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J-Stars Victory

J-Stars Victory Vs+ releases early for EU and Australia


The Testosterone Game
Jun 27
// Anthony Redgrave
Weekly Shonen Jump is one of the biggest manga umbrellas in the industry, collecting some of the biggest franchises like; Dragon Ball, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, and Gintama. Their ventures from the black and white weeklies ...
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Dragon Ball

Praise Shenron! Dragon Ball returns to TV in the Summer


Is this a good thing?
Apr 28
// Hiroko Yamamura
I should have seen it coming. After the huge success of the last two Dragon Ball Z films, and the waves of merchandise that was tied in, I guess the thought of a new Dragon Ball TV series shouldn't come as a surprise. The Aki...
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Dragon Ball

Live in Los Angeles? Q Pop is holding a Dragon Ball/Toriyama Tribute Art Show


Does this mean that there'll be over 9,000 art pieces?
Nov 10
// Salvador GRodiles
With the Dragon Ball series' 30th anniversary around the corner, the people at Q Pop are preparing for an art gallery that's dedicate to Toriyama's series on Nov. 15 in Los Angeles. Not only that, people can look forward to v...
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Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has 20 extra minutes and a new trailer


I felt like a kid again
Sep 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Our friends over at FUNimation have shared the newest trailer for the DVD/Blu-Ray release of one of last year's surprise pleasures, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. I went into seeing this movie with very low expectations, and...

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Dr Slump

Arale and the rest of the Dr Slump crew want you to buy a Suzuki


Throwback sales tactics
Sep 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
One thing that I feel like manga and anime legend Akira Toriyama never really gets enough credit for are his mechanical designs. Sure, he's made some amazing characters in the Dragon Ball, Chrono Trigger, and Dragon Quest un...
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Corgi power

This corgi's costume is over 9,000


Oh my dog
Aug 29
// Dale North
Cosplay? Corgsplay? With their long shape, oversized head, and ridiculous features, Welsh Corgis make the best costume dogs. And as members of the herding dog group, they're a perfect fit as scouter users. I almost couldn't b...
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Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball Z's Androids names revealed


These names rock. Or they're gems, I can't tell
May 06
// Pedro Cortes
Did you ever feel like you didn't know enough about the young, hip Androids 17 & 18 from Dragon Ball Z? Well, thanks to Akira Toriyama answering questions in a Q&A column, we finally know the names of our favorite and...
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It's Over 9000 in Spanish

Kaio-ken! It's Over 9000 powers up into a Spanish release


It's Over 9,000! en Espaol!
Jul 22
// Salvador GRodiles
So I was just thinking about my brief time with the Spanish dub of Dragon Ball Z, and all of the sudden, Derek Padula's latest book known as It's Over 9,000! When Worldviews Collides has been published in Spanish! Para las pe...
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Dragonball Z BATTLE OF Z

Dragonball Z BATTLE OF Z coming to lots of consoles


All the Z's. All of them.
Jun 19
// Elliot Gay
Dragon Ball Z BATTLE OF Z is an awful name. Far be it from me to judge Bandai Namco's naming sense though.  What is BATTLE OF Z you ask? It's the latest Dragon Ball Z game from the folks over at Bandai Namco, and it's sl...
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La Cumbia de Goku

La Cumbia de Goku transforms the Spirit Bomb into a dance


Caada de la Cumbia! Oaxaca, Mexico!
Apr 23
// Salvador GRodiles
Well, I never thought that I would live to see the day that we get a Cumbia song about Dragon Ball Z. Jumping into the Fusion Dance, two Mexican music groups known as Cañada de la Cumbia and Los Weyes Que To...

Import Review: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Apr 03 // Elliot Gay
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (Theatrical release)Studio: Toei AnimationRelease Date: March 30, 2013 (Japan) Taking place between the end of the Buu saga (chapter 517) and the final chapter (518) of the original manga, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods tells the story of the ruthless God of Destruction, Bills. Waking from his 39 year slumber, Bills is startled to discover that the diabolical Freeza has been defeated by a mere Saiyan. Before settling into his long rest, he had seen a vision that one day a Super Saiyan God would stand before him in battle. Excited by the prospect of an all-out brawl, Bills sets off for Earth in search of his ultimate rival. Back at Capsule Corp., Bulma is holding a massive birthday party for herself. All of the Z warriors are present save for Goku, who's off training with King Kai. The celebration takes a turn for the worst when Bills and his assistant Wiss arrive in search of the Super Saiyan God. With the Earth's fate in the hands of a fickle God, Vegeta is forced to step in and tend to Bills every request. The clock is counting down, but will Goku be enough to stand against the most powerful being in the universe? To say that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is light on story would be an understatement. Bills wakes up, goes to a party, eats some food, and then engages in a final battle. The events of the film wrap up in a single day, and because we as viewers know how this story ends, there's absolutely no threat of losing a single character. Battle of Gods lacks any kind of dramatic tension, and doesn't really ever try to create any at all. This new film also makes no effort to try and reintroduce the cast, assuming that at this point everybody and their mother knows who these men, women, and children are. Even the so-called Super Saiyan God is a disappointment, coming off as pointless and lazily designed. The pacing is quite terrible, with long stretches of time devoted to side characters running around trying to steal the Dragon Balls. Despite being a brisk 90 minutes long, Battle of Gods could have easily been trimmed down into a 60 or 70 minute feature. Yet when I walked out of the theater, I was still smiling like an idiot. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods doesn't tell a good story, but it seems like director Masahiro Hosoda never set out to do that in the first place. Battle of Gods is a celebration of Dragon Ball's long history. Every major character makes an appearance and gets at least one chance to take the spotlight. Even Emperor Pilaf and his two cronies are given a sizable chunk of screen time, reminding viewers of DBZ's humble beginnings. Rather than tell a dark and dramatic story, Toei Animation opted to make a light hearted, joke-filled film. The characters bounce off one another well, making references to prior events and acknowledging different moments in the franchise's history.  If you've ever considered yourself a Dragon Ball Z fan, you'll find yourself laughing much more than you probably ever expected you would. The characters are as you remembered them, though Son Goku actually gets fairly little screen time or interaction with the rest of the cast. He spends most of the film training or out of commission, which leaves the burden of being the main protagonist on Vegeta's shoulders for 75% of the movie's runtime. Fortunately, the antihero handles the pressure admirably, and comes out as the most memorable part of Battle of Gods. His attempts to calm Bills' rage are some of the funniest scenes in the film. Sadly, Bills is something of a mixed bag. Despite being billed (no pun intended) as the God of Destruction, he's hardly the evil antagonist DBZ fans are used to. Even when he threatens to destroy the Earth, Bills never comes off as threatening because he spends most of Battle of Gods' runtime eating food and partying with the Z warriors. His overall design leaves much to be desired as well; a skinny purple rabbit isn't exactly how I had envisioned a world destroying God. Sadly,  Battle of Gods is not a looker. Often darting between mediocre and terrible, rarely does the animation quality ever seem remotely close to being film level. There are some flashes of brilliance; watching Goku and Bills engage in a high speed chase through the clouds is exhilarating. Much to my chagrin, these moments are few and far between, replaced with inconsistently drawn characters, unimpressive action sequences, and awkward CG that at times resembles flash animation. One five second scene was so poorly drawn and animated that my friend and I burst out laughing in the theater because it was so out of place. Previous Dragon Ball Z films have done action significantly better than this. The other massive disappointment comes from the soundtrack, composed by Norihito Sumitomo (Asura, Shikabane Hime: Kuro). Battle of Gods' score is bland and generic, with the only recognizable tunes being rearrangements of the original Cha-la Head Cha-la. I find it bewildering that Toei didn't bring back Shunsuke Kikuchi (DBZ), especially considering how iconic his music in the original series was. The film is a celebration of the franchise in a lot of ways, but Toei really missed a golden opportunity here. The new version of Cha-la Head Cha-la by Flow isn't awful, but it can't even begin to compare to the original theme. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is not a good film. I can't in good conscience recommend it to someone who has never enjoyed DBZ. The writing is a mess, the pacing is awful, the animation is subpar, and the soundtrack is a complete disappointment. Even amongst the DBZ films, it doesn't rank very highly. That being said, if you've ever enjoyed the series, Battle of Gods will make you smile and laugh. You'll remember a time when watching a couple of spiky haired guys scream at each other as a planet explodes was the best kind of entertainment out there.  Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is a 90 minute stroll down memory lane that never aspires to be anything more than that. A good friend of mine summed up the experience quite well: "it sucked, but it was awesome." I suppose after a seventeen year hiatus, that's enough for me. 5.0 – Average. This one’s just “okay”. It has many flaws, and just couldn’t follow through on its intentions or had ones that were simply too narrow to warrant consideration. Some will still enjoy it, but should temper their expectations, or perhaps just opt to pass. Watch more trailers and read more reviews before you decide.
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A purple rabbit versus a spiky haired macho man!
I spent a good portion of my childhood devouring anything with the Dragon Ball Z brand on it. School would end, and I'd rush home to catch the latest episode of the Cell Saga on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Everyday ...

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Jump-shot Dragon Ball

This fun trend in photography is jump-shot Dragon Ball


2D power in 3D real life
Mar 29
// Josh Tolentino
It's great the hilarious and awesome things you can do just by getting your timing right. The cool results this time come straight from schoolgirls all over Glorious Nippon getting into the habit of "fake Dragon Ball" photogr...
DBZ Food photo
DBZ Food

Goku's hair has never looked this delicious before


All of this is making quite hungry
Mar 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
It looks like KFC isn't the only place doing interesting promotional products for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods movies. Instead of just making some silly toy, Japanese convenience store chain, Mini-...
DBZ KFC photo
DBZ KFC

Son Goku's secret is eating KFC


Fried chicken power!
Mar 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
Ever wonder why Son Goku's power level is so high? It's because he gets down on some fried chicken! A new commercial is airing in Japan, advertising the new KFC, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods promotion. Even though getti...
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods gets a hype filled trailer


SO MUCH YELLING.
Feb 27
// Elliot Gay
As hype for the new Dragon Ball Z film, Battle of Gods, continues to build, Toei has released a brand new trailer with quite a bit of new footage. This time we get to take a look at the weird rabbit-like villain of the film,...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: FLOW


Get ready to jump!
Feb 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Ready to add some energy to your Tuesday? We have that and then some, in the form of the hot new single from Japan's premiere rockers, FLOW. Their new single, Hero ~Kibou no Uta is chock full of their expected funk...
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods gets a new TV spot


Feb 04
// Elliot Gay
Eighteen years after the original manga ended its serialization, Dragon Ball Z is still one of the most popular media franchises in all of Japan. It's not rare to see dozens of kids at school carrying some form of Dragon Bal...
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Toriyama's Kintoki manga arrives next week


Looks cute!
Jan 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
If you check out the new issue of the digital Weekly Shonen Jump, you'll see that Viz will be bringing the one-shot manga Kintoki. The short story is created by non other than Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama, also responsible fo...
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KFC serves up some tasty Gohan


At least there's not figures to make me jealous
Jan 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
Man, KFC in Japan is so much cooler than the one by my house. When I've gone to pick up an order they've even once told me they are out of chicken. How does a fried chicken joint run out of fried chicken? In Japan they don't ...
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods trailer is here


No more Fusion please!
Dec 25
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's been a while, but it looks like Son-Goku and his pals haven't missed a step. The Toriyama team returns on March 30th of next year with the new feature length film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The flick picks up 10 ye...
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Jumping to HD with Project Versus J


My pun is bad and I feel bad.
Dec 05
// Chris Walden
With plenty of Shonen Jump characters earning their own HD games this generation, it seemed a little saddening that the 'Stars' series found on the Nintendo DS never found its way onto home consoles. Not that the awesome pixe...
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Naruto Ninja Storm 3 features Dragon Ball Z outfit, more


And also a choice between Despair and The Will of Fire
Nov 06
// Josh Tolentino
Hey, you know what's big in Europe? Naruto, apparently, if the flood of news for Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is any indication. I mean, sure, Naruto's big pretty much anywhere it is, but lately it's been events and tr...
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Remember, London MCM Expo begins on the 26th


I think I'll be original and go as myself.
Oct 13
// Chris Walden
Get that cosplay ready, as there are only two weeks between now and the next London MCM Expo. As per usual there will be plenty to get up to, but let's take a look at the video games and guests that'll be turning up! Namco Ba...

Japanator Recommends: It's Over 9000!

Sep 25 // Brittany Vincent
It's Over 9000! When Worldviews Collide Author: Derek PadulaRelease date: August 2012MSRP: $2.99 (Amazon) I'm not a child anymore, and I don't need to study and interpret Vegeta's actions on my own anymore, nor reasons why he and I should have wed and reproduced instead of Bulma. But that's another article, and I'm not here to digress into a potentially scarring anecdote. I'm here to talk about It's Over 9000! When Worldviews Collide, an intriguing book from the mind of one Derek Padula, released via e-book. He's responsible for the equally exhaustive The Dao of Dragon Ball, a similarly great read for rabid fans. Having pored over its pages prior to the release of his current work, I knew I'd be in for quite an indulgent ride, at least as far as one of my favorite characters was concerned. And I'm pleased to say I was right. It's a thoroughly engaging piece of literature that examines the origins of the "It's Over 9000!" meme, its relevance to society, and the rivalry between none other than Son Goku and the Prince of Saiyans himself, Vegeta. Be still, my heart. Regrettably, It's Over 9000 is devoid of images of the good Prince (possibly, I felt, due to copyright concerns) but it's a well-written and well-informed exploration of some of Dragon Ball Z's key moments (Vegeta's self-sacrifice, the way Goku ended up influencing the Prince after their initial meeting) that could only come from someone as passionately in love with the shounen epic as many of us are. Derek Padula has done a stunning service to those looking to turn a scholarly eye to the series to dissect comparisons between the two heroes, their similarities, and key turning points during which we could immediately discern the characters had grown both mentally and physically -- though we all know physically is usually the case when it comes to this screamfest, don't we? There are some exceedingly relevant points made within the work that highlight resounding suggestions I'd never stopped to think about, such as the way the way appearances are taken to mean that's all one is capable of -- remember how surprised Vegeta was to learn of the power level via Scouter? He certainly wasn't thinking he'd see anything as high as that simply by looking at his opponent, and Padula makes a great argument here comparing the Scouters to human nature to judge solely on appearance. It's a fantastic talking point -- I wish I'd thought of it. Aside from the cross-examination between the cultivation of both iconic warriors and the views on the whole "9000" meme, there's also discussion regarding the inner workings of the Saiyans after their exposure to human life and values, and what makes each respective warrior tick. Fascinating stuff -- even if you'd consider anything other than Vegeta x Mary Sue smut great writing. All jokes aside, Derek has compiled a great primer piece for series enthusiasts and newcomers to the series. He's done his research and it certainly shines through that he's just as emotionally invested in this as the everyday fans -- he's a fan himself, and if you're looking for a peek into the more intellectual side of Akira Toriyama's masterwork (at least, that's how I see it) you'd do well to check out It's Over 9000. From one Vegeta fangirl to the hundreds of others out there, you'll find something to love here. 8.0 – Great. Well-written, with a loving attention to detail. Among the best of its genre.
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A classic rivalry, explored.
For the record, as many of you may well be aware, I'm a bit of a Vegeta fangirl. We're talking massive amounts of fanfiction, being banned from the school library back in 6th grade for printing 100 pages of Vegeta pictures, a...

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Sweeping landscapes, Goku tease new Dragon Ball Z movie


Aug 13
// Josh Tolentino
A new Dragon Ball Z film is on the way, but unfortunately for folks who want more concrete information, this landscape crawl and Goku smirking is all you're going to get...for now. After all, it's far too early to truly...
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Rejoice, a new Dragon Ball movie is on the horizon


Jul 10
// Josh Tolentino
Because another movie about Dragon Ball is exactly what the world needs, right? Actually, I might not be entirely sarcastic there. Shonen fight properties have gotten complacent. We need some dudes above the nine-thousand mar...
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Friday Night Fights: Goku vs. Luffy


Jun 08
// Josh Totman
*Ding Ding Ding* IT'S OVER!! Flying around and wearing him out, Eva Unit 01 couldn't run away. Zeta Gundam is the winner! (23 > 15) For tonight's match up we have a battle for the ages. In one corner we have Goku. The alwa...
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Reminder: London MCM Expo starts on the 25th


May 19
// Chris Walden
It's almost that time again, as us folk in the UK are now less than a week away from the next London MCM Expo. It seems like it'll be another good turn out, as many different guests and exhibitors have announced their partici...
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Despair, the next Dragon Ball Budokai game'll be the last


May 18
// Josh Tolentino
In the same way that the average Dragon Ball Z fight could seemingly go on forever, one might be forgiven for thinking that the same could be true of games based on Dragon Ball Z as well. It's been nearly a decade since the l...

Japanator Kinda Recommends: Dragon Ball Z Kai Part 7

May 06 // Elliot Gay
Dragon Ball Z Kai Part 7 (DVD)Studio: ToeiLicensed by: FUNimationRelease Date: March 20, 2012MSRP: $29.98 (Buy) The Z warriors are in something of a pickle. With Goku and Gohan training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, it's up to Trunks, Vegeta and the rest of the crew to put a stop to Cell before he has the chance to devour Android 18 and evolve into his perfect form. It's a race against time as Krillin hurries to locate the blonde haired killing machine and destroy her before Cell gets to their first. Meanwhile, Vegeta is itching to test his new powers against a complete Cell, despite his son Trunks' plea to simply finish off their weakened foe. Will the Z warriors defeat Cell before it's too late? Will Goku and Gohan finish their training in time to help their friends? All this and more on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z! At this point I'm reluctant to even talk about the tale being told here; most people who enjoy anime are either deeply familiar with DBZ or at least know the flow of the story. Part seven kind of occupies a weird space in that it begins with the conclusion of a battle and concludes with the beginning of one. I understand that it simply makes sense to divide up the sets in terms of the number of episodes, but it definitely makes viewing a little bit awkward. If this were the original series, I'd be complaining about the ridiculous amount of filter in this set. Fortunately, the edit job they did on this group of episodes is fantastic. Some of you might remember the week leading up to the Cell games being a boring mess. Random adventures with side characters and drivers licenses, I remember being disappointed on a weekly basis with the lack of action/getting to the point. Episodes 152 to 160 are cut down to a meager three episodes. I know, sounds crazy right? The end result is a much smoother experience that flows the way it was meant to.  At this point in the series, the animators have gotten pretty good with hiding the added shots into the old footage. They still stick out somewhat, but it's a lot less jarring especially if you've been watching since the beginning. Additionally, the new Japanese and English voiceover sounds pretty solid as you would expect from the veteran cast. I'd give the slight edge to the Japanese cast simply for Norio Wakamoto's amazing performance as Cell; he makes watching these episodes way more entertaining. The inherent issue with Dragon Ball Z Kai Part 7 is that it's still just more Dragon Ball Z. If you grew tired of the series years ago, I'm not so sure that this new, slimmed down approach will do anything to bring you back. I haven't actually watched Dragon Ball Z since it initially aired on Toonami, so to me Dragon Ball Z Kai is a surprising breath of fresh air and a nostalgic experience. To the average buyer who's been there and done that? I'm not convinced this will appeal to them. If for whatever reason you've never watched Dragon Ball Z however, I would definitely recommend checking out Kai as a whole. Even if you don't necessarily enjoy it the whole way through, I think it will serve as a valuable history lesson on shonen anime. This set in particular has some killer moments, but the middle portion is definitely a slower, more character driven affair. It certainly serves as a solid showcase of the series' strengths and a reminder that we don't always need to have characters scream at one another to be entertained. 7.0 - Good. The action is fast and frenetic even if the animation doesn't always hold up. Fans of old school anime will eat it up, but it's admittedly not for everyone.
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The original American run of Dragon Ball Z will always hold a special place in my heart for being the go-to show after school. As weird as it is to say, DBZ was kind of a 'water cooler' series for me when I was younger; I wou...


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