Databook Guide

Dragon Ball Chōzenshū 4: Super Encyclopedia

Dragon Ball Chōzenshū 4 - Cover

Databook Information

Released: 09 May 2013
Retail: ¥2,300 (tax included)
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
Size / Pages: JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) / 352 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 978-4-08-782499-5
Availability: CDJapan | Amazon Japan

Databook Contents

The fourth Chōzenshū volume takes the “Large Encyclopedia” found in the seventh Daizenshuu and expands upon it with new information from the various Dragon Ball productions and guidebooks that were released in the intervening years. Unlike previous Chōzenshū installments, however, the majority of the new information has been incorporated into the text, and relatively few pages (mostly those which deal exclusively with the contents of the manga) are reprinted as-is. The front cover borrows the cover artwork from Daizenshuu 7; the book also includes a single, JIS B4-sized fold-out poster, which features this book’s cover art on one side, and the cover art for Chōzenshū 3 / Daizenshuu 6 on the reverse.

The Limitlessly Expanding World of Dragon Ball
Since the end of Dragon Ball‘s serialization, the world of the series has continued to develop across multiple forms of media. This two-page section gives a breakdown of major milestones over the history of the series, beginning with the start of the manga in 1984 and going up to the release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in 2013.
Chronological Table of the Dragon Ball World
The visual timeline from Daizenshuu 7 has been given a facelift. While it continues to give the exact dates of the major events in the series, with nearly the exact same textual layout, new events extrapolated from more recent releases have been added. It covers events in the distant past of Dragon Ball, such as the Elder Kaiōshin being sealed in the Z Sword around 75 million years ago, all the way to the end of Dragon Ball GT, which receives an additional two pages not found in the Daizenshuu version. In this respect, it is essentially identical to the timeline used in the “Akira Toriyama: The World of DRAGON BALL” art exhibition, held in Tokyo and Osaka prior to the book’s release. (For those not familiar with the system of dates on the series, please note that it does not follow the years of the Gregorian calendar, and instead utilizes the fictional “Age” calendar. For example, the battle with Freeza takes place on December 24th, Age 762.)
Before Age — The Chaotic Universe
Covers from the existence of Kaiō’s planet at least 100 million years ago, to the first appearance of the legendary Super Saiyan around 238 Before Age.
God is Born, and the Saiyans Thrive
Covers from Uranai Baba starting her fortune-telling around Age 250, to the Saiyans’ agreement with Freeza and start at planet-speculating (along with King Vegeta’s taking a wife) around Age 731.
Warriors Make their First Cries
Covers from Vegeta’s birth in Age 732, to Kame-Sen’nin’s pet phoenix dying of food poisoning and his sea-turtle companion losing his way in Age 748.
The Wish on the Dragon Balls
Covers from Bulma’s entering high school in West City at the beginning of April, Age 749, up to the start of her school’s second term on 02 October of the same year.
An Era Takes Flight
Covers from Goku’s and Kuririn’s turtle-shells’ weight being increased to 40 kg on 06 April, Age 750, to the completion of Planet M2 some time between Age 760 and 770.
First Contact
Covers from Goku’s fight to retrieve his son Gohan from Garlic Jr. some time in Age 761, up to the completion of Dr Brief’s refit of God’s spaceship on 09 November, Age 762.
Lives Burning in Space
Covers from the completion of the Namekian translator on God’s ship on 14 November, Age 762, up to Goku’s fight against Coola some time between Age 764 and 767.
A Fierce Battle Transcending Time
Covers from Vegeta’s special training to become a Super Saiyan in the gravity room at Capsule Corporation some time in Age 764, up to the Afterlife Tournament being held some time in May or June of Age 767.
The Next Generation
Covers from Kuririn and No. 18 getting married some time in Age 770, up to Trunks’ ascension to the position of CEO at Capsule Corporation some time between Age 784 and 788.
Revolving Fates
Covers from Goku being turned into a child around Age 789, up to the Tenka’ichi Budōkai featuring Goku’s and Vegeta’s descendants on a May 7th some time around Age 889.
Column 1: Three Futures
This feature examines the three timelines seen in the Dragon Ball world. These timelines include that of the main story, the one that Future Trunks travels from to find Son Goku in the main story (glimpsed in “Trunks: The Story” and the very end of the Cell arc), and the timeline where Cell kills Trunks and steals his time machine to travel back to the timeline of the main story. A fourth timeline posited by Daizenshuu 7, in which the main story deviates so that the Cell Game takes place without Trunks, has been dropped from this guide.
Column 2: Son Goku — Course of Growth in Battle Power
This is a two-page chart showing the growth of Son Goku’s battle power throughout the series, with a few other characters added in for comparison purposes. The chart provides battle powers for characters from both before the concept of battle powers was introduced into the story, and after it began to drop out of the story mid-way through the battle with Freeza. Unlike the equivalent version of this chart in Daizenshuu 7, which was black-and-white, it is presented here in full-color.
Column 3: Investigate! Another Chronology
This one-page section discusses the placement of recent works whose timeframe is unclear, such as Episode of Bardock, Dr. Mashirito — Abale-chan, and the various Neko Majin Z chapters. This becomes especially confusing when attempting to place Neko Majin Z, as each chapter has its own peculiarities, including an out-of-universe reference to the “Dragon Box” DVD sets.
The World of Dragon Ball
This section of the book contains an in-depth look at the nature of the Dragon Ball world and its inhabitants.
Details the structure of the Dragon Ball world, including a detailed map of the Dragon Ball world, its universe, and its cosmos. It further describes the three main sections of the Dragon Ball world; the “Heavenly Realm”, the “Living World”, and the “Kaiōshin Realm”. New for this book is a look at the life-cycle of the Kaiō and Kaiōshin (first published in Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume in 2009), and a description of the complementary roles of the Kaiōshin and God of Destruction (also included in Chōzenshu 1).
Examines the makeup the various societies present in the series, including economic disparities on Earth, and differing forms of interstellar exchange (Earth has none).
Goes over the distinguishing aspects of the series’ various cultures, including the Capsule technology and Zenny currency from Earth, Scouter technology appropriated from the Tsufruians by the Saiyans, and Namekian beliefs and language. Also included is a sidebar about the conflict between the Tsufru and the Saiya, as presented in Dragon Ball GT.
Racial Groups
A breakdown of the various life-forms seen in the series, including the interactions between the four main races across the three TV series (Namekian, Earthling, Saiyan, and Tsufruian), the different “types” of Earthlings, a comparison between human-type Earthlings and Saiyans, and much else which was not present in the version of this section published in Daizenshuu 7.
Dictionary of World Terminology
The “World” section is rounded out by a dictionary of terms, which covers the basic terminology needed to understand the world of Dragon Ball.
Character Dictionary
This section contains biographies for the more than 400 characters from the manga, anime, TV specials, and movies, including new and expanded biographies for characters appearing in works post-1996. Some faults from the seventh Daizenshuu, such as General White’s inexplicable absence, have also been corrected, while others, such as Bra’s mistaken birthdate, have not. Each biography highlights the character’s history, distinguishing characteristics, important special attacks they use, their involvement in the Tenka’ichi Budōkai, and any elements original to the anime series or movies. The dictionary’s index is divided up into different categories centered around Son Goku, including comrades, Tenka’ichi Budōkai participants, enemies, acquaintances, and non-acquaintances. The legend also includes two new marks, used throughout the book, indicating material present only in spin-off works such as Neko Majin and Dr. Mashirito — Abale-chan.
Column 4: Son Goku — Course of Intellectual Growth
Following up the growth in Son Goku’s battle power is a chart of his growth in intellect. The chart gives some great examples of Goku’s lack of understanding, showing just how much a child of the wilderness he really was, and how he changed after getting married. At first, he cannot tell the difference between men and women, and thinks “marriage” is some kind of food, but later tells lame jokes with Kaiō, tries to appeal to Elder Kaiōshin’s “naughty” side, and even lies to Oob in order to make him angry.
Column 5: Dragon Ball Characters’ Secret Stories
Akira Toriyama answers five character-related questions in this section, revealing secrets never expanded upon in the original manga. The questions are “Where did Lunch-san go?”, “How did No. 17 and No. 18 become Artificial Humans?”, “Where has the Pilaf Gang gone?”, “How did Kuririn and No. 18 end up getting married?”, and “What is the difference between the two Trunks?”.
Special Attack Dictionary
The “Special Attack” dictionary details the numerous techniques that appeared in the original manga and anime series, along with Dragon Ball GT and other material released since 1996. Each technique’s entry includes information about its first appearance, the various characters that used the technique, what category the technique falls under, its main characteristics, and any elements of the technique original to the anime series or movies. The dictionary’s index is divided up into different categories centered around Son Goku, including comrades, Tenka’ichi Budōkai participants, enemies, acquaintances, and non-acquaintances.
Item Dictionary
This dictionary lists well over 300 items that were seen in the manga, anime, TV specials, movies, and other specials and spin-offs released post-Dragon Ball Z. Each item entry contains information regarding its first appearance, manufacturer, functions or capabilities, how it was featured in the story, and any elements original to the anime series or movies. The items are also classified by six categories; clothes, medical, general goods, communication, vehicles, and battle items.
Column 6: Capsule Corporation Spreads its Wings Across the Globe
This feature examines Capsule Corporation’s technology and how it has spread around the world. It notes that by Age 778 Capsule Corporation makes 48% of the planet’s vehicles, having increased from 40% in Age 750 thanks to Goku’s defeat of the Red Ribbon Army, its greatest rival.
Column 7: Forum of Characters’ Favorite Items
This one-page feature highlights five characters’ favorite items. These include Kame-Sen’nin’s sunglasses, Yajirobe’s air car, Bulma’s Capsule No. 576 airplane, Bulma and co.’s Dragon Radar, and Freeza’s mini-pod.
Column 8: Exploring Items’ Roots
This feature examines the roots of some of the series’ items, such as Kinto-Un, the Nyoi-Bō, and the Bashō Fan. It also compares Yamcha’s Jet Momonga, Videl’s plane, and General Blue’s Thunder Rocket to similar vehicles seen in some of Akira Toriyama’s previous works.
Geographical Dictionary
The “Geographical” dictionary details over 200 locations across the Dragon Ball world and cosmos, including both the Heavenly and Living Realms. Each location entry highlights where it is located, what special characteristics can be seen there, and denotes any significant battles or events that have taken place at that location. The dictionary also provides Akira Toriyama’s original map of the Dragon Ball world’s Earth, which has been divided up into 12 regions for easy reference.
Pictorial Dictionary: 10 Years Plus
This section revises the “Pictorial Dictionary of DB Goods” section from Daizenshuu 7, combining reprinted pages (the only direct reproductions without any layout revisions in this book) with a brand-new section detailing the various products that have come out for the franchise in the 17 years since 1996. The section showcasing the series’ spread around the world has also been expanded to highlight the state of the Dragon Ball franchise worldwide as of 2013.
A Stroll Through 10 Years of Dragon Ball (Reprint)
This timeline highlights 10 years’ worth of Dragon Ball merchandise, including book publications, anime-related releases, toys, video games, videos, CDs and LaserDiscs, and exclusive food items. The bottom of the timeline also includes significant world social events that occurred during the manga’s serialization from late 1984 through 1995.
The Dragon Ball World as Told by Things (Reprint)
A guide to the various books, VHS and LaserDiscs, telephone cards, CDs, video games, toys, and art exhibition memorabilia released up through early 1996.
The New Dragon Ball World as Told by Things, 1996–2013
A guide to the various books, DVD and Blu-ray releases, video games, CDs, toys, and other items tied to the franchise, released in the 17 years since 1996.
Column 9: Dragon Ball Around the World
This two-page section expands upon the “Global DB” subsection from Daizenshuu 7 (reprinted on pages 287–288), listing various items released around the world, showcasing the manga’s release in different parts of the world (including the digital realm). A special sidebar notes the popularity of the mistranslated line “It’s over 9,000!!!” in the English dub of the Dragon Ball Z anime, which became a meme among fans.
Column 10: Particulars Dictionary (Reprint)
One of the few sections to come essentially unchanged from Daizenshuu 7 (although the text has been re-set), the “Particulars Dictionary” deals with minutiae involving the anime, as well as numbers and times that appear over the course of the manga. An additional section from Daizenshuu 7, dealing with particular quotes, has been omitted.
• Particular About the Anime
This section showcases a few examples of anime-only elements that were added to the series, such as the flashback scene before the Cell Games showing how Son Gohan got his name, Son Goku’s false Super Saiyan state in Dragon Ball Z Movie 4, Kuririn dressing like Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z Movie 9, and seeing more of the Dragon Ball world (Goku meeting the Dai Kaiō, helping Paikuhan in Hell with Cell and Freeza, etc.).
• Particular About Numbers
The second “particulars” section is a list of numbers, in numerical order, that were mentioned in the series. The numbers mostly represent multiple units of measure, such as weight and time, but it also includes amounts of money and the number of items or people.
• Particular About Time
The final “particulars” section lists all of the specific times we see in the series, such as Kame-Sen’nin beginning Goku and Kuririn’s training at 4:30 a.m., the Artificial Humans appearing at 10:17 a.m. on an island nine kilometers southwest of South City, Vegeta and Nappa landing on Earth at 11:43 a.m., and Oolong noticing his shape-shifting abilities were about to stop working as it was 3:05 p.m.
Chapter Title Page Collection
This section contains all Dragon Ball chapter title-page illustrations that appear in the Kanzenban release of the manga, reproduced in black and white. This represents an expansion of the version used in Daizenshuu 7, which only included those illustrations collected in the tankōbon release, but is still missing the few that were left out of the Kanzenban, as well.
Table of Contents Collection
This two-page section reprints the table-of-contents illustrations from all 42 tankōbon manga volumes.
Masako Nozawa Looks Back on Dragon Ball!! (read translation)
Masako Nozawa, the voice of Goku and all his male family members except for Raditz, reflects on her 27 years of involvement with the Dragon Ball franchise, across six pages of reminiscences. Included are her thoughts on her Dragon Ball-related work since the Dragon Ball GT anime ended in 1997, including Dragon Ball Kai, Episode of Bardock, and Battle of Gods.
Akira Toriyama Also Looks Back on Dragon Ball!! (read translation)
Akira Toriyama is interviewed about his thoughts on Dragon Ball as its creator, from its genesis in mid-1984, through the Kanzenban release of the manga and the Neko Majin series in the early part of the last decade, his collaboration with fellow artist Masakazu Katsura in 2008, to 2013 and his substantial involvement with the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
Akira Toriyama: Thanks a Lot (Daizenshuu 7 reprint — view image)
“So very many people have helped me out with Dragon Ball up to now. Obviously, there are the fans from all over the world who’ve cheered me on. And I’m particularly indebted to my three editors (Torishima-san, Kondō-san, and Takeda-san). Then there’s everyone involved with Shueisha, the comics, the special collections, the animation, TV, movies, toys, games, goods, events, etc. And then there’s my wife, family, and friends, to all of whom I am tremendously indebted. Goku and the rest of the characters all did their best too. I truly am a happy man.
Thank you all so very much!!
Come to think of it, even though I’ve received tons of fan letters and presents from everyone, I’ve never written anyone back. How rude of me! Let me take this opportunity to apologize: I’m sorry.

Well anyway, farewell.”
     — Akira Toriyama, December 1995

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.



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