VIZ Media explores the video game-related artwork of famed creator Akira Toriyama with the release of Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition.
In stores on December 11th, the hardcover volume contains over 500 illustrations showcasing Toriyama’s innovative character design from the Dragon Quest video games.
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It would never do for Goku and his friends to get bored (peace is not exactly an adventure). Fortunately (for him – not everyone else), things are about to get interesting again.
Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama’s sequel series, Dragon Ball Super – with art by Toyotarou – will be launched on May 2nd both in print and digital.
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Dragon Ball Full Color: Freeza Arc – a classic Dragon Ball arc – is coming to North America in print and digital editions in May.
in this arc, after his epic battle with Vegeta, Son Goku and his friends must obtain the wish-granting Dragon Balls in order to resurrect their fallen allies!
Dragon Ball Full Color: Freeza Arc will be in stores on May 3rd. Dragon Ball Full Color: Saiyan Arc volumes 1-3 are available now. Follow the jump for details.
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Friesa’s back! The fan favorite villain is about to take out his vengeance on the Z Fighters of Earth in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection’F’.
The 20th Dragon Ball Z film and folow up to last year’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ will be in North American theaters between August 4 – 12. For further details, follow the jump.
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FUNimation has announced that the world premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ has been set for April 11th at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The premiere will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ will then premiere in Japan on April 18th before it opens in North America later this summer. For further details, follow the jump.
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Akira Toriyama is best known for the manga/anime series Dragon Ball Z, but he has done a good deal more. One of his most entertaining is COWA!, the tale of a half-vampire/half-werekoala named Paifu and his friends as they seek a cure for Monster Flu – a disease that affects ghosts, were-beings, vampires and all other monsters, but not humans.
The world of COWA! is one where humans and monsters generally co-exist in peace – human children go to school during the day, while their monster counterparts go to the same schools at night. Paifu and his best friend, a ghost named Jose Rodriguez, are typical kids who like to play pranks, skip school and enjoy their lives/unlives. When a strange illness strikes their friends and relatives, the two set out to find the cure. They enlist the aid of a curmudgeonly former sumo named Mr. Maruyama – but known as The Volcano – and another kid, Arpon, who considers himself Paifu’s arch-enemy, tags along [to swipe the credit if they’re successful].
Toriyama’s storytelling is clever enough, and his art guileless enough, that COWA!, although aimed at younger readers, is terrific fun for everyone. The characters are beautifully developed; the plotting is more than sufficient to hold one’s attention; the twists aren’t telegraphed, and the ending is satisfying enough that I, for one, would love to see more of the characters.
The first chapter [sixteen pages] of the book are in color – and beautifully done – which allows the reader to imagine the “real” look of the black & white remainder of the story. It’s kind of amazing to see the range of color to be found in Toriyama’s nights.
COWA! is thoroughly delightful.
Final Grade: A