The artist behind Dragon Ball Super, Toyotaro or Toyotarou depending on the translation, did an interview for the Weekly Dragon Ball News! The Dragon Ball News Weekly is a feature on the Dragon Ball official website and one of the best places to learn all about Dragon Ball.
Toyotaro shares his favorite scene from Dragon Ball Super manga and the reason for Frieza’s black form. There’s no word on when we’ll see him again, but the superhero prequel manga is about Trunks!
A perfect hidden meaning for Frieza’s black form!
When Golden Frieza was introduced, many fans believed he copied Super Saiyan. But Toyotaro revealed a naming mechanic that has been in Dragon Ball for years.
Saiyans are named after vegetables, the mutant Nameks are named after instruments, Frieza’s race is named after cold, and his forms are based on credit cards! Especially the high-end models.
The basics usually come in blue, gold is second, black is usually third and there’s one in platinum! Does that mean Platinum Frieza is next?
When showing off his black form, Frieza revealed that he had trained in a hyperbolic time chamber for ten years. That’s more than enough time for him to master black and get an upgrade. But has he done so, and if so, when will we see it?
Toyotaro says his favorite thing to do was draw the scene where Frieza appears in the Granolah Arc. So we know that Frieza will show up in the future.
Frieza was in a classic superhero landing pose and he took out Goku and Vegeta in one fell swoop. The Emperor of the Universe has regained his throne and everyone knows it.
Using credit cards as inspiration for Frieza’s shapes makes sense. He’s not just a fighter and he doesn’t want to destroy everything.
Frieza understands the power of money and uses it. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly we see that the Saiyans were already conquering planets and selling them to the highest bidder.
But King Cold came in and took control of the Saiyans! And for some inexplicable reason, he backed off and let Frieza take over.
The prequel is about Trunks?!
Toyotaro wanted to do a story about Trunks before Super, but wasn’t sure how that would fit into the story. That sounds amazing to me since Trunks is one of my favorite characters.
But Toyotaro also wanted to differentiate Teen Trunks from Future Trunks, which is understandable. But still I wouldn’t say I like the choices he made and hopefully the next chapter will be better.
The prequel will focus on Trunks and show why Dr. Hedo was arrested. The official artwork shows Mai in a school uniform visiting Trunks and Goten.
And there’s speculation that two of her classmates are based on Miles and Gwen from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Also, there will be more moments between Mai and Trunks and possibly more romance for the other characters.
One detail that was easily overlooked in the final chapter was Bulma calling Pilaf by name. Does she remember her from Dragon Ball, and if so, why did she let her stay with Capsule Corp?