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Goku Redrawn By Tokyo Ghoul’s Sui Ishida For Dragon Ball’s 40th Anniversary

However, this was not the first time Ishida drew Goku. He once illustrated an even harder, better piece of art and posted it on Twitter.

Sui Ishida

Dragon Ball is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024 and various manga artists are paying tribute to the legendary series by recreating each of Dragon Ball’s 42 volume covers.

This project, launched by Shuiesha’s Saikyo Jump magazine, called “Dragon Ball Super Gallery Project,” has been going on since August 2021, where each issue of the magazine features one cover.

This month’s January 2024 issue brings us Sui Ishida‘s art, the author of Tokyo Ghoul and currently serializing Choujin X, and he has redrawn Goku from Dragon Ball volume 8.

(Sui Ishida’s rendition of Dragon Ball Volume 8)

(Dragon Ball Volume 8 – Original)

Sui Ishida comments on how he used to draw Goku’s Kamehameha poses on his notebook in school and now, several years later, gets to draw Goku for the series’ 40th anniversary.

“Not even in my dreams did I ever think I would get to participate in a project like this! What an honor.

Even I, who didn’t read a lot of manga back in primary school, remember copying drawings of the Kamehameha in my notebook. After becoming a mangaka, I went to exhibitions of Toriyama-sensei‘s artwork, and even already as an adult, I still got really excited by each and every page of his illustrations. I remember being really moved. Congratulations to Dragon Ball on its 40th anniversary!”

However, this was not the first time Ishida drew Goku. He illustrated an even harder, better piece of art and casually posted it on Twitter on November 4, 2018.

Saikyo Jump also stated that the next issue will contain One Punch Man author Yusuke Murata’s rendition of a Dragon Ball volume cover. And I know fans can’t wait for that.

About Dragon Ball:

Dragon Ball is a manga series by Akira Toriyama. It first began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1984.

The manga was later adapted into a multitude of animated series, movies, and games.

The franchise consists of five different anime series, about 21 animated movies, and around 10 games spanning various platforms, from Famicon to Playstation and Xbox.

Synopsis of the Dragon Ball anime:

Goku Son is a young boy who lives in the woods all alone—that is, until a girl named Bulma runs into him in her search for a set of magical objects called the “Dragon Balls.”

Since the artefacts are said to grant one wish to whoever collects all seven, Bulma hopes to gather them and wish for a perfect boyfriend.

Goku happens to be in possession of a dragon ball, but unfortunately for Bulma, he refuses to part ways with it, so she makes him a deal: he can tag along on her journey if he lets her borrow the dragon ball’s power.

With that, the two set off on the journey of a lifetime.

Source: Kanzenshuu