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Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure to tour North America in 2020

Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure
Promotional artwork for Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure.

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.

Tickets for the Chicago date of the Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10:00 am CST, on Friday, November 15th, 2019.

Source: Funimation

Goku to return to the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

Last year, Dragon Ball‘s Goku made his first appearance in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the distinction of being the first anime character in doing so.

In partnership with Toei Animation and Funimation, Goku is presented in his Super Saiyan Blue form, used in the 2018 film Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Images of Goku soaring about midtown Manhattan in 2018 were shared on Funimation’s Twitter account.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is being held on Thursday, November 28th, 2019 and starts at 9:00 am EST.

Source: Funimation

Uniqlo to launch Dragon Ball t-shirt line November 2019

Following their release of the Manga UT, Sailor Moon UT collections, Uniqlo is coming out with new designs based around Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball for their UT graphic t-shirt line this November.

Uniqlo uploaded a video interview with collage artist Kosuke Kawamura who gives insight into some of his work and designs that are planned for the upcoming Dragon Ball UT collection.

The Dragon Ball UT collection is expected to hit Uniqlo stores and online November 2019.

Dragon Ball UT Collection

Dragon Ball as you’ve never seen before! Coming end of November! #uniqloUT #dragonball #WEARYOURWORLD

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, September 20, 2019

 

Source: Facebook

Goku makes first appearance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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.

Source: Macy’s

Shonen Jump heroes and villains to appear in Jump Force

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.

Source: YouTube

Uniqlo to release t-shirt collaboration with Weekly Shonen Jump

As part of Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary, Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo has unveiled a line up of t-shirts to celebrate this milestone.

Tops will feature artwork from popular manga including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Haikyuu!!Gintama, and Hunter x Hunter.

UT X Jump 50th

Coming Soon: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, wear your favourite manga characters with the all new UT x Jump 50th Graphic T-shirt collection! #UT2018 #WearYourWorld

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, April 6, 2018

These shirts are expected to go on sale later this month.

Uniqlo has in the past run campaigns with Weekly Shonen Jump manga, including Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball.

Source: Uniqlo

Anime stars as Tokyo 2020 ambassadors

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!

The cast of characters include:

  • Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon
  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece
  • Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto: Shippuden
  • Goku from Dragon Ball
  • Asahina Mirai and Izayoi Riko from Pretty Cure
  • Astro Boy from Astro Boy
  • Shinnosuke Nohara from Crayon Shin-chan
  • Jibanyan from Yo-kai Watch

Merchandise featuring these animated heroes is already available online through the Tokyo 2020 Official Online Shop in the form of hats and t-shirts.

Tokyo 2020 Official Ambassadors

READY TO MEET Tokyo 2020 AMBASSADORS? 🇯🇵😍😍😍

Posted by Olympic Channel on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Source: Olympic Channel

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day

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.

J-WORLD TOKYO to open Summer 2013

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.

Source: Natalie, J-WORLD TOKYO

Viz Manga on the iPad

Viz Manga app
Viz Manga app as viewed in iTunes

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.