The upcoming new series of “Chōzenshū” guide books revealed in the February 2013 issue of V-Jump has so far been a mystery. Other than being a series of books that would “tell everything about Dragon Ball“, we had very little to go on.
They are still mostly a mystery, but Amazon Japan gives us at least a tiny bit more to latch onto with a title for the first volume due out 04 February 2013 (alongside the first batch of new “Full Color Comics”): “STORY & WORLD GUIDE” with a list price of ¥2,200.
The title hearkens back to the titles of two information-packed “Daizenshuu” guide books from the mid-90s: number two (“Story Guide”) and number four (“World Guide”).
No cover art or listings for further volumes appear to be available just yet, but at least this guide book and the first three volumes of the “Full Color Comics” version of the Saiyan arc (seemingly priced at ¥630 a pop) should start making the pre-order rounds.
UPDATE: Shueisha’s official listing for the “Story & World Guide” notes that it will be a size B5 book, meaning it will be the same size as the Daizenshuu from the mid 1990s — all of the more recent guide books have been a smaller size.
Any chance it will get an English release???
Only 650 Yen? I’m in
*630, rather. At any rate, I can’t imagine postage is too expensive. I think this is a good investment.
Just to clarify, the Chōzenshū volume is listed at 2200 yen. It’s the full-color comics that are 630 yen each.
As for an English release, who knows? That’s up to Viz, and to date, the only guidebook they’ve released in English is the first Daizenshuu (Complete Illustrations), and that was mostly pictures. It would certainly be nice, but it seems unlikely.