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.

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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).

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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.

Apr 18

Dragon Ball Full Color Freeza Arc Release Schedule

Later this week we will be releasing our review of Vol. 1 of the Dragon Ball Full Color Freeza ArcBefore we do so, we thought we would share a bit of information that is worth paying attention to. Keep in mind, all of this information is subject to change.

In 2014 VIZ Media released a press release stating the following:

GOKU RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA AS VIZ MEDIA RELEASES DRAGON BALL FULL COLORMANGA EDITION
 
Experience Akira Toriyama’s Bestselling Martial Arts Action Adventure In Vivid Color
 
San Francisco, CA, January 27, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, brings Akira Toriyama’s classic manga (graphic novel) series DRAGON BALL back to fans in an entirely new way with the release of DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR Volume 1 on February 4th.

“The new edition from the Shonen Jump imprint features a special full-color treatment of the first DRAGON BALL Z manga volume in a larger 6 5/8″ x 10 ¼” size. The volume is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $19.000 U.S. / $22.99 CAN / £12.99 U.K. Future volumes will be published three times a year.

Let’s be clear. A key point here is that, “Future volumes will be published three times a year.” 

Clearly VIZ didn’t stick to this, seeing as how they went almost a full two years without publishing anything after the Saiyan Arc, which was released in this order: Vol. 1 of the Saiyan Arc on February 4, 2014, Vol. 2 on April 1, 2014, and Vol. 3 on June 3, 2014.

Finally, Vol. 1 of the Freeza Arc will release this May 3, 2016Sounds good, right? Oh wait..! Here is the thing: So far FIVE volumes of the Freeza arc are listed on Amazon, and here are the release dates listed for ALL: 

Vol. 1 of the Freeza Arc releasing on May 3, 2016, Vol. 2 on July 5, 2016, and Vol. 3 on September 6, 2016.

Now for the final two volumes listed: Vol. 4 on November 1, 2016 and Vol. 5 on January 3, 2017. So with that said, if this doesn’t change, 4 volumes will be releasing this year. Again, not sticking to the originally intended release schedule. Now it seems to be every two months.

So as it stands TODAY, this is the advertised release schedule for the Full Color Freeza Arc Comic: 

**Release dates subject to change, considering the inconsistent track record of the previous releases. Also keep in mind, it is still unclear if Volume 5 will take us to the conclusion of Goku’s fight with Freeza.

With all of that said, please stay tuned for our full review of Vol. 1 of the Full Color Freeza Arc coming later this week!

Apr 15

Dragon Ball Fusions (Nintendo 3DS) Teaser Trailer Released

Originally dubbed “Dragon Ball: Project Fusion“, Bandai Namco has released the teaser for an original Nintendo 3DS game developed by Ganbarion, now called Dragon Ball Fusions.

This trailer showcases core gameplay and story, emphasising the fact that it is an open-world adventure across time and space, and that fusion can be openly used with many characters in the game. The main character is an original, custom character who interacts with the many other characters already established in the Dragon World, and the story of the game is brand-new as well, with Fusion as its selling point. Players will explore the Dragon World, the Other World, and even travel back and forth through time.

The game is considered to be Dragon Ball’s “first collection- and training-type RPG”. In the game, the player can search for and gather characters from the series. With these characters, they can train and embark on adventures, but most importantly, they can undergo Fusion with them.

The official website for the game was also updated. On it, it is revealed that famous locations from the series can be visited, such as Kame House and the Capsule Corporation, as well as new areas, in which the player, “together with [their] allies”, will uncover the “mysteries of this strange world”. A core game mechanic called “EX Fusion” is also revealed on the website. With a “Metamo Ring” that Bulma creates, EX Fusion, a special type of the ability, becomes possible. EX Fusion allows characters that were originally not compatible to be able to undergo Fusion. The characters shown here are Videl and Pan, Mr. Satan and Majin Boo, Kuririn and Piccolo, and most importantly, Goku and Broly. The trailer itself also hints at the EX Fusion mechanic, teasing Goku and Broly’s Fusion at the very end. With EX Fusion, players can “give life to the strongest of warriors and embark on adventures!”

Dragon Ball Fusions is due out for the Nintendo 3DS later this year in Japan. Currently there are no plans to localise the game for an English release.

Be sure to visit the official website right here!

Apr 07

Dragon Ball Full Color Comic Freeza Arc to Release May 3

Earlier today VIZ Media announced VIA a press release that the Freeza Arc of the Dragon Ball Full Color Comic will be releasing with Volume 1 on May 3, 2016. Back in July at AnimeExpo VIZ made the announcement that the Full Color Comics would in fact be continuing beginning in May 2016, but no specific date was provided until today.

The Full Color Freeza Arc can be pre-ordered today via Amazon. Full press release below:

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VIZ MEDIA RELEASES

DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR: FREEZA ARC

IN BOLD PRINT AND DIGITAL EDITIONS

Major Story Arc Of Akira Toriyama’s Bestselling Action Adventure Series Arrives In A Vivid Large-Size Color Manga Edition Next Month!

San Francisco, CA, April 7, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, offers a vibrant dose of Akira Toriyama’s most famous manga (graphic novel) series – DRAGON BALL – with the release of DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR: FREEZA ARC, Volume 1 on May 3rd.

The new edition of the classic action epic from the Shonen Jump imprint covers a fan-favorite story arc of the series and will be presented in a vivid, full-color volume at a larger 6 5/8″ x 10 ¼” trim size. The volume is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry a print MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. The DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR: FREEZA ARC, Volume 1 also launches digitally on May 3rd via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores. Future full color editions of the 5-volume FREEZA ARC will be published on a quarterly basis.

After his epic battle with Vegeta, Son Goku and his friends must obtain the wish-granting Dragon Balls in order to resurrect their fallen allies! Their search will take them all the way to the planet Namek, where the evil Freeza and his minions are slaughtering the Namekians in order to fulfill Freeza’s wish for immortality. What will it take to defeat this great evil?

Also available digitally and in print from VIZ Media are Volumes 1-3 of the DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR: SAIYAN ARC, the exciting preceding storyline of the classic series.

Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popular Dr. Slump. His hit series Dragon Ball (published in the U.S. as Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z) ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. He is also known for his design work on video games such as Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Tobal No. 1, and Blue Dragon. His manga works include JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN, COWA! And SAND LAND (all published by VIZ Media), as well as Kajika, Neko Majin, and an illustrated children’s book, Toccio the Angel.

For additional information on DRAGON BALL and other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

On February 4, 2014 Volume 1 of the Saiyan arc was released. Three volumes came out between the first release in February, and the release of Volume 3 on June 3, 2014. These three volumes brought us to the completion of the Saiyan Arc.

For those that do not own the previous 3 volumes, your can order them right here:

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