In a recent interview with FUNimation’s Sean Schemmel (Goku), it was confirmed that they are indeed currently working on the continuation of Dragon Ball Z Kai. Kyle Hebert (Adult Gohan) has also confirmed this via his Facebook account. Here’s the portion of the interview with Sean Schemmel confirming FUNimation’s involvement in Dragon Ball Kai : Buu Saga.
Tell us about some of the projects you have been involved in. What is your favourite project to date?
“Well of course, the Dragonball series has a special place for me in my heart, but there are other projects that were more “fun” for a number of reasons. Kappa Mikey comes to mind, which was a parody about anime. Recording both the audiobooks “Shit My Dad Says” and “I Suck At Girls” was a total blast to work on because those books are hilarious. But most recently getting to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in the iPad game Batman The Dark Knight Rises by Gameloft was really really thrilling. I consider it a major career highlight. I’m currently working Yugioh Zexal and I am about to finish the Buu saga for DBZ Kai.”
And here’s the statement from Kyle Hebert (FUNimation’s Adult Gohan).
Just got the blessing to announce I will be returning as Gohan for the Buu Saga of Dragonball Z Kai. No release or broadcast dates for now. For those who overlooked Kai because of the edits on TV, remember its UNCUT on DVD/blu ray. Pretty psyched to return to the role that began my VO career. Recording in a few weeks.
Apparently during his time at Oz Comic Con 2013, Chris Sabat stated that FUNimation has obtained the license to dub Dragon Ball Kai: Buu Saga. He specifically said that there would be a total of 66 episodes. We reported last year about Toei Animation continuing Dragon Ball Kai with the Buu saga. So it is inevitable for FUNimation to work on DBZ Kai Buu saga, but it is currently not confirmed Chris Sabat actually stated this. Here are a few videos of Chris Sabat at Oz Comic Con 2013 (discussing Battle of Gods and more).
Nicktoons has announced via Twitter that they will finally air the movie special “History of Trunks”. Along with that, they will also air the last episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai (Cell Saga) episode 98, which is the episode Mirai Trunks returns to his time to defeat the Androids and Cell. This all happens February 8th (this Friday).
Sean Schemmel (FUNimation voice actor for Goku) has stated via his official Twitter account that he has not heard anything about FUNimation dubbing the upcoming Dragon Ball Z movie, Battle of Gods. He also goes to say he has not recorded anything for Dragon Ball Kai: Buu Saga. He says this does not mean it won’t happen, it’s just that FUNimation has yet to approach him concerning this. Check out some quotes below.
For the record, I have not been approached by Funi to record upcoming dbzmovie. Nor have I recorded any of the buu saga for kai…
I seriously doubt they will use the funi cast, especially if there is a high budget…but I have zero data at this time.
Doesnt mean it wont happen, just saiyan that I havent been contacted yet.
FUNimation has finally announced a release date for Dragon Ball Z Kai season four. It will be available March 12 2013 on both DVD and Blu-ray. It will cover the final episodes of the Cell saga (78-98). This would be the final season to release, however it has been confirmed that Toei Animation has decided to continue the Kai series and treat the Buu saga the same as the rest.
If you’ve been keeping up with the alternate dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai, you would know Ocean has been working hard on it for quite a while now. It has now been “somewhat” confirmed that the first two episodes of Ocean’s version of Dragon Ball Kai will air in the UK on December 26th 2012 (Prologue to Battle! The Return of Goku! and The Enemy is Goku’s Brother?! The Secret of the Mighty Saiyan Warriors).
Stay tuned as we receive more info on this and can further confirm this piece of news. There is still a small chance they will simply air FUNimation’s version, however it is unlikely!
Update: It has been confirmed to be the FUNimation version. So any Ocean dub fans out there will still have to wait.
Toei Animation has officially announced that Dragon Ball Kai is coming to the UK and this month! They will first only air the first 53 episodes of Kai and it will be the English dub. However it is uncertain on if they will use FUNimation’s dub or if Ocean has finally finished dubbing Dragon Ball Kai. Here’s a quote from the website.
The English media group CSC Media just acquired the TV rights for 53 episodes of Dragon Ball Z Kai. The English dubbed version should start airing this month in the UK.
The Dragon Ball Z series is currently published on DVD by Manga Entertainment in the UK where the 4th box is released this month.
The other day we reported about Toshio Furukawa working on a project with the rest of the Japanese Dragon Ball voice cast and today we have received official word on what they were working on. They will be continuing the Dragon Ball Kai series will the crew moving on into the Buu arcs. Mayumi Tanaka (Krillin) reported via her blog the following:
It won’t be aired in Japan, but overseas, Dragon Ball Kai is continuing.
Right now, we are recording the part at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai, where Goten and Trunks infiltrate the adults’ division by one standing on the other’s shoulders.
The image is definitely clearer than before.
We talked about how we want it to air in Japan, too.
AXN has reported via Facebook that Dragon Ball Kai will be coming to Poland November 8th 2012 and will air on weekdays. This port of Kai will be the original Japanese version with Polish subtitles. Here’s a rough translated quote from AXN:
NOTE! Important information for all seeking news about the series Dragon Ball Kai. We will radiate from the Japanese version on November 8 on weekdays at 15:30! Are you happy?
Here’s some good news for all our French readers out there, the Dragon Ball Z Kai DVD box set released in France yesterday that contains both the French dub and the original Japanese version with subtitles. This box set includes episodes 1-54 and covers the Saiyan and Freeza sagas. It is published by AB Video and is the cropped 16:9 version and is currently at a price of 59.95 €.
Ocean Studios has been working on their own dubbed version of DragonBall Kai and we all know it has been a long wait to hear anything official. Scott McNeil (voice of Piccolo and more) recently attended Otakuthon 2012 in Montreal, Québec, Canada. He did not mention much aside from the fact that he is still working on DragonBall Kai! He mentions this at the 45:30 mark in the following video (sorry for the sound quality) via his Q&A session at this convention.
FUNimation has released season three of DragonBall Z Kai today on DVD and Blu-ray! This newly condensed release of Z Kai includes a lot more episodes than previous releases with a total of 600 minutes and includes both the English and Japanese version! Here’s a small description from FUNimation.
For the first time in history, experience the legendary Z as the master intended: bigger, faster, stronger, and packed with the pulverizing power to blow your puny minds! Beef up your collection with this manga-centric, fresh take on Akira Toriyama’s original vision, featuring more action than you can handle, revitalized animation, and an amped-up audio experience that will make your ears beg for mercy!
Kollaboration Dallas is an Asian-American talent showcase that promotes positive and accurate perceptions of Asians and Pacific Islanders by providing a platform for young artists to showcase their talents. So basically an alternate American Idol. FUNimation is currently attending this event in which they have showcased DragonBall Z Kai. Check out a few photos below!
Why is DragonBall Z Kai and FUNimation here? Who really knows. Will fans showcase their love for Dragonball Z in a talented live performance? FUNimation is currently at Animefest in Dallas as well, so maybe they are just simply promoting this event. It should also be noted that FUNimation is also attending Dragon Con and Kumoricon as well!
As you may recall, we reported last year that Ocean Studios was working on their own version of an English dub of DragonBall Kai. And now Brendan Hunter (voice actor of Tenshinhan from DragonBall Z) has a small statement regarding DragonBall Z Kai via Facebook.
I am a voice actor for ocean. I am not allowed to discuss shows that haven’t been released or publicly confirmed. Follow me and as soon as I can talk about it I will. I can talk about dbgt and dragon ball for which I did oob and tien respectively. Plus numerous smaller characters. Standby on Kai…
Hope you and other DB fans will follow me so I can keep ppl posted as I hear more
So at the moment he can’t exactly talk about it but re confirms that they are indeed working on DragonBall Kai.
Here’s some good news to all our French readers out there. DragonBall Kai is finally heading your way this Fall! It has been reported that the dub is being produced by the company AB and will have an initial release date of October 8th 2012. The DVD boxes will contain both the French and original Japanese versions and is going at a set price of €39 euros. You can pre-order this item here as well!