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Translations


Throughout the years our staff has translated quite a bit of content, either for a guide on the website, the podcast, a forum discussion, or even for our own personal benefit. Unfortunately, many of these translations would get lost in the shuffle and never again see the light of day; with this section, it is our hope to change all that. Most anything that is translated by our staff, be it a short interview or just a notable section from a databook, will be archived here. This archive is intended to be a useful asset to the entire online Dragon Ball community. Every translation will have its own dedicated page, making each one easy to reference in online discussions, or simply for personal research. The translator of an item is credited at the bottom of its respective dedicated page.

Please note that Kanzenshuu will generally not be “scanlating” anything from the databooks, but rather simply translating certain items or sections to distribute some of the exclusive knowledge contained within them that most English-speaking would not otherwise have access to. At this time, our staff are going through various items at their leisure based on our current backlog and relevance to on-going news and content. Specific translation requests for this archive will not be accepted.

Translation Archive Index

Translations are listed chronologically by release order, and further by page number (if applicable), unless otherwise specified. Each translation listing features tags, allowing users to filter related translations. To set a filter, either select one of the tag buttons here in the index or select a tag link accompanying a translation listing. The filter will remove any unrelated translations from the listings below. To remove a set filter tag and display all translation listings, click the tag again.

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu

The largest group of Dragon Ball databooks are the Daizenshuu (大全集), or the “Great Complete Collections”, which were made shortly after the manga ended its serialization. These are divided up into a main series of seven hardcover books, followed by three soft-cover supplemental volumes. Some of these books cover the manga, while some cover the anime and movies, and others even cover the Carddass card games that were released in Japan. The first six hardcover books feature an interview with author Akira Toriyama, and all seven came with a bonus insert pamphlet called the “Shenlong Times” that contains interviews with various other important people involved with Dragon Ball. Altogether these books contain a nearly complete Dragon Ball knowledge, for all elements of the series that existed at the time.

For more information about the daizenshuu, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide“.

Dragon Ball Chōzenshū

A new movie and new merchandising opportunities brought about the “Chōzenshū” (or “Super Complete Collection”) guidebooks in 2013. Though primarily condensed versions of the prior Daizenshuu, they also contained new information and new Q&A sessions with original author Akira Toriyama.

For more information about the Chōzenshū, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide”.

Dragon Ball: Super History Book

In continued celebration of the franchise’s 30th anniversary, the Super History Book was released in 2016 covering the entire run of the franchise, including interviews with Akira Toriyama and several members of the production teams.

For more information about the Super History Book, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide”.

Dragon Ball Dragon Books

Beginning in 2003, Toei Animation, in cooperation with the DVD manufacturing company Pony Canyon, began releasing a series of box sets in Japan covering the entire Dragon Ball TV series property, which were dubbed the “Dragon Boxes”. As a special bonus, each box set included an exclusive Dragon Book detailing the contents of the box, along with containing production materials, short informational columns, and interviews with series cast and staff.

In early 2009, Toei Animation announced that a “refreshed” version of the Dragon Ball Z TV series, re-titled Dragon Ball Kai, was being produced for a high-definition (HD) presentation in honor of its 20th anniversary. This was the first time that any Dragon Ball property would be released on high-definition Blu-ray, bringing Dragon Ball into the digital age. Each box set contained an exclusive “Dragon Book”, which included behind the scenes information on Dragon Ball Kai’s remastering process, interviews with cast and staff, and high quality reprints of the DVD cover artwork.

For more information about these releases, please consult the appropriate section in our “Home Video Guide”.

Jump Magazines, Mooks, and Anthologies

Throughout Dragon Ball’s run, Shueisha released a number of guides pertaining to the series in the form of special issues of Jump, known in Japanese as “mooks” (“magazine books”). The “Adventure Special” was the only guide released in the pre-Z era and the only to cover the manga exclusively, from the beginning of Dragon Ball up to the middle of the Piccolo Daimaō arc. The “Dragon Ball Z Anime Special” covered the Z anime up to the middle of the Saiyan arc (all there was at the time) and also briefly covered the original Dragon Ball anime. Following this, the second volume went up to the middle of the Freeza arc. After the manga’s conclusion, Shueisha also released guides for the 12th and 13th Dragon Ball Z movies, which featured full plot summaries, numerous screen shots, character model sheets, and much more. In March 2013, Shueisha released yet another magazine guide, this time for the new theatrical film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, including interviews with the creator, cast, and staff, as well as character designs, model sheets, an overview of the movie’s story, and an exclusive poster.

In addition to these guides, various Jump anthologies (Weekly Shōnen Jump, V-Jump, Saikyō Jump, etc.) have contained exclusive interviews and features over the years covering different aspects of the series.s

For more information about “mooks”, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide“.

Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files

The two Dragon Ball GT Perfect File books are the main guide and resource books for Toei’s anime-only TV series. Originally released in 1997, both were also re-released in 2006. Minor adjustments were made in the re-releases, such as giving the first book the number “1” in its title, and correcting a typo of “Remenber DBZ” to “Remember DBZ” in sidebar columns. Some of the information was repurposed for the third and fourth Chōzenshū in 2013.

For more information about the Dragon Ball GT Perfect File books, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide“.

TV Anime Guides

Around the same time as “Landmark” and “Forever”, two new anime guides were released; “Dragon Ball Tenka’ichi Densetsu”, covering the original Dragon Ball anime series, and “Dragon Ball Z Son Goku Densetsu”, covering Dragon Ball Z. “Tenka’ichi Densetsu” contains short interviews with all of the voice actors for the main characters, including ones from both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, while “Son Goku Densetsu” has a long interview with Akira Toriyama and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, one of the main illustrators and character designers for the anime who is known for being able to closely match Toriyama’s art style.

For more information about these guides, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide”.

Super Exciting Guides

The Super Exciting Guides are divided up into two volumes, the “Story Volume” and the “Character Volume”. Both volumes contain an interview with Toriyama, and are based on the kanzenban release of the manga, similar to “Landmark” and “Forever”. 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.

For more information about this book, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide”.

TV Anime Ultimate Guides

The first “Ultimate Guide” covers the battles that took place between the beginning of the series and the end of the Freeza arc, while the second covers the battles between the Cell and Majin Boo arcs. Both guides are based on the anime, but much of the information is recycled from Daizenshuu 2, “Dragon Ball Tenka’ichi Densetsu”, and “Dragon Ball Z Son Goku Densetsu”.

For more information about this book, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide”.

Illustration Collections

In 2010, Dragon Ball fans were graced with an unexpected surprise from Shueisha; an illustration book. This was the first Dragon Ball illustration book released in roughly 15 years (since Daizenshuu 1), and included a decent amount of unreleased artwork from Toei Animation, such as artwork from the Dragon Boxes, the “Dragon Ball Z Anime Special” guide books, V-Jump, the GT Perfect Files, and TV anime guides. It also included interviews with the franchise’s three character designers. Later in 2013, along with the release of the Chōzenshū databook volumes, a “Super Illustration Collection” (Chōgashū) featuring over 400 illustrations from the franchise was released.

For more information about this book, please consult the appropriate section in our “Databook Guide”.

Kanzenban “Dragon Ball Information” Pamphlets

As a special treat, every other first-edition volume of the kanzenban released from 2002 to 2004 also came with a “Dragon Ball Information” insert pamphlet containing information about upcoming goods. However, the opposite side of the pamphlet featured “Dragon Ball Children” tribute images of the Dragon Ball world, as seen through the eyes of currently-popular manga artists in Japan who were children while the series was being released. The tributes included short articles where these artists related how Akira Toriyama had influenced their own work. The first ten of these seventeen tributes were later reprinted in the first companion guide, “Dragon Ball Landmark”.

Dragon Ball Full Color

To capitalize on the hype surrounding Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the franchise’s first theatrical film in 17 years, Shueisha began releasing a fully-colored version of the original tankōbon. Each “Full Color” volume contains 17 chapters, as opposed to the original tankōbon which typically contained 12 to 13 chapters per volume. Unlike all other releases of the Dragon Ball manga, the full color release began with the “Z”-era storyline, and chapter numbering has been divided up by story arc.

Each Saiyan arc book contains a seven question Q&A, with the first six questions answered by Shueisha and the seventh question answered by Akira Toriyama. The fourth and fifth Freeza arc books contain one part each of a two-part series of interviews and Q&As with Akira Toriyama. Each of the six Artificial Humans & Cell arc books contains a Q&A, with the first few questions answered by Shueisha and a variable number answered by Akira Toriyama.

For more information about this release, please consult the appropriate section in our “Manga Guide”.

Magazines

Digital-only Media

With Dragon Ball entering the digital age, numerous interviews and features have been exclusively published in a digital format, either on the internet, television, or through a digital print subscription.

Miscellaneous Dragon Ball-related Publications

Translations are listed in no particular order.

Pre-“Dragon Ball”

While these interviews and special features were printed and released prior to Akira Toriyama’s production of the Dragon Ball manga, we aim to catalog entries that shed an interesting light on the author’s as-of-then unreleased magnum opus.

Miscellaneous

While these interviews and discussions may not primarily related to Dragon Ball specifically, they do contribute to the overall shape of Toriyama as an author, Dragon Ball as a franchise, and/or have some other sort of tangential relation to the series.