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It’s a great time to be alive — a restaurant in Nagoya, Japan is selling Dragon Balls on their menu, in honor of the Dragon Ball anime series and spinoffs. The search is over.
If you’re still smarting from the 2009 disaster Dragonball Evolution (rest assured, we feel your pain), this impressive live-action fan short may go a long way to soothe your pain.
Produced by Black Smoke Films, “Dragon Ball Z: The Fall of Man” boasts solid cinematography, and effects that rival a lot of film and television products. As to the story:
The work of a team of animators, character and concept artists, modelers and more, it’s precisely what the name suggests: a CG-animated sequence created as a tribute to Akira Toriyama’s manga and anime epic.
Even if you didn’t order your Goku costume and instead spent days — weeks, even! — creating it from scratch, you’re still going to have a tough time topping this one from DragonCon. I mean, how often do you see a Dragon Ball cosplayer with his own Flying Nimbus?
North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment captured video of the cosplayer, who not only transformed a Hands Free Mini Segway into a magical yellow cloud, but also comes equipped with light-up hands.
In Dragon Ball Z, two characters can fuse, creating a single being with their combined powers and attributes. But what would happen if fusion spilled over into other universes — like, say, those of Marvel and DC Comics?
French artist Pierre-Marie Lenoir has a pretty good idea, which he explores in a series of illustrations called “Fusion” that merges DBZ with some well-known comic book heroes. Whether it involved a Fusion Dance is anybody’s guess.
Announced this week, the manga will launch in the double-sized August issue of Shueisha’s V Jump. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who’s credited with the “original story and character concepts” for the new anime, also provided the manga’s story.
Sold by RageOn, which also offers that Pokémon duvet cover, and designed by Chelsea Heidlebaugh, the hoodie is available in sizes ranging from X-Small to XXX-Large at a price ranging from $69.84 to $78.84. They’re made to order, which means they ship 25 days after the order is placed.
When the first new Dragon Ball television anime in 18 years debuts in July, it will be accompanied by a manga adaptation by Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission author Toyotarō.
According to the announcement in Shueisha’s V Jump the Dragon Ball Super manga will launch in the magazine’s super-sized August issue. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who’s credited with the “original story and character concepts” for the new anime, is also credited with the manga’s story.
While many of us were busy Saturday making last-minute preparations for Mother’s Day, Japan was celebrating Goku Day.
According to Anime News Network, the designation was made by the Japan Anniversary Association at the request of film distributor Teoi, as part of the ongoing 30th-anniversary celebration of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. Like the selection of May 4 as Star Wars Day, this date also employs a bit of wordplay: The numbers 5 and 9 are pronounced in Japanese as “go” and “ku.”
With the announcement of the first new “Dragon Ball” television series in 18 years, fans are undoubtedly feeling a bit nostalgic. If you’re one of them, there may be no better — or faster — trip down memory lane than this lovely animated tribute to Akira Toriyama’s creation.
Produced by Arnaud Labbé, Thomas Lebascle, Daniel Savy and Sophie Schweitzer of Collectif Plissken, the three-minute “Journey Through Dragon Ball” is exactly what the title suggests: a quirky, fast-paced survey of three decades’ worth of story arc. The Daily Dot refers to it as “whimsical,” and I can’t think of a better word to describe it.
Before Frieza reveals his new golden form in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F, the iconic villain shows off his fierce dance moves in a new TV commercial for Kirin Beverage’s Mets grape soda.
Already widely considered the most powerful being in the universe, the galactic tyrant demonstrates there’s more to him death and destruction — namely, moves to rival Beyonce. I mean, just look at that choreography and those backup dancers!
Sometimes after a tough week you just want to relax with something silly. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, by Akira Toriyama, is just that, a goofy story about an alien who just wants to make everything right—as long as nobody annoys him.
The story begins with Jaco’s spaceship crashing on an island with only one inhabitant: Omori, an engineer (or maybe a research scientist—Toriyama doesn’t bother with fine distinctions) who lives alone, away from humanity. Omori’s backstory is that he tried to build a time machine, and the machine exploded and killed his wife. He lost his government funding, but he still spends all his time working on the machine, so he can go back in time and bring her back.
Jaco, who is basically a helpful guy, has come to earth to stop an alien projectile fired our way, but he collided with the moon along the way and his spaceship is damaged. Omori offers to fix it, but they need a special metal that is super expensive. While they ponder how to get that, they go to the mainland for supplies and Jaco ends up causing a scene when he rescues a girl named Tights from a group of thugs. Unfortunately, he doesn’t realize that the last two men that come running at her are policemen, and he tosses them in the air. A chase ensues, Tights helps him and the professor get away, and they all head back to the island.
Legal | The saga of Hi Score Girl continues this week, with the Osaka Prefectural Police charging creator Rensuke Oshihiri and 15 employees of publisher Square Enix with copyright infringement. Game publisher SNK Playmore originally filed criminal charges against Square Enix over the summer, claiming that Hi Score Girl, a comedy about gamers, used its characters without permission. Square Enix has recalled the published volumes of the series and halted serialization in its Monthly Big Gangan magazine. [Anime News Network]
Passings | Political cartoonist and collector Art Wood, a founding member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, died Nov. 4 at age 87. He donated more than 40,000 pieces of original cartoon art to the Library of Congress for its bicentennial, and the library published a book, Cartoon America, based on the collection. [The Daily Cartoonist]
More than 500 volumes of such top-selling manga as One Piece, Naruto and Death Note debuted today on comiXology as part of a new North American distribution agreement with Viz Media.
The publisher, which already had its own self-contained app for multiple platforms, brought its digital catalog to the Amazon Kindle in October; just days later, comiXology announced a deal to distribute titles from Viz Media Europe and its subsidiary Kazé to French-speaking European countries. Amazon purchased comiXology in April.
Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball has been delighting fans worldwide, first as a manga and then as an anime, for three decades. Clearly there’s something magical about the adventures of Goku that transcends national boundaries and generations — and Robson Menezes dos Santos tapped into that for his son’s birthday present.
The Brazilian animator spent five and a half months to create a short that recasts himself and his young son Rasdael as Toriyama’s heroes. He even went so far as to enlist the talents of Wendel Bezerra and Tania Gaidarji, voice actors who worked on the official Brazilian dubs.
“This is my greatest gift to my son,” Robson writes in the video below, “a fan animation in the style of the anime we enjoy most together …”