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Published by VegettoEX
10 April 2018, 11:12 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s sixty-first 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 pop art-style, fashionable design for a Bulma button given out to members of the Akira Toriyama Preservation Society (his official fan club at the time) in 1985.

While not explained in the official website’s writeup, Bulma’s outfit may be that of the Science Patrol from the Ultraman series. The character Arale is a big fan of Ultraman in Toriyama’s prior series, Dr. Slump.

Published by VegettoEX
09 April 2018, 12:06 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s sixtieth 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 Son Goku telephone card commemorating the start of the Dragon Ball television series.

The card’s design was originally shown off in the 1986 No. 12 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump (released 18 February 1986), where it was displayed as a possible prize for respondents who sent in the answers to a quiz provided alongside that issue’s “Chasing the 7 Secrets of Anime Dragon Ball!!” feature.

The Dragon Ball television series went on to debut on 26 February 1986.

Published by VegettoEX
06 April 2018, 11:34 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s fifty-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 title page to chapter 63 of Dr. Slump (“Peasuke’s First Love”) from the 1981 #17 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, released 24 March 1981.

[NOTE: The official website’s write-up notes this as being released “February 10”, but the issue released on that date was 1981 #11 containing chapter 57, “Kinoko, Cut Loose”.]

This particular title page was selected for today because it mentions the Dr. Slump television series, which first aired 08 April 1981 (Wednesday), 37 years ago this Sunday; other than to correspond with April Fool’s, these entries are exclusively updated on the official website Monday through Friday, making today the closest to the Dr. Slump television series’ anniversary without passing it.

The 1981 #17 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump also contained Pola & Roid, Toriyama’s entry in the Jump Readers’ Award contest for that year, which won him the prize. Toriyama mentioned this work in his corresponding author comment that issue:

昨年の終わりごろから愛読者賞候補作品を書くために、日程調整。なのに、映画のハシゴのくせが直らなくて……。やっとできあがりました。どう? 楽しめましたか? <明>

I had adjusted my schedule from the end of last year in order to write my candidate for the Readers’ Award, but I just couldn’t shake my movie-hopping habit…. It’s finally ready. What’d you think? Did you like it? <Akira>

Toriyama further commented on producing Pola & Roid in 1983 in the third Akira Toriyama’s ____piece Theatre Vol. 1 cartoon.

Published by VegettoEX
06 April 2018, 8:58 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s fifty-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 Toriyama’s illustration and message from his March 1985 Bird Land Press fan newsletter in celebration of his 30th birthday:

This old geezer has finally turned 30.

Well it doesn’t really matter to me, but I plan on giving it my all like I’m even younger!

*Thank you very much to everyone who sent me presents!

Akira Toriyama turned 63 years old yesterday.

Published by Hujio
04 April 2018, 3:31 PM EDTComment

When Kanzenshuu launched in 2012, the site was still largely in a state of development: the forums were not yet live and we were still in the process of porting over certain content from the previous sites (Daizenshuu EX and Kanzentai). In fact, shortly after the site officially opened, the “Translations” archive housed a mere five entries. However, by the end of 2012 we had finished porting over the remaining items, bringing us to a total of 57 archived translations.

And then Battle of Gods happened.

By its premiere in Japan 30 March 2013 — only three months later — the number of archived translations had jumped to 94, and by the end of 2013 that number was up to 140.

With such exponential growth, we realized the archive had become too large to effectively function as a basic list. Therefore, in January 2014 we slightly reorganized the archive and added some necessary, yet still basic, tag functionality in order to help users more easily sort through them. At the time this was still just a “quick-and-dirty” (temporary) fix to alleviate some of the issues of listing such a large number of translations. The archive now houses over 220 translations, and there still many more to come from our existing backlog of work and the impending promotional lead-up to the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie. Taking all this into account, we decided it was finally time to give this section the upgrade we have always wanted to do!

I am super excited to announce that the “Translations” archive has now been completely overhauled and restructured from the ground up. New search functionality has been implemented into the page, with built-in filtering and sorting capabilities to make finding what you are looking for as easy as possible. The listings have also been reorganized and broken down into their various collected releases, as well as by publication type, format, and year. You will also find that the individual translation pages themselves have undergone a slight face-lift.

At the moment the “Press Archive” will retain the old tag system, but will eventually be upgraded to match. If you notice anything misbehaving following this upgrade, please let us know.

Published by VegettoEX
04 April 2018, 11:10 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s fifty-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 cover of the “Special Elite Version” of the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected edition, released four years ago today on 04 April 2014 (mistakenly noted in the website’s official write-up as 2012).

The kanzenban-sized “Super Elite Version” — released alongside a smaller, traditional, tankōbon-sized version with different cover artwork — came with an “augmented reality” postcard, a Jaco key holder, and a Galactic Patrol badge.

The collected edition compiled all eleven chapters as serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2013, along with “Dragon Ball Minus“, a bonus chapter featuring Bardock and the debut of Gine, Goku’s mother.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman — promoted by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!” — originally ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz, who released their English-language collected edition of the series in January 2015. The character of Jaco has since gone on to appear in the 2015 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ as well as the Dragon Ball Super television series.

Published by VegettoEX
04 April 2018, 10:50 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s fifty-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 the logo for the “Dragon Ball Damashii” column in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, which debuted 21 April 2004 in the magazine’s June 2004 issue.

The write-up notes that Toriyama drew the logo with, “…the fiery spirit of new readers” in mind. The “Dragon Ball Damashii” (or “Dragon Ball Spirit”) column ran for several years following its debut, and would include various Q&As along with fanart sent in from readers:

Published by VegettoEX
04 April 2018, 10:16 AM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s fifty-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 his second cover illustration for the “World of Akira Toriyama” exhibition book.

This exhibition — not to be confused with a prior art book series a few years earlier — was held in eight locations from 1993 to 1995. The cover of the books sold in 1993 and 1994 were initially a new Son Goku illustration, but the cover was swapped to this original illustration for the book of the 1995 Hyōgo exhibition.

Published by VegettoEX
04 April 2018, 8:56 AM EDTComment

An official website has opened at www.db-tour.com for the upcoming “Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018”:

A Dragon Ball event, the greatest of all time, is coming to the United States and Canada.
Consisting of 7 stops, starting from San Diego!!
Expect exclusive items and a one-of-a-kind experience!

The website and its brief teaser video reveal a July 2018 kick-off in San Diego, with further locations promised:

Shueisha and Toei’s traditional copyright notes are included on the page, while Bandai’s official YouTube channel hosts the teaser video. FUNimation is also credited as the coordinator for the North American license, while Tamashii Nations is listed as one of the first “Brands” alongside the tour.

Published by VegettoEX
03 April 2018, 2:53 PM EDTComment

The official Dragon Ball website’s fifty-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 the author’s character designs for #17 and #18 in Dragon Ball Super‘s “Universe Survival arc” and its Tournament of Power.

Apart from the jeans, the “MIR” shirt and “RANGER” armband are carry-overs from #17’s park ranger uniform. The website’s write-up notes how this was the first time Toriyama had drawn #17 since the 24th kanzenban‘s cover artwork in 2003.

Following a teaser fold-out poster with the finalized anime designs in the February 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, Toriyama’s designs for #17 and #18 were originally unveiled the following month in the March 2017 issue:

The selection of #17’s design for the daily entry was part of the website’s larger April Fool’s joke, which re-branded the entire site as the “Android 17 Official Site” in light of his surviving to the end of the Tournament of Power: