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Dragon Ball New Age

DBNA logo

Author, Artist
Malik Torihane
Created by
Malik Torihane
Based on the series
"Dragon Ball" by Akira Toriyama
Art Style
Shonen Manga
Reading Style
Traditional Manga (right-to-left)
Languages
  • English (original print)
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Malaysian
  • Publication History
  • 2001-2002 (Initial draft)
  • 2005 - Current (current draft, frequently revamped)
  • Story Format
    12-15 page Chapters
    Current # of Chapters
    35


    DRAGON BALL NEW AGE (ドラゴンボールニューエイジ Doragon Bōru Nyu-Eiji), often abbreviated as DBNA, is an online doujinshi (fan-manga) currently hosted on Deviant Art , as well as ComicFury, as a continuation of the wildly popular Dragon Ball franchise, under a disclaimer. The strip was created by Malik Torihane, who is also the artist and writer. The strip has received wide praise by it's fans for its strong Toriyama-influenced line-art, and is noted for being one of the longest running fan-mangas of Dragon Ball printed entirely in English. MALIK's version of DBNA has also been translated into over 9 different languages, including French, Brazilian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish by fans. According to statistics found on his page as of July 2015, his cumulative DBNA work has over 7 million views on DeviantArt alone.

    The strip began being posted on DeviantArt in 2005, before being put on hiatus in late 2007/ early 2008. As of April 2009, the strip has begun posting pages and promotional images again. The story is currently in Chapter 35, following the end of the Rigor Saga, and is currently in the midst of the Aladjinn Saga.

    The comic has also been hosted on SmackJeeves, but Malik has stopped updating on the site since Chapter 3 of DBNA. SmackJeeves contains the original, unrefined versions of the first two chapters of DBNA.

    About the Comic

    DBNA is the brainchild of artist, writer, and creator Malik Torihane. The strip began as a comic done for his own amusement while in high school, where he created his first OCs Rigor and Aladjinn (formerly Demon Buu). In 2005, Malik began posting newer, updated versions of his original comic on deviantART, where the strip garnered a small fan base. Ever since, the strip has slowly grown in both size and popularity. DBNA has gone through frequent renovations in both it's art and dialogue over time, and continues to be a popular doujin with its fans. The strip's art receives the most praise, as it is styled and drawn very similar to Akira Toriyama's original art.

    The doujinshi is styled in Japanese manga format (read right to left instead of left to right), and is printed, in its initial publishing, entirely in English. The doujinshi is read in over 130 countries, and fans of DBNA, on their own time, have also translated the comic into over 10 different languages.

    The story is also closer to canon than most post-GT stories, which included non-canon elements from GT and Z. DBNA has removed almost all non-canon elements like movie villains and filler to bring the doujinshi closer to the original manga from which it is based.

    Though Malik has made it clear that he attempts to keep the manga as close to canon as possible - often revamping the story whenever new canon material is released - in a recent posting on the Official DBNA Facebook page, he stated that he would no longer overhaul the story when new canon elements were introduced unless they could easily be implemented.

    Prologue

    The story of Dragon Ball New Age takes place in an alternate timeline approximately 3 years after Omega Shenron’s defeat (Age 793). The story follows Manga canon almost exclusively (though some creative liberties are taken), causing a lot of what happened with Dragon Ball GT to be re-written.

    The story of this altered Dragon Ball GT, and the events surrounding the resurrection of Goku and Piccolo through the Black Dragon Balls can be found in the Special Chapter: CHAPTER ZERO.

    Sagas

    Rigor Saga

    main article: Rigor Saga

    The series' first major villain, Rigor reveals that he is, in-fact, Vegeta's half-brother. Over the course of the story, he is revealed to be the DBNA timeline's Legendary Saiyan. Rigor engages in a titanic battle with the Super Warriors of Earth, which culminates in a showdown with a fused Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta.

    Aladjinn Saga

    main article: Aladjinn Saga

    The series' second major villain, Aladjinn is the former Demon King who ruled the Demon Plane before Dabura. He arrives on Earth attempting to restore his body, which was lost after centuries of imprisonment. He has access to extensive magical abilities, and the ability to possess people. It is soon revealed that Aladjinn is one of the four most powerful beings in creation: The Aspect Lords.

    Maseran /World Tournament Saga

    The series' third upcoming story arc involving Maseran, the eldest son of Rigor, as well as his four siblings as they compete in the World Tournament alongside Son Goku and others. This story arc has yet to be drawn.

    Bounty Hunter Saga

    In the series' fourth upcoming story arc, a mysterious alien benefactor hires a group of notorious and powerful bounty hunters, headed by their Lord Marshall Kechappu, to find an "element" on Earth. This story arc has yet to be drawn. (NOTE: Several rewrites of the Saga have occurred. The current character names, as well as the story, may have been altered.)

    Super Androids Saga

    The series' fifth Saga, the Super Androids Saga involves the arrival of the "Super Series" 14 and 15, and their creator, Android 22. This story arc has yet to be drawn. (NOTE: Several rewrites of the Saga have occurred. The current character names, as well as the story, may have been altered.)

    Frost Saga

    The final saga of Dragon Ball New Age involves the arrival of the Icejin Frost and his army. This story arc has yet to be drawn. (NOTE: Several rewrites of the Saga have occurred. The current character names, as well as the story, may have been altered.)

    New Transformations

    • Super Saiyan 5 - The Ultimate Super Saiyan form, revealed in DBNA's first story arc. The form is wielded by Vegeta's half-brother, Rigor.
    • Ascended Super Saiyan 4 - Achieved by both Goku and Vegeta, the first Ascended form of Super Saiyan 4 gives the user increased muscle mass with a boost in both power and speed. This form was achieved after both Goku and Vegeta attempted to break the Super Saiyan 4 wall like Rigor had.
    • True Super Saiyan 4 - The secondary, or "True" form of the Super Saiyan 4 transformation, that has yet to be seen in the story, though spoiler images of both Goku and Vegeta have been seen. The abilities of this form are unknown as of now.
    • Super Android 18 - This form is assumed by Android 18 later in the story. Though her abilities at this time in this form are unknown, spoiler images of her have been found on Malik's deviantart.
    • Sage Namek - A state of being assumed by Piccolo during the Aladjinn Saga after learning the ways of the ancient Namekian Sages.

    Recognition

    In mid 2006, DBNA artist MALIK received recognition for the DBNA story by a number of Fan Websites, receiving a "Best Fan Comic 2006" recognition. The strip has also generated a fan base on Deviantart.com, where MALIK was recognized as the Budokai Club's ( a club where fan characters do battle in comic strips) first Showcase artist, citing MALIK's defined line-art and Toriyama inspired art style. At times, fans have commented on MALIK's art, claiming that it resembles an official Toriyama strip.

    Currently, the comic has over 9 million cumulative views on MALIK's deviantart page. As of 2015, fans of MALIK's DBNA have translated the strip into 10 different languages. Youtube is home to several fan "motion comics" of DBNA, each with views numbering in the thousands. Malik's DBNA has also been ranked in the top five DB Fancomics, alongside Toyble's Dragon Ball AF, Young Jijii's After The Future, and Dragon Ball Multiverse.

    2010 Revamp Program

    On March 22, 2010, DBNA artist MALIK announced that he would be "revamping" certain pages of DBNA, updating the art and dialog. This move comes as a sigh of relief to DBNA fans who had issues with the earlier pages of Dragon Ball New Age, as the art and dialogue was considered near-amateur. So far, Malik has revamped and updated nearly all of DBNA, but frequently revisits old chapters to update art and fill plot holes.

    DBNA Minisode Series

    main article: DBNA Minisode Series

    Late in 2012, MALIK began work on an animation project for DBNA when he fell into some downtime during the edits of earlier DBNA Chapters. The animation was scheduled to be an "Opening Video" of sorts, resembling a video oft-found at the beginning of Dragon Ball Video Games. Currently, a 28 second preview video can be found on Youtube.

    Due to MasakoX's interest in playing the role of Son Goku, MALIK began work on a short Minisode series. The Pilot episode was released on 10-6-2013. However, Malik recently abandoned the Minisode series to refocus on the manga.

    Printed Editions

    In July 2014, MALIK published and released DBNA Volume 1 exclusively on Amazon.com. Volume 1 consisted of Chapters ZERO - 4, and the first part of the History of Rigor Special. Later that year Volume 2 was also released, containing Chapters 5 - 9 and History of Rigor part 2. Volume 3 was released March 2015, containing Chapters 9-14 (concluding the Rigor Saga), and History of Rigor part 3.

    The large 8 x10 Editions of Volumes 1 - 3 are also slated to be discontinued in favor of 5.25 x 8 "manga sized" editions.

    Fan Works

    With DBNA's growing popularity, fan works had begun to spring up. While most commonly, these fan-works involve single pieces of art, some fans have taken it upon themselves to create entire "Fan Chapters" of DBNA. While not officially canon to DBNA, the Fan Chapters can be considered by some to be part of the overall DBNA story.

    TempestVortex, a fan of DBNA, created a Fan Chapter of his original character Sunto Hatchilock, involving an altered origin of his character specifically for DBNA. The character's altered history was written by TempestVortex with minor oversight by Malik. See Elements of a Warrior (DBNA) for more details.

    Zeon1 created altered versions of DBNA characters Rigor, Separi, Selari, and Masuran for his story Dragon Ball: Breaking Bad.

    Nassiff9000's Budokai 3 game mod project - Dragon Ball: Realm of Chaos - features several DBNA characters, including Rigor, Frost, Aladjinn, and others.

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