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Alongside a slew of other announcements yesterday, Viz announced a forthcoming fall 2021 release of “Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater”, a single-volume hardcover compilation pulling from the Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theater (鳥山明○作劇場; Toriyama Akira Marusaku Gekijō ) series:
Announcement: Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater, a collection of action-packed short stories from the famed creator of Dragon Ball, drops Fall 2021. Will be released as a single hardcover edition. pic.twitter.com/loy2I8qZJK
— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 19, 2021
Originally released in three volumes over the course of 1983, 1988, and 1997, respectively, Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theater (typically adapted as “Akira Toriyama’s Blank-piece Theater” in English) compiled a significant portion of the author’s short works and one-shots, many of which were contemporary with the original serializations of Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball:
Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theater, Vol. 1
Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theater, Vol. 2
Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theater, Vol. 3
Perhaps most notable to Dragon Ball fans are the inclusion of Dragon Boy and The Adventure of Tongpoo, two works from 1983 that served as direct prototypes on the road to Dragon Ball itself the following year.
The collected volumes are also known for their interstitial, self-deprecating, autobiographical, single-page comics such as the “Me Back When I Drew This” series, in which Akira Toriyama shares stories and adventures from the past.
The collected volume series later received its own Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theater REMIX release, published on lower-quality paper per the usual for Shueisha’s “REMIX” line.
2008’s smaller Toriyama Akira Mankanzenseki (“An Emperor’s Feast of Akira Toriyama”) editions re-collected some of the same Akira Toriyama material, while also collecting items such as Lady Red (from Weekly Shōnen Jump‘s extra “Super Jump #2 ” in March 1987) and Alien Peke (from Weekly Shōnen Jump‘s 1996 #37/38 & #39 issues in August 1996) for the first time.
Beyond the full Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball series, works of Akira Toriyama released by Viz in English thus far include:
Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theater, alongside other Toriyama works such as Kajika, have been translated and released in various countries over the years prior to their acquisition and release by Viz in America.
UPDATE: An Amazon listing promoted by Viz pegs the release as coming 07 December 2021 for $34.99 MSRP and spanning 626 pages.
An extensive collection of imaginative and action-packed short stories from the creator of Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama!
From Akira Toriyama, the legendary manga creator of Dragon Ball, comes this special collection of short stories spanning the first few decades of his career. Serving as both a collection of his early works and a history of his life as a manga writer and illustrator, this giant tome is packed with everything you could ever want as a fan of classic shonen manga!
Translation of the volume will be provided by Greg Werner:
In October 1997, after watching 1 ep. of DBZ, I began studying Japanese that same day. Now, I'll be using what I've learned since then to bring you Toriyama-sensei's work in English. https://t.co/RfUhVSD0DU
— Greg (@ochimusha108) February 23, 2021
We most recently had Greg on our podcast back on Episode #0400 to discuss his old Dragon Ball fansite, work on Beckett’s unofficial magazine, shifting to professional writing with Shueisha, etc.