To celebrate the release of the newest Dragon Ball movie, Japan is re-releasing the Daizenshuu books into the updated versions: Chōzenshū.
I found these books at the local Japanese bookstore, and I know I have to get them right away. When I was a kid, I really want to by the original Daizenshuu, but I never have the chance and they are out of print already. Now they re-released them into the new, condensed Chōzenshū version, I now this is my chance. Thanks you, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods!
By the way, has anyone seen the newest movie yet?
Anyway, after reading these book for about a week, I decide to review them. The review is going to simple and straightforward where I give small details on what each books are about, and what I think about them.
It was tough for me to read them after all, because I can only understand what half of these books are talking about.
The first Chōzenshū is the story and world guide. It gives a simple background on what the setting of the Dragon Ball world is like, and it talks about the different races and species living there. It then goes into details on what the stories on each volumes are about, and what the characters’ appearances are as the stories progress. Also, the handy chart in this book also helps me confirme what Goku’s age is throughout the story.
A side note: By the time Dragon Ball Z ends, Goku is 47 years old.
The book then goes into more details on each characters, the sagas and memorable fights. It’s cool to see how Akira Toriyama’s art style changes through out the years.
The world sections of the book divides Earth into four sections, and we get to see where each landmarks located on Earth. For example, did you know Kami’s Palace is located at the west?
We then goes into details on Dragon Balls as bjects. Do you know that Shenlong was summoned 22 times in the entire Dragon Ball manga run?
The rest of the book goes even further details in the world and mythos of Dragon Ball. Only if I can read it better, than I would really enjoy it. This really is a great data book for all Dragon Ball fans, and a wonderful book to begin the collection with.
The second Chōzenshū is part 1 of animation guide. We all know that there are differences between Dragon Ball manga and anime, and this book goes deeper with that. The book cover the entire animate run of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and some TV specials. It even talks about the newest Dragon Ball Kai series. The book might not be as useful as the previous one, since most of the information can be found on some wiki pages, but the binding of the book makes everything worth it.
At least the book knows that most people who reads this are more familiar with manga series over the anime series. They goes more into details with the anime only filler episodes and allows us better understandings.
The third Chōzenshū book is part 2 of animation guide. The book begins to talk about the entire run of Dragon Ball GT animated series, then it goes into movies and TV specials. This book comes in handy, because I’m currently watching the entire GT series. I know, I know, I’m about 20 years late. But heck, it’s always better late than never.
A little teaser: I’m planning on doing a review on the entire Dragon Ball GT series once I finished watching them. I don’t know when I will finish them, so it might be a long wait. Sorry.
Anyway, I really enjoy the movie section of the book. I never really watch any of the Dragon Ball movies before, so I found this section very helpful. In fact, I found it so helpful, I just bought all 13 Dragon Ball Z movie collection on Amazon already. Another teaser: I’m planning on doing one review of the movies each week.
Overall, the book is once again informative, and with great collectible value. I just hope my Japanese is better, so I can further enjoy the book.
The final Chōzenshū book is encyclopedia on every single terms used in the Dragon Ball series. If anything, this should be the most useful book in the entire collection. But sadly, it’s also the most wordy one. It’s the hardest one for me to read due to my incompetent in Japanese language. The book also gives you a real-life timeline of events associating Dragon Ball, and a list of products. I especially enjoy the action figures and video games section where we get to see the list of video games and action figures there ever were. Things really are made better and better as time passes.
There’s a handy little “Power Level” chart in this book. It tells you exactly where everyone’s power levels are up to the end of Frieza Saga. Here’s something: At the beginning of the Dragon Ball series, a kid Goku has a power level of 10. And by the time Goku first becomes Super Saiyan, Goku’s power level is 150,000,000. And this is only by the end of Frieza Saga. So by the end of entire Dragon Ball series, I’m pretty sure Goku’s power level is probably over 1,000,000,000 or something. Crazy, right?
Well, that’s what I have to say about these Chōzenshū books. Language barrier aside, I strongly recommend all Dragon Ball fans to have these for their collection. I really like the books, and they’re definitely worth the money.