|Released:||04 November 1995|
|Retail:||¥1,800 (tax included)|
|Size / Pages:||JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) / 233 pages|
|Catalog No.:||ISBN 4-08-782755-0|
The fifth daizenshuu covers the Dragon Ball Z TV anime from episode 75 to 268. This daizenshuu is graced with beautiful full-color artwork drawn by Tadayoshi Yamamuro exclusively for the guide, which have never been reprinted in any other Dragon Ball guide book. It also includes supplemental information about the anime, such as the opening and ending themes, eyecatches, filler episodes, and a look at various informational tidbits relating to the anime series. Included before the table of contents is an introduction message from Akira Toriyama and the guides title page, which features the illustration from the “Catchphrase Gran Prix” in 1991 WJ #24. The book also features a beautiful foldout poster of the guides respective cover image drawn by Akira Toriyama. On the opposite side is a beautifully drawn poster by Tadayoshi Yamamuro, showing the various Super Saiyan characters seen throughout the series.
- Toriyama’s Introduction (read translation)
- Dragon Ball Z Super Battle Scenes
- Terrible Emperor Freeza
- Covering Dragon Ball Z episodes 75 to 107, this section is divided into 10 acts. These acts highlight Freeza’s transformation into his second form, Piccolo’s arrival on Planet Namek, Vegeta’s cruel death, Son Goku’s Super Saiyan transformation, and Freeza’s imminent defeat.
- Fight with Garlic Jr.
- Separated into seven acts and spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 108 to 125, this section covers the appearance of Garlic Jr. and his henchmen, Piccolo’s misleading demonic return, Gohan’s defeat of Garlic Jr., the mysterious appearance of Trunks who defeats Mecha Freeza, and Goku’s return to Earth.
- Android No. 16~20
- This section is broken up into seven acts and covers Dragon Ball Z episodes 126 to 147. These acts are comprised of the arrival of the Artificial Humans, Vegeta’s ascension to Super Saiyan, the death of Dr. Gero, Piccolo confronting the mysterious Cell in Ginger Town, and training in the Room of Spirit and Time.
- Over the Super Saiyan
- Spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 148 to 165, this section is divided into seven acts. These acts highlight Piccolo’s battle with No. 17, Cell absorbing No. 17 to achieve his second form, Vegeta and Trunks’ increased Super Saiyan strength, Cell’s ascension to his perfect form, and the announcement of the Cell Games.
- Beginning of the Cell Games
- Separated into eight acts and spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 166 to 194, this section covers Mister Satan’s comical attacks on Cell, Goku’s battle with Cell, Gohan unleashing his hidden power to achieve Super Saiyan 2, Goku’s sacrificial death to save the Earth, Gohan’s defeat of a rejuvenated Cell, and Trunks’ return to the future.
- Ano-yo’ichi Budōkai
- Covering Dragon Ball Z episodes 195 to 219, this section is divided into eight acts. These acts highlight the Afterlife Tournament, Gohan’s adventures as the Great Saiyaman, Goten and Videl training with Gohan, Goku’s return for the 25th Tenka’ichi Budōkai, and Bobbidi making his move to steal enough energy to revive Majin Boo.
- Majin Boo Returns
- This section is broken up into five acts and covers Dragon Ball Z episodes 220 to 237. These acts are comprised of our heroes battling Bobbidi’s henchmen, Bobbidi taking over Vegeta’s mind, the inevitable battle between Goku and Vegeta, and Majin Boo’s revival.
- Appearance of the Super Saiyan III
- Spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 238 to 254, this section is divided into seven acts. These acts highlight Vegeta’s self sacrifice in an attempt to defeat Majin Boo, Gohan’s training in the Kaiōshin realm, Goku’s ascension to Super Saiyan 3, Goten and Trunks learning Fusion, and the formation of a superior Majin Boo.
- The Final Fighter, Vegetto
- Separated into five acts and spanning Dragon Ball Z episodes 255 to 268, this section covers Gotenks’ battle with Majin Boo in the Room of Spirit and Time, Gotenks’ showing off numerous new moves and Super Saiyan 3 transformation, Gohan showcasing his new dormant powers against Majin Boo, and Goku using the Potara earrings to fuse with Vegeta and form Vegetto.
- Library of Adventure
- This is a huge section filled with detailed character design sketches by Minoru Maeda, Tadayoshi Yamamuro, and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru for all the characters that appeared in the respective episodes covered in this daizenshuu, including anime-only characters. Some characters, particually main characters, have many sketches included from throughout the series showcasing their various outfits and styles. Some characters also include relative items, such as the Z Sword, Gohan’s transformation watch, Bobbidi’s energy scale, and the Budōkai punch machine.
- Next Stage of Dragon Ball
- This section provides a brief preview of the remaining story points beyond the birth of Vegetto that were not covered in this daizenshuu, including Majin Boo’s transformation to his pure form, Bibbidi’s role in Boo’s creation, the three previous Kaiōshin defeated by Boo, Dai Kaiōshin’s absorption, and even a glimpse at the Dragon Ball GT protagonist’s character designs.
- Akira Toriyama Super Interview (read translation)
- This is a five page interview with Akira Toriyama from 05 June 1995 at Toriyama’s home. In the interview Toriyama discusses his contributions to the Dragon Ball Z TV anime, including a change in the fanbase once Dragon Ball Z began airing, the type of fan mail he received, the overall gag feel later in the series, and the idea of “Fusion”.
- All Story Digest
- This is a handy section to glance through, as it lists all of the episodes covered in the daizenshuu (Dragon Ball Z episodes 75 to 268). 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.
- Variety of Dragon Ball
- The “Variety of Dragon Ball” pages appear throughout the daizenshuu showcasing various aspects of the anime. If anything, they provide an interesting read, but for the most part they’re pretty self explanatory.
- Anime Edition: Original Episode Guide 1
- A list of some of the filler seen in the first part of the anime and where each fit into the storyline. The filler listed in this section includes Kuririn’s relationship with Maron, Goku and Piccolo learning to drive, Gohan’s birthday celebration, and Mister Satan’s appearance.
- Anime Edition: Original Episode Guide 2
- The second part of the original episode guide continues the list of filler, this time from later in the series. The filler listed in this section includes the reenactment of the Cell Games, the Afterlife Tournament, certain scenes from the Great Saiyaman and Videl’s escapades in Satan City, and Gotenks’ hilarious battle with Majin Boo.
- Akira Toriyama: A Grand Exhibit of Anime Memos
- This page gives us a glimpse at some Toriyama’s memos for the animation staff. While an entire stack of memos is shown, the section focuses on his memo about the Saiyan and Tsufruian history, his character designs for Paikuhan and Dai Kaiō, and his colored version of Cell’s early forms.
- Dragon Ball Z Opening Film 1
- This variety showcases the first opening of the Dragon Ball Z seires. It breaks down the film of the opening, and gives small captions explaining what’s going on during certain frames.
- Comics & Animation: The Difference with Anime Effects
- This three page variety examines some of the elements and effects that were added when the manga was animated, such as the difference between Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 transformation, the idea of using two simultaneous voices for fused characters, and Freeza’s final form transformation. The final page of the section provides some anime character height comparison tables and a brief look at the characters that featured the same voice actor, such as Masako Nozawa providing the voices for Goku, Gohan, Goten, Bardock, and Tullece.
- Anime Edition: Outside Stories
- This two page variety highlights three side-stories based on the Dragon Ball Z anime that were published by Shueisha. The first side-story, “In the Name of Piccolo Daimaō”, appeared in the “Dragon Ball Z Anime Special” magazine and focused on the evolution of Piccolo from a heartless warrior to a carring mentor to Gohan. The second side-story, “High Pride!! The Saiya Prince Vegeta”, was published in the follow-up “Dragon Ball Z Anime Special II” magazine and examined his childhood on Planet Vegeta up through his revival by the Namekian Dragon Balls. The final side-story, “The Lonely Future Warrior! Trunks”, was included in the Bardock TV Special anime comic and focused on Trunks’ journey into the past, his first meeting with his father, and his fight against Cell in the present. All three side-stories were illustrated by the series’ chief animator, Minoru Maeda.
- Dragon Ball Z Opening Film 2
- This variety showcases the second opening of the Dragon Ball Z seires. It breaks down the film of the opening, and gives small captions explaining what’s going on during certain frames.
- Dragon Ball Z Ending Film 1
- This variety showcases the first ending of the Dragon Ball Z seires. It breaks down the film of the opening, and gives small captions explaining what’s going on during certain frames.
- Dragon Ball Z Ending Film 2
- This variety showcases the second ending of the Dragon Ball Z seires. It breaks down the film of the opening, and gives small captions explaining what’s going on during certain frames.
- Official Visual Guide “Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans” Story Guide
- This two page variety section highlights the “Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans” main story elements, including the use of Destron Gas, the Tsufruian plan of revenge, and the ultimate Tsufruian weapon, Hacchi Hyack. This “Official Visual Guide” was originally released on two VHS volumes as a complement to the Nintendo Famicom game of the same name in 1993. You can read more about this feature in our Movie Guide.
- “Hyper Anime Dragon Ball” Guide
- This variety page details the three minute “Hyper Anime Dragon Ball” video that premiered at the “Akira Toriyama’s World” exhibition in December 1993. The video is a combination of CG and cel animation that featured Cell era characters fighting, and dancing, to some interesting music. Some of the footage was later reused in a promotional video for the “Super Butōden 2” video game.
- Opening & Ending Theme
- This variety lists the lyrics, staff credits, and the availability (at the time) of the second Dragon Ball Z opening and ending themes “WE GOTTA POWER” and “We Were Angels”, respectively.
Shenlong Times Bonus Insert Pamphlet
As a special bonus for buying the daizenshuu, Shueisha included a small newspaper type pamphlet called the “Shenlong Times”. Within each of these 8-page pamphlets, there were interviews with staff members involved with Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama, and fans from Japan. In the center of each pamphlet there was usually a short comic drawn by Toriyama detailing part of his life following the completion of series, or a tribute to Dragon Ball by other artists, similar to what was done with the kanzenban. Also in each pamphlet is a “Dragon Ball News” section that showcased “new” and upcoming Dragon Ball merchandise. There’s also a section called “I Love Dragon Ball”, in which famous people from Japan (or China), who love Dragon Ball are interviewed.
Shenlong Times Contents
Dragon Ball Anime Main Staff Round-Table Discussion – 2nd Round
— Kenji Shimizu (Fuji TV Producer)
— Kōzō Morishita (Toei Animation Producer)
— Shunsuke Kikuchi (Music)
— Takao Koyama (Series Organization)
— Shigeyasu Yamauchi (Director)
— Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Animation Supervisor)
— Masako Nozawa (Voice Actor; Son Goku, Son Gohan, Son Goten, etc.)
- Akira Toriyama’s “Me These Days”
I Love Dragon Ball #5
— Yūji Horii-san (Game Designer)
Dragon Ball News #5
— Sega Saturn’s Latest “Shin Butōden” (On Sale November 10th)
— Carddass Super Battle Part 15 (Available February 1996)
— Daizenshuu 6 (On Sale December 4th)
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.
Jumi Takuma (Freiheit)
Original Cel Drawing
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.