Databook Guide

Dragon Ball Chōzenshū 1: Story & World Guide

Dragon Ball Chōzenshū 1 - Cover

Databook Information

Released: 05 February 2013
Retail: ¥2,200 (tax included)
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
Size / Pages: JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) / 352 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 978-4-08-782496-4
Availability: CDJapan | Amazon Japan

Databook Contents

The first Chōzenshū is a combination of two previously released guides, “Daizenshuu 2: Story Guide” and “Daizenshuu 4: World Guide”, which cover the manga story and world aspects of Dragon Ball. The front cover borrows the cover artwork from Daizenshuu 4, and the book includes two JIS B4-sized fold-out posters. The first poster has the cover art for Daizenshuu 1 one one side and for Daizenshuu 2 on the other, while the second has the cover art for Daizenshuu 4 on one side and a “character relations” chart on the reverse.

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu: Complete Guide to Reprinted Pages
A guide to the pages reprinted from Daizenshuu volumes 2 and 4, explaining the contents of each section and what page they can be found on. An inset block on page 5 also outlines the structure of the “New Dragon World” section, which includes new information not present in the original books.
Introduction: “New” Dragon World
A sort of “mission statement” about the new section, about how the Dragon World is ever-expanding, and there have been new stories yet untold, featuring powerful enemies descending to Earth, and battles for the fate of planets in far-off space. The new world of Dragon Ball will continue to unfold…
New Story Guide: Kanzenban Subtitle Guide
A volume-by-volume breakdown of the chapters contained in each Kanzenban volume of the manga, originally released between 2002 and 2004.
New World Guide
A guide to new stories, characters, and information about the structure of the Dragon Ball cosmos that were introduced in the 17½ years between the publication of the Daizenshuu and the Chōzenshū.
The Endlessly Expanding World of the Gods
An explanation of the life-cycle of the Kaiō and Kaiōshin, as first revealed in the 2009 databook Super Exciting Guide: Story Volume, as well as a look at the complementary roles of the Kaiōshin and God of Destruction, tying in with the 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the story outline and character designs of which were the work of Akira Toriyama himself.
Neko Majin World
An overview of the Neko Majin series published between 1999 and 2005, profiling the characteristics and abilities of the “Neko Majin” race, along with the other characters who appear within (including Freeza’s “son” Kureeza, the Saiyan Onio, and Dragon Ball characters Vegeta, Majin Boo, and Son Goku), plus information on environments and vehicles.
Episode of Bardock World
An overview of the manga side story Episode of Bardock by Naho Ooishi (and its companion animated adaptation), going over Bardock’s connection to the main series storyline and profiling the characters specific to the special (Chilled, Ipana, and Berry).
Dr. Mashirito Abale World
An overview of the one-shot Dr. Mashirito — Abale-chan, first published in the April 2007 issue of Monthly Shōnen Jump (and adapted into a theatrical short that March — remember, Shueisha’s monthly manga anthologies are published two months in advance of their effective date). The section profiles Dr. Mashirito Junior and “Abale”, his creation, who is designed to be a more-powerful rival to both Arale Norimaki and Obotchaman, but who nevertheless saves the world from aliens despite being a stereotypical “bad kid”.
We Asked Akira Toriyama! 2013 (read translation)
A Q&A session with Akira Toriyama, revealing details about characters, background information on the Neko Majin race, and the role of the God of Destruction in the Dragon Ball cosmos. A running feature along the bottom picks out choice quotes from previous Dragon Ball databooks released between 2003 and 2009.
A gallery of the alterations to chapters 516 and 519 in the Kanzenban, which were the only chapters in which the artwork and panel layout were modified by Akira Toriyama.
Dragon Ball Daizenshuu: Reprinted Pages
This section consists of pages reprinted from Daizenshuu 2: Story Guide, beginning with Akira Toriyama’s introduction to that book. Reprinted pages have “reprint” (復刻 fukkoku) on them in a faux-stamped design along the bottom, but are otherwise identical to their counterparts in the original book.
Adventure History
This section provides a recap of the entire manga series, listing one tankōbon volume per page with their respective chapters. Each volume cover is displayed, along with its title, main events, and general synopsis. Each chapter also has a very brief description, highlighting the main events of the chapter.
Personal History
This section details the first-appearances of major characters, their growth and transformations over the course of the series, relationships with other characters, and a brief overview of many supporting characters.
Battle History
An overview of the major battles over the course of the series, important techniques used, and more.
Before Dragon Ball
078, 079
A showcase of Akira Toriyama’s early ideas for Dragon Ball. It displays most of his original concepts, and ideas such as Dragon Boy, Tongpoo’s Great Adventure, and some interesting conceptual drawings.
STORY GUIDE plus: Complete Mark List
A complete listing of all logos, emblems, and Chinese characters that appear on characters’ clothing within the series.
This section consists of pages reprinted from Daizenshuu 4: World Guide, beginning with Akira Toriyama’s introduction to that book. Reprinted pages have “reprint” (復刻 fukkoku) on them in a faux-stamped design along the bottom, but are otherwise identical to their counterparts in the original book.
A quick look at the universe of the Dragon World, along with an explanation of the Dragon Balls and their properties.
Racial Groups
This section showcases a thoroughly detailed look at the various races that appear within the Dragon World. The racial groups included are: Saiyans, Namekians, People of the Heavens, Freeza and his Followers, Bobbidi and his Followers, and Earthlings (Martial Artists, Humans, Animals, and Monsters). Each racial group is then broken down further, providing hierarchy details, race specific abilities, and background information.
In addition to detailing the Earth itself and its 12 areas (each with their own major events), this section details the various locations throughout the universe and heavens.
Mind power attacks, body attacks, and emergency attacks are all detailed and further divided into sub-groups. A complete breakdown of each Tenka’ichi Budōkai is also included, noting each fight, the participants, and more.
This section provides classification of all machines used in the Dragon World. The categories include cars, air cars, bikes, air bikes, planes, anti-gravitational aircraft, boats, submarines, spaceships, alien spaceships, and time machines. Each machine has a brief description, along with Toriyama’s own comments about each machine. Also included is a list of all four vehicles that Akira Toriyama used in the manga that actually exist in the real world. We are also given a special look at Mister Popo’s Magic Carpet and Kinto-Un in the “Wonder Selection”.
This section opens with a table of the different types of technology found in the Dragon World. The main categories include Bulma’s Inventions, Dr. Brief’s Inventions, Scientific Items, Weapons, Defensive Gear, Robots, Androids, and Supernatural Items. Some categories are further divided into sub-groups and each item is accompanied by a full description and a note of the different times they are used within the series.
Akira Toriyama’s Best (read translation)
281, 284, 322
These pages include fun Q&A’s with Akira Toriyama about different aspects of the series. Some questions include; “If he could be reincarnated as a character, who would it be? (Trunks)”; “What is your favorite technique? (Bukūjutsu)”; “What is your favorite place/location? (Karin’s Tower)”; “If you could take one thing from the Dragon Ball world, what would it be? (Hoi Poi Capsules)”; “Which artificial human design was your favorite? (Cell, 2nd Form)”.
Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Reprinted Version (read translations)
The “Akira Toriyama Super Interview” segments from Daizenshuu 2 and 4 have been included, but unlike the other reprinted pages, the text has been re-set in a new, “busier” layout.

Databook Staff Credits

It should be noted that although Akira Toriyama is listed as the author of this databook, he actually had very little involvement with the production of its content, if any at all. Toriyama makes it quite clear in most of his daizenshuu introductions that “they” (Shueisha) are responsible for putting these together, and he is often graciously humble in thanking them for all their hard work in sorting through his exhaustive series.



鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama




Haruhiko Suzuki


Planning & Editing


V-Jump Editorial Department


Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Inc.


Printing House


Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.


Planning & Organization


Caramel Mama




Banana Grove Studio Co., Ltd.


Fumiko Sakai


Keiko Kushida


Ryōji Abe


BGS Production Department: Shigeko Tsukita




Beeworks Co., Ltd.


Hiroshi Miyakawa


Satomi Numagami


Michiko Hatori


Kenrō Yokoyama