Christ... Hell has Frozen Over... the Birth of DBAF
Julian @ 12:00 am EST
-- Last "Ask VegettoEX,"
we had a question about DragonBall AF and whether
or not it existed. I replied that if a new DragonBall
series ever came out in Japan, I would eat my shorts.
and gents, the shorts have been eaten. DragonBall
AF is indeed coming out in Japan, and will begin
later this summer!
Sunday during One Piece (the latest episode of
it in Japan), a commercial aired... it was a collection
of "highlight" scenes from DBZ, apparently,
with Goku, Trunks, and Kuririn talking over it. Big special
thanks to Mei Yamadori, who was kind
enough to record the commercial for us (go TiVo!).
got the commercial all encoded as an MPEG, and I've got
it up on four different servers (I have a feeling we're
gonna be hammered with downloads on this!). Check it out:
WOW. HOLY CRAP. Luckily I was able to get it over to Julian
for translating. All we've been able to translate thus
far has been the spoken dialogue (haven't tackled those
quick cards that pop up every so often). Here's the basic
gist of what's being said:
"They thought our show was over!"
"They did, huh? Hmpf! Shows what they know!"
"What's this.. ? You're different.."
"You all... I can't let you live..."
"But you're our friend! You're just kidding around!"
"Who are you calling a friend.. ?!"
"You're not yourself. What do you want?"
"You'll never understand..."
"What do you know?! I'll never lose to you!"
"Hehehehe... you don't know of my new transformation..!"
"DON'T YOU DARE THINK YOU'RE GOING TO DEFEAT US...!!!"
crap. That gives us a little insight into what
the plot seems to be. Even more amazing
is that the commercial isn't all there is... I'm gonna
turn it over to Julian in our first-ever dual-owner site
update, and let him talk about the print-ad that just
came out for DragonBall AF~!!! (Mike,
steps up!) That's right!! I'll admit that the commercial
mystified even me at first (I'm the skeptical type), but when I looked
in my mailbox yesterday afternoon, I knew that it was the real deal. What
did I get, you ask? Well, See for yourself.
(Here's the full-size version,
and here's a smaller version for those on
back at me from the cubbyhole was a print ad for DBAF. This ad informs us that the series
will indeed continue, and it is slated to start its run in Japan on 8 September (that's a Wednesday),
at 7:30 pm (right after the news). There will be a TV preview prior to that on 25 August. This ad
also contains a message from Akira Toriyama, in which he says that although he isn't making a new manga,
he will be helping out a little with character design and story direction work. Mostly, though,
he says that he is confident that the TV show will be handled properly, and wants us all to watch it!!!
Story-wise, details kind of slim at the moment. The text of
the ad tells us that Future Trunks, driven mad by the horrors of his era, has come back to challenge Goku; Goku,
however, has another transformation up his sleeve. However, the pictures are really interesting... the first seems
to be a (very sinister-looking) Trunks in his time-machine, while the other two are really something:
It's SSJ5 Goku, and a new fusion — Vegetunks!!! I can't wait to see these two in action.
The ad rounds itself out with an explanation that
with DB being one of the most beloved anime in Japan, and with the show finding newfound popularity in the 21st
Century, now was the time to create something new. It finishes up by telling us to please wait patiently for it,
and to enjoy it when it arrives!!
there you have it. A new series... a new era for DB. To
coincide with this auspicious event, we've updated the
Guide" and "Newbie
Guide" with brand-new info. Enjoy. Also,
be sure to check back tomorrow; I'll
have those text items in the commercial fully-translated
for you. Perhaps they'll shed some more light on the new
series. Until then, let's hear it for DBAF~!! (Julian,