Learn everything about the astounding new work Dragon Ball! A must-read special story for the superfan!
FIRST OF ALL
Once upon a time, there was a production process, from concept to completion… at any rate, Tori-sa‘s new work begins from just such a place…
However, the response from my wife and others wasn’t all that great, so I thought I’d go ahead and revise the characters.
Although, even at this point in time, I still hadn’t come up with a title. Well, I was busy just coming up with the story, so I didn’t have the time to go so far as think of one… [sheepish laughter] However, I had at least come up with names for the characters. The boy is “Son Goku”, absolutely! The girl is “Pinchi”.
When her name was set as “Pinchi” was also around the time I started thinking of making the work an original story2.
That is Dragon Ball.
The Dragon Balls, written “七⿓球”, are about 10 cm in diameter, and each one has stars inscribed in it. These seven gleaming balls are currently scattered across the lands. According to legend, when all seven are brought together and an incantation is said, the Dragon appears and grants a single wish! (To see the Dragon and the Dragon Balls, see the previous page!)
As soon as the wish is granted, the Dragon Balls are fated to scatter once again, and they must be gathered again from the beginning. It is said that there was once someone who gathered the Dragon Balls and became a king. Those are the “Dragon Balls” of the title.
14 years old. Has a simple, lighthearted personality, but I want to display a really mischievous side to him. Of course, he’s really strong! Had the martial arts drilled into him by his grandfather, a master of hermit wizardry, but lost him two years ago and now lives by himself. Keeps a shining orb as a memento of his grandfather; this is one of the Dragon Balls.
16 years old. A bit selfish and aggressive, but also has a girlish, easily frightened side. A modern-girl type. A genius with machines. Learned of the Dragon Balls from an old scroll, and is currently on an expedition in search of them.
A lazy pervert who only has eyes for food. Has the ability to transform into anything. Part of Goku’s group.
A villain who is after the Dragon Balls after overhearing their secret. The rival for Goku & co. Tries to act all cool and aloof, but he’s really the good-looking comic relief.
Yum Cha’s underling. For what it’s worth, he’s a villain, but I want to give him a cute personality. Capable of transforming like Woo Long.
And so, though the story for Dragon Ball was set, I still didn’t want to throw away the Journey to the West angle entirely. I like the character of “Son Goku”, and the story of Journey to the West is a good one, after all.
So, I thought I’d go ahead and stick together my original story and Journey to the West, and what came out of it was Dragon Ball.
Beyond using Journey to the West in part of the story, I really wanted to use names from the book in either the title or the characters. As a result, I used the name “Son Goku” for a character, so that one would imagine that if you took Journey to the West and arranged it Toriyama-style, it might end up like this.
I made some minor changes to the characters and machines in the pilot manuscript (altering the designs and such a bit), and at last, it was finished! So the “Woo Long” and “Yum Cha” who appeared in the second draft are slightly different from the ones who will actually appear down the line.
Please consider that one of the things to look forward to.
Son Goku lived deep in the mountains all alone with his grandfather, so he knows nothing of the wider world. That’s part of the comedy. With the techniques his grandfather trained him in, he’s light on his feet and strong!
One morning, Buruma appears before him. She’s a now-y city girl, two years older than Goku. She’s using her 30 days of summer vacation to go in search of the Dragon Balls! She’s a dreamer who wants to use the Dragon Balls, which can grant any wish, to get a wonderful boyfriend…
It will be a tale filled with laughs, tears, and adventure with the older, spirited Buruma and the younger, mysterious youth Goku! And of course, a little bit of that perverted fan service you all like… “This is your dream story.” Next issue will have news on the new work.
Capsule Bike (Capsule No. 9):
For something that it took me days to design and illustrate, it got destroyed in the first chapter. I like the style and the performance, so I plan on getting them to the city, having them buy a capsule, and having it appear again. If you please…!
Mysterious capsules that anything can come out of. There are 17 types of capsule in all; a motorbike comes out of one in the first chapter, and there’s also a house and such inside them. These convenient capsules are commonsense [items] in the big city.
A radar just for Dragon Balls. Buruma, the mechanical genius, developed it! As long as you’ve got this, you’ll know where the Dragon Balls are at a single glance!
A magnificent staff that extends and retracts freely according to one’s will. It appears along with the “Kinton’un” [sic]3 in Journey to the West. I’m planning on bringing out the Kinton’un later on, too!