May 17

Bandai Namco Announces “Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2”

Yesterday morning Bandai Namco launched a countdown on a teaser website with various images from many previous Dragon Ball video games and movies. Today, that countdown ended. Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, the sequel to Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, has officially been announced by Bandai Namco for a 2016 release. It will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on PC.

IT’S TIME TO GO SUPER SAIYAN AS BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC. ANNOUNCES DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2

The Most Expansive Videogame in Dragon Ball History Returns with Richer Environments, Bigger Battles, Additional Character Creation Options, with More Details to be Revealed at E3 2016!

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (May 17, 2016) – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. the premier publisher of anime videogames today announces DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2, the most expansive Dragon Ball® videogame experience to-date.DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 is currently in development at famed Osaka, Japan based videogame developer DIMPS and will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM® for PC. DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 is scheduled to launch in the Americas in 2016.

Developed to fully utilize the power of current generation gaming consoles and PCs;DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 builds upon the highly popular DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE with enhanced graphics that will further immerse players into the largest and most detailed Dragon Ball world ever developed. DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2will deliver a new hub city and the most character customization choices to date among a multitude of new features and special upgrades. Additional details and features pertaining to DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 will be revealed at E3 2016 (June 14-16) in BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s demo theaters, located in rooms 303A&B in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“The Dragon Ball franchise is a crown jewel and a perennial fan-favorite of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s robust anime videogame portfolio and DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 will build upon that illustrious legacy.” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “With DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2, we’re working diligently with the DIMPS team to pull out all the stops and push the Dragon Ball videogame experience to new heights.”

DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2 is currently rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB. The game will be coming to the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM® for PC in 2016. To find out more aboutDRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2, head over to www.dragonballxenoverse2.com. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products go to:http://www.bandainamcoent.com/home.html or follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

The first Dragon Ball: XENOVERSE was made available in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia. It was developed by Dimps, and is available on Playstation 3,Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC by way of Steam. Dragon Ball: XENOVERSE was released in Japan on February 5th, 2015, and for European/Australasia on consoles and PC/Steam users Feb 27, and Feb 24 for North and South America.

May 16

Bandai Namco Counts Down to a New Announcement

Today, Bandai Namco launched a new website with a 24-hour countdown clock.

Aside from various images, and a prompt to enter your contact information to receive information regarding this “countdown’s secret” as well as further promotions from the company, nothing else appears on this website, whose domain name is “Fly Through Time.”

Bandai Namco countdown

The website teases a “New Dragon Ball Project” to be revealed at the end of this counter. We can also assume that since this is Bandai Namco’s announcement, a new game, possibly a sequel to XENOVERSEwill be revealed.

The images shown on the website include promotional images from past and present Dragon Ball works, such as film and video game artwork, and even some from Dragon Ball Super.

This is all the information we have at this point. We will update come tomorrow’s revelation. Please stay tuned.

May 08

“Dragon Ball Super” Future Trunks Arc to Begin June 12

Today, the official Dragon Ball Super Twitter account posted a Tweet labeled “Dragon Ball Super News 1“, which was coupled with a never-before-seen image of none other than Trunks! As it turns out, the new story arc for Dragon Ball Super has officially been unveiled, called the “Future” Trunks arc! The image is an original illustration by Toriyama himself. You can read the tweet translated below.

dragon ball super future trucks

【ドラゴンボール超ニュース①】 6月12日 “未来”トランクス編スタート! 鳥山先生による“未来”トランクスのイラスト到着!セルを倒し平和を掴んだはずの未来のトランクスはなぜ再び現代へ現れたのか…未来の新たなる敵とは…?お楽しみに!


[Dragon Ball Super News 1]

The “Future” Trunks arc starts June 12! Here’s an illustration of “Future” Trunks by Toriyama-sensei! Why has Trunks, who should have defeated Cell and brought peace back to the future, appeared in the present again…? Is there a new enemy in the future…? Look forward to it!

Translation by our very own DBEternity/nemurenatta

UPDATE:

A statement by Akira Toriyama himself was also posted to the official Dragon Ball Super website!

“未来”トランクス編スタート!

2016年6月12日
「ドラゴンボール超」が新たな展開を見せる…
第6宇宙との格闘試合を終えた悟空たちの元へ
未来から再びトランクスがやってくる。

鳥山明 原作・ストーリー&キャラクター原案の新展開
「“未来”トランクス編」がスタートします。

セルを倒し、平和を掴んだはずの未来のトランクスは
なぜ再び現代へ現れたのか…
未来の新たなる敵とは…?
待望の新章は6月12日にスタートいたします。

※地域により放送時間・曜日が異なります。

今度の『ドラゴンボール超』の続きは、久しぶりの大人トランクスが登場します!
これは編集部からいただいた案からヒントを得てストーリーを構築したものです。
前回のように、ボクが全体のあらすじを書き、それを脚本家の方が1話ずつの内容に
まとめてくれたり、膨らませてくれたり、変更したり、付け足してくれたりして
よりおもしろくなるように頑張ってもらっています。
あの強いトランクスが未来から、命からがらまたやってきます。

平和になったはずなのにいったいなにがあったのか!?
そしてトランクスでさえ敵わないほどの強敵ゴクウブラックとは!?
(名前で、なんとなく想像できちゃうけど)

破壊神や界王神、全王までをも巻き込み、時空を超えた闘いが始まります!
さらにいろいろな謎も明らかに!

あちこち時代が変わったりしてややこしい部分もあるかもしれませんが
ちょっとだけ我慢してね。きっと楽しい話になるはずです!

ボクも完全な脚本は確認していません。
いっしょにドキドキしましょう(笑)!!


The “Future” Trunks arc will begin!

On June 12, Dragon Ball Super will see a new evolution… After the end of the martial arts tournament against Universe 6, Trunks comes back from the future to see Goku and the others. The “Future” Trunks arc, an original story by Akira Toriyama with a new development for the character, will begin.

Why has Trunks, who should have defeated Cell and brought peace back to the future, appeared in the present again…? Is there a new enemy in the future…?

This long-awaited new chapter will begin on June 12.

*Broadcast times and dates may vary by region.

A Comment from Akira Toriyama-Sensei

This next continuation of “Dragon Ball Super” will see the appearance of a man we haven’t seen in a long time, Trunks! This is a story I constructed based on an idea and hints I’ve gotten from the editorial department. Just like last time, I’ve written the entire outline, and the scriptwriter will work hard to put together the details one episode at a time, expand on it, make changes, and make additions that will make it more interesting.

That powerful Trunks has come back from the future, barely escaping with his life.

It was supposed to be peaceful, so what happened!? And a formidable opponent, Black Goku, too much even for Trunks!? (Somehow you can probably imagine this by that name, but…)

The Gods of Destruction, The Kaioshin, and even the Zen-Ou are involved, and a battle across time and space will begin!

Furthermore, many mysteries will be made clear!

Here and there the time period will change, and there may be some complicated parts, but please hang in there for a bit! It should become a very fun story!

Even I have not received confirmation of a completed script.

Let our hearts race in excitement together! (laughs)

Translation by our very own DBEternity/nemurenatta

dragon ball super future trunks side by side

Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. The first episode of Dragon Ball Super takes place exactly 6 months following the defeat of Majin Boo. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.

May 02

Arale to Appear on Dragon Ball Super

A while back it was revealed that a character known and loved by fans of Toriyama would finally be making her first appearance on Dragon Ball Super since 1997’s Dr. Slump animated television series: Arale-chan.

arale goku dragon ball super

For those unaware of who this Arale Norimaki is, she is the main character of Akira Toriyama’s first breakthrough manga, Dr. Slump, which ran in Weekly Shounen Jump from 1980 to 1984. Arale is a robot created by the goofy scientist Senbei Norimaki (also known as Dr. Slump). They live in the fictional town of Penguin Village, which exists in our world, unlike “Dragon Ball’s” unique Dragon World. The series revolves around Arale and her friends’ antics in classic Toriyama-style situational and slapstick comedy, so this is not action-oriented like Dragon Ball Z is, but much more lax and humorous. Arale is a simple-minded eccentric, innocent and curious being who doesn’t understand the need to conceal her identity as a robot, so along with Senbei, plenty of hilarious and flat-out weird scenarios occur. Like Goku, she is also incredibly powerful and can easily defend herself when the need arises.

Arale and co. made appearances during the Red Ribbon Army arc of “Dragon Ball“, when Goku chased down General Blue, who possessed some of the Dragon Balls. His plane crashed and Goku became worried when he was unable to track him down. Arale, curious about the incident, runs to meet Goku, whose Dragon Radar is broken and thus cannot locate Blue’s location. Arale offers to help. The good scientist Dr. Slump can fix it! General Blue then tracks them down and goes to kill them all, but Arale launches him into the sky with ease! Goku admits that she is much stronger than he was, and that she should participate in the Tenka’ichi Budoukai.
So, Arale had a minor role in Dragon Ball, and now we’ll be seeing her again. Considering she is an android, her appearance should not have changed at all since the time she and Goku first crossed paths. Who knows what she can bring to the table this time around?

Arale is set to appear on episode 43 of Dragon Ball Super, which is to air on May 15, 2016. The first hint of the return came from actress Mayumi Tanaka’s (Kuririn, Yajirobe, Uranai Baba) blog, in which she posted a picture depicting her in the studio working on “today’s Dragon Ball” along with a few other “aged” actors joining her. Oddly enough, one of them happened to be actress Mami Koyama, the voice of Arale and Lunch.

Later on, Koyama confirmed on her website that she is indeed portraying Arale in the upcoming episode:

5月15日(日)9:00~
フジTV系「ドラゴンボール超(スーパー)」アラレ役


May 15th (Sunday) 9:00~
Fuji TV Dragon Ball Super: role of Arale

Translation by the Kanzenshuu Staff

Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. The first episode of Dragon Ball Super takes place exactly 6 months following the defeat of Majin Boo. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.

Apr 27

Viz Dragon Ball Full Color Freeza Arc Vol. 1 Review

What are the Viz Dragon Ball Full Color Comics?


  • Back on January 27, 2014 Viz Media announced the release of the Dragon Ball Full Color Manga Edition for North America. The first release, which was Volume 1 of the Saiyan Arc, was released on February 4 the following month and in FULL COLOR. This edition from Shōnen Jump featured a special “full-color” treatment of the first Dragon Ball Z manga, but this time in a much larger 6 5/8” x 10 ¼” size. Each “Full Color” volume is 17 chapters and each chapter number is divided up by story arc.

With Volume 1 of the Saiyan Arc releasing on February 4, 2014, Vol. 2 on April 1, and Vol. 3 on June 3, the absence is over and Vol. 1 of the Freeza Arc will be released on May 3, 2016. Vol. 2 of the Freeza Arc is scheduled to release on July 5, and Vol. 3 on September 6. Interestingly enough, Amazon has pre-order listings for a Vol. 4 and Vol. 5, with release dates of November 1, 2016 and January 3, 2017. Assuming there won’t be any changes, this release schedule does NOT stay true to the initial press release Viz made stating that future volumes will be published three times a year. Then again, there was almost a 2 year gap between the end of Vol. 3 of the Saiyan Arc, and Vol. 1 of the Freeza Arc, so maybe this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. For the sake of the argument, from the release of Vol. 1 in May to the advertised release of Vol. 5 in January, each Freeza Arc volume will be releasing every two months. This is subject to change, however.

Product Specifics:


  • Paperback: 248 pages – (Dragon Ball manga chapters 246-262)
  • Publisher: Viz Media LLC (May 3, 2016)
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • ISBN-10: 1421585715
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches

Packaging


  • Just like Volumes 1-3 of the Saiyan Arc, this book is large measuring at 6 5/8” x 10 ¼”, which is MUCH bigger than the “VizBig” editions of the manga. With that said, the sizes of all of these volumes are much larger than the original Japanese version. Additionally, with this resizing, I think it is important to note that the expanding and resizing of the image from smaller editions work just fine.

It’s also worth noting that just like in the Saiyan Arc volumes, Viz includes a “Sound Effects Glossary” in addition to the standard Table of Contents. The sound effects in the “Full Color” edition of Dragon Ball are published in their original Japanese format (translated in glossary), where as on standard Viz releases the SFX are translated on the page itself.

 

Paper Quality


  • As expected, the paper quality is great. Each page isn’t too glossy to make it tacky, and the thickness is right where it needs to be. This is important to note because manga pages in both Japanese and American books are usually printed on stock paper.

Freeza full color comic page

Coloring


  • The colors are vibrant and crisp. Oh yeah, and Bulma’s hair is purple (unlike the blue color we see in the anime). For this edition of the manga, every page was colored to match what we see in the anime, with the exception of a few changes such as Bulma’s hair color being purple (although, debatably, this was the intended color of her hair all along anyway). As a result, this is not Toriyama’s original coloring. Any color pages that he colored himself are changed to match the consistency of this release. If you would like Toriyama’s original color pages, look into the VizBig releases (which have SOME, but not ALL of the original color pages), or the Kanzenban release (not released in the US, but reproduce all of Toriyama’s original color pages as they were shown in Jump).

Freeza full color comic bulma

Binding


  • With the release of this Vol. 1 of the Freeza Arc, we were hoping to see some improvements on how well the book was put together. In Volume 1 of the Full Color Saiyan Arc the quality of the binding was sub par. Having only opened this book ONCE before conducting this review, there was a noticeable tearing sound, as if the glue holding the pages together was separating. It’s important to note, though, that this was only evident on just ONE section of the book, and almost at the final pages. With that said, there is still room for improvement in the manufacturing department.

Closing Thoughts:


Much like the Saiyan Arc volumes, this is totally worth it to purchase. The page and color quality alone makes it worth it. As far as the binding goes, it is a bit odd that through now 4 publications (Vol 1-3 and now Vol. 1 of the Freeza arc) it still seems to be an issue. Maybe (hopefully) we were just unlucky in the copy we received. Keep in mind this is a Viz translation, and although the translation may be accurate, do not expect every line to be translated exactly word for word. Normally we wouldn’t mention something like this in a review/breakdown, but for those that may not be aware of the Viz translation/choice of word differences, expect to see the word “chi” used rather than “ki”.

Where to purchase:


Below we will provide you with a list of links and images (if available) to ALL of the already released volumes of the Full Color Comic’s (Saiyan Arc). In addition, we will also provide pre-order links for the Freeza Arc volumes, that being Volumes 1 through 5.

Saiyan Arc:

Freeza Arc (Pre-order):

**Release dates subject to change, considering the inconsistent track record of the previous releases.

Review By: Anthony Putignano (@anth21ony)


Dragon Ball Insider extends a huge thanks to Viz Media for the opportunity to review the Dragon Ball Full Color Freeza Arc Volume 1.

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