Dragon Ball Debuts Special Cover Art by Toriko creator Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Toriko and Build King creator Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro is the latest manga creator to join in on Dragon Ball’s 40th anniversary cover project.

Dragon Ball released new art by Toriko creator Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro.

Shimabukuro is the latest high-profile manga creator to be selected to redraw one of Akira Toriyama’s classic Dragon Ball manga covers. Like Demon Slayer creator Koyoharu Gotouge before him, instead of redrawing the original subject in his own style like most of the project’s participants, the manga author chose to create a completely brand new image. While Toriyama’s original cover for Volume 19 depicted Goku flying some sort of fighter craft, the guest artist instead drew a new illustration of Goku and Vegeta that recalls their first battle on Earth. The art was shared online by Weekly Shonen Jump News – Unofficial.

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Shimabukuro is best known for creating Toriko, a shonen adventure manga about a gourmand who travels the world in search of rare dishes that he can use to create the perfect meal. The manga was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2008 to 2016 and achieved a circulation of over 25 million copies. The author is also personal friends with One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, and worked with him on a crossover special, Taste of the Devil Fruit, which featured characters from both series. His latest series, Build King, was serialized from 2020 until 2021 and was concluded after three volumes.

The new art is the latest entry in Shueisha’s on-going Dragon Ball Super Gallery Project.. Every month, the project selects a famous manga creator and tasks them with redrawing one of the original Dragon Ball manga’s 42 covers. A new cover will be released every month until November 2024, the 40th anniversary of the publication of Goku’s first adventure. Previous artists who have released illustrations as part of the project include Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, Bleach‘s Tite Kubo, Beelzebub creator Ryuhei Tamura and Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto. The previous release in the series was created by Tatsuya Endo, the creator of this season’s most highly-anticipated new anime series, Spy x Family.

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Dragon Ball first premiered in 1984 and is now the third best-selling manga series in history, with over 260 million copies in circulation worldwide. Goku’s adventures continue to this day with the on-going Dragon Ball Super manga, which is still overseen by Toriyama and features art by his protegé, Toyotarou. The franchise will release its newest movie, entitled Dragon Ball Super: Super Heroin Japan on June 11, with a North American release planned to follow sometime shortly afterwards.

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