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Shueisha Establishes New Department Dedicated To Dragon Ball

dragon-ball-z-kai-visual-001-20161016It’s like the Pokémon Company, only with beefy warriors instead of adorable critters!

Yesterday, Japanese publisher Shueisha announced that they launched a new department. The division, called “Dragon Ball Room,” opened its doors in June and focuses solely on Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball property.

Akira Toriyama offered a comment on the Dragon Ball Room, stating that the team was one that he could trust. He closed with a joke, stating that “It’s really great that I don’t have to do anything now.”

The Dragon Ball Room is headed by V Jump editor-in-chief Akio Iyoku. According to Iyoku, the department is “only thinking about Dragon Ball.” The division is currently tasked with optimizing and expanding the Dragon Ball brand, in addition to providing ideas for new content.

Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga began in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 1984. The series ran through May 23, 1995, spanning 42 collected volumes and 519 chapters.

Since its première, Dragon Ball has grown into a major multimedia franchise, spanning five anime series, multiple films, video games, and more. Over 240 million copies of the manga have been sold across the globe.

The latest entry in the franchise, Dragon Ball Super, began airing on June 20, 2015. Akira Toriyama is writing the show, which is the first Dragon Ball anime series in 18 years. Toriyama is also writing the manga, which features illustrations by Toyotarou.

Source: Hachima Kikō

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