PAGE TOP

3,764 Posts & 2,356 Pages Documenting Dragon Ball, since 1998. We've got you covered!
Published by 13 May 2024, 2:09 PM EDTComment

In conjunction with the release of the Sand Land video game last month, the game’s official social media accounts shared a new comment from original author Akira Toriyama:

Regarding the Sand Land game, I still haven’t played or seen everything, but I can see that it greatly expands the lore of the original comic and adds in a lot of fun elements. It is super high-quality, and even as just a game, it’s a pretty satisfying action-RPG with no fluff, just the good stuff.

Regarding the graphics, they managed to strike a fantastic balance between capturing the feel of the original comic and employing a painterly art style that is pretty easy on the eyes. I never even knew that games could have visuals like these.

There are a lot of new machine designs, many of which have extensive modifications, not to mention all work that went into the backgrounds. You can really tell the developers have the sensibilities of true professionals. You’ll be sure to have tons of fun playing it!

In the game, you can explore not only Sand Land, but also the new Forest Land, an area that was not in the original comic, and it comes with brand-new characters, too. You’ll be able to have a blast going on an adventure as the Prince of Demons with a more fleshed-out story and a vast map to explore.

I myself can only play easy games, but I sometimes check out the modern games my family plays, so despite being an old man, I think I’m still somewhat up to date.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Sand Land game!!

— Akira Toriyama

The post for the comment specifically notes that it was received back in January. Toriyama passed away two months later in March 2024.

Sand Land was originally serialized within the pages of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan from May to August 2000 spanning 14 chapters. The series was compiled into a single volume that November. A new kanzenban edition was released in Japan last August; that same month, a colorized version of the manga began in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine in the September 2023 issue.

Sand Land went on to act as a debut series within Viz’s Shonen Jump print magazine in America in 2003, both running to completion and receiving its own collected volume later that same year. The entire manga series is also available as part of Viz’s digital vault service.

The Sand Land theatrical film debuted 18 August 2023 in Japan with animation produced by Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and Anima. Its home video release in Japan is due out 29 May 2024. The movie was expanded upon and received its own in-universe continuation by way of the Sand Land animated series, currently streaming worldwide.

The video game adaptation from Bandai Namco was released worldwide last month, and is available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).

Published by 09 May 2024, 12:24 PM EDTComment

In conjunction with “Goku Day” today, Bandai Namco announced the brand-new Dragon Ball Super Divers (ドラゴンボールスーパーダイバーズ) digital card-based arcade game currently in development:

The forthcoming game sports three digital touchscreen monitors, as well as a seated area with three large, physical, colored buttons.

The game is set to succeed and ultimately replace the currently-running Super Dragon Ball Heroes franchise, which — taking into consideration its original Dragon Ball Heroes incarnation — has been the mainline card-based arcade game series for thirteen years. Heroes itself took over for previous arcade games, such as Bakuretsu Impact and Dragon Battlers.

While Dragon Ball Super Divers is set to receive all-new card and gameplay mechanics, therefore making all previous Dragon Ball Heroes card incompatible, Bandai Namco producer “Akai” noted in a new video interview with Victory Uchida that they are looking into a “Dragon Ball Heroes Mode” to accommodate the wealth of cards that players have accumulated over the years. Akai explained that even with the “Dragon Ball Heroes” mode gameplay, however, any cards that the machine distributes back to players will be new Super Divers cards.

An official website for the new game has opened at: www.dbsdv.com

More information on the new game will be available at Jump Victory Carnival, which will be held 21 July 2024 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes is an update and hardware revision to the original Dragon Ball Heroes, a card-based arcade game in which players arrange teammates on a playing field for turn-based battles. Dragon Ball Heroes has seen a variety of multimedia spin-offs and support pieces. Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Meteor Mission! manga (a follow-up to the previous Dark Demon Realm Mission!, Ultimate Mission!!, Big Bang Mission!!!, and Ultra God Mission!!!! series) currently runs in Shueisha’s monthly Saikyō Jump magazine, while Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission ran from 2012-2015 in Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine. Three portable game adaptations — Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Ultimate Mission 2, and Ultimate Mission X — were released on the Nintendo 3DS. A fourth home version, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, launched on the Nintendo Switch and PC internationally in April 2019.

Published by 04 May 2024, 11:06 AM EDTComment

Back in March — alongside the release of the May 2024 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine and chapter 103 of the Dragon Ball Super manga within it — the “Dragon Ball Official Site” posted a brief interview with Toyotarō regarding his illustration for Dragon Ball Legends, as well as the Dragon Ball Super manga. It was in this interview that we concretely learned that the three-chapter prologue for the “Super Hero arc” was headed by Toyotarō (with the usual Toriyama revisions), while the three-chapter epilogue was based on a scenario that Toyotarō asked Toriyama himself directly to write.

Please share with us your feelings on the chapter included in the super-sized May issue of V-Jump, which is both the climax and ending to the Super Hero arc.
Chapters 88-90 were a sort of prologue that I wanted to do, which I then drew after Toriyama-sensei revised it. Afterwards, in chapters 91-100, you obviously get the main material already present in the movie, and then the epilogue in chapters 101-103 was based on a scenario that I asked Toriyama-sensei to write. I revised a few bits of dialogue and some story beats here and there, but for the most part, the content is as Toriyama-sensei envisioned it. I’m incredibly thankful that I got to draw this story arc to its conclusion. Please enjoy the manga version of the “Super Hero Arc,” which has a bit of a different feel from the movie version!

Though the “Dragon Ball Official Site” includes English “translations,” these are actually based on machine/automated translations. With the impact of Toriyama’s recent passing and the notable tidbits within, we felt that this interview deserved better care — so we produced our own actual translation.

The Dragon Ball Super manga is on hiatus following the conclusion of the “Super Hero arc” in chapter 103, and — as of the most recent issue (the June 2024 issue released late last month) — V-Jump has reverted to publishing its “Interval Special” column series in the meantime until the next arc begins.

Published by 04 May 2024, 10:42 AM EDTComment

The September 2021 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine kicked off a “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” series in commemoration of the Dragon Ball franchise’s upcoming 40th anniversary. The celebration aims to have different artists all contribute their own spin on the original 42 tankōbon covers, with the images and an accompanying comment published as the magazine’s back cover.

Following the previous thirty-three entries, this month’s June 2024 issue brings us Hiroyuki Asada (I’ll, Letter Bee) and their take on the series’ 35th volume cover:

Asada commented:

I had the privilege of serving for six years as a judge for the Tezuka Award, so twice every year I would get to meet Akira Toriyama-sensei, exchange opinions, dine together, and hear lots of delightful stories. Toriyama-san was always easygoing and relaxed, and I loved that about him. The news of his passing came right before my deadline, and having to draw this volume’s illustration at this timing was heartbreaking.

More than anything, I can’t get Toriyama-san to see it. Still, I drew this with a prayer that it might reach him.

Thank you for everything. I love Dragon Ball.

Saikyō Jump is currently a monthly magazine published in Japan by Shueisha under the “Jump” line of magazines. The magazine began as a quarterly publication in 2012, went monthly in 2013, went bimonthly in late-2014, and returned to a monthly format in 2021 (including a digital release for the first time). The magazine’s focus is spin-off and supplementary manga series aimed at a young audience, while also including game promotions, news coverage, and more. The magazine currently serializes content such as Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Meteor Mission! manga series and Yūji Kasai’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Avatars!! manga series. For calendar year 2019, Shueisha reported Saikyō Jump‘s circulation down at 130,000, with readership as 58.5% upper elementary school, 28% lower middle school, 11% middle school, and 2.5% high school or older.

Published by 30 April 2024, 10:34 AM EDTComment

Bandai Namco has released a new “Master and Apprentice” trailer — both in English and Japanese — for the forthcoming DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZERO video game:

In addition to the 51 character blocks previously revealed, the new trailer announced the following playable characters:

  • Piccolo
  • Gohan (Youth)
  • Turtle Hermit
  • Kuririn
  • Yamcha
  • Videl
  • Gohan (Adolescent)
  • Beerus
  • Whis
  • Gohan (Future) + Super Saiyan
  • Trunks (Future) + Super Saiyan

Of note regarding some of these character reveals:

  • Videl is showcased in gameplay with both her longer and shorter hairstyles, though this is represented by a single block on the ending splash.
  • The Turtle Hermit shown in the latest trailer is separated from the “Turtle Hermit (Max Power)” showcased in a previous trailer.
  • The new Trunks inclusions are likewise broken out as new blocks in the final splash.
  • The future version of Gohan is notably shown with a single arm; previous gaming adaptions and implementations have rendered the character with two arms still intact, even when only fighting with a single arm.
  • Though a “standard” version of No. 17 is showcased fighting in the trailer, no block separate from the previously-revealed “Dragon Ball Super” version is shown in the final splash.
  • Bandai Namco’s corresponding write-up for this trailer does not specifically call out No. 17 or No. 18 as part of the roster. No. 18 on her own has been seen in the final splash since the first character reveal trailer, however.

Though a specific release date has not been announced, Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO is slated for release on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).

As opposed to the completely separate Dragon Ball Z (“Budokai”) series developed by Dimps which came before it, the Sparking! series — developed instead by Spike — featured 3D arenas with an over-the-shoulder camera angle. The new game’s title of Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO falls more in line with the original trilogy’s naming scheme in Japanese. The three Sparking! games — the original, NEO!, and METEOR — hit the PlayStation 2 over the course of 2005 to 2007, with the Nintendo Wii also receiving ports of the second and third games. The game series was released numerically under the “Budokai Tenkaichi” moniker internationally. A fourth games — Tag Vs. in Japan; Tenkaichi Tag Team internationally — was released on the PlayStation Portable in 2010. Spike (as Spike Chunsoft) later went on to also develop the crossover fighting games J-Stars Victory VS in 2014 and Jump Force in 2019.

Published by 18 April 2024, 12:20 PM EDTComment,

Following up on their Dragon Ball Z: Best Collection set from earlier this year, French company Microïds — by way of their Kana Music sublabel — are set to release another vinyl record set in the form of Dragon Ball Super: Original Soundtrack Volume 1, to begin shipping this spring for €49.99.

A total of 54 tunes will comprise the two-record set, which includes background music composed by Norihito Sumitomo for the first three story arcs of the Dragon Ball Super television series (themselves previously released on CD in Japan); no vocal opening or ending themes are included in the vinyl set. The tracklist is slated to include:

[Note: song titles are printed below verbatim from the Kana Music promotional imagery; refer to the “Dragon Ball Super” sub-section of our our “Music Database” for comprehensive translations and further information]

Disc 1 / Side A:

  1. To Tomorrow
  2. Believe in Yourself
  3. Believe in Yourself (Strings Version)
  4. A Powerful Enemy Appears
  5. Difficult Battle
  6. Crushing Defeat
  7. Sign of Victory
  8. Great Comeback
  9. Super Saiyan God
  10. Reconciliation
  11. Beerus’ Planet
  12. Beerus’ Teatime
  13. Beerus’ Madness
  14. Vegeta’s Strength

Disc 1 / Side B:

  1. Team Dragon’s Theme
  2. What’s Taking Goku So Long!?
  3. Under the Blue Sky
  4. Higgledy-Piggledy Town
  5. Scene of a Party
  6. A Romantic Night
  7. Like Those Clouds
  8. Scene of a Southern Island
  9. Fire Dance
  10. Fate of the Earth
  11. The Pilaf Gang’s Scheme
  12. The Pilaf Gang Flees
  13. I’m the Greatest in the World
  14. Infinitely Expansive Grand Universe

Disc 2 / Side A:

  1. Birth of a God
  2. Delightful Friends from Pluto
  3. Incident
  4. Probing Each Other
  5. CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA (Days of Battle)
  6. Delightful Days
  7. Gods of Destruction Invitational Fighting Tournament
  8. Champa’s Theme
  9. Chubby Waltz
  10. Resurrected Frieza
  11. Frieza’s Plot
  12. Premonition
  13. Terror of the Frieza Army

Disc 2 / Side B:

  1. Fear That Can’t Be Erased
  2. Into Battle
  3. A Close Battle
  4. Frieza’s Chosen
  5. Golden Frieza’s Theme
  6. Tough Opponent
  7. Time to Fight Back
  8. Waves of Battle
  9. Blue Saiyan
  10. Regret
  11. End of a Desperate Battle
  12. Endless Training
  13. Gods of Destruction Invitational Fighting Tournament Begins!

International distributors for the set include Cartridge Thunder (US $69; expected to ship this June), Black Screen Records (€58,00; expected to ship this June), Very OK Vinyl (CA $58.00; expected to ship this July), etc. Note that there is a limited pre-order window with many of these international distributors, and pre-order sales are often final / cannot be cancelled once made.

Published by 11 April 2024, 4:44 PM EDTComment

The September 2021 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine kicked off a “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” series in commemoration of the Dragon Ball franchise’s upcoming 40th anniversary. The celebration aims to have different artists all contribute their own spin on the original 42 tankōbon covers, with the images and an accompanying comment published as the magazine’s back cover.

Following the previous thirty-two entries, this month’s May 2024 issue brings us Naho Ooishi (Dragon Ball SD) and her take on the series’ 18th volume cover:

Ooishi commented:

My first contact with the manga was when I was in kindergarten and couldn’t even read it, given to me by my father in place of a coloring book. Even after becoming an adult, I thankfully continued to be involved with Dragon Ball, so I was able to live my life alongside the larger-than-life Goku, who had become a father, and later a grandfather. It’s no exaggeration to say that Dragon Ball has occupied a very, very big presence throughout more than half my life. No matter how much I try, I will never be able to thank Toriyama-sensei enough for allowing me to live my life alongside the Dragon Ball. Thank you so, so much. I will continue to love Dragon Ball with aaaaaaaaaaall my heart from now on, too.

Saikyō Jump is currently a monthly magazine published in Japan by Shueisha under the “Jump” line of magazines. The magazine began as a quarterly publication in 2012, went monthly in 2013, went bimonthly in late-2014, and returned to a monthly format in 2021 (including a digital release for the first time). The magazine’s focus is spin-off and supplementary manga series aimed at a young audience, while also including game promotions, news coverage, and more. The magazine currently serializes content such as Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Meteor Mission! manga series and Yūji Kasai’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Avatars!! manga series. For calendar year 2019, Shueisha reported Saikyō Jump‘s circulation down at 130,000, with readership as 58.5% upper elementary school, 28% lower middle school, 11% middle school, and 2.5% high school or older.

Published by 05 April 2024, 11:11 AM EDTComment

Show Description

The extended Kanzenshuu family and friend community comes together to share their memories of, gratitude toward, and the impact of Akira Toriyama.

How to Listen

Our podcast is available via Apple Podcasts, or you can pop the direct RSS feed into the program of your choice. You can also listen to this episode by directly downloading the MP3 or by streaming it on Spotify. We invite you to discuss this episode on our forum.

Though we always post our podcast episodes on YouTube, this particular episode has been given some additional light editing with the occasional example screen or video clip to accompany some of the discussion points, as well as on-screen names/handles for each of the contributors.

Published by 04 April 2024, 3:23 PM EDTComment

Roughly each month, Toyotarō provides a drawing of a Dragon Ball (or related…!) character — as well as an accompanying comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website. Following up on the wealth of characters already drawn, for his early 2024 catch-up entry, Toyotarō has drawn Cashman, Dub, and Arale from the Akira Toriyama-related manga series from V-Jump‘s early days:

SAVINGS WARRIOR CASHMAN

I obviously like the first version penned by Toriyama-sensei that ran in the very first issues of V-Jump, but I also really like the later version penned by Nakatsuru-san!

DUB & PETER 1

This is another one of the manga that Toriyama-sensei ran in the very first issues of V-Jump. You have insufferable brats, machines, and an American style! It really makes you feel like you’re square in the middle of Toriyama world!

DR. SLUMP’S ARALE NORIMAKI

This is the version of Arale that Toriyama-sensei designed for the second series (the one that aired during the 90s). It got two manga in V-Jump, one drawn by Nakatsuru-san, and another drawn by Yamamuro-san.

Savings Warrior Cashman was originally published as three chapters over the span of 1990 to 1991 in the initial A5-size run issues of V-Jump, while Dub & Peter-1 was originally published as four chapters over the course of 1992 to 1993 in the next AB-size trial run issues of V-Jump — both series were penned by Akira Toriyama directly.

After this point, V-Jump went monthly beginning with the July 1993 issue (published that May), and went on to feature the aforementioned two Dr. Slump sequel manga series (with involvement from Takao Koyama, Yoshimi Narita, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro at different points), as well as a Cashman sequel series (from Takao Koyama and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru).

Toriyama’s original Savings Warrior Cashman (as “Soldier of Savings Cashman”) and Dub and Peter 1 are both available in English as part of Viz’s “Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater” collection.

This drawing and comment set has been added to the respective page in our “Translations” archive.

Published by 01 April 2024, 2:59 PM EDTComment

Last August, Shueisha released a new kanzenban edition of Akira Toriyama’s 14-chapter manga series Sand Land. This new edition — mirroring the format and sizing of Dragon Ball‘s own kanzenban edition released from 2002 to 2004 — was updated to contain the original full-color versions of pages from its Weekly Shōnen Jump serialization, rough sketches from Akira Toriyama, as well as behind-the-scenes information.

The latest addition to our ever-growing “Translations” archive is just that: the full “Sand Land” Production Secrets interview with Akira Toriyama!

Sand Land was originally serialized within the pages of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan from May to August 2000 spanning 14 chapters. The series was compiled into a single volume that November. A new kanzenban edition was released in Japan last August; that same month, a colorized version of the manga began in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine in the September 2023 issue.

Sand Land went on to act as a debut series within Viz’s Shonen Jump print magazine in America in 2003, both running to completion and receiving its own collected volume later that same year. The entire manga series is also available as part of Viz’s digital vault service.

The Sand Land theatrical film debuted 18 August 2023 in Japan with animation produced by Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and Anima. Its home video release in Japan is due out 29 May 2024. The movie was expanded upon and received its own in-universe continuation by way of the Sand Land animated series, currently streaming worldwide.

A video game adaptation from Bandai Namco is out worldwide this month, as well.