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08 March 2018, 7:27 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s thirty-ninth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is “The Truth About the Dragon Ball Manga“, the first of two such Q&A sessions published in 2009’s Super Exciting Guide books. Showcased on the official website are the fourth and fifth pages from this first session.

In this Q&A, Toriyama shares his five favorite battles from the Dragon Ball series, along with the editorial and creative reasons behind the Super Saiyan transformation and the “Kamehameha” attack name.


The Super Exciting Guide books are divided up into two volumes: the “Story Volume” released 04 March 2009 and the “Character Volume” released 03 April 2009. Both volumes contain an interview with Toriyama, and are based on the kanzenban release of the manga, similar to Landmark and Forever a few years prior. As the name suggests, the “Story Volume” focuses heavily on the manga’s story development, including the main battles, training, and of course friendships. The “Character Volume” is very similar to both Daizenshuu 2 and 4, covering the main characters, the Dragon World and its many races, and many of the main techniques used throughout the series.

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08 March 2018, 10:31 AM EDTComment

In its fifth week on sale (the reporting period of 26 February 2018 to 04 March 2018), Dragon Ball FighterZ has fallen off the Media Create top twenty list, though Famitsu pegs it as pushing another 3,051 copies bringing it up to 86,212 in total. This is in contrast with last week’s figures, where Media Create had already pegged it at 92,935 total copies sold.

By its own respective fifth week in November/December 2016, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 had fallen off the Media Create top twenty, though Famitsu pegged it at 90,482 total copies on the PlayStation 4 that week.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” has also been revealed as a new character central to the game’s story mode. Upcoming paid DLC characters are set to include Broly and Bardock, along with at least six other characters.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan.

Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.

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07 March 2018, 9:38 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s thirty-eighth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the inside title page from 1988’s second Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theatre volume.

I’m crying. Since I don’t get to see my son much, on my days off I fawn over him as though my life depended on it. So I haven’t gotten to ride the motorbike I went and bought even one bit. But the bike is crying even more…

The second Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theatre compiled Today’s Highlight Island, Escape, Pink, both chapters of Dragon Boy, The Adventure of Tongpoo, Mr. Ho, Kennosuke-sama, and Sonchoh.

Dragon Boy (originally published in the August and October 1983 issues of Fresh Jump) and The Adventure of Tongpoo (originally published in the 1983 No. 52 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump) both served as stepping-stones toward what would become Dragon Ball in November 1984. Dragon Boy in particular was written in direct response to Toriyama’s editor, Kazuhiko Torishima, telling him to draw a kung-fu comic, with Tongpoo (venturing into space with an otherwise-similar tone) serving as Toriyama’s last one-shot before Dragon Ball one year later. Check out the “Tale of the One-Shots” article in our 30th anniversary magazine for more information and one-shot comparisons!

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06 March 2018, 6:41 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s thirty-seventh entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the final transformation design of Freeza’s older brother Coola from the fifth theatrical Dragon Ball Z film, “The Incredible Strongest vs Strongest”.

The movie’s character designer, Minoru Maeda, discussed Toriyama’s designs for the film in the 2005 “Dragon Box: The Movies” DVD set:

Toriyama-sensei drew all the enemy characters, such as Coola and Neiz, up to and including a height-comparison chart. They even came with colors, so there was no need to change them. There would be no point in changing them. (laughs) It made it a breeze being the one making them, so I was grateful.

The film debuted at the Toei Anime Fair on 20 July 1991. Coola returned as “Metal Coola” in the following film, and has subsequently been included in various video games and minor features over the years (such as in “Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans” and its various remakes).

Coola’s name is one of only a handful in the series that legitimately has multiple layers to its pun. While the “cold” association (following Freeza and King Cold) rings true, as explained in Daizenshuu 6, a different meaning was intended as the reference:

You’d normally think that since his younger brother is Freeza (Freeza=freezer) that his name would be Coola (cooler), but it’s not that simple. The truth is that it involves the Shizuoka dialect. The producer Mr. Morishita, who is from Shizuoka, was worried that “Cooler” would be too direct, and remembered that in the dialect of his hometown one said “meshi demo kuura[editor’s note: sort of equivalent to “Let’s chow down”] when eating. Because of this, they used the Shizuoka dialect… and so they decided on the name Coola!! To think that it was so complicated a process…

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06 March 2018, 6:27 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s thirty-sixth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is a citation for and the title page from the 2007 Dr. Slump special chapter “Dr. Mashirito — Abale-chan“.

The special chapter was published 06 March 2007 in the April 2007 issue of (the now-defunct) Monthly Shōnen Jump. In the story, the son of Dr. Mashirito (the fictional evil scientist version of Toriyama’s original editor Kazuhiko Torishima) builds an evil version of Arale named “Abale”. A five-minute animated adaptation was created and ran alongside the eighth theatrical One Piece film (“Episode of Alabasta”) just a few days prior beginning 03 March 2007. Toriyama’s author comment alongside the chapter in Monthly Shōnen Jump may be referring to its adaptation into an animated feature:

今回のマンガは、別企画用に描いたモノで、月刊読者の方には解り辛いかも。失礼。 <明>

This comic is something I drew for a separate project, so it might be hard for Monthly Jump‘s readers to understand. My apologies. <Akira>

The title page artwork was recently included in the 2013 Dragon Ball Chōgashū: Super Art Collection.

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06 March 2018, 3:34 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s thirty-fifth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is Toriyama’s advertisement announcing the return of Masakazu Katsura’s Wing-Man in the 1984 No. 40 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump following its hiatus due to the author’s illness.

Toriyama’s handwritten note at the bottom reads:

The fact is that Masakazu Katsura needs to get a good night’s sleep everyday or he’ll die, so he didn’t have time to draw this preview. Frankly, he owes me his life! (Buy me a motorcycle!!)

Wing-Man — Katsura’s debut serial — was published in the 1983 No. 5-6 through 1985 No. 39 issues of Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. The main character, Kenta Hirono, transforms into the titular Wing-Man in order to fight bad guys while wrestling with his feelings for the two main girls in his life. During the series’ run, Katsura fell ill and the series was put on hiatus; meanwhile, a corner entitled “Hang in there! Hang in there! Katsura-kun” by Toriyama provided illustrations wishing for him to get well soon. At the time, Kazuhiko Torishima served as the editor for both Toriyama and Katsura.

Toriyama referenced Katsura multiple times over the years in his weekly author comments. In the 1984 No. 23 issue (alongside chapter 220 of Dr. Slump), Toriyama mentioned Katsura’s hospitalization:

病室の桂くんに電話。少しセキしてたけど、元気でよかった <明>

I phoned Katsura-kun in his hospital room. He was coughing a bit, but I was glad he was in good spirits. <Akira>

Toriyama’s friendship with manga author Masakazu Katsura (DNA², Video Girl Ai, I”s, Zetman, etc.) spans decades, and this friendship has seeped into Dragon Ball itself in subtle ways: it was Katsura himself who supposedly came up with the idea of fusion, for example. The duo’s friendship and collaboration continued through two specific works of interest to Dragon Ball fans: Sachie-chan GOOD!! in 2008, and JIYA in 2010. While Dragon Ball fans may know the Galactic Patrol by way of Jaco, the space organization actually began with these two prior one-shots.

Incidentally, the 1984-85 Wing-Man television series served the as the voice acting debut of Ryō Horikawa, who would later go on to voice Vegeta in the Dragon Ball franchise.

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05 March 2018, 1:44 PM EDTComment

Tying in with one of last week’s daily Toriyama works entries — as well as with a recent interview translation! — this week’s podcast episode dives into the occasionally-combined worlds of Dragon Ball and KochiKame. A two-page fake ending to KochiKame kicks everything off, and we ultimately land 16 years later in a continuation to that same material. Tune in for a breeze through the intersecting worlds of Akira Toriyama and Osamu Akimoto!

Episode #0435! Mike and Julian briefly discuss 20 years of “Dragon Ball” manga in English from Viz before turning their attention to the intersecting “Dragon Ball” and “KochiKame” material over the years. A joint interview in 1990 sheds some light on the respective authors’ different approaches to character creation, while a 2006 manga crossover continues a legendary fake-ending from 16 years prior!


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04 March 2018, 3:29 PM EDTComment

Following up on and inspired by the most recent “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” entry, the latest addition to our “Translations” archive is a joint interview between Akira Toriyama and Osamu Akimoto, the author of Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo (“This is the Police Station in Front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward”), or more commonly, KochiKame.

Originally published in the 1990 Akira Toriyama: The World “Special Illustrations” book, the brief interview features the two authors discussing the creative origins of their characters, working in a “super deformed” style, and more.

Toriyama: Recently, I’ve oddly being doing things more on the story side than the gags; I suppose you could say I’ve gotten into a bind, or rather, it’s become a comic of escalation, so in a way it’s pretty tough. In my case, when it comes to the enemies of the protagonist, I have to make them a different type from the previous villains. But it’s hard. I can’t come up with anything completely new.

Akimoto: When it comes to the protagonist’s rival, on the other hand, the concepts you can make are unlimited, so that might be hard too. In my case, I sort of have them move together with the main character, so as long as I have the protagonist, I can make it work.

Toriyama: Ryō-san is extremely idiosyncratic, or rather, he has his own flavor, so I think it’s nice that you have this one pillar supporting the whole thing. On that point, Goku is the type who wouldn’t talk if there were a lot of people around, so if I put out too strong a character, he could get upstaged. So I try to write him to be as much of a lone-wolf sort as possible.


This interview has been archived in our “Translations” section.

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01 March 2018, 6:16 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s thirty-fourth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is Toriyama’s illustration for the KochiKame guide book Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo Daizenshuu KAMEDAS (released 09 March 1993), depicting the series’ main character Kankichi “Ryō-san” Ryōtsu in Goku’s dōgi.

The strongest guy in the universe might be this guy…

A chapter in volume 69 in the original KochiKame manga (serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #17, alongside Dragon Ball chapter 268) features a scenario where Ryō-san is reassigned to Planet Namek. Over sixteen years later, Toriyama collaborated with KochiKame‘s Osamu Akimoto on “This is the Police Station in Front of Dragon Park on Planet Namek” for 2006’s Chō-KochiKame, effectively a nine-page sequel to the original crossover hilarity. Toriyama also provided a special congratulatory comment in the same publication.

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01 March 2018, 12:30 PM EDTComment

The fifth collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga — originally and currently serialized on a monthly basis in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine — officially hit Japanese shelves 02 March 2018 for ¥400 + tax. Spanning 192 pages, the volume covers chapters 25 through 28. The volume takes its title of “The Decisive Battle! Farewell, Trunks” (決戦!さらばトランクス Kessen! Saraba Torankusu) directly from chapter 26 itself.

The main cover artwork is sourced from a composition originally created for a bonus poster included with the January 2017 issue of Saikyō Jump (released 02 December 2017):

In addition to two pages of brief character biographies and a table of contents, the volume features a new title page:

Per the norm (to offset the odd number of pages per chapter), Toyotarō has included fun drawings between chapters. In one drawing, Pilaf works on a time machine of his own, proclaiming that he will save his future self, and next time starts the “Future Pilaf arc”!

Unlike the previous volume, no chapters are expanded with additional pages in the fifth collected volume, and likewise no bonus interview material is included. The two-page 2017 Jump Victory Carnival attendee booklet bonus chapter is included, however.

The print edition of the fifth volume is available for purchase via CDJapan and Amazon Japan. A digital release was made available the same day as the print release.

The first collected edition saw its release in April 2016 covering the series’ first nine chapters, one spin-off chapter, and a special interview between Toyotarō and original author Akira Toriyama. The second collected edition saw its release in November 2016 covering the next six chapters, one more spin-off chapter, and a special interview with Toyotarō. The third collected edition saw its release last June covering the next five chapters. The fourth collected edition saw its release last November covering the next four chapters and a follow-up special interview been Toyotarō and Toriyama.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ thirty-third chapter printed last week in the magazine’s April 2018 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year. The third collected volume is due out in English from Viz in July 2018.

The Dragon Ball Super television series airs Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV in Japan and is set to conclude with the series’ 131st episode this month. The series receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll. FUNimation has also announced their American streaming and distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, while the home video release also kicked off last year.