Dragon Ball fans on the internet has been expressing mixed reactions to the news of Akira Toriyama possibly doing more Dragon Ball manga. Bleeding Cool reported the news this morning that it’s “confirmed” but did not cite any source as to where they got the news. Doing some research myself on the Japanese sites that would normally report something this big, nothing came up and thus why I’m labeling this as a rumor for now.
While no real information has been release, it seems that Toriyama will be releasing new chapters to coincide and promote the Japanese release of Dragon Ball Online, a Dragon Ball MMORPG. Dragon Ball Online is set 216 years after where the manga ended and Toriyama himself has been contributing and supervising the project. For you GT haters, this game’s timeline basically makes it where GT never happen, which I’m sure will make some of you happy.
Now being a Dragon Ball fan since 1990 (my mom introduced it to me when I was a really young boy), I kind of have an idea of what the new chapters may be. In Dragon Ball Online, there are “Time Machine Quests” where “Time Patrol Trunks” takes you back in time to certain memorable moments of the series and have you relieve it. This is what I think Toriyama will be doing, re-drawing certain part of Dragon Ball with Dragon Ball Online characters in there. This way, it promotes the game and count as a remake/restart since some sites are reporting that.
The last time Toriyama drew anything Dragon Ball related was 2006’s Cross Epoch, a one shot collaboration with Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece. After that, he has done other one shot chapters but had others do the art for him and couple years ago, he did say that he probably wouldn’t draw any more Dragon Ball manga. What do you all think about this? Any fans out there want new Dragon Ball chapters or should Dragon Ball stay over? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment after the break.