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Manga Guide

Official Manga Spin-offs


During the franchise’s original publication, three “Original Illustrated Stories” were published in various magazine and book publications by anime production staff members Takao Koyama, Minoru Maeda, and Aya Matsui. These three stories took three separate characters and developed internal monologues and story expansions over several pages.

Since Dragon Ball‘s grand revival in the early 2000s the series has had multiple spin-offs from Naho Ooishi (オオイシナホ). So far she has drawn three adaptations of Dragon Ball, with all of them being published in either V-Jump or Saikyō Jump. Her manga spin-offs have covered many different aspects of story telling, including straight-up adaptations of the original material (the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour special), alternate re-tellings of the original material (Dragon Ball SD), and completely new stories (Episode of Bardock).

In 2012, “Toyotarō” (とよたろう) joined the fold with his Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission promotional comic in V-Jump. Toyotarō went on to pen a three-chapter introductory adaptation of the 2015 theatrical film Resurrection ‘F’, and was later tapped for the “comicalization” of Dragon Ball Super, all of which also ran in V-Jump. Toyotarō also penned a single-chapter promotional comic in support of the video game Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 in 2016, for which he made an appearance at New York Comic Con.

Original manga author Akira Toriyama himself has directly contributed to two crossover manga chapters: a One Piece collaboration with author Ei’ichirō Oda, and a Kochikame crossover with author Osamu Akimoto. Toriyama also penned an eight-chapter series that increasingly became more and more of a Dragon Ball spin-off and parody as it went on called Neko Majin. The most recent spin-off from Toriyama himself has been Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, an 11-chapter series that starts out as its own story, but concludes with an exciting tie-in to Dragon Ball.

Stand-Alone Products

Dragon Ball Superドラゴンボール超
Toyotarō’s “comicalization” of the Dragon Ball Super TV series began in the August 2015 issue of V-Jump. The series began with the Battle of Gods arc, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ arc, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc.

Release Information

Released:2015 – present
Retail:Various
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Episode of Bardockエピソードオブバーダック
Penned as a “sequel” to the character’s original TV special, Naho Ooishi’s Episode of Bardock tied in with Dragon Ball Heroes marketing plans and game inclusions to promote a new Super Saiyan transformation for Goku’s father and his battle against Chilled.

Release Information

Released:2011
Retail:¥480 – ¥530 each
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman銀河パトロール ジャコ
In July 2013, a new series from Akira Toriyama began publication from Shueisha with simultaneous worldwide distribution in English from Viz Media. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was teased as having possible connections with Dragon Ball: “The shocking revival of Dragon Ball“…!

Release Information

Released:2013 – 2014
Retail:¥240 – ¥300 each
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Dragon Ball SDドラゴンボールSD
Originally published as four quarterly chapters, the monthly re-launch of Saikyō Jump also led to a reboot of Naho Ooishi’s Dragon Ball SD which re-tells the original manga’s story with additional jokes and references for older fans that already know the plot. Several additional bonus chapters have appeared in various magazines and event attendee books that diverge from the standard story.

Release Information

Released:2011 – present
Retail:¥450 – ¥600 each
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Missionビクトリーミッション
The promotional mini-manga for the card-based arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes by “Toyotarō” becomes more and more of a standard serialization as it continues onward. Chapters are of varying length with a focus on the then-current or upcoming additions (new cards, abilities, characters, etc.) in the arcade game.

Release Information

Released:2012 – 2015
Retail:¥500 – ¥550 each
Book Size:JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Publisher:Shueisha

Neko Majinネコマジン
A few years after completing Dragon Ball, and sporadically over the next few years in between his other projects, Akira Toriyama released chapters of Neko Majin, a series that increasingly became a Dragon Ball parody and spin-off as it went on.

Release Information

Released:1999 – 2005
Retail:¥230 – ¥880 each
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Related/Grouped Products

Movie Adaptationsフィルムコミック
Within the pages of V-Jump, Naho Ooishi has produced a two-part manga adaptation of the 2008 Jump Anime Anime Tour Special, while “Toyotarō” penned a three-chapter introductory manga to Revival of “F”.

Release Information

Released:Various
Retail:Various
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Galactic Patrol Trilogy銀河パトロール
In collaboration with colleague and old friend Masakazu Katsura, Akira Toriyama inadvertently developed a trilogy of “Galactic Patrol” manga beginning with Sachie-chan Gū!! in 2008, moving to Jiya in 2010, and ending with a direct Dragon Ball tie-in in 2013 with Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. The three series have been serialized and collected in various publications since their original printing.

Release Information

Released:2008 – 2014
Retail:Various
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Crossoversクロスオーバー
Since Dragon Ball‘s original completion, the series has been included or parodied to some extent in numerous other manga series, largely due to the series’ significant impact and influence on the then up-and-coming manga artists. Some artists have even created entire crossover chapters between their own series and Dragon Ball, often including significant collaborative input from Akira Toriyama himself.

Release Information

Released:Various
Retail:¥240 – ¥2,000 each
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Original Illustrated Storiesオリジナルイラストストーリー
Three products given the title “Original Illustrated Story” were written and illustrated by various members of the anime production staff (Takao Koyama, Minoru Maeda, Aya Matsui) and printed in miscellaneous publications of the time.

Release Information

Released:1989 – 1993
Retail:¥550 – ¥670 each
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Digitalデジタル
Manga published exclusively (or at least initially, prior to print compilations) on digital platforms such as Shueisha’s “Jump Plus” service.

Release Information

Released:2016 – present
Retail:Various
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha