Exactly one year after the release of the first volume of “Dragon Ball – The super book” (our opinion is to be discovered at this address) lands its sequel to Glénat editions. A still substantial volume 2 which returns, over more than 350 pages, to the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z animated series! Enough to take us back to childhood and the world of Akira Toriyama, with this book available since November 16, 2022. We were lucky enough to receive it, and it’s time to present it to you!
Synopsis : In this first part of the animation guide of dragonballfind more than 350 pages on animated series dragonball and Dragon Ball Z. Relive the emblematic moments of the saga and discover their design secrets: credits, interludes, sketches, coloring… From Son Goku as a child to his fight against Boo, the world of dragonball will no longer hold any secrets for you. With a bonus, an exclusive interview with Akira Toriyama. The book can be found on the publisher’s website, at this address.
As you have understood, this volume 2 looks back on the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z animated series and all those emblematic moments that marked our childhood, from Goku’s first steps in search of crystal balls to the fight against Boo, passing by the meeting with Vegeta or the bloody escapade on Namek. In short, there is plenty to do, and we will specify that this volume 2 is an enriched reissue of the “Great Books of Dragon Ball” volumes 3 and 5 (the work reviewed last year returned to volumes 2 and 4) released in 1995 and 1996. The whole also contains new content or even information on the most recent anime, Dragon Ball Z being still extremely popular today, whether we like its evolution or not. In video games, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot will also return next January with PS5 and Xbox Series versions. So we relive, page after page, all the events of the anime, all embellished with numerous illustrations, summaries and quotes from the different characters.
Many elements will already be known to fans, but the pleasure of reliving all these events chronologically is there. And then we rediscover certain narrative arcs, almost gone unnoticed between the most cult chapters. No, it’s not just the fights against Vegeta, Cell or Feezer in the saga, and there are many characters that we had almost forgotten, some memories being distant. It’s a whole part of our life that we rediscover page after page, via the various explanations and the visuals, frankly very beautiful. The book is, like its predecessor, very qualitative, with a hard cover and thick paper, neither too matte nor too glossy. As we said before, we already know most of what we discover but the pleasure is there, and we also find at the end of the book an interview with Toriyama.
Difficult to sulk his pleasure in front of the generosity of the work, and this even if we learn less than in the first volume. We may go around it faster despite the more than 350 pages, but the immersion is there, and relive Goku’s first tournaments, his meeting with Krillin, the arrival of the Red Ribbon army , the Ginyu commando, the cyborgs, the Trunks of the future or Majin Boo necessarily does something. The set takes the visuals of the anime and we will note a lot of differences with the manga (some being addressed in the book), starting with some censorship. But who cares, because that’s how we discovered Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z at home. Glénat editions are once again delighting fans at the end of the year! We let you discover our photos of the work.