Feb 08

Geekdom101 – “Icons of the Dragon Ball Community”

In celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the Dragon Ball television series, Anthony of Dragon Ball Insider joins Danny AKA “Geekdom101” as a guest on his YouTube interview series, “Icons of the Dragon Ball Community. This interview is a must listen as it gives a detailed look into the early years of Anthony’s fandom, and also how Dragon Ball Insider came to be what it is today.

Video Description:

We CELEBRATE 30 YEARS of the Dragon Ball Anime PHASE 2 of Icons of the Dragon Ball Community BEGINS with my interview with Anthony Putignano from DragonBallInsider.com as we talk about his obsession with Dragon Ball, his GROWTH on Instagram, meeting the voice actors, Dino, and many others!

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Feb 06

“Dragon Ball Super” Japanese Home Release Box 2

Cover art and packaging for the second Dragon Ball Super box set home release has been updated on multiple Japanese retail websites. This second box set is scheduled to release on March 2, 2016, and will consist of episodes 13-24 of Dragon Ball Super. Pre-orders are available on both DVD and Blu-ray via CDJapan. The first box set, which contained episodes 01-12, was released back on December 02, 2015.

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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. Dragon Ball Super takes place exactly 6 months following the defeat of Majin Buu. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.

Jan 23

Dragon Ball Super Manga Chapter 8 Summary

The Dragon Ball Super monthly manga by Toyotarō has had its 8th chapter published in V-Jump’s March 2016 issue. While the first 4 chapters of the manga dealt with the retelling of “Battle of Gods, many people expected the same would hold true for the retelling/recapping of Revival of ‘F’. Howeverboth chapters 5, and chapter 6 skipped ahead of the Revival of ‘F’“ movie retelling story arc. This is significant because the anime is already into its second story arc, as initially told in the Toei Animation Dragon Ball Super anime announcement press release.

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Chapter 7 introduced some new characters, and revealed more information about the Super Dragon Balls, and the Universe 7 vs. Universe 6 tournament. Now in Chapter 8 we get to learn more about the Universe 6 representatives and the first match finally begins!

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Below we have provided a summary based on the original Japanese text and dialogue occurring in Chapter 8. This summary is based on the translation of experienced Japanese translator Herms of Kanzenshuu.

Spoilers start in the quotation block below!

Chapter 8: The Match Begins!

Side blurb: The representatives for each universe have finally all appeared!! Just how powerful are they…!?
Vados: “Everyone, please take your seats.”

Goku: “Is that Freeza?…”
Piccolo: “He seems different. He doesn’t feel evil.”
Goku: “Wow, so they’ve got guys like that too?…He looks like a robot, but is he really a human?”

Cabba: “Are you two Saiyans by any chance?”

Vegeta: “Yeah, I’m impressed you noticed. Are there Saiyans over there too?”
Cabba: “I’m a Saiyan myself.”
Goku: “What?! Really?!”
Vegeta: “Oh yeah! Now that you mention it, that outfit of yours resembles the style Saiyans had back before they became part of Freeza’s army…!”

Cabba: “Freeza’s army?”
Vegeta: “What planet are the Saiyans based on over there?”
Cabba: “…Planet Salad…”
Vegeta: “What!? Planet Salad still exists?!”
Cabba: “…Does it not over in your universe?”
Vegeta: “That’s right…Planet Salad was destroyed by infighting among the Saiyans. Then they stole another planet and named it ‘Planet Vegeta’, but in the end others conspired to destroy it as well…”
Cabba: “Quite a difference…”
Goku: “What happened to your tail?”
Cabba: “We used to have tails a long time ago, but now we no longer do.”
Vegeta: “So, are the Saiyans in your universe a warrior race as well?”
Cabba: “Yes, but we don’t steal planets. We’re hired to defeat evil-doers; that’s our main job.”
Goku: “Wow, so you’re a good guy then! It’s all so different.”
Vados: “You there! Please take your seats. The test is about to begin!”

Vegeta: “Take me to Planet Salad if you get the chance. Don’t worry, we don’t steal planets anymore.”
Cabba: “Alright, you’re more than welcome.”
Vegeta: “But I won’t hold back in the ring.”
Cabba: “Me either.”
Vados: “Let’s begin! The test consists of ten simple questions to determine whether you have even a tiny amount of intelligence. The time limit is ten minutes. You need at least 50 points to pass.”

Goku: “…Poro-Poro goes to the store on an errand, and buys 13 Kerokkos…But on the way back home, he meets three friends…He gives two to each of them…”
Vados: “You there! Don’t talk out loud!”
Narrator: “And so…Ten minutes later…”
Vados: “Time to announce the results. Majin Boo! You’re the only one who didn’t make the cut.”

Piccolo: “What!?”
Boo: “…..”
Vados: “Boo cannot participate in the matches. Everyone else, please go to the contestant seats.”
Piccolo: “What’s the matter with you, Boo?! You even got your name wrong!”
Boo: “Shut up! I’ve never done this before.”
Vegeta: “I can’t believe this…! Now we’re down to only four fighters!”
Goku: “That test was your idea in the first place!”
Vegeta: “Da…Damn it…!”
Goku: “I barely made the grade myself.”
Beerus: “What are you guys doing?!”
Goku: “It’s not our fault!”
Beerus: “That’s enough! Hurry up and decide the order! Monoka’s strongest, so he goes last!!”

Goku: “Whoah!! I’m going right off the bat!!!”
Piccolo: “I’m going second.”
Vegeta: “I’m third.”
Beerus: “Right, then it’s decided.”
Goku: “Darn, I wanted to see what these guys could do first.”
Piccolo: “You’d better not hold back.”
Goku: “Of course not. But don’t blame me if I take them all down myself.”
Piccolo: “Hmph.”
Vegeta: “Hmph.”
Announcer: “Sorry to keep you waiting! The Universe 6 and 7 Gods of Destruction Selection Martial Arts Competition begins!”

Announcer: “And now, the anthem of the universe!”
Bulma: “Huh? What’s that?”
Singer: “Space…is…V~A~S~T~!”

Announcer: “Thank you very much.”
Bulma and Videl: “……”
Announcer: “Now let the matches begin!! The contestants for the first match are…Botamo, from Universe 6!!!”
U6 audience members: “Go! Go!”

Announcer: “And Son Goku, from Universe 7!!!”
Oolong: “You can do it, Goku!!!”
Trunks: “Go!!!”
Beerus: “Give it your best.”
Goku: “Sure.”
Champa: “…That’s the Saiyan who was over at Beerus’ place, right? Hmph.”

Announcer: “Begin!!!”
Goku: Whoah!!!”

*Goku has trouble block Botamo’s attacks*
Goku: “Kuh! Wah! Tatah…!! Gmmmmmm…!!”
*He gets hit*

Goku: “Phew!”
Champa: “Hehehe…”
Beerus: “What’s the matter Goku?!”
Goku: “Well…I ate a bit too much earlier. I’ll exercise some.”
Champa: “Hm?”

*Goku starts running*
Goku: “Hoh, hoh*

*Botamo tries to catch him, but fails*
Botamo: “Ghh!!!”
*He fires beams at Goku, but misses. Goku keeps running.”
Goku: “Hoh, hoh.”

*Botamo wears himself out chasing Goku*
Botamo: “Huff, huff”
Goku: “Alright! I’m OK now.”
Botamo: “……!”
*He lunges at Goku*
Botamo: “Dah!!!”

*But is easily knocked back*
Botamo: “…..!…..?
Champa: “!?”
Botamo (lunging again): Waaah!!!”

*Same result*
Kuririn: “I couldn’t see Goku move…”
Tenshinhan: “He probably attacked at high speed…”
Vados: “I didn’t expect him…to be so fast…”

Oolong: “Way to go, Goku!!”
Champa: “Hm…So he’s this good, huh?…Seems I’ve miscalculated. But Botamo still hasn’t shown what he’s truly capable of.”
Side blurb: The battle between the representatives of the two universes has begun!! At first glance it seems like Goku won’t have any trouble beating Botamo, but…!?

End

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 Buu. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.

Jan 22

New 3DS Title “Dragon Ball Project Fusion” Revealed

In the March 2016 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump it is revealed that Bandai Namco is currently developing a new Dragon Ball RPG (Role-Playing Game) for the Nintendo 3DS. The title is of this game in development is Dragon Ball Project Fusion.

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Still in the developmental phase, not much is known about Project Fusion. We do know, however, that the game uses the “fusion” mechanic from the Dragon Ball Z series as a central feature of the game. The newly launched promotional website showcases Son Goku and Broli performing the fusion dance.

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Slated for release in Japan later this year, Shueisha and co. will be running a contest in which those who enter will be able to submit their own custom design for two fused Dragon Ball characters! With this, the winning design will appear in the game, as well as special “manga project” that will be released in an issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump later this year. Stay tuned as we at Dragon Ball Insider will be sure to keep you all updated when more information is revealed!

Jan 14

Podcast Episode #012

Currently up to episode 26 of Dragon Ball Super, the topic of conversation isn’t about how great it is to have the first all new Dragon Ball television series back after 18 (now 19) years, or how unbelievable it is that to this day a franchise of over 30 years is still going strong in 2016. In fact, the topic of conversation seems to be all about the animation, and not the content itself. To say the least, we at Dragon Ball Insider find it very unfortunate that ever since the atrocious animation in Dragon Ball Super episode #005 many fans have basically written off the series completely. Yes, we know that Dragon Ball Super is repeating content that is being shown through the Battle of God’s and Revival of ‘F’ arc(s), so that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but ever since episode #005 aired, any little inconsistency in the animation there may be raises huge controversy. In this episode, Anthony, “Uchi”, and special guess Danny AKA “Geekdom101” from YouTube discuss exactly what goes into animating, the possible reasons why some of the animation is not up to today’s standards, and also why some of the “bad” animation isn’t exactly as bad as you may believe. A special thanks to Ben “TheDragonBaller” for all of the research to help make this episode possible!

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Podcast Description:

In episode #012 of the Dragon Ball Insider Podcast Anthony, “Uchi”, and special guest Danny AKA “Geekdom101” from YouTube discuss the animation in Dragon Ball Super. Ever since Dragon Ball Super episode #005, many fans have been picking apart the inconsistencies in the series’ animation, and unfortunately it has become the topic of conversation when discussing the series as a whole. But just what goes into animating an episode? What are the costs, time restrictions, and how much do animators get paid? Is the amount of complaints regarding the animation justifiable? And has animation inconsistency been an issue in the past with Dragon Ball? Be sure to listen as we discuss it all, as well as some other things!

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