|Premiered:||25 December 2006 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2007 #4-5)|
|Author(s):||Akira Toriyama & Ei’ichirō Oda|
Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2007 #4/5 (Shueisha, Japanese)
One Piece 10th Treasures (Shueisha, Japanese)
Shonen Jump, Issue #100 (Viz Media, English)
Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #33 (Shueisha, Japanese, digital-only bonus content)
Somehow, Mr. Satan has become king. Kuririn and Chopper are stumped as to how this happened. Just as they figure out how he probably accomplished it, the train passengers outside start getting rowdy about them not getting a move on. The train departs. Meanwhile, out in space, Bulma and Nami are stealing some loot from a space station, then take off.
The robbery is reported to Sanji and Kame-Sen’nin, but Sanji replies that they are too busy right now. They were heading off to a place with some pretty hot babes, after all!
Aboard another ship, Vegeta snarls that they have no need to attend some sort of gathering. Robin replies that the event is definitely on, since the sky went black yesterday. Usopp says they would be able to eat anything they want, but Trunks says the battle against Dr. Gero’s group is tonight. Vegeta figures it might be an annoyance to battle such weaklings, so maybe they should go. Usopp is incredibly excited!
Piccolo and Zoro appear to be lost. They are lost out in the snow, and it is clear neither knew the correct way to go. They happen across the train with Kuririn and Chopper and think about stealing it.
Goku flies to catch up with Luffy; both of them are heading to the event. Goku asks if Luffy wants a lift, but Luffy figures he will just run. Luffy ends up running off a cliff, though, so Goku calls Kinto-Un to pick him up.
On a special flying mega-weapon of their own (the Tettiri No. 55), Buggy and Pilaf are Hell-bent on world domination. The two villains are in the way, so Goku and Luffy use a combined Kamehameha and Gum-Gum Bazooka to smash their way through what turns out to be just papier-mâché covering a small bird-shaped vehicle. The two villains retreat, but Vegeta blasts their escape ship. The exploding wreckage is about to hit the train, so Piccolo and Zoro block it with the backs of their swords. Sanji and Kame-Sen’nin drive right past the exhausted villains.
Mr. Satan is shown having used the Dragon Balls to summon Shenlong and wish to become king. The Dragon Balls cannot be used for another year, though.
A ways off from the rest of society, a certain being is waiting for his friends. He only asks for one thing. As all of the Dragon Ball and One Piece characters show up to gorge themselves on the plethora of food available, it is revealed that Shenlong requests his friends all come visit him for a giant tea party at 3 p.m. the day after a wish is made!
- Despite being billed as a “crossover” between Dragon Ball and One Piece, this comic takes place in neither existing setting, instead creating an entirely separate world for the characters to inhabit alongside each other.
- Pandaman, an “easter-egg” character created by Ei’ichirō Oda, can be seen hiding in the lower left-hand corner of the first story page, squeezed between the narration box and the edge of the panel.
- The Kanji on the brooch of Vegeta’s cape is 菜 (sai or na), which means “greens” or “vegetables”. It is the “sai” in “yasai” (“vegetable”), the origin of the name of both the Saiyan race and Vegeta himself.
- The name of Buggy’s and Pilaf’s blowfish-shaped airship, the Tettiri No. 55, also refers to blowfish; specifically, it is blowfish (normally called “fugu”) used in a hot-pot dish (てっちり鍋; tetchiri-nabe).
- The Chinese character seen on the hats worn by Buggy and Pilaf is 悪 (aku), meaning “evil”.
- Goku and Luffy perform a combination attack of Goku’s Kamehameha and Luffy’s “Gum-Gum Bazooka”: “Gum-Gum…” / “Kamehame”… “Bazoo-Ha!”
- Piccolo and Zoro yell mineuchi (峰打ち), which is a strike with the back of the blade. Among such practical advantages as taking an enemy by surprise or creating an opening for a proper strike with the blade edge, it is also used to clear a space without cutting.
- The team-up between Buggy and Pilaf is of particular note, as the two characters are not only the weakest villains in their respective series, but also share the same voice actor (Shigeru Chiba) in their respective animated adaptations.
- Similar to Buggy and Pilaf above, Kuririn greets Luffy when he arrives at the tea party; both are voiced by Mayumi Tanaka. However, it is not clear in either of these cases whether Oda did this intentionally, or simply by coincidence.
The table of contents in each issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump features short comments from the various series’ authors, giving fans a brief insight into their current thoughts, ranging from series-related announcements to trivial happenings in their personal lives. Akira Toriyama and Ei’ichirō Oda each commented on this special crossover:
Oda-kun, thanks for all your hard work! This is my first comic in a while, so it took me half a day to find my tools. And I couldn’t see the manuscript well with these tired old eyes. THUD!! (Akira)両作品のファンに楽しんで貰わねばと細心の注意を払いながら描いたような。僕が一番楽しんだような。〈栄一郎〉
It feels like I drew this with meticulous attention to detail so that fans of both works would enjoy it. It also feels like I enjoyed this most of all. (Ei’ichirō)
As the “history” section included with the chapter’s original appearance tells, this crossover was over three years in the making:
- Before talk of a joint work even began, Ei’ichirō Oda sat down with Akira Toriyama in 2001 for an interview published in the One Piece art book, Color Walk 1. Oda, who had admired Toriyama and his work since his childhood, found that Toriyama was a fan of his work as well, having been exposed to One Piece through his children.
- The topic of a joint work was first broached in autumn 2003 by Ei’ichirō Oda’s then-editor, Takahiro Habuta. Habuta had also become Akira Toriyama’s editor for the Neko Majin series, and suggested to both artists that it might be fun for the two of them to collaborate on something. They agreed, and Oda set about coming up with a story, but because he was so busy with the serialization of One Piece, progress was slow.
- In autumn 2005 (two years from the initial suggestion), the storyboard was finally completed, with Oda placing an emphasis on things that fans of both series would enjoy. With Toriyama’s approval, Oda set about drawing the draft chapter, which continued for roughly the next six months.
- In spring 2006, the draft (which Oda had drawn in between his various One Piece responsibilities) was completed, and the goal of having it run in Jump at the end of the year was officially set.
- In autumn, Oda handed off the manuscript to Toriyama, who inked in his own characters first, before getting it back to ink the rest of the chapter.
- Finally, in December 2006, with the completion of the color pages, the entire manuscript was ready for publication.
As noted above, the primary writing and illustration duties on the crossover were given to Ei’ichirō Oda, with Toriyama’s main responsibilities being approval of drafts and drawing in his own characters. In the introduction to the crossover, Toriyama explains:
Even though it’s called a “collaboration”, Oda-kun did almost everything, including the story. I just drew my own characters. This kind of work sure is nice~. I was able to really enjoy drawing it.
Even so, Oda has nothing but praise for Toriyama and his work:じっくり手をかけた為に、自分の原稿の首をしめた事を差し引いても、実に楽しい作業でした。何より鳥山先生の描く線の美しさに感動した。ホントに凄い。
I worked on this slowly and carefully, so even taking into account the fact that I caused myself lots of unnecessary hardship with my own manuscripts, it was truly enjoyable work. More than anything, I was moved at the beauty of Toriyama-sensei’s linework. He really is amazing.
The majority of the Dragon Ball and One Piece series were drawn in black and white, but every once in a while the fans were graced with some color pages. This breakdown will take a look at how many colored, red and gray scale, or black and white pages appeared in this special crossover chapter.