Dragon Ball is unquestionably one of the humongous franchises to be existing with a very rooting global fanbase.
Akira Toriyama‘s legacy continues to influence the ani-manga industry to this day.
And speaking of anniversaries, the Dragon Ball franchise is always up for making it as big as “It is over 9000!”
For the 20th anniversary, the event was celebrated for fifteen days (16 July 2005 to 31 August 2005) in Tokyo.
Again, in the next decade, the 30th anniversary of the manga was celebrated by releasing the Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Special Manga, which featured Akira Toriyama as Robotoriyama.
As for the upcoming 40th Anniversary, the franchise has already started preparing for it.
Although it’s still three years away, we already know there is a lot to look forward to on that auspicious day.
40 Years of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Series
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the manga, a DRAGON BALL Super Gallery Project is being conducted.
This gallery will feature the different covers of the 42 volumes of the Dragon Ball manga but redesigned by the different mangaka.
The event officially began on the 4th of August, 2021. Different mangaka will be randomly selecting a volume of Dragon Ball and will recreate the volume’s cover.
This recreated cover will feature in the Saikyo Jump issue every month. This will continue for the next several months till November 2024.
No official announcement was made about which mangaka will be taking part in the event.
However, according to popular rumors, Hajime Isayama (Attack on Titan), Eiichiro Oda (One Piece), Yusuke Murata (One Punch Man), and Tite Kubo (Bleach) might be a part of this big event. The mangaka will use their own style of art to re-illustrate the Dragon Ball covers.
Dragon Ball Volume 27 Cover by Tite Kubo
As part of the three-year commemorative project, the mangaka of Bleach, Tite Kubo has remastered a volume of Dragon Ball. Kubo revisits Dragon Ball Vol. 27.
In this cover Goku, Piccolo, and Frieza have all received a makeover, making them look like they could join the Soul Society.
As a tradition for manga authors, a short message is expected at the end or beginning of the volume to express a feeling of the author while he drew the panels.
Surprisingly, Tite Kubo and Akira Toriyama were on the same wavelength of at a total loss of words after drawing hundreds of pages of dialogue is really bitter-sweet for how much they drain themselves while doing the humongous work of drawing manga.
Dragon Ball Volume 11 by Masashi Kishimoto
Celebrating the upcoming anniversary of Dragon Ball, Masashi Kishimoto took the first step of the DRAGON BALL Super Gallery Project.
On July 19, 2021, it was revealed that Masashi Kishimoto had re-designed the cover of the 11th volume of the manga.
The volume cover art scenario takes place three years after Goku summons Shenron for the first time and continues coverage of the Tenka’ichi Budōkai tournament that began in the previous volume.
It’s best known for Goku’s defeat of Krillin and for longtime Dragon Ball characters Tenshinhan and Chaozu renouncing the evil ways of their former master the Crane Hermit.
Following the mangaka tradition, Masashi Kishimoto expressed his fanboy side for Dragon ball in his comment!
Dragon Ball Synopsis
The series follows the adventures of protagonist Son Goku from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts.
He spends his childhood far from civilization until he meets a teen girl named Bulma, who encourages him to join her quest in exploring the world in search of the seven orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered.
Along his journey, Goku makes several other friends, becomes a family man, discovers his alien heritage, and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls.