Jan 20

“Dragon Ball Super” to Conclude with Episode 131 on March 25

The 9:00 AM Dragon Ball Super timeslot on Fuji TV will be replaced with a new anime project, “GeGeGe no Kitarō” beginning on April 1, 2018.

Back in November it was revealed that the “Universe Survival arc” was expected to run through the end of March, however, it was only assumed at the time that just the arc would be ending, and nothing more. Until recently, there wasn’t any direct information pointing to the series itself ending. However, this is not the case anymore.
According to the following news paper, which reveals the Dragon Ball Super timeslot replacement, it also mentions that even though there are no plans to broadcast a new Dragon Ball show, “it’s not like the series is over.”  Translation Courtesy of our own David Miranda.dragon ball super conclusion ending
Shortly after, Animator Tsutomu Ono Tweeted the following:

ドラゴンボール超の放映が春(3月?)で終了する情報、既に公になってたのね。
自分の作画監督は126話が最後になるのを昨日知った


So the news that Dragon Ball Super will be ending its broadcast in spring (March?) has gone public. I just found out yesterday that episode 126 will be my last time as animation director.

Translation Courtesy of our own David Miranda.

The official Dragon Ball Super Twitter page made an official announcement regarding the conclusion of the arc:

いつも応援ありがとうございます! テレビシリーズ「ドラゴンボール超」宇宙サバイバル編は3月末にいよいよクライマックスを迎えますが、最後まで応援よろしくお願いいたします! 今年は12月に劇場版の公開も! ドラゴンボールシリーズはまだまだ続きますのでご期待ください!


Thank you for always supporting the show! “Dragon Ball Super’s” Universe Survival Arc finally reaches its climax at the end of March, so please continue supporting it until the end! This December, too, is the release of the movie! The Dragon Ball Series will continue on, so look forward to it!

Translation Courtesy of our own David Miranda

It should be noted that usually when referring to Dragon Ball, official announcements omit the use of the word “series”, but in this announcement they specifically use the English word “series” to refer to the overall franchise rather than just Super. Meaning, if Dragon Ball returns to TV, it may not be under the name “Super”, but as an entirely new series. There is no way to know for sure, however, until it is officially announced later on.

In addition, Sejii Nakazawa of Rocket News 24 asked Fuji TV about the future of Dragon Ball Super, and the Dragon Ball franchise:

Is Dragon Ball Super ending?
Yes, the series presently on air will end here for now.

Really…? So it’s not just changing to another timeslot?
At present it is ending; beyond that is still undecided.

That means that the “Universe Survival arc” will wrap up?
That’s right. The “Universe Survival arc” will conclude at the end of March.

Will there be a sequel?
Currently it is undecided so there is nothing I can tell you, but when something is decided we will put out a press release.

Translation Courtesy of our own David Miranda.

So where does this leave us, and what do we know & don’t know:

  1. We do know that Dragon Ball Super IS losing its’ timeslot for the new anime “GeGeGe no Kitarō”.
  2. This is nor a hiatus, or a definitive end. However, for now, this is the end of its TV run in its timeslot. Fuji TV did, however, state that there are plans for the future, but whether that means for Super remains to be seen.
  3. Calling this a hiatus is simply not accurate. We don’t know for certain if Super will be coming back. So for now, Super will not be continuing until stated otherwise.
  4. In addition to losing its timeslot, it could be assumed that Toei is focusing on the upcoming Dragon Ball movie that was announced earlier this year. Meaning that although there will not be anymore Dragon Ball Super, there will be heavy focus on the upcoming film.
  5. The Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation will continue. Currently the manga is behind the anime, so it could be assumed that it will finish at the end of the Universe Survival arc. If for whatever it continues beyond that, this, of course, increases the odds of Super returning in at least some capacity.

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. Funimation has also announced that they have acquired the rights to, and will be dubbing Dragon Ball Super sometime in the near future. 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”. Dragon Ball Super premiered in North America on Toonami’s Adult Swim on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. Dragon Ball Super is expected to end on March 25, with episode 131. No plans for continuation have been announced.

Jan 07

“Dragon Ball FighterZ” PC Requirements & Recommendations

Bandai Namco announced VIA their official Twitter page their minimum and recommended requirements for the PC version of the upcoming video game Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ PC requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64bit OS required)
  • AMD FX-4350, 4.2 GHz/Intel Core i5-3470, 3.2 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Radeon HD 6870, 1 GB/GeForce GTX 650 Ti, 1 GB
  • DirectX 11
  • DirectX compatible sound card or onboard chipset

Recommended Requirements:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64bit OS required)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400, 3.2 GHz/Intel Core i7-3770, 3.40 Ghz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Radeon HD 7870, 2GB/GeForce GTX 660, 2GB
  • DirectX 11
  • DirectX compatible sound card or onboard chipset

Developed by Arc System Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, & PC (VIA Steam) on January 26, 2018, and will feature 3-on-3 battles presented in “2.5D”. The release in Japan is set for February 1, 2018.

Dec 28

“Dragon Ball FighterZ” Opening Intro Movie

First shown on a commercial break during Dragon Ball Super, the official Dragon Ball FighterZ opening movie was revealed! The cinematic showcases 22 confirmed playable characters, and also shows some scenes from story mode.

Developed by Arc System Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 on January 26, 2018, and will feature 3-on-3 battles presented in “2.5D”. The release in Japan is set for February 1, 2018.

Dec 18

Bandai Namco Announces “Dragon Ball FighterZ” Open Beta Dates

Earlier today Bandai Namco announced details for the Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta. The beta opens up on January 14, and will be available to all Xbox One and PS4 users who have PS Plus or an Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. See below for full details:

Developed by Arc System Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 on January 26, 2018, and will feature 3-on-3 battles presented in “2.5D”. The release in Japan is set for February 1, 2018.

Dec 18

Dragon Ball FighterZ – New Trailer Showcases Beerus, Hit, and Goku Black

The latest trailer for the upcoming game Dragon Ball FighterZ highlights some of the most epic moments from Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super. The trailer was unveiled at Jump Festa 18, an annual event held by Shueisha. The trailer showcases scenes such as Goku’s first Super Saiyan transformation, Super Saiyan 2 Gohan vs. Cell, and Super Saiyan Rose, among others.

These memorable scenes will occur both during, and at the end of battles when certain conditions are met. However, we are still uncertain on the specifics of these conditions. With, We Were Angels (僕達は天使だった, Boku-Tachi wa Tenshi Datta) playing in the background, this trailer is an epic walk down memory lane revealing some of the most iconic scenes in classic Dragon Ball fashion.

We also get confirmation on a few new characters that fans have been hoping to appear in Dragon Ball FighterZBeerus, Hit, Goku Black, and Zamasu are all now confirmed.

Developed by Arc System Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 on January 26, 2018, and will feature 3-on-3 battles presented in “2.5D”. The release in Japan is set for February 1, 2018.

Dec 15

Dragon Ball Movie 20 Now in Production for Targeted 2018 Release

It’s been just a couple of years since Dragon Ball movie 19 was released, and it looks like movie 20 is now in production! At Jump Festa 2018 in Japan, it was announced that Dragon Ball movie 20  has a targeted release of December 2018! More details will soon follow.

It is said that, “the theme for this remarkable new film will be “Saiyan”, the strongest race in the universe”, and it “will focus on the origin of the Saiyans’ strength and what it means to be Saiyan.”  Toei Animation US released the following:

Dragon Ball Z Movie 20

20TH DRAGON BALL FEATURE IN PRODUCTION!

Dragon Ball’s 20th feature film has been revealed! Today, news of the film was announced at Jump Festa 2018 in Japan. The film is currently in production, which will serve as a commemoration for decades of legendary titles. Since 1986, the series has introduced many memorable and beloved characters to countless die-hard fans. The recent years have witnessed a new wave of renaissance for the Dragon Ball series. “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods”, released in 2013, was a welcomed return to the big screen for the first time in 17 years. “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F” followed that up with more success in 2015. From then on, Dragon Ball has continued to further expand their world; leading to the current acclaimed broadcast, “Dragon Ball Super”.

The team behind the new film will be making intensive efforts to ensure that the scale and the quality is the best of the series. Akira Toriyama, the original author of Dragon Ball, will lead the original story, screenplay, and character design.

The theme for this remarkable new film will be “Saiyan”, the strongest race in the universe. Since “Battle of the Gods”, Goku has undergone new forms from Super Saiyan God to Super Saiyan Blue to other evolved forms that have gone up against many invincible warriors from multiple universes.  This new story will focus on the origin of the Saiyans’ strength and what it means to be Saiyan.

The 20th Dragon Ball film is currently targeted to be released in Japan in December 2018. Keep an eye out for more news in the near future!

Toei Animation Japan also released the following:

20作目にして描かれるのは、悟空の強さの原点=サイヤ人!?

「ドラゴンボール」劇場版、その記念すべき第20作品目となる新作映画の製作が決定!
1986年、【東映まんがまつり】から「ドラゴンボール」劇場版シリーズは始まり、その後クウラ、ブロリー、ボージャック、ジャネンバなど、いまでも愛される数々の名キャラクターを生みだし、2013年に17年ぶりに公開となった『ドラゴンボールZ 神と神』(興行収入29.9億円)以降、2015年公開の『ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」』(興行収入37.4億円)と「ドラゴンボール」は更なる世界観の拡大を続けました。そして、時代を超えて「もっと強いキャラクターを」「もっと面白い物語を」追求し続けてきた劇場版シリーズが遂に20作品目のメモリアルを迎えます。
20作記念にふさわしく、スケール・クオリティともにシリーズ最高のものにするべく、現在鋭意製作中。前作に引き続き、原作者の鳥山明が原作・脚本・キャラクターデザインを担当。 そして、注目の本作のテーマは【宇宙最強の戦闘民族・サイヤ人】。『神と神』以降、超サイヤ人ゴッド、ブルーといった新たな進化を遂げてきた悟空たちサイヤ人、そしてそれに負けじと様々な宇宙の強戦士が登場してきた中で、改めて【宇宙最強の戦闘民族・サイヤ人】の存在、悟空たちの強さの【原点】を描いた作品になります。 無限の成長を続ける“サイヤ人”、そして無限に進化するこれからの「ドラゴンボール」ワールドに、ご期待ください。

『ドラゴンボール劇場版20作記念企画(仮)』

2018年12月 全国超拡大ロードショー!
原作・脚本・キャラクターデザイン:鳥山明

[オフィシャルサイト]
www.dbmovie-20th.com 


The production of the twentieth movie in the celebrated “Dragon Ball” film series has been announced! In 1986 at Toei Manga Matsuri, the “Dragon Ball” film series began, and since then, various beloved characters even now such as Coola, Bojack, Janemba, etc. were created, and 17 years after with the releases of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” in 2013 (with 2.99 billion yen in box office revenue), and “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” in 2015 (with 3.74 billion yen in box office revenue), the world of “Dragon Ball” continued to be expanded even further. And so, the continuing pursuit of “creating stronger characters” and “telling more interesting stories” is finally commemorated in this 20th installment.

Appropriate for this 20th film, the scale and quality should be the strongest in the series, and we are eagerly in production right now. Like the previous films, the original author Toriyama Akira will be in charge of the story, screenplay and character design. The central theme of this film will be about “The Saiyans: The Ultimate Warrior Race”. Since “Battle of Gods”, Saiyans like Goku have achieved the new transformations of Super Saiyan God and Blue, and furthermore, among the various undaunted, powerful warriors of the universe, the film will once again focus on the existence of “The Saiyans: The Ultimate Warrior Race”, and on the origins of Goku and the others’ strength. Please look forward to the Saiyans, who continue their infinite growth, and to the infinitely transforming world of Dragon Ball from now.

“Dragon Ball: The Movie 20th Film Celebration Project (Tentative)”

Super Expansive Nationwide Release in December 2018!
Original Work/Screenplay/Character Design: Toriyama Akira

[Official Website]

www.dbmovie-20th.com

Translation by David Miranda.

 

Dec 07

Viz “Dragon Ball Super” Manga Vol. 3 to Release July 2018

An Amazon listing for the “Dragon Ball Super” manga volume three has surfaced, with a release date of July 3, 2018. The paperback edition is currently listed at $9.99. Both volume 1 and volume 2 are also available VIA Amazon. Currently no cover art is available for the product.

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!

With the Universe 6 and 7 Invitational Fighting Tournament over, Goku and his friends return to their normal lives. That is, until Future Trunks suddenly appears to warn everyone of a new threat—Goku Black, a mysterious warrior who looks like Goku but isn’t him! He’s a monster who has wiped out most of Earth and all of the Gods of Destruction and Lords of Lords from all twelve universes. Who is this mysterious man, and will Goku and his friends be able to stop him?!

The Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation is illustrated by Toyotarō, who is also the author of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission and his recent manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F. The manga is released exclusively in Japan in Shueisha’s V-Jump, and now for the first time digitally in English by Viz Media. A print edition on the manga was released in May 2017. The Dragon Ball Super TV series can also be viewed by way of simulcast on streaming services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki, and in English on Toonami’s Adult Swim.

Nov 16

“Dragon Ball Super” Home Video Release Part Three Coming February 2018

A listing has surfaced on the FUNimation shop for Part 3 of the Dragon Ball Super home video release. Release is slated for February 20, 2018, and is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

After a startling meeting with Beerus’ brother Champa goes sideways, the godly brothers decide to settle their differences in the best way possible: by putting their best fighters to the test. It’s a battle of universes as Universe 7—the home of Goku and the Z Fighters—faces Universe 6 in a brand-new Martial Arts Tournament! And the ultimate prize is one worth fighting for—the Super Dragon Balls from Universe 6. Can Goku gather the best fighters for a chance at true glory? And who is the mysterious Monaka that Beerus boasts as his strongest warrior? Get ready for an out-of-this-world competition!

Available with both Japanese and English audio, the two-disc set will contain episodes 27 to 39 of Dragon Ball Super. The DVD is listed at $39.98 MSRP and $44.98 MSRP for the Blu-ray, though they are currently available for less on Amazon.

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. Funimation has also announced that they have acquired the rights to, and will be dubbing Dragon Ball Super sometime in the near future. 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”. Dragon Ball Super premiered in North America on Toonami’s Adult Swim on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Oct 23

Video Game “Dragon Ball FighterZ” (XBO/PS4/PC) Revealed For 2018

Bandai Namco revealed the development of Dragon Ball FighterZ, a new video game by Arc System Works, which is set to release worldwide on the  Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC (Steam) on January 26, 2018.

DRAGON BALL’s SPECTACULARLY POWERFUL BATTLES RETURN IN BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC.’s DRAGON BALL FighterZ

DRAGON BALL FighterZ to Take Anime-Based Fighting Games in a Bold New Direction

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (June 11, 2017) – Leading anime video game developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announces DRAGON BALL® FighterZ for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PCs via STEAM®. DRAGON BALL® FighterZ is a dream collaboration combining classic 2D fighting game dynamics with the DRAGON BALL universe, one of the most popular and iconic anime franchises around the world. DRAGON BALL FighterZ will be playable at the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. E3 2017 booth (number 1647) in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

DRAGON BALL FighterZ, developed by Arc System Works, one of the most celebrated developers of classic 2D fighting titles, delivers an explosive, action-packed game that combines classic 2D fighting visuals with advanced 3D character models that look and feel as if they are ripped straight out of the DRAGON BALL anime series.

DRAGON BALL FighterZ gives fans of all skill levels the opportunity to feel like their favorite DRAGON BALL character. Featuring 3 vs. 3 battle mechanics, new and seasoned players are sure to experience the epic scope of DRAGON BALL as they select their three-character team to take into battle. The game also encourages players to train and master more than one fighter and style, delivering richer gameplay and motivation to take down the competition.

“The DRAGON BALL franchise is tailor suited for the fighting game genre, and DRAGON BALL FighterZ will be the next exciting addition to a long history of great fighting games,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “Arc System Works brings a pedigree and record of quality that fighting game fans can trust; with awesome visuals players might mistake as actual 2D animation from the famed DRAGON BALL series.”

Players who can’t wait to dive into the action in DRAGON BALL FighterZ‘s won’t have to wait long as a closed beta for the game will be held on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 before the end of summer. More details pertaining to the closed beta will be shared soon.

DRAGON BALL FighterZ will be available in the Americas for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 system, and PCs via STEAM in early 2018. For more information regarding DRAGON BALL FighterZ and additional titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., please visit: https://www.bandainamcoent.com, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS, or https://www.facebook.com/DBZ.videogames/. Join the conversation on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

Developed by Arc System Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 on January 26, 2018, and will feature 3-on-3 battles presented in “2.5D”.

Aug 02

FUNimation To Be Acquired By Sony Pictures Television Networks

Sony Pictures Television Networks has officially purchased a majority-stake in FUNimation, the North American distributor for the Dragon Ball animated series. As reported by Deadline, “Sony Pictures Television Networks is increasing its footprint in the anime space, with a deal to pay $143 million for 95% of Japanese anime distributor Funimation Productions.” Sony released the following press release:

SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS TO ACQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY STAKE IN FUNIMATION

Culver City, Calif., July 31, 2017 – Sony Pictures Television Networks has reached an agreement to acquire a substantial majority stake in Japanese anime distributor Funimation Productions, Ltd., (“Funimation”), subject to regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions, valuing the company at approximately $150 million. Gen Fukunaga, CEO of Funimation, will retain a minority stake in the business and remain CEO.

With a catalog that includes popular titles such as “Dragon Ball Z”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “One Piece”, “My Hero Academia” and “Attack on Titan”, Funimation licenses and distributes Japanese anime content in the U.S., and operates the subscription streaming service FunimationNOW, available via the PlayStation Store, iTunes Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, Xbox Store and mobile devices. Additionally, the company sells merchandise and DVDs through its website, Funimation.com.

“Around the world, Sony’s networks have been major players in the anime space for nearly two decades, and in more recent years we have rapidly increased our networks’ over-the-top and digital offerings to consumers. With the acquisition of Funimation, the combined IP of ANIMAX, KIDS STATION and Funimation allows us to deliver the best anime to fans across all screens and platforms,” said Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television.

Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga added, “With Funimation’s long-established leadership position in anime and Sony’s direct access to the creative pipeline in Japan, it will be a great partnership to take Funimation to the next level.”

Outgoing Chairman of Funimation, John A Kuelbs, and lead investor, Doug Deason, said, “Funimation experienced tremendous growth and success since 2011. We believe Sony, Gen and his team are uniquely positioned to lead Funimation and its fans into an exciting and entertaining future.”

Sony Pictures Television Networks’ ANIMAX network is a multi-platform provider of Japanese anime content currently operating in 23 countries, including Japan.

Sony Pictures Television Networks operates established linear channel brands including AXN, Sony Channel, and ANIMAX, and digital brands including CRACKLE around the world, AXN Now in Europe and Asia, and Sony LIV in India.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Funimation along with Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP acting as exclusive legal advisor. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as legal advisor to Sony Pictures Television Networks.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks
Sony Pictures Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching nearly two billion subscribers around the world. Based in Culver City, Amsterdam, Budapest, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Singapore and Tokyo, Sony’s linear and digital networks offer high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and third-parties, as well as original content commissioned globally and locally. Sony Pictures Television Networks is a division of Sony Pictures Television Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

About Funimation 
Funimation is the #1 English-language anime content provider in North America, which licenses, adapts and distributes anime content from Japanese rights holders internationally. Its catalog includes over 10,000 hours of content with rights to over 450 brands and provides dubbed and subbed anime across multiple channels. FunimationNOW, the Company’s streaming platform, is the leading North American English-language OTT anime platform.

To help ease the minds of the consumer, FUNimation released a list of FAQ’s, that can be viewed on the official website.