Databook Guide

Dragon Ball Chōzenshū 3: Animation Guide Part 2

Dragon Ball Chōzenshū 3 - Cover

Databook Information

Released: 04 April 2013
Retail: ¥2,300 (tax included)
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
Size / Pages: JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) / 352 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 978-4-08-782498-8
Availability: CDJapan | Amazon Japan

Databook Contents

The third Chōzenshū is a combination of sections drawn from four previously released guides: “Daizenshuu 3: TV Animation Part 1”, “Daizenshuu 5: TV Animation Part 2”, “Daizenshuu 6: Movies and TV Specials”, and “Supplemental Daizenshuu: TV Animation Part 3”, drawing chiefly from the sixth and supplemental volumes for the main body of its content. The front cover borrows the cover artwork from Daizenshuu 6; the book also includes a single, JIS B4-sized fold-out poster, which features an illustration by Akira Toriyama for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods on one side, and a “Dragon Ball GT Super Character Relations Chart” on the reverse.

This section, designed as a companion to the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime sections, covers the Dragon Ball GT anime series, which aired from 1996 to 1997, and was thus never heavily featured in the Daizenshuu, which were released from 1995 to 1996. It covers content similar to the GT Perfect File guidebooks from 1997, but has more in common with the Daizenshuu in terms of structure.
Dragon Ball GT Story Guide
This section covers the story of Dragon Ball GT, broken up into four story arcs.
The Ultimate Dragon Balls
Episodes 01 to 26 are covered in three pages, as Goku is accidentally turned into a child by Pilaf on a more powerful set of Dragon Balls; Goku, Trunks and Pan set off into space to find them; the trio get into trouble on a variety of planets; and fight against General Rilld and Dr. Mu on Planet M-2, eventually collecting all seven of the orbs.
The Avenging Demon, Baby
The Baby arc, comprising episodes 27 to 41, is covered in three pages of five “acts” each, as Baby makes his way to Earth, infecting Vegeta, and transforming into his ultimate form; Baby defeats both Goku and Oob, with Goku thrown into Sugoroku Space; Goku has his tail pulled out by the Kaiōshin, eventually reaching a new stage of Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 4; Goku defeats Baby, who had become a golden Ōzaru; Piccolo chooses to remain behind on the exploding Earth, in order to rid the universe of the ultimate Dragon Balls; and Oob, disguised as Papayaman, powers through the Tenka’ichi Budōkai until events intervene.
The Ultimate Artificial Human
The Super No. 17 arc, spanning episodes 42 to 47, is covered in a single page comprising five “acts”, as Dr. Mu and Dr. Gero meet in Hell; defeated enemies come back from the dead to wreak havoc on Earth; Super No. 17, begins to defeat the heroes, drawing in their energy; Goku escapes from Hell with the help of Piccolo and Dende; and Goku eventually defeats Super No. 17 with his Dragon Fist.
The Seven Evil Dragons
The Evil Dragons arc, containing episodes 48 to 64, is covered in three pages of five “acts” each, as a different, evil Dragon appears when Shenlong is summoned; the heroes must defeat seven evil Dragons one by one in order to restore the Dragon Balls to normal; the One-Star Dragon proves a threat not even Super Saiyan 4 Goku can handle; Vegeta achieves Super Saiyan 4 and fuses with Goku to form Gogeta; Gogeta’s failure and Goku’s ultra Genki-Dama; Goku’s disappearance together with Shenlong; and the descendants of Goku and Vegeta fighting at a Budōkai some hundred years later….
GT Super Column 1: TV Special
The Dragon Ball GT TV special is covered in a single page with three “acts”, as young Goku Jr. sets out in search of the Four-Star Ball; Goku Jr. awakens as a Super Saiyan in his fight against the demon-bandits on Mt. Pao-tzu; and Goku defeats the demon king and has a mysterious encounter with his vanished namesake.
GT Characters
This section introduces the various characters of Dragon Ball GT, with spotlights on the heroes and their various forms, supporting characters, and the villains of each story arc.
GT Design Library
This section, essentially a GT version of the “Library of Adventure” pages from the various Daizenshuu, showcases lineart drawn by character-designer Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, including a small rough sketch of Super Saiyan 4 Goku. While some of this material was previously seen in the GT Perfect File books, a substantial amount is collected here for the first time.
GT Super Column 2: Akira Toriyama Image Board Collection
Akira Toriyama’s character- and mechanical designs for the series, as well as the image boards he drew for Weekly Shōnen Jump, are presented here at reduced size from their appearance in the seventh Daizenshuu and the first GT Perfect File. Toriyama’s notes are present and still readable on the design sheets for Giru and the spaceship, but a substantial amount of space at the bottom of the page is wasted by an advertisement for the individual-disc DVD release of the series.
This section contains a mixture of content old and new. The new content is, of course, coverage of the 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The remainder of the section combines material from the sixth and supplemental Daizenshuu volumes, with the original three Dragon Ball movies, thirteen Dragon Ball Z movies, two main Dragon Ball Z TV specials, and the 1996 10th Anniversary movie. Each section contains character profiles, screen shots, and a detailed synopsis of each. Reprinted pages also showcase artwork from Tadayoshi Yamamuro made specifically for the Daizenshuu. Beyond this point, we will not provide a breakdown for each movie, as we assume you have a general idea of what each movie entails. If not, please visit our Movie Guide.

The “memorial” sections that highlighted film-related merchandise and esoterica related to the movies’ production have not been included in the Chōzenshū reprints.

Movies, Part 1
NEW MOVIE: “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
DB No. 1 “Dragon Ball — The Legend of Shenlong
DB No. 2 “The Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle
DB No. 3 “A Mystical Great Adventure
DBZ No. 01 “Dragon Ball Z — Return My Gohan!!”
DBZ No. 02 “The World’s Strongest Guy”
DBZ No. 03 “A Super Decisive Battle for Earth”
DBZ No. 04 “Super Saiyan Son Goku”
DBZ No. 05 “The Incredible Strongest vs Strongest”
DBZ No. 06 “Clash!! 10,000,000,000 Powerful Warriors”
DBZ No. 07 “Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyan”
DBZ No. 08 “Burn Up!! A Close – Intense – Super-Fierce Battle”
DBZ No. 09 “The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy”
DBZ No. 10 “The Dangerous Duo! Super-Warriors Can’t Rest”
DBZ No. 11 “Super-Warrior Defeat!! I’m the One Who’ll Win”
DBZ No. 12 “Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta”
DBZ No. 13 “Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Won’t Do it, Who Will?”
TV Specials
DBZ Special No. 1 “A Final Solitary Battle
DBZ Special No. 2 “Defiance in the Face of Despair!!”
Gallery of Akira Toriyama
This section highlights Akira Toriyama’s character designs for the movies. While he did not have much, if anything, to do with the movies’ stories prior to Battle of Gods, he would often design and name most of the main movie characters. He even re-drew and re-named Bardock and his team for the first Dragon Ball Z TV special. Specific design notes are even left intact, though most are quite small and incredibly difficult to make out. You can see them all scanned and translated in the Production Guide.
Movies, Part 2
10th Anniversary: “The Path to Ultimate Strength”
This section, taken from the supplemental Daizenshuu, is much more detailed than the other movie sections, containing two pages dedicated to character and item introductions, memos by director Shigeyasu Yamauchi discussing various aspects of the production, and notes regarding the animation in the film.
Variety of Dragon Ball
The “Variety of Dragon Ball” pages appeared throughout the sixth and supplemental Daizenshuu volumes, and showcased various aspects of the movies. However, only one, from the supplemental Daizenshuu, is preserved in this book.
Gallery of Akira Toriyama: The Path to Ultimate Strength
This page showcases the revisions made to the Red Ribbon Army’s character designs for the 10th Anniversary movie. (To contrast, a page in the sixth Daizenshuu, not reproduced in this book, showed early promotional art where the characters’ appearances were modeled much more closely on the original manga.) While most of the characters have relatively minor changes to bring them in line with Toriyama’s mid-’90s design sensibilities, Black and Metallic were completely redesigned. Also shown is Toriyama’s original design for the mecha used by Black, which was scaled several times larger by the anime staff, judging by the relative size of the cockpit.
This large section combines the “Library of Adventure” sections found within the third, fifth, sixth, and supplemental Daizenshuu volumes, filled with detailed character design sketches, by either Minoru Maeda or Tadayoshi Yamamuro, of all the characters that appeared across the entirety of the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z TV series and movies, including anime-only characters. Some characters, particually main characters, have many sketches included from various points in the series and from various movies, showcasing their various outfits and styles.
Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z
This section collects the lists of all Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z episodes, originally divided between the third, fifth, and supplemental Daizenshuu volumes. The episode title, airdate, main staff credits (Director, Scenario, Animation Supervisor, Art), a respective grayscale screen shot, and a short synopsis are all provided for each episode. In addition, a Dragon Ball GT “All Story Digest” has been created specially for this book.
Reprint: Dragon Ball
Reprint: Dragon Ball Z
NEW: Dragon Ball GT
Akira Toriyama Super Interview: Reprinted Version (read translation)
The “Akira Toriyama Super Interview” segment from Daizenshuu volume 6 has been included, but unlike the other reprinted pages, the text has been re-set in a new, more compact layout cutting the original six pages down to three. Unlike the previous Chōzenshū volume, no parts have been cut, although the editors have made the curious decision to alter the interviewer’s speech to be ever-so-slightly less-honorific when addressing Toriyama.

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




Mitsuhiro Matsumoto

中嶋 竜

Ryū Nakajima

望月 誠

Makoto Mochizuki


Yūichi Shimizu


Chinami Nakamura




Banana Grove Studio Co., Ltd.


Fumiko Sakai


Ayano Yamamoto

秋庭 崇

Takashi Akiba


Misa Iwai


BGS Production Department: Shigeko Tsukita




Beeworks Co., Ltd.


Hiroshi Miyakawa


Satomi Numagami


Michiko Hatori


Kenrō Yokoyama