World’s Largest Auction of Anime Animation Art Breaks $2.1 Million Record at Heritage

The world’s first auction dedicated to the art of anime set multiple world records at Heritage Auctions, June 25-27, 2021, as bidders drove sale prices of animation cels from the genre’s most iconic and award-winning films to more than $2.1 million.

The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction attracted a record 2,853 bidders from around the globe and they were impressed with what they found: The sale boasted sell-through rates of 100 percent by value and 99.8 percent by lots sold. Record-breaking prices were set for collectible cels from films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery ServiceAkira.

“The hits and big moments in this sale came from all over,” Heritage Auctions Animation Art Director Jim Lentz said. “Record breaking prices were seen for lots from Astro Boy, Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, Pokemon, Vampire Hunter D, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and all the films from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki. We are already planning ‘The Art of Anime and Everything Cool II!'”

Outside of Japan and in English, “anime” is colloquial for Japanese animation and refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. This cornerstone of the inaugural auction was the famed Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad, the photographer and Oscar-nominated film producer who amassed original art by some of anime’s greatest creators.

A perfect cel setup with key master background from My Neighbor Totoro (1988), depicting characters Mei and Satsuki drew 69 bids before it went for $84,000 – nearly 17 times its pre-auction estimate. The hand-painted original production cel setup can be seen at the 48:13 mark of the beloved Studio Ghibli classic. This stunning piece is rendered masterfully and attributed to the acclaimed art director Kazuo Oga, who was challenged by director Hayao Miyazaki to raise his standards for the film.

Also racing far beyond its pre-auction expectations was a production cel setup from Akira, featuring a pulse-pounding scene featuring the character Kaneda (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988), which brought a winning bid of $78,000 against a pre-auction estimate of $5,000. This extremely rare key master setup from the sequence depicting Kaneda on his iconic red motorcycle, can be seen at the 1:52:48 mark of the film and on page 25 of the German Film Institute’s gallery exhibition book Ga-Netchu! The Manga Anime Syndrome. Attributed to art director Toshiharu Mizutani, these vivid and rich futuristic urban backgrounds are a defining feature of the film, and complete Key Master setups like this one are extraordinarily rare.

Bringing the same $78,000 result was Akira Kaneda Production Cel Sequence of 4 with Key Master Pan Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988), a hand-painted original production cel sequence presented on its jaw-dropping Key Master pan background from the masterpiece Akira. This incredibly rare sequence, a crown jewel in any anime collection, can be seen on page 52 of the German Film Institute’s gallery exhibition book Ga-Netchu! The Manga Anime Syndrome.

My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Satsuki and Catbus Production Cel Key Master Setup (Studio Ghibli, 1988) prompted 45 bids before it reached $72,000 – nearly 29 times its pre-auction estimate. This cel captures the unforgettable moment from the climactic scenes of the film, in which Satsuki finds her missing sister, Mei, with the help of the Catbus from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.

An Akira Kaneda Production Cel Setup with Master Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988) drew a winning bid of $63,000 against an estimate of $5,000. The cels are presented on a detailed Master background showcasing an elaborate and futuristic cyberpunk urban sprawl prevalent throughout the film. The background is rendered in gouache on two layers, and the vivid and atmospheric settings and backgrounds of the film are attributed to Toshiharu Mizutani.

Other anime highlights include:

  • My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Chibi-Totoro and Chu Totoro Production Cel with Production Background (Studio Ghibli, 1988): $48,000
  • Akira Kaneda Production Cel (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988): $48,000
  • Akira Kaneda and Kei Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988): $31,2000
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service Kiki Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background (Studio Ghibli, 1989): $30,000

The Art of Anime Auction Brings Genre’s Finest Artwork to Heritage Auctions

Production animation cels and backgrounds from the most critically-acclaimed and culturally-influential anime films, television series and characters to headline a three-day auction event June 25-27, 2021 at Heritage Auctions. The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is the first of its kind held by any major U.S. auction house to pay homage to the craft of anime animation art.

“With 928 lots, this will be the world’s largest auction to feature top-grade anime, manga and even classic American animation,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. “From feature films to television series, the sale is packed with iconic scenes and characters.”

The auction features top selections from the Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad, the photographer and Oscar-nominated film producer who amassed original art by some of anime’s greatest creators. Unlike any other, the incredible Japanese animation collection has traveled from museum to museum globally and is now one of the single most important anime animation art collections ever brought to market.

One of the prime highlights from the collection is a stunning Akira Kaneda production cel sequence of four on its key master pan background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988). Measuring 52 inches by 12-1/2″ (132.8cm x 31.75cm), the sequence is a hand-painted masterpiece from the groundbreaking and pivotal anime masterpiece featuring the key character Kaneda in an action-packed motorcycle moment from the climactic and harrowing final scenes of the film.

A close second is an action close-up of Akira’s characters Kei and Kaneda in a production cel setup with key master background, from the Glad Anime Museum Collection. The film is deemed culturally important because it almost singlehandedly brought anime into the limelight for Western audiences with its American release in 1990. Several lots from Akira are on offer in the auction, including more motorcycle scenes.

Auction highlights include important production animation cels used in the making of award-winning feature films and work from the artform’s most respected filmmakers.

Osamu Tezuka

Akira may never have happened if it wasn’t for anime trailblazer Osamu Tezuka, whose Astro Boy series defined the entire artistic movement known as anime beginning in the 1960s. Tezuka, often revered as the “God of Manga,” revolutionized animation in Japan, and used Astro Boy as a conduit to address heavy issues like war and intolerance.

Several examples from the series are on offer including an amazing hand-inked and hand-painted original production cel from the classic Astro Boy series from the mid-1960s. An important model sheet from the same period depicts Astro Boy and additional characters such as Astro Girl, Dr. Packidermus J. Elefun and Victor Percival Pompous.

Hayao Miyazaki

The artwork by the Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and manga artist is well represented.

My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Chibi-Totoro and Chū Totoro production cel (Studio Ghibli, 1988) is from a key scene in the critically-acclaimed Miyazaki-directed animated masterwork. Lead character Totoro is recognized as one of the most popular characters in Japanese animation and the film is regularly ranked high in lists of the most important world films made.

A production cel setup with key master background from Kiki’s Delivery Service (Studio Ghibli, 1989) may be seen at the 1:14:49 mark of the animated feature film. This beautiful, hand-painted original production cel setup of the titular witch Kiki depicts a solemn scene as she wrestles with her self-doubt on her journey to adulthood. The scene captures Miyazaki’s atmospheric, extended quiet moments which set his films apart from all others.

A beautifully executed production cel with production background and animation drawing (Studio Ghibli, 1997) from Miyazaki’s critical and commercial blockbuster Princess Mononoke is on offer from the Glad Museum Collection. Prince Ashitaka is awakened by his steed Yakul in the hand-painted artwork. Seen at approximately the 1:05:51 mark of the film, the cel is likely to spark intense bidder interest for a piece of memorabilia from one of the greatest anime films ever made.

Iconic Characters From Iconic Series

First and foremost, a hand-painted original production cel setup of the eponymous God-like being Genocyber, measures a huge 15-1/2 inches by 12-1/5 inches (39.37cm x 31.75cm). Seen at the 37:34 mark of the first episode. The cyberpunk sci fi/horror Genocyber is perhaps best known for its controversially extreme graphic violence, and as a result it has developed a dedicated cult following since its release.

The Glad Anime Museum Collection gives us a jaw-dropping production cel setup with its key master background from the well-known sci-fi anthology masterpiece Robot Carnival segment titled “Franken’s Gears” (A.P.P.P., 1987). Also from the museum, a spectacular action sequence production cel from Dragon Ball GT (Toei Animation, circa 1989-96) depicting character Piccolo attacking a monster is offered with the animation drawing and layout drawing group of four.

Sailor Moon (Usagi Tsukino), perhaps the most recognizable fictional manga superheroine from the classic hit series of the same name, appears in the auction. A stunning and iconic scene of Sailor Moon narrowly dodging an attack from the wicked tree-like Cardian Leshy (Toei Animation, circa 1992-97) in an astounding and large hand-painted original production cel. A production cel closeup of Sailor Moon (Toei Animation, circa 1992-97) is an eponymous example of the charming, expressive character reactions that define anime’s distinctive style on its key master background.

A fantastic hand-painted original production cel from Mamoru Oshii’s cyberpunk masterpiece Ghost in the Shell (Production I.G, 1995) makes a rare appearance at auction. The highly-influential film was credited by A-list director James Cameron as “the first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence.” The cel may be seen early in the film at the 12:38 mark.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Ninja Scroll production cel with master background featuring characters Jubei and Kagero (Madhouse, 1993)

A spectacular hand-painted original production cel featuring Ash and his team of adorable pocket monsters from the hit feature film Pokemon: The First Movie (OLM, 1998/2000), depicting characters Pikachu, Squirtle and Bulbasaur is from the Glad Museum Collection.

An intense production cel with production background and animation drawing of the character Gohan, as he’s about to shock everyone with a very memorable transformation into Super Saiyan 2, from the fan favorite series Dragon Ball Z (Toei Animation, c. 1989-96)

Heritage Auctions’ The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is June 25-27, 2021, with worldwide bidding available on HA.com.

Toynk.com Announces New Anime Ramen Bowls

Toynk.com is announcing the release of nine new Ramen-Inspired home goods. The new arrivals include seven pop-culture-themed ramen noodle bowls complete with chopsticks. New Ramen Noodle Bowls feature pop-culture designs inspired by anime and kawaii culture including Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, My Hero Academia, Naruto, Sonic the Hedgehog, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, and Sanrio Gudetama.

Enjoy a generous serving of your favorite food from these officially licensed ceramic ramen bowls, which come complete with a pair of wooden chopsticks and a built-in chopstick holder. Durable ceramic material is perfect for daily use while slurping up a large bowl of ramen, udon noodles, pho, miso soup, and more.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Japanese Dinnerware Set

Learning to bend all four elements can work up a big appetite. Fill up on all of your Asian cuisine favorites with the Avatar: The Last Airbender Ramen Dinnerware Set, which comes complete with an 18-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks.

This Toynk exclusive ramen bowl features a glossy white finish with adorable chibi styling of “the Gaang,” including Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and their loyal animal companions, Appa and Momo. The wrap-around design also features colorful symbols that represent each of the Four Nations, including the Air Nation, Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom, and Water Tribe.

Sonic The Hedgehog Japanese Dinnerware Set

Blast through every meal with Sonic Speed. After a long day of collecting gold rings and speeding through obstacle courses, you can kick up your red shoes while slurping down a hearty serving of noodles from the Toynk exclusive, Sonic The Hedgehog Japanese Dinnerware Set.

Matching the video game icon’s striking blue color, the large ramen bowl features a close-up of Sonic winking and the classic video game logo on the opposite side. This Japanese-inspired dinnerware set comes with a complete table setting, including a 14-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Sturdy and durable, these ceramic dishes are built to last through all of your impromptu run-ins with Doctor Eggman.

Sailor Moon Japanese Dinnerware Set

Based on the popular shoujo anime series, the Sailor Moon ramen bowl Japanese Dinnerware Set resembles Sailor Moon’s signature sailor Senshi outfit. The red, white, and blue design features her magical “Moon Prism Power” transformation brooch.

The Japanese dish set includes a 16-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Fight evil by moonlight, eat noodles by daylight with this cute Sailor Moon dinnerware set.

My Hero Academia U.A. Japanese Dinner Set

Eat Like A Hero: Master your Quirk with this My Hero Academia U.A. Ramen Dinnerware Set. The glossy ramen bowl features a blue-and-white design that matches the student training uniforms, including the stylized “U.A.” letters. Also featured in the design are the My Hero Academia logo and U.A. High School’s motto, “Plus Ultra.”

The dish set includes a 16-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Made from ultra-premium ceramic material, this sturdy dish is built to last through all of your heroic battles against the notorious League of Villains.

Disney Lilo & Stitch Japanese Dinnerware Set

Outsmart the Galactic Federation with this Lilo & Stitch Ramen Dinnerware Set. Based on traditional Japanese dining, you can enjoy a serving of soba, somen, udon, and other popular noodle dishes with this 2-piece ramen set.

The 16-ounce white ramen bowl features a fun tropical theme inspired by Hawaiian imagery, including a colorful array of orchids. Everyone’s favorite adorable (and chaotic) alien Stitch is also depicted in a variety of playful poses. Say Hiiiiii to out of this world flavor when you eat from this fun dinnerware set.

Naruto “Eating Noodles” Japanese Dinner Set

Eat Like A Ninja: Satisfy your noodle cravings with this Naruto Uzumaki Ramen Dinnerware Set. This 2-piece ramen set is perfect for Naruto Shippūden fans who want to upgrade their mealtime with a geeky flair.

The Naruto Eating Noodles Ramen set features a 16-ounce white bowl with a double-sided design. The printed graphic depicts a black-and-white image of Naruto Uzumaki slurping down a bowl of his favorite ramen noodles. Fuel up for your next battle in style with this fun ramen bowl set.

Dragon Ball Z Karin Japanese Dinnerware Set

Learn martial arts from the wise Master Karin with this Dragon Ball Z Karin Ramen Dinnerware Set. Based on traditional Japanese dining, you can enjoy a generous portion of your favorite noodle dishes with this ramen bowl set.

This 16-ounce ramen bowl features vibrant orange coloring and top-quality print graphics. The wise cat and martial art master Karin is featured in the design, along with his home-grown Senzu Beans.

Sanrio Gudetama Ceramic Soup Mug With Spoon

Take a break from your egg-essential thoughts with this Gudetama soup mug. Inspired by Sanrio’s Lazy Egg, this collectible drinkware makes a “meh” addition to any home kitchen. This kawaii soup mug features Gudetama’s face coming out of a cracked shell on the frontside and his adorable butt on the backside. The included matching spoon shows Lazy Egg in his shell.

The oversized mug holds 24 fluid ounces of your favorite food and beverages, including soup, cereal, ice cream, and more. The easy-grip handle is shaped like a broken egg to give you the full Lazy Egg experience.

Toynk Exclusive Ramen Noodle Throw Blanket

Take your ramen from the kitchen to the living room with our super soft Ramen Noodle Throw Blanket. The Toynk exclusive fleece blanket features a detailed Ramen Noodle design based on the popular uncooked noodle. It measures a large 45 x 60 inches and is made with top-quality polyester fleece. This fun food-inspired throw is a quirky and fun decor piece for any room in your home.

All Ramen Noodle home goods are officially licensed and available for purchase here: https://bit.ly/2T0Z2ZB

Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 6

Dragon Ball Super Part 6 includes Episodes 66-78 of the Dragon Ball Super anime series. Audio options for this release include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Dragon Ball Super Part 6
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: January 8, 2019

The first two episodes conclude the “Future” Trunks Saga. At first, it seems like Goku and Vegeta will have the upper hand after Vegeta reluctantly agrees to merge with Goku to become Vegito. Unfortunately, it turns out that becoming half mortal was part of Zamasu’s plan all along. But after being given a broken sword by Future Mai, Future Trunks is able to power it up with energy from all living things on Earth. Yes, he creates a Genki Dama (aka Spirit Bomb) and is able to use the sword to cut Zamasu in half.

This happened right at the end of Episode 66, and I really felt like we were finally done with Zamasu. But… nope. Zamasu transcends his physical form and begins merging with the universe. Goku uses the summoning button he received from Zeno to summon the future timeline version of Zeno. This Zeno has no idea who Goku is, but after Goku explains the situation, the future timeline Zeno decides to destroy the future multiverse. Fortunately, our protagonists (as well as Future Trunks and Future Mai) manage to escape, and Future Zeno comes along for the ride. Remember how Goku promised to find a perfect friend for Zeno in Part 5? He brings Future Zeno to Zeno, and the two become friends. This arc ends with Whis offering to take Future Trunks and Future Mai to a point in their timeline before Zamasu became a threat, with the caveat that they would co-exist with that timeline’s version of themselves. They agree, and they leave.

Most of the remaining episodes in this set are one or two-episode stories, with many containing throwbacks to both the original Dragon Ball anime and the Dragon Ball Z anime. One of the exceptions to this is the first episode of this group, which sees Bulma trying to build a new time machine, while Goku promises King Kai to revive him with the Dragon Balls. Unfortunately, some of the other characters have their own selfish wishes that they want, so after Goku summons Shen Long, arguments ensue over who gets to make the two wishes. One wish is granted when Gohan brings Pan, who is suffering from a fever… because everyone agrees that Pan’s health is important. In the end, King Kai isn’t brought back to life, so the status quo stays the same. This ending made it clear that this episode was “filler.”

Next, we get an episode where Vegeta, Bulma, and Trunks attend a science competition hosted by Mr. Satan. One of the other contestants is Dr. Senbei Norimaki (aka Dr. Slump), and he wins the prize. Arale-chan, who had made an appearance in the original Dragon Ball anime when there was a crossover episode that sees Goku going to Penguin Village, makes an appearance in Metro West. While Vegeta got some amusing lines, this episode was overall on the cringy side. I never liked Arale-chan when she appeared in Dragon Ball, and I still found her to be annoying in her appearance here. Did we really need to have another crossover with Dr. Slump?

The next episode sees Beerus’ brother, Champa, issuing a challenge to Beerus… a baseball game. But as we see in the episode, most of the characters have no idea how to play baseball. Yamcha is the only one who knows how, and it’s not surprising that he’s the captain for the 7th Universe’s team. It was the craziest game of baseball I’ve ever seen, and it was amusing to see Yamcha being the hero for once. However, there is a throwback to a scene in Dragon Ball Z when it’s discovered that Yamcha wins the game because he’s the only one who scores a point.

Then, there are two episodes that see Goku being jumpy because he senses that someone is out to kill him. It turns out it’s Hit, the assassin that was introduced during the martial arts championship between the 6th and 7th Universes. At the end of the first episode of this set, I was convinced that Goku was actually killed. But it turns out he wasn’t, and there’s a twist about who hired Hit to go after Goku and why. Admittedly, the twist could be seen from a mile away, especially after it’s revealed that Goku wasn’t actually killed.

The next two episodes see Mr. Satan starring in a new superhero film titled, Great Saiyaman vs. Mister Satan. Barry Kahn, the actor playing the Great Saiyaman, is famous but very self-absorbed. A subplot involves Jaco, where he accidentally loses custody of a parasitic alien named Watagashi. Gohan gets involved in the storyline when he becomes the stunt double for Barry. Barry gets frustrated when he’s rebuffed by Videl and tries to create a scandal involving Gohan and the lead actress. But Videl believes in her husband, which enrages Barry. Watagashi comes across Barry and takes him over. Barry turns into a monster, and it’s up to Gohan, in the guise of the Great Saiyaman, to take down Barry. As luck would have it, the camera crew captures the whole thing and includes it in the film. I thought it was amusing at the end of the episode, seeing moviegoers excited about the movie, especially the little kid wearing a Great Saiyaman cosplay outfit. After how Gohan was so ridiculed in Dragon Ball Z over the Great Saiyaman, I thought this was a nice thing to happen to Gohan.

The next two episodes see Goku desperately trying to find someone to train with. He’s left with Kuririn, who tries to turn him down. However, No. 18 says she fell in love with the strong martial arts version of Kuririn, and Marron wants her father to be strong. Kuririn agrees to the training, and the two of them go back to Master Rohi’s for old time’s sake. Roshi, with the help of his sister, Uranai Baba, creates a test for both Goku and Kuririn. This test includes having enemies they have previously defeated appearing as opponents to fight. For Kuririn, many of these opponents killed him, or in Dabura’s case, turned him into stone. We see poor Kuririn experiencing PTSD when faced with these opponents, and it makes the viewer realize just how rough he’s had it as a character in this franchise. But Kuririn is able to figure out what Roshi wants him to figure out from this training. At the end of this, Kuririn decides that while he will still be a police officer, he will also return to training in martial arts. I thought these were a couple of great character development episodes for Kuririn.

The final two episodes of this set finally set the All-Universe Martial Arts tournament in motion. We discover at the beginning of this arc that Bulma is pregnant again and is about to give birth at any time. Because of this, Vegeta refuses to participate in what’s about to happen. You can tell that he wants to, but he’s smart enough to know that Bulma will expect him to be there for the birth of their second child. Meanwhile, Goku discovers that Zeno forgot about the martial arts tournament, and Future Zeno is very curious about this because he’s never seen one before. The main tournament is set, where each universe will have 10 fighters. But a horrible truth is revealed… when a universe loses, it will be destroyed by Zeno. But before the main tournament, Future Zeno wants a mini tournament in order to see a martial arts tournament. Two universes will have three fighters for the tournament.

The second episode begins this mini tournament, which sees the 7th Universe against the 9th Universe. In addition to Goku, the 7th Universe fighters are Gohan and Majin Boo. The mini tournament gets going with Boo’s fight. This final episode ends in such a way that the viewer is left with a bit of a cliffhanger. I’m looking forward to when I can watch Dragon Ball Super Part 7 in order to see what happens to Boo and his opponent.

We get both a new opening theme and a new ending theme over the course of the episodes in this set. The new opening theme only appears on the final two episodes of the set. This makes sense, since these episodes are starting the next major arc in Dragon Ball Super. And I have to say that the new ending theme introduced in this set is much better than the previous ending theme.

When it comes to this release, the Blu-ray video is 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio is Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I have no complaints with the video or audio quality of this release.

With this set, there are interviews with three of the English voice actors in Dragon Ball Super: Sonny Strait (Kuririn), Matthew Mercer (Hit), and Kyle Hebert (Gohan). With both Sonny and Kyle’s interviews, it really hit home just how long both of these actors have been voicing their respective characters in the Dragon Ball franchise at the time the interviews were taped. Matthew Mercer was also an interesting interview, because it turns out he was a fan of the franchise before it was officially released in English. I thought it was great to hear the perspective of someone who joined the voice cast after already being a long-time fan of Dragon Ball. The one thing that really stood out to me is that we get to see scenes from Dragon Ball Super during the interviews, but there was only one instance where we got to hear a character talk. Here we are, listening to the voice actors talking about their roles and impressions of this point in the story, yet we don’t get to hear their characters in the anime footage included in the features. Outside of this, the bonus features also include textless versions of the opening songs and the closing songs, as well as trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise and want to own all the episodes and films, then you’ll need to add Dragon Ball Super Part 6 to your anime home video library.

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Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 4

Dragon Ball Super Part 4 includes Episodes 40-52 of the Dragon Ball Super anime series. Audio options for this release include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Dragon Ball Super Part 4
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: June 19, 2018

The first two episodes of this set finish off the Universe 6 saga. In the first episode, Goku begs for the tournament rules to be changed so Hit can freely use his assassination techniques. Beerus objects, so Goku jumps out of the ring to force a ringout, because it turns out that Goku had overdone things by using the Kaio-Ken while in Super Saiyan Blue form. Which now leaves things up to… Monaka. I had guessed that Beerus had brought Monaka along as a way to motivate Goku, and that Monaka was actually a weakling. Fortunately, Hit realizes what’s happening and decides to let Monaka “win”… which means that Universe 7 wins the chance to use the Super Dragon Balls.

But before anything can happen, a new character shows up: Grand Zeno. It turns out he looks and acts like a young child but is actually the “King of Universes.” Zeno makes an appearance because he witnessed what happened and wants to organize one for all 12 universes. Even though the two Gods of Destruction make it clear not to displease Zeno because he has the power to destroy anything, Goku still casually approaches the Omni-King. Fortunately, Zeno was not displeased by this action. But why am I not surprised that Goku didn’t heed any warnings?

I thought it was interesting to see what Beerus wished for when he got the chance to wish on the Super Dragon Balls. It showed that even though Beerus is a God of Destruction, he still has some compassion in him. It also shows that he cares at least somewhat for his brother’s universe. I honestly believe that Goku and the others have had more of an effect on him than he has let on.

The next couple of episodes are more light-hearted in nature. In the first one, Bulma holds a victory celebration for winning the recent tournament. Through a series of events, Monaka ends up at the party, and Beerus has to find any and all means possible to hide the fact that Monaka is actually weak from Goku. My favorite part is Beerus having to get into a Monaka costume, and how Goku doesn’t notice that Beerus isn’t controlling his power, so his own hands are sticking out of the costume.

After the party, Goku finds he has problems controlling his energy after his battle with Hit, so he’s forced to take a break. When Gohan and Videl go out, Goku gets babysitting duty for Pan. It was amusing to see Piccolo telling Goku about Pan’s likes and dislikes for food, as well as other things. Piccolo has definitely been hanging out at Gohan’s house and getting to know his young daughter. Back in the early days of Dragon Ball Z, who could have guessed that Piccolo would have ended up as this kind of a character? Even though Pan is a mischievous little girl, she is incredibly cute and adorable.

The next three episodes see Trunks and Goten getting into the back of Monaka’s delivery vehicle while he’s at Capsule Corp for a delivery. They end up trapped in the back of the vehicle, and Monaka takes them to Planet Po-tau-feu. They face off against a teal humanoid named Gryll, who is after a key for the Superhuman Water. The Superhuman Water clones whatever it touches, and this is a problem when Vegeta arrives on the planet. The water clones Vegeta’s power and transforms into a purple-colored version. Unfortunately, whoever is cloned will disappear. Not surprisingly, it ends up being Goku who saves the day. But the way they end up saving Vegeta from disappearing was very amusing, and when Vegeta realizes what he ended up doing, it becomes even more amusing.

The five episodes between the end of the tournament and the start of the Future Trunks arc feel more like filler than anything else. In the long run, they really don’t add anything of real value to the series. And yes, you read that right… we get a return from Future Trunks. It turns out that a new menace appears in his timeline, who looks like Goku, but dressed in black (and it should be noted also wears a special ring and wears a potara earring in one of his ears. With the arrival of Goku Black, the world is basically destroyed. This time, Bulma dies in the attack. And Mai, who Trunks and Bulma work with in the future to fight against Goku Black, is also killed. Future Trunks makes it to the time machine and returns in what is the current time in Dragon Ball Super.

It was interesting to see Future Trunks’ reactions when he awakens in the current timeline. Since his past self is older this time, this made for quite the dynamic between Trunks and Future Trunks. This is especially true after Future Trunks realizes that a younger Mai is there. It was funny to see Trunks become jealous of himself, especially after Mai takes an interest in Future Trunks after talking with him and learning about what will happen in the future.

Goku Black also makes it to the present time, and a battle with Goku ensues. Goku, of course, wants to make the fight last a while, so he doesn’t progress beyond Super Saiyan. Unfortunately, Goku is unable to progress the fight before Goku Black is sucked back into the time rift and disappears. But the sparring with Goku gave Goku Black a chance to experience some of Goku’s power and attacks firsthand. A clue is dropped to Goku Black’s true identity by the end of the final episode of the disc, but you have to watch Dragon Ball Super Part 5 to get more details.

For what we see of the Future Trunks arc, I was glad to see that Bulma had managed to get the time machine that Cell had come into the timeline in before Trunks left the first time, because this will play an important role when the story continues in the next set. I also really enjoyed the episode when Future Trunks visits Gohan, and ultimately has an epiphany as a result of this visit with Gohan and his family.

After watching this set, I believe that the best parts included here are the ending of the Universe 6 saga and what we see of the Future Trunks arc. Unless the Superhuman Water makes an appearance later in the series, then these episodes featuring this element kind of felt like a waste of time. And while seeing Gohan babysitting Pan was cute, it didn’t really seem to truly add anything to the series.

Near the end of the set, there is a new opening credits song. I have to be honest here and say that I didn’t care for this opening all that much. It felt rather weak for a theme song for the Dragon Ball franchise.

When it comes to this release, the Blu-ray video is 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio is Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I have no complaints with the video or audio quality of this release.

The only bonus feature that’s truly worth anything is a nearly 15-minute interview with Sean Schemmel. It really hit me when he said at the time the interview was being recorded, that he had been voicing Goku for the English dub for nearly 20 years. Wow! From what he says in the interview, Sean seems to understand the character of Goku. I also liked hearing from him how he differentiated Goku Black’s voice from Goku. This was a well-done interview. The only other bonus features on the release are textless opening and closings, as well as trailers for other FUNimation Entertainment releases.

If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise and want to own all the episodes and films, then you’ll need to add Dragon Ball Super Part 4 to your anime home video library.

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Toei Animation and FUNimation Present “Dragon Ball Super: Battle Of The Battles” Global Fan Event on March 27, 2021

In December 2020, fans were asked to name the greatest Dragon Ball Super fights of all times and the response was overwhelming. The answers have now been tabulated, and “the winners” will be revealed on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the special global fan event “Dragon Ball Super: Battle of the Battles” announced by Toei Animation and FUNimation together with a promotional video. Special guest and Dragon Ball Super voice actor Ian Sinclair (English voice of Whis) will join co-hosts Justin Rojas (Toei Animation) and Lauren Moore (FUNimation) for an hour-long livestream countdown of the Top 10 greatest Dragon Ball Super fights of all time as chosen by fans. Starting with #10, each legendary fight will be unveiled with an English dub video clip from the series, which the hosts will react to and discuss while also talking about their love for the series. As always, fans can also look forward to giveaways throughout the livestream that will be simulcast on Toei Animation’s Twitch channel and FUNimation’s YouTube channel. Dragon Ball Super: Battle of the Battles kicks-off on Saturday evening at 5:00 pm Pacific / 8:00 pm Eastern in the United States and Canada and internationally including 7:00 pm in Mexico City, 10:00 pm in São Paulo, 2:00 am in Paris (Sunday) and 11:00 am in Sydney (Sunday).

“Dragon Ball Super: Battle of the Battles” Global Fan Event
Presented by: Toei Animation and FUNimation
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: United States and Canada: 5 pm Pacific / 8 pm Eastern
International: 7 pm Mexico • 10 pm São Paulo • 2 am Paris (Sunday) • 11 am Sydney (Sunday)
Duration: 1 hour
URL: Simulcast on Toei Animation’s Twitch channel and FUNimation’s YouTube channel
Hosts: Justin Rojas (Toei Animation) and Lauren Moore (FUNimation)
Special Guest: Ian Sinclair (English voice of Whis)
Program: Countdown of Top 10 greatest Dragon Ball Super fights featuring an English dub clip of each from the series along with commentary and reactions from the hosts as well as promotional giveaways throughout the event

Dragon Ball History in the United States

Previously, I wrote about the history of the Dragon Ball franchise in Japan. This post will take a look at the franchise’s history in the United States.

While the Dragon Ball anime was an instant hit in Japan, the story was very different in the United States. It ended up taking several attempts before the Dragon Ball franchise became a success in America.

The first attempt to import the anime happened in 1989. Harmony Gold tried to market a dubbed version of the Dragon Ball episodes, as well as edited versions of the first and third films. Harmony Gold test marketed the property in several markets. Unfortunately, this version did not fare well, and it was withdrawn from the marketplace without a full season ever being produced. This version of Dragon Ball has become known as the “Lost Dub.”

FUNimation acquired the rights for all the U.S. releases of the Dragon Ball series in 1996. The company didn’t have enough capital at the time to handle the show by themselves, so FUNimation teamed up with KidMark Entertainment for distribution. FUNimation also hired voice actors from the Ocean Group to provide the voices for the English dub of the episodes and the first movie. Dragon Ball ended up having poor ratings on television and was canceled after 13 out of the 28 episodes in the first season had aired.

FUNimation dissolved their distribution partnership with KidMark and switched to Saban. They created a dub of Dragon Ball Z, using voice actors from the Ocean Group again. Since this series was being aimed at young children and being shown on broadcast network television, quite a few edits were made to the series (the removal of all blood, language, nudity, and references to character death). This cutting came out to be the equivalent of 14 episodes being cut from the first 67 episodes. Dragon Ball Z made its debut on the WB network in September 1996. However, it was only a modest success, and it was canceled in May 1998.

In August 1998, Dragon Ball Z was added to Cartoon Network’s Toonami programming block. The exposure on Cartoon Network gave the series a new life, and Dragon Ball Z achieved new heights in popularity. FUNimation then dissolved their partnership with Saban and continued dubbing the series on their own with their own in-house voice actors. At the same time, FUNimation also eased up on their content restrictions a bit, with the major change being that there was now some small inclusions of blood included in the episodes. The success of Dragon Ball Z also allowed FUNimation to go back and make a new dub of the original Dragon Ball anime. These new dubs began airing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.

In 2003, FUNimation began the process of dubbing Dragon Ball GT. However, since the company was afraid of the series experiencing the same kind of viewer drop-off that the Japanese version did, the decision was made to cut the lighter episodes that started the series originally, and jump right into the first major villain of the series. A special episode was produced that explained what happened in the episodes that had been cut.

After Dragon Ball GT, FUNimation decided to re-dub the first 53 episodes and three movies of Dragon Ball Z that had been heavily edited for the original dub. These versions were released on DVD under the title Ultimate Uncut Special Edition. Cartoon Network began airing these new dub versions of Dragon Ball Z in 2005.

FUNimation also licensed Dragon Ball Kai (which was re-titled Dragon Ball Z Kai for the English dub), a re-worked version of 194 episodes of the original Dragon Ball Z anime series. The series was aired on Nicktoons from May 24, 2010 to January 1, 2012. It also aired on The CW’s Saturday morning block, Toonzai, as well as on its successor, Vortexx. Both the Nicktoons and CW airings were edited for content. The series then began airing uncut on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on November 8, 2014. When Dragon Ball Z Kai was originally produced, it ended right before the Majin Buu arc. A continuation of the series was later produced, and the English dub of this continuation began airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on January 7, 2017.

In 2015, a new anime series, Dragon Ball Super, began airing on Japanese television on July 5, 2015. On November 4, 2016, FUNimation announced that the company had acquired the rights to the series and would be producing an English dub. It was also announced that FUNimation would begin simulcasting the series on their streaming platform, FunimationNow. Crunchyroll and Daisuki also offered English-subtitled simulcasts for Dragon Ball Super. The English dub began airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on January 7, 2017.

It’s amazing that after having such a rough time getting going in the United States, that the Dragon Ball franchise became such a hit with the Dragon Ball Z anime.

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Dragon Ball History in Japan

Dragon Ball started out in Japan in 1984 as a manga created by Akira Toriyama. As of this writing, the franchise now includes five different anime series, 20 animated feature films, a collectible trading card game, video games, and a live-action film. Dragon Ball‘s protagonist is Son Goku, who is based off the Monkey King from a folk legend called Sun Wukong. The Dragon Ball franchise follows Son Goku from childhood into old age.

The first Dragon Ball anime series debuted in Japan in February 1986 on Fuji Television. The series closely followed the manga that it is based on, but there is also some filler included. The filler was added when the anime started catching up too closely to the manga, and this gave the manga enough time to progress before the anime continued to follow it again. The original Dragon Ball anime had a strong emphasis on comedy.

December 1986 saw the first animated film, Dragon Ball: The Legend of Shenlong, being released to Japanese theaters. This film basically retold the events from the first several episodes of the series. Two more Dragon Ball films were also released: The Sleeping Princess in the Devil’s Castle in July 1987 and Mystical Great Adventure in July 1988.

The Dragon Ball anime series ended in Japan in April 1989 after 153 episodes. However, a week later, the sequel series Dragon Ball Z made its debut in Japan. A new series name was given to this series to help emphasize the fact that this series had reduced its emphasis on comedy and its increase in science fiction themes. The first Dragon Ball Z film, Dead Zone, was released in Japanese theaters in July 1989. There ended up being a total of 13 animated films produced and released for Dragon Ball Z. Akira Toriyama brought the Dragon Ball manga to an end in May 1995, and the Dragon Ball Z anime ended its run with 291 episodes in January 1996.

February 1996 saw the premiere of Dragon Ball GT, the next sequel anime in the Dragon Ball series. Unlike the earlier anime, however, this series consisted solely of original storylines written exclusively for the series.

Unfortunately, interest in Dragon Ball was waning in Japan, so the producers felt they had to tweak with the show to regenerate interest. It was decided to return to the original comedy style of Dragon Ball, reintroduce some villains that had not been seen since the original series, a return to a “Dragon Ball quest” storyline, and even a mysterious de-aging of Son Goku. These creative changes did not improve ratings, so the focus of Dragon Ball GT was changed after 16 episodes. The remaining episodes returned to the more action-oriented style of Dragon Ball Z.

In the end, only 64 episodes of Dragon Ball GT were produced. With the continued decline in interest, Dragon Ball GT was canceled. The final first-run episode aired in November 1997.

To commemorate the series’ 20th anniversary, a re-working of the first 194 episodes of Dragon Ball Z, known as Dragon Ball Kai in Japan, was produced. This re-worked version removed much of the content in the original Dragon Ball Z anime that wasn’t in the original manga, as well as a remastered high definition picture, sound, special effects, and a re-recorded voice track with most of the original voice actors.

But that wasn’t the end of the Dragon Ball franchise. The feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was released in Japanese theaters on March 30, 2013. This film introduced two new characters: Beerus (the God of Destruction) and his assistant, Whis. This was followed by another feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F” which premiered in Japanese theaters on April 11, 2015. This film saw the return of the villain Frieza, who has achieved a new form and is out for revenge against Goku.

Both of these films performed well, and they were followed by a new anime series, Dragon Ball Super, which premiered on Japanese television on July 5, 2015. The series is set four years after Majin Buu was defeated. The first two arcs are a re-telling of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F” and then new story arcs are introduced into the Dragon Ball story. This series lasted for 131 episodes, and the final episode aired on Japanese television on March 25, 2018.

2018 also saw the release of the feature film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, on December 14. The film features a reworked iteration of Broly into the main Dragon Ball continuity. Broly had been a villain in three of the Dragon Ball Z films, which basically have their own continuity that doesn’t necessarily line up with the anime series.

The Dragon Ball franchise has had quite the history in Japan. I’m sure in 1997, as Dragon Ball GT was winding down, no one could have anticipated that the franchise would end up having a second lease on life nearly a decade later. As of this writing, it appears the franchise is done for now, but who knows? Perhaps another Dragon Ball series or film could be announced and/or released in the next few years. The franchise came back once, and it could easily come back again at some point in the future.

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Toei Animation and FUNimation Entertainment Announce the Newest Licenses for the Dragon Ball Franchise

Toei Animation Inc., and its agent FUNimation Entertainment have announced licensing gains for the Dragon Ball franchise since Licensing Expo 2019. These licensing agreements with both new and existing licensees span numerous product categories and include the game titles Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and Dragon Ball FighterZ and the TV series Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT as well as Dragon Ball Super. As of October 5, 2020, the complete series of Dragon Ball Super is now available with an English dub on Hulu.

Produced by Toei Animation and distributed in the United States and Canada by FUNimation Entertainment, the Dragon Ball anime franchise consists of 20 feature films and four TV series. Last year was monumental for the franchise, and it remained a top selling merchandise brand with specialty and mass retail. In addition to the global 30th anniversary of Dragon Ball Z, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the franchise’s introduction to the United States and Canadian markets; the release of the franchise’s 20th feature film Dragon Ball Super: Broly; the Dragon Ball World Adventure tour; and the return of the Goku balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Toei Animation, together with its licensing agent FUNimation, is focused on further expanding its efforts into new and existing categories in 2021, including Back-to-School, stationery, party, celebrations, food/candy, pets, and more.

Dragon Ball has delighted fans and left an indelible mark on pop culture. Parents who grew up watching Dragon Ball anime are now introducing it to their children –creating a shared love for the franchise and inspiring a new generation of fans,” said Lisa Yamatoya, Director of Marketing and Licensing in North America for Toei Animation. “We see tremendous opportunity to leverage the multi-generational appeal of Dragon Ball to not only grow existing categories but also expand into new ones with licensed merchandise.”

Dragon Ball has become part of our cultural zeitgeist, inspiring celebrities, athletes, artists and musicians along with millions more,” said Anna Songco Adamian, Vice President of Licensing and Merchandising for FUNimation Global Group. “Merchandise showcasing the characters have only grown in popularity, and we look forward to expanding the reach into new areas with licensing partners.”

Apparel, home, and collectibles continue as top-performing categories for the franchise. Following the success of its Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super collections, licensee Bioworld is adding Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot to its collection of apparel, headwear, and bags. Primitive Skateboarding, building on the success of last year’s “Primitive x Dragon Ball Z” co-branded collection, launched an exciting new Dragon Ball Super co-branded collection of hoodies, sweats, T-shirts, long-sleeves, caps, and socks with its first drop in May 2020. And new licensee Isaac Morris will introduce a Dragon Ball Z line of youth apparel.

In the home category, Just Funky, a key contributor in expanding the franchise in retail with its drinkware, home goods kitchenware, and office collection, will release a new line of home products featuring bedding, sheets, and pillow sets. And new licensee Uncanny Brands released a line of Dragon Ball Z kitchen appliances, including a popcorn maker available exclusively at GameStop. In collectibles, powerhouse Funko expands the franchise offering with a new line of Dragon Ball Funko Pops for fans who have been clamoring to buy the highly desirable figurines.

New and renewed licensing agreements include:

Bioworld: The leader in pop culture products will continue key apparel & accessories based on Dragon Ball Super, Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Funko: A leader in pop culture collectibles is adding new product categories. Since 2018, Dragon Ball has been a Top 10 IP for Funko.

Great Eastern Entertainment: A leading manufacturer of licensed anime merchandise and longstanding partner for the Dragon Ball franchise, brings fan wall art, plush, throws, and accessories.

Just Funky: Premiere manufacturer of licensed and private label merchandise expands to new home categories, including bedding, sheets, and pillow sets. It will continue with drinkware and home merchandise.

Primitive Skateboarding: Well-known merchandiser of skateboard gear and clothing for a new co-branded collection to capture the new “Super” generation of viewers, based on Dragon Ball Super. The line is available at Zumiez and online.

Isaac Morris: The pop culture apparel company for a line of youth apparel based on Dragon Ball Z.

Uncanny Brands: The pop culture leader in licensed small appliances for a line of kitchen appliances based on Dragon Ball Z including a hot air popcorn maker available exclusively at GameStop in October 2020.

FUNimation Entertainment Announces November 2020 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the November 2020 releases for both Crunchyroll and for FUNimation.

Crunchyroll

  • Magical Girl Raising Project: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 300 minutes – $29.98 – 11/3/20
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Web Previews, Nemurin Messages, Textless Opening Song “Sakebe,” Textless Closing Song “DREAMCATCHER”
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 600 minutes – $69.98 – 11/17/20
    Special Features: The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star (1-3), Twitter Q&A: The Ancient Magus’ Bride Cast & Crew, Episode 8 Commentary, Textless Opening Song “Here,” Textless Closing Song “-cycle-,” Episode 21 Commentary, The Ancient Magus’ Bride at Anime Expo 2018: Interview with George Wada and Norihiro Naganuma, trailers
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil: Seasons 1 & 2 Collection (Blu-ray) (Classics) – 600 minutes – $34.98 – 11/24/20
    Special Features: Maria’s Secret Video, Textless Opening Song “Blade of Hope” Episode 1, Textless Closing Song “Still Sis” Episode 1, Maria’s Secret Video BURST, Textless Opening Song “Over The Testament” Version 1, Textless Closing Song “Temperature,” Textless Closing Song “Temperature” Episode 10, and trailers
  • Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 300 minutes – $29.98 – 11/24/20
    Special Features: Episode 2 Commentary, Promo Video, Textless Opening Song and Textless Closing Songs

FUNimation Entertainment

  • Actors: Songs Connection: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 11/3/20
    Special Features: Character Promo Videos featuring Saku Otonomiya, Sosuke Kagura, and Uta Outa; Promo Videos; Commercials; Textless Opening Song, and Textless Closing Songs Versions 1, 2, & 3
  • Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious: Complete Collection (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 300 minutes – $84.98 – 11/10/20
    Contains English and Japanese drama CDs with translation included, an 80-page art book featuring an exclusive manga never released in North America, a lenticular art card and three filmstrip bookmarks
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 11/10/20
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 1 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 925 minutes – $59.98 – 11/3/20
    4:3 aspect ratio Episodes 1–39
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 2 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 835 minutes – $59.98 – 11/3/20
    4:3 aspect ratio Episodes 40–74
    Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Christopher R. Sabat, Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Sean Schemmel, Justin Cook Shares His Headshot Collection, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 3 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 830 minutes – $59.98 – 11/3/20
    4:3 aspect ratio Episodes 75–107
    Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Gen Fukunaga, Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with John Burgmeier, Look Back at the Hummer Tour: With Sonny Strait, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 11/10/20
  • My Hero Academia: Season 3 Collection (Blu-ray) – 625 minutes – $69.98 – 11/10/20
    Episodes 39 –63
    Special Features: My Hero Academia at Anime Expo 2018: Interviews with Yuki Hayashi and Daiki Yamashita, Inside the Episode (Kota, Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!!, From Iida to Midoriya, One For All), My Hero Academia: Outtakes Reel, Promo Videos, Commercial Collection, Textless Opening and Closing Songs, My Hero Academia: Conversation with the Cast, My Hero Academia: Outtakes Reel, Inside the Episode (Create Those Ultimate Moves, A Talk About Your Quirk), Trailers
  • Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 11/3/20
    Special Features: File.0.5 – One Year Earlier: Kujaku Nijo’s Melancholy, File.Extra – Seiji Nanatsuki’s Running Report, Promo Video, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song

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