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.

May 16

Toei Animation & FUNimation North American Dragon Ball Merchandise Licensing Agreements

Earlier today a press release was made giving details on additional Dragon Ball merchandise that will be coming to North America later in 2017. Most of the merchandise is centered around the new Dragon Ball television series, Dragon Ball Super.

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Toei And Funimation Announce New Dragon Ball Licensing Agreements
Partnerships Include both “Dragon Ball Super” and “Dragon Ball Z” Anime Series

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Toei Animation Inc. and Funimation® Entertainment announced new and renewed license agreements for the Dragon Ball franchise. These agreements with multiple partners in a variety of merchandise categories encompass both the “Dragon Ball Super” and “Dragon Ball Z” anime series. Dragon Ball is an iconic global brand and has been a pop culture favorite in North America for more than 20 years. “Dragon Ball Super,” the first new storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years, began airing on January 7, 2017 on North American cable television and garnered more than 1 million viewers for its premiere episode.

This latest round of Dragon Ball licensing agreements follows an earlier series of apparel agreements with Bioworld, Great Eastern Entertainment and JCorp announced by Toei Animation and Funimation at The Collective at Magic in February 2017. Licensed merchandise included in today’s announcement will be available in a variety of retailers across the U.S. and Canada.

Toei Animation and Funimation are actively seeking additional licensing partners including mass market distributors for “Dragon Ball Super” themed merchandise in several categories including bags, headwear and bedding and underwear.

New licensing agreements include:

  • Bandai: Leading manufacturer and master toy licensee for the Dragon Ball franchise will release a new line of “Dragon Ball Super” toys starting in Fall 2017.
  • Calendar Holdings: The leading supplier of calendars, with a collection of more than 6,000 calendars, will produce a new series of themed calendars based on “Dragon Ball Super.”
  • DigitalSoaps: The geek themed soap company with create a series of highly detailed soaps based on “Dragon Ball Z.”
  • Everything Legwear: The well-known merchandiser of licensed hosiery in the pop culture space will produce a new themed collection of socks based on “Dragon Ball Super.”
  • FUN.com: A top supplier of Halloween costumes will continue producing its collection costumes, wigs, masks and accessories based on characters from “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z.”
  • Funko: Producer of the globally popular Pop! Vinyl line of collectibles will create a new collection of characters from the Dragon Ball franchise.
  • Great Eastern Entertainment: The leading manufacturer of licensed anime and entertainment merchandise will create a new collection of accessories based on “Dragon Ball Super.”
  • IDW Publishing: One of the top publishers of comic books and graphic novels will create a new collection of themed non-collectible board, tile-laying games as well as dice games based on “Dragon Ball Z.”
  • Just Toys International: The global toy company specializing in licensed toys and gifts will create new collections of themed plush clips, plush figures and mini posters based on “Dragon Ball Super” as well as themed plush clips and plush figures based on “Dragon Ball Z.”
  • Rabbit Tanaka: A major manufacturer of innovative licensed products will continue producing themed wall décor, lighting, clocks, dartboards, pool cue sticks and rotational molded banks based on “Dragon Ball Z.”
  • Surreal Entertainment: The leading manufacturer of fan-driven licensed merchandise will continue producing themed home goods, auto accessories, coin banks, game dice and desktop accessories based on “Dragon Ball Z.”
  • Trends International: The leading supplier of licensed posters, calendars, stickers and social will produce a new collection of themed posters in a variety of sizes based on “Dragon Ball Super.”

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.

May 07

Yuka Komatsu Named Voice of Caulifla in “Dragon Ball Super”

Following the revelation of the first female Saiyan, Caulifla, the official Dragon Ball Super website revealed that Yuka Komatsu will be the voice this new Saiyan. This will be Komatsu’s first television  role working on the Dragon Ball series. Caulifla, a pun on the word “Cauliflower”, keeps in tune with the theme of Saiyan names bearing those of vegetables.

caulifla design dbsuperToei 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”. Dragon Ball Super premiered in North America on Toonami’s Adult Swim on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. The Dragon Ball Super TV series can be viewed by way of simulcast on streaming services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki, and in English on Toonami’s Adult Swim.

May 02

Female Saiyan Caulifla Makes Her Debut in Dragon Ball Super

On this week’s Dragon Ball Super, a character we have been teased multiple times finally made her debut–a female Saiyan, now known as Caulifla, a pun on the word “Cauliflower”, keeping in tune with the theme of Saiyan names bearing those of vegetables.

Another female Saiyan character was first teased in the preview trailer for the “Universe Survival Arc” of Dragon Ball Super. She was shown for an instant in her base form before transforming into a buff and meaty Super Saiyan resembling a character we all know and love. The same scene, minus the base form, is also shown in the opening theme.

Caulifa’s character was officially introduced in the June edition of V-Jump, giving us more information about her, which you can read down below.

HERE COME A NEW SAIYAN!!!
The participation of a new, powerful warrior is introduced along with information about a thrilling, highly anticipated event!!

Main topic!! A female Saiyan at last!!!
A new Saiyan is confirmed to appear in “DB Super”!! Where does she come from? Universe 6? Universe 7? In any case, there’s no doubt we need to pay close attention to her!!!

Made Official by Akira Toriyama’s Character Sheet!!!
She’s supposed to be a Saiyan, but…
If you look closely at her lower back on the model sheet, she’s supposedly a Saiyan, but she has no tail!?

And the new Saiyan in the opening animation?!
There was already a female Saiyan revealed in the opening animation!!

Translated by our own DBEternity/nemurenatta.

Finally, on episode 88 of Dragon Ball Super, the character (and her name in the credits) officially debuted, revealed as a Saiyan from Universe 6, like Cabba. She also has an older brother, whose name is Rensou, a pun on the Japanese word for “spinach” (菠薐草, hourensou).

The V-Jump article makes her seem very important, so of course, we will keep an eye on Caulifla as the series progresses into the Tournament of Power.

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”. Dragon Ball Super premiered in North America on Toonami’s Adult Swim on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. The Dragon Ball Super TV series can be viewed by way of simulcast on streaming services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki, and in English on Toonami’s Adult Swim.

Apr 29

New “Dragon Ball Super: Universe Survival Arc” Promotional Video – Team 7

Following the previously released promotional video featuring Android 17 and the “Universe Survival Arc“, Toei Animation has released yet another promotional video, only this time highlighting each member from Universe 7 that is expected to fight in the upcoming tournament! The Dragon Ball Super TV series can be viewed by way of simulcast on streaming services such as CrunchyrollDaisuki, and FunimationNow.

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”. The Dragon Ball Super English Dub premiered in North America on Toonami’s Adult Swim on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. 

Apr 26

Viz Media Uploads Official Trailer for “Dragon Ball Super” Manga

Earlier today, Viz Media uploaded an official trailer for their upcoming English-language release of the Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation to their YouTube channel. The trailer focuses on Goku’s battle with Beerus, the God of Destruction, although the first volume of the manga also features content from the Universe 6/Champa arc as well (as the manga skips the Resurrection ‘F’ arc of the anime in order to further advertise the television anime, it goes straight from the Battle of Gods arc to Champa).

Viz Media began releasing official chapters of Dragon Ball Super for free on their website back in June 2016 and has now caught up with the Japanese release, releasing the twenty-third chapter of the manga the same day it was released in V-Jump‘s June 2017 issue. While Viz continues to provide free digital chapters, it will also release print editions of the manga, beginning with volume one on May 2 and volume two on December 5, 2017.

Apr 26

Viz “Dragon Ball Super” Manga Vol.1 to Release May 2

Everyone (well, mostly everyone) has been waiting for it! The print edition of Dragon Ball Super, Vol.1 is now (and has been) available to preorder. With a release date of May 2, 2017, the 192 page paperback can be ordered on Amazon for just $9.99!

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!

Having defeated Boo, Goku is starting to get bored with his life on Earth. His wife, Chi-chi, wants him to get a job, but all he wants to do is train and fight stronger enemies. Elsewhere in the universe, the God of Destruction, Beerus, and his attendant Whis are traveling from planet to planet in search of food and entertainment. After blowing up some hapless victims, Beerus is reminded of a man from his dreams with the moniker “Super Saiyan God,” or something like that… The God of Destruction sets his sights on Earth to track down this mysterious man! Maybe this will give Goku something to do?

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 will be 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.

Apr 26

“XENOVERSE 2” DLC Pack #3 Released on April 25

A few days ago, Bandai Namco announced that the third pack of downloadable content for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, what they call “DB Super Pack 3”, would be released today, on April 25, 2017. In addition to more new techniques, costumes, quests and customizable features, new playable characters will be featured in this pack, such as Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black and Zamasu from Dragon Ball Super, and Bojack (who will also be made available as a master in the game for training). Below is their press release.

Get ready for DB Super Pack 3 available on April 25TH
April 21, 2017

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is announcing today the release date for DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 third DLC pack: DB Super Pack 3.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is announcing today the release date for DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 third DLC pack: DB Super Pack 3. This new DLC pack is going to be launched on April 25th and includes new content based on the Dragon Ball Super anime with additional characters, new parallel quests, additional skills, costumes and much more!

Available through Season Pass and purchasable individually, the DB Super Pack 3 features:

3 Additional Characters: Goku Black Rose, Zamasu and Bojack.
3 New Parallel Quests
5 Additional Skills
4 Additional Costumes
5 Super Souls
2 Emotes
Bojack as a Master, leading to new quests to unlock new Skills, Chats, Marks

This marks the third of four DLC packs that will be released for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, the first of which was released back on December 20, 2016. The packs can all be obtained via the game’s Season Pass for $29.99.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 was released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One in North America on October 25, 2016. The PC release for the game released on October 28 2016. XENOVERSE 2 was released in Europe across all platforms October 28 2016.

Apr 17

FUNimation Announces “Dragon Ball Super” Home Video Release

Earlier today FUNimation posted a listing for the first home video release for the Dragon Ball Super television series. This first volume, Part One, is set to release on July 25, 2017 and will be in a two-disc set. The DVD and Blu-ray will contain both the English and Japanese dub, and it will also contain roughly 25 minutes of bonus content. The DVD set will retail for $39.98 MSRP and $44.98 MSRP on Blu-ray.

 

 

With Majin Buu defeated, Goku has taken a completely new role as a…radish farmer?! With Earth at peace, our heroes have settled into normal lives. But they can’t get too comfortable. Far away, a powerful god awakens to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of a formidable being. When his search for the Saiyan God brings him to Earth, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

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.