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18 October 2019, 9:49 AM EDTComment

Shueisha and online retailers have listed an 04 December 2019 release date for the eleventh collected volume of Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super manga series, which will retail for ¥440 (+ tax) in print. The volume will pick up with the forty-ninth chapter of the series; the tenth collected volume saw its release in Japan back in August spanning chapters 45-48.

The volume will release the same day alongside the collected volume release of the Dragon Ball GT anime comic.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015, initially just ahead of the television series, and running both ahead and behind the series at various points. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ fifty-third chapter coming next week in the magazine’s December 2019 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc, “speeding up the excitement of the TV anime even more”. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward, entering its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition back in 2017. The seventh collected volume is due from Viz this December.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub having just wrapped its broadcast on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its tenth and final box set in January 2020.

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16 October 2019, 7:21 PM EDTComment

FUNimation’s online store reveals a 14 January 2020 release date for the company’s tenth and final part of the Dragon Ball Super television series on DVD and Blu-ray.

Universes bid their sad farewells as one by one they’re wiped from existence. With only the strongest warriors left in the ring, time is running out, and so is everyone’s energy. It’s down to the wire in the epic conclusion of Dragon Ball Super!

The bilingual (English/Japanese) two-disc set will span episodes 118-131 and is slated to contain 24 minutes of bonus material. The set will retail for $39.98 MSRP on DVD and $44.98 MSRP on Blu-ray.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its ninth box set this month.

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16 October 2019, 9:35 AM EDTComment

The long-running and oft-forgotten Dragon Ball GT anime comic — comprised of limited-color screen shots from the 1996-1997 television series displayed in manga format with dialog and narration bubbles — began back in the January 2014 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine. Running as a tie-in with the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game’s then-current “Evil Dragon Mission” updates, the anime comic skipped all the way to and began with the series’ own “Evil Dragon” arc. Throughout all of the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game’s continuing updates and even through the magazine’s transition from a monthly to bimonthly publication, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic has steadily run each issue, albeit plopped in different locations each time.

Having just wrapped back around again to the beginning of the series, the anime comic is now also set to finally see a collected print edition starting this December.

Presented in full color (as opposed to the limited-color version from serialization), three volumes will be released 04 December 2019, with pricing and other details yet to be revealed.

Until now, the Dragon Ball GT anime comic has thus far been exclusive to its Saikyō Jump serialization; the series hit its 40th chapter (second in its beginning-loop-back) with the November 2019 issue released earlier this month.

(With chapters running roughly 16 pages each, the 38 chapters covering the “Evil Dragons” arc could indeed theoretically fit in their entirety in snug 208-page-ish volumes with just enough room for title pages and the like.)

An anime comic of the Dragon Ball GT television special was released in July 1997.

UPDATE: Shueisha is listing all three volumes of the Dragon Ball GT anime comic’s “Evil Dragons” arc at ¥1,000 each.

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10 October 2019, 4:00 PM EDTComment

Following today’s sixteenth episode premiere, the official Super Dragon Ball Heroes website announced a 27 October 2019 streaming date for the forthcoming seventeenth episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime, continuing further into the brand-new “Universal Conflict” arc, and coinciding with a special ninth-anniversary live event set to be streamed the same day. In the upcoming episode (“The Ultimate Godslayer! Hearts is Born!”), with Hearts having completed his evolution into his ultimate form, Jiren and Hit arrive to aid Goku and launch an all-out attack.

The self-described “promotional anime” began its free online streaming in July 2018, with the initial six episodes covering the “Prison Planet” arc, then moving on to the “Universal Conflict” arc. Though the series’ original trailer was available worldwide, the subsequent episode postings themselves have been region-locked to Japan. No home release of the promotional anime has been announced.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes is itself an update and hardware revision to the original Dragon Ball Heroes, a card-based arcade game in which players arrange teammates on a playing field for turn-based battles. Dragon Ball Heroes has seen a variety of multimedia spin-offs and support pieces. Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission manga (a follow-up to the previous Dark Demon Realm Mission series, which also recently re-started) currently runs in Shueisha’s bimonthly Saikyō Jump magazine, while Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission ran from 2012-2015 in Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine. Three portable game adaptations — Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Ultimate Mission 2, and Ultimate Mission X — were released on the Nintendo 3DS. A fourth home version, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, launched on the Nintendo Switch and PC on 04 April 2019 and internationally 05 April 2019.

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02 October 2019, 10:45 AM EDTComments Off

The official Super Dragon Ball Heroes website has announced a 10 October 2019 streaming date for the forthcoming sixteenth episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime, continuing further into the brand-new “Universal Conflict” arc. In the upcoming episode (“Zamasu vs Universe 7! Ambition’s End!”), the universe seed has finally filled with energy, and having taken in the completed seed, Hearts plots further evolution inside a “cocoon”.

The self-described “promotional anime” began its free online streaming in July 2018, with the initial six episodes covering the “Prison Planet” arc, then moving on to the “Universal Conflict” arc. Though the series’ original trailer was available worldwide, the subsequent episode postings themselves have been region-locked to Japan. No home release of the promotional anime has been announced.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes is itself an update and hardware revision to the original Dragon Ball Heroes, a card-based arcade game in which players arrange teammates on a playing field for turn-based battles. Dragon Ball Heroes has seen a variety of multimedia spin-offs and support pieces. Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission manga (a follow-up to the previous Dark Demon Realm Mission series, which also recently re-started) currently runs in Shueisha’s bimonthly Saikyō Jump magazine, while Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission ran from 2012-2015 in Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine. Three portable game adaptations — Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Ultimate Mission 2, and Ultimate Mission X — were released on the Nintendo 3DS. A fourth home version, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, launched on the Nintendo Switch and PC on 04 April 2019 and internationally 05 April 2019.

This November marks the Dragon Ball Heroes series’ overall ninth anniversary, with a special live event set to be held 27 October 2019.

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01 October 2019, 2:23 PM EDTComments Off

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Episode #0478! Mike and Ian review the five bonus manga chapters in the Jump Victory Carnival 2019 Official Guide Book. This year, Toyotaro undercuts the 2018 theatrical film, Yoshitaka Nakagama provides some background on the Super Dragon Ball Heroes villains, Naho Ooishi tells a fantastical fever dream, and Hiroshi Otogi sure does draw two pages.

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  • 00:13 – Introduction
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  • 55:35 – Wrap-up

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25 September 2019, 2:43 PM EDT4 Comments

While the latest Dragon Ball Super manga chapter certainly gave us plenty to speculate about, in typical Kanzenshuu fashion, what we want to talk about is not necessarily the content of the story itself, but something a little more behind-the-scenes: in this case, puns and possible name sources, particularly with regard to and in response to some of the wild theories going around. Strap in for a crash course in the Galactic Patrol!

Potential minor spoilers ahead for the latest batch of Dragon Ball Super chapters (including chapter 52, released over the weekend in conjunction with the November 2019 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine where it is serialized in Japan) — so go ahead and catch up, as the official English translation is released online for free day-and-date with the Japanese publication by both Viz and Shueisha themselves!

What is the Galactic Patrol?

The Galactic Patrol (銀河パトロール Ginga Patorōru) is a fictional law enforcement organization in the Dragon Ball franchise and its expanded universe. In its current incarnation, the Galactic Patrol is a group of 38 members overseen by the Galactic King, responsible for protecting the peace throughout the galaxy.

Tracing things back to its deepest roots (there’s a tree pun in here somewhere that I don’t think I’ll quite land), the first reference to anything resembling a “Galactic Patrol” comes from background information on the character Amond in 1990’s third theatrical Dragon Ball Z film as provided in the Summer 1990 Toei Anime Fair brochure, though this information is not stated within the film itself:

He was originally a villainous criminal traveling around the galaxy, but he was arrested by the space police organization and jailed on planet Nutz. He broke out when Tullece attacked planet Nutz, and became one of his men.

While this is where the Galactic Patrol technically began (and there would be the occasional reference to things like a “Galactic Police Organization” in Daizenshuu 7 and even a “Space Police” in Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock), the version that we know from Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and the latest arc in the Dragon Ball Super manga began to take shape in 2008.

Sachie-chan GOOD!!, debuting in the May 2008 issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ (“Jump Square”) magazine, is a one-shot manga that serves as the proper debut work in the Galactic Patrol series by Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura. In the brief series, a young girl with a poop-shaped birth mark is visited by aliens who have come looking for strong martial artists; they hope to use these champions to drive away invaders, as the Galactic Patrol has not yet arrived to save them. At the time of its publication, Toriyama felt that there was more to be done with the story, and that it perhaps could have been a short-term serial of about 100 pages. Katsura noted that Toriyama took a liking to the Galactic Patrol designs, and that Toriyama could write something further in connection with it.

Jiya, once again produced by Toriyama and Katsura, is the second entry in the Galactic Patrol series, originally running in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine between 2009 and 2010. In the three-chapter series, Galactic Patrolman Jiya arrives on Earth in search of his missing colleague Stece, but quickly finds himself fighting against alien interloper Vampa and his army of giant fleas.

It was in 2013 that Toriyama himself redefined the Galactic Patrol once again with Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, running that year in Weekly Shōnen Jump as a prequel series to Dragon Ball. While still sharing some design DNA, the symbol for the Galactic Patrol in Jaco is different than it had originally appeared in Sachie-chan and Jiya, while other ideas (such as the concept of a Galactic King) are kept as-is.

Following the collected edition release of Jaco, Toriyama acknowledged in the Katsura Akira volume (which collects both Sachie-chan and Jiya) that he had been formulating the idea of the Galactic Patrol series ever since Sachie-chan‘s debut, and that all were considered parts of the Galactic Patrol series.

To be honest, when we started drawing Sachie-chan GOOD!!, I had this idea of a “Galactic Patrol series”. I’d even thought of all this background information. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, which I had serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2013, is also a part of that.

The Galactic Patrol expanded further with a Dragon Ball Super manga-exclusive “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc” (beginning in November 2018 and still ongoing as of this article’s publication), as well as a villain in this year’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission video game. With these stories, a wealth of new characters and an extensive back-history has been added to the Dragon World.

A Quick Introduction to Name Puns

Before even Dragon Ball itself began, Akira Toriyama’s character names would often be based around some kind of pun or common theme. In the multi-part “The Truth About the Dragon Ball Manga” interview series from the 2009 Super Exciting Guide series, Akira Toriyama further details his thought process for not just naming characters, but specifically naming groups of characters:

Why are characters’ names grouped into sets?
It’s tough coming up with names for a lot of characters. If you group the names into sets, it’s easier to think of them. For example, the one in control of the Saiyans and other villainous aliens is Freeza. Strictly speaking, Freeza is “freezer”, but I envisioned a refrigerator when I named him. So, I grouped the names according to foods that go inside it. The Saiyans are vegetables [yasai, “vegetables”], and the Ginyu Special-Squad are dairy products [gyūnyū, “cows’ milk”], like that.

Toriyama recently further expanded on his naming process in an interview with Toyotarō within the eighth collected volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga:

When it comes to names, I basically just pick them based off how things sound and the images they bring to mind. But even here I try to be surprising. Like with “Piccolo”, I often intentionally give characters names that don’t fit their image. Also, when there are lots of characters it becomes real tough to name them one by one, so I think of an overarching theme and name them all based off that. Like with Freeza’s army, where everyone is named for something you’d put in the refrigerator or freezer. I often decide names that way since it makes things easier.

The Galactic Patrol Name Puns

The Galactic Patrol members who arrive at the end of Sachie-chan GOOD!! go unnamed. In Jiya, the combination of the names “Jiya” (ジヤ Jiya) and “Stece” (ステス Sutesu) form a play on the word “justice”.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman serves not only as another soft-reboot of the Galactic Patrol itself, but also serves as the defining point for future Galactic Patrol name puns: fish, generally small ones used as food toppings.

Jaco

Jaco Tilimentempibosshi is the main, titular character from Akira Toriyama’s 2013 series Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, who goes on to make reappearances in the 2015 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and the Dragon Ball Super series. Jaco’s name (ジャコ jako) refers to small, dried fish called 雑魚 (jako) eaten on top of rice. The same Chinese characters with a slightly different pronunciation (zako) is a term for “small-fry” (totally insignificant individuals not worthy of any particular time or attention). In the final chapter of his series, Jaco is addressed as “Zako-san” by Dr. Brief’s wife, driving home the pun and adding insult to injury.

Chiwak

Chiwak (チワック Chiwakku) is a low-ranking Galactic Patrolman who trains hard and possesses adequate power, one of hundreds of characters available in the 2016 Nintendo 3DS video game Dragon Ball Fusions. Despite the only name pun inspiration source to this point being Jaco, the game’s developers at Ganbarion and Bandai Namco saw fit to stick with said scheme, as the character’s name is likely sourced from 竹輪 (chikuwa), a jelly-like food product made from fish surimi and other ingredients. The character’s name is adapted as “Chiwak” in Bandai Namco’s official English localization.

Taiba

Taiba (タイバ Taiba) is a Saiyan who is also a Galactic Patrolman; he comes across as a bit scary, but he has a strong sense of justice and strives to vanquish evil. Like Chiwak, Taiba is one of hundreds of characters available in the 2016 Nintendo 3DS video game Dragon Ball Fusions. We have to admit that Taiba’s name is a bit of a mystery to us: Chiwak’s name clearly pulls on the Galactic Patrol name pun scheme, but with Taiba also being a Saiyan, his name may be sourced from small fish or from vegetables. If you have any ideas on what the source of the name may be, we would love to hear your thoughts! The character’s name is adapted as “Tyber” in Bandai Namco’s official localization.

Shiirasu

Shiirasu (シーラス shiirasu), a former Galactic Patrolman and the first Time Patrol member, is the antagonist from Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission on the Nintendo Switch and PC. Shiirasu, designed by Toyotarō, likely takes his name from whitebait, or 白子 (shirasu) in Japanese. The character’s name is adapted as “Sealas” in Bandai Namco’s official English localization.

Incidentally, dried shirasu are called 縮緬雑魚 (chirimen-jako).

Iriko

Iriko (イリコ iriko) is a Galactic Patrol member seen in the Dragon Ball Super manga piloting spaceships for Merusu and the other heroes. The character likely takes his name from 煮干し (niboshi), also called 炒り子 (iriko) in Japan and Hawaii, dried infant sardines used for snacks and seasonings. In the official Viz localization of the manga, the character’s name is spelled as “Irico”.

Kusaya Squad

Before we hit the big one, there is one other name in the Dragon Ball Super manga to examine: the Kusaya Squad (クサヤ部隊 kusaya butai). Not a single character, but rather a group of (otherwise unnamed) Galactic Patrolmen, the Kusaya Squad were the ones to get a lock on Moro’s location following the battle with the Macareni Siblings. The squad likely takes its name from くさや (kusaya), a salt-dried and fermented fish.

Merusu

That brings us to the man of the hour! Here at Kanzenshuu, we adapted this character’s name (メルス merusu) as “Merusu” because, following along with the above precedents and contemporary names, it is likely an anagram of cuttlefish / dried shredded squid, or (surume) in Japanese. In the official Viz localization, the character’s name is spelled as “Merus”; as opposed to Viz cutting the trailing vowel sound, we kept it as-is due to its source as an anagram of a Japanese word.

Could there be another source for Merusu’s name?

The California winery Merus has been suggested by some fans as a possible source to indicate some type of heavenly connection for the character… but that is a specific winery, rather than a type of wine (or other alcohol) as would fit in line with other characters. If you search メルス with regard to wine in Japanese, you come across Melsheimer (メルスハイマー Merusuhaimā), a German family winery/estate, long before the California winery. There is some Latin etymology underneath the word “merus” referring to something undiluted or pure, especially wine… which is certainly neat, but remains a bit of a stretch.

Looking back over the entire history of the Dragon Ball franchise and the wide variety of name puns that have existed across all of its media, it seems extremely unlikely that Toriyama or Toyotarō would use a proper brand name as a name pun source.

So where do we go from here?

We are generally not ones for “theories” or trying to predict exactly where ongoing productions of the series are going; rather, we are more interested in the behind-the-scenes stories, documenting what has been released and who said what when in what context, which helps shape a better understanding of the people and their artwork. You may not believe it, but we actually really do enjoy being “wrong” and learning the full stories behind some of these naming decisions.

Perhaps Merusu will wind up like Beerus, with a convoluted history of misunderstandings and artistic vision changes leading to two entirely separate, yet equally valid, name pun sources. What if that “stretch” for Merusu was true all along? Maybe the name “Merusu” is just an alias. Maybe he really is a “deactivated” angel from one of the erased universes just trying to live out his life and do some good without blowing his cover.

On the other hand, perhaps he really is just a small-fry.

We obviously have no way of knowing where Toyotarō and Toriyama are taking Merusu, but we are just as excited as you to see how this all shakes out in the end.

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25 September 2019, 10:21 AM EDT1 Comment

Ahead of the character’s release tomorrow (26 September 2019), a short promotional video for Gogeta (SSGSS) has been released showcasing some of his special moves. The character will be available individually for ¥500/$5, or as part of the game’s optional $24.99 “FighterZ Pass 2” covering six total characters.

The video concludes with a glimpse at the in-game alternate colors, player lobby character, and Z-Stamp that will accompany him for those that pay for access to the character.

Gogeta, a fusion of Son Goku and Vegeta created from the fusion dance, debuted in 1995’s twelfth theatrical Dragon Ball Z film. The character was recently “rebooted” alongside other characters in the 2018 theatrical film Dragon Ball Super: Broly; this “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (“SSGSS”) version serves as the basis for FighterZ‘s inclusion, with various nods — including a special dramatic finish — to his original 1995 incarnation.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.

A first “FighterZ Pass” with eight additional playable characters is available for $29.99, with the aforementioned “FighterZ Pass 2” available for $24.99. Said additional paid characters are also all available piecemeal at $4.99 each.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history. The game also shipped on the Nintendo Switch back in September 2018.

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20 September 2019, 11:06 AM EDTComments Off

Continuing onward from previous chapters, Shueisha and Viz have added the official English translation of the Dragon Ball Super manga’s fifty-second chapter to their respective Manga Plus and Shonen Jump services, moving further into the original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc”. Alongside other initiatives including free chapters and a larger archive for paid subscribers, this release continues the companies’ schedule of not simply simultaneously publishing the series’ chapter alongside its Japanese debut to the release date, but to its local time in Japan in today’s November 2019 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan.

The Dragon Ball Super “comicalization” began in June 2015, initially just ahead of the television series, and running both ahead and behind the series at various points. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ fifty-second chapter coming today in the magazine’s November 2019 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc, “speeding up the excitement of the TV anime even more”. Though the television series has completed its run, the manga continues onward, entering its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and began their own collected print edition back in 2017. The sixth collected volume is due from Viz this December.

The Dragon Ball Super television series concluded in March 2018 with 131 total episodes. FUNimation owns the American distribution license for the series, with the English dub airing on Cartoon Network, and the home video release reaching its eighth box set last month.

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20 September 2019, 8:30 AM EDTComments Off

Each month, Toyotarō provides a drawing — as well as a brief comment — on the official Japanese Dragon Ball website. Thus far, Toyotarō has provided drawings of #8, Lunch, Chapa with Oob, Tambourine, Man-Wolf, Tapion, Janenba, Broli, Ozotto, Ginyu, Bardock, Paragus, King Cold, Bardock’s original television special crew, Onio with his wife, Shiirasu, Great Saiyaman, Nail, Toninjinka, Zarbon, and Pui-Pui. For his September 2019 entry, Toyotarō has contributed a sketch of Slug:

Slug.

He survived by escaping from Planet Namek, whose weather had gone haywire, while still a baby. What sort of relationship did he have to Katatz or the Eldest, I wonder… I’d like to see a story from that era, as well.

Slug debuted as the main villain in the fourth theatrical Dragon Ball Z film from 1991. The character returned in a few special features over the years and as an inclusion in various video games.

This drawing and comment set has been added to the respective page in our “Translations” archive.