“Toyotarō Drew It!” is a recurring monthly feature in which a new illustration by Toyotarō, artist behind the Dragon Ball Super manga serialized in V-Jump, is posted to the official Dragon Ball site.1 The illustration set to become a prize figure this time is a drawing of a new kind of “Father-Son Kamehameha” that Toyotarō-sensei drew just for the piece!
In honor of the figure’s unveiling, we had a chat with the illustrator!
■ Interview with Toyotarō-sensei: “If Bardock were behind him back then…”
Bardock was an anime-original character who wound up being reverse-imported for just two frames of the original manga.3 However, the one I’ve drawn this time actually isn’t the anime Bardock, but rather the one from the manga. In the scene where he’s killed in the anime, Bardock has already lost the wristband on his left arm, but in the manga it’s still attached. So I tried to line mine up with the manga.
Jump Comics Dragon Ball Volume 26
Panels referenced by Toyotarō-sensei
As I indicated above, I imagined this Bardock as a bodyless spirit, so I tried to align his pose to Goku’s. (It’s possible Goku hasn’t even noticed his presence.)
In this scene in the manga, Goku actually has his back toward the reader, so it wasn’t clear exactly how his pose would look from the front. Thus, I had to take a little creative license in the posing. However, I tried to be completely faithful to things like the positions of tears in his clothes, blood and scratches as they appeared in surrounding scenes.
*VHS was a format used for home-video recording before the spread of DVD and Blu-ray.
■ The TV special A Final, Solitary Battle: The Father of Z-Warrior Kakarrot, Who Challenged Freeza, was an anime-original scenario casting Bardock, Goku’s father, in the protagonist role. In order to prevent Planet Vegeta’s future destruction, Bardock fights alone against Freeza and his army.
What kind of figure will be made from Toyotarō-sensei‘s intense illustration?! Please look forward to more news!
Dragon Ball Super “Toyotarō Drew It!” Father-Son Kamehameha Goku, and Dragon Ball Super “Toyotarō Drew It!” Father-Son Kamehameha Bardock, are scheduled to appear as crane-game prizes beginning in December 2020, manufactured by Bandai Spirits.