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Dragon Ball FighterZ’s newest trailer packs a musical punch

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Glorious anime visuals too

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s latest trailer, for Jump Festa 2017, is entirely in Japanese, but that is entirely beside the point. It’s packed to the ceiling with Dragon Ball Z’s trademark awesomeness and wrapped in a song very special to fans.

Hardly would be considered an expert on Dragon Ball Z or anime, but even a philistine like me can be struck by how the gameplay is such a natural fit for Dragon Ball Z’s visual style and relentless action, that it’s tough to tell if you’re watching a super move, a fighter intro or some other part of the story.

And yeah, cranking up “We Were Angels,” the ending theme from 1993 to 1996 (2001 to 2003 in the West) is another signal that Arc System Works’ fan service ambitions know no limit. Great musical choice for a trailer that introduces Hit, Beerus and Goku Black in his Rose Super Saiyan state.

If you missed the story mode trailer back in November, that gives a little context to what’s going on here. More or less, a bunch of super android fighters have rolled up on the set, and the warriors they impersonate fall into unconsciousness. It’s up to Goku to find out what is going on and put a stop to it.

Dragon Ball FighterZ launches Jan. 26, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. (That Feb. 1 date at the end of the trailer is the Japan date).