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Dragon Ball Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume


Super Exciting Guide - Character Volume - Cover      Super Exciting Guide - Character Volume - Foldout Poster

Databook Information

Released: 03 April 2009
Retail: ¥630 (tax included)
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.
Size / Pages: JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm) / 96 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 978-4-08-874804-7

Databook Contents

This is the second of two Dragon Ball Super Exciting Guide books, which covers the characters of the manga series. Unfortunately, the majority of the information in this guide is already available in the daizenshuu and the two official kanzenban guides (Landmark and Forever). The cover art was drawn by Akira Toriyama.

Included before the table of contents is a small fold-out poster of a montage of various characters seen throughout the series. This poster can be combined with that of the “Story Volume” to create a larger poster. The seven Dragon Balls are hidden throughout the two posters and on the back side the characters are color coded into groups, with names and brief biographies for each character. Following the poster, is a page of stickers entitled “Dragon Ball Family Collection Seal”. The guide’s title page showcases the cover artwork from 1992 WJ #8, which was drawn by Akira Toriyama in commemoration of Dragon Ball’s seventh year of serialization.

Dragon Ball Story
002
This opening section to the book gives a very brief three page overview of the entire series, with highlights from the manga and some pretty colored illustrations.
SECTION 1: Character Collection
005
The first section of the guide provides detailed biographies of the series’ main characters and is split into two parts; the “Heroes Collection” and the “Enemies Collection”. Much of the personal and battle data is recycled from Daizenshuu 7, but some new information has been included, such as a character’s hobbies, favorite food, and favorite vehicle. In addition, the introduction to this section says that these personal profiles were supervised by Akira Toriyama. While Goku, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, and Vegeta’s height and weights were already printed in Daizenshuu 7, along with Yajirobe’s height, the rest of the characters heights and weights are all new, presumably provided by Toriyama.

Following the main character biographies is a small section covering the “Sub Characters” of the series, which is organized by story arc and further by order of appearance. Each character entry contains a short one to two sentence biography, along with the chapter of their first appearance and a single picture of each respective character.

Heroes Collection 1 – Son Goku
006
Heroes Collection 2 – Son Gohan
008
Heroes Collection 3 – Son Goten
010
Heroes Collection 4 – Vegeta
012
Heroes Collection 5 – Trunks (Young Adulthood)
014
Heroes Collection 6 – Trunks (Childhood)
016
Heroes Collection 7 – Piccolo
018
Heroes Collection 8 – Kuririn
020
Heroes Collection 9 – Yamcha
022
Heroes Collection 10 – Kame-Sen’nin
023
Heroes Collection 11 – Tenshinhan
024
Heroes Collection 12 – Chiaotzu
026
Heroes Collection 13 – Yajirobe
027
Heroes Collection 14 – Bulma
028
Heroes Collection 15 – Chi-Chi
029
Heroes Collection 16 – Mister Satan
030
Heroes Collection 17 – Videl
031
Heroes Collection EX1 – Gotenks
032
Heroes Collection EX2 – Vegetto
033
Enemies Collection 1 – Piccolo Daimaō
034
Enemies Collection 2 – Freeza
036
Enemies Collection 3 – Cell
038
Enemies Collection 4 – Majin Boo
040
Sub-character Collection
042
SECTION 2: World Guide
049
The majority of this section is taken straight from Daizenshuu 4, including all of the information about the Dragon Balls, the universe, and racial groups. There are also “Extra Connections” listed throughout the section highlighting various related elements. For instance, the Saiyans section features a look at Freeza and his forces and the Earthlings section examines Doctor Gero and his many inventions created to defeat Goku. Each section also includes information about various related items, such as the capsules on Earth, the Dragon Balls on Namek, and the Nyoi-Bō from the divine realm.
Dragon Ball’s Universe 1 – What Are the Dragon Balls?
050
Dragon Ball’s Universe 2 – The Universe’s Structure
052
Dragon Ball’s Inhabitants 1 – Earthlings
054
Dragon Ball’s Inhabitants 2 – Saiyans
058
Dragon Ball’s Inhabitants 3 – Namekians
062
Dragon Ball’s Inhabitants 4 – Divine Figures
066
SECTION 3: Battle Technique File
071
Once again, most of this section is recyled information, again taken from Daizenshuu 4. It covers the major techniques seen throughout the manga, such as the Kamehameha, Kaiō-Ken, Kienzan, Janken, and Dodonpa. While some techniques feature more detailed information, most of them simply list in which chapter it first appeared and who has performed it.
Battle Technique File 1 – Category Classification! Special Attack Explanation
072
Battle Technique File 2 – Ki Manipulation Techniques
074
Battle Technique File 3 – Martial Arts Techniques
083
Battle Technique File 4 – Unique Techniques
087
The Truth About the “Dragon Ball” Manga (read translation)
091
The true highlight of the book is a fairly lengthy interview with Akira Toriyama, in which he answers some questions about the DragonBall universe and its characters. Toriyama notes that he would love to try actually using Bukūjutsu and Shunkan-Idō, but more importantly he reveals that Mister Satan’s real name is… Mark (a pun on akuma, meaning devil)! After that, everything else just doesn’t seem as important…
Exciting Columns
 
There are three short one-page columns scattered throughout the book that focus on various topics related to the book’s contents. The first column covers the different group name origins, such as all Saiyan names being based on vegetables and all Red Ribbon Army names come from colors. The second column is essentially a reprint of “The 22 Wishes” section found in Daizenshuu 4. Finally we have the last column that takes a look at the somewhat weird, yet humorous, techniques seen in the manga, like Goku’s helicopter tail and Bacterian’s stinky finger.
The Great Exhibit of Dragon Ball Character Name Origins
048
The 22 Wishes Granted in Dragon Ball
070
Unexpectedly Powerful? Weird Technique Collection!!
090

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. The contents of this databook were almost entirely compiled and organized by Caramel Mama and Shueisha.

著者

Author

鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama

発行人

Publisher

太田富雄

Tomio Oota

編集人

Editor

木下暢起

Nobuoki Kinoshita

発行所

Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.

印刷所

Printing House

共同印刷株式会社

Kyodo Printing Co., Ltd.

編集協力

Editing Coordination

キャラメル・ママ

Caramel Mama

デザイン

Design

バナナグローブスタジオ

Banana Grove Studio