majin boo arc

Business Ball Z April Fool’s

Now that’s how you do April Fool’s in style!

Compare it to the original.

Bet you never thought Piccolo could rock a business suit so hard. I actually kind of want to see an alternate universe where Piccolo’s a hardcore business man.

junmisugi90  asked:

i read your post about gohan. what is the chance that toriyama meant originally to continue dragonball with gohan as main character for only a shortwhile and end the series, say at volume 38 without the buu arc as we know it ?. maybe toriyama wanted to keep focusing on gohan's high school adventures and in such a peaceful setting his lack of hard training would have been a non-issue but then he took the route of following the usual arc structure with a villain showing up?.

If we trawl through Kanzenshuu’s archive of Toriyama interviews, I think this one probably sums it up best. It’s a recent one, too!

From: http://www.kanzenshuu.com/translations/dragon-ball-super-manga-vol-1-tori-toyo-interview-web-version/


Speaking of children, I’m sure when Toyotarō-sensei was a child he avidly read Toriyama-sensei‘s manga right as it came out. Is any part a particular favorite of yours?

Toyotarō: 

I really like the very start of the Majin Boo arc, when Gohan is attending Orange Star High School. I guess because it was so laid back.

Toriyama:
Yeah! I really liked that part too… (laughs)

Toyotarō:
Had you already come up with Majin Boo when you were drawing that part?

Toriyama:
… Nope (laughs). I’m pretty sure I just kept on drawing without a clue Majin Boo was going to turn up. I enjoyed working on that part, but eventually I figured it was time to come up with a new enemy… Even though I would have liked to just go on with the “slice of life” stuff… (laughs)

(Everyone laughs)

Toyotarō:

Peace is good, too (laughs). I really liked the laid-back outlook of your Savings Warrior Cashman manga that ran in V-Jump, and other things from that period.But while the children back then enjoyed the “slice of life” material, they still wanted battles… (laughs)

Toriyama:

They sure did (laughs).

Toyotarō:
While enjoying the everyday stuff, they’re waiting for the battles to come (laughs).

At the time Son Gohan was turning into the main character, wasn’t he?

Toriyama:

Yeah! I figured Goku was getting old, and it was time to switch over to the next generation.

Toyotarō:
That’s what Goku himself said in the Majin Boo arc.

Toriyama:
But drawing Gohan’s daily life made me gradually realize he likes studying more than fighting (laughs). Later on he even lost his dōgi(laughs).

Toyotarō:
Now he’s fulfilled his childhood dream and become a fine scholar.


I think the most interesting thing about that is the implication that Toriyama didn’t realise Gohan would enjoy studying more than fighting until he actually started drawing his everyday life. I guess it was one of those ‘concept vs execution’ things. It’s easy in concept to assume “Oh, I’ll just write Gohan and he’ll still enjoy fighting and training and that will be part of the story”. But when you get down to trying to write that in detail, it might have just felt wrong.