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Hiromi Tsuru, Bulma's Japanese voice actress, dead at 57

It's a sad day for Dragon Ball fans. Last night, Hiromi Tsuru, Bulma's Japanese voice actress was found unconscious in a vehicle on the Shuto Expressway in Tokyo.

She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Tsuru was only 57 years old.

It was later discovered that her death was the result of an aortic dissection -- essentially, a rupture in the heart. This is said to be a rather rare condition that most often occurs in men in their 60s and 70s.

Hiromi Tsuru has been voicing Bulma in the Dragon Ball series for 31 years now. Many have pointed out that Hiromi Tsuru's voice was used for Bulma in Dragon Ball FighterZ based on one of the latest trailers that we've seen.

Considering that it has been many episodes since Bulma last appeared in the Dragon Ball Super anime, Dragon Ball FighterZ is likely going to be the last time that Hiromi Tsuru's voice appears in a form of Dragon Ball media. It is unknown if all of her voice work has been completed for the game.

Aside from Bulma, other characters she's played the role of include Naomi Hunter from the Metal Gear Solid series, Yubel in Yu-Gi-Oh GX, Shakuyaku in One Piece, Julia Chang in Tekken 3, and Anne from Bravely Second: End Layer.

Source: Asahi News via Kotaku. Sent in by: npcomplete, ShinAbubakr, MyKiLL, ParabolaBeam, and jme.

Beerus a playable character in Dragon Ball FighterZ? Latest scans might contain an indicator

Early this morning, we saw the reveal of Kid Buu, Adult Gohan, and Gotenks in Dragon Ball FighterZ. Scans of the V-Jump piece with the announcements hit the internet, and needless to say, fans could not contain their excitement.

The images also featured a few small screenshots showing what the Arcade mode ladder will look like, as well as some details about it. These screenshots may also show another playable character that has not been unveiled yet.

I'm not sure exactly how anyone spotted this, but EventHubs user NeikoShin pointed out to us that the image of the Arcade ladder has an icon among the playable characters that looks a lot like Beerus -- the series' god of destruction.

The icon is quite difficult to make out (as the zoomed in view of it is pretty blurry), but you can see how people are noticing a resemblance.

Based on the information from the scan, Arcade Mode will have players travel different routes depending on whether they win or lose. So, if that icon is indeed Beerus, this means that he is likely among the playable roster.

Do you think this icon looks like Beerus? Let us know in the comments below.

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Gotenks, Adult Gohan and Kid Buu announced for Dragon Ball FighterZ, scan shows the characters

In the latest issue of V-Jump, new information about Dragon Ball FighterZ was revealed.

Namely, three new characters joining the game.

There was speculation after Majin Buu and Gohan got modifiers added to their names, and indeed, here we have different versions of the two characters.

Besides the new characters, the scan also reveals that the game will have an Arcade Mode where your route changes depending on whether you win or lose, and that there will be an in-game shop where you use Zeni, in-game currency, to buy character colors and titles.

You can find the scan, courtesy of ShonenGamez right here.

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Continue below to read more details from the scans, translated by me, Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, about the new characters.

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Huge wave of 'leaks' and rumors: Tons of Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and Dragon Ball FighterZ characters, Soul Calibur 6, and more

If you've even glanced at social media in the fighting game community this week, chances are you heard talk of rumors and leaks about some of the big-name fighting titles. Today we're going to take a look at what the people have been discussing.

As always, it is worth mentioning that none of what you read here is confirmed or official word. This is merely the rumors and supposed leaks that have gotten a lot of attention recently.

Starting off with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, this week we've heard a ton of different character names dropped as possible additions to the roster down the road. Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Green Goblin, Wolverine, Cyclops, Psylocke, Magneto, Storm, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Daredevil, Asura, Lady, Gill, Rashid, Captain Commando, Nina, Deis, Regina, Gene, Vergil, Akuma, and Apollo Justice are all of the characters listed.

This claim comes from Reddit user DasVergeben. who goes on to say that Marvel Infinite is getting a four player 2v2 mode -- where two players can join forces to control one character each on a team -- a free update next Summer that adds more characters, an update to the visuals, and much more that even the leaker says is a bit out there and doesn't entirely believe.

While this is almost impossible to take as fact, portions of these claims could potentially be valid. Maximilian put together a video that more closely examines the supposed leaks, and in it he notes that there are some aspects here that line up with what he's heard elsewhere.

"The part of this list that has me very intrigued is Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Asura, Gill, and Lady," Max starts.

"I don't think that all of this is substantial or true -- and I can't actually confirm whether or not any of this is going to be what's happening in season 2 -- but all I can tell you is that a very large majority of the season 2 'leaked characters' are coming from several different sources that I've been hearing over the past few months."

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Frieza's English voice actor battling potentially fatal lung disease, has been unable to work for most of 2017

Unfortunate news coming from Houston today as Dragon Ball Z voice actor, Christopher Ayres, finds himself facing an irreversible lung disease.

Ayres, who is best known for voicing the villainous Frieza, was diagnosed earlier this year with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (C.O.P.D), which will prove fatal without a double lung transplant.

A YouCaring fundraiser has been started in an effort to help Ayres and his family with medical costs, as despite having insurance and income, multiple major surgeries and constant care have led to insurmountable bills.

"In preparation for transplant, he learned that he would also need two additional surgeries (double bypass, and oral maxillofacial) before he can move forward with transplant," reads an excerpt from the YouCaring page.

"Due to hospitalization, and rehabilitation Chris has not been able to work since March. In spite of being insured, the deductibles, and non covered expenses have been continuous, and are exhausting his and his family’s resources. While it’s hard to determine exactly how much assistance will be needed at this stage of the process, these costs have become a concern."

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Android 18 gets her very own Dragon Ball FighterZ character trailer

We're getting nearer and nearer to Dragon Ball FighterZ' January 18th release date, and the FGC anxiously sits on the edge of their seats awaiting the synthesis of DBZ and competitive fighting games.

Given the hype levels, we find ourselves grabbing at every bit of information, character showcasing and developer commentary we can get our hands on. The trend continues today with a new character trailer for Android 18 from 876TV.

We've known about 18 for a good few months at this point, and have even seen her in action via various gameplay showcases.

Today's trailer highlights her and her assist partner, Android 17, as they take on Android 16 with a flurry of kicks, punches and plasma beams that leave the hulking robot battered and bruised.

Despite the fact that she and 17 joined the Dragon Ball universe together as something of a pair, 18 garnered much more charisma from fans, and has become one of the series' many favorite faces.

Check out the character trailer below, and let us know who you're most excited to play once Dragon Ball Fighters drops early next year.

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Over 30 minutes of high level Dragon Ball FighterZ footage featuring gameplay for Android 18, 16, Cell, Frieza, and Vegeta

YogaFlame24 has been uploading quite a bit of Dragon Ball FighterZ footage lately. This time he's pt up five videos showcasing some matches between Tatsunical and Nakkiel.

These two players seem to have good knowledge of the game. Their level of play appears to be quite high.

Here, we see gameplay for Android 18, Cell, Android 16, Vegeta, and Frieza. Both players have Vegeta on their teams.

There are over 30 minutes of gameplay recorded here. Watching them might give some ideas on preparing for the public beta in January 2018.

We see a lot of stylish combos from the chosen characters. They are often incorporating assist attacks and jump cancels.

Here's a sick sequence from Cell to start things off:

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Shenron summons, new stage, new character showcases and more; Max recaps latest reveals in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Lots of interesting new content for Dragon Ball FighterZ came our way this week as Bandai Namco held a live stream session showcasing newly revealed characters, game mechanics and a stage.

The stream itself was all in Japanese, but Maximilian has gone back through it all and made a more digestible recap for English speakers.

Though we knew of it, the Shenron summon mechanic is still widely unexplained to the public. The developers playing on stream accidentally triggered it during their show, and so we got our first major glimpse at what using the Dragon Balls in DBF can do.

We learn about four wishes that players can choose from once Shenron is summoned, though we don't know the exact applications and strengths of each. Still, hype continues to build for this game with every new reveal.

We also got a more in depth look at the unique Captain Ginyu and his wide range of techniques, including his infamous body swap that actually causes the players to switch characters mid match.

Highlights on Yamcha, Tenshinhan and the newly seen beach stage are also covered in Max's recap video. Here's a quick clip of the Shenron summon:

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Mysterious female character spotted in the French Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer? Possible new form for Android 21? Female Majin Buu?

We recently saw a trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ that revealed more of the story. In particular, we're starting to see the more sinister side of Android 21, who appears to be the main villain of the story.

The same trailer was also released with French subtitles. Interestingly enough, a few scenes were a little different.

Fans have spotted something peculiar in one of the scenes that was not present in the trailer with English subtitles. There appears to be some fighter doing something with red energy.

Clearly this character is an enemy as Goku is launching a Kamehameha beam at her. We don't get the best look at her, but some of her features are distinguishable.

She appears have pink skin with white hair. It also looks like she is wearing an attire that could be expected from Majin Buu.

Perhaps this is another form of Android 21? This is a common theme of Akira Toriyama's characters. Maybe there's some hints regarding her comments about enjoying the "taste" of enemy fighters -- something we heard from Cell from time to time...

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Android 21 may be a little more sinister than we initially thought... check out the Dragon Ball FighterZ story trailer with English subtitles

We were plenty excited just to see the first story trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ in Japanese, but now Bandai Namco Entertainment America has released the English sub version so we English speakers can understand what's going on.

Some of the voice over simply discusses what players will be experiencing when they jump into the story, playing through three different arcs and joining Goku as the game's hero.

Once the mysterious Android 21 starts talking however, we raised an eyebrow or two.

Little is known about this humanoid scientist that was created specifically for DBF, but the quick glimpses we've seen thus far of her have led us to lean toward thinking she's on the same side as the Z-Fighters.

Though still a bit equivocal, it appears as though she may be more foe than friend, especially with some of the good guys are wanting to "stop Android 21."

We were also a little put off (though definitely intrigued) by her allusions to "tasting" people. Check out the full trailer for yourself and let us know what you think.

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Arc System Works expands operations to include new North American branch

Exciting news for fans of such franchises as Guilty Gear and BlazBlue as development company Arc System Works is expanding with a new branch headed to North America.

Founded in 1988, ASW has been based primarily out of Yokohama, Japan. Company CEO and President, Minoru Kidooka, announced today that the company has plans for an additional base in Torrance, California.

Kidooka released a statement on the matter (which you can view below) that clarifies that a goal of this movement is to strengthen communication between ASW and their consumers.

This news comes just a few months before the January 2018 release of the highly anticipated Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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Other versions of Gohan and Majin Buu being added to the Dragon Ball FighterZ roster? The game's latest trailer has a very interesting hint

Gohan in his teenage form and the pudgy Majin Buu are currently playable characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ. However, we might be seeing more versions of them enter the battle.

Early yesterday, Bandai Namco released a new trailer for the game that showcased new story mode scenes, as well as a recap of the battle system and modes found in the 3v3 fighting title.

A keen-eyed Twitter user named madluk spotted a change to both characters' names in the gameplay footage portion of the trailer. We now see that both fighters have a specification of what version the character is written in parenthesis after their name.

For Gohan, the text in the parenthesis reads "Young Version." We're not quite sure what Buu's says, but I can only assume it says something close to "Fat Buu."

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Tien's level three Super, Captain Ginyu's crazy assists, and footage of the body change; HiFight details new reveals in Dragon Ball FighterZ

We got a good deal of brand new footage for Dragon Ball FighterZ today, and though you may have already checked out the two hour live stream, but if you want the abridged version, we have your back.

Fighting game enthusiast HiFight clipped and made note of a handful of interesting tidbits from the stream, highlighting new moves from recently introduced characters like Yamcha, Captain Ginyu and Tenshinhan.

The hype continues to grow for this highly anticipated 2018 fighter, and things are only getting more intense as more and more familiar faces populate the roster.

Some of these are simply move showcases as we see what these characters can do, showing off Supers or trademark techniques from the show and manga. We also learn some important details on move properties.

First we check out some of Captain Ginyu's assist moves. He's got the entire Ginyu force in his corner, each of which is "five times as powerful as Goku" if my memory of King Kai quotes serves me correctly.

These look like they have a lot of potential, and are deemed "kinda ridiculous" by Hi-Fight:

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The Dragon Balls reportedly revive teammates, recover HP, and more in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Early this morning, Bandai Namco held a live stream in Japan showcasing their upcoming title, Dragon Ball FighterZ. The broadcast featured a look at the new trailer, gameplay, and more.

One of the most interesting things that aired during the stream was the activation of the seven Dragon Balls in-game. As we know, players can collect Dragon Balls during a match, and getting all of them allows you to summon the dragon.

While full details about how the game mechanic works are yet to be revealed -- we can see that the Bandai Namco representatives unintentionally showed the sequence with the dragon -- today's broadcast gave us a potential idea of what kinds of effects the Dragon Balls could have for those who harness them.

HiFight grabbed a GIF of the moment and shared what they report is the English translation for the on-screen options. When the dragon is summoned, the player can select between four different perks that aid them in battle.

Listed here, we see "full HP recovery," "revive teammate," "give ultimate power," and "give immortality." While the first two seem pretty self explanatory, the latter are a bit more cryptic.

Ultimate power could be tied to a player's super meter, and might max out their bars if selected. Immortality, however, is beyond me.

We'll have to wait for a full explanation from Bandai Namco, but if these effects are the real deal, they can become vital tools for players to use.

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New Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer shows more of the game's story mode

Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ. In it, we get a glimpse of more story mode scenes, as well as a recap of the currently announced characters and battle system.

This trailer is entirely in Japanese, and though we don't have a translation on hand, the video grants us a look at new gameplay and story scenes.

As we know, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 3v3 team battle game. Players assemble their squad of three by choosing from numerous fan-favorite characters from the series, including Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks, Android 18, Cell, and more.

The trailer runs through the different game mechanics that players will need to utilize in order to come out victorious. Dragon Rush, for example, is an unblockable move that sends the opponent up into the air, allowing for a follow up combo.

Story mode is gearing up to be a large component of Dragon Ball FighterZ, and while much of it is still shrouded in mystery, we have seen bits and pieces here and there. This trailer shows a bit more of Android 21, the game's villains teaming up, the Supreme Kai, and more.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is due out on January 26th, 2018 in North America. It will follow in Japan on February 1st.

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Bulma to be a playable character in Dragon Ball FighterZ? PlayStation listing may have spilled the beans

We recently learned of Nappa and Captain Ginyu's inclusion on the Dragon Ball FighterZ roster. Now, another character may be joining the battle.

On the European PlayStation website, a listing for Dragon Ball FighterZ provides a description of the upcoming title. In it, we see mention of Bulma as a playable character.

"Enter the arena with up to three fighters from a familiar roster of characters, such as Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, Bulma and Buu, and enter a wide range of destructible arenas inspired by classic locations from the hit TV series," the description reads.

This is the first mention of Bulma as playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ that we've seen. While this isn't a direct reveal or confirmation, it is certainly interesting.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki shares new details on the game's most recently announced characters

The latest two characters revealed as playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ are Nappa and Captain Ginyu. The elite Saiyan warrior and the leader of the mercenary squad, the Ginyu Force, join the battle complete with trademark moves and attacks seen in the anime and manga.

Today, IGN's Next Big Game internet show saw the release of another episode. This time, they focus on giving fans the latest information about Dragon Ball FighterZ.

This installment starts out with a recap of what has been revealed for the game so far. It then transitions into a segment with Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki in which she provides more details on Nappa and Ginyu.

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