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Databook Guide

Daizenshuu Volumes


The largest group of Dragon Ball databooks are the Daizenshuu (大全集), or the “Great Complete Collections”, which were made shortly after the manga ended its serialization. These are divided up into a main series of seven hardcover books, followed by three soft-cover supplemental volumes. Some of these books cover the manga, while some cover the anime and movies, and others even cover the Carddass card games that were released in Japan. The first six hardcover books feature an interview with author Akira Toriyama, and all seven came with a bonus insert pamphlet called the “Shenlong Times” that contains interviews with various other important people involved with Dragon Ball. Altogether, these books contain a nearly complete Dragon Ball knowledge, for all elements of the series that existed at the time.

Shenlong was not only a prominent figure in the Dragon Ball series, but also as the overarching theme tying the various Daizenshuu together. It is thus no surprise to notice that the seven main hardcover books can be placed together in a certain order to form a large image of Shenlong, with the Dragon Balls themselves included at the bottom of Daizenshuu 7. In fact, this aspect of the Daizenshuu was actually part of the original advertising campaign in Japan, as seen in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1996, issue #13 (view). In addition, the two extra Carddass Perfect File Daizenshuu can be placed side-by-side to form the same image of Shenlong.

As with most books published by Shueisha, each Daizenshuu came with a questionnaire postcard to inquire about the consumer’s purchasing habits and wants. Each postcard could be returned by a certain date to be entered into a lottery where 500 randomly drawn fans would win a prepaid phone card featuring the artwork from that specific Daizenshuu, which gave many fans incentive to actually return their postcards. Shueisha also decided to reward those that had purchased the Daizenshuu by giving away an exclusive “Dragon Ball Original Extra Large Poster” featuring nearly every Dragon Ball character to 10,000 fans drawn by lottery. To be entered into the lottery for the exclusive poster, fans had to purchase one or both of Daizenshuu 5 and Daizenshuu 6, and return the entry ticket included on the book’s obi (colored strip of paper looped around the book) on a postcard by 06 January 1996. The 10,000 posters were shipped to the addresses written on winning postcards, along with a thank-you letter from Shueisha. This extra large poster would later be used as the foldout poster in the “TV Animation Part 3″ supplemental Daizenshuu, making a smaller version available to those who did not win.

It should be noted that although Akira Toriyama is listed as the author for all of the Daizenshuu, he actually had very little involvement with the production of their 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.


ISBN 4-08-782751-8

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 1: Complete Illustrations

Hardcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 20 June 1995
Retail: ¥1,500
Publisher: Shueisha
A collection of almost all of Toriyama’s Dragon Ball-related color artwork, including everything from colored title pages to video game promotional images.

ISBN 4-08-782752-6

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 2: Story Guide

Hardcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 04 August 1995
Retail: ¥1,800
Publisher: Shueisha
A detailed analysis of the manga storyline, including a synopsis of each chapter and tankōbon volume, and breakdowns of which characters, techniques, and battles appear during each story arc.

ISBN 4-08-782753-4

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 3: TV Animation Part 1

Hardcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 04 September 1995
Retail: ¥1,800
Publisher: Shueisha
A guide to the entire original Dragon Ball TV series (episodes 1–153), as well as the first section of the Dragon Ball Z TV series, covering everything up to the end of the Namek arc (episodes 1–74).

ISBN 4-08-782754-2

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 4: World Guide

Hardcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 04 October 1995
Retail: ¥1,500
Publisher: Shueisha
An in-depth guide to the world of Dragon Ball, including maps of the Earth and cosmos, an analysis of each major race, and information on the various vehicles and other items seen throughout the manga.

ISBN 4-08-782755-0

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 5: TV Animation Part 2

Hardcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 04 November 1995
Retail: ¥1,800
Publisher: Shueisha
A continuation of Daizenshuu 3, this book covers episodes 75 through 268 of the Dragon Ball Z TV series, ending with the birth of Vegetto.

ISBN 4-08-782756-9

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 6: Movies & TV Specials

Hardcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 04 December 1995
Retail: ¥1,800
Publisher: Shueisha
A guide to every Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z movie and special that existed at the time: the three Dragon Ball movies, the 13 Dragon Ball Z movies, and the two Dragon Ball Z TV specials.

ISBN 4-08-782757-7

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 7: Dragon Ball Large Encyclopedia

Hardcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 05 February 1996
Retail: ¥1,800
Publisher: Shueisha
A series of dictionaries, tables, and timelines on everything Dragon Ball-related. From characters, to techniques, to Japanese merchandise, it has just about everything!

ISBN 4-08-102016-7

Dragon Ball Extra Daizenshuu: Carddass Perfect File Part 1

Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 10 January 1996
Retail: ¥980
Publisher: Shueisha
The first of a pair of guides covering all of the Dragon Ball Carddass cards; consists mostly of pictures of cards and card game rules.

ISBN 4-08-102017-5

Dragon Ball Extra Daizenshuu: Carddass Perfect File Part 2

Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 11 March 1996
Retail: ¥980
Publisher: Shueisha
The second volume covering the Dragon Ball Carddass cards, it is essentally a continuation of the first volume.

ISBN 4-08-102019-1

Dragon Ball Supplemental Daizenshuu: TV Animation Part 3

Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 10 July 1996
Retail: ¥980
Publisher: Shueisha
This supplemental volume covers various anime-related odds and ends left out of the other anime-based Daizenshuu, including a look at the 10th Anniversary movie and Dragon Ball Z episodes 269–291.