The DRAGON BALL Games Battle Hour 2022 opening sequence.
DRAGON BALL Games Battle Hour 2022 (DBGBH 2022 herein), the ultimate celebration of Dragon Ball games, was held across two jam-packed days on February 19 and 20 (JST). Throughout the event, fans from around the world could watch all the action via the YouTube broadcast, or if they wanted to get up close and personal with the content, they could create a virtual Dragon Ball avatar and jump into the Online Arena!
In this article, we'll be recapping the events on day one of DBGBH 2022 for those who missed out or who just want to reminisce. If you see something that catches your fancy or that you want to see again, you can head over to the video archives to watch it! We'll also be giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how the event played out!!
This is where DBGBH 2022 began—the live stage of the event's main channel, the Great Ape Arena, backed by three massive screens fanning out a panorama of West City, with the Capsule Corporation building right in the center.
There stood the two hosts of Day 1, Shuhei Yamato and Kyle Card, both brimming with excitement and anticipation!
Hosts Kyle Card (left) and Shuhei Yamato (right). It's finally time to start! All together now... Fusion-HA!!
Back in November of 2021, DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 held their Super Fashion Contest to determine the top 16 most stylish player-created avatars. At DBGBH 2022, those 16 trend-setters were given the opportunity to strut their stuff on the catwalk at the DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 Super Fashion Show!
The Super Fashion Contest was a global competition where players were challenged to make the most of XENOVERSE 2's abundant avatar customization options for bodies, hairstyles, outfits, and more to create the ultimate aesthetic for their character!
The 16 winners of the Super Fashion Contest were then featured at DBGBH 2022's Super Fashion Show, where the game's producer provided commentary on the players' creations and why they were selected to hit the runway. And we don't mean figuratively! The Online Arena contained a virtual runway for the winning avatars to saunter up and strike a pose while viewers watched live directly from the audience through avatars of their own!
Members of the audience were free to move and even fly around to their hearts' content to appreciate each of the winners' varying poses and special effects from the optimal position —something that you'd certainly never be able to do at a real-life fashion show!
Prize categories included the Super Fashionable Award, the Super Cute Award, the Super Intelligence Award, and more to recognize all kinds of avatars.
In this segment, top-secret data about the last seven years of Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle known only to the development teams was unveiled to players around the world across five categories: STA, rank, logins, characters, and summons! OMATSU and KOTO, the producers of the Japanese and global versions of Dokkan Battle respectively, also appeared on the program to put their pride on the line as they attempted to answer mind-bending quizzes about the data being presented!
Among the surprising statistics revealed were the top three most-pulled summons of 2021, the total amount of STA consumed by all players over the last seven years, and other intriguing datapoints that made you stop and think, "Hang on, should they really be telling us all this?!"
Japanese version producer OMATSU gave us his thoughts on the segment, saying, "I'm really thankful for how much everyone continues to play the game, so I wanted to show off as much data as I could! If the players enjoyed it this time, I think I'd like to reveal a much greater variety of data when we do it again. Thank you all so much!"
After seeing the rank distribution of players, global version producer KOTO commented, "It's true that you can play without worrying about rank, which is what makes this game great!" We asked her how she felt about the program after it'd all wrapped up, and she smiled and told us that "From the global version's perspective, we've never revealed data like this before, but it really drives home just how many people are playing and enjoying the game, so that made me really happy. Everyone, please do your best to make it to rank 500!"
Producer of the Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle global version, KOTO, with her hair cut short for the day of the big event.
The final program of Day 1 was a Dragon Ball Legends quiz contest that viewers could participate in via the Online Arena! By entering the virtual quiz room with their avatars, viewers could answer the multiple-choice quiz questions being asked on the stream by moving into the corresponding areas for options A/B/C/D.
There was an in-game Chrono Crystal prize on the line for all Legends players depending on the quiz results too, so even viewers in the live chat on YouTube were passionately propounding their advised answers!
When a difficult question like this one appeared on-screen, Legends players also could be seen calling on the aid of others in the chat, saying things like, "Please, you got this!"
Dragon Ball Legends producer RYO (right) and guest Kunisato Ebie (left) provided live commentary on the status of participants in the Online Arena. It seems that during question 1, viewer avatars assembled in the center of the quiz area, carefully watching to see which answer the majority was going to move to.
DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT producer Hashino at his desk communicating with viewers in the Online Arena and the live chat.
Throughout the various segments, producers of Dragon Ball games were behind the scenes diving into the Online Arena to trade profile cards with viewers. Producers were even given special avatars that were spitting images of themselves to play as!
Dragon Ball Legends producer TOSHI (left) trading profile cards with viewers in the Online Arena with the support of DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS producer Hara (right).
TOSHI even charged up a Genki-dama together with the viewers!
Dragon Ball FighterZ was back at Battle Hour again this year with another international tournament!
Representative players from Japan, US West, US East, and Europe were divided into four mixed-region teams to do battle for points under a special set of rules in FighterZ! The four teams contained only one player from each region, so for the Japanese competitors that gathered in the live arena, they were surrounded by not allies and comrades, but rivals. For players and viewers alike, this two-day dream event with an all-star lineup of pros was a blast!
And specially for this tournament, the upcoming DLC character Android 21 (Lab Coat) was freely available for all to use in battle! All eyes were on the players to see what they'd be able to do with her brand-new moveset and playstyle.
Day 1 featured the battles being broadcast out of US West and Japan. Let's take a look at how things went down at the Japanese studio!
From left to right, Japanese competitors HiroHiro, Fenritti, Oblivion, and ikoan.
Pro gamer GO1 joined the analyst desk as a special guest commentator! Helping to build the excitement for the coming battles, GO1 commented, "I think we'll be able to see a lot of characters today that you wouldn't normally see in tournament matches."
HiroHiro familiarizing himself with Android 21 (Lab Coat)'s moveset before his match. He, along with the other Japanese players, had been practicing all morning.
In the first match broadcast from Japan, Red Team's HiroHiro and Grey Team's ikoan went head-to-head with dueling Android 21 (Lab Coat) parties!
At the end of the day, Fenritti made a huge contribution to his team with an incredible 6 wins and just 1 loss. He commented, "I've really been looking forward to teaming up with players from overseas!" and after the battles had wrapped up, remarked that "Android 21 (Lab Coat) and Vegeta seem to synergize very well together."
Voices could be heard from the analyst desk as Android 21 (Lab Coat), glasses off, struck a victory pose at the conclusion of the final bout: "She's so cute!"
Awaiting viewers at the end of Day 1 was the highly anticipated special concert to close things out!
Singers Hiroki Takahashi (Makafushigi Adventure!), U-ya Asaoka (DAN DAN Kokoro Hikareteku), and Hironobu Kageyama (CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA and WE GOTTA POWER) took to the stage to perform their signature opening theme songs from throughout Dragon Ball's history, striking a chord in the hearts of nostalgic viewers around the world.
Dragon Ball game producers swarmed the backstage monitor to listen to the special performances too.
All in all, Day 1 went off without a hitch, but in a mere 11 hours from this point, the next day was set to kick off! "See you all again for Day 2! Bye for now!!"
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