It seems like everytime we turn around, Universal Studios Japan has a new feature for visitors to marvel at. If it isn’t a Biohazard attraction, it’s a Monster Hunter or in this case, Shonen Jump. Specifically, three different manga will have attractions, Death Note, Dragon Ball and One Piece.
Universal Studios is no stranger to One Piece attractions having previously hosted such an event but now it’s the all new One Piece Premiere Show 2016.
You know those Trap Room/Escape Room puzzles that are gaining popularity? It appears the Death Note attraction will be following suit and it’ll be a puzzle affair that you must solve much like the Resident Evil Real Escape Game that’s currently in place as well.
But even better, just the the 4D Spider-Man experience, the new Dragon Ball feature will see Goku battling Frieza in Dragon Ball Z The Real 4D experience.
If you want to get to any or all three new features, you better hurry as they’re running from July 1st through to September 4th, 2016.
After what has to be an eternity, one of the most popular segments on japandaman.com is back…it’s time for Gaming Life in Japan! Time to take a look at what’s been the biggest sellers in both software and hardware for the past week.
[3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 8,950 (2,140,261)
New 3DS LL – 21,650 (21,880)
PlayStation 4 – 18,758 (17,392)
PlayStation Vita – 10,013 (11,871)
New 3DS – 7,916 (7,700)
Wii U – 6,517 (6,807)
PlayStation 3 – 6,426 (7,211)
3DS LL – 3,084 (3,641)
3DS – 2,642 (3,187)
PlayStation Vita TV – 560 (521)
Xbox One – 238 (222)
So is that what everyone expected, any surprises in there for anyone? Dragon Ball has such a huge fanbase so it isn’t a big surprise to see positions 1 and 2 occupied by these titles. The Nintendo 3DS is continues to have a huge impact on both software and hardware sales.
We’ve already seen the PS3/PS Vita fighting game, J-Stars Victory VS, being all about celebrating the 45th anniversary of Shonen Jump, the manga publication. It doesn’t stop there however with the news that these awesome t shirts are being produced as part of the anniversary celebrations.
The t shirts themselves look pretty special with illustrations of One Piece, Toriko and Dragon Ball. There’s two different t shirts carrying different designs. In one you can find the characters in a Capsule Corporation car while the other design sees the characters in the pirate ship from One Piece, Going Merry. The shirt is also available in 2 colours being grey and black.
Time to take a quick look at what’s happening with the Japanese box office charts. Which movies are shaking up Japan and checking out which other movies are breaking into the market.
Taking a look at the number one spot, we see that the new Dragon Ball movie, Dragon Ball Z: Kami to Kami, is still raking it in after 3 weeks and has definitely struck a chord with the movie going public. The animated Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph is sitting pretty at number 2. There’s also a few domestic movies in there as well, for more info click on the movie name.
Dragon Ball is a much loved anime and manga with thousands of followers around the world. And now on the cusp of the first Dragon Ball animated movie in over a decade, the creator or mangaka of the series, Akira Toriyama, has come forward to say what he thought of the Hollywood adaptation.
To say he was less than impressed is doing it justice when what he had to say during a press interview about the upcoming movie was, “With the Hollywood live action version, the script didn’t contain much evidence of the distinctive Dragon Ball world, and wasn’t even that interesting, and despite me warning them and suggesting changes they were so sure of themselves that they ignored me.
What they came out with in the end was a movie I can’t really call on par with the usual Dragon Ball.”
Interestingly enough, prior to the release of the movie, he believed in “the super talent of the production staff and actors” and went one further to add, “thanks to their power this may become a major masterpiece!” Since then though, he’s been pretty reserved about it.
If you haven’t seen it as yet, here’s the Japanese trailer to entice you.
March 30th heralds the release of the film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in Japan, so to mark the occasion, themed cans of soft drinks will be making a return to Japanese vending machines.
The drinks, Dragon Ball Cola Zero and Cider, will contain six different designs when they load up in vending machines on February 25. The cans of Dragon Ball Cola Zero will pay their respects to the Saiyan Saga while the Cider will have images from the Frieza storyline. And both drinks will contain a bevy of ‘vitamins’ to see you through the day.
The last time DBZ cans hit the streets was March 2012 when DyDo DrinkCo did this for the “Heroes Hall Can Reprint” series. Those cans featured Son Gohan, Vegeta, Son Goku, Piccolo, Frieza, King Kai, Trunks, Cell, Super and Saiyan Goku. The drinks were marketed as containing “the heavenly power of seven” vitamins. These were vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, niacin, pantothenic acid.
Dragon Ball Heroes is an arcade card game in Japan which Namco Bandai is working on bringing to the Nintendo 3DS with a date of February 28 being given when Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission will be released.
If you’re already a fan of the arcade game, you can lash out for the Limited Edition bundle available from Lalabit Market which ships with an official Dragon Ball Heroes carrying case built for cards. The case itself is able to hold 20 cards while you’ll also receive 6 Hero Stadium card packs from the first season through to the sixth.
The Limited Edition bundle will set you back ¥7,980 while the standard edition of the game costs ¥5,800.