Why I love Dragon Ball Z – New TCG!
One of the great animes of all time is of course Dragon Ball and its subsequent series Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. Now as most everyone knows for most every anime there is a trading card came to go along with it, Bleach, Yu-Gi-Oh, Naruto, Zatch Bell, InuYasha ect. and Dragon Ball is no different. In fact there have been two attempts at a Dragon Ball card game in the past, and now Bandai is taking its chances with the third.
If you’re a regular follower of my passion, you know I’ve played all sorts of TCG’s including magic the gathering, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and those are just to name a few.
Bandai has not exactly been the most reliable when it comes to collectable and trading card games. Their ideas are good, but always fall short, and their prize and tournament support has not always been on par with larger companies like Upperdeck which controls Yu-Gi-Oh, so why would Dragon Ball be any different? Well in all it’s blunders, Zatch Bell and One Piece especially, Bandai has had one major runaway success, Naruto. The Naruto TCG is insanely successful, and has really stuck with the TCG community, and the new Dragon Ball TCG follows in the footsteps of Naruto.
In the Dragon Ball card game you will take control of a multitude of characters, ranging from everyone’s favorite hero, Goku to the vile and evil Frieza. Along the way fan favorites appear like Vegeta, Gohan, Piccolo, Bulma, and even some less known characters like Shu, Master Shen, and Dende. Each character has specific attributes and abilities that make them unique and bring diversity and strategy to every deck.
Dragon Ball has always been known for not only the characters involved with the show, but for the techniques they perform. Goku for instance has a few signature moves, Kamehameha and Kaio-Ken, and the same goes for other characters. These signature moves are represented by Technique cards that allow your specific warrior to do damage, heal themselves or perform other actions that affect the outcome of a fight in the Dragon Ball card game. There are also Event cards that represent certain scenarios in the Dragon Ball universe. These events also affect the outcome of a fight, but last an entire turn or more.
If you have ever played the Naruto TCG then Dragon Ball will feel very familiar to you. The game is broken into three major card croups, Warriors, Techniques and Events, and each Warrior has an injured and healthy combat and support value. Also we see the return of the “Valid” and “Permanent” text from Naruto TCG and the Turn Marker and Hand Cost mechanics. In many ways Dragon Ball could be called a Naruto Clone because it appears so similar to Bandai’s hit game.
Overall Dragon Ball is a lot of fun and offers a bit more in terms of strategy in comparison to other TCG’s. The real question is will it compare to the other top TCG’s on the market? There is a lot of competition out there and with Bandai’s reputation nothings for sure. Naruto has stuck around because it’s an immensely popular anime that is still in production and the game was designed to be on par with other top TCG’s, but Dragon Ball is an older show that is no longer airing, seems to be a clone of the Naruto TCG, and may be hard for younger players to pick up and enjoy. I’m a fan of the game, and hope it does well, it’s a very well thought out game, but I’m just not sure if the support and fan base is there.
You can find out more about the new Bandai Dragon Ball card game at their main website; there you’ll be able to view updates, tournament information, and even all the cards from the games debut set “The Warriors Return”.
As my two favorite animes are Attack on Titan and Dragon Ball Super right now, both series are slowly releasing episodes at a pase of one per week. This gives me a lot of spare time to watch other shows, so I decided to take it upon myself and start watching a series called One Piece. I wanted to watch One Piece for quite some time now, as it’s a top seller and always been suggested to me by my friends and fans. One Piece is the story of a boy named Luffy and it follows his quest. There once lived a legendary pirate who was known as Gol D. Roger. He obtained wealth, fame, and power to earn the title of Pirate King. When he was captured and surely sent to his execution, he revealed that his treasure called One Piece was hidden somewhere at the Grand Line. One Piece is an on-going series just like DBS and Attack on Titan, but it’s almost 800 episodes in as of the time of writing this. I’ve been watching one piece on and off for some time now and it’s by far one of the best, definitely a top 5. I decided to draw a picture of Nami who is one of the main characters in One Piece, she is also my favorite.
I plan on doing a lot more One Piece drawing in the near future, hopefully some time in the summer!
Dragon Ball Super Episode 1
In July of 2015 TOEI Animation, FUNImation and hundreds if not thousands spoke about the release of Dragon Ball Super. Growing up I was always a massive fan of the series so when Akira Toriyama decided to come back and write a second adaptation of the show I was almost in tears! Dragon Ball Super episode 1 aired on July 5, 2015 and from there I was glued. Episode 1 of Dragon Ball Super begins during the 10 year time span between the time Majin Buu was defeated by Goku and the final episode of Dragon Ball Z where Goku and Uub meet in the World Martial Arts Tournament for the very first time. Goku is living his life on the farm, Chi-Chi wants him to make an honest living for her and Goten as Gohan is now married happily and living with Videl. Goku works the fields but he grows bored of the mundane lifestyle of an average man so he asks Goten to take over while he trains with King Kai. Meanwhile, Vegeta and Bulma are living off the money Capsule Corp has produced and they’re more or less living in a world where anything they want is at their finger tips. Vegeta was once a feared warrior who lived off his strength alone but now seems to have become a family man and he’s now settled and happy with the peace that is brought on by planet earth. Towards the end of dragon ball super episode 1 Mr. Satan arives on the farm Goku is working at and brings him money so that he can take care of his family and still do the one thing he loves.. TRAIN! TRAIN! TRAIN!
After I decided to watch dragon ball super episode 1 I was so facinated by the mystery that this old story would provide in the new age of anime, that I decided to draw up some art and create some projects based around Dragon Ball Super. Obviously, this isn’t from Dragon Ball Super Episode 1 but it is from the Dragon Ball Super Movie 14 titled Resurrection of ‘F’ where Frieza returns with his new golden form and swears vengence on Earth for what Goku did to him. After endless hours of training Goku and Vegeta, Whis was able to help them both transform into a ‘Super Saiyan Blue’ which is what is shown in the picture! Hope you guys love it!
Dragon Ball Super is also now produced by FUNImation in English as of early 2017 so you can also now watch Dragon Ball Super English Dub episodes at various online providers.
Attack on Titan has to be one of my favorite animes, books, and stories over all. Attack on Titan just launched it’s second season where over 3 years of anticipation, waiting, and being excited has finally come to life! when I decided to Watch Attack on Titan Season 2 I expected a lot of the mysteries and secrets of Season 1 to finally be answered. In turn, Attack on titan season 2 has not only left us with even more secrets but the story has gotten deeper and deeper, Originally, we thought Annie and Eren were the only two titan shifters, but as seen in Attack on Titan season 2 episode 4; Ymir is also a titan. Ymir transforms infront of everybody at the top of the castle walls where the smaller titans are attacking. The tower is moments from crumbling to the earth when Christa is ready to fight and defend herself as well as her friends. At this point, Ymir tells Christa to always be herself and be proud of who she is, essentially to live the life she wants, one she can be proud of. At this moment, Ymir grabs the only weapon available and jumps off the tower wall into a pool of blood thirsty titans to where she transforms and becomes a titan shifter herself. As the right continues, it seems as if Ymir is outnumbered after killing several titans she starts to get warn down. Suddenly, Eren, Mikasa, and the rest of the scouts rush forward and defend Ymir, slaughtering the remaining titans and defending not only the castle but also Christa, Reiner, and everybody else who was there. One of the reason I love attack on titan season 2 is because we get to see the great detail that goes into the art work and it’s one I’ve tried to mimic for some time in my anime drawings. Here is a light sketch below that I drew after watching the latest episode of attack on titan season 2.
I haven’t finished this piece yet I wanted to wait until Ymir’s entire arc is finished in Attack on Titan season 2 before finalizing it. Ymir has always been one of my favorite characters in Attack on Titan as she is independant, strong, and selfless. Attack on Titan season 2 is twelve episodes long so within the next 3 months I will finish the artwork for this picture and re-create a finalized version! Below is a scene where Ymir transforms in attack on titan season 2, check it out if you haven’t seen it! It is epic!