Snuck in with the rest of October’s book announcements — which include a comic version of the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, which also sees its home video release in just a few weeks — was yet another film comic, but this one a re-release of DBZ Movie 8′s.
The book for DBZ Movie 8 (Moetsukiro!! Nessen · Ressen · Chō-Gekisen / “Burn Up!! A Red-Hot, Raging, Super-Fierce Fight”) is due out 04 October 2013 for ¥700 on the Home Comics label from Shueisha. The book will be released under the Shinsō-ban (“New Cover/Packaging Edition”) branding.
The “Film Animation Comics” are what are sometimes referred to as “animanga”, which literally just take screen shots from the original film version, arrange them on the page in manga form, and add in dialog bubbles. For Dragon Ball, they originally kicked off back in 1992 with DBZ Movie 5 and then moved forward and backward to fill in the holes to hit up each movie (as well as the three feature-length TV specials for the franchise). They were re-released from 2004-2005 in two-in-one “Jump Remix” versions.
There are no listings beyond the single entry for DBZ Movie 8′s “Film Animation Comic”, so it remains to be seen if the entire line of movies and TV specials will be re-released, or if this is a one-off deal. The “Home Comics” label is typically reserved for more limited-edition or limited-timeframe releases, so it is an interesting situation for this particular book.