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Published by VegettoEX
19 April 2016, 1:30 PM EDT

Following up on (and jumping backward from!) our translation of the “Super Anime-jin” roundtable discussion from the second Dragon Ball Z Anime Special “mook” (magazine/book) in 1991, today we are adding another translation to the archive: the “Dragon Call” column from the first Dragon Ball Z Anime Special in 1989. The column — whose title […]

Published by VegettoEX
16 April 2016, 4:08 PM EDT

The July 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump (released 04 June 2014 in Japan) was jam-packed with special Dragon Ball content. In particular, it featured the following manga series/chapters: Dragon Ball SD (both a regular chapter and a bonus Majin Boo story chapter) Neko Majin Ga Iru Dragon Ball Heroes: Charisma Mission Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory […]

Published by VegettoEX
14 April 2016, 2:18 PM EDT

Following up on and complementing our earlier FOCUS magazine article translation, we are adding one more pre-Dragon Ball translation to the pile: Akira Toriyama’s first major television interview. Toriyama was a guest on Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s afternoon talk show, Tetsuko’s Room, first aired in Japan 04 May 1983. The interview itself must have been conducted some […]

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13 April 2016, 2:43 PM EDT

Following up on Toriyama’s first two print interviews from 1980, today we are adding one more pre-Dragon Ball translation to the pile: an article from FOCUS magazine’s 1982 #19 issue. In the article, Shinchosha’s photo-essay magazine focused on Akira Toriyama’s wedding and his drastic increase in annual income. The article goes on to discuss Toriyama’s […]

Published by VegettoEX
11 April 2016, 7:49 PM EDT

Dragon Ball received several highly-interesting guide books during its original serialization. These special issues of Jump — “mooks” (a combination of “magazine” and “book”) — would be released in promotion of the latest story arcs. A recent example might be 2015’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Start Guide, a book actually released prior to its respective […]

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08 April 2016, 11:52 AM EDT

Back in April 2014, in celebration of the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected manga volume release, Shueisha began including new comments from Akira Toriyama on the obi (paper band surrounding the book, generally promotional in nature) of his seven other (non-Dr. Slump and non-Dragon Ball) manga volumes. While each comment was only a short few […]

Published by VegettoEX
06 April 2016, 10:02 AM EDT

The first collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga — originally and currently serialized on a monthly basis in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine — officially hit Japanese shelves 04 April 2016 for ¥400 + tax. Spanning 192 pages, the volume covers the first nine chapters, the Jump Victory Carnival 2015 bonus comic, and also includes […]

Published by VegettoEX
14 March 2016, 2:34 PM EDT

As noted during Episode #0398 of our podcast, the original Japanese Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn discs for 1996’s Idainaru Dragon Ball Densetsu actually contain text files with stories, reflections, and funny anecdotes from the game’s development staff. In the text file, Graphic Artist “N” notes, while discussing the various characters unfortunately left out of […]

Published by VegettoEX
25 February 2016, 8:55 AM EDT

Included within the two-disc Dragon Ball Super Original Soundtrack is a new comment from the series’ musical composer, Norihito Sumitomo: First off, as a Dragon Ball fan I want to share this feeling of “hooray, there’s a new series!” with everyone. And now, Dragon Ball Super has finally begun. I can’t contain my excitement at […]

Published by VegettoEX
25 January 2016, 10:36 AM EDT

This week’s Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary “Super History Book” is packed with an introduction from and short comments by original manga author Akira Toriyama. In addition, the book features a lengthy interview with the man himself. In this new interview, Toriyama recounts some popular stories such as the revolving cast of Cell arc villains, using […]