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The seventh 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 this week on 04 September 2018 for ¥440 + tax. Spanning 192 pages, the volume covers chapters 33-36. The volume takes its title of “Universe Survival! The Tournament of Power Begins!” (宇宙サバイバル！力の大会開始！; Uchū Sabaibaru! Chikara no Taikai Kaishi!) directly from chapter 33 itself.
In his introductory comment, Toyotarō relays a story about sharing new volumes and character sketches with a friend:
I have a friend who asks me to sign their copy of the manga each time a new volume comes out. I add in an illustration while I’m at it, but I prefer to draw a different character for each volume. So I asked “how about the Omni-King?” and they said “who?”
Have you even been reading these books?!
I’ll do my best to make this a manga everyone will want to read…
The inside title page showcases a sketch of Son Goku, while the table of contents features Gods of Destruction Beerus, Liquir, and Sidra.
To fill out the necessary page count, Toyotarō supplies new drawings between chapters, with this volume exclusively featuring team lineups (specifically the Universes 7, 9, and 6 teams). No bonus chapters are included (with the Jump Victory Carnival 2018 bonus chapter being the only non-collected material as of this volume’s publication). “Corrections Done by Toriyama-sensei Himself” make a reappearance from the the third and sixth collected volumes, with a brief showcase of character design and dialog adjustments.
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 in June 2017 covering the next five chapters. The fourth collected edition saw its release in November 2017 covering the next four chapters and a follow-up special interview been Toyotarō and Toriyama. The fifth collected edition saw its release this past March covering another four chapters and one additional spin-off chapter. The sixth collected edition saw its release this past June covering another four chapters.
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-ninth chapter coming last month in the magazine’s October 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. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward telling its own version of the existing story. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition early last year.
The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its fifth box set this October.