Sunday, May 22, 2016

Jump Ryuu - Akira Toriyama


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Jump Ryu vol. 1 - Akira Toriyama.
I mentioned some months ago that I'd taken a photo of this DVD magazine, and that it's the first volume of a bi-weekly series focusing on different Jump manga artists, past and present. As is traditional with these types of series, the first issue is always the cheapest, generally half the cover price of the rest of the volumes. This one was 650 yen (approx. $6 USD), and for what you get, I think that's a very good price.



So, what DO you get? First, there are 3 sheets of A4 paper, each with one of the illustrations above. You get the Goku action pose, the Toriyama autograph reproduction, and a practice drawing sheet. They are all copies, but they look good enough to almost be mistaken for originals.



Then there's the DVD. It's 41 minutes long, and has 4 chapters. The first shows Toriyama creating the Goku pose, from initial pencils to inking, and then the final water colors. The second chapter is an interview with Toriyama (no video of him, though, just audio, and a few old stock personal photos) about how he got started as an artist, up to the start of Dragonball. The third chapter shows him drawing the autograph card, and the final chapter is part of Jump magazine's lessons on how to become a manga artist. In this volume, the lesson is on which pen to use, and a demonstration of how to ink in a pencil sketch.



The magazine itself is 22 pages long, with a short biographical timeline for Toriyama, information pulled from the DVD interview, example artwork from Toriyama's various manga, and a few more old photos. There are 4 pages of instructions on how to ink in the blue A4 Dragonball manga sheet mentioned above, and then 3 pages echoing the DVD for the Jump lesson on pens and inking. The magazine finishes with the letter from Toriyama to his readers (below) and then 3 pages advertising the upcoming volumes. If you send in the postcard, you may get a shelf rack to hold the the DVDs in. The rack can contain all 25 planned DVD cases.


(Toriyama's letter to his fans.)

The scheduled artist list is:
1) Toriyama
2) Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto)
3) Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)
4) Tite Kubo (Bleach)
5) Tadatoshi Fujimaki (Kuroko's Basketball)
6) Yusei Matsui (Neuro and Assassination Classroom)
7) Kohei Horikoshi (various)
8) Kazuki Takahashi (Yu-gi-oh!)
(There are other artists given, but they aren't assigned volume numbers and their names aren't in romaji. I'm lazy and don't feel like translating them here right now. But, from the website, we also have the artists from Rokudenashi Blues and Rookies (vol. 14), Rurouni Kenshin (vol. 12), Video Girl Ai (vol. 17), Kochi Kame (vol. 18), Hunter x Hunter (vol. 21), Gintama (vol. 23), Blue Exorcist (vol. 24) and Jo Jo (vol. 25).)


(Instructions on inking the blue pencil sheet.)



(Example of some of the write-up of Toriyama's other manga.)

Summary: For the price, volume 1 is worth getting just for the A4 sheets and the DVD interview. If you want to become a manga artist, then yeah, I highly recommend the entire series. You get to watch Toriyama draw 2 different versions of Gokuu, plus there's the entire Jump lessons series. For myself, I'm torn. I don't want to pay full price for the other magazines, but I'd consider buying the ones for Oda and Matsui just for the interviews and to see how they work. I do want Osamu Akimoto (Kochi Kame), but I'm not sure about anyone else (there are a few manga listed above that I do like, so I have to think about this. Video Girl Ai, maybe Rookies, maybe Jo Jo...) If the series starts showing up at Book Off, I'll cherry-pick the ones I want. Just for amusement value, volume 10 hit the streets on May 19th.

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