Dragonball Manga


[edit] Manga

The manga is where it all began and what inspired the anime adaptations of Dragonball and Dragonball Z. It should be noted that there was no manga for Dragonball GT.

[edit] Chapter List

The full chapter listing can be found here.

[edit] Japanese Release

The DragonBall manga was first released in Japan in December 1984, and was so popular that it continued until 1995 spanning across a total of 42 volumes. The vast majority of the manga was produce in black and white, with a few chapters being colored minimally. There were also an even smaller number of chapters in full color.

[edit] American Release

The English language release was different to the Japanese in that the 42 volumes of manga were split to correspond with the way the episodes were split in the anime, most likely due to the fact that the Dragonball Z anime was the first to be released (and successfully take off) in America. As such, it was split into 16 of Dragonball manga and 26 volumes of Dragonball Z manga, published alongside each other. Unlike the Japanese editions, they were published entirely in black and white.

The first editions of the Dragonball and Dragonball Z manga were published in a larger format, more akin to the size of Western comics, for the first 10 or so volumes. Additionally, the Dragonball manga was censored and had it's more sexual humor toned down. However, Viz, the publishers, decided to later finish the series, and reprint the existing in their current smaller, and cheaper, size and restored the edits made in the earlier volumes to their true form. Despite this though Mr Popo continued to be edited to lessen his racial stereotype.

[edit] Special Editions and Crossovers

In Japan there have been several special editions and crossover mangas, as of now, none of these have been officially translated into English.

[edit] Kanzenban

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first volume of Dragonball, the entire series of manga was re-released in Japan, this time spreading over 34 volumes rather than 42. Most interestingly about this re-release was the fact that Akira Toriyama made brand new cover and back art for the book covers and also revised a few scenes. Also, several artists who work on current Shounen Jump titles also contributed Dragonball fan art that was put inside every other volume.

[edit] Anime Comics

Alongside the release of the Dragonball, Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT movies and TV Specials in Japan there were also anime comics, or cine-manga as these kinds of books are known more commonly, to go with them. The books detailed the story of the movies but rather than having black and white drawings, would be made up of screen shots from the movies. In 2005 in Japan there was the release of a new set of cine-manga, this time covering the Dragonball Z anime.

[edit] Neko Majin

Neko Majin was a short series produced by Akira Toriyama spanning eight chapters intermittently from 1999 - 2005 which were later collected into one volume. The reason it is being mentioned here however because the latter five chapters were infact Dragon Ball self parodies and even included cameos from some of the Dragon Ball characters such as Vegeta, Majin Buu and Goku. Also some new original characters are introduced with connections to Dragon Ball such as a fat Saiyan named Onio, plus Frieza's son named Kuriza. The series focuses on a race of cat people called the Neko Majin who seem to be able to use some sort of magical skills such as transformations, as well as being good at fighting. They also have their own special attack called the Nekohameha. The story goes that there are only 28 Neko Majins discovered in the world, and the manga follows the stories of three different Neko Majin: Neko Majin, Neko Majin Mike and Neko Majin Z, it was the latter stories involving Neko Majin Z that featured Dragonball characters.

[edit] Kochi-kame x Dragon Ball

In 2006, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen Mae Hashutsujo, or Kochi-kame as it is more commonly known, several Shounen Jump artists produced special chapters of their manga to celebrate. Toriyama was one of them and produced a short chapter in which Ryo, the main character, tries to arrest Frieza for having his spaceship "illegally parked". Vegeta and Goku also feature, although minimally.

[edit] Cross Epoch

In the last issue of Shounen Jump in 2006 there was a special crossover chapter featuring a collaborative effort from Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda, the mangaka behind One Piece. The chapter featured several Dragonball characters such as Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Bulma and Krillin amongst others alongside several One Piece characters.

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