It won’t be much longer now until the newest Dragon Ball film, Resurrection ‘F,’ opens in theaters across Japan on April 18. That means it’s high time for the advertising to begin. On March 24 the first TV spot aired, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come and a little more fighting and characters than shown in the previous trailer. You can see for yourself in the video below, but rest assured that it’s chock-full of all the tea sipping and long discussions about the feelings that the series is famous for.
Scott R Dixon
3 days ago
Dragon Ball Z fans are already having a great year between an upcoming movie and a recently launched PlayStation 4 game, not to mention cool promotional events that let you hurl Goku’s famous kamehamehas at their foes in Tokyo. And video game publisher Bandai Namco has just announced that the next title in the one-on-one fighting Butoden series will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS on June 11.
Not only can fans look forward to playing Dragon Ball Z: Super Extreme Butoden this summer, but there will be three special items included in every game for Dragon Ball Z fanatics who can get their hands on a copy.
6 days ago
Only a small fraction of the huge quantity of anime that Japan produces starts off as animation, with the rest being adapted from preexisting works such as serialized comics or novels. But because making anime is so much more capital and labor-intensive than drawing a manga or writing a book, oftentimes fans prefer the original, lamenting that the creator’s genius is watered down when he has to relinquish control to the many disparate interests that make up an anime production committee.
But the jump to animation isn’t always seen as a step down in quality. A recent poll asked fans which anime they thought had surpassed their source material, and here are the top five responses.
Mar 18, 2015
In the world of anime, it seems like Dragon Ball Z’s Frieza is the man/alien of the hour. Not only does he have a new cola endorsement deal that also gives him a chance to show off his slick dance moves, he’s also set to play a big role in next month’s brand-new Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F theatrical feature.
Now, if you’re one of the many fans with a fondness for this particular Dragon Ball Z antagonist, you’ve got the chance to wear your love of Frieza on your sleeve, or really your whole upper body, with two new T-shirts and a tote bag that pay tribute to the galactic emperor.
Mar 12, 2015
In recent years, it’s become common for anime figures to come with what’re called “effect pieces.” These little add-ons attach to the character’s fists, arms, or other body parts, adding the motion blurs, flames, or ki energy auras that make their fighting moves look so cool on-screen.
Sure, sometimes it can be a little depressing to look at Ryu’s hadoken or Goku’s kamehameha energy blast and realize it’s just a piece a piece of plastic. But hey, what choice do you have, other than effect pieces?
How about an awesome hologram projection to make you Dragon Ball Z figure’s attack look as real as possible?
Feb 13, 2015
Street art is a way of describing random art that pops up on the…boulevard. Most countries have it, and while most cities would prefer to keep it off the streets, it definitely provides a city with some character.
Although not that common in Japan, it does show up from time to time. A city in Nagano has been experiencing a bit of unlawful artistry and it has been going on for the past four years! Could Japan have their own version of infamous street artist Banksy? You can call this slow-working artist by their new name, “RiverBanksy“!
Feb 11, 2015
Training to be the mightiest martial artist in the galaxy is thirsty work. But when you’re feeling parched after a hard day of kicking through solid rock and firing kamehameha energy blasts from your hands, doesn’t it seem just a bit below your station in life to drink from the same sort of glass as people who haven’t forged their bodies into a weapon on par with the finest blades of tempered steel?
The solution to that dilemma is one of these awesome wooden Dragon Ball mugs.
Feb 9, 2015
Previously on RocketNewsZ, tensions flared between our reporters Yuichiro Wasai and Mr. Sato after Wasai used Mr. Sato’s mankini and returned it without washing. The two were just beginning to levitate off the ground and fight when the chief editor told them to take it outside so as not to damage the office’s complete collection of sushi cat figurines.
Knowing who pays the bills around here, both complied and went down to Shibuya Parco in Tokyo where an event was being held inviting fighters such as these two to compete by hurling kamehameha energy blasts at each other. Will these two settle their differences before it’s too late? We’ll soon find out after they manage to flag down a cab.
Feb 1, 2015
Even if you’re not a Dragon Ball fan, many of you probably have heard of the awesome power of the Kamehameha, the trademark attack technique used by some of the characters in the series, including our beloved hero, Goku. Well, if you’ve ever fantasized about being able to blast a Kamehameha of your own, you may get your chance this month, right in Tokyo!
We’re talking about the special promotion “Let’s Fire a Kamehameha Martial Arts Tournament (Utoze! Kamehameha! Budokai)” that will take place in Shibuya for four days starting later this week. Yes, you’ll get to blast a Kamehameha, and even see a video of yourself firing the legendary energy attack online!
Mexican clothing company Heredia Clothing has been promoting their line-up of Dragon Ball Z sneakers for a few months now, but fans heading to Expo TNT on January 31-February 1 in Guadalajara can also get their kicks autographed by the original Mexican voice actors for Goku and Vegeta, Mario Castañeda and Rene Garcia.
There are many urban legends of satanic verses hidden in popular music to subconsciously corrupt our children. While those claims may not always be true, there are definitely a lot of songs out there that feature backmasked messages (hidden messages revealed only when you play the piece backwards). So what could possibly be hiding behind the cutesy, bouncy Dragon Ball Z ending song?!
While the gigantic robots and gratuitous nudity were certainly eye-catching, when I first started watching Japanese animation, one of the things that surprised me the most was the fact that anime characters could, well, die. Sure, American cartoons from Tom and Jerry to G.I. Joe were filled with explosions and gunplay, but while the violence was abundant, injuries were conspicuously absent.
Anime tales, though, have no qualms about knocking off their players. As a matter of fact, characters shake off this mortal coil so frequently that a recent poll ranked the 20 most memorable anime deaths.
Heads up! While animation sometimes allows for the miracle of resurrection, be aware that since this is a list of deaths, it contains spoilers for the following series: Clannad, Code Geass, Death Note, Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gintama, Hakuoki, Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure, Naruto, Neon Genesis Evangelion, One Piece, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, School Days, and Tengen Toppa Guren Lagan.
Dec 2, 2014
As one of the most popular manga and anime series ever created, Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball has undoubtedly inspired fan art of every style and form conceivable from across the world. Indeed, the Internet is full of countless images of such works by both professional and amateur artists alike. But every so often we come across pieces of work that are so impressive that they grab our attention with their quality and originality, as in the case of these drawings of famous villains from the series. Join us for a look at the familiar evil characters of Dragon Ball reinvented into exquisite yet chilling illustrations — we think you’ll be impressed too with the vivid, colorful details that seem to bring the images to life!
Nov 19, 2014
If you’re a gamer who’s too young to remember when Sega made consoles or having six buttons on a controller was a big deal, you might look back on 8-bit video game artwork and chuckle. With everything made out of blocky pixels, it’s impossible to create the sort of fine details that modern hardware easily renders to differentiate one character from another, isn’t it?
Maybe not, as one fan has put his old-school pixel art skills to use to recreate 50 different famous manga heroes, all in the style of the original Mega Man.
Michelle Lynn Dinh
Nov 19, 2014
It’s hard to believe that Dragon Ball is nearly 30 years old considering the extensive fanbase Akira Toriyama still commands after three decades. But the lines of dedicated fans at the Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary / Akira Toriyama Tribute show in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo proved that Goku and the gang are still going strong to this day. Check out all the cosplay, art, and power-ups after the break!
In 2013, perhaps the most famous of anime’s many spikey-haired protagonists,
Dragon Ball Z’s Goku, returned after a 17-year hiatus. While the film, subtitled Battle of Gods, didn’t really stray from the pattern of wacky hijinks and super-powered martial arts battles Dragon Ball Z had already established in its hundreds of TV episodes and dozen-plus movies, fans in general were happy and satisfied just to be able to spend an hour and a half with a group of old animated friends.
They’ll have the chance to do so again soon, and an ad for next year’s Dragon Ball Z movie shows that rejoining the cast of familiar heroes will be one of their most memorable foes.
Given how many passionate manga fans Japan has, it’s kind of surprising that a lot of them don’t collect every issue of their favorite series. Most titles are published once a week as part of several-hundred-page anthologies printed on cheap, quickly deteriorating newsprint. On the other hand, higher-quality collected volumes lag months behind the weekly editions.
This creates a strange catch-22 where fans who want to be up to the minute on their heroes’ adventures buy the anthologies but later toss them out. Eventually, many cherry-pick which collected volumes to purchase in order to fill in the gaps where they missed one of the weeklies, or to have a permanent copy of their favorite scenes.
Of course, a lot of incomplete sets are also the result of fans getting burned out before reaching the end of some of Japan’s notoriously long-running series. Add in the fact that storage space is at a premium in Japanese homes, and it’s a testament to a title’s staying power and ability to captivate readers when they buy it from start to finish, like so many have with these 15 manga.
With the huge volume of anime that Japan produces, the medium has its own archetypes that each generation of creators adds new entries to. In the cute mascot character category, you’ll find Totoro, Magic Knight Rayearth’s Mokona, and Pokémon’s Pikachu. Looking for giant robots? Let us direct you to the full line of Gundam, Evangelion, and Ingram variants.
But Japanese animation isn’t just cuddly adorableness and cool technology. It’s also filled with raging hormones and irrepressible libidos, as shown in this list of anime’s perviest male characters.
Oct 17, 2014
Back when Japan was still at the mercy of the midsummer heat, a group of…creative anime fans tried to cool off with bowls of shaved ice. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be so weird, except that they set up their strawberry syrup dispenser to look like their treats were being flavored by an anime girl’s menstrual flow. (Yeah, gross.)
But hey, what’s the alternative to anime fans getting excited over 2-D characters having their periods? Anime fans getting excited about 2-D characters not having periods! Otaku around Japan have been sharing retouched pics of animation stars showing off pregnancy test results, and the trend isn’t limited to anime’s ladies.
- “We Finns just like it simple”: Net users can’t get enough of Helsinki Metro map1
- J-pop unit Perfume’s innovative projection mapping at US performance creates worldwide buzz2
- Six anime songs people are sick of hearing at karaoke, according to new poll3
- Must try harder: This crane game in Japan is laughably bad 【Video】4
- Japanese girl finds “school love,” but with a surprising “partner”5
- Japan government hard at work trying to prevent Shibuya Ward approving same-sex marriages6
- We love wagyu! We spend an evening learning about (and eating) Japanese beef7
- Satisfy all your slicing and dicing needs with this incredibly kawaii kitty kitchen knife8
- Looking for a new favourite animal? Take your pick from these six adorable Hokkaido natives9
- Ever tried to catch pudding in your mouth after it’s dropped from a fourth-floor balcony? 【Video】10
- Cats sitting politely outside Japanese convenience stores restore our faith in felines1
- Looking for a new favourite animal? Take your pick from these six adorable Hokkaido natives2
- “We Finns just like it simple”: Net users can’t get enough of Helsinki Metro map3
- Which do you like? Twitter asks if you prefer girls naughty on the inside or outside4
- Inspirations for April Fools’ pranks (you can thank us later)【Photos】5
- Teen whose Frozen chalkboard art went viral gets an art commission before a high school diploma6
- Thai celebrity posts video ranting about Chinese tourists turning orderly line into free-for-all7
- Buyer’s remorse? Not if you’ve got confidence like this girl8
- Japanese women list the top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them9
- Public reacts in horror as poster in Shinjuku Station threatens even more exits10
- Marine park offers chance to shake hands with a loveable otter1
- Anime pillow responds to your rubbing with moans and groans, gets angry if you get too grabby2
- Cats sitting politely outside Japanese convenience stores restore our faith in felines3
- What’s your type? Photo of two Japanese models spurs netizens to talk body type 【Poll】4
- Forget the dress, how many shades of blue do you see here?5
- Japanese netizens stare at red dot for 30 seconds, freak out when they see what happens6
- Half-Japanese beauty chosen to represent Japan at Miss Universe 20157
- Looking for a new favourite animal? Take your pick from these six adorable Hokkaido natives8
- Buyers’ remorse in China: After a record-breaking day of online shopping, the angry selfies begin9
- Get a haircut, a manicure and an eyeful at this saucy salon in Vietnam10
- Marine park offers chance to shake hands with a loveable otter1
- Hachiko, Japan’s most loyal dog, finally reunited with owner in heartwarming new statue in Tokyo2
- Anime pillow responds to your rubbing with moans and groans, gets angry if you get too grabby3
- Literal breastplate will give you a cosplay-ready, anime-class bust in seconds 【Photos】4
- Nobel Prize-winner Shuji Nakamura to Japan’s young people: “Get out of Japan”5
- Cats sitting politely outside Japanese convenience stores restore our faith in felines6
- Kyoto taxi drivers reduce convenience store robberies by 50 percent by doing absolutely nothing7
- What’s your type? Photo of two Japanese models spurs netizens to talk body type 【Poll】8
- Cosplay ideals vs. cosplay reality, a.k.a. cool vs. funny 【Photos】9
- Internet ready to shut up and take your money as preorders finally start for Cat Ear Headphones10
- Japan government hard at work trying to prevent Shibuya Ward approving same-sex marriages
- We love wagyu! We spend an evening learning about (and eating) Japanese beef
- Satisfy all your slicing and dicing needs with this incredibly kawaii kitty kitchen knife
- Looking for a new favourite animal? Take your pick from these six adorable Hokkaido natives
- Ever tried to catch pudding in your mouth after it’s dropped from a fourth-floor balcony? 【Video】
- A new yuru-kyara from Kyoto you have to see to believe
- Five simple ways to take your curry rice to the next level
- Awesome new electric motorcycle looks like something out of “Akira”‘s Neo Tokyo
- The latest pet fashion trend in Japan: The scrunchie collar【Photos】
- Clipping your nails at night may cause death, according to a Japanese superstition
- We bought 21 packs of roasted shellfish to try to find a pearl – but did we get lucky?
- Tokyo chain puts french fries on soba noodles, proves dreams really can come true
- Japanese women list the top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them