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Viz Media to roll out ‘Dragon Ball’ full-color editions

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Viz Media is bringing Akira Toriyama’s classic adventure manga back to North America in full color beginning next week with the release of the appropriately named Dragon Ball Full Color, Vol. 1

Printed in a larger format (6 5/8 inches by 10 1/4 inches), the new editions actually start well into the long-running series, with the first volume of the material that forms the basis of the Dragon Ball Z anime.

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Weekly Shonen Jump is getting its own Tokyo theme park

Namco Bandai Group next summer plans to open the first theme park dedicated to Weekly Shonen Jump, the manga anthology that’s home to such blockbuster series as Bleach, Naruto and One Piece.

According to Anime News Network, the park will cover 1.52 acres on the third floor of the Sunshine City World Import Mart Building in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro commercial and entertainment district. The building already houses Namco’s Namja Town indoor park, which features themed dining, carnival-style games and a haunted house.

Although the new park’s name hasn’t been revealed, a floor plan (below) offers a preview of its features: separate areas devoted to Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and One Piece, a “Heroes’ Arena” with a rotating theme and roster of properties, food sections, and licensed merchandise shops.

Namco, best known as a video-game developer and publisher, will be the main operator of the theme park, which will be developed with the help of Weekly Shonen Jump editors. Anime studios Toei Animation and Pierrot also will be involved.

Several Japanese resorts and amusement parks already have attractions devoted to Naruto and One Piece, and an unlicensed One Piece theme park reportedly is being built on 329 acres in China.

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