Two years ago, One Piece and Toriko received a special crossover TV special — Toriko was just hitting TV airwaves (taking the timeslot from Dragon Ball Kai in the process), and so it made sense for Shueisha and Toei to collaborate and start pushing what they hoped would be their “new hotness” with the “current hotness”.
Things are heating up in the collaboration world yet again, with a new crossover set to air on Fuji TV 07 April 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., this time with three properties: Toriko, One Piece, and Dragon Ball.
The “Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special!!” will have two parts:
- Part 1: “Run, Strongest Team! Toriko, Luffy, and Goku!”
- Part 2: “The Mightiest Collaboration in History vs. the Gluttonous Man of the Sea”
The announcement was accompanied by a comment from Toriko producer Arisu Takagi:
I’m really excited about this nearly-unthinkable top-tier joint appearance! Toriko, Luffy, and Goku’s collaboration will of course be a highlight, but popular characters from each anime will appear one after another! What would happen if Zebra, Zoro, and Vegeta fought? Whose cooking is more amazing: Komatsu’s or Sanji’s? What if Chopper witnessed the fusion of Goten and Trunks? Thinking with the viewers in mind, this time we’ve packed everything in! It’s full of battle scenes and gag scenes! Mr. Satan will be there, too!
The TV special airs one week after the debut of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in Japanese theaters.
The three franchises will also be joining forces at some point this year for a PlayStation 3 and Vita team battle crossover game called Project Versus J.
Dragon Ball and One Piece received a special collaboration manga one-shot — written and drawn by both Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda — called Cross Epoch back in the 2007 #4/5 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. The special chapter was published in English by Viz in Issue #100 of their (now discontinued) print edition of Shonen Jump. There has not been an animated adaptation of Cross Epoch, though various (unrelated) animated, multi-screen “Panic Adventure” crossovers have been screened at special events, even pulling in such franchises as Tetsuwan Atomu / Astro Boy.