For Dragon Ball’s 40th anniversary, series covers are being redesigned by master mangaka like Osamu Akimoto, creator of KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops.
Another mangaka is paying tribute to Dragon Ball leading up to its fortieth anniversary – Osamu Akimoto, known for his work on the best-selling series KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops, is the latest creator to redesign a cover of the beloved series. However, his take is different from the covers that have been released thus far within the Dragon Ball Super Gallery.
KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops (often referred to simply as KochiKame) began serializing in 1976 in Weekly Shonen Jump. The final chapter bringing the series to a close released in 2016, totaling two hundred and one volumes. It ran for forty years – a milestone Dragon Ball is coming up on and will likely surpass. KochiKame is the story of Kankichi Ryotsu, a police officer in Tokyo, who is the star of many misadventures. At the time the series ended, it was one of the top ten best-selling manga of all time. Akimoto has now used his artistic talents to put a twist on Dragon Ball, in a different way than Naruto‘s Masashi Kishimoto and Bleach‘s Tite Kubo did with their artistic tributes.