[HOT] : The Dragon Ball timeline: what are the differences between Dragon Ball Z, Super and GT
The Dragon Ball saga continues to make the news, thanks to new features specially designed to further deepen the universe. Suites, spin-offs and derivative films are thus in the spotlight, depending on the releases. We have selected for you the essentials to read (and see) to keep up to date.
A little history
Born from the fertile imagination of Akira Toriyama, the Dragon Ball saga began in 1984, with the manga of the same name published in Weekly Shonen Jump. It first follows the existence of Son Goku, a young boy born with a monkey tail and transforming into a giant primate on full moon nights. After meeting a young woman named Bulma, the hero accompanies her in her quest: to find seven crystal balls. Once reunited, these crystal balls should make it possible to make a dragon appear which would grant a wish. As the story progresses, Son Goku will gradually realize his power and understand the mystery of his origins, at the same time facing increasingly cruel enemies. The original account of these adventures is published in French in a simple version (in 42 volumes), as well as in “Perfect Edition”, comprising 34 volumes in large format with some color plates.
An animated series turned manga
In 1989 begins the television broadcast of Dragon Ball Z, an animated series devoted to the second great arc of the original manga: the life of Son Goku once he married and father of Son Gohan. Adapted from the last twenty-six volumes of the paper saga, the anime is designed in parallel with the development of the manga; to compensate for any delays in the story, the writers decide to stretch the plot by adding new elements, which sometimes take several episodes to be resolved. Called “fillers” in the jargon, these portions of the plot are now included in the anime comics Dragon Ball Z, which uses the plot and images of the cartoon in full. A great way to (re) discover this cult series which introduced a whole generation to the most interesting creatures from the Dragon Ball universe, such as Vegeta, Freezer, Boo or even Cell.
A sequel to the present
The first Dragon Ball saga in manga ended in 1995, after nine years of frantic release. For twenty years, if we except the animated series Dragon Ball GT and some films, the work of Akira Toriyama does not know any more new episodes. But the franchise experienced a rebound in 2015, with the release in Japan of the Dragon Ball Super series, in an anime version and a manga signed Toyotaro (the sixth volume of which will be published in France on February 6). Continuing the adventures of Son Goku after the storyline of Dragon Ball Z, this modernized take on Toriyama’s universe (who continues to oversee the storyline) has brought a new generation to experience the titanic combat and inherent humor. to the franchise.
A film to conclude
The 131st and final episode of Dragon Ball Super aired in Japan a year ago. The end of the series is not, however, a sign of complete disappearance of the saga: the feature film Dragon Ball Super: Broly will indeed be visible in French theaters on March 13. A news which delights in advance the fans, Broly (character appeared only in films derived from the series Dragon Ball Z) being one of the most interesting villains of the saga.
A novelty for laughs
This February 6 also appears a special manga for fans of the saga. Dragon Ball Extra (how I reincarnated in Yamcha) narrates the life of a fan of the universe of Son Goku who finds himself projected into the skin of Yamcha, this notable character at the beginning of the manga who will gradually lose his importance throughout the saga. A humorous re-reading, full of nods to the original story, this fantasy signed Dragon Garow Lee is proof, if one was needed, that the world of Dragon Ball is a pop object in its own right!