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Databook Guide

Dragon Ball Chōgashū: Super Art Collection


Dragon Ball Chōgashū - Cover

Databook Information

Released: 09 May 2013
Retail: ¥3,800 (tax included)
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
Size / Pages: JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) / 240 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 978-4-08-782520-6
Availability: CDJapan | Amazon Japan

Databook Contents

At its core, this book is an update and expansion of the first Daizenshuu volume, released in 1995: it contains all the illustrations from Daizenshuu 1, plus a number of items that fell through the cracks and were later published in Daizenshuu 7, as well as the vast majority of Toriyama’s Dragon Ball-related work since 1995. It contains the original “Akira Toriyama Super Interview” from Daizenshuu 1 alongside a new Q&A session, as well as a single, JIS B4-sized poster featuring Toriyama’s personal favorite Dragon Ball illustration (Goku and Gohan on a two-legged motorbike, originally drawn as a bonus poster in a 1990 issue of Weekly Jump), and on the reverse, a listing of all Jump issues that featured Dragon Ball over the course of the series’ run. In these respects, it is essentially identical to the Chōzenshū book series, which it came out alongside, but what sets it apart is its presentation.

The book comes in a glossy orange slipcase, featuring a well-known Jump cover illustration from 1990 (of Goku firing a Kamehameha at the reader), with other famous illustrations incorporated into its periphery. The book’s title, publisher, and author are embossed in gold-tone foil, along with the seven Dragon Balls. The book’s dust jacket, too, is glossy, with other well-known artwork incorporated into the book’s title. The hard cover proper, for those who venture to remove the dust jacket, features concept sketches by Akira Toriyama centered around Goku’s arrival at Kaiō’s planet from the Serpent Road. Within the book, pages are glossy and thick, with its 240 pages managing to nearly equal the thickness of the 352-page Chōzenshū books. Due to space considerations with the sheer number of illustrations, a number of images have been reprinted at a smaller size than in the first Daizenshuu, but all are sharp and faithfully reproduced. It is a testament to the book’s sheer quality and attention to detail that the reader is left wanting more, and willing to pay a higher price for more pages to better enjoy its contents.

So, what is the Chōgashū, then? It is of a kind with the Chōzenshū, and yet it stands alone — and this is likely something that Shueisha intended all along. Even casual fans can pick up and enjoy this book, without feeling obligated to buy the other volumes in a series that are aimed at far more “serious” fans. What it does for us at Kanzenshuu, however, is pose a problem in terms of how to classify it. It was our decision to place this book within the “Other Dragon Ball Guides” section, but you may, of course, draw your own conclusions.

Message From Akira Toriyama (read translation)
002
Super Art Collection
 
This section, making up the majority of the book’s contents, highlights the vast majority of color artwork Akira Toriyama has drawn for the Dragon Ball franchise, centered around Shueisha’s various Jump magazines and related books and events. The illustrations and artwork are organized chronologically by year, though they are not necessarily in order within that year. In total, there are over 400 illustrations published in the Chōgashū.
1984
005
1985
007
1986
015
1987
027
1988
041
1989
047
1990
059
1991
073
1992
087
1993
097
1994
111
1995
118
1996
135
1999
139
2001
141
2002
143
2003
147
2004
169
2005
181
2006
185
2007
188
2009
192
2011
197
2012
201
2013
203
Archive
209
The “Archive” section contains the artwork for every volume of the original tankōbon release, the revised tankōbon covers from 2009 onward, and the covers of the Kanzenban volumes, along with the spin-offs Neko Majin and Dr. Mashirito — Abale-chan. Also included in this section are the three different versions of the manga’s spine art, and Toriyama’s self-portrait from each tankōbon volume.
Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Reprinted Edition (read translation)
222
The original five-page interview from Daizenshuu 1, conducted in April 1995, has been reproduced in this volume, but the text has been re-set to accommodate the entire piece in the span of a mere two pages. In the interview, Toriyama discusses the art of Dragon Ball, including the evolution of his art style, his favorite drawing from the series, his love for drawing real-world vehicles, and the fact that he usually finishes most of his artwork in a single sitting.
Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Latest Edition (read translation)
224
Supplementing the original “Akira Toriyama Super Interview” is a two-page Q&A session that delves into specific questions about Toriyama’s art style and techniques. Both questions and answers are brief, but they are illuminating, especially with regards to his shift to digital production at the turn of the millennium.
Complete Works Commentary
226
This sections lists every illustration printed in the book (excluding the covers of the tankōbon and Kanzenban volumes and Weekly Jump issues) and where that illustration was originally published. Each illustration also has commentary, often including some back-story. Unlike the Daizenshuu version, this section is printed in full color, making it easier to locate the image being discussed in the body of the book.

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.

著者

Author

鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama

発行人

Publisher

鈴木晴彦

Haruhiko Suzuki

企画・編集

Planning & Editing

Vジャンプ編集部

V-Jump Editorial Department

発行所

Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Inc.

印刷所

Printing House

共同印刷株式会社

Kyodo Printing Co., Ltd.

企画・構成

Planning & Organization

株式会社キャラメル・ママ

Caramel Mama

デザイン

Design

有限会社バナナグローブスタジオ

Banana Grove Studio Co., Ltd.

酒井布実子

Fumiko Sakai

櫛田圭子

Keiko Kushida

並木久美子

Kumiko Namiki

岩井美沙

Misa Iwai

BGS制作部:宮田裕介

BGS Production Department: Yūsuke Miyata

協力

In Cooperation With

東映アニメーション株式会社

Toei Animation Co., Ltd.

株式会社バンダイ

Bandai Co., Ltd.

大日本印刷株式会社

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.