A symphonic concert will tour North America as part of the thirtieth anniversary of the Dragon Ball series through 2020, starting with Chicago, Illinois on Friday, March 27th, 2020.
Funimation and Toei Animation have partnered with Overlook Events and AWR Music Productions (the group behind the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concerts), to bring the music from the Dragon Ball anime to life by a live orchestra using taiko drumming, and a score by Japanese composer Shunsuke Kikuchi.
While Chicago is listed as the first stop, no other cities were provided. As Funimation’s blog post mentioned “North America”, it is hoped that some Canadian cities would be included in the tour.
Among the American Thanksgiving traditions of turkey, pie, and football is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. For 2018, the parade welcomed a newcomer — Super Saiyan Blue Goku from Dragon Ball.
At 56 feet tall, 70 feet long and 36 feet wide, this massive Saiyan required 90 people to handle and selected to promote the upcoming film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which premieres later this year in Japan.
It’s the first time a manga character has appeared in this 92 year-old parade.
E3 has unofficially started and Bandai Namco has jumped on trailer release train with a teaser of a new game with everyone’s favourite Shonen Jump heroes and villains: Jump Force.
The video opens with short scenes from manga series Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball, before focusing on a battle-scarred metropolis with Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy and Goku preparing to fight Frieza. At the end of the teaser, Light Yagami and the shinigami Ryuk from Death Note survey the devastation.
Jump Force is expected to launch in 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Even though the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are three years away, get ready to see more the sporting event’s ambassadors as they showcase the host city’s facilities and attractions. These ambassadors might look familiar — they’re popular anime characters!
Did you know that the first Saturday of May is called Free Comic Book Day? That means this Saturday, May 4th, you can visit your local store and pick up a free comic book. If you’re thinking that Saturday is reserved just for Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and so on, you’re mistaken. Manga counts too, and VIZ Media has three books ready for this day: Uglydoll Comics, Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration and Dragon Ball.
Don’t know if there’s a comic book store in your area or want to learn more about Free Comic Book Day? Visit the Free Comic Book Day web site for additional information and a participating retailer locator.
It’s not exactly Tokyo Disneyland, but everyone’s favourite Weekly Shonen Jump series will have their own theme park in Japan this year. J-WORLD TOKYO will let fans experience characters and games from Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball. J-WORLD TOKYO opens in the Summer on the third floor of the World Import Mart Building in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
The single floor, 6,168 m2 entertainment centre will be split into three regions based on the works by Masashi Kishimoto, Eiichiro Oda and Akira Toriyama. Themed dining areas and shops selling series-related merchandise will accompany the indoor amusements.
Namco Bandai, which also operates Namco Namja Town, will maintain J-WORLD TOKYO.
Viz Media released its new Viz Manga app for the Apple iPad today. The application allows users to download popular manga series including Naruto, Death Note, Bleach, Bakuman, and Dragon Ball and view them at full screen digitally.
The app itself is free, but each volume is priced at $4.99 USD and is only available to fans within the United States.
There is no word if the Viz Manga app will be available for use on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
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