Dec 07

Funimation Announces “Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters”

Well, most of us (all of us) have been waiting long enough! After much speculation as to whether or not Funimation actually had the rights to the Majin Buu Arc of Dragon Ball Z Kai, we now have confirmation. Earlier today Funimation announced that Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters will be premiering on January 7, 2017 at midnight EST on Toonami’s Adult Swim in North America!Dragon Ball Z Kai Final Chapters

Synopsis

Seven years have passed since Cell’s defeat, and the Z Fighters have returned to normal life. Goku has continued his training in the Other World, Krillin has gotten married, and Gohan has his hands full attempting to navigate the pitfalls of high school. But with the new World Martial Arts Tournament about to begin, it’s time for Goku and the Z Fighters to reunite and face off against the greatest warriors on Earth!

Meanwhile, the evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father’s thwarted dreams of universal domination. The Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z Fighters in his effort to prevent Babidi from awakening a monster of unimaginable terror—Majin Buu!

Dragon Ball (Z) Kai was a “refreshed” cut of the original DBZ anime beginning its broadcast on April 5th, 2009 (as a birthday present for Toriyama, who was born on the 4th, and for the series’ near 20th anniversary), lasting until March 27. 2011, having to stop broadcasting one episode early due to the Touhoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 of the same year. This series was meant to bring the show closer to the manga, calling itself the “Toriyama Akira Original Cut Version” of DBZ. It was also made to “bring Dragon Ball into the Digital Age”. The show uses the same footage as the old series, remastered for high-definition. Only some scenes were reanimated; usually to fix an animation error present in the original, such as Piccolo’s blood being shown red; to censor certain material, such as Gohan’s genitals; or to fix a scene with too many broken frames on the old film. (Remember, DBZ was an analogue show from the 80’s stored in 16mm film!)

This series condensed about 194 episodes of footage to a total of 97 episodes, plus the unaired episode 98, which Toei calls the “Special Episode”. This unaired episode was later released on Japanese and American DVD.

This series contains four variations of the opening theme “Dragon Soul“, and two ending themes: “Yeah! Break!Care! Break!” and “Kokoro no Hane”.

Dragon Ball Kai was cut short at the end of the Cell arc due to a variety of reasons, including low DVD sales, low television ratings, and the Kenji Yamamoto musical score scandal.

However, beginning on April 6, 2014, the Majin Buu arc of Kai finally began its broadcast in Japan. Unknown to fans at the time, the version shown on Fuji TV is not the original version that was revealed years prior to its broadcast (initially hinted on Mayumi Tanaka’s, the voice of Krillin, Twitter), but rather an edited-for-time version with different music placement and even some visual edits that would fill up the 9:00 AM Sunday time slot for a year.

The at first “International (exclusive) Version”, known as “Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters”, first began broadcasting in Korea. Toonami will begin the English broadcast in America on January 7, 2017.

Nov 30

Video Preview – “Dragon Ball Super” English Dub Voice Cast Revealed

Back on November 4 Funimation revealed that they acquired the license to the Dragon Ball Super television series. Earlier today Funimation released a press release revealing the official voice cast for the upcoming dub. With no specific date as to when Dragon Ball Super will be released in the states, a subtitled version of the series is available VIA Funimation’s streaming service, FunimationNow.

VOICE CAST REVEALED FOR THE OFFICIAL U.S. ENGLISH DUB OF “DRAGON BALL SUPER”


Dragon Ball Veterans Including Se
án Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Jason Douglas, Ian Sinclair and Sonny Strait to Reprise Roles

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 30, 2016. As Toei Animation Inc. and Funimation® Entertainment ready for the highly-anticipated, dub launch of “Dragon Ball Super,” the acclaimed original English cast is back to embark on the newest adventure in the Dragon Ball saga. Long-time Dragon Ball franchise voice actors reprising their previous roles for Funimation’s English dub production include Seán Schemmel (Goku), Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta), Jason Douglas (Beerus), Ian Sinclair (Whis) and Sonny Strait (Krillin) – all of whom starred in last year’s hit movie “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’,”which became the 9th highest grossing anime film of all time in the U.S.

Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, “Dragon Ball Super” follows the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain Earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Super draws on its thirty-year history to create a bold, new universe that is welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.

“We are excited to welcome back our many friends and talented newcomers in making ‘Dragon Ball Super’ as special as it can be for fans across the U.S.,” said Masayuki Endo, President of Toei Animation Inc. “Funimation has been a fantastic partner in shaping the series for English audiences.”

“We’re thrilled to reunite the original voice cast for our U.S. English dub production of ‘Dragon Ball Super’ with Toei,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “Dragon Ball fans –  new and old – can look forward to the same great dub experience with ‘Dragon Ball Super’ that they have been enjoying for the past 18 years.”

CHARACTER                   ACTOR

GOKU                               Seán Schemmel

VEGETA                           Christopher R. Sabat

BEERUS                            Jason Douglas

WHIS                                 Ian Sinclair

KRILLIN                            Sonny Strait

GOHAN                            Kyle Hebert

BULMA                             Monica Rial

PICCOLO                          Christopher R. Sabat

TRUNKS                           Alexis Tipton

NARRATOR                     Doc Morgan

GOTEN                             Kara Edwards

CHI-CHI                            Cynthia Cranz

A18                                    Meredith McCoy

SATAN                              Chris Rager

BUU                                   Josh Martin

KING KAI                          Seán Schemmel

SHENRON                       Christopher R. Sabat

VIDEL                                Kara Edwards

YAMCHA                         Christopher R. Sabat

TIEN                                  John Burgmeier

SHOU                                Chris Cason

ROSHI                               Mike McFarland

PUAR                                Brina Palencia

PILAF                                 Chuck Huber

OX-KING                          Kyle Hebert

OOLONG                         Brad Jackson

MARRON                         Tia Ballard

KIBITO KAI                      Kent Williams

ELDER KAI                       Kent Williams

DENDE                             Justin Cook

CHIAOTZU                       Brina Palencia

MAI                                   Colleen Clinkenbeard

Subtitled episodes of “Dragon Ball Super” are currently available on FunimationNow as well as Crunchyroll and Daisuki.net along with new simulcast episodes streaming on Saturdays at 8:30 pm ET.

Nov 19

Viz Offers Dragon Ball Super Manga in Digital Format for Free

This isn’t exactly new news, but we thought it would benefit the few that may still be unaware of this. We have been receiving many emails regarding where people can find the Dragon Ball Super manga in English. Well, back in June 2016 to many people’s surprise Viz Media released an English translated version of Dragon Ball Super manga chapter 1 in digital format. Since then, 12 additional chapters have been published digitally, and are all available for free on the Viz Media website. The latest chapter, chapter 12, was published yesterday November 18.

dragon ball super manga chapter 12

If you are interested in reading all of the previous chapters, for your convenience we have provided links to all of them below:

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. Funimation also recently announced that they have acquired the rights to, and will soon begin production on the Dragon Ball Super English dub.

Nov 19

Dragon Ball Culture Volume 2

Volume 1 of Dragon Ball Culture was released back in December of 2014, and since then, 6 more volumes have been released. Author Derek Padula has put intense research towards creating an accurate account on the origins of the Dragon Ball franchise, and we get a truly in-depth look of how much combined culture is embedded throughout the Dragon Ball World.

dragon ball culture volume 2

Dragon Ball Culture Vol. 2 explores chapters 1-23 of the Dragon Ball manga, but not in a way that one would expect. Author Derek Padula discusses series creator and manga author Akira Toriyama, and how hidden spirituality and symbolism helped make the Dragon Ball series such a great success. Thought you learned enough in Vol.1? Give Vol. 2 a read, you won’t be disappointed! Lastly, if I were to make any suggestions before reading Vol. 2 it would be the following: Expect to learn that what you may believe you once understood about the series, may in fact not be as transparent as you once thought!

Nov 04

Funimation Announces “Dragon Ball Super” English Dub

Funimation has announced that they have expanded their partnership with Toei Animation to include the Dragon Ball Super television series! With this expansion, the “multi‐year agreement will introduce “Dragon Ball Super” throughout the USA & Canada” and “the partnership [will also cover] broadcast and merchandising opportunities for “Dragon Ball Super” as well.

According to Funimation, “fans can immediately begin watching current subtitled episodes of “Dragon Ball Super” (episodes 1 – 10 and 47 – 64) on FunimationNow followed by new simulcast episodes which will begin with episode 65 this Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. CT. Episodes 11 – 46 will be available on FunimationNow once subtitling has been completed.” Along with this new agreement, the production of the Dragon Ball Super” English dub will soon begin! Voice actors Sean Schemmel (Goku) and Chris Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo et al.) are expected to reprise their roles as key voices to the series. See full press release below!

dragon ball super updated logo

Dragon Ball Super Toei Funimation

“DRAGON BALL SUPER” SUBTITLED EPISODES BEGIN STREAMING TODAY ON FUNIMATIONNOW WITH NEW SIMULCAST EPISODES STARTING NOVEMBER 5, 2016

Funimation to Produce English Dub of New Series

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 4, 2016. Building upon their more than 20‐year association with the Dragon Ball franchise, Funimation® Entertainment and Toei Animation Inc. have expanded their partnership to include “Dragon Ball Super” – the first new storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years. Encompassing streaming, digital download and home video distribution, their multi‐year agreement will introduce “Dragon Ball Super” throughout the USA & Canada. In addition, the partnership also covers broadcast and merchandising opportunities for “Dragon Ball Super” as well. Fans can immediately begin watching current subtitled episodes of “Dragon Ball Super” (episodes 1 – 10 and 47 – 64) on FunimationNow followed by new simulcast episodes which will begin with episode 65 this Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. CT. Episodes 11 – 46 will be available on FunimationNow once subtitling has been completed. In conjunction with the agreement, production will begin on an English dub of the “Dragon Ball Super” series, with broadcast and casting details to follow.

“We are thrilled to continue our great partnership with Toei Animation,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “Like with the recent blockbuster Dragon Ball Z movies, having original creator Akira Toriyama passionately involved in ‘Dragon Ball Super’ is so wonderful to see and for fans to experience.”

“We are delighted to introduce ‘Dragon Ball Super’ to a fantastic audience together with Funimation,” said Masayuki Endo, President of Toei Animation Inc. “’Dragon Ball Super’ encompasses everything fans love about Dragon Ball, while talking the mythology to a whole new level. Toei’s team of talented animators and creators have put their passion and imagination into this series.”

Synopsis

After 18 years, we have the newest Dragon Ball story from creator Akira Toriyama.

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, the powerful God of Destruction, Beerus, awakens to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of an even more formidable being. When his search for the Saiyan God brings him to Earth, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

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About Toei Animation Inc.

Based in Los Angeles, Toei Animation Inc. manages the film distribution of Toei’s top properties, including Dragon Ball all series, Sailor Moon, One Piece, Saint Seiya, and many others to North America, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Toei Animation Los Angeles office further handles all categories of consumer product licensing based on its film and television brands within these territories. For more information, please visit toei‐ animation‐usa.com.

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”.

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