Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater

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Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater
AkiraToriyamaMangaTheater1.jpg
Cover of Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater Vol. 1
鳥山明○作劇場
(Toriyama Akira Marusaku Gekijō)
Manga
Written by Akira Toriyama
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Jump Comics
Original run July 8, 1983August 4, 1997
Volumes 3
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Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater (Japanese: 鳥山明○作劇場とりやまあきらマルさくげきじょう, Hepburn: Toriyama Akira Marusaku Gekijō) is a series of three manga tankōbon released between 1983 and 1997 that collect several one-shots written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. The stories were originally published in various Shueisha magazines between 1978 and 1994.

Four stories featured in the series, Pink, Kennosuke-sama, Cashman – Saving Soldier and Go! Go! Ackman, were adapted into short anime films. The three volumes were re-released with the suffix Kai (, "updated" or "altered") added to the title as part of the Shueisha Jump Remix imprint between June 2003 and 2004. The Manga Theater series has been released in several European countries, including France and Italy.

Volume 1[edit]

The first installment, Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater Vol. 1, was published on July 8, 1983.[1] Re-released under the Shueisha Jump Remix imprint in June 2003.[2]

  • Wonder Island (ワンダー・アイランド, Wandā Airando)
After being stuck on Wonder Island for 35 years, former World War II kamikaze pilot Nihisō Furusu (古巣二飛曹ふるすにひそう) enlists P-Man (ピーマン) to help him finally leave. Toriyama's debut work,[3] published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #52 of 1978.[4]
  • Wonder Island 2 (ワンダー・アイランド2, Wandā Airando Tsū)
Policemen Gala and Pagos and their chief Gyaos enlist the help of Detective Harry Senbon (ハリー・センボン), sending him to catch a criminal on Wonder Island. Published in the January 25, 1978 special issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump.
  • Tomato, Girl Detective (ギャル刑事トマト, Gyaru Keiji Tomato)
An incompetent, 18-year-old rookie policewoman named Tomato Akai (赤井十真都あかいとまと) apprehends the criminal Kenta Kuraaku. Published in the August 15, 1979 special issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump.
  • Pola & Roid
Pola hires space taxi driver Roid and the two end up fighting the evil emperor Gaganbo (ガガンボ). Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #17 of 1981.[5] Toriyama's first work to win the magazine's Reader's Favorite Award.[3]
  • Mad Matic
Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #12 of 1982.[6]
  • Chobit
Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #10 of 1983.[7]
  • Chobit 2
Published in the June 1983 issue of Fresh Jump.

Volume 2[edit]

The second installment, Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater Vol. 2, was published on March 10, 1988.[8] Re-released under the Shueisha Jump Remix imprint in July 2003.[9]

  • Today's Highlight Island (本日のハイライ島, Honjitsu no Hairai Shima)
While eating lunch at school, Kanta (カン太) gets a toothache and is taken to see the island's doctor. Published in the April 20, 1979 special issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump.
  • Escape
On an unknown planet, a young female is being pursued. Published in the January 1982 special issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump.
In a land plagued by a drought, a young girl named Pink makes a living as a bandit stealing water. Published in the December 1982 issue of Fresh Jump.
  • Dragon Boy (騎竜少年, Doragon Bōi)
A young boy adept in martial arts named Tanton (唐童たんとん) escorts a princess on a journey back to her home country. Two chapters published in the August and October 1983 issues of Fresh Jump.
  • The Adventure of Tongpoo (トンプー大冒険, Tonpū Dai Bōken)
Tongpoo, a cyborg who emergency lands on an alien planet, and Plamo (プラモ, Puramo), a young girl who crashed on the same planet two years ago, attempt to steal a spaceship to get home. Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #52 of 1983.[10]
  • Mr. Ho (Mr.ホー)
A former soldier agrees to help a young boy fight off the Chai (チャイ) gang. When the boy's sister is kidnapped by the gang, Mr. Ho heads to her rescue. Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #49 of 1986.[11]
  • Kennosuke-sama (剣之介さま)
Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #38 of 1987.[12]
  • Sonchoh
Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #5 of 1988.[13]

Volume 3[edit]

The third installment, Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater Vol. 3, was published on August 4, 1997.[14] Re-released under the Shueisha Jump Remix imprint in June 2004.[15]

  • Mamejirō (豆次郎くん, Mamejirō-kun)
Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #38 of 1988.[16]
  • Clear Skies, Karamaru (空丸くん日本晴れ, Karamaru-kun Nihonbare)
Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #13 of 1989.[17]
  • Cashman – Saving Soldier (貯金戦士 CASHMAN)
Three chapters published in V Jump on December 12, 1990, June 26, 1991 and November 27, 1991 when it was still only a special issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump.
  • Dub & Peter 1
Dub and his technically advanced car Peter 1 (ピーター1, Pītā Wan) rescue a girl from thugs and races them. Four chapters published in V Jump between November 12, 1992 and April 4, 1993.
A demon child named Ackman harvests souls for the Great Demon King (大魔王様, Daimaō-sama). Eleven chapters published in V Jump between July 1993 and October 1994.

Related works[edit]

In 2008, Shueisha released a two-volume bunkoban series of Toriyama's short works, entitled Akira Toriyama Mankanzenseki (鳥山明満漢全席, lit. "An Emperor's Feast of Akira Toriyama"). This version, while omitting several one-shots from Manga Theater, includes the two-chapter Alien X-Peke (1996), published after the end of Dragon Ball, as well as the full-color seinen manga Lady Red (1987). The second volume also includes "The Anime and Me" (1989), a full-color autobiographical strip from the first Dragon Ball Z Anime Special magazine, as well as a new afterword by the author. The first volume was published on August 8, 2008,[18] and the second on September 18, 2008.[19]

In 2014, a release collecting Toriyama's collaborations with Masakazu Katsura was published. Both Sachie-chan Good!! (2008) and Jiya (2009–10) were written by Toriyama and illustrated by Katsura. Katsura & Akira Short Stories (桂正和×鳥山明 共作短編集 カツラアキラ, Katsura Masakazu × Toriyama Akira Tomosaku Tanhenshū KatsuraAkira) was published on April 4, 2014 and includes an interview with the two authors.[20][21]

Mankanzenseki Volume 1
  • Sonchoh
  • Lady Red
Published in Super Jump issue #2 on April 10, 1987, when it was still only a special issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump.
  • Mr. Ho
  • Dragon Boy
  • Go! Go! Ackman
Mankanzenseki Volume 2
  • Clear Skies, Karamaru
  • Pink
  • Alien X-Peke (宇宙人ペケ, Uchūjin Peke)
Two chapters published in Weekly Shōnen Jump issues #37/38 and 39 of 1996.[22][23]
  • Chobit
  • Cashman - Saving Soldier
  • "The Anime and Me"
Katsura & Akira Short Stories
  • Sachie-chan Good!! (さちえちゃんグー!!, Sachie-chan Gū!!)
Sachie, a junior high student and descendant of a ninja clan, and martial artist Zarido (ザリド) are recruited by aliens to defeat galactic criminals terrorizing their planet. Published in the May 2008 issue of Jump SQ on April 4.[24] Published in English in Viz Media's free SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013, which was sent to annual subscribers of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha in December 2012.[25]
  • Jiya (JIYA -ジヤ-)
Galactic Patrolman Jiya challenges a vampire and his giant flea army that are terrorizing Earth. Three chapters published in Weekly Young Jump between December 10, 2009 and January 7, 2010 for the magazine's 30th anniversary.[26]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "鳥山明○作劇場「改」 其之壱―傑作短編集 (SHUEISHA JUMP REMIX)" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Toriyama, Akira (2007). Dr. Slump, Volume 11. Viz Media. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-4215-0635-7. 
  4. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1978/12/25 表示号数52". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1981/04/06 表示号数17". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1982/03/08 表示号数12". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1983/02/21 表示号数10". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ "鳥山明○作劇場  2" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "鳥山明○作劇場「改」 其之弐―傑作短編集 (SHUEISHA JUMP REMIX)" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1983/12/12・12/19合併 表示号数52". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1986/11/17 表示号数49". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1987/08/31 表示号数38". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  13. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1988/01/15 表示号数5". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ "鳥山明○作劇場  3" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ "鳥山明○作劇場「改」 其之参―傑作短編集 (SHUEISHA JUMP REMIX)" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1988/08/29 表示号数38". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1989/03/13 表示号数13". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  18. ^ "鳥山明 満漢全席  1" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ "鳥山明 満漢全席  2" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ "桂正和×鳥山明 共作短編集 カツラアキラ" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  21. ^ "When Manga Legends Collaborate You Get More Than Just an Awesome Manga". Kotaku. April 29, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  22. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1996/08/26・9/2合併 表示号数37・38". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  23. ^ "週刊少年ジャンプ 1996/09/09 表示号数39". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  24. ^ "DB's Toriyama, I's Katsura to Team Up on 1-Shot Manga". Anime News Network. February 5, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  25. ^ "INTERVIEW: Masakazu Katsura". Viz Media. November 11, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Dragon Ball's Toriyama, DNA²'s Katsura to Launch Jiya Manga". Anime News Network. December 1, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 

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