Cover of the Neko Majin kanzenban volume, published in April 2005 by Shueisha.
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Comedy|
|Written by||Akira Toriyama|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump
Monthly Shōnen Jump
|Original run||April 1999 – February 2005|
Neko Majin (ネコマジン?) is a series of one-shot manga written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. Spanning eight total installments published irregularly between 1999 and 2005 in Weekly Shōnen Jump and Monthly Shōnen Jump, they were collected into a single kanzenban volume in April 2005 by Shueisha. Its later portion is named Neko Majin Z (ネコマジン Z?) and is a self-parody of Toriyama's Dragon Ball.
The series revolves around the adventures of the Neko Majin, a race of cat-creatures who enjoy practical jokes and martial arts. At least two use Dragon Ball-style attacks such as the "Nekohameha", while one in particular, named "Z", wears an outfit like Dragon Ball's Son Goku, and carries a nyoi-bo. As the series transitions to Neko Majin Z, it becomes increasingly intertwined with the Dragon Ball world as regular characters join the cast, including an overweight Saiyan named Onio, and Freeza's son Kuriza. There are also guest appearances by Vegeta, Majin Boo and Son Goku.
- Neko Majin (ネコマジン?, lit. "magical cat" or "cat genie")
- A race of magical cat-creatures, who span a variety of breeds and body-shapes, all though most appear to have distinctive long ears in the manner of the author's Cornish Rex. This series concerns three: a mixed-breed[Neko Majin ga iru 2] referred to only as "Neko Majin"; "Neko Majin Mike" (ネコマジンみけ?), a male calico (三毛猫 mikeneko?); and "Neko Majin Z" (ネコマジンZ?), a disciple of Son Goku from Dragon Ball. The unnamed Neko Majin and Z are both blue, while Mike sports calico fur; all three are of a similar, round body shape, and are drawn with angled slits for eyes. These Neko Majin possess abilities similar to Dragon Ball characters, such as flight and the "Nekohameha",[ch 1], similar to the Kamehameha. They are also capable of using some magic, such as the transformation abilities demonstrated by Neko Majin Mike. The source of these abilities appears to be a ball called a Majin Orbmajin-dama, without which they lose all powers.[ch Z4] A common trait seems to be conning visitors with various services.[ch 1] Z in particular dresses as a koala and charges eight dollars to take pictures with them. He has a Super Saiyan-like transformation called Super Neko Majin.[ch Z1]
- Kojiro (コジロー Kojirō?)
- A boy that Neko Majin Mike met about 30 years ago. He has since grown up to become a teacher at a small local school.[ch Mike]
- Onio (オニオ?)[note 1]
- A Saiyan with the overall body-shape and facial structure as Suppaman, Parzan, and Bubibinman from Toriyama's manga Dr. Slump. He first appears on Earth on honeymoon and desires to conquer the Earth and wipe out its inhabitants in order to make it a vacation home. He and his wife take a photo with the "koala" Z, but when the Neko Majin fondles his wife's breasts, he becomes enraged and transforms into a Super Saiyan. However, he is quickly defeated.[ch Z1] He returns with Kuriza for further encounters with Z.[ch Z2][ch Z3]
- Thunderbolt (サンダーボルト Sandāboruto?)
- A nationally renowned fighter who is challenged by the unnamed Neko Majin. He, too, has a girlfriend that he calls "Honey". In his fight with Neko Majin, he realizes that he is no match, and tries to get out of the battle except that Honey eggs Neko Majin on.[ch Z2]
- Kuriza (クリーザ Kurīza?)[note 2]
- The son of Dragon Ball villain, Freeza; he resembles his father except that his head is in the shape of a chestnut. He is called by Onio to destroy Z, but runs out of pages for the fight.[ch Z2] He later plays soccer with the gang.[ch Z3] He frequently mentions that Neko Majin is wasting pages with meaningless comments and battle scenes.[ch Z2]
- Vegeta is called to Earth by Kuriza and Onio, who need help to defeat Z. Vegeta discovers that the Neko Majin is surprisingly strong, but receives an "urgent call" that requires him to return to his home planet.[note 3] He vows that he will never appear in another gag manga.[ch Z3]
- Majin Boo
- Majin Boo makes a short appearance to help when Neko Majin Z is rendered helpless by Usa Majin (the lesser-known rabbit version of Neko Majin). Every time Z was not in the scene, Boo would appear, making people think he was the Neko Majin. Neko Majin's design and regular costume are obviously a copy of Majin Boo.[ch Z4]
- Son Goku
- Goku makes an appearance in the last chapter of Neko Majin Z where he spars with Z. He then tells the Neko Majin there is a new evil that he needs help to defeat at his family home. When they get there, Z learns that it is just a mouse in the pantry.[ch Z5]
Akira Toriyama originally drew Neko Majin as a single one-shot, enjoying the relaxed and silly feel it has. He suggested that the reason it became a Dragon Ball parody was probably because he ran out of material and moved away from its original premise.
Neko Majin is a series of one-shots written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama that were published irregularly in both Weekly Shōnen Jump and Monthly Shōnen Jump. The first, "Neko Majin is Here", was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1999 #22-23, the second in 1999 #37-38. Although there were some similarities, it did not become a self-parody of Dragon Ball until Neko Majin Z in Monthly Shōnen Jump 2001 #6, published in May 2001. After the second Neko Majin Z in Monthly Shōnen Jump 2003 #9. "Neko Majin Mike" was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump 2003 #37-38, concurrently with "Neko Majin Z 2". "Neko Majin Z" was published in Monthly Shōnen Jump 2004 #3, while the final two "Z" chapters were published back to back in Monthly Shōnen Jump 2005 #1 and #2. All eight chapters were compiled into a single kanzenban volume on April 4, 2005 by Shueisha. On April 4, 2013, the chapters were fully colored and the kanzenban was released digitally.
In the October 2007 issue of the North American version of Shonen Jump, Viz Media included a translation of Neko Majin Z 5; however, no other chapters and no collected release have been made legally available in English. The kanzenban was published in France by Glénat in 2006. In February 2007, Italian publisher Star Comics also released the kanzenban, using a green background cover instead of the original yellow.
|01||April 4, 2005||ISBN 4-08-873825-X|
|Neko Majin helps two "bad guys" when their motorcycle runs out of gas. In chapter 2, Neko Majin finds a spaceship and accidentally crashes it. The space aliens, who were going to abduct a girl, complain, so he calls a mechanic. He also gets into a scuffle with ally of justice Pete Kobayashi.
Neko Majin (now known as Neko Majin Z) and a boy meet Onio and Honey, a Saiyan couple on their honeymoon. Neko Majin Z dresses as a koala and they try to get the couple to take a picture, but when Neko Majin Z grabs Honey's breasts, Onio gets upset and fights Neko Majin Z. Onio powers up to a Super Saiyan but Neko Majin Z does the same and defeats him. Neko Majin Z challenges celebrity fighter Thunderbolt when Onio returns with Kuriza in "Neko Majin Z 2". They want to fight Neko Majin Z but he is busy challenging Thunderbolt. Kuriza destroys Thunderbolt's car and then transforms to his final form. Neko Majin Z does the same, but they run out of pages to have a proper fight so everyone gives up.
"Neko Majin Mike" begins with Neko Majin Mike meeting his friend Kojiro, who has become a teacher. Kojiro asks Neko Majin to sub for him in class, but to watch out for bully Asagiri Zame. Neko Majin beats Asagiri easily, then transforms to Kojiro as he leads the class on a field trip and helps Kojiro deal with some shady merchants.In "Neko Majin Z 3", Onio and Kuriza convince the visiting Vegeta to fight Neko Majin Z. In "Neko Majin Z 4", the boy meets Majin Boo and learns he is quite strong. Neko Majin Z wants to challenge Boo, but they summon Usagi Majin instead, who has been absorbing some of the other neko majins and who extorts Neko Majin Z. The final chapter has Neko Majin Z meet his teacher, Goku; they do some sparring. Goku later asks him for help with a problem that he cannot defeat at home, but it turns out to be chasing down a rat.
Neko Majin characters have appeared in Dragon Ball related video games. In the Japanese version of the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, Freeza has an alternate outfit where he assumes the form of Kuriza and has a chestnut-shaped Death Ball attack. Neko Majin Z appears as a secret support character in the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2.
- As with the other Saiyans, Toriyama picks an English vegetable name for Onio, after the English word "onion".
- Kuriza's name is a portmanteau of Kuri (クリー Kurī?, "chestnut") and Freeza.
- Although Vegeta insists that his cell phone was on silent mode, while Onio is sure that he was faking it to get out of the fight.[ch Z3]
- Manga references
- Neko Majin ga Iru: April 1999 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 1999 #22-23)
- Neko Majin ga Iru 2: August 1999 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 1999 #37-38)
- Neko Majin Z: June 2001 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2001 #6)
- Neko Majin Z 2: August 2003 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2003 #9)
- Neko Majin Mike: August 2003 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2003 #37-38)
- Neko Majin Z 3: February 2004 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2004 #3)
- Neko Majin Z 4: January 2005 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2005 #1)
- Neko Majin Z 5: February 2005 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2005 #2)
- Other references