FUNimation has announced the release of DragonBall Z Kai Part 6 and Dragon Box Volume 7. Part 7 of the Dragon Box is the final release and covers episode 261-291 and will be available on September 13th 2011. Part 6 of DragonBall Kai continues into the Cell Arc storylines and will also be available on September 13th 2011. Along with these announcements, box art has been made available as well.
Namco Bandai has revealed a new DBZ game entitled “DragonBall Game Project Age” (pending title) with an amazing trailer, which can be viewed here. This game is slated for a Fall 2011 release and will release on the PS3 and XBOX 360. You can read the press release below the trailer.
THE UNSTOPPABLE SAGA LIVES ON WITH DRAGON BALL® GAME PROJECT! Dragon Ball Game Project AGE 2011 Scheduled for Release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 System for Fall 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (May 11, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. delivered a KAMEHAMEHA today with the announcement of Dragon Ball® Game Project AGE 2011 (working title) for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Prepare to dive into the world of Dragon Ball Z with Earth-shaking combat, a massive character selection, faithful manga-style graphics as well as exciting new features sure to please Dragon Ball fans around the world.
The upcoming Dragon Ball Game Project is currently in development by Spike Co. Ltd., who are honing their considerable talents to create a new landmark game for the Dragon Ball Z franchise. The game features upgraded environmental and character graphics, with designs drawn from the original manga series. Destructible battle fields, including massive craters and ki energy blasts cutting across the sky deliver a more dynamic experience and immediate sense of urgency to the exhilarating fights. An enhanced story mode drops players into the rich Dragon Ball Z universe, filled with beloved characters and powerful enemies. An accessible battle system allows gamers of all ages will be able to hold their own in fast-paced battles, while still retaining tactical depth for hardcore fans.
The new Dragon Ball Game Project will be playable at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in July. For more information related to Dragon Ball Z, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com.
Numerous rumors are reporting that DragonBall Z Kai will resume airing episodes on Nicktoons starting May 30th with episode 64. There are speculations on why exactly they are delaying the next series of episodes, such as replacing the music score, but one thing is for sure…longer than a month from now is quite a wait. Whether these rumors are true or not, it does not take away the fact that no new DBZ Kai episodes have or will air anytime soon. When they resume airing, we will also provide streaming episodes of the new episodes, so stay tuned.
Also, there should be plenty of new legal streaming episodes of DBZ available via the official DragonBall websites, so you should expect those to be embedded here soon as well.
DragonBall SD Chapter 2 has released today and we have English translated scans of the new manga available here! Chapter two follows the story on Planet Namek and a lot more characters such as Gohan, Vegeta and Freeza are revealed. Read the second chapter of DragonBall SD here!
We still encourage you all to purchase this new DragonBall manga.
This Japanese magazine scan shows off some kind of DragonBall Jump Land special which features a Majin Vegeta and Buu headlining the article and Chibi “Mirai” Trunks and Chibi Freeza right below it. Nothing is certain of this just yet since it has not been translated. But as soon as it does we will shed some light on exactly what this is. Take a look at it yourself by enlarging the scan below.
This could be a preview of what is to come with the next chapter of DragonBall SD as it will feature the fight between Goku and Freeza chibi style. It could also be something entirely new, we will keep you up to date on this find.
Update: It appears it may just be some sort of simulation game you can play on your cellphone. The game lets you control Vegeta or Gohan to fight against Majin Buu or Babidi. More on this if it comes.
Some new animated promo videos for the new video game DragonBall Heroes has surfaced showing off a sort of “what if” scenario for Mirai Trunks’ timeline. This animated promo shows Majin Buu being present in his timeline with Mirai Trunks transforming into Super Saiyan 3. Check out those videos here!
Here it is, the final episode of DragonBall Kai, episode 97 – Farewell with a Smile! Heading for New days. You can watch this episode here! Cell has been defeated and everyone gathers at Kami’s Lookout to bring forth Shenron to restore the damage that Cell had caused. But, Goku has decided to stay in Other World and takes his departure from Earth leaving all his friends and family behind. Trunks returns to his time and everyone moves on without their hero, Son Goku.
Last year a new DragonBall manga entitled DragonBall SD released it’s first chapter and now it has been revealed that it will continue onto a new chapter (disproving any rumors that it was only a one shot). Shonen Jump has provided a few previews and stated that it should release April 11th 2011. It will be created by Naho Ooishi again and will be featured in the next issue of Saikyô Jump. There are also some leaked details saying it will skip all the way to the fight between Son Goku and Freeza. Nonetheless, check out those SJ pictures below.
TOEI Animation has updated the official DragonBall Kai website indicating that episode 97 is the final episode of Kai, not episode 98 as originally planned. So, not only are they not taking Kai into the Buu arcs, they even cut the Cell saga short. This was probably due to the recent disaster in Japan, since it messed up DB Kai’s schedule. Nonetheless, the new anime, Toriko, will still be airing April 3rd and the last episode of DragonBall Kai airs this weekend. Episode 97 is entitled “Farewell with a Smile! Heading for New Days” and we will be sure to stream it when it becomes available.
On another note, it appears Nicktoons may have delayed episode 64 of DragonBall Z Kai as it did not air last night. This could be due to the music infringement or Nicktoons is taking another break before they air new episodes of DBZ Kai. We will keep you informed.
It was reported not too long back that TOEI Animation has admitted that Yamamoto Kenji has ripped off music tracks to use for the score of DragonBall Kai and that it would be removed when possible. Well, it has now been confirmed that TOEI will be using the original DBZ score to use for DragonBall Kai from now on except for the OP/ED (pretty anything related to Dragon Soul and Kokoro no Hane). Here is a direct quote via Kanzentai:
Yesterday, in Akita the episodes up to Gohan’s awakening have been broadcast, but the opening title display, the sub-title BGM, and then all the BGM throughout the show has been changed to the Z stuff. The OP, ED, CM opening and closing, and the seiyuu’s voices have been left the same as in Kai.
There is no information yet on what their plan is to do with previous DragonBall Kai products, so stay tuned until we get any more news on the matter.
Some of you may have noticed a lot of similarities with the music from DragonBall Z Kai. If you thought that, then your instincts were correct as TOEI Animation did in fact rip off several movie themes to create the score for DBZ Kai. Not only that, but TOEI has admitted this and has stated that they will replace all the music from Kai. Does this mean all copies of DBZ Kai will be taken off the shelves for the time being until they redo the score? Only time will tell on what exactly they have planned. This could also be the reason behind them not continuing towards the Buu arcs as stated recently.
The existence of multiple suspicious musical pieces which may infringe on the rights of third parties has been confirmed within the musical compositions recorded for “Dragon Ball Kai”, an animated television work produced by this firm. The relevant musical pieces are used as background music in “Dragon Ball Kai”, and measures are promptly being taken to replace the relevant musical pieces from the background music of “Dragon Ball Kai”.
Also, we are proceeding with a swift investigation of the facts, and discussion of countermeasures with concerned parties in the near future.
Update: TOEI Animation now lists the composer Shunsuke Kikuchi as staff under DB Kai music. This is the guy that scored the original track for DragonBall Z. So I suppose it is possible FUNimation will use the original score as well or maybe revert back to Bruce Faulconer’s work.
FUNimation has released DragonBall Z Kai part 4 on DVD and Blu-ray today which is completely uncut and uncensored. The run time is 325 minutes and contains episode 40-52 and is in HD.
After learning that Frieza murdered his father and destroyed his home planet, Goku takes aim at the putrid purple monster in the greatest grudge match the galaxy has ever seen! The bruises multiply at a furious rate as the two warriors trade blows in a battle that literally destroys planet Namek. As the slugfest approaches a standstill, Frieza forever silences Goku’s closest friend – sending Earth’s hero into a Super Saiyan rage that threatens to obliterate them both!
Even more gameplay footage of the new arcade game, Zenkai Battle Royale, has leaked online. In this footage, we get to check out who else in playable in this game plus more epic battle scenes. You can view that video here!
We have now got confirmation that DragonBall Kai will indeed stop at the end of the Cell saga and will not continue on towards the Majin Buu arcs. It was speculated some time back that this would happen since the new anime Toriko would be taking DB Kai’s time slot once the Cell saga was finished.
Takeshi Kusao, the Japanese voice actor for Trunks, has stated there are only four episodes of DragonBall Kai left but he hopes the also remake the Majin Buu story. The Cell saga ends with episode 98 on March 27th 2011. You can view a copy of the scan where the interview was provided below.
So there you have it, DB Kai will be over very shortly. FUNimation has already nearly finished dubbing the Android/Cell saga of DragonBall Z Kai, with new episodes of the Android saga airing every Wednesday and Thursday on Nicktoons. So, for now stay tuned to the latest DBZ Kai episodes and hope they will return and remake the Majin Buu saga as well sometime in the future.
Shonen Jump has released the English version of the DragonBall X One Piece Cross Epoch recently in it’s 100th issue. Cross Epoch is a crossover manga between DragonBall and One Piece and was written by Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda back in 2006 via Weekly Shonen Jump. You can check out the scans here!