If you thought One-Punch Man’s artist was only interested in guys like Saitama, then you will want to think again. In the past, Yusuke Murata has proven what a diehard Dragon Ball fan he is at heart. And, now, the artist has shared several new sketches of Akira Toriyama’s most popular Z-Fighters.
Taking to Twitter, Murata continued a recent social media spree by sharing new Dragon Ball Z sketches. The artwork, which can be seen below, shows characters like Goku and Piccolo as they prepare for battle.
In one drawing, two sketches of Goku are shown side-by-side. One of the doodles shows Goku looking wide-eyed as he powers up into his Super Saiyan form. However, the other doodle of Goku looks much more serious; The Saiyan is drawn with a more pointed look, and his narrowed eyes look like they could kill Freeza with a single glance.
As for Murata’s second drawing, fans will see Piccolo looking buff and ready to go a few rounds with Gohan. The character can be seen wearing his head piece and broad-shouldered chest piece. Piccolo’s forehead can be seen marred by veins as his temper grows short, and the Namekian’s thickly shaded arms highlight how much he is flexing his biceps for a punch.
These pieces of artwork are not the first ones Murata has done for Dragon Ball. Earlier this week, the artist penned images of Vegeta, Goku, Krillin, and Android 18. The two Saiyans were shown in a composite photo while Android 18’s sketch saw her cuddling Krillin. The shorter martial artist looked overtly worried by the artificial human’s skinship, but the blush on Krillin’s face also showed how he enjoyed the attention.
スーパーな悟空さ pic.twitter.com/PU66dlGSpe— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) June 26, 2017
ピッコロさん pic.twitter.com/JkakEwzv9k— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) June 26, 2017
"Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!"
The series first started as an ongoing web-comic by the author that goes by One, in early 2009. The comic went viral and so a full remake and publication of the series began in 2012 on Shueisha's Young Jump Web Comics website. Viz Media brought the manga to America in 2016 in the Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine. One Punch's anime series was created by Madhouse and first aired in Japan in late 2015, and was dubbed for English in the summer of 2016. The anime and manga both have had huge international success and recognition since release, winning New York Times Manga's Best Sellers List, was nominated for an Eisner Award, and the anime was also featured on the popular Toonami block.