Dragon Ball: Goku strikes in traditionally-inspired fan art

Goku’s original Super Saiyan form returns in new fan art inspired by traditional Japanese and Chinese paintings.

Goku returns to his roots in a new track from dragonball fan art.

The new artwork, which was created by a China-based artist known as @ji_dao_hua_shi on Twitter, depicts the Saiyan hero in an art style inspired by the expressive brushstrokes and colors of the traditional Chinese xiěyì style. or Japanese sumi-e painting. Goku is shown in his still iconic original Super Saiyan form.

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Other works by the artist are available on his Twitter account. In addition to Goku, they have portrayed a number of other popular anime characters with their distinctive traditional-inspired art style, including demon slayerthe beloved Flame Hashira, Kyujuro Rengoku, as well as avenger of tokyoThe time-traveling delinquent, Takemichi Hanagaki.

The artist’s style is a natural choice for Son Goku, as dragonball was originally inspired by the classical Chinese novel of the 16th century Travel west, which told the story of a Buddhist monk who embarks on a pilgrimage alongside several colorful characters, including the legendary Monkey King Sun Wukong.

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Of course, author and manga artist Akira Toriyama’s take on the classic story deviates significantly from the original source. The differences between Goku and his classic inspiration will only grow in the next anime episode of the series, Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes, which is slated for release in Japan in April. The new movie will see Goku, along with his son Gohan and his old nemesis Piccolo, face off against a duo of new androids created by the martial artist’s old foes, the Red Ribbon Army. The CG animated film still doesn’t have a Western release date, but the film’s producers have previously promised they’re working as hard as possible to shorten the gap between dragonball releases in Japan and their international premiere.

Fans looking for more original versions of the classic dragonball it would also be advisable to consult the editor Shueisha dragonball Great cover project. Created to celebrate the franchise’s 40th anniversary, the cover project tasks a famous mangaka with taking on one of Toriyama’s classics. dragonball covers and redesigning it in their own style. So far, the project has called on the talents of narutoby Masashi Kishimoto, Bleachis Tite Kubo, Beelzebub creator Ryuhei Tamura, Kochikameis Osamu Akimoto, Chainsaw Man and look back creator Tatsuki Fujimoto, demon slayer author Koyoharu Gotouge and more recently, sketch dance designer Kenta Shinohara. New covers will be released every month until November 2024.

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