Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto has given a classic Dragon Ball manga cover one slick makeover! Although it might to be hard to remember amidst all of the wild events within the series, but Fujimoto had slipped some other references to major manga from Shueisha’s Shonen Jump magazine into its events. Like many creators, Fujimoto is not shy about honoring some of the greats, and the newest homage from the creator for Dragon Ball‘s Akira Toriyama has to be one of the coolest yet. As a lead in to the 40th Anniversary celebration for the manga, Shueisha has been going all out.
Releasing every month until 2024, Shueisha is setting the stage for Dragon Ball’s 40th Anniversary with a special project that enlists prominent manga creators for special makeovers of the series’ 42 volumes. The special event has already included creators such as Masashi Kishimoto, and now it’s Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto’s turn as he has shared (as spotted by @WSJ_manga on Twitter) his take on Volume 2 of Akira Toriyama’s now classic series. You can check it out below:
DRAGON BALL Volume 2 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (Chainsaw Man, Fire Punch).
This is part of the DRAGON BALL Super Gallery Project to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the series. Every month, different mangaka will redesign one of the 42 covers of the series until November 2024. pic.twitter.com/UT9irxcr6V
— Shonen Jump News – Unofficial (@WSJ_manga) December 2, 2021
Fujimoto had this to say about joining the project, “I’m honored to be part of such a project! Even before I read the Dragon Ball manga, the name of the characters was something I learned from my everyday life! And when I read it once again right before starting my own serialization I noticed how Goku embraces what makes shonen manga so great, I learned a lot from him! Let’s all reread Dragon Ball together!”
Fujimoto has been fairly busy lately with the releases of new and older one-shot manga stories, and is currently in the midst of work on the anticipated second part of Chainsaw Man. The first part came to an end with a cliffhanger tease for what was next for Denji as he navigates his new school life with his duties as the Chainsaw Man, but there has yet to be any word on when fans can expect to see the series make its return.
What do you think of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s take on Dragon Ball? What were your thoughts about Chainsaw Man’s manga? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!
from Ultimate Comic Blog