describes what you will find in the Daizenshyu's. There
are 10 DBZ books and 2 GT books that basically tell you
everything about DB, DBZ, and DBGT. They can be
considered the bible's of Dragonball. So let me tell you
something about these books. They are mainly written in
Japanese and like all Japanese books are backwards. What
I mean by backwards is take any book you own and flip it
over. One other thing is that the pages go from right to
left. So now read below and I will write what is
included in each Daizenshyu and how they can help you.
Now keep in mind that I do not own all of the Daizenshyu
and I am not ready to write about something I have not
experience first hand, so I will add on review's as I
get more books.
Dragonball Daizenshyu #1- Complete Illustrations
This is probably my favorite Daizenshyu. No, it does not
involve any info, but the art is absolutely mind
blowing. The book is composed of pictures that put the
DB characters where you have never seen them and none of
them are from the series. So now lets go over exactly
what you will find from page to page. Now the book is
composed of section's that relate to each year. The
year's cover from 1984 to 1995. After that there are
pages that are comics. Then they have pages that show
all of the covers for the DB Magna. After that follows
an interview with Akira Toriyama. Now there are a total
of 217 pages. The first 175 pages are for illustrations,
176 to 197 are for comics, 198 to 201 are for the DB
Magna covers, 203 to 207 are an Akira Toriyama
interview, and finally pages 208 to 217 are covered with
thumbnail sized pictures of all the pictures in the
book. So this is truly an amazing book. The
illustration's range from battle poses to the DBZ gang
playing baseball with the DB and all dressed up as Santa
Claus. I know that I have looked through this book a
bunch of times and I am sure that you will enjoy it as
much as I have. So if you aren't familiar with the
Japanese Language or well versed with the series you can
still enjoy this book.
Dragonball Daizenshyu #2- Story Guide
I like this book a lot also. It was one of the two books
that is dedicated to the entirety of DB and DBZ. Now
this book does not have as much info as Daizenshyu #7,
but this one has a lot. So let's look at what is
included. Now right at the beginning of the book there
is a fold out poster. On one side is a picture of the
cover, but on the other side is a character relation's
chart. It is done in color and has picture of a lot of
the people. It is pretty cool. Now the first 45 pages
are a reproduction of the first DB magna. Page 46 is a
page on pre Dragonball. Now from pages 48 to 90 they
review the whole DB and DBZ series and go over all the
main points. From pages 92 to 106 is original color
works which are pages and fights taken out from each
magna. It pretty much runs in order from the first few
episodes of DB to when in DBZ Gokuh travels Snake Way.
Pages 108 and 109 is a chronological table of
characters. Pages 110 through 133 deal with most of the
main characters. It is there history throughout
Dragonball. Pages 134 through 154 once again deal with a
lot of the main characters. Pages 156 through 170 is
Original Color Works part two. This goes from the Vegeta
vs. Gokuh fight all the way up to Majin Buu. Pages 171
through 176 deal with sub-characters throughout the
series. It contains a small box talking about each
character. Now on page 178 and 179 is a chronological
list of battles. Even if you do not know Japanese the
key is very easy to figure out. Page 180 through 201
list and reviews the final battles. A truly
informational set of pages. Pages 202 through 216 is a
list of some of the attacks. You can go to pages and
find much better one's, but this guide is nicely done
and can help you out. Pages 219 through 242 are
dedicated to one of my favorite sections of the book.
The book has a list and description of all 187 fights
that are included in the DB magna. They go from Gokuh's
battle with the giant fish to the fight with Majin Buu.
There is also a description of each fight. Pages 245
through 259 recaps the final DB magna which is when
Gokuh and the others first met Ubuu and at the end Gokuh
flew off with Ubuu to train. The last two things are a
picture of all the DB characters with the writing
"The End" at the bottom. There is also an
interview with Akire Toriyama.
DB Daizenshyu #4- World Guide
Now this is on of the smaller Daizenshyu's but in no way
does that imply that it contains less information.
Daizenshyu #4 is the world guide. The main topics
included in this book are pictures of the world, other
planet's, different parts of earth, and an overall look
of the Galaxy. It also contains an item list, racial
groups, and a World Martial Arts Tournament guide. Now
let us start of from the first few pages of the book.
The first page of the guide shows what the DB galaxy
looks like as a whole. It is a very cool picture and definitely
not how you imagined it. The next page is a
picture of the cosmos (afterworld), then comes a picture
of the Universe, then they have four pictures which
represent the north, south, west, and easy parts of the
Earth. All of these pictures are done in color and are
in a cologe style, very cool. Now the next couple of
pages describe what the Dragonballs are, who is Shenron,
and who is Polunga. Then they finish of the section by
talking about the different times that Shenron and
Polunga have been summoned. The next section is a
characteristics section. In this section they have a
color picture of a group of people who are in some way
related (the Saiya--Jins, Freeza's henchmen, the Namek's),
then on the next two pages they show a relation's tree
and talk about the people. Then there is a minor section
on different places then the Earth. Now they get to
where the name world guide truly implies. The book has a
two page spread which is a map of the earth and it is on
a grid. Through the next 16 pages they show what went on
and what stands in each section of the grid. The next
two sections are a description of attacks and the
attacks are categorized and then the next section
covers the 21, 22, 23, 25, and 28 Martial Arts
Tournaments. It shows the brackets for each event and
summarizes it. Then the final main section is an items
and vehicle list. It is truly a cool section and might
be a main reason to get this book. Each section was done
with great care and is easily understandable. Now for
the readability of this book. Well almost all the names
of everything are in English (items, vehicles, places on
the Earth, Racial groups. No the individual people are
not) so it is understandable, but you still need to know
Japanese to truly understand this book. If you are a
newcomer to the series this book could also be very
difficult for you to understand. I though think it is definitely
one of my favorites, then again I like them
DB Daizenshyu #5- TV Animation Part 2
by Son Zandra
When this book arrived at my doorstep, I was so excited,
as I had to wait a whole month for it to come from
Japan. I had ordered it from Sasuga Books
, and while their prices and customer service were A+,
the turn-around time is horrible. Still, I'd recommend
them. Anyways, the cover is a beautiful watercolor
picture of stage 1 Freeza and Gohan, with a section of
Shenlong in the background (when you get all the books,
they combine to form a big picture of Shenlong-very
cool!). You also get a nice pull-out poster, with one
side being a larger picture of the cover (sans Shenlong)
and the other a pic of all the Saiya-jins, half-Saiya-jins,
and fusion characters in SSJ form. (I'd like to hang it
up, but I don't want to ruin my book!) Then you get a
fore-word from Akira Toriyama, and the Table of
Contents. The next part of the book is labeled as
"Super Battle Scenes", and basically takes you
through DBZ, from Porunga's summoning to the fusion of
Vegetto in pictures. There are nine chapters, and each
one has about 8 acts. The pictures are beautiful, and in
full-color. If you know how to read Japanese, it makes
the book even more enjoyable. But for the most part, you
kinda know what's going on if you have ever read
anything about DBZ. Now, my favorite part of the book,
the "Library of Adventure"! Basically, it's
sketches of most, if not all, of the characters in later
DBZ. They are really helpful if you're an artist like me
trying to draw DBZ because they show the same character
from all different sides and angles. The pictures are in
black and white, but still they are very nice. I'd buy
the book just for this, but that's just me ^_^;; There
are also pages scattered around called "Variety of
DB". I really don't know what to make of them,
since some pages are about the opening and closing
songs, others are timelines, one is even about CG
(Computer Graphics) used in DBZ! Just random stuff I
suppose. There is also a 6 page interview with Akira
Toriyama (including a nice b/w pic of him) but I can't
read any of it (...yet ~_^), the lyrics to "We
Gotta Power" and "Bokutachi wa Tenshi Datta",
and some character design for DB:GT. The last 20 pages
in this book are the "DBZ All Story Digest", a
fancy name for an episode guide. In it, it tells you
when the episode first aired, what happened, the title,
and a picture. It goes from episode #75 to #268. All in
all, I really enjoyed this book. It has nice pictures
and a lot of cool stuff. I'd buy this if you are
well-versed in DBZ and want a pictoral guide.
GT Perfect File #1
I have to say that I like the design of the GT Perfect
Files a lot. These books are about 7 inches by 5 and
each of the books are paperbacks. Let's get right to the
first book, though. The cover of this book has the many
forms of Gokuh on it. The first page of this book is a
page of stickers. The next few pages are frames of the
GT opening song. The next fifteen pages have profiles
and pictures of GT good guys. On a lot of these pages a
moment from DBZ is remembered about that certain
character. After this comes pictures and profiles of all
the bad guys in GT and following that are all the frames
from the GT closing film. We are now shown pictures from
different planets that Gokuh, Trunks, and Pan have been
to. Then there is a question and answer section. The
next section is an episode summary section of the first
41 episodes and each summary is separated by what planet
the group was on. After that section are the frames from
the second GT closing. The next section is the world
guide. The world guide contains charts and bio's. After
that is a small timeline and then a couple of pages on
the Dragonballs and Dragonball items. Next is a section
on the Super 17 saga. Next is a section which appears to
discuse all the characters and then we are shown a chart
which covers info on the first 42 GT episodes ( Date
aired, who the enemy was, etc..) After that we are shown
the Table of Contents and that is the first GT Perfect
GT Perfect File #2
This is the second of the two Dragonball GT Perfect Files. The cover of this book has a picture of adult Gokuh and then a smaller picture of Super Saiya-Jin 4 Gokuh and Vegeta. The first page of this book is once again a set of stickers.
The first thirty pages of this book has pictures from throughout Dragonball, Dragonball Z, and Dragonball GT. It also includes important dates from all three series.
The first section in the book covers character bio's. These bio's are seen on pages ten through twenty-two. These include bio's of the main character good guys.
Pages twenty-four through thirty-three cover bio's of the bad guys. This covers the second section of the book. After this section is a page telling us info about the different groups who put together theme songs for Dragonball GT.
The third section of this book begins by recaping the first 41 episodes. This covers two pages in the book. No more episode reviews are given. Episodes fourty four- Sixty four cover pages fourty through fifty three. Pages fifty four through fifty five cover the Dragonball GT TV special. The final page of that section gives more info on the theme song singers.
We now begin with the fourth section. Pages fifty eight through sixty four cover key events throughout all 3 series. Pages sixy six through sixty eight cover the Dragonball GT ending film and gives you picture's from all the scene's of that film.
The next section is split into five parts. These parts cover such things as SSJ4, The Evil Dragons, and Super 17. After this is an interview with Masako Nozawa.
At the end of this book is a chart covering episode names, enemies, location, and summaries of each episode.
All in all this book is one hundred pages. It was published on 12/17/97 by Jump Anime Comics Jr. in Japan. This is a great book and is a lot like the other GT perfect file. If you wish to order this book, it can be found at www.sasugabooks.com, a great source for japanese books. The book runs around 12 dollars.
This concludes the review of the secondDragonball GT Perfect File. This is a definent must have for all GT fans and it is one of my favorite books.
Well, sorry to say, but that is all I have as of now and
I am not about to go steal the info from Greg Werner's
FAQ. Anyway I will still tell you the name of each Guide
and tell you how advanced each book is, some prices, and
were to get the books.
Below you will find a list of each of the Daizenshyu.
After I will list what you should know before purchasing
1. Complete Illustration's - Hey, anybody can appreciate
this book. No Japanese required.
2. Story Guide-This book is all Japanese except for the
index and section heading's. You should know somewhat of
the Japanese language before getting this book or at
least knowing the names would help. The charts in this
book are pretty easy to figure out so yo can at least
get that aspect.
3. TV Animation Part 1
4. World Guide- A book that has all the titles in
English and some great drawings. To get all the
knowledge from this book you would need to know
Japanese. This book is also not recommended for someone
new to the series.
5. TV Animation Part 2
6. Movies and TV Specials
7.Dragonball Guide - From what I hear this is the most
information filled guide, but the hardest to understand
because it is in all Japanese.
This marks the end of the original seven Daizenshyu, but
do not fret because there are 5 more books.
8. Cardass Perfect File 1-
9. Cardass Perfect File 2
10. TV Animation Part 3
Now the two GT books, they are very hard to find, but I
have managed to find them after a year of searching. I
can help you find all 12 Daizenshyu's. For all your
Daizenshyu and other Japanese book needs visit Sasuga
Book Store. Remember that Sasuga
Book Store is in Massachusetts so it will not take
forever to get to you and the shipping prices are not
ridiculous (When I say that it will not take forever I
am trying to get across the point that a lot of these
stores are found in Japan). A lot of the books are found
through Japanese stores over in Japanese which digs even
deeper into your pocket.
Now let's talk about the prices for each book (This only
applies if you order from the above link)
Now sometime is can be hard to find a certain books, so
I will help guide you through it. For the First 10 books
follow these directions.
1. Go to Sasuga
2. Go to the section entitled "Search".
3. Where is says author type Akira Toriyama.
4. After you get the result you will find the books
somewhere between pages 5-7.
To find the GT books follow these directions.
1. Go to Sasuga
2. Go to the section entitled "Search".
3. Where is says "Title (English)" type "GT".
4. After the search is conducted the GT books will be
the first two books on the first page.
Hope this helps you out.
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