Cross Epoch will be presented in the next issue of Viz’s American version of Shonen Jump, which will also be it’s 100th issue. Cross Epoch was a single chapter mixing two mangas together, DragonBall and One Piece. It was created by Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda and was initially released in Japan in 2007. This one shot featured character from both DragonBall and One Piece teamed up and going on numerous adventures.
For those that do not know of DragonBall Online, it is basically an online DragonBall MMORPG that has currently only released overseas. However, there are several English patches available, but an official English translated version has not released yet. Akira Toriyama performed design and story concepts for this game and it is developed by Bandai. Nonetheless, here are some brand new in-game screenshots of DragonBall online. And don’t forget, you can actually download this game via our partners website, DragonBall Online.
FUNimation is now streaming DragonBall Z episodes online for free. So far, they have got up to episode 15 of DBZ. You can now watch each and every episode as they release here at DragonBall Legends as well. You can do so by clicking the “Watch DragonBall Episodes” tab on the top navigation bar above the content or in the sidebar.
We recently showed off one scan for the Nintendo DS game DragonBall Kai: Ultimate Butoden from V-Jump. We now have several more scans from that issue here, which reveals more screenshots and details for this upcoming game that releases February 3rd, 2011.
We revealed not too long back that FUNimation would be streaming the entire DragonBall anime series online. They have now confirmed via their twitter and blog that the DBZ episodes will be from the “orange brick” season sets which include the dubbed version with music by Bruce Faulconer and the subtitled version with the original Japanese score. They will begin streaming DBZ episodes online this Saturday, January 15th at 7:30 pm CDT at websites such as www.dragonballz.com and www.funimation.com. If each episode can be embedded then you’ll also be able to catch every episode here at DB Legends too.
The box art for the upcoming DragonBall “complete collection” DVD set has been revealed. This set includes all four of the DragonBall movies, which are: Curse of the Blood Rubies, Mystical Adventure, Sleeping Princessin Devil’s Castle and The Path to Power. It’ll include both the English and uncut Japanese versions. The release date is February 8th, 2011.
FUNimation has announced that they will be streaming the entire DragonBall anime series (DragonBall, Z, GT, and Kai) online starting January 15th. You’ll be able to find these episode online (legally for the first time) at sites such as www.dragonballz.com, funimation.com and dragonballzkai.com. It’s worth noting that you don’t need to live in the United States to view these videos, as FUNimation has explicitly mentioned Canada as well. And if each video has the ability to be embedded then you’ll also find every episode here at DB Legends in the near future. Here’s the exact e-mail announcement below.
FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation Announce Online Streaming of Dragon Ball Z
Anime Leaders to Stream Episodes of Iconic Anime Series
Flower Mound, Texas – January 3, 2011 — FUNimation® Entertainment and Toei Animation Co., Ltd. have entered into an agreement giving the American anime leader exclusive rights to the U.S. and Canadian online streaming of the studios’ signature animated series “Dragon Ball Z.”
Starting Saturday, January 15th at 7:30 PM CDT preceding the One Piece simulcast at 8:00 PM CDT, FUNimation will stream the series from its beginning via the official Dragon Ball Z website www.dragonballz.com in addition to www.dragonballzkai.com , www.funimation.com and FUNimation partner site www.hulu.com.
FUNimation will offer its professionally-produced, uncut, English-tracked and English-subtitled adaptations of the hugely successful series beginning with the first episode as well as other chapters of the Dragon Ball franchise: Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Z Kai.
“We are pleased to offer the first legal streaming of this seminal anime series,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “Dragon Ball Z and One Piece are the crown jewels of our digital content strategy and we are proud of the diverse selection of series that entertains established fans and new ones as well.”
FUNimation’s re-release of the first Dragon Ballmovie, Curse of the Blood Rubies, is now available in stores. This $15 DVD is uncut and remastered, and features a new dub with updated voice actors. Buy it on Amazon for $13.49 or just walk your butt to the nearest DVD retailer.
According to Right Stuff, the release date for the sixth volume of the Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box sets has been confirmed as July 5th, 2011. The same site also pushed back the release date for Dragon Box volume 5 to April 26, 2011. Right Stuff has been very reliable in the past and usually has items available for pre-order before websites such as Amazon. You can view the box art for the volume five DVD below.
The DragonBall Online Community has recently released a brand new English patch for the PC MMORPG game, DragonBall Online. You can find and download the patch by following this link, or you can download the game itself by visiting this link. Alternatively, you can get a basic overview of the game here. There are some negatives concerning this new patch though, as it still does not translate the following: skill/item names and effects, monster/NPC names, quest text or player messages in a different language.
DragonBall Heroes is a Japan-only DragonBall Z arcade game that uses cards to customize and use your characters in the game via a game board. This unique upcoming DragonBall game was featured at Jump Festa in Japan recently and ShintaCard blog (here and here) has provided reports and photos from the event which you can check out here!
Here is the result of the report this time devoted to Dragon Ball Heroes. As you can see from the photo booth there was a main attraction for DBH with a dozen machines for free play. But to access the machines had to arm himself with a lot of patient. When I visited the booth around 9:30 or 10 am there were already about 1:30 tail. Since I do not want to accumulate fatigue waiting early in the day I toured the show and I returned to the stand DBH to 14 hours. The sign posted about 2 hours waiting.
But I wanted to get a booster promo that is normally distributed at tournaments, I am armed with patience and I put myself in the queue. After waiting it was my turn to go to the machine. As I had no cards with me a facilitator lent me 3 cards to play. The fight is against Cell and I made myself shrivel in 5 minutes. From what I’ve seen most of the players to lose, even those who were come with their cards. Bandai had put one of the strongest opponent to avoid monopolizing the machines for too long and well run.
Once the game ended, I received a booster containing a promo card. You can see below pictures of the booster on and off. There are 10 promo cards available in the booster + 6 variants with brilliant effect. Despite the great expectations I’m glad I was able to try the machines and have a promo card. It is a card that I deserved and dear to my heart now.
There was another coupon distributed at the show: the PB-11. You can see from the photo-cons made from 01. This promo is normally distributed to people who could not enroll at tournaments (where there is more room). During the Jump Festa it was distributed with a vengeance with prospectus. While I was waiting I saw hundreds of distributed, even thousands. Anecdote for mine: before entering the queue I asked the guy holding a sign with the waiting time and regulates the flow if there is a need to have cards to play. He says “that’s like a card” on leaving the promotion of his pocket. It made me laugh all the time his little mischievous and complicit when I had myself the promo in my pocket. I had received just before ^ ^
The only news was the announcement of the part 2 coming out January 13. The info is available on the official website for a few days. We also had the right to a video showing a little part 2. There was also the starter that will be available for sale at Christmas forward.
DragonBall Heroes releases in Japan on January 13th, 2011. No word on if it’ll release worldwide, but probably not. You can check out a trailer of the game below!
A few months ago, new Dragon Ball guide books released in Japan called, “Extreme Battle Collections.” These guides covered the entire Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z series, and you can find scans of both of them at Kanzentai. But what was most interesting about these guides was the brand new interview with Akira Toriyama, in which he answers several questions relating to the Dragon Ball manga and anime. The following interview was recently translated by the DB fansite, Kanzentai.
When the series was being made into an anime, did you give the anime staff any demands?
I intended to leave everything up to them, so I don’t think I had anything in particular. But I did warn them when I felt they were moving too much in a certain direction.
What did you think the first time you saw Goku move? Did the voice fit your own image?
I was wondering what they were going to do when his head moved, since his hairstyle wasn’t really consistent, so I admire whoever had to had to make it look as if it were. The voice fit my image exactly. But I guess that’s only natural, since I listened to the seiyuu audition tapes and picked it myself (laughs). The truth is that I don’t know much about anime, so even when I was told the name Nozawa Masako, at the time I had no idea she was someone famous.
What impressions did you have when you saw the anime battle scenes?
In manga, nothing actually moves, and you just have to draw the poses in each panel, but in anime you have to draw the flow between those poses. I was honesty impressed at how they managed to draw so well while still conveying a sense of speed. But there were also instances where characters would take a whole lot of time rousing themselves up before moving into battle (laughs). Well, I guess this might have been because they were in danger of overtaking the original story before they knew it (laughs).
What are things that you paid attention to while drawing the battle scenes in the original?
Where the characters are, where they are in relation to each other, and how they are fighting. I try to show these things in as easy to understand a way as possible. That’s because I don’t like movies where the fighting scenes are too intense and it’s difficult to tell what’s going on.
What did you fret over when thinking up techniques like the Kamehameha and their poses?
Techniques that are plain but effective aren’t suited for manga. Stuff like strangleholds and locking techniques are troublesome to draw and hard to make very flashy. Even the Kamehameha is a technique that expels “ki”, which by nature is invisible, but I was able to make it flashy by hitting upon the idea of portraying it as something that could be seen with the naked eye. With that pose too, I tried out a lot of different ones. What’s more, I had to think up special characteristics for each character’s techniques, but I ran out of patterns really fast, so it was tough (laughs).
What do you pay attention to when creating a strong character?
In the long run even the pattern of the enemies is limited to a certain extent. I fretted a lot over how I could change stuff like their personality or the way their strength was portrayed, compared to the previous enemy.
Did you decide upon the balance of each characters’ strength beforehand?
I decided it to a certain extent, but it would constantly change as I kept drawing.
Did you decide on the outcomes of battles ahead of time?
I didn’t decide on that at all. Even with the Tenkaichi Budoukai, I only decided on the first round or so. This way it was more fun to draw (laughs).
How was the scouter born?
I thought that maybe if strength and enemy position were shown through numbers, then it would be easy to understand for both the enemy characters and the readers.
Who are five of your favorite warriors?
I basically think that quiet types are absolutely cool. I’ve thought that ever since I was a kid. Speaking of which, Tenshinhan and Trunks are like that too. They’re all just a bunch of strong silent types (laughs). Krillin’s not quiet, but I liked the sense that he was grudgingly hanging in there. At first I only intended him to be just around for a little while, so I drew him pretty shoddily, but somewhere along the line he became Goku’s best friend (laughs). Mister Satan’s the complete opposite of the strong silent type. It was fun drawing him because despite being so petty, he wasn’t really a bad character, so I like him too.
4 and 5. – Piccolo and Vegeta: A pair who never say anything unless they have to, and have a solitary feeling. They’re authentically cool.
3. – Krillin: Krillin stands against strong opponents, despite being freaked out the whole time. He’s now Goku’s #1 friend!
2. Mister Satan: Satan’s a character overflowing with human kindness and weakness. He’s loved the whole world over.
1. Son Goku: Toriyama-sensei’s #1 favorite character is Goku, of course! He’s a super warrior who’s both strong and gentle!
It’s finally here. The long-awaited video masterpiece of not just pie, and not just cake, but “PIE CAKE” has gone live. This magnificent, translucent, super supreme video features the most epic pie cake-eating known to man. It’s so good that you’re only permitted to hear, not see, the sheer unbridled awesomeness of it all. Oh and it also includes our best commentated video walkthrough of DBZ: Buu’s Fury for the GBA yet. So there’s that…
This is the second episode of our new “Let’s Play” (a commentated video walkthrough of a video game) of Dragon Ball Z: Buu’s Fury for the Gameboy Advance. You may watch the first episode of the series here (but it’s not required to understand the remarkable commentated storyline… or even recommended). Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos including future episodes of this LP (Let’s Play).
Note: There’s some mild language featured in the video, so if you’re under the age of 9 years old or have never been on the Internet before this very moment, you may want to shield your innocent ears.
The first full trailer for the impressive looking DS-fighter Dragonball Kai: Ultimate Butoden has arrived. Check out the Japanese trailer below, which shows off some incredible graphics and high production values, as well as most of the game’s features!
Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden is a new fighting game for Nintendo DS. It will cover every story arc in Dragon Ball Kai, all the way to the Buu saga. The game is planned for release in Japan on February 3rd, 2011. No North American release date has been announced yet.
The official site for the upcoming line of DragonBall figures by Banpresto has now launched. You can check out prototype images of the figures along with plenty of unique site features. If you click on “Tournament Table” via their menu, you’ll get a glimpse of the DB figures by selecting the blocks shown there. You’ll then be redirected to a cool 360 degree view of the prototype model. But since the site is in Japanese, we’re currently unable to provide any details concerning the figures including their price and release date. So for now, we suggest visiting the official website and viewing the gallery below to see for yourself the high quality of the merchandise.
Update: Watana Blog mentions that the tournament section is indeed a voting system for which models will be finalized. If that’s the case, that isn’t much of a selection in my opinion.
We also got word that the winner of this contest will receive 1,000,000 yen. So it does appear that every figure we see on the site will be finalized and released. What we see on the site is just a promotional contest, and the winner of the tournament shown on the official site will then receive the 1,000,000 yen, so this is pretty big guys. Continue checking the site shown above for stats of the winners/losers so far if you wish.