 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 April 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-fifth chapter coming today in the magazine’s April 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, 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.

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.

Published by VegettoEX
19 February 2019, 10:50 AM EDT1 Comment

We spent this Sunday at Toy Fair 2019 in New York taking a look at the various Dragon Ball merchandise available now and coming soon to store shelves and online retailers. Take a gander through our Twitter thread for a photo tour of the various booths!

Stay tuned for additional coverage of the show on our podcast.

Published by VegettoEX
19 February 2019, 10:43 AM EDTComments Off

Shueisha and online retailers have listed an 04 April 2019 release date for the ninth collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga series, which will retail for ¥440 (+ tax) in print. The volume will also be released digitally the same day. The volume will pick up with the forty-first chapter of the series; the eighth collected volume saw its release in Japan back in December spanning chapters 37-40.

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-fifth chapter coming this week in the magazine’s April 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, 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.

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.

Published by VegettoEX
15 February 2019, 1:40 PM EDTComments Off

A new Amazon listing for Viz’s seventh volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s print edition is dated for 03 December 2019 at a $9.99 MSRP. A digital edition will also be available at various retailers, including Amazon, Comixology, and direct from Viz.

Goku’s adventure from the best-selling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series written by Akira Toriyama himself!

Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball!

The Tournament of Power is about to begin! Warriors from all the universes gather to fight for their lives and the lives of everyone in their universes! Many fighters are eliminated almost immediately while Goku tries to garner the attention of Universe 11’s strongest fighter, Jiren. But Jiren doesn’t seem to care one bit about Goku! Will Universe 7 survive?!

The seventh collected edition is expected to cover chapters 33-36 a la its Japanese counterpart.

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-fifth chapter coming next week in the magazine’s April 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 back 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 airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its seventh box set this coming April.

Thanks to @Adil_OPP for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
14 February 2019, 3:49 PM EDT3 Comments

Today’s February 2019 issue of License Global‘s magazine features an extensive spotlight on the Dragon Ball franchise, which includes closer looks at partnerships between Toei Animation, Bandai Namco, and FUNimation, and some of the various companies’ upcoming plans.

Of particular note, the spotlight appears to reveal a forthcoming announcement of a new home video release as well as a North American symphony tour:

“In February, along with Funimation, we’re going to have a 30th anniversary collectible home video release announcement,” says [senior manager of licensing and marketing at Toei Animation, Lisa] Yamatoya. “This summer, we will partner with Overlook to host a ‘Dragon Ball Z’ symphony concert in the U.S. and Canada. The audience can listen to the symphony while clips from the show play, allowing fans to see the story on-screen with live music.”

The article also confirms the Dragon Ball franchise’s return to San Diego Comic Con (as well as tours following at Anime Expo, Crunchyroll Expo, and New York Comic Con), in addition to another appearance in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

The “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” event produced by Overlook Events has been held in France, Spain, and Switzerland, featuring live performances of Shunsuke Kikuchi’s original musical score along with guest vocal performances.

Thanks to TheRed259 on our forum for the heads-up!

Published by VegettoEX
13 February 2019, 9:13 PM EDTComments Off

Two new interviews have been added to our “Translations” archive: those with Dragon Ball Super: Broly director Tatsuya Nagamine and animation supervisor Naohiro Shintani, both coming from the “Super Edition” of the film’s Japanese theatrical attendee program book.

Tatsuya Nagamine
Regarding the direction of the film, Nagamine discusses letting the animators go loose, working with the character of Broli (who had previously been handled by his mentor Shigeyasu Yamauchi), and the process of (not!) consulting with Toriyama himself:

The only time I spoke with [Toriyama] directly was at the film’s screening number zero (an initial private screening for staff members), so I actually didn’t consult with him at all before starting production on it. So I took his script itself as his message saying, “just do it right.” When I was in charge of the Dr. Slump: Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan film, I created an animated version that didn’t leave out even a single panel of his original work, and it was my personal mission to use that same method this time around, trying not to change lines or add things if possible. However, realistically speaking, I had to make everything fit into a 100 minute timeframe, so… there were lines like, “Yes, Lord Freeza” where I would cut off the “Yes” and leave it as just “Lord Freeza” (laughs), and I shaved off small bits here and there. It couldn’t be too jam-packed though; it needed room to breathe, and I took care to make sure the overall mood of his script remained, along with leaving his nuances and Toriyama-isms intact as much as possible. That was what I felt was the best way to handle his screenplay, and I went about creating the film with that in mind.

Naohiro Shintani
Regarding the designs for and animation in the film, Shintani discusses being selected to work on the film, the particularities he paid attention to, and receiving corrections from Toriyama on the designs for Broli and other characters:

For Cheelye and Lemo, I basically drew them to be as faithful to Toriyama’s designs as possible. Broli was a different story, though. The only designs I received were up to him wearing his armor, and it gave off a very different impression than the Broli of the past. Personally, I had a very strong image of Broli based on the previous movies, so I created my own design for him at Full Power from scratch. I just had the urge to see him lose his shirt and run wild at the end. Toriyama had stated that he didn’t want him to be overly macho, so I aimed to make him look as huge as possible, yet still within the confines of not going overboard with it.

Both interviews have been archived in our “Translations” section.

Published by VegettoEX
11 February 2019, 7:18 PM EDTComments Off

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0466! Mike and Julian catch up on listener questions, and end up doing a mini manga historical lesson in the process, discussing all of the various releases in Japan and some of the changes made to each along the way. Tune in for an update on our family name guide and a wealth of other great questions!

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  • 00:13 – Introduction
  • 02:38 – Site Teases (Wiki, Family Name Guide, etc.)
  • 09:27 – Listener Questions
  • 50:43 – Wrap-up

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