A closer look at the Dragon Ball SD manga

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Before traveling to Japan and skipping through the Dragon Ball complete edition in a Book Off I haven’t had any interest in the series. Some of my friends who were a bit younger than me watched the series on TV but I somehow missed it completely. So there were no fond childhood memories which would lure me into buying the books. I discovered Dragon Ball complete on my own and was fascinated by the detailed drawings and Akira Toriyamas sense of humor. After I was finished with the Dragon Ball saga I was craving for more and read through Dr. Slump as well. Equally great and I now really became a Toriyama fanboy. Even bought myself a nice Arale-chan figure.

Searching through some Japanese blogs I discovered this “new version” of Dragon Ball which basically tells the whole saga once again. The SD version is in full color and the drawings are in the typical chibi-style. Its’ written and drawn by Naho Ooishi who has been previously responsible for several other DB spin offs before. I’m not the biggest fan of her drawing style but for collectors reasons I just picked up the first volume this summer. Much to my surprise even Dragon Ball SD is pretty entertaining and a lot more easy to read then it’s original counterpart. Look at it as an simplified version of Dragon Ball which condenses the whole story. The first volume here contains maybe the first three volumes of the original story-wise.

I took some pictures of the pages so you can try out the difficulty for yourself. It’s really a good one to start with and probably should be included in my easy to read manga with furigana posts. There are currently two volumes available (between the release of each was a full year) and now on December 4th, the 3rd issue will hit the stores.  A good time to write about the series I think. The slow releases are corresponding with the magazine Saikyō Jump where Dragon Ball Sd is published in. Since August 2014 it changed its monthly release rhythm to a new volume every two monthSo it’s probably taking 18 months till the next volume of Dragon Ball SD will arrive (with 9 chapters collected in each tankobon).

  • Buy Dragon Ball SD at cdjapan.co.jp
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