||21 March 2013
||¥580 (tax included)
|Size / Pages:
||JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) / 46 pages
||CDJapan | Amazon Japan
Just prior to the premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the franchise’s first theatrical film in 17 years, Shueisha released an official movie guide. The guide was published as a “Special Edition” of Weekly Shōnen Jump with an effective publication date of 30 April 2013. The cover and insert poster illustrations were drawn by Tadayoshi Yamamuro, the movie’s animation supervisor. The front side of the insert poster features the movie’s main poster, while the back side contains a poster drawn exclusively for the guide featuring “Super Saiyan God”.
- Theatrical Version: Main Visual Poster
- Guidebook-Exclusive Visual Poster
- Movie Introduction
- This brief introduction describes original author Akira Toriyama’s involvement in the movie’s initial development and the franchise’s theatrical revival.
- Story Digest
- The story digest features numerous screen shots and quotes from the movie. The basic plot details are listed, but with no real in-depth detail, it does not spoil the movie’s ending.
- Movie Characters
- This six-page section lists brief biographies of the movie’s characters, along with their final theatrical character designs by animation supervisor Tadayoshi Yamamuro.
- Background Gallery
- A gallery of background art for Beerus’ palace, Kaiō’s planet, and Capsule Corporation as designed by art director Hiroshi Katō.
- Akira Toriyama Art Works
- The true artistic highlight of the guide is this gallery of Akira Toriyama’s original character designs for the movie.
- Basic Knowledge of Dragon Ball
- This section answers some basic questions about the series; “What are the Dragon Balls?”, “When does ‘Battle of Gods’ take place?”, “Who are the Saiyans?”, and “Who are the Pilaf Gang?”. It also contains a relationship chart between Son Goku and friends, along with a brief look at the various locations seen throughout the series.
- Dragon Ball Animation History
- A brief recap of the franchise’s lengthy animation history, beginning with the animated TV series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Kai. It also lists the original 17 theatrical films and the three special animation features: Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!, Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans, and Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock.
- Masako Nozawa Interview (read translation)
- The guide’s featured cast interview is with none other than veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, the voice of the movie’s main protagonist Son Goku. In the interview she discusses her involvement with the franchise, the movie’s recording sessions with the other cast members, and her thoughts on playing Goku on the big screen once again.
- Main Cast Comment Collection (read translation)
- This collection of brief five-to-seven question interviews includes Kōichi Yamadera (Beerus), Masakazu Morita (Whis), Masaharu Satō (Kame-Sen’nin), Hiromi Tsuru (Bulma), Mayumi Tanaka (Kuririn), Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta), Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), Tōru Furuya (Yamcha), Hikaru Midorikawa (Tenshinhan), and Takeshi Kusao (Trunks). It also includes short interviews with guest cast members Kaori Matsumoto and Shōko Nakagawa, along with the band FLOW.
- Director Masahiro Hosoda Interview (read translation)
- A brief one-page interview with the movie’s director Masahiro Hosoda, in which he discusses the movie’s development and production, along with original author Akira Toriyama’s involvement.
- Main Staff Comment Collection (read translation)
- The main staff commentary features a few questions with the movie’s script writer Yūsuke Watanabe, animation supervisor Tadayoshi Yamamuro, art director Hiroshi Katō, and musical composer Norihito Sumitomo.
- Akira Toriyama Special Interview (read translation)
- The final interview in the guide is with original author Akira Toriyama, where he comments on his involvement with the movie’s production, the two original characters Beerus and Whis, and the overall feel of the movie. The interview concludes with a special poster of the movie’s main characters drawn by Akira Toriyama, which was also printed in the May 2013 issue of V-Jump.
Databook Staff Credits
Organization & Writing
Art Direction & Design
Yūta Yuzawa (Freiheit)
Kyodo Printing Co., Ltd.