The result is something impressive.
We know that Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the best-known manga and anime franchises in the world, just like Dragon Ball. However, you may not know of the great affection that its creators, Hirohiko Araki and Akira Toriyama, have for each otheras evidenced by this reinterpretation of the Dragon Ball Z volume 33 cover that portrays the antagonism between Gohan and Cell.
On the cover shared by the account of Twitter Araki’s Art, we can compare the two versions one by one. On one side, Araki paid tribute to the three-dimensional movement that Toriyama gave Cell and Gohan and faithfully portrayed the way the villain looks down on Goku’s son.
Dragon Ball volume 33 redraw by Araki, 2022. pic.twitter.com/RiHPZumYbo
— Araki’s Art (@ByAraki) June 29, 2022
This image comes directly from the August 2022 issue of Saikyo Jump, due for release on July 4, 2022, which will feature an illustration of Gohan and Cell by Hirohiko Araki that recreates the cover of volume 33 of Dragon Ball. The illustration was drawn as part of the Dragon Ball Super Gallery, which is an ongoing project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Akira Toriyama’s manga.
Every month starting in August 2021, famous Japanese manga artists will recreate the 42 covers of the Dragon Ball manga until January 2025. So far, the manga artists who have appeared on the project include Masashi Kishimoto, Tite Kubo, Osamu Akimoto, Ryuhei Tamura, Tatsuki Fujimoto, Koyoharu Gotouge, Kenta Shinohara, Tatsuya Endo, Hiroshi Shiibashi, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, and Yusei Matsui.
Hirohiko Araki admires Akira Toriyama’s work in Dragon Ball
According to the author himself, Dragon Ball art created by Akira Toriyama has a very authentic and unique depth to it: “Trying to perfectly recreate this piece made me remember something again. Toriyama’s drawings seem basic and flat, but they have an odd level of 3D to them. It’s a great technique that can “create a 2D effect and a 3D effect at the same time” while still making it look pleasing to the eye. I had the great honor of drawing Volume 33.”
It seems that Hirohiko Araki, creator of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure was one of the first artists to recreate these iconic Dragon Ball covers. Without a doubt, the result is impressive and lets us see the quality of artist that this mangaka is and the passion he feels for his partner’s work.
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