Jan 31

“Revival of ‘F'” to be First Japanese Film to Receive IMAX 3D

The upcoming 2015 Dragon Ball Z movie, Dragon Ball Z: “Fukkatsu no ‘F'” (“Revival of ‘F'”), has been announced to receive IMAX 3D screenings in Japan. This will be the first time ever that Japan is receiving an IMAX 3D production.

Revival of F Logo

Dragon Ball Z: “Fukkatsu no ‘F'” (Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F”) is scheduled for release in Japanese theaters on April 18, 2015. It has also been stated by 20th Century Fox that the movie is coming to theaters in Mexico, sometime in April. Unlike the previous film which had an alternative English title (Kami to Kami/Battle of Gods) this film currently does not have a supplementary English title listed on the movie poster. Revival of “F” will be centered around the revival of Freeza. Toriyama stated that he, “deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal”, and he is writing it, “as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization.”

Jan 31

Pilaf Gang to Appear in “Revival of ‘F'”

The Japanese voice actors for both Pilaf and Mai (Shigeru Chiba and Eiko Yamada) both tweeted earlier in the week that they have completed recording their lines for the 2015 Dragon Ball Z movie, “Revival of ‘F'”. The Pilaf Gang last made their appearance in the 2013 Dragon Ball Z film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Revival of F Logo

Shigeru Chiba:
今日はピラフ大王ではしゃいできたぜ!


It was a delight being the Great King Pilaf today!

Revival of F

Voice actors Shigeru Chiba (Pilaf), Eiko Yamada (Mai) and Tesshō Genda (Shu)

Eiko Yamada:
劇場版ドラゴンボール 復活のF
本日、ピラフ、シュウ、マイ の収録完了! 久々に3人揃えて、楽しかったです!


The “Dragon Ball” Theatrical Film, Revival of “F”
Pilaf, Shuu, and Mai finished recording today! It was fun getting these three longtime acquaintances together!

All translations courtesy of Kanzenshuu.

Dragon Ball Z: “Fukkatsu no ‘F'” (Dragon Ball Z: “Revival of ‘F’”) is scheduled for release in Japanese theaters on April 18, 2015. It has also been stated by 20th Century Fox that the movie is coming to theaters in Mexico, sometime in April. Unlike the previous film which had an alternative English title (Kami to Kami/Battle of Gods) this film currently does not have a supplementary English title listed on the movie poster. Revival of “F” will be centered around the revival of Freeza. Toriyama stated that he, “deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal”, and he is writing it, “as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization.”

Jan 30

Review: Dragon Ball Culture Volume 1

As we reported earlier, Volume One of Dragon Ball Culture has been released and is available for digital purchase! Thanks to the author Derek Padula for his monumental efforts and intense research towards creating an accurate account on the origins of the Dragon Ball franchise, we get a truly in-depth look of how much combined culture is embedded throughout the Dragon Ball World. Not only that, but Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball’s author and illustrator, finally gets a biography! Readers can dwell on his thought process and rise to fame, it’s beyond interesting. It’s inspiring to aspiring artists and creative individuals that look up to Mr. Toriyama. Here we will review and discuss the elements of Dragon Ball Culture, because after reading the book you will not look at Dragon Ball the same way ever again!

Dragon Ball Culture

What is Dragon Ball Culture?

Dragon Ball Culture is simply, one of the most in-depth historical guides to the series you will ever come across. The book itself is primarily educational and informative, while explaining everything thoroughly enough where nothing is questionable if you pay close attention! Dragon Ball Culture contains a miniature Chinese and Japanese language guide to help newcomer readers understand the foreign terms seen throughout the book, because Derek Padula sticks to the original source of origin of Dragon Ball, from China to Japan, he explains it all! To answer the question of what is Dragon Ball Culture without revealing most of the informative efforts Mr. Padula puts forth, it is the explanation of the rise of Akira Toriyama, and how he creatively incorporates the deep and rich culture rooting from back in Ancient China that Dragon Ball contains.

Dragon Ball Culture – What to expect?

Expect the unexpected, as in, expect everything ever revealed and known about the reclusive author Akira Toriyama. You will be immersed in history, beginning from when he was born in the 1950’s. From his early childhood and beyond, readers will learn what he was interested in, what his hobbies were, where he was educated, which forms of media did he enjoy, and what job did he have before becoming a manga artist. All this and more is incredibly detailed, to the point where you want even more details!! Then readers explore his hard-earned success, his rise to fame and his desire to remain anonymous. From there on fans will learn how Akira Toriyama became inspired to write Dragon Ball and where his influences came from. That’s when the major history is explained, the legendary Xuánzàng and how his 6000 mile enlightening journey inspired millions of people to this day. Without him there would be no Journey to the West, and without that story there would be no Dragon Ball. Dragon Ball Culture flourishes off explaining everything there is to know about these historical ventures and contributions simple enough for everyone to enjoy and understand. Expect everything there is to know about the roots of Journey to the West and how this contributed to the world of Dragon Ball, with a bit of extra facts and personal insights thanks to Mr. Padula himself.

Our opinion on the book.

Dragon Ball Insider is a website and force specifically made for mainstream Dragon Ball, we are very critical and specific on our sources, information, and news. Therefore from an unbiased standpoint, we can safely assure everything in the book is beyond accurate. For a book 11 years in the making, Dragon Ball Culture truly lives up to its name, and this fine piece of writing is everything a die-hard Dragon Ball fan can ever dream of. Many fans of Dragon Ball often only experience the localization of their dub, and that’s it. Dragon Ball Culture will expose you to the true origins and explain how the Dragon Ball you know isn’t exactly what it seems. This kind of information is vital to correcting many misguided views people may have on the series, and that’s fine by us! We love the details, history, biography, and personal insights Derek Padula has to offer, and we can’t wait to dwell on Volume 2!

Closing Thoughts

Big fans of Dragon Ball must obtain a copy, because this is too good not to let up on. Think about how much effort was put in collecting all the historical facts and snippets of Toriyama’s personal life and views, Derek Padula wants Dragon Ball fans to see the series for what it really is! A modern masterpiece and retelling of Journey to the West, and how Akira Toriyama combines aspects of Western and Eastern culture to create a story that millions of people across the whole world adore. Not one piece of info is left untold, all questions to the roots of the Dragon Ball World will finally come clear. Fans will finally have a guide for the origins of Dragon Ball, a guide that’s been 11 years in the making, a guide that’s specifically designed for die-hard fans of the series. This book will show you the beauty in merging two completely different cultures, the best of both worlds, Dragon Ball.

Dragon Ball Culture is a must read. Derek Padula plans on generating revenue through these eBooks to eventually publish all 7 volumes in print.

Jan 21

Dragon Ball “XENOVERSE” DLC Season Pass Announced

Recently announced by the official Dragon Ball Z – Games Facebook page, downloadable content and a season pass is coming for the upcoming video game Dragon Ball XENOVERSE. New characters, missions, special moves, and much more will all be scheduled to be released overtime. Three DLC Packs have been announced in detail regarding the first package.

DLC Pack 1 (Available in March 2015): 3 playable characters: GT Goku, Pan & GT Trunks; 4 Time Patrol quests; 12 Quests; 15 New Special Moves for the players’ avatars; 5 new costumes

DLC Pack 2 (release date to be confirmed later): Exclusive Playable Characters, Quests, Special moves and costumes

DLC Pack 3 (release date to be confirmed later): Turtle Hermit set, Jaco the Space Patroller and highly exclusive content!

DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and STEAM.

In addition, the North American branch of Bandai Namco also confirmed that each DLC Pack will cost $9.99, and the Season Pass will cost $24.99. Purchasing the Season Pass will give players all 3 DLC packs at reasonable discounted price, in favor of paying for 3 packs separately for $5.00 more. Although some Dragon Ball video game titles mention DLC, this will be the first time the franchise has planned downloadable content after the initial release.

Dragon Ball: XENOVERSE will be coming to North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia. It is being developed by Dimps, and will be available soon on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC by way of Steam. Dragon Ball: XENOVERSE is set to release in Japan on February 5th, 2015. European/Australasia release date officially confirmed on consoles and PC/Steam users Feb 27, and Feb 24 for North and South America.

Jan 20

Dragon Ball Z “Fukkatsu no F” Special Three-Chapter Manga Announced

The March 2015 Issue of V-Jump has announced a special three-chapter manga adaption of upcoming film Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F, with the first chapter starting in the April 2015 issue of V-Jump. The manga will be illustrated by Toyotarō, one of Shueisha’s manga artist’s who also writes the on-going Dragon Ball Heroes Victory Mission manga. The April 2015 issue will be released on February 21, 2015.

FukkatsuNoFMangaAnnouncmentOriginally reported by Anime News Network, Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”) is scheduled for release in Japanese theaters on April 18, 2015. It has also been stated by 20th Century Fox that the movie is coming to theaters in Mexico, sometime in April. Unlike the previous film which had an alternative English title (Kami to Kami/Battle of Gods) this film currently does not have a supplementary English title listed on the movie poster. Revival of “F” will be centered around the revival of Freeza. Toriyama stated that he, “deliberately increased the amount of action scenes by a good deal”, and he is writing it, “as though it were a continuation of the manga when it was in serialization.”

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