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Databook Guide

TV Anime Guide: Dragon Ball Z Son Goku Densetsu


Finished Cover by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru      Cover Illustration Sketch by Akira Toriyama

Databook Information

Released: 03 October 2003
Retail: ¥1,600 (tax included)
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.
Size / Pages: A5 (14.5 × 21 cm) / 255 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 4-08-873546-3

Databook Contents

Although Dragon Ball Z was the franchise’s second animated TV series, its “TV Anime Guide” was actually the first of two anime companion guides released in the early 2000s, following shortly before the Dragon Ball companion guide. The guide’s cover illustration was designed and sketched by Akira Toriyama, but the final artwork itself was completed by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru. When the dust cover is removed, Toriyama’s original rough sketch is visible on the front of the hardcover and Nakatsuru’s final version is visible on the back. The book has been printed in a “Western”-style, meaning unlike most traditional Japanese books it is read from left-to-right. It also comes with three exclusive sticker sets that can be removed from the back of the book.

Prologue
002
The guide’s prologue shows previous events from Dragon Ball, including the appearance of the seven mystical Dragon Balls, Goku and Bulma’s adventure to find them, Goku’s rivalries and battles, and his marriage to Chi-Chi.
1: Son Goku in Z
005
Highlights the various aspects of Son Goku as a character, from his growth from birth to age 47 (his age at the end of Dragon Ball Z), to his fighting techniques, personality, major fights, and his family and friends.
Son Goku’s Evolution
006
Son Goku’s Ability
014
Son Goku’s Personality
018
Son Goku’s Battle Scenes
020
Son Goku’s Families
036
Son Goku’s Friends
040
2: The Super Battles in Z — Collection 1
059
This section highlights the various fights in Dragon Ball Z, from Raditz up to Freeza. There are also two pages devoted to the Bardock TV special, and the will he passed down to his son.
Akira Toriyama × Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (read translation)
090
The highlight of the book is a 12-page interview with Akira Toriyama and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru as they discuss a variety of topics, such as the different techniques used in manga and animation (including the effect of the ongoing digital revolution), Toriyama’s thoughts on the then-recently confirmed live action movie, and how the “Z” in the anime came about. It also features the most in-depth account of how Bardock came to be, which involved contributions by both Nakatsuru and Toriyama, and fed back into the manga; Nakatsuru’s original design sketches for Bardock and his team are reproduced for the first time ever.
3: The Super Battles in Z — Collection 2
103
This section covers the fights in the anime from the Garlic Jr. arc to the end of the Cell arc. There are also two pages devoted to the Trunks TV special and the struggle against No. 17 and 18 in that future.
Akira Toriyama’s Anime Design Collection
134
A collection of character design sketches Akira Toriyama drew for the Dragon Ball Z anime staff, ranging from color guides for characters in the manga, to TV-original characters like Gregory, the Tsufruians, and Bardock, to a number of movie villains. Unlike Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru’s designs, these were previously published in daizenshuu volumes 5 and 6.
4: The Super Battles in Z — Collection 3
145
Covers the fights in the anime from the Afterlife Tournament up through the end of the series.
Enemy Biographies
172
Profiles of the major enemy characters that appear in Dragon Ball Z, from Raditz to Majin Boo.
Opening Film Explanation
188
Despite the header, this actually showcases the openings, endings, and eyecatches used during the series broadcast, explaining what happens in them, as well as what an “eyecatch” is.
5: The Secrets in Z
193
Part-glossary of animation-related terminology, and part collection of information such as anime-only costumes, movie titles, and the highest-rated episodes. Goku’s dōgi is revealed to be colored differently from the manga because cel paint in the appropriate shade was simply unavailable.
6: Characters in Z
205
An encyclopedia of the characters in the Dragon Ball Z anime.
Original Characters
206
A collection of line art spotlighting TV-original characters, along with short biographies.
Z Characters Name List
216
A (Japanese) alphabetical listing of all characters who appear, along with a brief description and the name of their voice actor.
7: The World’s Best Story Collection
225
A listing of all 291 episodes, along with TV specials and release dates of the theatrical films. Days the show did not air are included with an explanation, and the sidebar keeps track of important events in Japan and the world during the show’s run.
Epilogue
254
Credits for the main cast and staff involved in the production of the series.

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 Kisōsha in cooperation with Shueisha and Toei Animation.

企画・構成

Planning & Organization

戸澤好彦 (樹想社)

Yoshihiko Tosawa (Kisōsha)

執筆

Writing

山下貴弘 (樹想社)

Takahiro Yamashita (Kisōsha)

堤 充代 (樹想社)

Michiyo Tsutsumi (Kisōsha)

竹田義一 (樹想社)

Yoshikazu Takeda (Kisōsha)

松本光博 (樹想社)

Mitsuhiro Matsumoto (Kisōsha)

森田 猛 (ドリルプロジェクト)

Takeshi Morita (Drill Project)

羽成 淳 (樹想社)

Atsushi Hanari (Kisōsha)

栩野葉子 (樹想社)

Yōko Tochino (Kisōsha)

中嶋 竜 (樹想社)

Ryū Nakajima (Kisōsha)

降旗和宜 (樹想社)

Kazuki Furuhata (Kisōsha)

天野晴哉 (ドリルプロジェクト)

Haruya Amano (Drill Project)

アートディレクター

Art Director

田熊樹美 (フライハイト)

Jumi Takuma (Freiheit)

デザイン

Design

武藤多雄 (フライハイト)

Kazuo Mutō (Freiheit)

石野竜生 (フライハイト)

Tatsuo Ishino (Freiheit)

工藤たけし

Takeshi Kudō

シンシマシゲユキ

Shigeyuki Shinshima

矢後雅代

Masayo Yago

原 武大 (フライハイト)

Takehiro Gen (Freiheit)

 

 

大平由美子

Yumiko Ōhira

斉藤世綺

Seiki Saitō

新藤恵璃子

Eriko Shindō

カバーイラスト構成・下絵

Cover Illustration Composition & Sketch

鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama

カバーイラスト原画・仕上げ

Cover Illustration Key Art & Finishing

中鶴勝祥 (東映アニメーション)

Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (Toei Animation)

協力

Collaboration

東映アニメーション

Toei Animation

バンダイ

Bandai

原作

Original Author

鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama

編集人

Editor

鈴木晴彦

Haruhiko Suzuki

発行人

Publisher

山路則隆

Noritaka Yamaji

発行所

Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.

印刷所

Printing House

大日本印刷株式会社

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.