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Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, is happening this weekend in Los Angeles, and there’s a lot of activity on the manga front. This weekend’s announcements include “Dragon Ball Super,” a new “Revolutionary Girl Utena” box set, a Hatsune Miku manga and light novel, and a new series from the creators of “Deadman Wonderland.”
There was also some anime news, naturally: The streaming anime service Crunchyroll is going into the physical media business and will release “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress,” “Berserk,” “Gintama,” and other series on Blu-Ray and DVD, and the dubbed version of the “One-Punch Man” anime will be added to Adult Swim’s Toonami block starting on July 16, which should bring new fans to the franchise.
Auctions | Joe Kubert’s original cover art for “Battle Classics” #3, signed by the artist, sold for $8,360 at auction earlier this month at Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, New York. The series was canceled after the first issue, so the cover was never published; it came directly from the artist’s estate. A second Kubert original, the cover for “Mystery in Space” #111, went for $6,038. [Artfix Daily]
Bandai Namco has released the first full-length trailer for Dragon Ball Fusions, the upcoming role-playing game for Nintendo 3DS. And we do mean full-length.
Clocking in at four minutes, the video showcases gameplay, the Fusion system and a truly impressive roster of characters, drawing from incarnations ranging from the original Dragon Ball to the current Dragon Ball Super.
Funko is expanding its Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z offerings with six new Pop! vinyl figures.
Arriving in July, the latest wave features 3.75-inch versions of Gohan, Trunks, Krillin, Majin Buu and, from the original story, Bulma and Goku and his Flying Nimbus.
Following a 2015 collaboration, Japanese clothing label A Bathing Ape and Dragon Ball are reteaming for an even bigger collection.
Launching April 23, this new line brings together Akira Toriyama beloved creations — among them, Goku, Master Roshi and Shenron — and BAPE’s own Baby Milo on graphic T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. There are also accessories, like tote bags, a coffee mug and a pillow.
We’ve seen Dragon Ball fans take to the convention floor and even the streets of Taipei on their own versions of the Flying Nimbus, and now one Goku-clad skateboarder recently turned heads in Santa Barbara, California, atop a rolling yellow cloud.
A “Dragon Ball” fan knew how to make the best of a hoverboard — by transforming it into a functional “Flying” Nimbus cloud, as seen on the hit anime.
The fan, known as Yes Ranger, tested out his homemade creation in the streets of Taipei, dressed as Goku. Watch his super fly demonstration below:
The anime series Dragon Ball Super takes center stage Friday with this gigantic snow sculpture at the 67th Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Drawing more than 2 million visitors each year, the event sees the city transformed into a winter wonderland with hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures created at three sites.
Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced a new Dragon Ball role-playing game for Nintendo 3DS, targeted for release later this year in Japan. It’s billed as “Dragon Ball’s first fusion RPG on 3DS.”
Unveiled in the March issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine, Dragon Ball Fusion Project is teased as having “unlimited possibilities.” A magazine illustration depicts a fusion between Goku and Broly, as well rough designs for other characters, accompanied by the text, “The emergency plan starts now. You will create your own Fusion Warrior!”
After gathering the Namekian Dragon Balls and uttering the special Namekian password, obviously the first thing (and the second thing, and the third thing) anyone would wish for is a car. A sensible car at that.
At least that’s what Krillin and Gohan Dragon Ball Z do in this strange new ad for the 2016 Ford Focus. I’m not sure which is the weirder aspect of this spot: Krillin’s fixation with fuel efficiency, or that somewhere a group of Ford executives decided DBZ fans represented an untapped market for car sales (however, I’d have loved to listen in on that meeting).
The long, versatile and undoubtedly soft Shenron plushie Dragon Ball fans have wished for is finally here. You did make a wish, right?
Produced by Bandai, the Shenron plushie measures about 6.5 feet long from nose to tail, and boasts the dragon’s signature features (stag antlers, whiskers, etc.). It also boasts internal joints, so you can curl up Shenron to create a pillow, or a scarf. Or you can just cuddle with him, because what’s cuddlier than an enormous fanged dragon?
As exciting as the existence of a potentially habitable planet outside of our solar system may be, its official designation, Kepler-22b, leaves a little something to be desired. It lacks … pizzazz. However, one Dragon Ball fan hopes to change that.
Lou Earley of Iowa this week launched a Change.org petition for the International Astronomical Union to change the planet’s name from Kepler-22b to Namek, the home world of Piccolo in Akira Toriyama’s hit Dragon Ball manga and anime franchises. He notes that the two planets even bear a certain resemblance to each other.
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.