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DragonBall Anime Illustration Collection

The Golden Warrior





21 April 2010
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¥1,200
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B5 (17.6 x 25 cm) / 96
SIZE / PAGES

978-4-8342-8413-3
ISBN
C O N T E N T S

冒険: Adventure 
 004 
DragonBall / DragonBall The Movies
激闘: Fierce Fighting 
 022 
DragonBall Z / DragonBall Kai / DragonBall The Movies
宇宙: Space 
 080 
DragonBall GT
DragonBall Back Then 
      Charater Designer Maeda Minoru Interview 
 020 
      DragonBall / DragonBall Z
      Character Designer Yamamuro Tadayoshi Interview 
 050 
      DragonBall Z
      Character Designer Nakatsuru Katsuyoshi Interview 
 078 
      DragonBall Z / DragonBall GT
Illustration Commentary 
 088 




The Golden Warrior Contents
Here we will take a look at the DragonBall Anime Illustration Collection, "The Golden Warrior". The book's dust cover was drawn by veteran animator Nakatsuru Katsuyoshi, who was also interviewed in the book. Although it may not be noticeable, the darker parts of Super Saiyan Goku's hair on the dust cover are a reflective gold color, emphasizing the book's title. When the dust cover is removed, the softcover is revealed to be Goku's dougi with his "Go" kanji symbol. The front of the dougi corresponds to the front of the book, and the same is true with the back of the book.


Dougi Front

Dougi Back

Unlike most DragonBall books, it does not come with a fold-out poster. However, the first two pages feature a beautiful photograph of a chinese lake with mountains in the background which is said to be the inspiration for the place where Goku lived before he met Bulma (Mt. Paozu). From there the book is split up into three sections, one covering each anime series (DB, DBZ/Kai, and GT), with the movie illustrations included with their respective series. The book's content focuses mostly on Son Goku, but there are some non-Goku illustrations included. To wrap things up, three interviews can be found throughout the book, all of which were conducted with character designers from each series.


Adventure 
 004 
DragonBall / DragonBall The Movies
The first section of the illustration book is titled "Adventure" and covers the original series that started it all, DragonBall. The section includes illustrations from the film comics, DragonBall's 20th anniversary, the "Tenkaichi Densetsu" anime guide book, the Dragon Box release, and a two page spread V-Jump poster. In total, there are 31 DragonBall illustrations.


Fierce Fighting 
 022 
DragonBall Z / DragonBall Kai / DragonBall The Movies
The second, and largest, section of the book covers both DragonBall Z and it's modern counterpart DragonBall Kai. The section includes illustrations from the film comics, the "DragonBall Z Anime Special" guide books, the "Son Goku Densetsu" anime guide book, the Dragon Box releases, V-Jump posters and covers, the Jump Super Anime Tour special, and a Kai promotional image. The book's cover illustration is also included in this section on a nice two page spread. In total, there are 111 DragonBall Z/Kai illustrations.


Space 
 080 
DragonBall GT
The third section of the book, titled "Space", covers the anime-only DragonBall GT series. The section includes illustrations from the GT Perfect Files, the Dragon Box release, and a V-Jump cover. In total, there are 20 DragonBall GT illustrations.


DragonBall Back Then 
      Charater Designer Maeda Minoru Interview 
 020 
      DragonBall / DragonBall Z
       The first interview included in the book is with Maeda Minoru, the chief animator and character designer for both DragonBall and DragonBall Z. Maeda has drawn cover illustrations for many of the DragonBall guide books, including all of the "DragonBall Z Anime Special" guide illustrations. Interestly, he notes in the interview that he once stayed at Toriyama's house to have Toriyama teach him how to draw Kame-sennin properly.


      Character Designer Yamamuro Tadayoshi Interview 
 050 
      DragonBall Z
       The second interview is with Yamamuro Tadayoshi, an animation supervisor and character designer for DragonBall Z. He is responsible for all of the Dragon Box individual disc cover art, the DragonBall Jump Super Anime Tour promotional illustration and character designs, the new DragonBall Kai opening and ending animations, and was the character designer for the last six DragonBall Z movies. Believe it or not, Yamamuro notes in the interview that he was once a Shaolin monk.


      Character Designer Nakatsuru Katsuyoshi Interview 
 078 
      DragonBall Z / DragonBall GT
       The third, and final, interview in the book is with Nakatsuru Katsuyoshi, the main character designer for DragonBall GT, although he was also quite heavily involved in DragonBall Z. He is responsible for all of the Dragon Box artwork with the exception of the movies box, this book's cover illustration, and the character design for Super Saiyan 4. In fact, Nakatsuru notes in the interview that he had originally designed the Super Saiyan 4 transformation to have golden hair, but felt that black hair went better with the red fur. Also of note is that Nakatsuru is known for almost perfectly mimicking Toriyama's art style. So much so that Toriyama has even mentioned in interviews that he often cannot tell whether he was the one that drew a specific illustration or if it was really Nakatsuru.


Illustration Commentary 
 088 
The last section of the book contains commentary about every illustration printed in the book, listing where the illustration was originally printed and what it was used for. The layout is quite nice, as the page layouts are re-printed next to the comments for easy reference.



Information/Images by: Hujio