REMEMBER TRUNKS’ WARNING AND WATCH OUT FOR EVIL ANDROIDS TODAY
Today marks 22 years since Dr. Gero and his Androids attacked Earth in Akira Toriyama‘s Dragon Ball manga and its Dragon Ball Z anime adaptation. Thanks to a time-traveling Trunks untold humans, Namekians and Saiyans were spared a grisly fate in age 767 at 10 a.m. Still, it can’t hurt to keep an eye out for two old-looking cyborg guys and/or three teens with edgy ’90s earrings nonetheless — especially if you live in South City. Remember, you won’t be able to sense their chi and they absorb energy attacks through their hands. Your best bet to ID a potential android is to know its human name. Hopefully you’ve been training in 300 times Earth’s normal gravity or at least have some Senzu beans saved up.
‘DRAGON BALL’ CREATOR AKIRA TORIYAMA REVEALS ANDROID 17 AND 18′S HUMAN NAMES
Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is on a roll lately when it comes to expanding the lore of his 42-volume manga series. On top of completing his latest manga, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and a 12-page Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z prelude story known as Dragon Ball Minus, the creator recently provided siblings Android 17 and Android 18 with some added backstory (and epilogue) in a Q&A in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump.
It turns out that before Goku’s enemy Dr. Gero transformed them into monstrously powerful cyborgs, Android No. 17 was a human named Lapis and his twin sister No. 18 was named Lazuli. Their names come from the deep blue semiprecious stone known as lapis lazuli, meaning their names are essentially “Stone” and “Blue,” respectively.
REVIEW: ‘DRAGON BALL MINUS’ IS FAN SERVICE WITH A SMILE
Earlier this month the latest entry into Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball canon arrived in the April 7th issue of Shonen Jump, officially tying together the creator’s most beloved series with his recently completed (and potentially final solo) work Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. Dubbed Dragon Ball Minus, the 16-page tale spells out DB protagonist Goku’s alien origins and how his doomed parents sent him to Earth, the planet readers meet him in-progress many years— and a personality-altering head injury — later in the pages of the original Dragon Ball manga. The hook here is that the story shows Goku’s mother Gine for the first time while cementing that Jaco and Dragon Ball take place in the same universe.
Was this story necessary? Not at all. Will you like it anyway? Totally. It looks great, never takes itself too seriously (or seriously at all!) and feels like Toriyama is merely picking up where he left off.
‘Dragon Ball Color’ Grants A Wish I Didn’t Know I Had
By Caleb Goellner
As horrifying as it is has become to utter the words “Dragon Ball” and “Evolution” in the same sentence since the 2009 live action film, I’ve got to say, Viz’s new Dragon Ball Color (which begins at Dragon Ball chapter 195 a.k.a. Dragon Ball Z chapter 1) feels like the natural next step for Akira Toriyama‘s beloved 30-year-old manga. After reading the story of Goku in almost half a dozen different formats since Viz began localizing the manga in 1998, I was skeptical about whether reprinting the manga in color would do anything for me — especially since the anime served to bring the story to life in living color already. Turns out, it scratches a certain kind of Saiyan itch.
Hey! You wanna see a collection of more than 150 pieces of really cool Dragon Ball fanart? Good news, you can currently name your price for a digital collection by some of the coolest artists this side of Namek.
The Dragon Ball Zine, a beautifully produced collection of fan art from Akira Toriyama’s hyper-popular manga series (and the anime adaptation) is pay-what-you-like on Gumroad right now. A print version is also available for $20.
ABOVE: art by Jenn Woodall
Try as most may to achieve the billowy bird hair sported by Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT stars, it’s no cakewalk to train your ‘do up to Saiyan — to say nothing of Super Saiyan — strength. Bandai Premium thinks it can help, however, with its official new Dragon Ball Z hair wax.
Legendary Dragon Ball writer/artist Akira Toriyama will launch a brand-new manga series in the July 13 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump to coincide with the magazine’s 45th anniversary. It’s his first comics work since 2010′s one-shot Kintoki.
The magazine is promoting the new series, called Ginga Patrol Jako, with the line, “The ‘legend’ of hope for the entire world returns here!!” Pretty vague. But Shonen Jump has released some preview cover art, which you can check out after the jump!
Almost 20 years after the original run wrapped, Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball is returning to print in Japan this year with both a newly colored reprint series and accompanying reference book debuting next month.