How would you like to work for the universe's most feared real estate speculator? Ryusei Nakao is back as the voice of Freeza in a set of audio playing stamps for messenger app Line with Dragon Ball villain Freeza as the "Perfect Boss." He'll familiar quotes from his super-powered martial arts days, like proclaiming his 530,000 power level, but he'll ask go corporate, asking for work to be done or meetings to be rescheduled. The 24 stamps go for 240yen or 100 coins.
As they say, "mistakes were made." The Hollywood live-action Dragonball Evolution was released in 2009 and pretty much no one like it. Not series creator Akira Toriyama. Not the hardcore DBZ fans, or the ones who remember the series nostalgically, or the casuals, or even people who like to watch bad movies ironically. And, in at least one case, the people behind it are willing to admit that it's not particularly defensible.
Japanese producer/distributor Toei is expected to announced that pretax profit likely jumped 44% to about 19 billion yen ($171 million) for the year ended March 31. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' helped with 3.7 billion yen in Japanese box office, plus strong goods sales. Japanese companies operating theaters, including Toei, Toho and Shochiku also recorded big boosts from the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and to a lesser extent, Jurassic World.
The official website of voice actress Mami Koyama (Lunch in Dragon Ball, Minky Momo in Fairy Princess Minky Momo) posted an exciting announcement for fans of Akira Toriyama's Dr. Slump and the currently-running Dragon Ball Super. One of Koyama's famous roles is Dr. Slump's precocious robot girl Arale, and that's exactly who will be making an appearance in an upcoming episode of Super. Hit the jump for more.
January saw the reveal of Dragon Ball: Project Fusion for Nintendo 3DS, and that title has since been unveiled further as Dragon Ball Fusions. This one is a collecting and training RPG set in a world where Fusions can be performed freely, letting players create a character and find, gather, and train Dragon Ball characters.
If you've been sitting around staring at your copy of Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden since launch and thinkin that something must be off, the "Extreme Patch" is here to fix it. This doozie of a free update is here to finally add in online multiplayer, as well as a training mode and a new extreme survival mode. Hit the jump for a trailer.
Goku and Chi-Chi (yeah, the hair color is a little weird, but look at the bangs), saddle up for the latest fifth in MegaHouse's series of Desktop Real McCoy Dragon Ball figures. Recreating Akira Toriyama's character and mech designs in three dimensions, the non-cale figure stands 15cm and sells for 11,000yen (before tax) ahead of a July release.
All those pro-wrestling/anime crossover fans got a bit of a treat at last night's 32nd annual WWE supercard, WrestleMania. During the mega-event at Arlington, Texas' AT&T Stadium tag team The New Day made a particularly memorable ring entrance by spilling out a box of "Booty O's" cereal to reveal a set of very familiar look chest armor pieces.
A Toei Animation Europe SAS' listing for the April 6/7 Kazachok Licensing Forum has a bit of hopeful news for international DB fans as it features the Dragon Ball Super anime with the notice "after several decades of interminable waiting, Goku returns in a brand new series to become even stronger! The series will arrive on TV in France end of 2016!"