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The second Chōzenshū is a combination of the main sections of three previously released guides, “Daizenshuu 3: TV Animation Part 1”, “Daizenshuu 5: TV Animation Part 2” and “Supplemental Daizenshuu: TV Animation Part 3”, which cover the story of the entire Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime series. The front cover borrows the cover artwork from Daizenshuu 3; the book also includes a single, JIS B4-sized fold-out poster, which features the cover art for Daizenshuu 5 on the front, and an “Animation Dragon Ball the Great History” chart, covering animated Dragon Ball releases from the beginning of the TV show in 1986 up through March 2013’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, on the reverse.
- SPECIAL PICTURES
- An overview of the animated Dragon Ball works that were released after the end of Dragon Ball GT in 1997. This all-new section is divided up into four sub-sections, covering the Dragon Ball Kai TV series, the 2008 “Jump Super Anime Tour” special, the Gaiden “Official Visual Guide” remake, and the animated adaptation of Naho Ooishi’s Episode of Bardock.
- Special Pictures No. 1: Dragon Ball Kai
- A section covering Dragon Ball Kai, a “re-edited” version of Dragon Ball Z, which aired from 2009 to 2011, with 194 “Z” episodes condensed into 97 broadcast episodes and one unaired “bonus” episode. Interestingly, the Chōzenshū mentions only Shunsuke Kikuchi (and not Kenji Yamamoto) under “background music” in the credits, no doubt a reflection of the plagiarism scandal that rocked the series towards the end of its broadcast run.
- Attack of the Saiyans, a Warrior Race!!
- The Saiyan arc is broken up into three “acts”, featuring Goku’s and Piccolo’s fight against Raditz, the Z-Warriors’ falling one by one against Nappa, and Goku’s struggle against Vegeta. This page also briefly spotlights the new opening and ending animation.
- The Terrifying Emperor Freeza’s Scheme!!
- The Namek / Freeza arc is covered on a single page in four “acts”, covering the initial scramble for the Dragon Balls, the fight against the Ginyu Special-Squad, Vegeta’s death at the hands of Freeza, and Super Saiyan Goku’s battle against Freeza at full strength.
- Battle with Earth on the Line against Cell, the Ultimate Life-Form!!
- The Artificial Humans / Cell arc is covered in four “acts”, with the arrival of Trunks and the appearance of Artificial Humans 19 & 20; the appearance of 16, 17, 18, and Cell; Cell’s attaining his “perfect” form and announcing the Cell Game; and Gohan’s decisive battle against Cell after reaching the next level of Super Saiyan. The page also briefly spotlights the “extra” episode 98, available only on DVD and Blu-Ray.
- Special Pictures No. 2: Heya! Son Goku & Friends Return!!
- This section covers the feature Heya! Son Goku & Friends Return!!, produced in 2008 for the “Jump Super Anime Tour”, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Jump. Set “nearly two years” after the Boo arc, it introduces Vegeta’s kind-hearted younger brother, Tarble, along with two former soldiers under Freeza who are wreaking havoc in the aftermath of the tyrant’s death.
- Two Years after the Intense Battle with Majin Boo…
- The beginning third is covered in three “acts”, with everyone’s reunion at a party held by Mr. Satan, the arrival of Vegeta’s younger brother Tarble and Tarble’s wife Gure, and Tarble’s warning about two powerful foes making their way to Earth. The page also briefly spotlights the new animation for the opening theme “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”, produced specifically for this feature.
- Avo & Cado Attack!!
- The second third of the feature is covered in three “acts”, showing the arrival of Avo and Cado, Goten and Trunks entering the fray and manhandling them, and Avo and Cado beginning to turn the tide.
- Avo & Cado Power Up!!
- The last third is covered in three “acts”, with Avo & Cado combining into “Aka”, Aka’s destructive assault against Gotenks, and Goku’s one-hit KO, which causes Avo & Cado to rethink their evil ways. There is also a brief spotlight of the ending animation (to “Orange Hero” by jealkb), which features happy times for the characters across the series’ history.
- Special Pictures No. 3: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans
- This section covers the 2010 remake of the “Official Visual Guide” to the Famicom game Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans (see below), originally released in 1993. First included as a bonus feature in the video game Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, it also accompanied Episode of Bardock on the bonus DVD bundled with the March 2012 issue of Saikyō Jump.
- Revenge Against the Saiyans Begins!!
- The first third of the feature is covered in three “acts”, with a history of the Tsufruians & Saiyans, the appearance of the “Destron Gas” on Earth, and the apparent revival of enemies who were previously killed.
- Goku & Co. Head to a Dark Planet!!
- The second third is covered in three “acts”, as Bulma helps to clear up the “Destron Gas”, allowing the heroes to defeat their revived foes; the heroes teleporting to the “dark planet” to confront Dr. Raichi; and Dr. Raichi’s apparent death.
- Hacchi Hyack Awakens!!
- The final third is broken down into three “acts”, featuring Hacchi Hyack’s assault against the Z-Warriors, his ability to reflect back the heroes’ attacks, and his eventual defeat by everyone combining their power.
- Special Pictures No. 4: Episode of Bardock
- This section covers Episode of Bardock, produced in 2011 and based on a three-part “side story” by Naho Ooishi designed to promote Super Saiyan Bardock in the card-based arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes. First shown at Jump Festa 2012 in December 2011, then streamed online for a limited time, it was released 03 February 2012 as a bonus disc (alongside Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans) bundled with the March 2012 issue of Saikyō Jump.
- Bardock, Defeated by Freeza…
- The first half of the feature is broken down into four “acts”, featuring Bardock’s apparent death at the hands of Freeza, his awakening on a strange planet, his defeat of two aliens harassing the villagers, and Berry’s nursing him back to health.
- Chilled Appears on Planet Plant!!
- The second half is broken down into three “acts”, featuring the villain “Chilled”, who resembles Freeza, attacking the people of Planet Plant; Bardock’s entering the fray, only to be outclassed by Chilled; and Bardock’s awakening as a Super Saiyan, to defeat Chilled and cause the legend of the Super Saiyan to be known among Freeza’s people….
- REPRINTED PAGES
- Dragon Ball Super Battle Scenes
- This section consists of pages reprinted from Daizenshuu 3: TV Animation Part 1. Reprinted pages have “reprint” (復刻 fukkoku) on them in a faux-stamped design along the bottom, but are otherwise identical to their counterparts in the original book.
- Son Goku
- Covering Dragon Ball episodes 1 to 28, this section is divided into 11 acts. These acts highlight Bulma and Goku’s search for the seven Dragon Balls, Goku and Kuririn’s training with Kame-Sen’nin, and their participation in the 21st Tenka’ichi Budōkai.
- Red Ribbon Army
- Separated into 10 acts and spanning Dragon Ball episodes 29 to 68, this section covers Goku’s battle with the Red Ribbon Army. These acts include Goku’s race through Muscle Tower, battle with Tao Pai-pai, storming the Red Ribbon headquarters, and his final battle with Staff Officer Black.
- 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai
- Spanning Dragon Ball episodes 69 to 101, this section is divided into nine acts. These acts highlight the battle with Uranai Baba’s warriors, Goku’s search for the Dragon Balls (filler), the 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai, and the final battle between Goku and Tenshinhan to determine the Budōkai champion.
- Piccolo Daimaō
- This section is broken up into seven acts and covers Dragon Ball episodes 102 to 132. These acts comprise Kuririn’s death, the battle with Tambourine and Cymbal, Goku’s first battle with Piccolo, Kame-Sen’nin’s attempt to defeat Piccolo, Goku’s training with Karin, Piccolo’s defeat, and Goku’s training with God.
- 23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai
- Covering Dragon Ball episodes 133 to 153, this section consists of seven acts. These acts include the appearance of Ma Junior (Piccolo) and Tao Pai-pai, the 23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai commencement, Goku’s speedy battle against Tenshinhan, Shen’s fateful battle with Ma Junior, and Goku’s epic battle with Ma Junior.
- Dragon Ball Z Super Battle Scenes
- This section consists of pages reprinted from Daizenshuu 3: TV Animation Part 1, Daizenshuu 5: TV Animation Part 2, and Supplemental Daizenshuu: TV Animation Part 3. Reprinted pages have “reprint” (復刻 fukkoku) on them in a faux-stamped design along the bottom, but are otherwise identical to their counterparts in the original book.
- Attack of the Saiyans
- Covering Dragon Ball Z episodes 1 to 35, this section is divided into 10 acts. These acts highlight the arrival of Goku’s brother Raditz, Piccolo and Goku’s alliance, Gohan’s training with Piccolo, the Z-Warriors’ confrontation with the Saiyans, and Goku’s showdown with Vegeta.
- Battle on Planet Namek
- Separated into 11 acts and spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 36 to 74, this section covers our heroes adventures on Planet Namek. These acts include Freeza’s appearance, Goku’s gravitational training, Vegeta, Gohan, and Kuririn’s struggle with the Ginyu Special-Squad, and Goku’s battle with Ginyu.
- Terrible Emperor Freeza
- Covering Dragon Ball Z episodes 75 to 107, this section is divided into 10 acts. These acts highlight Freeza’s transformation into his second form, Piccolo’s arrival on Planet Namek, Vegeta’s cruel death, Son Goku’s Super Saiyan transformation, and Freeza’s imminent defeat.
- Fight with Garlic Jr.
- Separated into seven acts and spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 108 to 125, this section covers the appearance of Garlic Jr. and his henchmen, Piccolo’s misleading demonic return, Gohan’s defeat of Garlic Jr., the mysterious appearance of Trunks, who defeats Mecha Freeza, and Goku’s return to Earth.
- Artificial Humans No. 16 – 20
- This section is broken up into seven acts and covers Dragon Ball Z episodes 126 to 147. These acts comprise the arrival of the Artificial Humans, Vegeta’s transformation into a Super Saiyan, the death of Dr. Gero, Piccolo confronting the mysterious Cell in Ginger Town, and training in the Room of Spirit and Time.
- Beyond Super Saiyan
- Spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 148 to 165, this section is divided into seven acts. These acts highlight Piccolo’s battle with No. 17, Cell absorbing No. 17 to achieve his second form, Vegeta and Trunks’ increased Super Saiyan strength, Cell’s ascension to his perfect form, and the announcement of the Cell Game.
- Beginning of the Cell Game
- Separated into eight acts and spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 166 to 194, this section covers Mister Satan’s comical attacks on Cell, Goku’s battle with Cell, Gohan unleashing his hidden power to achieve Super Saiyan 2, Goku’s sacrificial death to save the Earth, Gohan’s defeat of a rejuvenated Cell, and Trunks’ return to the future.
- Ano-yo’ichi Budōkai
- Covering Dragon Ball Z episodes 195 to 219, this section is divided into eight acts. These acts highlight the Afterlife Tournament, Gohan’s adventures as the Great Saiyaman, Goten and Videl training with Gohan, Goku’s return for the 25th Tenka’ichi Budōkai, and Bobbidi making his move to steal enough energy to revive Majin Boo.
- Majin Boo Returns
- This section is broken up into five acts and covers Dragon Ball Z episodes 220 to 237. These acts are made up of our heroes battling Bobbidi’s henchmen, Bobbidi taking over Vegeta’s mind, the inevitable battle between Goku and Vegeta, and Majin Boo’s revival.
- Appearance of Super Saiyan 3
- Spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 238 to 254, this section is divided into seven acts. These acts highlight Vegeta’s self sacrifice in an attempt to defeat Majin Boo, Gohan’s training in the Kaiōshin realm, Goku’s transformation into a Super Saiyan 3, Goten and Trunks learning Fusion, and the formation of a superior Majin Boo.
- The Final Fighter, Vegetto
- Separated into five acts and spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 255 to 268, this section covers Gotenks’ battle with Majin Boo in the Room of Spirit and Time, Gotenks’ showing off numerous new moves and Super Saiyan 3 transformation, Gohan showcasing his new dormant powers against Majin Boo, and Goku using the Potara earrings to fuse with Vegeta and form Vegetto.
- The Final Battle
- Separated into six acts, the final story section spans Dragon Ball Z episodes 269 to 291, covering Vegetto’s battle with Majin Boo; the fight to rescue the others inside Boo’s body; the battle in the Kaiōshin Realm with the original, pure-evil Boo; the formation of a last-ditch Genki-Dama with energy from the entire universe; Boo’s final destruction with the help of the Dragon Balls’ power; and the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai, where Goku sets his sights on Oob to train as his disciple.
- Variety of Dragon Ball
- The “Variety of Dragon Ball” pages appear throughout the Chōzenshū, showcasing various aspects of the anime. All are reprinted from their corresponding Daizenshuu volumes (minus those which were part of the “Library of Adventure” pages, which are not included in this book), but references to other segments within the book have had their page numbers adjusted to match the current pagination.
- Dragon Ball Opening Film 1
- This section showcases the first opening animation of the Dragon Ball series. It breaks down the animation sequence, and gives small captions explaining what is going on during certain frames.
- Dragon Ball Opening Film 2
- This section showcases the second opening animation of the Dragon Ball series. It breaks down the animation sequence, and gives small captions explaining what is going on during certain frames.
- Dragon Ball Ending Film 1
- This section showcases the first ending animation of the Dragon Ball series. It breaks down the animation sequence, and gives small captions explaining what is going on during certain frames.
- Dragon Ball Ending Film 2
- This section showcases the second ending animation of the Dragon Ball series. It breaks down the animation sequence, and gives small captions explaining what is going on during certain frames.
- Anime Edition: Original Episode Guide
- A list of the filler used in the anime and where it fit into the storyline. There is also a page dedicated to the history of the Saiyan race. It even draws on the movies, mentioning both Broli and Tullece.
- Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z – Eyecatch Collection
- This section provides some brief information and animation details on all the eyecatches that were used to begin and end the commercial breaks in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.
- Anime Edition: Original Episode Guide 1
- A list of some of the filler seen in the first part of the Dragon Ball Z anime, and where each fits into the storyline. The filler listed in this section includes Kuririn’s relationship with Maron, Goku and Piccolo learning to drive, Gohan’s birthday celebration, and Mister Satan’s first appearance.
- Anime Edition: Original Episode Guide 2
- The second part of the original episode guide continues the list of filler, this time from later in the series. The filler listed in this section includes the reenactment of the Cell Game, the Afterlife Tournament, certain scenes from the Great Saiyaman arc and Videl’s escapades in Satan City, and Gotenks’ comedic battle with Majin Boo.
- Akira Toriyama: A Grand Exhibit of Anime Memos
- This page gives us a glimpse at some of Akira Toriyama’s memos for the animation staff. While an entire stack of memos is shown, the section focuses on his memo about the Saiyan and Tsufruian history, his character designs for Paikuhan and Dai Kaiō, and his color guide for Cell’s early forms (as Cell had not yet appeared in color in the manga).
- Dragon Ball Z Opening Film 1
- This section showcases the first opening animation of the Dragon Ball Z series. It breaks down the animation sequence, and gives small captions explaining what is going on during certain frames.
- Comics & Animation: The Effects Are This Different!
- This three-page section examines some of the elements and effects that were added when the manga was animated, such as the difference in Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 transformation, the idea of using two simultaneous voices for fused characters, and Freeza’s transformation into his final form. The final page of the section provides some height-comparison tables for anime characters and a brief look at characters that shared the same voice actor, such as Masako Nozawa providing the voices for Goku, Gohan, Goten, Bardock, and Tullece.
- Anime Edition: Outside Stories
- This two-page section highlights three side-stories based on the Dragon Ball Z anime, which were published by Shueisha. The first side-story, “In the Name of Piccolo Daimaō”, appeared in the “Dragon Ball Z Anime Special” magazine and focused on the evolution of Piccolo from a heartless warrior to a caring mentor to Gohan. The second side-story, “Great Pride!! The Saiyan Prince Vegeta”, was published in the follow-up “Dragon Ball Z Anime Special II” magazine and examined his childhood on Planet Vegeta up through his revival by the Namekian Dragon Balls. The final side-story, “The Lonely Future Warrior!! Trunks”, was included in the Bardock TV Special anime comic and focused on Trunks’ journey into the past, his first meeting with his father, and his fight against Cell in the present. All three side-stories were illustrated by the series’ chief animator, Minoru Maeda; the text of the first two was written by Takao Koyama, while the last was penned by Aya Matsui.
- Dragon Ball Z Opening Film 2
- This section showcases the second opening animation of the Dragon Ball Z series. It breaks down the animation sequence, and gives small captions explaining what is going on during certain frames.
- Dragon Ball Z Ending Film 1
- This section showcases the first ending animation of the Dragon Ball Z series. It breaks down the animation sequence, and gives small captions explaining what is going on during certain frames.
- Dragon Ball Z Ending Film 2
- This section showcases the second ending animation of the Dragon Ball Z series. It breaks down the animation sequence, and gives small captions explaining what is going on during certain frames.
- Official Visual Guide “Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans” Story Guide
- This two-page section spotlights the main story elements “Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans”, including the use of Destron Gas, the Tsufruian plan of revenge, and the ultimate Tsufruian weapon, Hacchi Hyack. This “Official Visual Guide” was originally released on two VHS volumes as a complement to the Nintendo Famicom game of the same name in 1993. As noted above, it was also later remade as “Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans”, a bonus feature for the game Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, in 2010. You can read more about this feature in our “Movie Guide“.
- “Hyper Anime Dragon Ball” Guide
- This page details the three-minute “Hyper Anime Dragon Ball” video that premiered at the “World of Akira Toriyama” exhibition in December 1993. The video is a combination of CG and cel animation that featured Cell-era characters fighting, and dancing, to music. Some of the footage was later reused in a promotional video for the Super Butōden 2 video game.
- Anime Edition: Original Episode Guide
- The final part of the original episode guide concludes the list of filler, from the very end of the series. The filler listed in this section includes Vegetto’s fight against Boo prior to turning Super Saiyan, Goku and Vegeta’s fight against slime-creatures and doppelgängers of their friends inside Boo’s body, scenes depicting the other Kaiōshin who were killed or absorbed by Boo, the heroes’ antics and escapades after peace is restored to Earth.
- Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Reprinted Version (read translations)
- The “Akira Toriyama Super Interview” segments from Daizenshuu 3 and 5 have been included, but unlike the other reprinted pages, the text has been re-set in a new, more compact layout. Perhaps for the sake of saving space on the page, they have also been edited into a single, continuous interview, leaving out the last three questions of Daizenshuu 3’s interview in the process.
Databook Staff Credits
It should be noted that although Akira Toriyama is listed as the author of this databook, he actually had very little involvement with the production of its content, if any at all. Toriyama makes it quite clear in most of his daizenshuu introductions that “they” (Shueisha) are responsible for putting these together, and he is often graciously humble in thanking them for all their hard work in sorting through his exhaustive series.
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