Databook Guide

Anime Illustration Collection: The Golden Warrior

The Golden Warrior - Cover

Databook Information

Released: 16 April 2010
Retail: ¥1,200 (tax included)
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.
Size / Pages: JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) / 96 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 978-4-8342-8413-3

Databook Contents

The book’s dust cover was drawn by veteran animator Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, who was also interviewed in the book. Although it may not be noticeable, the darker parts of Super Saiyan Son Goku’s hair on the dust cover are a reflective gold color, emphasizing the book’s title. When the dust cover is removed, the softcover is revealed to be Goku’s dōgi with his “Go” kanji symbol. The front of the dōgi corresponds to the front of the book, and the same is true with the back of the book.

Unlike most Dragon Ball books, this illustration collection does not come with a fold-out poster. However, the first two pages feature a beautiful photograph of a chinese lake with mountains in the background, which is said to be the inspiration for the place where Goku lived before he met Bulma (Mt. Paozu). From there the book is split up into three sections, one covering each anime series (DB, DBZ/Kai, and GT), with the movie illustrations included with their respective series. The book’s content focuses mostly on Son Goku, but there are some non-Goku illustrations included. To wrap things up, three interviews can be found throughout the book, all of which were conducted with character designers from each series.

The first section of the illustration book is titled “Adventure” and covers the original series that started it all, Dragon Ball. The section includes illustrations from the film comics, Dragon Ball‘s 20th anniversary, the “Tenka’ichi Densetsu” anime guide book, the Dragon Box release, and a two page spread V-Jump poster. In total, there are 31 Dragon Ball illustrations.
Fierce Fighting
The second, and largest, section of the book covers both Dragon Ball Z and it’s modern counterpart, Dragon Ball Kai. The section includes illustrations from the film comics, the “Dragon Ball Z Anime Special” guide books, the “Son Goku Densetsu” anime guide book, the Dragon Box releases, V-Jump posters and covers, the Jump Super Anime Tour special, and a Kai promotional image. The book’s cover illustration is also included in this section on a nice two page spread. In total, there are 111 Dragon Ball Z (including Kai) illustrations.
The third section of the book, titled “Space”, covers the anime-only Dragon Ball GT series. The section includes illustrations from the GT Perfect Files, the Dragon Box release, and a V-Jump cover. In total, there are 20 Dragon Ball GT illustrations.
Dragon Ball Back Then
Character Designer Minoru Maeda Interview (read translation)
The first interview included in the book is with Minoru Maeda, the chief animator and character designer for both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Maeda has drawn cover illustrations for many of the Dragon Ball guide books, including all of the “Dragon Ball Z Anime Special” guide illustrations. Interestly, he notes in the interview that he once stayed at Toriyama’s house to have Toriyama teach him how to draw Kame-Sen’nin properly.
Character Designer Tadayoshi Yamamuro Interview (read translation)
The second interview is with Tadayoshi Yamamuro, an animation supervisor and character designer for Dragon Ball Z. He is responsible for all of the Dragon Box individual disc cover art, the Dragon Ball Jump Super Anime Tour promotional illustration and character designs, the new Dragon Ball Kai opening and ending animations, and was the character designer for the last six Dragon Ball Z movies. Believe it or not, Yamamuro notes in the interview that he was once a Shaolin monk.
Character Designer Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru Interview (read translation)
The third, and final, interview in the book is with Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, the main character designer for Dragon Ball GT, although he was also quite heavily involved in Dragon Ball Z. He is responsible for all of the Dragon Box artwork (with the exception of the movies box), this book’s cover illustration, and the Super Saiyan 4 character design. In fact, Nakatsuru notes in the interview that he had originally designed the Super Saiyan 4 transformation to have golden hair, but felt that black hair went better with the red fur. Also of note is that Nakatsuru is known for almost perfectly mimicking Toriyama’s art style. So much so that Toriyama has even mentioned in interviews that he often cannot tell whether he was the one that drew a specific illustration or if it was really Nakatsuru.
Illustration Commentary
The last section of the book contains commentary about every illustration printed in the book, listing where the illustration was originally printed and what it was used for. The layout is quite nice, as the page layouts are re-printed next to the comments for easy reference.

Databook Staff Credits

It should be noted that although Akira Toriyama is listed as the author of this book, he had absolutely no involvement with the production of its content. The contents of this illustration collection were compiled and organized by the numerous companies listed below.


Original Author

鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama




Hideo Yoshikura


Planning & Organization

樹想社 (戸澤好彦)

Kisōsha (Yoshihiko Tosawa)




Banana Grove Studio


Cover Illustration

東映アニメーション (中鶴勝祥)

Toei Animation (Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru)




Toei Animation


Toei Video


Fuji TV


Pony Canyon


Yomiko Advertising, Inc.




Hideo Yoshikura


Publishing House

株式会社 ホーム社



Sales Office

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Inc.


Printing House


Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.


Bookbinding Facility


Kato Seihon (Bookbinding) Co., Ltd.